Get Your Picture Taken With Santa

Getting your picture taken with Santa is one of the best parts of the holiday season. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult, getting a picture is still a treat of anyone. This year Santa will be stationed at the Westfield Mall from now until Christmas Eve. Packages start in the $23 dollar range and allow for as many people who can fit into the shot. If you are looking to create new memories with your own children this Christmas, the first place to start is with a picture of Santa.

Here is a bit more information about the process. Just be sure to show up early, because the lines can be very long the closer you wait until Christmas.

Pictures with Santa
@ Westfield MainPlace
Take pictures with Santa

Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm
Sundays from 11am – 6pm
Nov 18 – Dec 24

Westfield MainPlace
2800 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Photo packages start at $23


Thanksgiving Side: Try a Sauteed Green Beans Mix

Vegetables can get lost in the smorgisborge of carb loaded Thanksgiving sides. Mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the other classics usually push the veggies to the end of the table or off it altogether. For those that would like to add a bit of color to their Thanksgiving meal this year, why not try a simple, yet tasty sauteed green bean recipe. The dish will be a perfect, and healthy, complement to your meal. Here are the directions.

For this recipe all you really need are two ingredients: green beans and mushrooms. First blanch green beans in boiling water for a couple of minutes. Crunchy green beans taste much better than soggy ones, so don’t let them sit too long. Just enough to get a quick cook.

While the green beans are boiling, saute the mushrooms in butter or light oil with a medium flame. Cook until the mushrooms are golden brown and mix them with the blanched beans. Next add salt and pepper, toss then serve.

Have Some Night Time Entertainment at the Copper Door in Santa Ana

The Cooper Door Bar in Santa Ana is your one stop shop for entertainment in the Santa Ana area. The bar & restaurant features amazing food, tasty drinks and a full schedule of late night fun for those night owls looking to close down a location on a Friday or Saturday night. The Copper Door provides patrons a chic take on the regular bar experience with an upscale wood decor and a massive 30-foot table with benches, counters and bar stools.

Outside of the decor, the bars boast a 300-person capacity and 6,000 square feet of space perfect for those night owls looking to wasting the night away drinking and grooving to great music and a friendly atmosphere. The location hosting a various events from “birthday parties, wedding receptions, business functions, CD release parties, and fashion shows”.

Patron can also expected over 20 craft beer options and 8 signature cocktails along with exciting weekly entertainment from local bands, DJs and other community artist. The next time you are looking to stay out late, be sure to check out the The Copper Door.

Places To Exercise in and Around Santa Ana

If you are a health nut the holidays might be the most difficult time of the year to remain active and healthy. Its seems like most of us will be eating huge dinners every other week and there are only two ways to stay healthy during the holidays: by exercises or dieting. And who wants to diet and miss out on tamales, mac and cheese and all those other treats you family loves to cook? So our only option is to exercise over the next two months. Here are a few options to try near your apartment.


Rounders MMA and Boxing

1214 E 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone number (714) 599-0826

If you are looking to exercise and learn a new skill Rounders MMA is a great place for beginners to start.

Mater Dei High School

1202 W Edinger Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone number (714) 754-7711

Mater Dei High School has an open track for those looking to get an evening jog in after work. Just lace up your running shoes and get going a few times a week.

Carl Thorton Park

1801 W Segerstrom Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Carl Thorton Park has a nice jogging and hiking trail for those nature lovers looking for something more than a jog.