Best Places to Beat the Heat near Whittier, CA

Located over a dozen miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, Whittier, CA, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Its Southern California location means a constant stream of sunny weather throughout the year. However, this also means that a summer day in Whittier can be extremely hot. Fortunately, the Whittier area offers plenty of things for you to do to beat the heat. Here are the best places to stay cool near Whittier:

Starlight Whittier Village Cinemas

Regardless of where you are, the local movie theater is always one of the best places in the area to stay cool, especially since the summertime comes with one of the best stretches of movie releases each year. The Starlight Whittier Village Cinemas, which is right in the heart of Whittier, is no different.

Whittier Museum

The Whittier Museum always offers a unique historical experience. It provides outstanding exhibits, is free on weekends, and its AC will keep you cool.

King Richard’s Antique Center in Whittier

Wandering around this antique center will make you feel as though you’re taking a walk through history. While you’re browsing their wares, which include a vast array of antique, vintage, and collectible items, you’re certain to find something with a wondrous story attached to it. They also offer painting classes during the summer.

Oceanic Arts in Whittier

Oceanic Arts is filled with unique and authentic Polynesian arts. Although their works of art are great to look at, you don’t have to leave your experience at the door. You can also purchase many of the works of art that they have on display.

Buena Park Medieval Times

Dinner at Medieval Times is always a blast. Fortunately, their desire to give you an authentic medieval experience doesn’t include letting you suffer under the weight of the oppressive summer heat. The Buena Park Medieval Times features an indoor arena to keep you completely comfortable.

La Pescadora Restaurant and Sports Bar

This seafood grill, Mexican restaurant, and sports bar always has the AC blasting to keep you cool while you enjoy one of their wonderful meals and/or watch a great game.

Round 1 in Lakewood

The Round 1 bowling alley is another great place to beat the heat with a few rounds of bowling. This bowling alley features an assortment of events for the whole family.

Massage Envy Spa Whittier

What better way to relax (away from the summer heat) than a day at the spa? You can get the full spa treatment at the Massage Envy Spa, which is located right here in Whittier. Don’t let the summer heat get you down! Check out any of the spots on our list to stay cool and have fun. If you need a new car to get you to and from these locations, stop by Norm Reeves Ford Superstore and test drive one of our 2015 models.


Top Tailgating Tips for Summer Games around Fullerton, CA

 

Whether you plan to spend lazy summer days at the Fullerton Sports Complex or you want to catch a summer league game at the university, you can always enhance the experience with a tailgate party. This summer, stay cool and safe while enjoying awesome tailgates with these simple tips.

Food

Nothing ruins a tailgate faster than bad food. Protect your guests by following basic food safety guidelines:

  1. Put the meat on the bottom. Cross-contamination from raw meat to other food products is the leading cause of foodborne illness. Keeping the meat on the bottom of your cooler keeps liquids from running out of the meat package and onto other food.
  2. Use a thermometer. All cold food must be kept at 40° or below for optimal safety. In addition, make sure you follow the recommended temperature guidelines for your cooked food.
  3. Always wipe and sanitize. Water is sometimes at a premium when you tailgate, so bring along a bottle of sanitizer to eliminate the spread of bacteria and germs.
  4. Slice and pre-pack toppings. It takes quite a bit of time to slice tomatoes and onions for your burgers, so avoid the hassle by cutting and packing them the night before.
  5. Make sliders instead of burgers. You don’t want to feel bloated after you eat huge burgers at your tailgate. Try serving small sliders so guests can control portion size and prevent overeating under the hot sun.

Drinks

No tailgate is complete without plenty of drinks. This season try the following:

  1. Use separate coolers for drinks. If guests are constantly opening your food cooler for drinks, the ice will melt and the food will be at risk of spoiling. Use a dedicated and labelled cooler for drinks to avoid this issue.
  2. Freeze water bottles. Place several single-serve water bottles in your freezer before your tailgate. These bottles serve two purposes. First, they replace costly bags of ice as your primary method of keeping the coolers cold. Second, you can drink them when they start to thaw.
  3. Have the right ratio. It’s easy to focus on having enough beer and soda for your tailgate, but it’s more important that you have plenty of water on hand. As a rule of thumb, anticipate guests drinking one bottle of water every 45 minutes and plan accordingly.
  4. Keep away the bugs. A paper cupcake liner is the perfect cover for all of your drinks. Put one over the top, stick a straw through it, and you’ll never have to swat flies away from your cup again.

Clean Up

It’s important to leave your tailgate site as clean (or better) than it was when you arrived. Fortunately, clean up doesn’t have to be stressful.

  1. Use a plastic tote. Take a plastic tote and line it with a trash bag. It will serve as a trash can that’s hard to knock over and won’t get torn by accident.
  2. Cool your grill. If you use a charcoal grill, make sure you put the coals in a metal bucket when you’re done cooking. Never break down a grill until it’s cool when you touch it or it becomes a fire hazard.

This summer, enjoy sports the way they were meant to be watched: with tailgates, a few drinks, and good company. If you need a new vehicle to make the most of your tailgates, check out Norm Reeves Ford Superstore’s new inventory and schedule a test drive to try out your favorite vehicles.

Tips for Spring Cleaning your Car

Hey Long Beach, Downey, and Los Angeles drivers, Norm Reeves Ford is sharing some of their favorite tips for spring cleaning your car so you can get your ride looking and smelling like new again. Just check out their list of DIY car cleaning tips below to get your vehicle ready for spring. And as a gentle reminder, always use a microfiber or lint-free cloth when cleaning your car. 

Tips for Cleaning Your Car’s Interior

  • Take out all of the floor mats and vacuum them separately. Rubber mats should be washed with a non-slip cleaner.
  • Use compressed air to free dirt and debris from buttons and cracks around the dashboard and doors.
  • Working from top to bottom, vacuum the upholstery, seats, and floors. Be sure to move the seats all the way forward and back to get all of the carpeting underneath them.
  • Remove stains from upholstery and carpeting with a foam cleanser. Vacuum the area after washing to remove any dislodged dust or dirt. Make sure you can dry the area after cleaning to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Cloth and nylon seats can be easily shampooed with a wet vac extraction machine.
  • Leather or vinyl should be cleaned only with leather or vinyl cleaner. After cleaning, use a conditioner on leather seats to avoid drying and cracking.
  • A mild all-purpose cleaner is great for wiping down any hard surfaces inside your car.
  • Use glass cleaner to clean all of the windows and mirrors. Avoid cleaners with ammonia or vinegar if you have after-market tinted windows, as these chemicals could damage the tint. However, factory tinting is protected in the glass so it won’t be damaged.

Tips for Cleaning Your Car’s Exterior

  • Park in a shady spot and let your car get nice and cool before you start cleaning.
  • Fill one bucket with sudsy cleaner and another with clean water. Dip a deep-pile terrycloth microfiber towel into the cleaner then wipe a section of the car’s exterior. Then dip the towel into the clean water to rinse out the dirt.
  • Working from top to bottom, clean one section of the vehicle at a time and don’t let the soap dry.
  • When you’re done washing, use a gentle stream of water from a hose to rinse the car and then dry it immediately with a cloth. Air drying will result in soap spots on your car’s exterior.
  • Use a wheel brush and degreaser or wheel cleaner to get dirt and grime off the wheel rims. Allow the cleaner to soak into the rims for about a minute before brushing it away.
  • Wash the tires with whitewall cleaner.

Of course, these are just a few tips for spring cleaning your car. Some of our Los Angeles, Downey, and Long Beach customers also suggest polishing and waxing your vehicle, changing the oil, and cleaning the air filter.

Want even more information about vehicle care and maintenance? Check out our website. At Norm Reeves Ford, we provide our customers with a steady supply of useful automotive information to help you get the most out of your vehicle. Stop by any time to test drive our new 2015 Ford models.

Unique Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, unique Valentine’s Day dates are leaving the cliché chocolates, flowers, and dinner dates in the dust. Attracting those all over the area from Long Beach to Downey, these nontraditional events and activities are giving an interesting spin on the usual happenings for this holiday. If you’re tired of the norm and want to try something different with your love this year, here’s a list of unique Valentine’s Day dates near Los Angeles.

Valentine’s Day Malibu Wine Safari & Chocolate Tasting at Saddlerock Ranch

Located at 32111 Mulholland Highway in Malibu is the Valentine’s Day Malibu Wine Safari & Chocolate Tasting at Saddlerock Ranch event. Here, you’ll receive a tour of the Malibu Wine Safari’s Saddlerock Ranch and sample wines paired with indulgent chocolates. Also, you can see unusual wildlife like zebras, giraffe, and other animals. This event is set to take place from February 13 to February 15, and tickets will cost $100 each.

Watson Adventures’ Naked at the Getty Scavenger Hunt

On Valentine’s Day from 2 pm or 5:30 pm, you and your love can roam through Getty Center in Los Angeles for a scavenger hunt. With this, you can work together to answer tricky questions to uncover hidden secrets within works of art that involve nudity. It’s an interesting event that everyone can participate in regardless of your knowledge of art.

5K Runs

Although running 5ks as a couple is gaining bit of popularity across the country, a Valentine’s themed run is a unique way to celebrate the holiday. On Valentine’s Day at 7 am, you and your mate can participate in the Sweetheart Conquest at Dockweiler Beach. The track provides a scenic beachfront view for romance as both of you run a 5k, 15k, or 20k together.

Sex and the City Zoo Dinner

At the Sex and the City Zoo Dinner the Witherbe Auditorium in the LA Zoo gives couples champagne, chocolate, and an optional 5-course dinner. Attending this event gives a lighthearted insight on animal dating, mating, and cohabitation. Plus, zoo veteran Joleen Lutz will speak about the pros and cons of relationships within the animal world.

Stay Local or Stay In

The traditions of Valentine’s Day may make you believe you have to go all out to celebrate, but this holiday is actually about appreciating the time you’ve had with your sweetheart and enjoying his or her company. So stay in and create your own experiences at home or ditch the fancy restaurants and stop by a pizza place or taco stand for dinner. So long as you two have fun, it won’t matter where you go or what you do. In the end, it’s about how much you love each other.

In Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Downey unique Valentine’s Day dates are taking over. Step away from the traditions this year and add one or all of these events and ideas to your Valentine’s Day plans for an experience you and your date won’t forget.

For a gift he or she will remember, head over to Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos. With an inventory of popular 2015 Ford models, finding the gift designed to woo your Valentine will be fun and easy. So stop in and check out what we have to offer and schedule your test drive today.

Top Spring Break Staycations in Orange County, CA

Staycations in Orange County are turning into the new vacation destinations for those in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey. For spring break this year, many residents in the area are opting to stay local rather than traveling for their vacations. It’s a great idea for those looking to save a little money and for many who prefer to sleep in their own beds. So if you’re considering staying home for a spring break staycation in Orange County, here are some things you can do while you have a little time off.

Disneyland

 

Spend your spring break at Disneyland in Anaheim this year and take all of your friends and entire family with you. From rides to great food to hanging out with iconic characters like Mickey Mouse, Disneyland has everything you need for a magical staycation in Orange County. As stated before, it is right in Anaheim, making it close for those all over the area to enjoy. Plus, with its nearby proximity, you have the freedom to go there for your entire vacation or just one day.

California Hiking Trails and Camping

Orange County is filled with trails and camping spots if you’re looking to get in touch with the local outdoors for your spring break. For hiking there’s the Deer Canyon Park. This 103 acre area of wilderness features a hilly terrain for those quick hikes, mountain biking, and equestrians. For camping there’s the Doheny State Beach. It includes camping grounds at the southern end of the park, making your outdoor experience scenic and beautiful.

Wine Tastings

Living in California means you’re right near the many vineyards the state has to offer. So why not take the time and visit on during your spring break staycation? Whether you’re looking to spend a few nights there or just a day, vineyards in the area offer great amenities, beautiful views, and wine tastings for you to enjoy. From Laguna Canyon Winery to Pozzuoli Vineyard and Winery in Tustin, take your pick of destinations for your staycation.

Staying In

While there are a ton of great staycation destinations all over Orange County, you still have the option of staying in and relaxing. At home you have the freedom to do what you want whether it’s sleeping in or browsing the Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos’ online showroom for a new car. Staying in locally is affordable and allows you recharge, regroup and feel refreshed before headed back to college or back to work.

In Orange County, staycation ideas are gaining popularity for those in Downey, Long Beach, and Los Angeles. So if you’re considering staying local, head to the destinations above to experience a spring break filled with excitement. And if you’re planning on staying home relaxing, then get a head start on the car buying process and take a peek at the online showroom at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore. With great new and popular Ford models one is bound to catch your attention, and when one does be sure to schedule your test drive online!

Beating the Black Friday Crowds: Where to go in Los Angeles

 

Believe it or not, yet another holiday season is soon to be upon us. This means that it is time to start planning another season of holiday shopping, especially if you considering taking advantage of some the myriad Black Friday sales in the Los Angeles area. The good news is that LA is home to more fantastic holiday shopping than just about anywhere else in the country. However, it is also one of the most populated areas of the country, and planning to actually participate in the largest shopping day of the year takes some special planning in order to both beat the huge crowds and get the best deals. These are some tips as to where – and when – to get the most our of Black Friday in LA.
Toy and Video Game Shopping Early

Snatching up the most popular toys of the season is an art that takes skill, determination, and knowledge. If you want to have your choice of the items that you know your kids want, this often requires beginning your holiday shopping before Black Friday officially begins. In this case, two hours earlier. The best way to get the best choice at Toys R Us is to show up at the Toys R Us location at 2905 Los Feliz Boulevard in Glendale when they begin their Black Friday hours at 10 pm on Thursday, November 28th. The sale runs through Friday night at 11 pm, but your best bet is to drink a cup or two of coffee after Thanksgiving dinner and making your way straight to Toys R Us on Thursday night.
While Toys R Us does offer a good selection of video games and video game equipment, if you prefer to visit a dedicated video game store to shop for the gamer on your list, you have a couple more hours to get to GameStop. GameStop locations throughout the area will be opening at midnight on Friday morning for Black Friday in LA, including the GameStop at 10800 W Pico Boulevard in West LA.
Classic Department Store Shopping Even Earlier
It seems as though the trend of opening for Black Friday in LA before Black Friday even begins is extending far beyond toy stores, as Macy’s locations throughout the country – including here in Los Angeles – opening their doors at 8 pm on Thanksgiving night. Macy’s is one of the oldest department store chains in the country, any Macy’s location, such as their flagship LA location at 750 West 7th Street, is guaranteed to have a hugely varied selection of quality merchandise for everybody on your list.
Shopping for Yourself Whenever You Like

While shopping for the people in your life is always an important part of the holiday season, Black Friday is also a time to find some great deals for yourself, or in the case of a quality new or pre-owned vehicle you and your family. Car dealerships like Cerritos Ford at 18900 Studebaker Road in Cerritos always save some of the best deals of the year for around Black Friday, and the best part is that you do not have to show up Thanksgiving night or extra early in the morning to take advantage of these deals.

Thanksgiving Recipes for Orange County Residents

 

Most of us have traditional Thanksgiving recipes that our families demand to see on our holiday tables. Obviously the turkey takes center stage and there are always mashed potatoes, stuffing and a multitude of different pies that are staples on Turkey Day but, if you’re thinking about trying something different, we have a few things for you!

Local Orange County, produce this time of year includes root vegetables and squash. Butternut squash is a tasty variety of this vegetable and, although preparing your first butternut squash can be intimidating, don’t let that task put you off of making this tasty dish!

Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • 8 ounces pasta (use smaller elbows, mini bow ties or other small pasta)
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup very thinly sliced red or sweet onion
  • 1 tsp butter or margarine
  • 1 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder or minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Combine half the salt, all of the rosemary, pepper, paprika.
  3. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease or spray with a non-stick spray. Arrange squash on cookie sheet, sprinkle with seasoning mixture and bake for 45 minutes turning once half way through. Increase heat to 475° and bake for ten minutes more.
  4. While squash is roasting, prepare pasta according to package instructions for al dente doneness. Also pan fry onions in the 1 teaspoon of butter and garlic until the onions are translucent.
  5. When pasta, onions and squash are cooked, mix together and set aside. Melt remaining butter in skillet and whisk in flour until it’s completely saturated. Then add the milk slowly while whisking until mixture thickens. Then add cheddar cheese, stirring until it melts.
  6. Combine cheese sauce with the pasta, squash and onions then transfer to a well-greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake at 350 until brown and bubbling – about 30 minutes for one of the tastiest Thanksgiving recipes ever.

Try adding bacon or turkey bacon to this take on a slightly healthier, more carb-friendly version of mac and cheese. You can also substitute low-fat cheeses or 2% or skim milk to cut the calories down.

Some of the most favorite Thanksgiving recipes are made with carrots and we have a simple one for you to try.

Carrots with Dill Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut to one inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil carrots until tender then drain.
  2. Toss with remaining ingredients and serve hot.

Also on the list of local foods are turnips. Try mashing them like potatoes for a slightly tangy twist on your traditional Thanksgiving recipes or roast them with olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Brussels sprouts, carrots and even potatoes can be roasted also. For your traditional sweet potatoes or yams, try adding some freshly ground ginger or even a little bit of chili powder for a different dimension and taste.

As always, when trying a new recipe, give it a test run first to see if it meets your expectations. If you like it but don’t love it, try substituting ingredients for some that you may enjoy more or think about adjusting the measurements until you get it exactly the way you want it!