OC 2013 summer style guide

It’s summer in So Cal and liven’ is Easy…
If you follow our guide.

After a year of attempting to eat healthy and gearing up for a beach body, it’s time to let loose and enjoy the finer things in life.

You might think you know In-N-Out, but their “Not-So-Secret” menu offers twists to the classic so Cal burger.For a summer foodie adventure or as an outlandish dare, order the monstrous Animal Style Four-by-Four burger with a side of Animal Style french fries.The Four-by-Four is a stack of four beef patties separated by the usual cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Animal Style is a thick topping of extra secret spread and topped with grilled onionsFor a slightly healthieroption, try a Protein Style burger. The carb-loaded buns are replaced by freshly cut iceberg lettuce.Don’t limit yourself. Create your own food if you’re up to the challenge. What customers sometimes forget is that the In-N-Out employees will make what you ask for. It’s your meal; put your stamp on it.
TK BURGERS
Live music and the beachfront view with their amazing “Big Bargain Combo” makes a cheap meal after a day in Huntington Beach.
THE HABIT BURGER GRILL
The Habit, another beach-born burger spot, offers customers a unique taste with its trademark Charburger.
UMAMI BURGER
Umami Burger is the go-to place for any social media foodie. Instagram is flooded with pictures of their “art,” otherwise known as burgers. It’s great place for a casual but unique dinner date
BOY’S HAMBURGERS
Boy’s Hamburgers’ combination of burgers and Mexican food makes it worth the visit when you like your burger with a side of tacos.

3 UNEXPECTED FOOD SPOTS:

Great choices for food don’t have to cost an arm and a leg this summer.

HOLLINGSHEAD’S
With over 500 beers to choose from and sandwiches that melt in your mouth, Hollingshead’s takes top spot. Since 1963 this family-owned deli and bar has had crowds lining up outside the doors for signature sandwiches like the Hero that includes roast beef, baked ham and turkey breast on a French roll. The deli is located at 368 S. Main St. in Orange 92868.
EL PICO DE GALLO GRILL
Nestled on the edge of Floral Park, this Mexican restaurant is known for its inexpensive and traditional dishes like the Asada Con Camarones, a beefsteak with shrimp in a garlic sauce, served with jalapeno rice, beans and tortillas. Just three years after opening, it has become a major success and a go-to restaurant in the community. It’s located at 901 W. 17th St. in Santa Ana 92706.
TAQUERIA DE ANDA
The best Mexican food in Santa Ana is down the street from SAC at Taqueria De Anda. With meals costing little, students flock to the small restaurant with its delicious aroma of carne asada. Because it is so close to campus, it’s a great option for anytime of the year when you’re ballin’ on a budget. Located at the corner of Washington and Bristol in Santa Ana, the restaurant is open 24 hours.

4 ESSENTIALS from the 99 Cent Store for summer:

Toblerone is made of Swiss chocolate, honey and almond nougat for only 69 cents a bar To stay hydrated this summer the obvious choice is Gatorade. For 89 cents a bottle it’s the best thirst quencher. Honey Buns are a perfect treat for morning or dessert when they are only $1 a box. A 69 cent Arizona Iced Tea makes a perfectly refreshing summer quencher.
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DESSERTS:

Try Pinkberry’s mango frozen yogurt. Choose from mochi to chocolate chips as toppings.

Stop by Rite Aid and grab a scoop of their signature creamy cookies and cream on a cone for less than $2.

5 FOODS that won’t hurt your wallet: They aren’t the healthiest options but who cares?

Top Ramen

99 cents

Classic Taco

$1

Mac & Cheese

66 cents

Pizza

62 cents

Hot Dots

$1

PLAY: Instead of spending summer indoors scrolling through your Facebook feed, check out some of these Orange County hot spots

6 PLACES  to check out over summer break:

  1. ART AND MUSIC: Explore local art exhibits at the Orange County Center of Contemporary Art, including work of all mediums. Check out free concerts and attend free hands-on art workshops that are conducted in English and Spanish. Visit the center at 117 North Sycamore St., Santa Ana 92701.
  2. TAKE FLIGHT: Experience your inner Top Gun dreams while visiting the Flightdeck Air Combat Center in Anaheim. Soar in more than nine different fighter jet simulators. Feel the thrill of taking part in air-to-air combat or cruise on a commercial airliner in the simulators. It’s located at 1650 S. Sinclair St., Anaheim 92806.
  3. BLAST FROM THE PAST: Take a stroll along cobblestone streets and shop at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. The eight-acre replica of a German Bavarian village is home to many Deutch themed shops. Walk around with a brawtwurst and a mug of Warensteiner. Swing by the Vilalge at 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach 92647.
  4. GEMS ALONG THE COAST: Breathe the fresh air this summer and take an OC Wildlife Beach Tour. Half-day tours take you along the coastline to explore different kinds of marine life in the tide pools. Watch sea animals and plankton in their habitat. For more info on pricing visit ocwildlifeandbeachtour.com.
  5. CURTAIN CALL: Broadway comes to the West Coast at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Watch award winning musicals take the stage, like the DreamWorks hit film Catch Me If You Can. Tickets start at $20, a bargain. For upcoming plays and musicals visit scfta.org.
  6. PEDAL TO THE METAL: Rev up your engine and take your next summer fling to K1 Speed. Strap into a go-kart and speed up to 45 mph as you crash and bump into your competition. Sign up for email newsletters to receive coupons. Visit k1speed.com for more information on hours and prices.

3 THINGS to do for little or no money:

Check out the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach July 20-28. Admission is free. Watch movies on Sundays at Regal Cinemas in Garden Grove. Tickets are $6 all day. Catch the latest Angels game, but don’t buy your tickets at the box office. Visit StubHub where tickets start at $5.

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