In today’s civilized society, people no longer have to hunt for their food – they either go to a restaurant or grocery store to obtain their food. While this brings a huge convenience to our lives, this eliminates the notion of fresh food. After all, hunting for your own food basically guarantees freshness, as you know the timing of the ingredient. When going to a grocery store, you have no idea how long the ingredients have sat on the shelves. Fresh food means low to no preservatives, and who wants artificial ingredients in their food anyways? Certain styles of cuisine utilize fresh ingredients more than others, such as many European cultures. We classically think of Greek and Mediterranean food as very fresh, and lots of people love that food because of how fresh and healthy their food tastes. For the freshest and healthiest of Mediterranean food, we turn to D’Vine: A Mediterranean Experience.

Greek restaurants exist all over the place, but D’Vine: A Mediterranean Experience stands out from the crowd as a more authentic experience. While their name claims to boast Mediterranean food, the cuisine at D’Vine aligns more with Lebanese cuisine than anything else. Between all the styles of Mediterranean cuisine, a lot of the dishes share similar qualities and ingredients. Customers can expect the usual pita bread/chips, extra virgin olive oil, hummus, baba ganoush, kebabs, shawarma, and garlic sauce. D’Vine pays careful attention to all of their dishes and bring out the best of the food’s natural flavors. For example, their garlic sauce contains simply garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and a dash of salt – no dairy at all despite the white appearance. Their signature item, the lamb, carries the natural meat flavor so well that you really do not need to sauce or season it. Regardless, D’Vine crafts their garlic sauce so well that you might as well enjoy the lamb with the garlic sauce. They even sell jars of their garlic sauce that you can take home. Garlic lovers absolutely must try this sauce.

One rarely stumbles upon a place with delicious, healthy, and affordable eats. Each entrée contains enough food to feed at least two people, yet a dish such as the lamb chops only costs $15. D’Vine currently has two locations: one in Brea and one in Downtown Fullerton. If you have a hankering for fresh food at a great price, head over to D’Vine and savor a taste of the Mediterranean.

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Since the beginning of time, civilization has always asked what came first. While the public can typically attribute tangible items with an origin, everything else requires documentation to pinpoint an origin, unless generally accepted. For example, the gourmet food truck trend started in early 2009 with Kogi BBQ, which everyone will say started it all. When you look at expos for comic books, all fans will tell you that the San Diego one started it all. But with the San Diego Comic Con selling out in seconds every year, what else can fans do? Sure they can shell out the cash for super inflated after-market passes, but why not travel up the coast two hours to Long Beach? After all, Long Beach plays home to the semiannual Long Beach Comic Con, which costs less to attend and has not ever sold out.

The 2016 Long Beach Comic Con returned to the Long Beach Convention Center this past weekend to a massive crowd easily in the thousands. For as large a turnout that appeared, this expo consumed two of the convention center’s halls to hold that many fans. Taking place in both Halls B & C, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists traveled here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars took place in the nearby meeting rooms for those who registered ahead of time. Diehard fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions. For a large space, it took some time to walk through every single aisle to gaze at all the work on display.

Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly donned their best gear for this expo. Watch in amazement the best of the best of this year’s Long Beach Comic Con.

Earlier I had mentioned that this event occurs semiannually. Just like earlier this year, the comic con took place across two days, while the Spring event operates as the Long Beach Comic Expo. The next expo will take place in the middle of February next year back at the Long Beach Convention Center. Although existing under a different name, the same organizer runs both events, so you can expect largely the same things at the Spring expo. You can check out what else they have in store on their Facebook page and Twitter feed. Until then, keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in late October, BlizzCon in early November, and Anime Los Angeles in late January. You have plenty of time to work up that unique and amazing DIY costume that everyone will want to take a picture of.

Last Friday night, Santa Ana got their very own strolling tasting event that allows visitors to sample the tastes of Downtown Santa Ana called Savor Santa Ana. Folks who have attended any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor already know the drill. This all-ages event allowed visitors to sample eats from various restaurants throughout Downtown Santa Ana during a leisurely stroll at night. $10 bought a strip of five tickets, and each ticket redeemed one food item from participating food stops. The main clusters of food stops revolved around the 4th Street promenade and the Broadway side. As a strolling event, visitors had to walk from place to place, which quickly cluttered the streets around the area. Each ticket basically cost $2, and most of the food stops provided only bite-sized samples, so one could see this as a low-value event. However, for people not very well versed in the restaurants of Downtown Santa Ana, this event aims to shed light on the diverse food options here, and not just Mexican food.

See what else goes on in Downtown Santa Ana by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The Orange County Brew Ha Ha returns for its seventh iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this craft beer festival will feature over 90 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you reach the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left into the park.
  • Bring cash for parking in case they charge for parking. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Check out these pictures from last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha:

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just avoid getting in trouble for it. Yarr~

25th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfar.org/pfar-charitable-foundation/taste-of-old-pasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

Taste of Laguna & Business Expo 2016
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 21
Tivoli Too, Laguna Beach
http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/taste-of-laguna

Gather in Laguna Beach this Wednesday night for a mixer of food and local businesses. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5:30, while VIP admission costs $80, starts at 4:30, and includes one parking spot. No one under 21 may attend.

Women’s Beer Forum: Pilsners
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 21
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$14 gets you a flight of four pilsners from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Stupid Flanders 10-Year Anniversary Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 21
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1008437325920466/

Enjoy a free and all-ages ska show in Anaheim this Wednesday night.

Tongva After Dark: The Wonder Room
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 21
Tongva Park, Santa Monica
http://tongvapark.smgov.net/events-calendar/2016/9/21/tongva-after-dark-wonder-room

Free to attend for all ages, a cultural dance show will take place in Santa Monica this Wednesday evening.

43rd Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 22
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 23-25
Seoul International Park, Koreatown
http://www.lakoreanfestival.org/en/index.php

Immerse yourself in Korean culture at this four-day Korean festival in Koreatown this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will have food, drinks, treats, music, entertainment, rides, games, arts & crafts, merchandise, vendors, and much more.

Taste of the Port
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/April-2016/Taste-of-the-Port-2016/

Enjoy sustainable food and drinks from restaurants on the bay this Thursday night in San Diego. Admission costs $50 and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Feast of San Gennaro
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 23-25
Hollywood & Highland, West Hollywood
http://feastofla.org/

Hosted by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, the Feast of San Gennaro makes its annual return this weekend just south of Hollywood & Highland. This street festival celebrates Italian culture in America, and will feature Italian food, desserts, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $5, while parking will vary.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2016
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 23
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 24
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, or $40 for a weekend pass. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Pasadena Greek Fest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 24-25
St. Anthony Greek Church, Pasadena
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$4 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more.

Music Tastes Good
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 23
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 24
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, September 25
Downtown Long Beach
http://mtglb.co/

An all-ages concert will take over the streets of Downtown Long Beach all this weekend. Admission costs $25 for Friday, $75 for Saturday, and $35 for Sunday. As with any long concert, make sure you can endure remaining outdoors for a long period of time, and have plenty of cash for food and drinks.

5th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 23
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 24-25
Sofitel, West Hollywood
http://www.lapodfest.com/

Meet the top names in podcasting, entertainment, comedy, and technology this weekend in West Hollywood. Tickets start at $49. Although all-ages, anyone under 18 must attend with a paid adult.

22nd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sdbeerfest.org/

Get beer wasted with thousands of other people at this beer festival this Friday night in San Diego. The $50 admission grants you unlimited beer tasters from over 60 breweries pouring a total of over 120 different beers. The first 1,500 guests through the gate receive a souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 23
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 24
8:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 25
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://surfdogevents.com/surf-city-surf-dog/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Rainwater Gallery for an opening reception. On Saturday, participate in various dog activities in Newport Beach. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

21st Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 23
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 24
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 25
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Redondo Beach has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $15 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

2nd Annual Catalina Wine Mixer
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, September 23
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 24
12:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 25
Descanso Beach Club, Avalon
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/catalinawinemixer

A wine & music festival will take place on Catalina Island all this weekend. Various events will take place, all of which have different admission prices, starting at $69. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1033035433481687/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Game of Thrones Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 23
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Root for some raunchy themed burlesque this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. Tickets to this burlesque show cost $10, or $25 for reserved seating. No one under 21 may enter. A nearby parking structure allows parking for free for up to two hours.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Moon Festival Cocktail Feast
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 23
Alexandria Ballrooms, Downtown Los Angeles
http://luckyrice.com/event/la-moon-festival-cocktail-feast/

Sip on cocktails and other libations all night in Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $50 and starts at 10pm, while VIP admission costs $88 and starts at 9pm. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
6:00 am – 4:30 pm, September 24
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $7 for general and $10 for preferred parking.

Long Beach Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 24
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Long Beach during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

22nd Annual Pacific Islander Festival of San Diego
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 24-25
Ski Beach, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/

Check out this free and all-ages Pacific Islander festival this weekend in San Diego. Visitors will find food, treats, arts & crafts, games, merchandise, music, dancing, and more. Please have cash available for either parking or the shuttle service.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 24
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Nerdbot-Con 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 24
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.nerdbot.com/nerdbot-con

$16 gets you in to this all-ages pop culture expo complete with dozens of vendors, artists, cosplayers, music, games, activities, and more.

Tour de Fat – San Diego
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 24
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/san-diego

Go on a bike ride around South Park in San Diego this Saturday, and indulge in some beer too if you feel like it. The bike ride costs nothing to participate in, but you can spend some money for extra goodies to take home.

15th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 24
Bill Barber Park, Irvine
http://www.irvinefestival.org/

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 24-25
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

Little Tokyo Book Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 24
Aratani Theatre, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.jaccc.org/ltbf

A free and all-ages literary event will take place in Little Tokyo this Saturday afternoon.

35th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 24
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 25
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 24
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1770251076582017/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

7th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 24
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its seventh annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Silverado. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 100 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Oktober Fiesta 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 24
Last Name Brewing, Upland
http://lastnamebrewing.com/

$12 gets you in to this Oktoberfest celebration with a souvenir Das Boot glass plus one full beer pour into that glass. Have extra cash available for more beer and/or food from mobile food vendors.

5th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Event
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 24
Commissary at Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City
http://www.celebrityredcarpetevent.com/

Celebrities teach you about car safety and keeping children safe at this charity event this Saturday afternoon in Culver City. Basic admission costs $15 and comes with nothing, while admission with safety gear starts at $255.

7th Annual BAM Fest: Beer, Art, Music
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 24
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/bam

The legendary BAM Festival returns this Saturday. BAM stands for Beer, Art, and Music – exactly what this fest celebrates. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

11th Annual Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 24
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 25
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

Hop Heads & Dreads Festival
2:00 pm – 7:30 pm, September 24
Harrah’s Resort, Valley Center
http://www.harrahssocal.com/events/hop-heads-dreads/

A beer and reggae festival will take place out in Valley Center this Saturday afternoon. $65 gets you in to this festival with unlimited beer samples (while supplies last), a souvenir tasting cup, and a souvenir t-shirt. Bring extra cash for the food trucks present if you plan to eat there. No one under 21 may attend.

14th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 24
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

2016 Fullerton Uncorked
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 24
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonuncorked.com/

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $70 presale or $75 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Sweaty Ball Bag Reunion Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 24
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1791590684402132/

A handful of local punk rock bands will perform a FREE show in Anaheim this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 25 – October 2
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For eight full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

18th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 25
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.wigglewagglewalk.org/

Join hundreds of dog lovers as they all walk with their dogs this Sunday morning in Pasadena. Walk along with your dog, or join a team and walk together. After the walk, stick around for a pet expo, complete with vendors, pet adoptions, pet services, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

13th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, September 25
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

32nd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 25
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
http://abbotkinney.org/

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 25
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1980398912186775/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

DTLA Brewery Crawl
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 25
Any of the seven participating breweries, Downtown Los Angeles
http://labeerhop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1594754274161836/

Downtown LA now stands seven breweries strong, and you can check all of them out conveniently this Sunday afternoon for FREE. A free shuttle service will operate between the seven breweries during the event time, allowing you to sample beers at one stop, then boarding back onto the shuttle to get to your next stop while avoiding having to drive to the next stop.

The 2016 Unique LA Fall Market returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, dozens of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

This past weekend’s Unique LA Market saw greater change from many of the previous markets. While the event still took place at the California Market Center, it did not take place on the top floor. This time, it took place on the tenth floor, and only one side of it. Usually, Unique LA covers the entire area of the top floor, extending from both sides of the elevators. Taking place on only one side this time meant significantly less space, which equates less vendors than normal. In addition, I had always paid $10 to enter, but this time it cost $15 to enter and did not include the souvenir tote bag. I always buy something whenever I attend a Unique Market, usually a t-shirt, other clothing item, or snacks to take home. None of the vendors stood out to me this time, so I walked away from this event empty-handed.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. It does appear that Unique has lost its sheen in Los Angeles, as many of the past vendors have slowly stopped attending Unique LA. Can Unique LA make a comeback? Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

Colloquially referred to as “God’s gift to man’s stomach,” Ice Cream represents the epitomé of comfort dessert. A simple dessert, nearly everyone has grown up to appreciate ice cream as a dessert that appeals to nearly anybody. This past Sunday, Los Angeles got a taste of an ice cream haven at the Los Angeles ICe Cream Takedown at the Bootleg Theater in Westlake. Local home cooks and chefs entered their prized ice cream concoctions into this competition & all-ages food fest, hoping to take home the coveted prize of the best ice cream. Hungry attendees paid only $15 for this all-you-can-eat ice cream gorge-out.

The Ice Cream Takedown took place in the back theater section of the venue, complete with theater-style seating and a large open floor to set up the tables. Tables lined the outer edges of the floor, forming an upside-down U facing the seats. Signs with numbers 1-6 hung from each table half, running from the left corner all the way to the right, representing six total entrants, with the left side reserved for professional ice cream businesses that represented the judges for the other ice cream. Clutter never occurred, as because of the all-you-can-eat nature, the attendees split their time perfectly between eating and browsing. As for drinks, the venue has a bar in the front concert room of the building, where attendees could get soft drinks, beer, or wine.

Most of the entrants utilized some ingredient or technique that set them apart from the rest. No entrant made simple traditional ice cream – each ice cream had something to make it glorified. With only six participants, attendees could sample as much as they could handle.

  1. Waldorf ice cream, influenced by the Waldorf salad
  2. Snickerdoodle ice cream
  3. Japanese-style ice cream with yuzu and candied lemon peel
  4. Cocktail ice cream with real bourbon
  5. Vanilla praline ice cream
  6. Chocolate cashew ice cream

The Takedowns holds these competitions in other places than just Southern California! They go cross-country and hold takedowns for not only different types of foods, but for anything that can merit a competition. For example, the next takedown will occur in two weeks in Brooklyn and will focus on LOBSTER. Make sure you LIKE The Takedowns in Facebook to receive information about their upcoming events, as they may stop by a place near you!