What do breweries do on their birthdays, or anniversaries? They throw a beer fest, of course! Bootlegger’s Brewery turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, just like previous years, they will throw a music & beer festival this weekend. The fest will take place this Saturday afternoon at the same location as last year. All drinking guests pay $40 to attend, and receive unlimited 4oz beer tasters plus the glass to take home. Some Orange County food trucks will keep guests fed, while local musicians will perform throughout the fest, and plenty of games of skill will keep guests occupied.

In general, arrive early to maximize your time inside the festival area. In the previous year, guests may have spent at least half an hour waiting in the line to enter. Last year, Bootlegger’s sold only will-call tickets, backing up the sole entrance for quite some time. I do not know how Bootlegger’s will handle the entrance line this time, but if you value your drinking time, arrive early so you can start as soon as you can.

Taking place at the historical Muckenthaler Cultural Center, or The Muck for short, the fest area covers a wide ground, and allows guests to freely roam the venue without the need to push their way through a crowd. Bootlegger’s usually does a good job at spreading everything out, as beer stations cover all the main paths of the venue. In any section of the venue, guests can find random activities to keep them occupied between drinks, such as field games, a mechanical bull ride, a cigar area, the music stage, and a high striker.

Besides all the festivities, what do people go to a beer fest for? Beer, of course! Bootlegger’s does a good job of bringing out their archive beers for this fest, including many aged beers, such as the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Black Phoenix, where the brewers not only age the beer, but brew it stronger, hence the Imperial name. Bootlegger’s also generally invites some other local breweries to attend this fest to serve their beers, such as Noble Ale Works, The Bruery, Tustin Brewing, Packing House, Bravery Brewing, and Newport Beach Brewing.

The Bootlegger’s Brewery 6th Anniversary Music & Beer Fest takes place this Saturday, April 26, from 12pm to 4pm. The $40 admission to this festival includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, over 30 brews including rares and limited brews, food trucks (food sold separately), live music, access to the venue’s art gallery, a bull ride, bocce ball, dunk tank, cigar lounge (cigars sold separately), and more. No one under 21 may attend. Although guests may park for free, the parking lot can only hold so many cars, so try to carpool or designate a sober driver. Dress for warm weather, as this fest takes place mostly outdoors with limited shade. Most importantly, stay hydrated – the combination of alcohol, sunshine, and potential salty foods can seriously dehydrate anyone in no time.

Beer floats have existed for some time, now, though not as prevalent as craft beer and ice cream separately. L.A. Foodie decided to combine the two with their Float Trip this past Saturday at Angel City Brewery in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. This special event for adults at Angel City Brewery allowed attendees to indulge in select beers from the brewery and ice cream from local creameries. While Angel City offered only three beer varieties, the three ice cream vendors offered a greater variety of ice cream flavors, allowing attendees to mix and match any flavors they like. Originally presumed to have pairings recommended by L.A. Foodie, the greater amount of ice cream compared to beer meant that attendees could create their own beer floats. As a result, some people made some ravishing discoveries, while others, such as myself, discovered that perhaps beer and ice cream should stay separate.

Float Trip took place on Angel City’s new upper deck area, which had remained closed to the public ever since their opening in early 2013. Roaming this upper area sure made us feel important, but it appeared that Angel City still has more plans for it. As the first thing that some would notice, the heat builds up here rather quickly. Angel City had not installed fans or air conditioning up here, so upon first arriving, I certainly felt the heat. Having all the doors open allows for some circulation, allowing the upper area to cool down later in the evening.

In addition to all the beers and ice cream, attendees could munch on free mini cupcakes from Mwokaji Cakery.

As far as the ice cream went, Peddler’s Creamery, Ice Cream Lab, and Ramekin delightfully served their scrumptious concoctions to all the attendees until they ran out. Peddler’s served five different flavors: cardamom, Mexican chocolate, dark choclate, strawberry basil, and vanilla. Ramekin served eight flavors, which included chai tea, chocolate espresso, Mexican chocolate, maple, and more. Ice Cream Lab made only one flavor: salted caramel with pretzels. Due to their method of churning fresh ice cream and doing so outside of their facility, they could only make one flavor.

Angel City served up three different beers: a pilsner, a wheat ale, and a Mexican Coke ale. I tried my best to pair an ice cream flavor with each one, but none of the beers stand out as a qualified candidate to enter a beer float. Thicker beers, such as pub ales and stouts, would work much better with ice cream. The Mexican Coke ale paired with Mexican chocolate ice cream probably tasted the closest to a beer float, but still had quite a ways to go.

For an event as simple as this, what more could you ask for? L.A. Foodie left the bells and whistles at home this time, opting for a low-cost event that still delivers fun and booze. If anything went wrong, it occurred beyond L.A. Foodie’s control. Notably, 4th Street, the main road used to get to Angel City Brewery from the nearest freeway, closed to traffic due to Brokechella taking place at this same time just down the street from the brewery. As a result, navigating the streets almost felt like driving through the Las Vegas Strip – full of pedestrians, and nowhere to park within half a mile. As for the date, this actually occurred on a Saturday with the least amount of Southern California events all month. So in hindsight, L.A. Foodie put on a great event as they always do. Due to external factors weighing on this event, L.A. Foodie certainly could have attained more with Float Trip.

When talking about something that markets well, people see how well something will perform around the world. Things that people in any country can connect with usually indicate that it works well with or without translation. For example, instrumental music works very well across the world due to a lack of lyrics binding it to one language. Take a look at the history of Lindsey Stirling – she originally appeared on America’s Got Talent, where a judge criticized her that her performance would not market well. Well it turns out that a young attractive violinist that can dance, sing, and mix dubstep could market very well on an international level. The significance of the international market greatly influences any business decision from the top of the corporate ladder all the way down to daily exchanges. Besides music, food translates very well around the world. Everybody around the world has to eat, so food makes for a great way to sell a brand or concept in other regions. When regions clash, you end up with fusion, which Grill ‘Em All has stepped up this month at their restaurant in Alhambra.

Now paying homage to the eastern world this month, Grill ‘Em All continues to ramp up their repertoire of burgers so off-the-charts that they can only serve it for a month. Just like the nature behind the restaurant, expect no formalities at Grill ‘Em All – heavy metal reverberates between the walls here, breaking down any and all barriers, yet accepting all who enter the doors to Valhalla. These doors extend all the way around the world, and this month, those doors greet South Korean death metal band Tokkaebi, roughly translating to goblin. Much like how punk rock has gone global, death metal reaches all corners of the world. To honor death metal around the world, Grill ‘Em All creates this Korean-inspired burger by topping a half-pound beef patty with kimchi (spiced pickled veggies) and Gochujang (savory hot sauce), then placing it over a pajeon (Korean-style pancake), bulgogi (Korean beef), lettuce, and sriracha sauce (really spicy sauce). Although this sounds like a spice attack, everything else in the burger contains the heat rather well. Of particular note, the bulgogi stands out the most. The way that Grill ‘Em All grills the bulgogi makes it crisp with a unique caramelized taste. If you happen to pluck out a piece of the bulgogi to eat by itself, you may find yourself craving only that ingredient.

Grill ‘Em All also calls this the Wing Kanemura, which refers to a wrestler if you Google that name. How a wrestler relates to a death metal band, I have yet to discover; perhaps the wrestler used the band’s music as an entrance theme? But I digress – you have until the end of this month (read: next week!) to snag a Tokkaebi Burger at Grill ‘Em All for just $12! Now that Lent has ended, you have no excuse for bringing yourself, your friends, and your family over to Grill ‘Em All for a taste of the East!

Hawaiian-Themed Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 23
The Grill at Torrey Pines, San Diego

Saint Archer Brewing Company will pair their beers with various Hawaiian dishes from The Grill at Torrey Pines this Wednesday night. The $80 admission includes food, beer pairings, valet parking, tax, and gratuity. No one under 21 may attend.

Build Your Own Poutine Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 24
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Beachwood BBQ throws a special food night every month or two, each with a different type of food, such as chili or ribs. This time, they feature the ever-popular Build Your Own Poutine Night. Pick the base, cheese, gravy, meat, and more, and pair it with a nice craft beer or two. No reservations required – simply show up, and order!

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Aggrolites – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-aggrolites
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 25, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://www.bellyup.com/event/the-aggrolites-2/

Catch The Aggrolites as they headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to the all-ages show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Thursday night cost $5. Tickets to the 21 & up show at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach this Friday night cost $18 presale or $20 at the door.

25th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 25
Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $65 each when purchasing five or more in a single transaction.

Luicidal @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 25
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Catch Luicidal as they headline a local punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Johnny Madcap & The Distractions – 7″ Record Release Party
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 25
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

Enjoy a local rock show this Friday night at Cafe NELA northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking on the street.

The Return of The Dips
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 25
The Vu Bar & Lounge, Newhall

Punk rock hits Newhall this Friday night, with The Dips returning to the stage after a long wait. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

19th Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

31st Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 26-27
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26
Bixby Park, Long Beach

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Spring 2014 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26-27
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

30th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26-27
Little Italy, San Diego

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Spring 2014 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26-27
LA Mart, Los Angeles

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. If buying presale, use promo code ebfan to save 30% off the presale price! Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Bootlegger’s Brewery 6th Anniversary Music & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 26
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

Celebrate Bootlegger’s Brewery’s 6th anniversary at their music & beer fest this Saturday in Fullerton. The $40 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, over 30 brews including rares and limited brews, food trucks, live music, access to the venue’s art gallery, a bull ride, bocce ball, dunk tank, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2014
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 26
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 27
Adams Avenue, San Diego

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

4th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 26
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with 12 4oz beer pours.

5th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 26
Fairplex, Pomona

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $15. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $5 and $15 per vehicle.

St. Georgie Venereal’s B-Day Bash
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 26
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Enjoy a FREE all-ages punk rock show this Saturday night with Broken Patron Saints, High Gain Fury, Carpit, and more.

The Dickies, The Queers, and More @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Big names in punk rock invade The Observatory this Saturday night, as The Dickies and The Queers headline this all-ages show. Tickets to this show cost $10. The venue has limited free parking, so arrive early to secure a parking spot. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Hollywood Hate @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 26
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

Get all punk rock out with Hollywood Hate this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Punk Show @ Jack’s Bar & Grill
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 26
Jack’s Bar & Grill, Riverside

Catch some great local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 27 – May 2
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 27 and May 2, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

25th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 27
Balboa Park, San Diego

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

2014 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 27
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $85 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

2nd Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 27
55 Degree Wine, Atwater Village

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Punk Rock & Tacos IV
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Local punk bands will play for FREE this Sunday all day at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Los Angeles Mac And Cheeze Takedown
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 27
The Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles

Enter your Mac & Cheese to compete to win prizes, or just attend and stuff yourself full of mac & cheese! If you have a mac & cheese dish worthy of recognition, enter it into this mac & cheese contest this Sunday afternoon. If you would rather eat other people’s mac, buy tickets for $15 per person, then show up and chow down!

When consumers go shopping for anything, they always know prior how many people to shop for. More often than not, when people shop for apparel, they shop for one person – themselves. When people shop for food, they can shop for as little as one person up to as many as an entire business. Based on this, a consumer must gauge how much to purchase. Purchasing for one or a few comes with convenience, but tend to come with a higher price per volume. Purchasing in bulk comes with bulk discounts, such as buying a 24-pack of soft drinks versus a six-pack. But what about those times where you only get one size? Some pizza places will serve their pizzas in varying sizes from small to extra large, but in the end, most pizzas still contain multiple servings. For those times when you crave pizza but just want enough for one serving, satisfy that craving with this single-serve pepperoni pizza.

A pizza can take on many forms, with varieties in the crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings. You can pick and choose whichever you like, but essentially, you need four main ingredients:

  • Base – I use Whole Wheat English Muffins (pictured above). Feel free to use sliced bread (pictured below), bagels (beware the center hole), waffles, or gluten-free variants of any of these.
  • Sauce – Use any thick Italian tomato sauce so that it does not seep through the bread, and spread it evenly on the base. For bolder flavor, use BBQ sauce. For an herbed flavor, use pesto sauce. For a lighter flavor, use olive oil.
  • Cheese – Grate the cheese of your choice, and spread evenly on top of the sauce. I use English Cheddar. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses, such as mozzarella, parmesan, feta, goat, and more.
  • Toppings – You can buy sliced Pepperoni at the deli counter in your local grocery store. Chop a slice into smaller pieces to evenly distribute over the pizza. Other toppings can go right on top. If you use ground meat, add that before the cheese to create a meat sauce.

Prior to preparing the ingredients, place a baking sheet or pan in your oven, and preheat the oven to 400°F. For a snack, one slice of bread, or one half of an English muffin or bagel or whatever, will suffice. For a meal, double that up. Start with your base, layer on the sauce, grate the cheese over it, and add the toppings. Once oven reaches 400°F, place your pizza(s) on the baking sheet and bake for five minutes, then broil it for five more minutes. Once the pizza(s) finishes baking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for about two minutes, then enjoy your fresh homemade single-serve pizza!

D.O.A. performing Police Brutality at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on February 1, 2013.

Think you can hold out for Lent for any longer? If you feel that you can stop one day early, you may receive the chance to indulge on sweets, booze, and sweets in booze at L.A. Foodie‘s Float Trip. This Saturday from 4pm to 7pm, the L.A. Foodie crew will once again strut into Angel City Brewery, where the crew will set up for an evening of serving up artisanal ice cream and craft beer. Guests will choose a beer from three choices of Angel City’s brews, and pick any ice cream flavor available from Peddler’s Creamery, Ice Cream Lab, or Ramekin. Additionally, all attendees receive a float-mixing kit, complete with cups, spoons, straws, trays, and more. As for food, attendees can snack on cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats from Mwokaji Cakery, while supplies last. General admission costs just $9, and includes three ice cream beer floats and a $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. Beyond this event, all attendees plus regular visitors to the brewery can still order beer from the counter, and purchase food from the food trucks that will serve outside.

Take a peek at L.A. Foodie’s last event, Treatoberfest, here at Angel City Brewery back in October last year:

As this weekend contains countless events throughout Southern California, transportation reigns as the number one obstacle for any local. Not too far from here, Brokechella will occur, occupying most, if not all, parking spaces in the area. Also not too far from Downtown Los Angeles, the K-Town Night Market will take place, causing a clutter of people near Union Station, a 15 minute walk from Angel City. No one under 21 may attend the event, and the brewery’s staff WILL check for ID’s at the door, so remember to bring your ID! Last but not least, drink responsibly, as this area of Los Angeles sees a high density of traffic both on wheels and on foot.