Placentia’s Original Pancake House

On occasion my family would go out to eat brunch. Several times we ate at the Original Pancake House in Yorba Linda. This restaurant recently moved to Placentia in the Fall of 2018. We dined at this location earlier this year.

This restaurant is located at the west end of a building in a strip mall. You find the name of the establishment on the end wall over the windows to the right of the main entrance. You also find the restaurant’s logo, a chef holding the handle to a griddle, around the corner to the front of the building.

When I walked into the restaurant, I saw a clean, uncluttered ambience with framed posters and farmhouse decorations. There are several booths located at the windows while the interior is filled with numerous café tables with two chairs each.

Not to be confused with its competitor, the International House of Pancakes (IHOP), OPH offers, I think, a wider variety of pancake, crepe, waffle, and egg dishes. One of my favorites is their Dutch Baby (also known as the German pancake). It is a single large pancake that is baked, not cooked on the griddle, and served with butter, lemon wedges, and powdered sugar.

On other visits to OPH, I tried their Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, their sourdough pancakes, and their bacon pancakes (picture below.) They were all delicious.

One of OPH’s specialties is their apple pancake, a mound of apples, cinnamon and pancake. I understand that this dish requires more time to prepare (maybe 20 minutes.) You might be wise to ask your waiter for the current wait times before you decide to order.

Their Danish Kijafa Cherry crepes is another specialty which is crepes served with a sauce made with Montmorency cherries and kijafa, or cherry wine.

The restaurant’s transition from Yorba Linda to Placentia took longer than it was expected, perhaps two years. But I believe that it was well worth the wait.

 

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Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA

My current understanding of American presidents has Richard Nixon with a bad reputation. Even so, the city of Yorba Linda is the home of the Richard Nixon Library and Museum. This location features not only the library of the 37th President of the United States and its museum, but also this president’s birthplace and gravesite.

According to presidentsusa.net/nixongravesite.html, Nixon was the president who was buried closest to where he was born.

The library and museum, which dominate the view from Yorba Linda Blvd., has a wide variety of exhibits, including replicas of the White House Oval Office and Air Force One, the Boeing 707 aircraft Nixon used during his presidency. Because I live nearby, I often drive by the library and museum.

According to Wikipedia.org, both the Nixon birthplace and the gravesite are at least partially hidden from view, the birthplace by a grove of trees and the gravesite by the Pat Nixon garden.

Also according to Wikipedia.org, the birthplace is a 1-1/2 story Craftsman style bungalow, with a gabled roof and clapboard exterior. The north roof face has a broad shed-roof dormer projecting, and a gabled hood shelters the main entrance. Some of its windows feature diamond-pane sashes or panels.

There is another item to see on the grounds of the museum – the presidential helicopter, which surprised me. Nixon used it for his many trips between the White House and Andrews Air Force base in Maryland. He also used that vehicle to depart for the last time on August 9, 1974 when he resigned earlier that day as President of the United States.

The library and museum offers exhibits of documents and other artifacts, films and photographs. According to nixonlibrary.gov, all of the documents and artifacts from Nixon’s years in the White House have been laid out for any visitor to inspect. Offering a visitor to reassess Nixon’s presidency and his character as a man before, during, and after his presidency.

Nixon passed in 1994, during the presidency of Bill Clinton. According to nixonfoundation.org, Clinton spoke at Nixon’s funeral and said, “… may the day of judging President Nixon on anything less than his entire life and career come to a close.”

The library has frequent speaker engagements, tours of the Pat Nixon Garden, and visits to the birthplace and the helicopter.

The library is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. More information can be found online at www.nixonfoundation.org .

Photographs credited to: Nixon National Park Service, Public Domain and Creative Commons Attribution

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The Orange Circle in Orange, CA

In the city of Orange we have what has come to be known as “the Orange Circle.” It is a small park surrounded by a roundabout, named Plaza Square, which is actually the intersection of two major streets, Glassell Street going north and south, and Chapman Avenue going east and west.

This intersection is surrounded by numerous small offices, shops, and eateries that invite pedestrian traffic. One popular location is the Orange Circle Antique Mall at 118 South Glassell Street. As antique shops go, this location is a very large shop. It features a large variety of items large and small from various decades. Each “stall” has its own seller. This “mall” has a large basement filled with more spaces and shops. You can find this mall on Facebook to get more information.

Another antique shop is Country Roads Antiques and Gardens at 204 West Chapman Avenue. Along with various antique items set in a rustic themed surrounding, this location also has a variety of plants in unique pots just outside the store. This mall maintains a great Facebook site.

Just down the street is Felix Continental Café, located on the south-west section of the roundabout at 36 Plaza Square. This restaurant specializes in Spanish and Cuban dishes. One very popular dish is Paella Valenciana, which is Spanish rice topped with shellfish, calamares (squid), fish, chicken, pork, and chorizo. You can find more information on hours, menu, and prices online at felixcontinentalcafe.com. I highly recommend Felix.

Across from the Orange Circle Antique Mall is a wonderful spot called Paris in a Cup Tea Salon and Cafe. It is located at 119 South Glassell Avenue, directly across Glassell from the Antique Mall. They specialize in French macarons, as well as scones, tea sandwiches, and a variety of lunch meals and desserts for the weary shopper.

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Alicia’s Cafe in Brea

On my occasional drive to Brea, I kept noticing this restaurant called, “Alicia’s,” with its wooden swing and flowered patio outside. So one Saturday I walked in. When I looked at their menu, I was impressed by their large number of selections. I decided to try their version of bagel and lox. My meal arrived in a matter of minutes in a straw basket. My bagel was loaded with lox, cream cheese, tomato, cucumber, capers, and red onion. What a taste sensation!

Alicia’s specializes in breakfasts and lunches, but it also offers dinners as take-home prepared meals and catering services. The cuisine is American, Café, and Soups, all with a mind for healthy eating, and also vegetarian meals.

According to their website, www.aliciasinc.com, Alicia grew up with her father running a restaurant business of his own. Alicia learned all of her cooking and creative skills hands-on in her father’s restaurant.

Then the day came in 1978 when Alicia’s father encouraged her to “leave the nest” and start her own restaurant. She opened as a storefront sandwich shop, but it outgrew its location and relocated to its current site as the full-fledged restaurant it is today.

Other favorite items on Alicia’s menu include her “Pink cloud” and her potato cheese soup. You can view their extensive menu (offering over twenty sandwiches plus eight special sandwiches, nine salads, and seven specialties) at their website.

In addition to the regular menu, Alicia’s also offers a menu for each of three special events: Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You can get more information online on ordering these meals at www.aliciasinc.com/alicias/catering.asp#holidaymenus.

The restaurant is located at 590 Central Avenue just east of Berry Street in a small industrial area of Brea. Patrons can drive by and miss the restaurant unless they look carefully for the street addresses or use GPS.

Alicia’s restaurant has an outside patio and garden, giving patrons the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air. For those patron who have well-behaved dogs, this patio/garden can be a delightful spot for enjoying their meals with their pets nearby.

According to tripadvisor.com, Alicia’s received a 4.5 out of 5 rating, giving it a #18 rating among 155 restaurants in Brea. Yelp.com also gives Alicia’s a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

Alicia’s is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. In addition to its casual dining area, the restaurant features a small gift shop. This shop grew out of Alicia’s passion for finding unique items to present as gifts for loved ones and friends. The shop features decorative kitchen items, lotions, clothing, and sundry other items that are moderately priced. After a delicious meal, feel free to walk into the shop and explore. The gift shop is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

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