Food news & media giant Foodbeast brought back one of their major events this past Saturday, Ooze Fest, for its third year running. Hailed as Southern California’s premier cheese festival, this tasting event brought out dozens of Orange County restaurants to serve up their best cheese-inspired food samples to the hundreds of attendees. In addition, a handful of Southern California’s microbreweries set up to serve some refreshing brews to pair with all the food going around. Ooze Fest took place across two different time slots on Saturday in order to spread out the amount of attendees: an afternoon session and an evening session. Each session allowed all attendees to have unlimited food and drinks while supplies lasted, and as far as the first session went, no booth ran out of food. The first session featured a grilled cheese sandwich eating contest, while the second session featured a pizza eating contest and a hot sauce challenge. Other than that, this event ran exactly how they described it originally – pay to get in, then eat and drink as much as you can until the event ends. Fortunately, spreading this event over two sessions meant that attendees did not have to deal with long lines at the food and drink booths.

In the days leading up to this event, I only worried about excess attendance and having to wait in lines for food. Fortunately this issue never surfaced greatly thanks to having two sessions instead of cramming everyone into one session. At times, a few of the vendors had to catch up on making food, so some people inevitably had to wait in a line. In the end, this event never turned into a wait fest, unlike some other similar events. Stay tuned in the upcoming year as they plan to bring back some of their other events, such as a noodle fest.


Diamond Bar Restaurant Week
October 6-20
Participating businesses, Diamond Bar

Over a dozen restaurants from Diamond Bar will offer food and/or drink specials during this 15-day period. Check the website to see the participating locations.

YOUtopia 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 19-22
La Jolla Indian Campground, Pauma Valley

San Diego County gets their own version of Burning Man this weekend. If Burning Man appeals to you but you do not want to travel all the way out to the desert, check out YOUtopia.

Taste of Laguna 2017
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 19
Festival of the Arts Grounds, Laguna Beach

Gather in Laguna Beach this Wednesday night for a mixer of food and local businesses. General admission costs $70 and starts at 5:30, while VIP admission costs $90, starts at 4:30, and includes one parking spot. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Korean American Festival of O.C.
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 20-22
Garden Square Shopping Center, Garden Grove

Immerse yourself in Korean culture at this Korean festival in Garden Grove 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.

TwitchCon 2017
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 20
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

The convention for all things Twitch, video games, and livestreaming comes to Long Beach this weekend. Passes cost $89 for Friday or Sunday, $109 for Saturday, or $179 for the entire weekend. Prices go up $20 starting this Thursday.

61st Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 20
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 21
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 22
William Peak Park, Buena Park

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

9th Annual Long Beach Zombie Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21-22
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

This zombie festival takes place throughout Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
Fairplex, Pomona

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Pomona this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 20
Slide Bar, Fullerton

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Fullerton, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. As usual, this venue has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 20-21
Lot 613, Los Angeles

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 21
Marina Green Park, Long Beach

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

30th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. 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.

AHSAA 7th Annual Colony Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 21
Anaheim High School, Anaheim

The Anaheim High School Alumni Association presents a free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon.

35th Annual Fall Plant Sale
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 21-22
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

2017 Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 21-22
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

12th Annual Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 21-22
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

12th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 21
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park

At this free and all-ages event, find soul food and soulful music, along with dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of activities for everyone.

13th Annual FilAmFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts, Paradise Hills, San Diego

Check out this free and all-ages Filipino Festival, where visitors will find a car show, food trucks, live music, models, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
White Park, Riverside

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

Fall 2017 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21-22
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.

2nd Annual Ye Scallywag Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 21
Waterfront Park, San Diego

Alcohol, punk rock, and pirates collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock and ska. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Early entry costs $65 and starts at 11am. Admission at the door will cost $10 more, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 4pm. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day until 7pm. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 21
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank

Downtown Burbank gets a little crazy this Saturday by holding a free and all-ages street fair that will include a beer garden. The all-day street fair will have various vendors selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, gadgets, and other souvenirs. The beer garden covers two three-hour sessions that start at 12pm and 4pm, and each session costs $40 to enter and comes with unlimited beer pours while supplies last.

2nd Annual Oktoberfest DTLA
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 21-22
Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Oktoberfest festivities take over Pershing Square this weekend in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can find lots of food and beer booths, as well as lots of live entertainment. All food and drinks come at cost, so visitors should bring plenty of cash for this event.

5th Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
The Market at North Beach, San Clemente

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm 2017
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Fairplex, Pomona

A motocross race comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday afternoon. Adult admission costs $35 while children admission costs $15, and gets you access to open seating in the grandstand to watch the races.

2nd Annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 21
5th Avenue, Bankers Hill, San Diego

An all-ages stroll will take place in Bankers Hill this Saturday afternoon. Visit one of the stops at the north or south end, pay the $20 admission, then visit participating locations for food or drink samples.

3rd Annual Viva La Vida Santa Ana Dia De Los Muertos Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Downtown Santa Ana

A free and all-ages cultural event will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday. Come check out the various altars, live entertainment, outfits, food, and more.

Belching Beaver’s 5th Anniversary
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 21
Belching Beaver Brewery, Oceanside

Belching Beaver Brewery turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their facility in Oceanside this Saturday. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door and comes with a souvenir glass, one 16oz beer pour, three 8oz beer pours, three food pairings, and five raffle tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Covina Thunderfest & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Citrus Avenue, Downtown Covina

Check out this free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Covina. Each October, the streets of Downtown Covina roar to life with classic cars, hot rods, live music, food, shopping, and more.

14th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event cost $125 per person.

The Dickies 40th Anniversary Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 21
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies celebrate 40 years in the business with a tour, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

2017 Ventura Marathon
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 22
San Antonio Elementary School, Ojai

A marathon comes to the streets of Ventura County this Sunday morning. Take note of the road closures that will occur as a result of this event, and plan your commute accordingly.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 22
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

Pasadena Art Center Car Classic 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Pasadena this Sunday afternoon.

6th Annual Giro di San Diego GranFondo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 22
Kit Carson Park, Escondido

The Gran Fondo returns this year while ditching the old Super Tasty 5k in Solana Beach. This event now focuses solely on the bicycle ride. Interested riders can participate in multiple distances, and each distance has a different cost. Check the website for a breakdown of the courses and registration prices.

Stone Craft Beer & Cheese: the Ultimate Pairing Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 22
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station

$55 gets you fifteen 3oz beer pours along with unlimited gourmet cheese samples at this festival in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Eastside Food Fest
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 22
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 4pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, and starts at 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vibrators – Live in West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood

Rock out to some local bands this Sunday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

SWMRS, The Interrupters, Sharp Shock, One Less Zero
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in Santa Ana. TIckets to this all-ages show cost $16 presale or $18 at the door.

Cuisine all around the world has its variances depending on the location and region. While each culture has its own flavors and uniquer ingredients, many places utilize the same base dish to deliver the flavor. For example, you can find fried chicken just about anywhere in the world. However, the flavor of the fried chicken will greatly depend on your location and where you get it from. Sure fried chicken in itself tastes great, but many places like to add their own personal twist to fried chicken. Check out these five places in the greater Los Angeles area that you can get some tasty and unique fried chicken.

5. Howlin’ Rays‘s Nashville Hot Chicken

When a place takes upwards of two hours from getting in line to receiving food for customers, that either means they work slowly or they have sky-high demand. Luckily for Howlin’ Ray’s, they fall under the latter case. In fact, they even boast when their line only takes an hour to get through. So this Howlin’ Ray’s place in Los Angeles’ Chinatown only opens for five hours on five days of the week. No matter what day or time you go there, expect to wait at least an hour to finally receive your food. Why does it take that long? Howlin’ Ray’s makes the best Nashville Hot Chicken this side of the Mississippi. Nashville Hot Chicken does not taste like any ordinary spicy chicken – it has its own unique combination of savory, zest, zing, tart, and spice that no other type of chicken can match. You could only find better Nashville Hot Chicken in Nashville itself. If you find that you have up to two hours to kill, why not spend it waiting for some Nashville Hot Chicken from Howlin’ Ray’s?

4. Jumping Däk‘s Korean Fried Chicken

If you visit Jumping Däk, you will get Korean Fried Chicken and not much else, but you will get Korean Fried Chicken made very well! Having just opened about a year ago, Jumping Däk boasts a menu specializing in the savory food, along with sides and desserts to accompany the main course. This fast-casual restaurant replaced an old Hawaiian BBQ fast-food restaurant that never really saw too many customers. However, with the recent opening of a ramen restaurant next door, it made sense to open something here to take advantage of the overflow of the ramen restaurant’s customers, and here we have Jumping Däk. For those who have never tasted Korean Fried Chicken, luckily Jumping Däk provides samples of their three flavors: Sweet, Spicy (pictured below), and Fiery. Sweet and Fiery explain themselves, while Spicy represents a happy medium of the Sweet and Fiery. Basically, imagine popcorn chicken tossed in their signature sauces. Customers can enjoy this Korean Fried Chicken a la carte, as a sandwich, or as a combo with sides and a drink.

3. Densetsu no Sutadonya‘s Karaage Don

We moved from Nashville to Korea, and now we move to Japan. Fried chicken exists all over Asia, and each country does their fried chicken a little differently. In the case of Japan, each city or region cooks differently. However, for the major cities of Japan, they have a locally popular place called Densetsu no Sutadonya, known for their Sutadon. The word Sutadon consists of “suta” for stamina and “don” for bowl, so Sutadon literally means “stamina bowl” in Japanese. While originally found in Japan, Southern California now has a Densetsu no Sutadonya in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This location prepares food the same way they do in Japan – using extremely high temperatures to cook everything quickly and all at once. You can taste this best in their Karaage Don. They basically flash-fry the meat, so it gets cooked without having it soak in all the oil. That way you can enjoy the chicken’s true flavor instead of a mouthful of oil.

2. Abigaile Restaurant‘s Fried (Jidori) Chicken

Have you heard of Kobe Beef? Kobe Beef represents a higher quality of beef, much higher than that of Angus beef. A higher quality grade of meat applies to more than just beef – it applies to chicken too, but in this case, we refer to it as Jidori Chicken. Just like how Kobe Beef tastes better than normal beef, Jidori Chicken tastes better than regular chicken, and you can taste the difference at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their simply named Fried Chicken. Abigaile’s approach to Jidori Chicken contains togarashi in the batter, giving it a kick in each bite without the need for sauce. Speaking of sauce, this chicken comes with housemade hot sauce and preserved lemon gribiche, along with papaya slaw. $15 allows you to taste this upscale version of fried chicken.

1. Jimmy’s Famous Tavern‘s Southern Fried Chicken

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting five locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Between brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more. Any time of the day makes a great time to sink your teeth into JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken. The batter contains Herbes de Provence, which gives the chicken so much flavor that you do not need any sauce or condiment for it – enjoy the chicken on its own for true bliss. Anyway, this fried chicken comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans, all for $20 a plate.

Video games have undergone some substantial changes over the past few years. Those who grew up in the 1990’s era of video games desire nostalgia, and a lot of old-school style games have made a comeback. With all the new programs, software, and technology available today, virtually anyone can now develop their own video games and get it distributed to the public via the internet. Today’s video games range from classic 8-bit or 16-bit style games to rich, beautiful games with tons of graphics and objects. Beyond the standard video games, we now have virtual reality games to further immerse players into the games that they play. With all of the big games and new technology out, sometimes the lesser known games get filtered out fast. Check out these five games of PC that I recommend taking a look at this season.

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5. Sundered

The Metroidvania genre of games remains ever popular among gamers, especially those who speedrun games. This genre derives from the Metroid and Castlevania series, 2D platforming games that emphasized items, weapons, exploration, epic bosses, and often backtracking with new abilities to access new areas. Games of this genre also tend to reward players who complete the game in under a certain amount of time, which makes this genre very popular for speedrunning. Earlier this year, we saw the release of Sundered, a Metroidvania game with a twist. In Sundered, while the important rooms remained a constant, the game randomizes the rest of the maps. For example, if you want to get from point A to point B, you could possibly go straight through, but on another visit to this section, you may have to zig-zag through the room. Aside from this, Sundered features an upgrade tree, where you spend EXP on upgrading paths in the tree to reach stats and skills. If you enjoy this genre, definitely check out Sundered.

4. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

The Danganronpa series has trended for the past few weeks with the recent western release of Danganronpa V3. The core series plays similarly to the Ace Attorney, where you gather clues and evidence to take to trial, and use what you know and have to call out the lies of the witnesses and true culprit. The Danganronpa series has also had a few spinoff games, including Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. Essentially Danganronpa 1.5, this game takes place soon after the events of the first Danganronpa game, so Another Episode includes characters from the first game. Unlike the rest of the series, Another Episode plays like a third-person shooter. You make you way through the city trying to escape the hoards of enemies wanting to kill you, and you get a gun that holds multiple types of ammunition. While this sounds basic, the game has its own story that continues off the first game, so fans of the series will not want to miss this installment.

3. Super Cloudbuilt

We used to have a great parkour game, but it contained so many bugs and glitches that many people laughed off any game that contained parkour as the main focus. This negative perception of parkour games may change with the recent release of Super Cloudbuilt. At first, Super Cloudbuilt may appear as a 3D platformer with graphics that resemble the Borderlands franchise. The prologue serves as the tutorial for the game, and introduces you to the mechanics of dashing, wall-walking, jumping, and more. Sooner or later, you gain access to weapons, and then you need to incorporate attacking as you do the parkour stuff. This all appears easy to grasp, but once you realize that you usually have less than a second to time your movements and attacks right, you will find the real challenging meat of this game.

2. Nex Machina

These days, one can not easily find arcade halls still in operation. Trends change, and people prefer their mobile devices or consoles rather than going to the arcade to play games. As such, arcade-style games have largely faded away as gamers make their way towards online games, especially shooters and team-based arenas. Some game developers still cherish traditional arcade games, which led to the development of Nex Machina. Simple to pick up but difficult to master, this twin-stick shooter feels like an arcade machine in your hands. You use a controller’s dual joysticks for primary controls: one to move, and one to shoot. The pace of the game makes you feel like playing an arcade game, as the game holds nothing back when it comes to throwing enemies in your face. Luckily you can pick up items, weapons, and power-ups as you plow your way through each section. Pick up Nex Machina today for some good old shoot ’em up action.

1. A Hat In Time

Gamers just want a bit of nostalgia in their lives. They want games that remind them of the games they played growing up. So when new games come out that resemble older games, you can bet it will have a lot of people interested in it. Enter A Hat In Time, an indie 3D platformer available for multiple platforms. One can call A Hat In Time the spiritual successor to Super Mario Sunshine. Gameplay will remind many gamers of the first generation of 3D platformers such as Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie. The protagonist can run, jump, attack, use skills/tools, and more to explore the world, all while collecting hourglasses, which resemble Super Mario 64’s Stars or Banjo Kazooie’s Jiggies. With cute charm, a vast world, multiple terrains, intuitive controls, A Hat In Time stands out as one of the most underrated 3D platformers of the current generation of video games.

When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. The pharmaceutical industry has come under heavy scrutiny. Scientists have discovered flowing water on Mars. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. The Federal‘s Smokehouse Burger

When it comes to barbecue, nothing can beat the meats. Southern barbecue boasts all types of meats, from the smoked chicken to the pulled pork to the spicy sausages to the various beef types and much more. Barbecue restaurants typically limit you to a two-meat or three-meat platter. However, The Federal would like to break that barrier by delivering four different types of meat to your face. As a gastropub, The Federal focuses on quality and taste above all else. Between the craft food, craft beer, and craft cocktails, The Federal carefully creates everything from scratch, such as their Smokehouse Burger. A grilled Angus beef patty gets topped with smoked turkey, pepper bacon, BBQ pulled pork, and smoked cheddar all on a milk bun. For $16, you can experience this mountain of meat that can hardly fit in your mouth.

4. Burger Boss‘ Double Grassfed Beef Burger

As a basic human truth, humans want to have control. When one has control, they feel more comfortable. You may ask,”Control over what?” This can apply to just about anything: control over life, control over work, control over a business, control over simple choices, and more. This paves the way for customization, as it gives customers complete control over what they can order. We have plenty of build-it type restaurants, especially when it comes to sandwiches or pizza. We have not seen many customizable burger places up until now, where we have Burger Boss. Burger Boss may feel like a corporate business what with their multiple locations. However, they only have locations in Orange County and Riverside for now, so you can enjoy this local flavor with their Grassfed Beef Burger. At $8.99 for a double, you get to choose the bun, cheese, sauce, and regular toppings. Go premium for $1.19 per topping by adding things like turkey bacon or avocado.

3. Mighty Kitchen‘s Sliders

Would you consider sliders as burgers? Sliders tend to have a greater bun-to-meat ratio than burgers, which explains why I tend to avoid sliders, not to mention that sliders cost as much or more than fast-food burgers. Few places get sliders right, but luckily I discovered that Mighty Kitchen in Los Alamitos actually does a decent job at delivering fun and tasty sliders. You cannot order sliders a la carte at Might Kitchen – you have to order two or three, and they come with fries. I go with three sliders for $15.50 for the better value, and Mighty Kitchen carries many varieties of sliders, such as (pictured from left to right):

  • HHG (Hella Hot Guac): Chorizo patty, pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, cholula, spicy mayo, housemade jalapeño pepper jelly, guacamole
  • Western Slider: Cheddar cheeseburger, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried onion ring, pickle, BBQ sauce, special sauce
  • PBM Bacon Cheeseburger: Maple peanut butter, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, special sauce

2. Humble Potato‘s Karê-bága

Many foods have a region that they typically derive from. For example, schnitzel derives from German cuisine, gyros derive from Greek cuisine, and sushi derives from Japanese cuisine. Some foods have regional differences, such as curry. You can have British curry, Indian curry, Thai curry, Japanese curry, and more, and each type tastes different than others. Speaking of curry, sure you can find curry bowls at just about any Japanese restaurant, but what if you want to enjoy curry as something else? Enter Humble Potato, a humble eatery bringing cuisine from the land of the rising sun to the wild west. Despite the name of the business, Humble Potato carries more than just potatoes – they sling out awesome Japanese-inspired burgers as well, such as the Karê-bága (curry burger, get it?). At $12, this messy burger contains an Angus beef patty, slow-cooked Japanese curry, tomato, yuzu-jalapeño slaw, and a fried egg. For the true burger experience, dig both your hands in and smother your face with this burger.

1. Abricott‘s Abricott Burger w/ Korean Pork Belly

Traditional hamburgers contain a ground beef patty accompanied by an assortment of toppings, usually vegetables as a means of including something somewhat healthy in the burger. The changing times have led to many others ingredients getting thrown into burgers, including other meats, something that Abricott does very well. Locals recognize the small yet humble Abricott in Pasadena for the fusion menu that combines French, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisines. With so many options on the menu, one may overlook the simply titled Abricott Burger. At first, this burger sounds simple with seasoned ground beef, tomato, onions, lettuce, and mayonnaise on a brioche bun, all for just $11.95. However, Abricott turns things up a notch by allowing you to add Korean Pork Belly to the burger for just $1. Suddenly you have a phenomenal taste of the east in your hands. Surprisingly, each mouthful allows you to savor both the beef patty and the pork belly. Abricott does food well, and you ought to taste how well they do food by seeking out this burger the next time you find yourself in or near Pasadena.

The Los Angeles Dragon Boat Races & Festival moved to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale this past Saturday. For those who may have missed the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival last month, this iteration will seem familiar, if not in the same format. In addition to the races, various tradition Chinese performers entertained spectators between races, mainly consisting of Lion Dance acts and music. People ask what makes a dragon boat race so spectacular, to which I respond with what makes (fill in the blank) race so spectacular? Much like how many attend NASCAR or horse-racing events, dragon boat racing thrills and shakes the heart. Besides visually watching the race, you have to keep your ears open for the pounding of the drums and the chanting of the paddlers. Combining your senses allows for a full-body experience at a dragon boat race.

18th Annual Taste of La Verne
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 10
University of La Verne, La Verne

Sample food and drinks from dozens of restaurants and bars from La Verne this Tuesday night in Pomona. General admission costs $45 and comes with free parking and unlimited food and drink samples from all the vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Fleet Week San Diego 2017
October 11-17
Throughout San Diego

A handful of events celebrating military personnel will take place throughout San Diego starting this week. Check the website for a full list of events and their locations.

8th Annual A Taste of Coronado
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 11
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado

Sample eats from various Coronado businesses this Wednesday night in Coronado. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and allows for unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

44th Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 13-15
Seoul International Park, Koreatown

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.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 12
Downtown Los Angeles

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

2017 Formula Drift
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 13-14
Irwindale Event Center, Irwindale

Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event starts at $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking usually costs $10.

20th Annual Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 13-15
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

He’e Nalu Aloha Pier Festival & Luau 2017
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
9:30 am – 10:00 pm, October 14
Huntington Beach Pier, Downtown Huntington Beach

A free and all-ages Hawaiian & Pacific Islander festival comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday. Visitors can expect food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, activities, and more.

2017 Seaside Highland Games
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

Celebrate Scottish history and culture at the Ventura Seaside Highland Games this weekend. Bring yourself, your family, and your friends out to enjoy bagpipes, dancing, clan history, awesome music, Scottish athletics, and more. Adult admission costs $17 for one day or $27 for two days. Senior admission costs $15 for one day or $24 for two days. Children enter for $5 regardless.

2017 Orange County Japan Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 13
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $7 presale of $8 at the door. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

2017 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

The Aquabats – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 13, House of Blues, Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 14, House of Blues, San Diego

Skapunk band The Aquabats will headline a pair of all-ages shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Big Bear Yoga Festival 2017
8:30 am – 8:00 pm, October 14
Big Bear Performing Arts Center, Big Bear Lake

A free and all-ages event for all things yoga comes to Big Bear Lake this Saturday. Lots of activities and programs will take place throughout the day that anyone can participate in. Check the website for the full schedule of events.

14th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 14
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 14
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

26th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park

This free and all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

9th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 14
30th & University, North Park, San Diego

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 7th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

Taste of South Lake 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena

At this free outdoor festival, enjoy mouth-watering offerings from over 25 South Lake Avenue restaurants, live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, music performances by internationally known bands, a vendor village, and more.

2017 Oxnard Steampunk Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
Heritage Square, Oxnard

Steampunk fans will not want to miss this huge steampunk gathering this weekend in Oxnard. Adult admission costs $12, while children’s admission costs $5 on Saturday or nothing on Sunday. Lots of activities and meetups will take place, including live music, vendors, food booths, tea parties, fencing/dueling, and more.

12th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena

This free all-ages event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

2017 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 14
Elings Park, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has its own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. $60 admission gets you in to unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

I-15 Brew Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 14
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $70 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters until 4pm while supplies last. After 4pm, attendees will need to pay for beers. No one under 21 may attend.

Pico Block Party: Translation
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 14
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica

A free and all-ages art exhibit and festival takes place in Santa Monica this Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 14
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ version of Burning Man, this event starts in the afternoon and continues until morning the next day. Experience nonstop music, dance, rituals, live DJ’s, theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, marching bands, and more all in the name of FIRE.

2017 South Bay Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 14
Bay Club Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach

An Oktoberfest-themed beer festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $55 and includes a separate VIP line, a souvenir mug, and access to a VIP area with mixed drinks, complimentary food, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Pour On 4th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 14
Retro Row, Long Beach

Enjoy beer, wine, food, and music along 4th Street’s “Retro Row” in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 presale. All attendees receive unlimited beer & wine while supplies last and access to small eats, which will cost $4 to $6 each, so have lots of cash available for food. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $65 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $90, starts at 3pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Ooze Fest – Southern California’s Premier Cheese Festival
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 14
MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana

Get cheesed out at this festival celebrating all things cheese this weekend in Downtown Santa Ana. They have returned to a ticketed format much like their first year. $75 gets you in to one of two three-hour sessions, 3:30-6:30 or 7:30-10:30. All attendees receive unlimited food samples for the duration of the session while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Taste of Italy
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
Italian American Museum, Los Angeles

Sample the best of Italian in Los Angeles at this tasting gala this Saturday evening in Downtown Los Angeles. Samples food & drinks from dozens of restaurants & wineries, enjoy the live entertainment, and more. General admission tickets cost $60, while children 12 and under get in for $25.

OC Roller Girls – Silence of the Slams
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Uptown Whittier Zombie Pub Crawl 2017
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 14
Uptown Whittier

A handful of zombie and punk rock themed events will take place in Uptown Whittier this Saturday night. Activities will include costume contests, trivia, karaoke, live music, and more.

Nardcore at Roy’s Birthday
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 15, The Casbah, San Diego

Punk rock band Lower Class Brats will headline a pair of shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 15
Fairplex, Pomona

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 15
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

2nd Annual Spacerock Trail Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Santa Clarita

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out the Spacerock Trail Run, a wild course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $90 for the 5k, $110 for the 10k, or $130 for the half-marathon.

Disneyland Lolita Day 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 15
Disneyland Park, Anaheim

This Sunday, lolita fans will congregate at Disneyland in Anaheim. Dress up and come mingle with others, or simply come admire those who do dress up.

Glitterfest Fall 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

Fallbrook Harvest Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 15
Downtown Fallbrook

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Fallbrook this Sunday, complete with arts & crafts, vendors, food, games, entertainment, and more.

Brunch At The Races
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 15
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Basically a food tasting event, participate in watching the races this Sunday afternoon, as well as sample bites and sips from dozens of restaurants. General admission costs $45, while VIP admission costs $65, comes with a goodie bag, and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 15
Central Park, Santa Clarita

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Sunday in Santa Clarita. $34 gets you in to one of two three-hour sessions, 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 12th Annual The Food Event
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 15
Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu

$130 gets you in to this event in Malibu this Sunday afternoon with food and drink samples from dozens of vendors. No one under 21 may attend.

43rd Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 15
AbilityFirst, Pasadena

Enjoy food, wine, craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and more this Sunday evening in Pasadena. General admission costs $175, while VIP admission costs $300 and includes VIP seating.

A Taste of Old Town Monrovia
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 15
Myrtle Avenue, Old Town Monrovia

Taste the local flavors of Monrovia this Sunday evening on the streets of Old Town Monrovia. $50 allows you to receive unlimited samples from participating businesses for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites and The Skatalites: Live at the Belly Up
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 15
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach

Get your skanking on this Sunday night in Solana Beach. Tickets to this show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Misfits (FB / TW) performing Where Eagles Dare at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

The Alhambra Moon Festival on Main took place this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this mini street fair took place on 2nd Street, closing it to through-traffic during the weekend. This event featured a handful of local vendors along the street selling cultural items.

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 Los Angeles County? LA County hosts a handful of comics events and cons, some of which can appear as large as the San Diego one, such as Nerdbot-Con.

Nerdbot-Con 2017 returned to the Pasadena Convention Center this past Saturday to a massive crowd easily in the thousands. For as large a turnout that appeared, this expo consumed the entirety of the conference center, the entire east building, to hold that many fans. Taking place in all rooms of the conference center, dozens of 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 surrounding meeting rooms for those who registered ahead of time. Throughout the day, various activities took place on the show floor to keep attendees entertained, such as live bands, scene reenactments, karaoke, dancing, and more.

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 Nerdbot-Con.

Missed out on Nerdbot-Con? Keep an eye out for other similar expos, such as Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con 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.