Archive for August, 2013

One of the most talked-about annual events in Orange County, the Orange International Street Fair returns to the streets of Old Town Orange this Labor Day weekend. Free to attend and open to all ages, thousands of people gather on the streets to see and experience everything: food, drinks, music, dance, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more. From the Orange Circle at the intersection of Chapman & Glassell, four roads radiate out, each with different themed “streets” where guests can experience a particular culture or region from the world.

Visitors can experience culture from any of twelve different themed sections at this fair: Italian, Japan, Irish, Greek, English, Swiss, Denmark, Polynesian, Norwegian, German, American, and Mexican. Every section has its own food, drinks, vendors, entertainment, and activities.

The Orange International Street Fair starts TONIGHT at 5pm, while the fair starts at 10am the next two days: Saturday and Sunday. The fair ends at 10pm every night. The fair costs nothing to enter, and anyone can enter or leave at will. All visitors wanting to eat, drink, or purchase anything else from the participating vendors should bring cash, as many of the vendors will not accept other forms of payment. Most of the local businesses will remain open for regular business hours, but they will usually operate differently to accommodate for the increased foot traffic. Any visitor wanting to drink must bring their ID to show proof of age, and keep all drinks within the fair area. The fair takes place outdoors on the busy streets of Old Town Orange, so dress for warm weather, and apply sunscreen if visiting during the day. First-time visitors may not have an easy time finding parking. Visitors should look for parking the neighborhoods far from the site, and prepare to walk up to a mile or more to reach the fair. Try your luck at finding parking anywhere within the square mile enclosed by Walnut Ave, Cambridge St, La Veta Ave, and Batavia St. Aside from that, all other details should unravel as you stroll towards the fair and wiggle your way through the massive crowds. Though you may lose yourself in this crowd, you may find yourself having so much fun that the crowd will guide you to a delightful and pleasant visit.

Time to jump out of the pig pun and back into reality. Following a successful turnout at last year’s PigOut, the organizers have returned once again with PigOut 2.0 – bigger, better, and with pignificant vengeance. This celebration of everyone’s favorite pink-snout animal delivers the goods with 15 of Orange County’s top chefs all preparing a feast for the ages, and ten of Orange County’s top mixologists all shaking up wicked concoctions. The general admission of $75 allowed all attendees four full hours of all-you-can-eat pork goodies, and all-you-can-drink craft cocktails, plus beer courtesy of Noble Ale Works. Although this pigout took place outdoors on a hot Summer day, an adjacent tall building provided shade over the entire area within an hour of the feast.

All of the participating vendors did not follow any particular order or placement – they all just set up where available. This generated some crowding, especially near the front, around some of the more popular restaurant tables. However, every participating restaurant brought more than enough pork to satiate everyone’s piggy desires, so nobody had to worry about any particular food item running out. In between snacks, attendees could check out a silent auction table in the center of the area, full of prizes donated by the vendors. Prizes all allowed the winner to return to the restaurant for something special, such as a dinner or wine tasting.

Here we see HopScotch Tavern‘s Pork Belly Rillettes:

Fried Pig Ears, Pig’s Blood Cavatelli w/ Spicy Pork Ragout, and Crispy Pork Belly w/ Banana Ketchup & Soy Glaze from Broadway by Amar Santana:

The Detroiter from 320 Main: Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, Cynar, Fresh Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup, and Stone IPA.

Pork Cheek Sliders from Juliette Kitchen & Bar, with Dried Tomatillo, Pickled Peppers, and Smoked Paprika-Yuzu Aioli. Juliette had a consistently long line for the entire event, thanks to their incredibly tender pork cheek meat.

Pig Pig Duck Sammies from Arc Restaurant – another restaurant with a consistent line, albeit not as long as Juliette’s.

One of the hard (as in alcoholic) snow cones:

From The Cannery. Note that they used pig’s blood for the mousse .

Mini Mortadella Corn Dogs from Pizzeria Mozza:

The Haven Collective wielded the main attraction: the Triple Porkarazzi, which they served as tacos, lechon-style. They also served Pâté de Cochon Trop Manger and BLT Wraps.

From The Cellar Cheese Shop. At the bottom, you have a French cookie topped with aged smoked gouda and bacon caramel. Ask no questions, and seek this out whenever you find yourself in Costa Mesa.

Cheers to Melissa’s Produce for bringing the only non-alcoholic drink to the pigout.

From The Attic, the only non-Orange County restaurant to participate.

From A Restaurant. Yes, this restaurant wins for the best existing pun ever. Can you imagine? “Let’s do to A Restaurant!”

With such a turnout, what more can we expect? Pay attention to August next year, as we may all see a PigOut 3.0 around that time, should all go according to plan. If you love the pork so much, you will want to check out the San Diego Bacon Fest, taking place this Saturday afternoon. PigOut may appear expensive to some, but bear in mind that admission needs to cover the cost to book all these high-profile chefs and bartenders. If you want to play with the best, you have to put in like the rest.

JFA has a new tribute album out, and they play absolutely nothing on it, as other famous bands cover their songs. To celebrate this release, JFA will play some CD Release shows, such as one that they wrapped up last Saturday night at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. This show had so many bands playing that it started at 2pm in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time for attendees to find something else to do following the show, such as stick around for live DJ’s all night or head down the road to a Manic Hispanic show. Taking place on a weekend filled with many other great punk rock shows, including the massive FYF Fest, JFA had to do something to bring out the crowds, so they also invited local punk rock legends D.I. to play as well. In addition, seven other great local bands played this show, making for one everlasting day of punk rock in Long Beach.

Rottbite opened the show with their street punk music set. Much like the last time I saw them, Rottbite followed a similar set list with songs that highlight their instrumental range. While the vocals did not come off as well as their last show, the hollowness of the venue allowed their instrumentals to resonate well within the walls. Although I enjoyed seeing them again, I would have liked to see them play later in the day rather than open the show.

Local Long Beach band Carpit set up on stage next. Since seeing them last October, they have not deviated far from their reckless set. Carpit plays like a typical punk band from the street, with elements of skate punk and hardcore punk. They really appear to love stickers, as they handed out Carpit stickers the entire time, and more after their set the rest of the time that they spent here at the Gaslamp. Their music bears a close resemblance to Whitekaps, but not as defined.

Another local Long Beach band, Speakout, played next. As probably the youngest band of the day to play, they carry more of a pop sound, similar to that of Slick Shoes. In fact, they even dared to cover a Linkin Park song, and people who know me know that I do not care for Linkin Park. The crowd seemed to love them, although at this point, the crowd consisted of mostly teenagers running around the pit without direction. I believe Speakout has their fan base, but they need a different type of show than this one, a more hardcore show.

The local bands continue with ComPreHend next. Lying somewhere between Rottbite and Carpit, ComPreHend play hardcore punk music with instrumental variety. By this point of the day, we now start to see the older fans gather in the pit, while the kids continued to slam dance around them. Nothing truly stood out during this performance – they played a good set that allowed the kids to expel their aggression.

Moving along in the day, Jurassic Punx played next. In a rush to get their set started, they forewent the routine sound check to start playing immediately, only to produce a completely illegible opening song. Not one of the instruments synced with one another, leading to what sounded like band practice. They eventually got everything squared away, and started their set for real, which contained many cover songs from 80’s punk bands. As a tribute band to the first generation of punk rock, they played hits from bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, The Adolescents, and more. They could not contain their excitement on the stage, so once they had finished their set, they marched down to the pit to slam with the rest of us.

The S.C.A.B.S. (Social Critics Against Bullshit Systems) played on stage next. The S.C.A.B.S. play hardcore punk music akin to Black Flag with Henry Rollins. They spent a good amount of time during their set attempting to goad the crowd into moving forward to unintentionally start a pit. When all but a little girl remained put, the band themselves had to take matters into their own hands, and following Jurassic Punx’s lead, they got into the pit once their set had ended.

The night’s trio of headliners would now kick off, starting with Amerikan Made. Since their inception in 1992, Amerikan Made has lived the real punk rock life of partying hard, rocking out, and offending people. If I could name a band that most loves hecklers, I would choose Amerikan Made. Their no-nonsense songs combined with big-balled lyrics makes for the perfect punk show, including songs like Quit Being A Pussy. Once Amerikan Made had reached the final song in their set list, they received word that D.I. still had not yet arrived – as a result, Amerikan Made played two more songs to buy time. This would turn out more in vain than for benefit, as D.I. never appeared until way later in the night.

With D.I. nowhere in sight, JFA started setting up on stage, giving everyone in attendance an earlier headline show than expected. Even a private party off to the side completely unrelated to the show took interest and lined up along the side of the stage for a clear view. Fans who attended a JFA show in February would recognize the set list, as they played nearly the same songs in the same order. This did not daunt the fans, as they raged around the pit tirelessly all through the night. But by the end of JFA’s originally scheduled set list, D.I. still had not arrived at the venue. A phone call from the show organizer revealed that they did not know that the show started in the afternoon. To stall for some more time, JFA played some extra songs, but they could only play so much, as they had nearly exhausted all of their known songs and covers.

About fifteen minutes after JFA played their last song, D.I. finally arrived. Once set up, they started with On The Western Front, which led me to believe that they would play the same set list as the last two shows that I saw them at. Regardless, they still entertained the crowd, thanks in part to vocalist Casey Royer’s random ramblings between songs. Other than that, they performed exactly as they do in previous shows, so nothing exciting truly occurred during their set.

Miss out on this show? You can catch another JFA CD Release Show this Friday night in West Los Angeles. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. The first band starts at 8pm. No one under 18 may attend. If you want to know about more punk rock shows coming up, feel free to contact me via Twitter or my Facebook page, both linked on the left side of this window.

When such a legendary musician celebrates an important occasion, you can expect many other big names in the industry to show up and support. Last Friday, The Adolescents bassist Steve Soto turned 50 years old, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he participated in a two-night punk rock show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. As one of the most influential bands in punk rock history, punk rock fans worldwide recognize The Adolescents and would never pass up a chance to see them in action. For this special occasion for Steve Soto, many bands that he had a significant impact on over time have joined together to play this weekend of punk rock, and many more band members came to support and enjoy the music. Individuals from bands such as Hari Kari, Death Hymn Number 9, Agent Orange, and Bad Religion all made an appearance throughout the night, and I believe many more bands also showed up that I did not spot. This post in particular will focus on Friday night’s show.

First up, we have Rats In The Wall. As the night’s hardest band, they most resemble street punk at its hardest. Lead vocalist Eva commands a vast amount of energy on the stage, and lets it all out with her furious voice, especially when she starts to sound like a post-hardcore vocalist. In fact, I see a little bit of Punch in Rats In The Wall. If you have not seen a female screaming vocals, you definitely have to check out Rats In The Wall.

Next on stage, we see The Crowd set up. After last seeing them play with The Adolescents back in April, I had anticipated that they would already garner a large audience by now, which they easily accomplished. For a night of old school punk rock, true fans knew to arrive by now to see the night get better from here on out. The Crowd’s old school sound resembles that of other great old school bands, such as T.S.O.L. With unrelenting poise and style, The Crowd delighted the fans, and got their energy up and riled to set the mood for the rest of the night.

Up next, The Middle Class stepped up to the stage. As another original punk band that got started even prior to The Adolescents, seeing The Middle Class again brought back many memories of the good old days. After 36 years since inception, The Middle Class still brings the punk rock intensity original fans grew up to. With more of a classic sound, they did not play as fast as The Crowd, so The Middle Class did not see as large a pit as The Crowd saw. However, the entire room totally got into the music, and appreciated every second of The Middle Class’ performance.

By this point in the night, I had spotted members from a few local bands in the audience. Everyone anticipated The Adolescents by now, and virtually no one could contain their excitement. Of course, The Adolescents chose the one song to start with that would incite the crowd the greatest. Also, not one to sit out on his own birthday, Steve Soto joined in with the band too, although since they had started after midnight, they technically started to play the day after Steve Soto’s birthday. Once they strolled on stage, the entire audience rushed the stage, while the band had not even started to play. This initial surge had knocked down vocalist Tony Cadena, but this did not daunt him, as he kept singing while on the ground. Throughout the set, other band members made special appearances on stage, such as Agent Orange and Bad Religion. The initial set ended after 1:45am, when the bar had already made a last call. This did not allow The Adolescents to complete their encore, but they went on to play Sonic Reducer anyways.

Saturday night’s show took what transpired on Friday and elevated it to a new level. More fans showed up Saturday night, and more famous bands showed up to support. One would think that after a weekend full of punk rock shows, the fans would start to feel exhausted. I still do not understand how some people managed to attend every show in Long Beach this past weekend. Remember to check out this week’s shows from yesterday’s list of this week’s events, as plenty of punk rock shows will play out this weekend, with more to come in the upcoming weeks as well.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28-29
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront?id=65374

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

HopScotch Tavern & Bootlegger’s Brewery Pairing Dinner
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
HopScotch Tavern, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/368499229944424/

Indulge in a five-course dinner complete with Bootlegger’s beer and beer cocktail pairings this Wednesday night at Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton. Interested guests must RSVP by phone, and provided payment information for the $75 ticket fee, plus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Guests can find plenty of free parking options nearby, so avoid parking at street meters. No one under 21 may attend this dinner.

The Originalites @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 28
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82680

Get your skanking on this Wednesday night at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, as The Originalites headline this local ska show. Admission to this show costs $15. No one under 18 may attend. Attendees may park for free for up to five hours using the wristband from this as validation, so plan your arrival accordingly.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Rock Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, August 28
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/186946694822905/

Catch a free sexy burlesque show this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles, dedicated to women on film. Guests may park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may attend.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Presale tickets sell for $65, while tickets will cost $75 at the door.

2013 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 30
8:00 am – 12:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

30th On 30th
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
30th Street, North Park, San Diego
http://30thstreet.org/

The monthly 30th On 30th event takes place on 30th Street in the North Park community of San Diego on the 30th of every month, with the exception of February, when this event turns into 30th On 28th (or 29th). On the 30th of each month, many restaurants, bars, and shops on & near 30th Street offer specials, often in mini sizes so that visitors can check out multiple locations. Many locations start their specials in the evening, while some offer it during the day. Specials range from food samples to drink specials, and sometimes even free food!

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 31 – September 1
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. For example, the east road usually contains Old American, New American, and Mexican Streets. But we all go to the OISF every year for one reason: Irish Street. Located at the end of the southern road, immediately in front of Haven Gastropub houses the Guinness truck and the Irish music stage, of which bands like The American Wake entertain crowds all evening. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Wild in the Streets of South Central
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 30
8116 S Central Ave, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/207028072796143/

Backyard & street punk rock show in South Central LA – if you think you know punk rock, you have never seen anything like this before. Experience the true nature of punk rock at this no-holds-barred outdoor show not sanctioned by any business. Girls get in free before 7:30, or for $2 afterwards; guys get in for $3.

Smut Peddlers @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/smut-peddlers-2013

Catch legendary punk band Smut Peddlers at this show as they celebrate 20 years in the industry with other bands, including Bonecrusher. This all-ages show costs $15 to attend. Arrive early to find free parking at the venue, for if you arrive too late, you may have to park in neighboring lots, which will charge parking fees.

JFA CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
The Joint, West Los Angeles
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/415737

JFA has a new tribute album out, and they play absolutely nothing on it as other famous bands cover their songs. To celebrate this release, JFA will play some CD Release shows. This Friday night in West LA, guests may see this show for $10 presale or $12 at the door. The first band starts at 8pm. No one under 18 may attend.

Banner Pilot, The Bombpops, and More in Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/275521095924993/

Punk rock comes to Downtown Los Angeles this Friday night with Banner Pilot, The Bomb Pops, and more. This show costs $10 to enter. No one under 21 may attend. Guests may park on the street for free after 8pm.

Agent Orange in San Diego
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, August 30
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/4286/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will play a small show this Friday night. Admission costs $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Awesome Fest 7
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Four different venues, San Diego
http://awesomefest7.com/

Three days + four venues + 65 bands = one awesome weekend of punk rock. This three-day concert has sold out of tickets; however, you can still find after-market tickets for sale on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 31 – September 2
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Stagecoach Days: A Taste of the Past
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/432494

Peer into the days of Old Town San Diego and taste what civilians ate in the past. Catch cooking demos, tastings, a cook-off, and activities for the entire family. Admission to this all-ages event costs $15.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 31 – September 2
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

Bottle Share #7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/511814368899131/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Zombie Walk’n
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
“The Tunnel” (Whittier), Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/624596614226224/

Get your zombie walking on this Saturday evening. Wear your best zombie clothes and makeup, and stroll over to East LA where this zombie walk will start. Free for all ages, this walk will have music and vendors around the starting area too.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

For What Ales Ya
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
Upland Women’s Club, Upland
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/340777

$25 gets you admission to this bottle share party, complete with a souvenir glass, complimentary taco bar, live music, and more. All attendees must bring at least one bottle of craft beer to participate in the beer drinking, as per the rules of any bottle share. No one under 21 may enter. See their website for a map of where attendees may park.

D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest 2013
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $10 presale and $15 at the door.

End of Summer Blowout 2
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 31
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/288379434633411/

Check out this massive punk rock show with over 20 bands scheduled to play! Tickets to this show cost $6 presale and $8 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street, past the Bank of America.

Motive Presents: Atlantis
6:00 pm – 4:00 am, August 31
Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
http://www.motiveevents.com/atlantis/

Think of this all-night EDM party like a rave, as it will include many DJ’s, lights & lasers, lots of drinks, and lots of bad decisions. General admission costs $35. No one under 18 may attend.

The Seed – Art Exhibit
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 31
Chevy Chase Baptist Church, Glendale
http://www.facebook.com/events/168775406628649/

Catch live music, art, poetry, photography, food, and more at this free and all-ages art exhibit.

Battle of the Breweries – Saint Archer vs. Stone Brewing
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 31
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=83344

Old meets new in this special event, where the pupil will challenge the master to see who truly has brewed the best. Although free to attend, no one under 21 may attend.

The All Stars of Tease – A Burlesque Extravaganza
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 31
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2013/the-all-stars-of-tease-a-burlesque-extravaganza/

Catch this sexy burlesque show featuring a mixed cast of beautiful performers from all over. General admission costs $25, while reserved seating costs $40. No one under 18 may attend.

Voodoo Glow Skulls performing Charlie Brown at The Juke Joint in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on October 26, 2012.

People simply love bacon for unexplainable reasons, and will go to crazy distances just for that crispy salty crunchy satisfying feel of biting into bacon. You know bacon has something going for it when people wrap things in bacon to make it taste better, even things most people may not have heard of, such as water chestnuts or peppadews. When you cannot wrap something in bacon, what logically comes next other that chop up the bacon and throw it all onto food? In some instances, you can then directly add the bacon into whatever you make. Like bacon and waffles? Add bacon pieces to the batter prior to grilling. Like bacon and pasta? Roll your own bacon & cheese tortelloni. As one of the most versatile foods in the world, bacon adds that je ne sais quoi to anything one can eat or drink. Today’s culinary culture has taught us that bacon does not always have to apply in a savory preparation. In fact, bacon desserts have risen in popularity over the past few years, so much so that today’s society generally accepts bacon desserts like the norm. If you want to see the norm broken, look no further than Slater’s 50/50.

As their empire expands to a sixth location in Rancho Cucamonga, Slater’s 50/50 continues to push culinary limits with their wicked and unheard-of creations. Known for their signature 50/50 burger consisting of half beef and half bacon, Slater’s 50/50 carries a penchant for the peculiar and unknown, emphasizing fortitude over commonality. In their quest for a multi-stage evolving menu, Slater’s 50/50 continually introduces new menu items over time. This past summer, Slater’s 50/50 introduced a few new menu items, such as their Twice Grilled Cheese w/ Tomato Basil Soup and Kale Quinoa Salad. However, nothing measures up quite like their new dessert, the Bacon Blondie. Unlike normal sized blondies, Slater’s 50/50 serves a spin on their famous Bacon Brownie by taking a layer of brown sugar/vanilla blondies, coating it with peanut butter frosting, topping it with candied bacon, then adding another layer to it, essentially creating a double-layered blondie. When the layering completes, they add vanilla ice cream and drizzle the entire dish with chocolate syrup. Upon receiving this heavy dish, you may wonder how to dive into this thing. As a layered blondie, you have a few options on where to start. First though, I must advise against consuming this entire dish in one sitting, as your stomach’s size fits inside this massive blondie tower. You may opt to share this with someone, or take some of it home to finish later. Most diners will plunge a fork straight down, which can prove effective, especially when trying to scoop up some of the ice cream too. However, recall the second layer of blondie, and that the two layers can detach from one another. Some people like to eat this one layer at a time, scooping up the ice cream to place on top. Others will intentionally split the blondie and place the ice cream in the middle, creating an ice cream blondie sandwich. However you prefer to eat this, embrace everything going on in this dish, as you may not have had anything like this ever.

Intrigued by this massive dessert? You can obtain this from any of the six current Slater’s 50/50 locations: Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, San Diego (Liberty Station), Pasadena, Lake Forest, and now Rancho Cucamonga. Come hungry and with an open yet stretched stomach, as you will need all the space you can generate in your stomach for this monstrous dessert.