Posts Tagged ‘4th Street Market’

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.

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When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. The pharmaceutical industry has come under heavy scrutiny. Scientists have discovered flowing water on Mars. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. The Apple Pan‘s Steakburger

With all this newfangled technology and modernism going on these days, sometimes it helps to go back to the basics. We turn to the originals to inspired us to prepare for the future. For the originals, we head over to The Apple Pan in Century City. The name should speak for itself, but for those who have not heard of the name, The Apple Pan represents one of the oldest Los Angeles restaurants still in operation to this day. The Apple Pan even inspired the Johnny Rockets chain we see everywhere. The Apple Pan’s old-time charm holds dear to our hearts, but their classic food represents comfort food at its finest. The Apple Pan serves two signature burgers with different cuts of beef: a hickory burger, and the Steakburger. Where the hickory burger carries more smoke flavor, the Steakburger remains closer to a medium beef patty. Each one costs $7.65 and comes with The Apple Pan’s signature sauce (resembles salsa), mayonnaise, pickles, and lettuce. For a small upcharge, you can add Tillamook cheddar to the burger, which I highly recommend since they let the cheese melt onto the grill, providing some crispness to the cheese. At The Apple Pan, the classics never go out of style!

4. Beer Belly‘s The Duck! Cheeseburger

We move from the classics to the modern era, where crafty chefs like to get fancy and creative with their foods. We deviate away from the norm with the type of ingredients used in classic dishes, but deviate too far and you may end up putting off willing customers. Thankfully, Koreatown’s Beer Belly walks the line between classic and inventive with their modernized take on classic foods. Beer Belly’s menu contains classic foods as you may recognize, but they use slightly different ingredients than you may recall. Take, for example, The Duck! Cheeseburger. Sure it may cost $15.50 for just a burger, but looking at what they put in this burger may justify the cost. Beer Belly uses a patty of duck and bacon for this burger, which can already kill the savory senses for those not accustomed to this barrage of meaty goodness. In addition, they even put foie gras on this burger! The hits do not stop there – you also get provolone cheese, mustard, peach ketchup, arugula, and pickled red onions on this burger in an onion brioche bun. Just for kicks, you can add a fried egg to this burger for $1.50 more. If you want to blitz your taste buds, Beer Belly has the ticket for that.

3. Urbana‘s Urbana Burger

Now we move from the modern era to the fusion path, where we start to cross cuisines of different cultures. As its name may suggest, the hamburger originated in Germany, yet today it somehow has a lot more popularity in the United States than Germany. One thing led to another, and we have foods mixing and matching all over the world. Most prominently, Latin cuisine mixes very well with other cuisines, something that Urbana in Anaheim does very well. Urbana takes Mexican flavors and applies them to many types of dishes besides Mexican food. While Urbana has the classics such as tacos, Urbana puts a Latin spin on other foods not typically thought of as Mexican, just like in their Urbana Burger. While it eats like a burger, the grass-fed beef patty comes filled with Queso Oaxaca for a stuffed burger experience. This stuffed patty sits on a layer of chorizo and gets topped with arugula, caramelized onions, and cilantro aioli. For $18, this monstrous burger comes with fries to feed you for the night.

2. Pig Pen Delicacy‘s Maple Bacon Jam Burger

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, so 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. Look at their Maple Bacon Jam Burger to see how much they love pork here. An all-beef patty comes coated with maple bacon jam, havarti cheese, chive aioli, and friend onion strings. At just $8.50, you can have a mess on your hands and eat it too. Between all the bacon, pulled pork, and pork belly, if you want pork, you got it here at Pig Pen Delicacy.

1. Cafe Cola‘s Smoov Burger

We live in a time where every single human being desires absolute control over his or her life. As a universal human truth, people need to have complete control over their lives and do things only their way, even if it obstructs another person’s path to freedom. Sad as that might sound, history has shown exactly this. When you have control, you feel authoritative and confident. When you lack control, you may start to feel scared or angry. By allowing people to have control, they feel more comfortable with the current situation. They have ditched the old motto of “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” for a more direct approach that gives them control. Instead of getting mad, go somewhere that allows you to enjoy your control by allowing you the pleasure of customization, such as at Cafe Cola in Covina. Now officially reopened (albeit only on weekends), Cafe Cola has introduced a brand new model of allowing customers to build their own burger from the plate up for one flat price. Customers pay $9.95 for the Smoov Burger, and can choose as many toppings as they want to go on it. Personally, I think too many toppings kills the flavor, but with so much to choose from, you can afford to carefully select toppings. Despite this gimmick, the burger comes out amazing, as Cafe Cola does not muck around with the beef patty. Very few places can boast about unlimited toppings at one low price, and Cafe Cola has sealed the deal as the best customizable burger in the Greater Los Angeles area.

When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. The pharmaceutical industry has come under heavy scrutiny. Scientists have discovered flowing water on Mars. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. Pie ‘n Burger‘s Cheeseburger

Two major archetypes of people exist: the adventurous and the safe. By human nature, people prefer the familiar – after all, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This explains why corporate products can survive for so long because they continue to serve the exact same product that people grew up with. Because something has never changed over time, that must mean that people love it, right? For something traditional that the people always go back to, look no further than Pie ‘n Burger. This little diner in Pasadena has withstood the test of time with their simplistic approach to traditional diner foods in burgers, milkshakes, and pies. Pie ‘n Burger not only makes food that all customers recognize, but they make them delicious as well that rivals corporate equivalents. Pie ‘n Burger’s basic Cheeseburger may remind some people of other famous fast food burgers because of its cheddar, thousand island sauce, pickles, and lettuce. However, something about Pie ‘n Burger’s old-fashioned cheeseburger just makes it so much better than fast food. Pair this cheeseburger with a milkshake or a fresh slice of pie, and you have a terrific meal that may remind you of your childhood.

4. The Blind Pig‘s Bison Burger

Fancy hip gastropubs have surfaced greatly over the past handful of years. The new wave of millennials crave something new and unique, unlike the previous generations that prefer to stick with the familiar. The days of family restaurants have passed, and smaller intimate restaurants have grown in popularity with the customers getting closer to their servers and mixologists. The dining experience should encompass more than just the food – it should involve atmosphere, community, and interactivity, and you can experience all of that at The Blind Pig Kitchen & Bar. Nestled away in a shopping center in Rancho Santa Margarita, The Blind Pig’s smaller dining area seats groups of two to four and allows customers to feel closer to their servers and mixologists. While they boast an extensive offering of cocktails, The Blind Pig also serves some mighty fine cuisine, including their Bison Burger. This burger with a 100% ground bison patty comes with arugula, caramelized onions, cheddar, and spicy aioli, served with fries. Bison typically has less fat than beef and has a gamier taste, giving a different approach to the typical burger. You can savor this burger at The Blind Pig for $15.

3. True Food Kitchen‘s Bison Burger

With the widespread use of the internet came all the exposures of bad food industry practices. From the inhumane treatment of animals to all the fillers in food, people started to demand better food quality, and most food companies had to oblige or risk losing business. While the corporate businesses struggled to change their ways, local businesses started fresh and adopted a wholesome and healthy approach to their menus, something that True Food Kitchen accomplished right off the bat. Best known for their anti-inflammatory ingredients, True Food Kitchen truly delivers good good-for-you food. Their menu covers all types of diets, from vegan to gluten-free and more. For those without dietary restrictions, True Food Kitchen still has an expansive menu that includes savory dishes such as their Bison Burger. Using a 100% ground bison patty, this delicious yet healthy burger gets topped with mushrooms, onions, mayonnaise, watercress, and parmesan cheese on a flax seed bun. For your side, you can choose Sweet Potato Hash, Kale Salad, or half of each. I typically do not enjoy mushrooms, but I made the exception just so I could savor this burger’s true essence, and I have no regrets. Every ingredient plays an important role towards the full picture of this burger. Experience health and flavor all in one bite with the Bison Burger at True Food Kitchen for $16.

2. Village Idiot‘s Griddle Burger

With all these newfangled restaurants popping up everywhere, sometimes it helps to exhibit a little modesty. Young adults want to visit the trendiest, hippest restaurants and/or bars because of interaction and mingling with others of similar age and personality. With so many of these new places around, some restaurants or bars just want to resemble the go-to place away from all the hustle of noisy places. Enter the Village Idiot in West Hollywood as your go-to place to relax. The Village Idiot looks like your typical neighborhood restaurant with no frills or anything fancy inside. They have an old-fashioned bar with plenty of seating in the dining area, perfect for parties of all sizes. With a wide array of food and drink options, Village Idiot will have something for everyone. For something familiar yet scrumptious, go with their Griddle Burger. This simple yet effective $15 burger carries two patties along with dijon spread and a heaping serving of caramelized onions, with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and fries on the side. Accessorize your burger with cheese or a fried egg at an additional cost. Available throughout the day, this burger will help you get away from the bustle of daily life momentarily while you savor this local flavor.

1. Wagyu Chuck‘s BBQ Bacon Burger

A corporate fast food business recently released a commercial where they pushed the phrase “Go big or go home” constantly throughout the ad. The notion of “all or nothing” greatly applies to all aspects of life. Why half-ass something when you can go full-ass into something? If you do not go all-in, that shows lack of commitment. When you go out to eat, you can either eat healthy or you can eat something full of flavor that can ruin your health. State fairs have things like deep-fried twinkie bars because YOLO. But if you intend to think YOLO with your food, you might as well seek the best foods that fit that archetype, so trek on over to Wagyu Chuck for your fill. One of many food stands in Downtown Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market, Wagyu Chuck makes burgers and only burgers. They specialize in burgers, and will not offer you anything else… except maybe a side of fried potatoes. The standard menu contains a single, double, or triple burger, but occasionally they will have burger specials, such as the BBQ Bacon Burger. While the name itself sounds amazing, I hope that you do not have a diet plan if you intend to conquer this. Greasy, oily, and salty, the combination of bacon, fried onions, cheese, and barbecue sauce all on top of a wagyu beef patty leaves a profound effect on your tastebuds and your stomach. Savor this burger with small bites, as you will not ever want this burger to end. As a burger special, Wagyu Chuck may not carry this on their menu forever, so travel to Wagyu Chuck as soon as possible and see what a true burger should taste like.

7th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Exposition Park. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I cannot include every event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all. Read here for a sample of the beer events to expect this week:

Slaughter & The Dogs @ The Whisky
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/slaughter-and-the-dogs-defected-drones/

Punk band Slaughter & The Dogs will perform in West Hollywood tonight. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 25
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 26
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 27
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

4th Street Market Culinary Crawl
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
4th Street Market, Santa Ana
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-street-market-culinary-crawl-tickets-17288943696

Come play with rich people and tour through 4th Street Market while enjoying samples from every vendor inside. This event costs $85 and includes gratuity.

2nd Annual Chefs & Shakers Mash-up
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 25
Saltbox, San Diego
http://chefsandshakers.bpt.me/

Enjoy an elegant evening of food and drink pairings at this upscale event that costs $30 to attend.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 26
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

37th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 26
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 27
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

9th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 26-27
Calabasas Country Club, Calabasas
http://www.malibufoodandwinefestival.com/

A grand two-night food & wine festival returns to Calabasas this weekend. This gala of food, wine, beer, desserts, celebrity chefs, cars, music, burlesque, and more brings together people from all over to sample the best of Calabasas, Malibu, and select vendors from the Greater Los Angeles Area. General admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm, while VIP tickets cost $300 and starts at 6pm.

Ignite @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/ignite_

Join Ignite and other great local bands for an intense show this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

O.C. Crust Stock Vol. 3
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Music Hall, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1082893

Check out some local crust punk bands this weekend at Mirror Image Studios in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages concert vary in price, starting at $21.

Tartar Control @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399702633691400/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Bad Acid Trip @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 26
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559234027673562/

Rock out at this local show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

The Aquabats! Super Show! Season 1 Screening
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 27
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1435776890064205/

Enjoy a marathon of the first season of The Aquabats! Super Show! this Saturday at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana. Admission to this screening costs $25.

Riviera Village Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 27-28
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

36th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 27
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 29
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood across Ocean Blvd.

2nd Annual Euro Bierfest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 27
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-euro-bierfest-tickets-16193002707

A bunch of European beers will arrive at Alpine Village this Saturday for your tasting pleasure. Admission to this beer tasting event costs $45 and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples from over 60 different varieties while supplies last. Bring cash for other products, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Make Music Downey
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 27
Downtown Downey
http://www.makemusicdowney.org/

This free and all-ages outdoor event will feature over 70 music acts, food trucks, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, and more.

2015 Punk Rock Picnic
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 27
Marina Green, Long Beach
http://www.punkrockpicnicmusicfestival.com/

After a catastrophe in 2013 and taking 2014 off, Punk Rock Picnic returns this Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach. Featuring over 60 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert will show that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. Regular admission costs $45, while children 12 and under get in for $25. This event does not allow ins & outs, so make sure that you can endure the sunny weather for the entire day.

Hangar 24 Summer Sour Release
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 27
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1119902774692564/

Hangar 24 gets sour this weekend with the release of not one, but TWO different sour beers. Stop on by to taste these sours, or even take home a bottle or two. Throughout the day, enjoy live local music, and stick around at 5pm for the announcement of the homebrew competition winners.

3rd Annual Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 27
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. Free to attend, visitors can freely roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

38 Degrees Ale House 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/456423291191415/

To celebrate turning six, 38 Degrees will tap some limited releases, archived beers, barrel aged beers, sours, local brews, and more. This event requires no admission or reservations – simply show up and order what you like. You can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the structure across from 1st Street.

Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits 5th Anniversary
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 27
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1015626085131520/

Twisted Manzanita turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a tasting event in Downtown San Diego this Saturday night. For $40 general admission, receive unlimited samples of beer while supplies last, and received select samples of their craft spirits. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 27
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale and $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

720° Pine
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 27
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/

Enjoy some nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Smut Peddlers @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Smut-Peddlers

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

15th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 28
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 28
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.

Stone Sour Fest 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 28
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1171599

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

15th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 28
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://ilovemusubi.com/poke/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event tonight in Huntington Beach. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $65, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Barley Forge Tap Takeover, Pig Roast, and Crawfish Boil
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Tender Greens, Irvine
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tender-greens-barley-forge-brewing-co-tap-takeover-crawfish-boil-pig-roast-tickets-16866702762

For $30, gain access to this pigout of a night with Barley Forge beer and all sorts of food. Admission costs the same for everyone, even those under 21.

Skaussie Aussie Aussie
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/melbourne-ska-orchestra

Get your skanking on this Sunday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

The craft beer scene in Downtown Santa Ana has grown substantially from almost nothing to booming the past year. At the start of 2014, places like The Playground, C4 Deli, The Copper Door, and Chapter One existed that served local craft beer; however, most of Southern California’s craft beer enthusiasts never truly regarded Santa Ana as a craft beer destination. This all turned around in 2014 with the introduction of places like The Good Beer Company and Native Son Alehouse, which essentially got the snowball rolling to transform Downtown Santa Ana into a bustling scene where millennials can rampage all they want. Despite these changes, Downtown Santa Ana’s craft beer scene remained largely overlooked as we entered 2015. The folks behind Beers In Paradise attempted to reverse that last week with their event Single Hop.

Last Friday night, Beers In Paradise in conjunction with The Good Beer Company held a self-guided pub crawl in Downtown Santa Ana called Single Hop. Consisting of five locations in Downtown Santa Ana, visitors started at The Good Beer Company, and from there could move on to C4 Deli, The Copper Door, 4th Street Market, and Native Son Alehouse in any order. The Good Beer Company had just released five variations of their Bravo line of IPA beers, and tapped a keg of each at each of the five locations. The $20 fee provided visitors with a full pour of Mosaic Bravo at The Good Beer Company, followed with a 4oz taster of the other four Bravo beers (Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, and Simcoe) at the four other locations.

As for the other four locations, they each basically operated under standard business procedures with their kitchens running normally and staff serving normally. Single hop participants could simply approach the bar and request the Bravo pour by showing proof of attendance.

Along with Savor Santa Ana and the 4th Street Market grand opening, Single Hop aimed to promote the growing local businesses of Downtown Santa Ana to the rest of Southern California. Downtown Santa Ana may still have its shady areas like other majors cities (especially Long Beach), but the new boom of businesses may help to curb that away. Bring your friends and family down to Downtown Santa Ana soon and experience the new wave of trendy modern businesses to get your eating and drinking on. P.S. You can park in Downtown Santa Ana for FREE on Sundays!

Following up on a rather successful run of their first event back in September, Savor Santa Ana returned to the East End of Downtown Santa Ana last Thursday evening. Savor Santa Ana allowed visitors of all ages to stroll through Downtown Santa Ana to sample food & drinks from various participating businesses. Set up similarly to Belmont Shore’s Stroll & Savor, visitors must purchase a $10 booklet containing tickets that they can redeem for food or drink samples throughout Downtown Santa Ana. Back in September during the first run of this event, each booklet contained 12 tickets, and businesses took varying amounts of tickets. This time, all booklets contained only five tickets, and businesses still took varying amounts of tickets for a sample. Despite the flyer saying that visitors get five tastes, obtaining an item for three tickets and another for two tickets only allowed for two tastes. Overall, this event felt rushed, as it did not have the captivating aura of its first event, and holding it in March would make this half a year apart from its last run. I believe the main reason for holding this event last week revolved around the opening of 4th Street Market.

The next foodie paradise has arrived in Downtown Santa Ana, and they officially opened their doors to the public this past Monday morning. If you have visited the Anaheim Packing House, this place will feel very familiar. The 4th Street Market contains a plethora of food-oriented businesses that will surely provide for anyone’s eating needs. Located on the northeast corner of E 4th St and N Bush St, this massive complex contains halls filled with many different eating & drinking options. Consider this a food court for the hip, as it does cost a pretty penny to dine here. About half of the businesses here derive from a previously existing business, such as a food truck or another location elsewhere in Orange County. Local favorites such as Dos Chinos, Chunk N Chip, Front Porch Pops, and Portola Coffee Lab have found a new home here, while famous names such as Jason Quinn and the Foodbeast Kitchen & Studio have claimed spaces here.

If you ever find yourself in or around Santa Ana, you owe it to yourself to stop on by 4th Street Market and check out what foods you have waited to try all this time.

4th Street Market – Grand Opening
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 16
4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana
http://4thstreetmarket.com/

The next foodie paradise has arrived in Downtown Santa Ana, and they open their doors to the public TODAY. If you have visited the Anaheim Packing House, this place will feel very familiar. The 4th Street Market contains a plethora of food-oriented businesses that will surely provide for anyone’s eating needs. Stop on by anytime and check out what foods you have waited to try all this time.

The Adolescents: FREE Show @ Amoeba Music
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 18
Amoeba Music, Hollywood
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3216/index.html

Legendary punk band The Adolescents have released a new album, and to celebrate, they will perform a FREE all-ages show this Wednesday night at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. The band will also sign copies of the album, so bring cash to buy an autographed album for yourself.

Less Than Jake & Reel Big Fish – 2015 Winter USA Tour
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18, The Grove, Anaheim http://www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com/events/detail/reel-big-fish-less-than-jake
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D63A74F1E34&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 20, House of Blues, Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D5F089A531D&oid=0

Ska bands Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish wrap up their winter tour in Southern California this week with these three all-ages shows. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on the link to see how much each show costs.

2015 U.S. Coffee Championships
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 19-22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://uscoffeechampionships.org/2015-u-s-coffee-championships-coming-long-beach-ca/

Coffee lovers rejoice! Check out this all-ages coffee competition taking place at the Long Beach Arena all this weekend. Passes cost $10 for one day, or $15 for all four days, and grants access to sample all the amazing coffee available.

Craft Beer 101
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/930983893579889/

Join in on an introductory course for learning the joys of craft beer at this seminar this Thursday night at Alpine Village in Torrance. This session costs just $5 per person, and includes beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend.

Dogfish Head Pint Nite @ Naja’s Place
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/536974193072238/

Naja’s Place will have a handful of Dogfish Head beers on tap this Thursday night. Order a pint, and you get to take the Dogfish Head pint glass home!

Agent Orange @ The Federal Bar Long Beach
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19
The Federal Bar, Downtown Long Beach
http://lb.thefederalbar.com/calendar/?event_id=5599125

A handful of local punk bands will perform at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach this Thursday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 18 may enter. Bring cash for parking in the area, as the nearest free street parking lies about a mile away.

2015 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

Tet Festival 2015
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 21
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 22
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

New Belgium Tap Takeover @ Alpine Village
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 20
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/404540636390164/

Alpine Village will switch their taps to a bunch of New Belgium beers this Friday night. Come on over and see what New Belgium has brewing up besides Fat Tire.

10th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 21
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 22
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://www.sdtet.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20-21
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend for TWO beer tasting events. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1545090555738497/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Cursive – 2015 Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 20, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/704133-cursive-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 21, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/702909-cursive-pomona/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5072/

Cursive’s 2015 tour swings through Southern California this week with these three shows. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on a link above for more information.

Angry Samoans: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1526367120972150/

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk show this Friday night in Ventura. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The 3rd Scott Pilgrim Picture Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 20
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/scott-pilgrim-picture-show-3/

Come together for a movie screening, lights show, sing along, food & drinks, and more. Tickets for this event cost $15.

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/los-angeles-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

African-American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/african_american_festival/

Celebrate Black History Month at the Aquarium of the Pacific this weekend. For the cost of general admission into the aquarium, guests will get to partake in live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, dancers, music, storytellers, and more.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 21
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
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.

24th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $16 for one day, or $25 for both days.

33rd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdchinesecenter.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Noble Ale Works 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 21
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://nobleparty.brownpapertickets.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their fourth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. General admission costs $40 and provides three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Guttermouth @ The Observatory
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Guttermouth-and-Counterpunch

Famous punk rock band Guttermouth will headline a matinée show at The Observatory this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages show cost only $5.

116th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, February 21
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=203

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 21
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://colorfunfest5k.com/locations/san-diego/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Chula Vista. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $60 presale or $75 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

Punk Rock Sausage Fest
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
The Vu Bar & Lounge, Santa Clarita
http://goodcleanfund.com/punk-rock-foodies-sausage-fest-tickets/

Enjoy an entire day of local punk rock bands and sausages to eat at this all-day gig in Santa Clarita this Saturday. General admission for the show only cost $7 presale or $10 at the door. Admission with food costs $12 presale or $15 at the door. The event page does not specify an age limit, but I would not bring anyone under 21.

Angry Samoans @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/370406739798533/

Catch an all-star lineup of great punk rock bands at this show this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ The Roxy Theatre
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/705601-dickies-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show at The Roxy in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.

Free Punk Show in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1783611831863174/

Enjoy a FREE punk rock show in Riverside this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Stone Belgian Fest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 22
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/956576

Enjoy an afternoon full of Belgian beers at this beer tasting event this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Admission costs $50 and comes with 15 3oz beer tasters and a souvenir glass. The venue will have a limited menu specifically curated for this event to serve to hungry guests.

Iron Reagan & Exhumed – Meat n’ Greet @ Grill ‘Em All
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, February 22
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559051587695139/

Two metal bands will arrive at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this Sunday afternoon for a fan-meeting event. Come get autographs and photos with the bands, and enjoy an exclusive burger that the venue will serve only on that day.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary Brewfest 7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 22
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewfest-brewco-20th-anniversary-tickets-14424029661

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $35 gets you unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event, a change from previous years’ 12 tasters. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

Angry Samoans, Naked Aggression & Downtown Brown – Live at Gaslamp Long Beach
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/325064751032229/

A bunch of big names in punk rock will perform an all-ages show in Long Beach this Sunday. The event page does not specify the cover charge, so bring up to $20 cash to get into this show. Parking at the venue costs $5 if arriving after 5pm.