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Americans love their coffee. Visiting and inhabiting coffee shops represents a traditional American pastime. Business meetings, clubs, and first dates all do well with coffee in hand. Americans love their coffee so much that they dedicated events towards the love of coffee, such as at CoffeeCon LA 2017. Taking place at The Reef in Los Angeles this weekend, this java-themed event features all things coffee, from various types of coffee to coffee edibles to coffee equipment and more. Dozens of vendors may sample their brews, both hot and cold, while a handful of other vendors will exhibit their coffee complements, such as candy, desserts, and other food. Many other vendors exhibit coffee equipment, such as machines or presses used to brew coffee. Throughout the day, seminars take place detailing various topics about coffee, from the origins of certain types of coffee to how to utilize coffee in the culinary sense.

Due to last year’s overwhelming attendance, CoffeeCon has made some changes this year to accommodate attendees. They have expanded CoffeeCon from one day to both Saturday and Sunday. Admission for one day costs $15 per person, while two-day admission costs $20. A $40 ticket exists that grants one-day admission plus access to a coffee tasting seminar at 2pm. This seminar can only take up to 100 people each day, so if this interests you, act fact before it sells out. Last year’s CoffeeCon took place in the basement of The Reef, a small, tight, and compact space. They have not yet specified where in The Reef that CoffeeCon will take place this year, so prepare for a tight space again if it comes back to the basement. Attendees should bring extra cash if they intend to buy anything here, since most of the vendors will sells things and not necessarily sample their goods. Parking at the venue costs $10 per vehicle, but visitors can find street parking in a residential neighborhood about a block away, and can avoid paying to park.

For more information regarding CoffeeCon events both in Southern California and the rest of the nation, check them out on Facebook and Twitter for other updates.

2017 has arrived, and we welcome this new year with the reinvention and reintroduction of traditional world events. While the world will welcome the Summer Olympics and the United States will welcome a new president, the notion of bringing back something familiar spreads to other subjects as well. When something goes away for a while and returns much later, we refer to those things as classic. Some people say that the classics never go out of style, but eventually, all good things must come to an end, and classics do too. For that purpose, millennials must continually search for ways to improve or adapt methods in all aspects of life. Today’s culture revolves around two types of people: the safe, and the risk-takers. Safe people will find something they recognize and stick with it, preferring not to deviate away from the norm. Risk-takers feel adventurous and love to try new things. In general, safe people live a bland, boring life, while risk-takers live an exciting spontaneous life. Excitement gets your adrenaline pumping, so add some spontaneity to your life by seeking out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season.

5. The Black Plate‘s Kobe Beef Bacon Jam Sliders

It appears that The Black Plate cannot make up its mind. It feels like every month, they operate as something else. Something here changes every month, such as the owner or the name of the restaurant. Perhaps its terrible location right off the freeway in Westminster lends to the inconsistency here. Thankfully, through it all, their food has remained consistently memorable. The Black Plate may carry a variety of foods, from sausages to hot dogs to sliders to phô to seafood to classic entrées and more. However, I always come back to the Kobe Beef Bacon Jam Sliders. The Black Plate does not serve full burgers. Instead, they have these premium Kobe beef sliders served with spicy maple jalapeño bacon jam and melted sharp cheddar on brioche slider buns. You get three to a plate for $11. You ought to hurry over to The Black Plate to try these, or they might go through some other transformation into another restaurant.

4. Ohana Burger‘s The Daniel-San

Asian food has remained under the spotlight for quite a long time, and still remains a favorite food choice for many people. Even better, people go crazy for the food when it contains an element of fusion in it. So when people discover an Asian fusion restaurant, naturally they all flock to it, such as Ohana Burger in West LA. Located in Little Osaka replacing the previous Bachi Burger, Ohana Burger brings Japanese and island flavors to the west by introducing them to a form that Americans easily recognize: burgers. Visitors can savor this fusion best in The Daniel-San. Ohana Burger takes a marinated Angus beef patty and tops it with chili mayonnaise, a fried egg, furikake, caramelized bacon, and crispy onion rings – basically, an Asian version of the western bacon cheeseburger. Anyone who loves Asian food will fall in love with this burger, as it basically represents Asian-style BBQ in a burger. Sadly, burgers do not come with any side, but once you sink your teeth into this $13 burger, you will not require a side, as you will want to prolong this experience as long as you can.

3. Little Bear‘s Liege Waffle Burger

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. Traditionally, breakfast restricted our first daily meals to a select few types of foods, such as eggs, meat (bacon/ham/sausage), and some bread (muffin/toast/pancakes/waffles/etc). While we used to eat these with a knife and fork, why not combine it all in one plate? The folks over at Little Bear in Downtown LA have done that already. While one can easily spot Little Bear out in the open, not too many people drive down this street, so they often miss this fun little Belgian pub. As a Belgian pub, you can expect lots of Belgian beers and Belgian foods, including Belgian Waffles, which you can eat with the Liege Waffle Burger. Served only during brunch hours, Little Bear takes a fresh-ground Angus beef patty and tops it with sharp cheddar, bacon, and a fried egg. But to give it that Little Bear twist, instead of regular buns, Little Bear uses Liege Waffles as the buns, which they serve with a side of maple syrup. With the maple syrup, I suggest using a knife and fork. However, for the true burger experience, just pick it up and dive right in. You can start off your day the Little Bear way for $16.

2. VaKA Burger Express‘ El Porky

In a condensed city such as Los Angeles, hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall places exist in every nook & cranny. If you discover or someone tells you about VaKA Burger Express and you decide to go look for them, you may require more than one try to actually locate them. If you simply drive to the address, you may completely pass by them, as they have virtually no signage visible from the street. You have to actually enter Boyle Heights’ Ramirez Liquor and make your way to the back left corner to find the counter for VaKA Burger Express. Once there, you will discover a mini burger paradise with some of the best hidden burgers this side of Los Angeles, such as their El Porky. Blitz your taste buds with this burger that features provolone cheese, crispy pork belly, six-hour braised onions: French-onion soup-style, and housemade smoked barbecue sauce. Do note that they store their barbecue sauce cold, so the first few bites may feel like a blend of hot and cold. For $14 for this burger, you will never taste another burger like this again.

1. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern‘s Jimmy Burger

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 four locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, and with a fifth location opening soon, 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. Their beverage offering alone always stays current with the seasons, as they routinely rotate out their craft beer offerings as well as their fine wines. People also love the cocktails at JFAT, as the drinks here range from sweet to spicy, mild to bold, and more. On the food side, JFAT pays close attention to not only the quality, but the portions of their dishes. For a traditional pub entrée, go with a burger, such as their Jimmy Burger. This $18 burger comes with applewood-smoked bacon, spicy jalapeño jam, and southern pimento cheese. Although more sweet and hearty than spicy, a little bit of heat kicks in at the end, giving a full spectrum of flavor in each bite. While the menu and food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern looks and sounds familiar, one cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot appreciate the flavor until you try it for yourself. Head on over to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern at Point Loma (San Diego), Dana Point, Brea, Woodland Hills, or Santa Monica to savor American cuisine at its finest.

Some time after the frozen yogurt fad took off around 2004-2005, the cupcake trend emerged thanks to the opening of Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. After their success, hundreds of pastry chefs across the nation followed that trend and soon opened up their own cupcakery. Many have tried, yet many have failed due to bad cupcakes. However, some cupcake stores have proven that they deserve to remain in the business. Some television shows have helped to keep cupcakes in the spotlight, such as Cupcake Wars. With cupcake stores all over the place, it takes some time and dedication to discover which ones truly stand out for the quality of their cupcakes. Throughout my travels, my sweet tooth has led me to a bunch of different dessert places, some classic and some inventive. While I always appreciate new and unique desserts, sometimes it helps to go back to the classics, which has led me to My Delight Cupcakery in Ontario.

For over seven years now, My Delight Cupcakery has doled out some of the best cupcakes this side of the Mississippi. During their early years, I recall that they only had their mobile food truck to serve their scrumptious cupcakes out of. Since I discovered My Delight, they have since opened as storefront in a corner of Ontario close to Upland and Montclair. My Delight utilizes organic and all-natural ingredients to give their cupcakes the texture, moisture, and sweetness that makes a cupcake worth it. Prominently, their frosting does not taste overwhelmingly of butter, which many other cupcakeries seem to not pay any attention to. This allows their cupcakes to portray more of the true flavors of the cupcakes rather than the richness found in most other frostings elsewhere. My Delight rotates the flavors of their cupcakes monthly, so while they will always carry their standard lineup of cupcakes, My Delight will also have a great assortment of seasonal flavors.

My Delight understands the art of baking, as evident in their little packages of goodness. Make a road trip to My Delight, and you will not regret it. Check out what My Delight has baking up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Dia De Los Muertos 2016
October 31

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/trick-or-treat/

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Innovation Brew Works’ Costume Contest & Karaoke Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Innovation Brew Works, Pomona
http://www.ibrewworks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1242077055863823/

Cal Poly Pomona’s Innovation Brew Works will have some family-friendly activities this Halloween at their tasting room. Participate in a costume contest, and/or enjoy some karaoke. This event costs nothing to attend.

Halloween Night with Skapeche Mode
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 31
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/330753067316806/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages ska show this Halloween night in Downtown Fullerton.

The Adicts: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theadicts
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6914025
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts currently tour across the west coast, and that tour will visit Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Bad Religion: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/badreligion
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/bad-religion-against-me-2/
http://www.badreligion.com/

Legendary punk rock band Bad Religion currently tours across the country, and that tour will end in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Eat Chow’s Santa Ana Grand Opening
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 2
Eat Chow, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.eatchownow.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1788219281445042/

This Orange County restaurant opens the doors of its third location to the public this Wednesday. Stop on by and check out their success.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 3
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

8th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 4-13
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Rare Beer Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 4
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/rare-beer-breakfast-0

Indulge in breakfast foods and rare beers this Friday morning in Escondido. The $65 admission provides 15 3oz beer pours, a souvenir glass, and unlimited food while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 4
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Overwatch, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40, which also includes some in-game items for select games.

2016 Revolution Bike Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 4
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 5
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 6
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://revolutionbikefest.com/

A health and wellness festival comes to the hills of Irvine this weekend. More than just bikes, this weekend getaway involves yoga, meditation, hiking, speakers, music, food, and more. Admission ranges from $25 to $495 – check the website for a full breakdown of what each admission gets you.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

34th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 5
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

8th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 4
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $45 presale or $60 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $85 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

14th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 5
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 5
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 6
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.konseptproject.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1650342851657826/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

The Dickies: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/531312403731898/

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies will headline a show in Corona this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 4
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

A food industry conference comes to Los Angeles this weekend, complete with mixers, parties, sit-down meals, seminars, speakers, demos, samples, and more. Admission starts at $49.

Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon
7:30 am – 1:30 pm, November 5
Avalon Pier, Catalina Island
http://renegaderaceseries.com/upcoming-events/eventdetail/14/catalina-island-triathlon-duathlon

Test your athleticism this Saturday on Catalina Island with a triathlon or duathlon. Registration starts at $120.

20th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 5
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=116

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

StyleCon 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 5
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.stylecon.com/

Dozens of fashion and makeup vendors will congregate at the OC Fair this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $39 and gets you access to all of the booths on the show floor. The more you pay for admission, the more goodies you get.

ComplexCon 2016
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 5-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://complexcon.com/

If you see it on television or hear it on the radio, it will appear at ComplexCon this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Check out all things popular and conformed for $45 per day to access the expo floor. Concert tickets start at $75, which you must pay for on top of the expo pass.

California Dapper Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 5-6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/fall-2016-disneyland-ca

Exhibit your style and profile this weekend at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The Dapper Day Expo will take place in the Disneyland Hotel on both days, free to attend for the public. This all-ages expo will have dozens of style vendors and services available for the public to check out. On Sunday, Dapper Day attendees will take to Disneyland Park for a day of fun and excitement.

2nd Annual Escondido Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 5
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://www.escondidotamalefestival.org/

Indulge on tamales at this FREE and all-ages festival this Saturday in Escondido. This event will features dozens of food vendors, live entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Everything comes at cost, so guests should bring plenty of cash for this day. A special VIP package costs $35 that includes exclusive gourmet tamales along with craft beer and wine pairings.

Ritual Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, November 5
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/

Ritual Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands this Saturday. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

3rd Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 5
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove
http://www.isocmasjid.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

Alosta Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 5
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/538306356375022/

Alosta Brewing has completed three years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 5
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $65, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 5
Secret location, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.ladecom.com/

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.

SoCal Food & Brew Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 5
Ramona Mainstage, Ramona
http://www.ramonamainstage.com/socal-food-brew-fest/

$89 gets you unlimited food and beer while supplies last in northeast San Diego County this Saturday evening.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, November 5
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wcc

Indulge in a cheese, chocolate, and wine pairing session this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. Admission costs $69 per person, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Corrupted Youth Official Music Video Shoot ” Class Struggle”
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 5
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1355677-concrete-jungle-los-angeles/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Silverlake. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

26th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner & Auction
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 5
Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Attending this luxurious dinner costs $275 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5
StubHub Center, Carson
http://thecolorrun.com/night/locations/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Carson this Saturday night. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $55 per solo participant. Waves of runners will start at 6:30pm and launch every few minutes following that for up to an hour, so do not fret about getting there on time.

D.O.A. – Live at Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 5
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/244893722574423/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. will perform in Costa Mesa this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 6
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

CCA CAL Orange County Chapter Crawfish Boil
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 6
Cypress Community Center, Cypress
http://www.ccacalifornia.org/cca-cal-orange-county-chapter-crawfish-boil/

Enjoy a traditional crawfish boil this Sunday afternoon in Cypress. Admission costs $60 per person and provides all of your food and drinks.

11th Annual Taste of University Heights
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 6
Buddha’s Light Bookstore, University Heights, San Diego
http://www.uhcdc.org/

Sample eats from the local businesses of University Heights this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $20 and gets you unlimited food samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

3rd Annual San Diego Cheese & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 6
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdcheesefest.org/

Indulge in gourmet cheeses and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $45 and includes unlimited cheese samples and 15 beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 6
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/11/6/day-of-the-dead-festival

Free to attend for all ages, a Dia de los Muertos festival will take place in Fullerton this Sunday afternoon complete with arts & crafts, games, activities, entertainment, food, and more.

Rock & Brews 6th Annual Craft Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 6
Rock & Brews, El Segundo
http://www.rockandbrews.com/location/el-segundo/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-brews-6th-annual-beer-fest-tickets-26761334873

$45 gets you in to enjoy ten 6oz beers, plus full access to a buffet. No one under 21 may attend.

Pig Roast 4505
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 6
Mikkeller Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://4505meats.com/
http://pigroast4505.brownpapertickets.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of tacos, chicharonnes, and beer this Sunday in San Diego. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, and includes a full plate of food, one pint of beer plus a bonus taster shot, and all the chicharonnes you can eat plus more to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites @ Slide Bar
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 6
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.aggroreggae.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/193406577768356/

The Aggrolites will perform a FREE all-ages show this Sunday evening in Fullerton.

Boulevard Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 10
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/

For $45 per person, enjoy a three-course meal alongside five craft beer pairings this Wednesday night in Long Beach.

Into The Wild – Rockin’ Summer Run 5k
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 11
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 5k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $35 presale or $40 on the day of the run.

2016 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 11
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.adventurerun.com/

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Business & Beer
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 11
Rob Rubens Distilling & Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

9th Annual Taste of Downtown Disney
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 11
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://www.choc.org/events/taste-of-downtown-disney/

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $85.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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.

Coedo Brewery Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 11
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1335315959831558/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have a slew of special Japanese beers on tap this Thursday evening. Stop on by and enjoy as cold one or two.

The Weirdos: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 11
Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/999428910123490/

Rock out at this local punk rock show this Thursday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this all-ages show costs $15.

Dirty Little Secrets “Netflix & Chill” Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 11
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a saucy television-themed burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach for just $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Power Morphicon 5
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 12
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 13-14
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://officialpowermorphicon.com/

Power Rangers fans will not want to miss this all-ages event taking place this weekend in Pasadena. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, and grants full access to the show floor, a gift bag, and a printed program.

29th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, August 12
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 13-14
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $50. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

Shugazi 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 12
Courtyard Marriott, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/shugazi

Immerse yourself in the world of shoegazing music this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission to this unique musical experience costs $15.

Punk Rock Revolution 3
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 12
Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616849405310721/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show in Lakewood this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

76th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 13-21
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series – Riverside
6:00 am – 5:30 pm, August 13
Lake Elsinore Storm, Lake Elsinore
http://battlefrogseries.com/events/race/riverside-county-obstacle-race

Put your physical fitness to the ultimate test this Saturday at Lake Elsinore as you challenge this 8k obstacle course filled with over two dozen military-themed challenges. Registration starts at $25, and comes with a timing chip for each participant. Spectators may enter for $15.

84th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 13-14
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

11th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 13
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

11th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 13-14
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2016 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

2016 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 13
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

2016 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 13
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2016/natsumatsuri/

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

Los Angeles Quilt Show & Fiber Art Festival 2016
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 13-14
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.laquiltshow.com/

See all things quilts this weekend in San Pedro. This all-ages expo showcases anything connected to the quilting industry, and showcases everything for the quilting hobbyist. Admission costs $10 and gets you in to both day at the show.

Vietnamese Speedway & Barrel-Aged Old Numbskull Release Party
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 13
AleSmith Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://alesmith.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/936437736484993/

This Saturday, you can taste some very special beers in San Diego. Visit AleSmith any time this Saturday for some special brews.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, August 13
Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Carpinteria will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 13
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-day all-ages show costs $40 to attend.

Grand Opening of Oceanside Tasting Room & Sour Bottle Release
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 13
Belching Beaver, Oceanside
http://belchinbeaver.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/155907681501902/

Belching Beaver will open the doors to the public at their new location in Oceanside this Saturday, and they will also release a new sour ale as well. This grand opening event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2nd Annual Festival of Dankness
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 13
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://moderntimesbeer.com/events/the-festival-of-dankness

Sample some of the boldest, strongest beers imaginable this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $50 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $80, starts at 2pm, and includes a t-shirt. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 13
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission costs $79 and begins at 2pm. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.

Empanadas & Malbec
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, August 13
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/empanadas

Indulge in an empanada and wine pairing session this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. Admission costs $60 per person or $100 for two people, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Paint & Craft Brew Night
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 13
Cowboy Burgers & BBQ, Rancho Cucamonga
http://projectboon.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/218436498548677/

Paint and drink beer at the same time at this charity fundraising event. Painting costs $22 and includes supplies to paint with. All-you-can-eat tacos and soft drinks costs $15. Get both for $35. The craft brew part? You have to pay extra for that, so imagine do this painting thing at a bar, and you have to pay for your beers at the counter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

2016 Huntington Beach Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Meadowlark Golf Club, Huntington Beach
http://www.huntingtonbeachbeerfestival.com/

Party hard with booze, loud music, dancing, and many drunk people this Saturday evening in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fashion & Fetish Ball
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 13
333 Live, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1730830300521766/

Explore kinks, fetishes, and fashion at this nightclub event in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Admission starts at $10 and gets you in to a night of music, fashion, and other sexy fashion. No one under 21 may attend.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

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.

Fastivus 2016
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, August 14
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate.

BrunchCon LA
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 14
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.brunchcon.com/

Spend this Sunday morning indulging in brunch goodies from scrumptious breakfast foods to tasty brunch beverages at The Reef in Los Angeles. Two sessions will exist that each last three hours: 9am to 12pm, and 12pm to 3pm. Admission ranges from $29 to $99 depending on how much you intend to eat and drink, so check the website to see what admission works best for you. No one under 21 may attend.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 14
Iconic Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of iconic Wilshire Boulevard will close to bicyclists this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bicyclists and pedestrians may roam the streets.

4th Annual Auto Enthusiast Day
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 14
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.autoenthusiastday.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out all things cars outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim this Sunday afternoon.

4th Annual Avocado Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 14
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/avocado-festival-2016/

Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this Sunday, and to celebrate, they will have multiple activities going on at their tasting room in Downtown Los Angeles., such as avocado-themed food trucks, live art, live music, vendors, games, brewery tours, and more. This event requires no admission – simply pay for beer and other products as you go.

2nd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 14
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.lbtikisocial.com/

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

32nd Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/hillcrest-cityfest/

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

I never really understood the term gentrification until sometime last year. I thought it had something to do with the uprising of hipsters and cultural awareness. Eventually I discovered that it meant the reforming of an urban area, whether an entire city or just a localized neighborhood, to include more local businesses to attract people to make it better in the eyes of potential consumers. Apparently I have witnessed that occurring in Downtown Anaheim and Downtown Santa Ana already, despite the shady neighborhoods around those areas. Recently, I have encountered signs of gentrification in Bellflower as well. As one of the LA/OC gateway cities, the stretch of cities going north from Lakewood tend to have a reputation of low-income housing, and most of the people here represent the generations of decades past, sticking to things they already know and like, preferring not to try new things. Bellflower aims to change their reputation into that of a city for the younger generation to come visit, and they have done that by adding hip restaurants, which includes the popular breakfast joint The Nest.

Everyone loves breakfast, and if they had a choice, they would have breakfast foods any time of the day, especially at a place like The Nest. Over at The Nest, they like to keep things simple and sweet, evident by their menu that does not contain many items, but fewer items of higher quality. The folks at The Nest prefer quality over quantity, and their small menu reflects that. For example, one of their few items includes the popular Bacon Waffle. This Belgian-style waffle gained its popularity because it contains bacon pieces inside the batter. Not only that, but The Nest tops this waffle with housemade bacon whisky syrup. Sure it may cost $9.50 for one waffle, but the thickness of the waffle and the amount of bacon you get with this plate merits the price. It also comes with eggs cooked your way, so you do not get only the waffle.

The Nest may not have a big menu, but they sure do have a big following, as their wait times for a table on weekends can sometimes go over an hour. Check out what The Nest has going on by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

In today’s society, reputation means everything as far as getting ahead in life. First impressions have a huge impact on the foundation of your reputation, as most people often form their opinions immediately upon discovering or meeting a person. With today’s society, people tend to not pay attention to anyone with no solid reputation, meaning that someone with a blank slate has all the freedom to carve out his or her path. Certain famous people have had much time to plan for their debut to thousands to millions of people, while others get immediately thrown into the limelight. In regards to the former, their planning almost always pays off, as they gain countless lifelong fans and supporters, such as the Mythbusters as they finally retire the series. Another such famous individual, Alton Brown, rose to fame with his extensive culinary knowledge via his Food Network show, Good Eats. His overwhelmingly positive reputation allowed him to progress on to greater things, but at the same time allow him to pick his battles. For an example of that, we turn to Umami Burger.

Umami Burger does not truly need an introduction, as their global legacy more than proves their capability at delivery quality products. Anyone who has tried their burgers can attest to the immense quality of the burgers that others have often attempted to imitate but could never successfully duplicate. While Umami Burger originated in Southern California, they have since extended their reach across the globe. Regardless, people still travel across the world in order to visit one of the original Los Angeles County locations because these burger simply taste that good. Heck, even Saturday Night Live recognized the significance of Umami Burger during one of their episodes. This just goes to show that if you indeed have something that good, the people will do your marketing for you. In the past, Umami Burger has done collaborations with famous people, such as The Black Keys or Michael Voltaggio. This time, Umami Burger has teamed up with Alton Brown to deliver AB’s take on a burger: the Alton Burger. For this breakfast-inspired burger, Umami Burger utilizes a burger patty consisting of a blend of beef and bacon lardons. They top this with cheddar cheese, a cheesy tot smashed into the shape of a hash brown, miso-maple bacon, a fried egg, and fried sage, which all sits on a bed of coffee ketchup. The bacon will likely stand out the most, while the smashed cheesy tot will give body and warmth to the burger.

You can smash this burger yourself for $14 at any participating Umami Burger from now until Thursday, April 14th. Check out what other fun stuff they have coming soon by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.