Archive for July, 2016

The 2016 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo returned this past weekend to the Los Angeles Convention Center. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world traveled to Los Angeles within the past week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday of last week, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos took place that attendees could participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo opened up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo could enter for free. This expo contained numerous vendors all exhibiting the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends.

Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should have registered for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo yielded great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies. Compared to last year’s convention, about half of the vendors returned, while the other half consisted of new vendors. The Idea World Fitness Expo focuses more on health and wellness, whereas another big fitness expo that takes place in Southern California (coming next month) focuses more on training and athletics. Regardless, numerous demos and exercises took place, ranging from dance to cross-training to controlled movements and more.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

The ever popular 626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia this weekend. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Taking place the section south of the race track, this event dedicates a huge chunk of the space to the various food, drinks, and desserts that everyone can explore and taste, while leaving another space for all other vendors. At the far back of the event, visitors will find a live stage with entertainment taking place all weekend. Admission only costs $3 per person, while guests will have to pay for everything else once inside.

While night markets typically contain a wide variety of things to see and do, the main event circulates around the abundant amount of multicultural food available. This event consists of a large space south of the race track split into two halves: a north section and a south section. Guests enter into the north section, a field and walkway complete with all the vendors, services, games, arts & crafts, entertainment, and everything else not directly involved with food. Crossing over to the southern section places visitors into a blocked off portion of the parking lot, complete with dozens of food vendors all serving various types of food and drinks from multiple different regions of Asia, from Chinese to Thai to Vietnamese to Japanese to Korean and more. The longest lines occur at booths with the demanded items, such as the infamous Ramen Burger, Mama Musubi, stinky tofu, squid roe, and Spiked Juices.

Both the 626 Night Market and the OC Night Market take place a few times a year, so expect both events to come around later this summer. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for more updates on additional night markets in Southern California.

LA Restaurant Week
July 18-31
Greater Los Angeles Area

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Streetlight Manifesto’s The Year With No End Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18, The Novo, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19, House of Blues, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Observatory, Santa Ana

Skapunk band Streetlight Manifesto currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Los Angeles Swim Week
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19-20
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. Admission to this show costs $30.

Gam3rCon 2016
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 20-24
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego

Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20-21
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

2nd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 20
Sofitel LA, Beverly Hills

A wine tasting gala comes to Beverly Hills this Wednesday evening. Admission comes at three separate prices. Silver admission costs $100 and starts at 7:30pm while gold admission costs $125 and starts at 7:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 6:00pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Modern Times 3rd Anniversary Hits The Road
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Library Alehouse, Santa Monica

San Diego’s Modern Times Beer turned three years old recently, and to celebrate, they will tap their beers at various locations throughout Southern California during the second half of July as part of an anniversary tour. That tour visits Library Alehouse in Santa Monica this Wednesday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Women’s Beer Forum: Chapman Crafted Beer
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from new Orange County brewery Chapman Crafted Beer. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
The Rookery, Pomona

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Hop-Con 4.0
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 20
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego

Stone Bistro in Liberty Station will shut down this Wednesday night for this festival that will include lots of beers, cask ales, and free-play arcade games. General admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
9:30 am – 7:00 pm, July 21-23
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Creamistry Torrance Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 21
Creamistry, Torrance

A Creamistry will open its doors to the public in Torrance this Thursday afternoon. The first 200 customers will receive a t-shirt with their order. Customers visiting between 2pm to 4pm can receive free ice cream.

Reinheitsgebot 500 Years of German Beer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 21
Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village will have a bunch of German beers available for just $4 or $5 this Thursday evening in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the passing of a vital German beer law. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
Windward Ave Circle, Venice

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

2016 Dew Tour
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 22-24
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 24
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

Weird Al Yankovic’s The Mandatory World Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Hills

Weird Al Yankovic will headline two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Tickets may have already sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available for sale.

US Open of Surfing
July 23-31
Huntington Beach, south of the pier

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

35th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 35th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 23
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!

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 23-24
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

Check out insects, lizards, snakes, and other invertebrates this weekend at this special exhibit in San Diego. Admission into the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military, or $8 for children. Parking costs $2 per vehicle.

5.11 Tactical – Carson Grand Opening
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 23
5.11 Tactical, Carson

A new 5.11 Tactical store will open their doors to the public this Saturday, and you may attend for free. Arrive early for free food, giveaways, promotions, and more.

Introduction to Extract Homebrewing Class
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 23
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia

Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and the procedure of extract brewing during this class this Saturday morning. Attendees will get to actually do some work, so wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Following the class, attendees will receive 10% off purchases in the store.

To Live And Dine In L.A.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
FilAm ARTS, Westlake, Los Angeles

Some kind of food, art, and music event will take place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Virtually no information exists for this, such as admission fees, prices, and more. If this event sounds appealing to you, approach it with lots of time and money on hand.

Craftsmen Brewing Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
The Bottle Room, Whittier

For as long as Craftsmen Brewing has existed, they have not had a tasting room. This Saturday, they will have a special event in Whittier, so do not miss out on this rare opportunity to check out Craftsmen Brewing in person.

The Surf Life 1 Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 23
The Surf Life, Pacific Beach, San Diego

This Pacific Beach clothing shop celebrates their anniversary this Saturday afternoon with live music, complimentary food and drinks, and 25% off your purchase.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 23
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Fundraiser Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy a hard punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert 2016
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino

A motorcycle show and rock concert comes to San Bernardino this Saturday. Tickets start at $25.

4th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, July 23
Waterfront Park, San Diego

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $44 and starts at 3:30pm, while presale VIP admission costs $54 and starts at 2:30pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Funk Fest
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

An all-day funk concert takes place in Anaheim this Saturday. Tickets start at $40 and go up to $200.

Beer Fest For Beer Geeks: Drink To Independence
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
STOUT, Hollywood

Drink lots of Belgian beers this Saturday evening in Hollywood. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Heroes Vs Villains Art Exhibit
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
La Bodega Gallery, Barrio Logan, San Diego

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in San Diego this Saturday evening.

2016 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Wine lovers will not want to miss this year’s Long Beach Grand Cru, a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. General admission costs $100 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Super Video Game Land 3 at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego

Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Saturday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.

Ska Show @ Don The Beachcomber
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in Sunset Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Out Of Order’s “Stuck In The Mud” Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 23, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Punk rock band Out Of Order currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary by location. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

4th Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

2nd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 24
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to this event cost $55. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show featuring Face To Face, Guttermouth, and more this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $25.

The Vandals performing Ape Drape at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare in Pomona, CA. Filmed on October 19, 2013.

Ponder this for a moment: a farm-raised animal that exists solely for its meat with no other by-products. I mean, chickens can produce eggs, and cows can produce milk. However, farmers raise pigs only to later harvest the meat, with no additional products. Just like other terrestrial meats, pigs produce various cuts of meat, most of which the general non-specific-diet populace absolutely love to consume. From ham to bacon to shoulder (pulled pork) to chops, pork has a great reputation among gastronomes or just about anyone who cooks. People generally do have an unexplainable fascination with bacon, a small strip of meat with no real substance, meant for use as a topping rather than an entrée. Does bacon truly make everything taste better? Bacon ice cream and other bacon desserts exist, but some purists prefer bacon as part of an entrée, something that you can find a lot of at Slater’s 50/50.

When it comes down to who can boast the most roast, Slater’s 50/50 takes the crown. A local legacy, Slater’s 50/50 has gained quite a reputation in Southern California for their signature 50/50 burger, which utilizes a burger patty consisting of 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon. Following the raging success of this product, Slater’s 50/50 has since expanded to six locations (Lake Forest location has closed permanently) and vastly expanded their menu. While you can still order various styles of their 50/50 burger, including the popular build-your-own burger checklist, Slater’s 50/50 now offers a plethora of other entrées, such as their Porka~Cola Sandwich. As the name suggests, this sandwich contains pork and cola – Slater’ 50/50 braises pork shoulder in cola for a succulent texture and flavor, then places a heaping mound of it in a telera roll. BBQ-spiced bacon, coleslaw, dill pickles, and barbecue sauce accompany this juicy pork sandwich to yield an amazing version of the classic pulled pork sandwich.

Have you visited Slater’s 50/50 yet? Keep in mind that they do have a unique Burger-of-the-Month every month, and fittingly for July, they have the ‘Merica. To see what else Slater’s 50/50 has cooking up, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

While breweries have existed in Orange County for decades, most people will say that the craft beer boom occurred within the last decade. Within that last decade, we have a few of, what I refer to as, today’s Orange County pioneers that helped kick off the craft beer boom, one of which includes The Bruery. Unlike many of the other breweries of its kind, The Bruery made their products a little different. I guess you could call them the Black Sheep of OC breweries, and I also compare them to Port/Lost Abbey of San Diego County because of how different the beers of Port/Los Abbey taste compared to the rest of the county. Instead of your standard ale styles, The Bruery likes to experiment and make creative unique flavors, including a lot of sour ales. For example, The Bruery makes a Thai Tea beer called Tai Kao that tastes like an alcoholic Thai Tea, something you do not find very often. However, experimenting with different styles, especially sour ales, could not occur side by side with regular brewing processes because of the potential for cross contamination. As a result, The Bruery needed a separate location for which they could run this different program without worry of interfering with regular brewing, and thus they now have Bruery Terreux.

Located a few miles east from The Bruery’s original spot, Bruery Terreux represents everything that they wanted to experiment with at the original location, but now at an isolated location without worry of ruining their regular ales. At Bruery Terreux, they do not like to call their products “sour beers” for the word sour has a negative connotation in the eyes & ears of normal consumers, so instead they refer to their products as wild ales. Long-time fans of The Bruery will find many of their old favorites here, along with an extended amount of variations of wild ales. The tasting room features an outdoor patio with an outdoor walk-up order counter, a tasting room with a rustic wooden theme, and a fridge for customers to take bottles home from. Customers can also get their usual growler fills here of the ales designated on the menu.

Fortunately, I received the gracious opportunity to tour the back area of Bruery Terreux to witness their operations up close. Virtually all products at Bruery Terreux spends time aging in wood – most age in wine barrels, while some age in the towering oak foeders, which hold thousands of gallons (pictured below). The Bruery brought on Jeremy to oversee operations here, as he has an extensive background in the wine industry. Along with all of the wood aging, Bruery Terreux also sports some of the traditional fermenters and brite tanks that regular breweries possess, and these range in volume from three barrels up to 90 barrels.

Interested to see and learn more about Bruery Terreux? They open everyday until 10pm, so swing on by to check them out. You can also preview what they have going on by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Also check out what The Bruery has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Breaking new grounds by combining two unlikely worlds, the brazen crew behind the OC Brew Ha Ha will boldly step into the Orange County Fairgrounds to host the 3rd Annual OC Brew Hee Haw, a craft beer festival held within a local fair. This weekend-long beer tasting event takes place on the opening weekend of the 2016 OC Fair this weekend, and covers a large span of the weekend with four different beer tasting sessions that each last four hours. All attendees to the OC Brew Hee Haw receive UNLIMITED beer tasters, as well as admission to the fairgrounds for that day.

Historically, the OC Brew Ha Ha Productions crew has put on some of the most memorable beer festivals in Southern California. With this new festival that pairs them up with another large production group in the form of the OC Fair, expect some speed bumps to surface. Keep these tips in mind to make your visit a more pleasant experience:

  • Parking: Parking directly at the OC Fair costs $10 per vehicle, and subjects everyone to the madness of one-lane traffic in the lot. On weekends, a free parking lot with shuttle service exists not too far from the fair, so consider parking there.
  • Navigation: None of the fair staff knows anything about the Brew Hee Haw. Any attempt to ask about the event’s location would lead attendees in circles because the fair staff know how to do only their job and nothing else. Prepare to do a bit of exploring the fairgrounds to locate the Brew Hee Haw.
  • Restricted space: All prior Brew Ha Ha events had tons of space to move about in. This event restricts all guests to a lesser space. While this means guaranteed shade from the harsh sun, beer cannot leave the immediate premises.
  • Limited restrooms: Any beer fest must have ample access to restrooms. Brew Hee Haw guests can only use the fair’s restrooms, which have a consistently long line all day.
  • Food restrictions: Attendees cannot bring beer outside of the Brew Hee Haw area. This means that anyone wanting food has to finish their current cup of beer before leaving to go get food and bring it back.

If you cannot make it to Brew Hee Haw, fret not. The one that started them all, OC Brew Ha Ha, returns for its seventh installment on Saturday, September 24th, back at Oak Canyon Park in Irvine. Tickets have already gone on sale for $45 general admission or $60 for entry an hour earlier. All visitors gain access to UNLIMITED beer tastings for the duration of the event from over 90 breweries serving over 200 different beers & ciders. Expect to find plenty of food trucks, other food vendors, free soft drinks, merchandise booths, beer industry speakers, games, and more, which includes live music. To stay updated on news such as this and more from OC Brew Ha Ha, like the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter so you know what goes on in the realm of Orange County’s greatest beer festivals.