Anaheim Packing House


I'll be honest, having lived in Orange County most of my entire life I find much of it quite boring.  But every once in a while I'll come across a place that catches my attention. The Anaheim Packing House is one of those places. I first heard about it from a friend who was moving to a place nearby and stopped by a few weeks ago with my dad to see what it's all about.

Once upon a time Orange County was filled with orange groves. The Packing House was a hub for commerce for the area at the time as farmers would bring their citrus fruits their to be washed, sorted, packed, and then loaded onto trains to be shipped nationwide.  However as the demand for housing increased, said orange groves went bye bye (I actually remember when the very last orange grove near my house was torn down :( ) and the role of the packing house as a functioning facility stopped.

Recently the Packing House was converted into a large two level dining hall. There is a large central atrium with communal dining which is surrounded by various cafes and food kiosks. There is a large variety and range of restaurants ensuring that there is something for everyone.

We went to the Packing House early on a Sunday afternoon and it was completely packed (no pun intended) I thought that perhaps it was because it had only opened recently although when I checked I realized it has been open since March. It's open daily from 10:30 a.m. so next time I visit I will try to come during a less busy period.

We ate a place called The Kroft, which is apparently known for it's comfort food.  I finally had poutine for the first time in my life, the epitome of comfort food. If you don't know what poutine is it's basically fries slothered in gravy with cheese curds, a Canadian classic. Very delicious but the sort of thing you can almost feel clogging your arteries as you eat it. 

We also hung out for a bit at the Iron Press which specializes in local beer and waffles (weird combo huh) I had a glass of Toasted in Tahiti by Bottle Logic Brewing, an American Pale Ale style of beer which was pretty good and had hint of coconut and was refreshing after such a hot day. 

After hanging out with my dad at the Packing House I went over to Downtown Disney to have a reunion with some of my coworkers from my LA Days. We ended up staying pretty late and even got to watch the fireworks at Disneyland. 

Whether you're a local to Orange County or perhaps a visiting the area and looking to get away from the Disney madness definitely check out the Packing House. 

P.S. I am now back in South Africa so look forward to a bunch of new posts of my adventures here. I might even try my hand at some vlogging (which I know will make me feel super awkward, but is something I've been wanting to push myself to do for a while now).

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