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The 28th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show returns to 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Every year from 9am to 3pm on the Sunday following Labor Day, hundreds of cars go on display at this FREE and all-ages car show, along with many food and car-themed vendors on 2nd Street. From classic to modern, spectators can exhibit all sorts of vehicles. The entire stretch of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore closes to through-traffic to allow visitors to freely roam the streets and gaze at all the cars on exhibit. During this time, all local businesses remain open for business, and typically see increased volume due to the influx of visitors. Instead of attempting to describe all the cars, perhaps these photos could tell a better story, and maybe even entice you to visit this year.

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The first of this year’s summer series of Belmont Shore’s Stroll & Savor of Long Beach wrapped up last week. This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs every year from May through August on the third Wednesday, and the Thursday immediately following. Free to attend for all ages, guests participate by paying $10 for a booklet containing 12 tickets that get redeemed at participating businesses along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. The products offered by participating businesses range from appetizers to drinks to desserts to even full plates of food. Ticket costs vary based on the location, with some offering more than the value of the tickets, and many offering less than the value of the tickets. Although most of the participating businesses served the same things that they serve yearly, sometimes things will stand out from the crowd. I took one booklet last week, and went on a nice stroll through Belmont Shore.

Not much has changed in the way of offerings from the participating businesses. Between each year, most of the restaurants stick to their guns and offer what the people like, opting not to experiment or offer anything different. For that reason, I do not always attend every Stroll & Savor event in a given year. This year, I felt hesitant to go, knowing that not much will have changed. However, I bit the bullet and went last week to see if anything new had popped up. I got a chance to try the following:

  • Rance’s Chicago Pizza had replaced the former Shore Public House, a restaurant that did not fare too well in Belmont Shore.
  • The former Powell’s Sweet Shoppe had closed for good, and Rocket Fizz swooped in to replace it. They served craft sodas for the event.
  • Pho-Nomenon did not last very long in Belmont Shore, as they had closed. Lasher’s Kitchen has since moved into that spot from their old location on Broadway & Redondo.
  • Frosted Cupcakery featured a new item this time, Sugar Cookies, in addition to their standard mini cupcakes and hi-tops.
  • Saint & Second finally participated for the first time in Stroll & Savor. Matching their pricey menu, they served meatballs that cost $2 per meatball.

All in all, a few things may have changed, but most restaurants have kept their offerings the same for Stroll & Savor. If you like what you see, check out what other events Belmont Shore has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

This Saturday afternoon, the 13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival returns to Long Beach from 12pm to 4pm along 2nd Street, rain or shine. Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, this all-ages festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. Chase Bank will host the central hub, where guests can purchase ticket booklets and find more information regarding the fest, as well as locate the dessert contest entries and pie-eating contests, which start around 3pm. Anyone wanting to enter the dessert contest should fill out a form found on the aforementioned website link. This year, the organizers have removed the extra activities such as the Cake Walk and Valentine Heart Walk, and will focus solely on the tastings and contests.

As far as the general public goes, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest at participating businesses along 2nd Street.Guests will use these tickets to redeem food items from participating businesses up and down 2nd Street. Food items will range in ticket cost, with most items costing one ticket and larger food items costing four or more. Sadly, the public may not try any of the desserts from the homemade dessert contest due to the health code. However, the food from the businesses should more than sate your appetite. For most people, one $10 booklet should suffice. For those with a larger appetite, I suggest arriving early and acquiring two booklets in order to have time to eat everything before the participating businesses run out of food for the event.

A handful of events will take place in or near Belmont Shore this month, ranging from food to shopping to pets to art and more. Get the latest news on Belmont Shore events by checking them out on Facebook and Twitter.

The 34th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade returns this Saturday night. This wondrous treat for locals allows the community to recognize prominent individuals, groups, and organizations that help to shape what Long Beach represents. Although free, this parade draws in an enormous crowd every year, equating to immense traffic and insufficient parking, especially since police will close 2nd Street to traffic starting at 5pm. I always just park incredibly far away and just walk to Belmont Shore with friends, although I have seen groups bike there. Many people set up seats along the parade route, which encircles 2nd Street in both directions, quite early. Arrive too late and you may just barely catch the tail end of the parade with some visibility.

Returning to the parade this year, So Cal Corgi Nation will incorporate themselves into the parade as one of the marching participants. This organization normally hosts Corgi meet-ups at nearby dog beaches for Corgi owners and lovers to come and check out all the beloved companions. While they would normally have one of these meet-ups around this time of the year (following a quarterly schedule), due to the cold weather and other events taking place, it makes more sense to simply combine the meet-up into the parade, and thus the organization had combined into this parade.

Looking for something festive to do with friends and/or family this weekend? Bring them to Belmont Shore and check out the parade. It costs nothing to attend, just the agony of searching for parking or arriving early and waiting until then. But even if you do the latter, Belmont Shore has plenty of businesses and activities to keep you and your group occupied for quite some time. So if I do not see you at the parade this Saturday night, Happy Holidays to you and yours~

The 27th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show took over 2nd Street and its side streets this past Sunday. Every year from 9am to 3pm on the Sunday following Labor Day, hundreds of cars go on display at this FREE and all-ages car show, along with many food and car-themed vendors on 2nd Street. From classic to modern, spectators could exhibit all sorts of vehicles. The entire stretch of 2nd Street in Belmont Shore closes to through-traffic to allow visitors to freely roam the streets and gaze at all the cars on exhibit. During this time, all local businesses remain open for business, and typically see increased volume due to the influx of visitors. Instead of attempting to describe all the cars, perhaps these photos could tell a better story, and maybe even entice you to return next year.

The second of this year’s summer series of Belmont Shore’s Stroll & Savor of Long Beach wrapped up last week. This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs every year from May through September on the third Wednesday, and the Thursday immediately following. Free to attend for all ages, guests participate by paying $10 for a booklet containing 12 tickets that get redeemed at participating businesses along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. The products offered by participating businesses range from appetizers to drinks to desserts to even full plates of food. Ticket costs vary based on the location, with some offering more than the value of the tickets, and many offering less than the value of the tickets. Although most of the participating businesses served the same things that they serve yearly, sometimes things will stand out from the crowd. I took two booklets last week, and went on a nice stroll through Belmont Shore.

Not much has changed in the way of offerings from the participating businesses. Between each year, most of the restaurants stick to their guns and offer what the people like, opting not to experiment or offer anything different. For that reason, I completely skipped every Stroll & Savor event in 2015. This year, I felt hesitant to go, knowing that not much will have changed. However, I bit the bullet and went last week to see if anything new had popped up. I got a chance to try the following:

  • Legends Sports Bar had their own tri-tip sandwich this time to rival that of Shannon’s usual tri-tip sandwich. I do not remember what Legends used to serve, but I definitely remember something else.
  • I got a samosa from Natraj Cuisine of India just to try it out.
  • Powell’s Sweet Shoppe served up their mini cones as usual. This time, they had a peanut butter gelato and a mango sorbet.
  • George’s Greek Cafe served their sampler plate as usual. However, they had raised the ticket price to five up from four from previous years.
  • Domenico’s Italian Restaurant served their variety of items, also as usual. One can never go wrong with their pizza, and I will proudly proclaim theirs as the best pepperoni pizza I have ever had.
  • Pandor Bakery & Cafe has something they call the OMG Bar. I have no idea what they put in this dessert that they classify as a cookie, but I would gladly keep going back to try this unique creation of theirs.
  • Lastly, I capped the day with some ice cream from Paradis Ice Cream.

All in all, a few things may have changed, but most restaurants have kept their offerings the same for Stroll & Savor. If you like what you see, check out what other events Belmont Shore has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

This past Saturday, many people had the chance to enjoy lots of eats and treats at the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival. Taking place throughout 2nd Street in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, this event follows a pay-as-you-go system, where guests pay for what they plan to consume, just like Belmont Shore’s annual Stroll & Savor series. For the adults wanting to get more involved than simply eating, organizers held a Homemade Dessert Contest every year, allowing any home baker/cook to submit their unique creations for a small entry fee. For anyone wanting to have fun while eating, organizers also held free pie-eating contests for all ages. However, the main attraction lies with the local businesses that set up to vend their sweet treats to guests. One booklet of 12 tickets costs $10 each, equating to roughly $0.83 per ticket. 12 tickets seems like a little, but when everything costs 1-3 tickets, one booklet will fill an average person up, especially since most 3-ticket plates come with a lot of desserts. The leniency of purchasing food tickets makes this event and Stroll & Savor so popular, since guests can choose how much to pay for, and can always buy more tickets if they plan to eat more. Observe below a sample of the goodies one could obtain from Chocolate Fest:

Missed out on Chocolate Fest? The food version, Stroll & Savor, returns on May 18th, so plan to visit The Shore in mid-May!

The 33rd Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade took over 2nd Street this past Saturday night. At this free all-ages event, dozens of businesses and organizations hosted floats or marching groups in a parade for the holidays. This parade allows locals to recognize the prominent figures and organizations of Long Beach, such as Mayor Robert Garcia and SoCal Corgi Nation. Originally scheduled to run from 6pm to 9pm, the parade began at the origin at 6pm, while the last group of the parade reached the end at 9pm; thus, the parade technically lasted two hours for those remaining in one location during the entire parade.

This parade marks one of the first of many Christmas parades across the country, with many more in the approaching weeks. In fact, another Christmas parade happens two weeks after this one – the Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade takes place on the night of Saturday, December 12th. In addition to this boat parade, spectators typically walk around the canals of Naples Island, gazing at all the Christmas lights and decorations following the parade. Anyone looking to spend some time with friends and/or family should not miss this next parade. Until then, plenty of other Christmas parades will take place for your enjoyment. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures I took at the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade last Saturday night.

The 33rd Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade returns this Saturday night. This wondrous treat for locals allows the community to recognize prominent individuals, groups, and organizations that help to shape what Long Beach represents. Although free, this parade draws in an enormous crowd every year, equating to immense traffic and insufficient parking, especially since police will close 2nd Street to traffic starting at 5pm. I always just park incredibly far away and just walk to Belmont Shore with friends, although I have seen groups bike there. Many people set up seats along the parade route, which encircles 2nd Street in both directions, quite early. Arrive too late and you may just barely catch the tail end of the parade with some visibility.

Looking for something festive to do with friends and/or family this weekend? Bring them to Belmont Shore and check out the parade. It costs nothing to attend, just the agony of searching for parking or arriving early and waiting until then. But even if you do the latter, Belmont Shore has plenty of businesses and activities to keep you and your group occupied for quite some time. So if I do not see you at the parade this Saturday night, Happy Holidays to you and yours~

The Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest returned to 2nd Street this past Saturday for its 12th year running. Every year at this art contest, hundreds of professional and amateur artists, local and from across the world, converge here to create art, sell their existing work, get known, and potentially take home cash prizes. Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.) sets up various spots throughout 2nd Street for participants to showcase their work using chalk as their medium and the sidewalk as their canvas. The contest costs nothing to attend – just an artist’s willingness to create something marvelous. Aspiring artists get an outlet to show off their skills, while thousands of passersby get to admire art, and may even buy an art piece to take home. The organizers awarded over $1,000 in cash prizes to artists with tremendous works. To see additional works of art and see the winners, check out their Facebook page.