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7 Unique Ideas for Mother’s Day in Long Beach

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Forget about those lame brunch buffets. Time to put your thinking caps on to make sure Mom feels special. Here’s a list of alternative activities in Long Beach to treat her to this year. Go Whale Watching The weather has been gorgeous lately. What better time than now to spend the day soaking in the sunshine while also doing a little whale watching? Isn’t it why we pay the big bucks to live here?! Check out Harbor Breeze Cruises to book your aquatic adventure. Mother’s Day happens to fall within Blue Whale season. Throughout the year, along with Gray and Blue Whales, you may also see Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, and/or Killer Whales (Orcas). If you’re lucky, you’ll also spot dolphins darting in and out of the water. Rent a Duffy…

Long Beach’s Not-So-Basic Easter Brunch

  It’s that time of year again! Time to spend half your paycheck on a mediocre Easter Brunch buffet to please grandma. Forgo the chafing dishes and powdered eggs and take a look at these not-so-basic options that will still be sure to make grandma walk away happy. Panxa Chef Art Gonzales has made quite a name for himself in the Long Beach culinary scene. Situated in an old Art Deco building on Broadway and Termina, sits Panxa (pronounced pan-zah –  the Catalan word for belly). The menu draws inspiration from classic New Mexican dishes, like their Navajo Taco and Stacked Enchiladas. We recommend getting both the green chile and christmas salsa. Menu Roe If you love Panxa, but think you want a seafood-centric brunch, head to Chef Art’s sister restaurant, Roe, in Belmont Shore. Try the Surf ‘N Turf…

The Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Long Beach

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Doesn’t matter if you’re a believer or if you’re in the “Valentine’s Day is just a commercial holiday made to sell more cards by Hallmark” camp. It’s always good to have a few go-to romantic spots in your back pocket…especially if you’ve just swiped right. Here’s a comprehensive list of the most romantic (independently owned) date night restaurants in Long Beach.   1. Café Piccolo Easily the most romantic restaurant in Long Beach, with food to match. Unassumingly nestled between a nail salon and tanning studio along Broadway, sits Cafe Piccolo. The lights, indoor/outdoor patio and classic Italian fare won’t disappoint or break the bank. Time to break out that special bottle of wine you’ve been hoarding! Corkage is only $15/bottle. 2. Romeo Chocolates You might be wondering what a chocolate shop is doing on…

Our Top Picks for DINE LBC 2018

DINE LBC has officially returned! Starting on August 4th, and running until the 12th, take advantage of some value-oriented menu deals all around the city. Here’s how it works, straight from their website: Each participating restaurant offers a three course menu priced at $15, $25, $35, $45, $55 or $65, either per guest with wine pairing options at fine dining locations OR dinner for two priced at $25, $35, $45, $55 or $65, where diners share an appetizer, each enjoy their own entree, then share a dessert at more casual establishments. We’ve taken the liberty of selecting some of our top dining options for this year’s official Long Beach Restaurant Week. Aji Peruvian Cuisine If you’ve never had Peruvian food, Dine LBC is the time to try it! Visit Aji on Retro Row, to sample authentic Peruvian Ceviche and Lomo Saltado…

10 Cold Coffee Drinks to Get You Through Summer in The LBC

Man oh man! It’s hot. Not like “whiney Californian hot.” Like, it’s just hot. But hot or not…we still need our daily caffeine fix. Lucky for us, this city kills it when it comes to coffee. So here’s a list of 10 specialty cold coffee drinks to get you through the Long Beach summer… Rose Park Roasters: Iced Maple Lavender Latte Espresso with lavender infused maple syrup. Fresh orange zest.   Recreational Coffee: Iced Chiliberry Iced coffee, with strawberry, peppercorn & chili-infused simple syrup, strawberry garnish.   The Merchant: Iced Horchata Latte Fresh horchata, espresso, cinnamon.   Black Ring Coffee: Cold Fashioned Espresso, orange syrup, sparkling water.   Lord Windsor: Cold Brew They started it…and they do it well.   Aroma Di Roma: Iced Mocha Espresso, milk, chocolate.   Cafe Cabinet: Iced Tiramisu Cappuccino Iced latte, milk foam, cocoa powder.   Steelhead…

Long Beach: A Vegan Paradise

There’s no getting around the fact that vegans always get the short end of the menu stick. Everyone deserves a good meal….regardless of diet. Luckily, Long Beach has solidified its place in the California vegan landscape. You can RSVP to any of the frequent vegan meetups around the city, or attend the annual Long Beach Vegan Festival…complete with a Vegan Chili Cook-Off! So next time you’re looking to dine out, cruelty-free, here’s a highlight (by cuisine type) of plant-based options to quell even the pickiest of herbivores. Breakfast & Brunch The Wild Chive Several questions pop into people’s minds at the thought of a vegan brunch. But what about the egg? What if I don’t like salad for breakfast? What’s the point? Enter: The Wild Chive. Chef Soozee Nguyen was driven by the “yearning to recreate meatless versions” of her childhood favorites. Vegan…