See Arthouse Cinema !
Edwards Cinema at Irvine's University Center
If one wants to find the really off beat and independent films to watch on a big screen, depend on the Edwards to deliver each time.
Here, you will find other more refined and discerning arthouse cinema fans who appreciate the true experience of movie going.
Pick Organic Fruits at Tanaka's
OK, it may be a bit odd to visit a place to pick fruit and veggies but this is an interesting experience, especially in the spring in Orange County. Strawberries are plentiful in this time of the year. They make for a great snack- much better than popcorn chicken at the local KFC I think!
Group tours are especially aimed for school kids. The cost of a tour, $10, includes a wagon ride (well, why not--we are in the wild, wild, west!). Grown-ups can also enjoy the farm, using it as a field trip or sorts.
Expect to spend a few hours here in the usually sunny Orange county!
Check out the website for scenes from the farm and directions.
University California Irvine Arboretum
"Argentinian Floss Silk Tree"
One of the many rare trees/plants at the arboretum, this tree grows up to 15 meters in height and has row after row of spiny thorns rising up the trunk to discourage animals from climbing up. Apparently, South American Sloths are able to still slink their way on up, but I didn't see any of them in Southern California.
The name of the tree comes from the silky floss-like material inside their seed packets. It was even used as a fluffy filler for pillows.
Irvine - sleepy, but nice
"Sleepy, but nice"
There's not a lot to see or do in Irvine; it's mostly a residential area. However, if you are on a business trip, and are staying in Irvine, there are a few things to do. If you like shopping, check out the nearby South Coast Plaza. It's only minutes away. Take the 405 Fwy north, and exit Bristol, heading north. There are many fine eateries in Irvine, as well as the usual fast-food joints. Take a trip to the "Spectrum", where you can shop, eat, or see a movie at one of the *21* theaters, including the ultra-huge IMAX. They also recently added a ferris wheel! If you head south (take El Toro as far as it goes), you'll reach the beach. About 20 minutes from downtown Irvine, you'll find a sleepy town called Laguna Beach, where you can enjoy the waves, shop, or play basketball.
Finally, there's city hall, where silly people try do things like build trains through Irvine.