Hilton Anaheim Rings in the Holiday Season

December 08, 2022

This holiday season, guests visiting Hilton Anaheim, Orange County’s largest hotel property can look forward to festive décor, special entertainment, thematic treats, and a special fall and winter menu. The 1,572 room is glistening with colorful lights, Christmas trees, and festive decorations galore while paying homage to the property’s locale.

On display in the Grand Lobby is Christmas Tree Lane– trees donated and decorated by local Anaheim community partners that are auctioned off in early December. Proceeds from the decorated trees are donated to the local Orange County nonprofit, Eli Home to help break the cycle of women and child abuse. 

The annual tradition was inspired by General Manager Shaun Robinson’s many years working at The Beverly Hilton, which launched Christmas Tree Lane at the iconic Beverly Hills property during the 1990s. The Beverly Hilton partnered with Hollywood celebrities and retail organizations alike, who would donate custom-designed trees and gifts, that were later auctioned to benefit local charitable causes. 

In addition to the classic holiday decor, guests can awe over Hilton Anaheim Pastry Department’s three themed gingerbread houses, located within the hotel lobby, created by Pastry Chef Raymund Esguerra and the Hilton Anaheim Pastry Team. As one of the few remaining hotels to create custom cakes and pastries, the three Holiday-themed gingerbread houses showcase the team’s passion, humor, and creativity for design.

Guests of the hotel and the public are encouraged to join in on a lineup of exciting holiday activities; December  8, 9, 22, and 23 live music from a lineup of local musicians will be offered in the lobby from 4 pm to 7 pm. Additionally, the lobby will feature Christmas carolers ringing in the holidays on December 22 and 23. Holiday activities will also include craft making, face painting, a backdrop for "postcard" photos, and special character appearances on December 8, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 25 through December 31 from 4 pm - 7 pmHoliday movies will also be played throughout the hotel lobby through Christmas Day.SEASONAL FOOD & BEVERAGE OFFERINGS AT HILTON ANAHEIM

Executive Chef Juan Lopez has also created a new fall/winter menu that will be offered at the property’s fine dining establishment, MIX Restaurant, and offers guests a variety of imaginative dishes created from some of the finest organic and natural ingredients available in the region. The new menu features dishes such as Chilean Sea Bass and Vegan Bucatini Pasta. Guests can also gather in the Grand Lobby to enjoy signature cocktails, a robust beer and wine list, and a delectable menu of appetizers and plates at MIX Lounge like the Artisan Cheese Board and Breaded Calamari

For more information about the culinary program or for reservations, visit Hilton Anaheim or call +1 714-750-432.  Read more about Hilton Hotels & Resorts at stories.hilton.com


2022 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 08, 2022

As the 114th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves its way through the Newport Harbor this December, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Committee, with the leadership of The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, will continue with its parade route starting and ending point at Tip of Lido Isle. The parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night from December 14 – 18, 2022.

On the opening night of the parade on Wednesday, December 14 at approximately 6:15 pm, a special opening fireworks display will take place off the Newport Pier to kick off the parade. Then, on the final night of the parade, Sunday, December 18, a special fireworks display will close out the parade from the Balboa Pier. Beginning at approximately 9:00 pm, the fireworks will be visible from all around the harbor.

Parade participants will start from the east end of Lido Island following the celebrated route, with the first public viewing destination at the 10.5-acre Marina Park. The community park offers 177 parking spaces, a nautical-themed playground, a picnic area and a sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route, creating an optimal location to gather and enjoy the festivities.

Optimal viewing of the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes sail in the parade from the Dine & Watch waterfront and Dine & Walk dining options within walking distance of the many public viewing spots.


La Casa del Camino’s Comedor Offers California-Inspired Prix Fixe Menus For Christmas & New Year’s Eve!

December 08, 2022

Laguna Beach’s La Casa del Camino hotel, Comedor is welcoming guests to enjoy a coastal holiday feast on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Executive Chef, Glen Tinsley, has crafted three prix fixe menus inspired by the season and featuring California-coastal cuisine.  

On Christmas Eve, guests can enjoy Comedor’s version of the Fish of the Seven Seas Dinner. The Cioppino dish features crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, and assorted fish, in a white wine tomato broth with herbs and extra virgin olive oil, and is served with grilled bread for $65 per person

On Christmas Day, Chef Glen’s 5-Course Prix Fixe Dinner is offered for $90 per person and includes: 

  • Porcini-Dusted Seared Cortez Scallops (spiced carrot puree, chicken jus, chili oil, roasted maitake mushrooms)
  • Roasted Beets and Burrata (pistachios, arugula, ciabatta toast, pistachio oil)
  • Duck Confit Fried Rice (shitake, farm egg, snow peas, wasabi dashi broth, gochujang)
  • Seared Rack of Domestic Lamb (goat cheese polenta, orange honey glazed carrots, turmeric yogurt, mint jus)
  • Taste of Winter (citrus curd, mixed berries, Marcona almond honeycomb, rhubarb syrup, mint) 

On New Year’s Eve, Chef Glen has created another 5-Course Dinner ($150 per person) for guests looking to ring in the New Year over coastal cuisine. The menu includes: 

  • Amuse Bouche (Lady Edison country ham, organic pear, rogue river smokey blue, hazelnut pesto
  • Option of Roasted Winter Squash, Wild Mushroom Risotto (idiazabal cheese & black truffle) or Crispy Octopus Paella (clams, squid ink bomba rice, chorizo, pine nut chermoula)
  • Option of Harissa Roasted Prawns (forbidden rice, turmeric yogurt, pistachio, pistachio oil) or Dungeness Crab and Winter Citrus (avocado, arugula, roasted Meyer lemon vinaigrette)
  • Option of Maine Lobster Fra Diavolo (spaghettoni, lobster sauce, citrus herb gremolata, American caviar) or American Red Tops from Kobe New York (Truffle bordelaise, au gratin potato, bone marrow, asparagus)
  • Option of Winter Citrus Tart (ginger spiced short dough, champagne gelee, fresh berries, mandarin-mint syrup) or Bulleit Bourbon Bread Pudding (smoked chocolate, dried cherries, grand Marnier créme Anglaise). 

Comedor has everything guests need for a luxurious, coastal holiday to end 2022. The restaurant will be open at 5 pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with 2 seating options between 4 pm - 6 pm & 7 pm - 9 pm on New Year’s Eve. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at www.resy.com/comedorlaguna

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