Archive for the ‘Burgers’ Category

5th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 17
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
Four Points by Sheraton, Parkview, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Saturday or Sunday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Monday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. A 4-day weekend pass costs $50 for adults, $25 for children, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 19-25
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

Total Chaos: Live in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
5 Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/585136735011813/

Enjoy a FREE hardcore punk show in Downtown LA this Wednesday night. No one under 18 may enter.

Suicidal Tendencies: World Gone Mad Tour 2017
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 23, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.suicidaltendencies.eu/index.php/news/item/312-world-gone-mad-us-tour

Legendary hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies embarks on a tour this week, and that tour will start in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the venue for prices.

5th Annual LA Art Book Fair
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 23
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 24
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 25
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 26
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://laartbookfair.net/

An all-ages book fair comes to Downtown LA this weekend. Thursday night costs $10 to attend, and will have live entertainment as well as a book signing. Visitors may enter for free for the rest of the weekend.

San Diego Burger Week
February 24 – March 4
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://sdcitybeat.com/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $6 each!

San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Fest
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 24
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 25
Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo
http://www.slo-beer-fest.com/

Get sudsy in San Luis Obispo this weekend and enjoy dozens of beers from dozens of breweries. Admission costs $30 for Friday night or $50 for Saturday afternoon. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. Both days will contain the same things, but Friday costs less due to lower demand. No one under 21 may attend.

Flavors: Future of Food
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, February 24
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
http://theautry.org/events/special-events/flavors-future-food

Immerse yourself in the wonders of California’s “Farm To Table” culinary phenomenon this Friday night at The Autry Museum. Admission costs $50 and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2nd Annual Skacademy Awards
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 24-25
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/734994536662975/

Southern Californian ska bands have banded together to throw an awards show dedicated to the booming SoCal ska scene. Free to attend for all ages, various awards will go out to select bands, and a handful of ska bands will perform a set as well on both nights.

CoffeeCon LA 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 25-26
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
http://www.coffee-con.com/

This weekend at CoffeeCon LA 2017, indulge in all things coffee, from the classic beverage to coffee candy to coffee desserts to coffee foods and more. General admission costs $15 per day or $20 for both days.

40th Annual Orange County Home & Garden Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 25
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 26
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.thebesthomeshow.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $6 for adults, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the OC Fair costs $8 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Northridge Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 25
Northridge Mall Fashion Center, Northridge
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636182560019894/

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.

$3 Hakata Ramen Sale
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 25-26
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata, Fountain Valley
http://www.shinsengumigroup.com/en/event/2017_fv_ramen_anniversary.php

In celebration of their 16th anniversary, Shin-Sen-Gumi in Fountain Valley will offer $3 bowls of their famous ramen this weekend. They will stop when they reach a thousand bowls served per day. Arrive early to score this deal!

Brouwerij West 1 Year Anniversary Funky Breakfunch
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 25
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.brouwerijwest.com/

One of the most anticipated breweries to set foot in Southern California has turned a year old, and they will celebrate their anniversary this weekend with beers for brunch. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and ten 4oz beer pours. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 25
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this Saturday to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Lager Festival & Pig Roast
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 25
MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Van Nuys
http://www.macleodale.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/176129456205411/

This Saturday, Van Nuys’ MacLeod Ale Brewing will have a bunch of lagers on tap, and they will roast some whole hogs throughout the day. Free to attend, guests will simply pay for food and drinks as they go.

1st Annual Lumpia Fest – San Diego
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 25
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa, San Diego
http://www.lumpiafest.com/

An all-ages food festival for all things Lumpia comes to San Diego this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $55 presale or $75 at the gate, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. Drinks come at a separate cost.

Kiltomania Scottish Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 25
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1183051035142905/

This Saturday, Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release two Scottish beers for you to try. In addition, they will have live bagpipers in the evening, mobile food vendors, games, and more. This event has no cover charge. They will have a special glass available for purchase, and all refills in that glass will receive a dollar off.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 25
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/san-diego-ca/

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $40 while VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Pub Crawl “The Twelve Pints of Christmas (in February)”
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 25
Port Pavilion, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdbeerfest.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/144957152671133/

Join in on a pub crawl this Saturday evening in Downtown San Diego and explore five different locations while you get drunk with friends and/or complete strangers. All participants must pay for their own drinks.

2nd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 25
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 26
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenacomicandtoyshow.com/

Pasadena gets their own all-ages convention dedicated to comics and toys this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.

Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 26
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Another corporate beer festival comes to Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Not Another Ska Fest 4
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 26
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1429936-not-another-ska-fest-4-los-angeles/

An all-ages ska show takes place in Silverlake this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $6.

In today’s generation, those growing up aim to set their own trends instead of following in their parents’ footsteps. For the most part, parents raised their children with what they (the parents) learned growing up, passing on their behaviors and lifestyles on to their children. However, as the children grow up, they start to desire independence from their parents, and as such they will want to develop their own wants and desires, usually opposite from their parents. For example, while parents will likely want to eat something familiar such as pizza and burgers, the children may want something special, usually something different or fusion. Today, fusion food exists in many restaurants, which combines two different foods into one concept imagined by the chef. Instead of trying to divide parents from children, why not make a place friendly to both, such as Pizza Port?

Bearing no relation to the pizza place in Disneyland with the same name, Pizza Port resembles a true Southern California staple. Not only do they craft their own family-friendly food, but they also brew their own huge lineup of craft beers. This makes Pizza Port a great place for the entire family – the children can enjoy the fun food as well as the games inside the restaurant, and the parents can enjoy the fantastic food as well as a cold one or two. While Pizza Port revels in the awards they win for the beers they brew, their food ought to win awards as well. When you see their BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, you will understand why both parents and children love this dish. This pizza pie comes with tangy barbecue sauce, beef meatballs, diced bacon, chopped red onions, and mozzarella & cheddar cheese with red onions. All of their pizzas can come on traditional pizza dough or their beer-infused whole grain dough.

You can enjoy this savory pizza pie at any of Pizza Port’s locations for $9.50 for a small, $18.25 for a medium, or $22 for a large. Check out what else Pizza Port has serving up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Americans have a strange fascination with bacon. Something about this small strip of pork drives people to spend obscene amounts of money to add it on to something. Fast food restaurants routinely charge a dollar more to add a piece of bacon, while some restaurants charge up to $4 more to add some bacon. I will never understand why people do this, but I do know that if I crave the flavor of bacon, it had better taste good. Sure bacon may not always represent the healthiest option on any menu, but it certainly beats other questionable ingredients such as white bread. At least with bacon, you do get a minor source of protein, while something like white bread will generally come with fillers and maybe preservatives depending on where you got that bread. But if you want something with a lot of bacon in it, you most likely will not care about the nutrition in it – you care about the taste and how much guilt you can cram into one item of food, and for that I go to Pig Pen Delicacy in Santa Ana.

As the name of this food stand suggests, Pig Pen Delicacy sells pork and pork accessories products in whatever manner they can fashion. Located inside the 4th Street Market, one of Orange County’s well-known food halls, Pig Pen Delicacy wants to deliver pork to you until you just shut up and love it. From pulled pork to pork belly to bacon and more, if you want pork, you got it here at Pig Pen Delicacy. While they have a regular menu with all the porky goodness around, they also have a limited-time specials menu that contains obscene items such as the Cheesy Mac Bun Burger. This burger comes on fried mac & cheese “buns” instead of regular bread, and holds the beef patty (cooked to order), cheddar cheese, candied bacon, and barbecue sauce. I hope your arteries can handle all this greasy goodness, because the faint-of-heart will most definitely not handle this thickness.

For $9.50, you can indulge in this guilty pleasure for a limited time at Pig Pen Delicacy in Downtown Santa Ana. To see what other specials they have cooking up, check out Pig Pen Delicacy on Facebook and Twitter.

6th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 8-13
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Free Ska Show @ Slide Bar
9:00 pm – 12:00 pm, January 10
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193990614400267/

Get your skanking on at this FREE local ska show this Tuesday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Barrel Fest with Hangar 24
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 11
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1882915241920684/

This Wednesday night, Hollywood’s Stout will have a handful of strong beers from Hangar 24 available for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Brujeria, The Casualties, and Piñata Protest: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/brujeria

Release some inner aggression at this all-ages punk rock show this Wednesday night in Santa Ana. Tickets cost $15 each.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 12-15
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

LA Art Show 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 12-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

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

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 13-27
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

26th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-15
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.photola.com/

One of the world’s biggest photography exhibits returns to The Reef in Los Angeles this weekend. Presale admission to this all-ages event costs $20 for one day, $30 for the entire weekend, or $15 for students & seniors. Tickets at the door will cost $5 more. Guests can find free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

Coffee & Wine Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 13
Vintage Enoteca, Hollywood
http://vintageenoteca.com/

For $40 per person, receive a three-course meal complete with wine pairings. You may arrive at any time during the night, but they highly recommend reservations. No one under 21 may participate.

Whitney’s Freaky Friday the 13th Birthday Bash
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 13
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/147070969103602/

Get your skanking on at this FREE all-ages local ska show this Friday night. Ska Brewing will also have a handful of their beers available on tap on this night.

Friday the 13th Punk Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 13
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/337820203266734/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy, and Dogwood: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 13, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://www.observatorysd.com/event/7052365
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 14, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/1393441-mxpx-ventura/
http://www.mxpx.com/

MxPx will headline shows in San Diego and Ventura this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link for prices.

1st Annual Comic Excitement Convention
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.comicexcitement.com/

A new comic con debuts in Downtown LA this weekend at the LA Convention Center. This all-ages two-day event will feature celebrity guests, cosplay stars, comic book creators, and more. Attendees will find contests, demos, games, exhibits, vendors, and lots of programming to stay occupied all weekend. Admission costs $29 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $49 for both days. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

36th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $11 for one day or $22 for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Arcadia Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 14
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/226410531132933/

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.

Grill ‘Em All 4th Anniversary Rager
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 14
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find food specials, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and more. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

Burger & Brewfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 14
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/burger-bites-brews/

Enjoy burgers, beers, and horse racing this Saturday at the Santa Anita Park racetrack. Admission costs $35 and includes four sliders, eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the racetrack for betting.

Roxanne’s Lounge Presents: So Cal Whisky Wonderland
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 14
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-cal-whisky-wonderland-tickets-24826951079

While Roxanne’s Lounge normally celebrates their anniversary around this time of year, this year they will hold a whisky & winter festival instead. Enjoy some snow fun, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 and comes with one beverage and 10 tasting tickets. VIP admission costs $50 and also includes access to the VIP area that will have exclusive drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Eventrockit Food Market – Pasadena
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 14
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://eventrockit.com/

An all-ages outdoor food market and tasting event will take place in Pasadena this Saturday afternoon. It costs nothing to attend this event, but you still need to RSVP a ticket via their website so that the vendors know how much food to bring. Alternatively, spend $2 for a special pass, and show this pass to vendors to receive a dollar off all items.

Noods Noods Noods – SoCal Asian Food Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 14
eSports Arena, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.noodsfest.com/

Foodbeast returns with another food event this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana focused on Asian food. This event will operate much like their last event in October last year. $10 gets you admission throughout the day into the area, where you can simply pay for food as you go. For the food fest experience, $60 gets you all-you-can-eat for four hours – two of these four-hour VIP sessions will take place, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

Meditation Flash Mob
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 14
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.ransomly.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1192496597499811/

Show up to the park, do some meditating, and mingle with others at this free and all-ages flash mob this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Pay attention to the event page for the exact time and location.

390’s CD Release Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 14
DTSA Underground, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/347930658902284/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 15-22
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

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

Beer Belly Bottle Share
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 15
Beer Belly, Long Beach
http://www.beerbellyla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/351062788583550/

Beer Belly’s new Long Beach location will host a bottle share this Sunday afternoon. Bring a beer or two to share with others, and taste what others have to share.

Celebrate The Life Of Mike “Gabby” Gaborno
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/163221700827738/

An all-ages punk rock benefit show will take place in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10.

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.

Barrel Fest with Epic Brewing
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/389108978110834/

This Tuesday night, Hollywood’s Stout will have a handful of strong beers from Epic Brewing available for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Voodoo Glow Skulls & Buck-O-Nine: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1364083-devils-3-way-buck-o-nine-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 6, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1344533-voodoo-glow-skulls-west-hollywood/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Voodoo Glow Skulls and Buck-O-Nine embark on a tour this week that starts in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link for details.

MDC: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1398146-mdc-long-beach/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 6, The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/1676839269293771/
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 7, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1059677300811563/
http://www.mdc-punk.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC will headline some shows in Southern California this week. The cover for these shows vary by the location, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

AMA Expo West 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 8
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://amaexpo.com/ama-expo-west/

Aeronautics hobbyists will not want to miss this expo taking place this weekend in Ontario. This expo will feature models, toys, gadgets, services, demos, and more about model airplanes. Admission widely ranges from $5 to $36 – see the website for a breakdown on prices.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 6
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).

Reverend Horton Heat: Live at The Observatory
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 6-7
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline two shows in Santa Ana this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $15 each.

Stäläg 13: Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 6
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/862707697199090/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 7
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

14th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7-8
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more

5th Annual Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at its new location at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

40th Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 7-8
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this two-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this weekend. This event will feature the original cast of Star Trek, many other celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for children per day.

2017 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 7
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 8
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.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 7
Fashion Valley, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/191141061351041/

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.

2017 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 7
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

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 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. 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.

2017 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.newyearsrace.com/

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

Warfest 2017
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/218247815280265/

A bunch of great local punk rock bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. Arrive before 6pm to park there for free; arrive afterwards, and pay $10 for parking.

6th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 8-13
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 8
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.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 8
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/oshogatsufest/

Celebrate the year of the rooster at this free and all-ages celebration. Visitors will find food, arts & crafts, cultural activities, live entertainment, and more.

I & I Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 8
I & I Brewing, Chino
http://iandibrewing.com/
http://iandififth.brownpapertickets.com/

I & I Brewing turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a celebration at their tasting room in Chino this Sunday. Admission costs $10 and comes with a pint glass and one beer pour. When purchasing admission, you must select a time that you will show up at, and you cannot enter until after your selected time.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 8
Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. General admission costs $100 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 3pm. Admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass.

When people go to dine out or enjoy some drinks, they often seek the complete experience more than simply going out. Going out represents an experience in itself, not just going to fulfill a hunger or thirst. Experiences vary between people, depending on what they deem as interesting versus others who deem things by how much they fulfill. For example, a plain dive bar or simple fast-food restaurant may satisfy some people, while others may prefer a more lively place to enjoy some time. Some of these places have themes that give the place a different ambiance; for example, a Tiki Bar often has islander themed beverages, along with food to go with the theme. In addition to the products, a Tiki Bar may also decorate the place appropriately. If you seek a place that does all of this right, look no further than Hatch.

Despite its short and nondescript name, Hatch contains a lot within a small space. Located in a back corner of the Union Market in Tustin, Hatch delivers a full Tiki Bar experience with a wide assortment of delicious beverages along great food that both serve as a meal or as a pairing with their beverages. On the beverage side, Hatch follows the craft beer industry by rotating beers continuously, also keeping their taps fresh and current with the season. In homage to the Tiki Bar experience, Hatch boasts a full lineup of exotic rums from around the world, lending to some incredible cocktails that one cannot find easily anywhere else. Besides the drinks, Hatch offers a great selection of gourmet sliders and sides. For $14 (price subject to change in the future), you select two sliders plus a side of your choice. The menu currently contains at least 15 slider varieties, which includes some vegetarian varieties. I have yet to try all of their sliders, but so far I have eaten the following:

  • The Hatch: all-beef patty, fried onions, hatch sauce, cheddar hat
  • Fried Soft Shell Crab: fried crab, tomato, greens togarashi aioli
  • Rum Braised Pork: pulled pork, roasted garlic aioli, pineapple chutney, cilantro
  • Duck: duck patty, Asian slaw, cilantro, barbecue sauce

Hatch opens their doors to the public seven days a week inside the Union Market in Tustin, which offers free self-parking as well as (not-free) valet parking. Head on over and check out their wonderful menu for both their sliders and their drinks. Check out Hatch on Facebook to see what else they have cooking up.

The HatchSoft Shell CrabRum Braised PorkDuck