Posts Tagged ‘Abigaile’

Cuisine all around the world has its variances depending on the location and region. While each culture has its own flavors and uniquer ingredients, many places utilize the same base dish to deliver the flavor. For example, you can find fried chicken just about anywhere in the world. However, the flavor of the fried chicken will greatly depend on your location and where you get it from. Sure fried chicken in itself tastes great, but many places like to add their own personal twist to fried chicken. Check out these five places in the greater Los Angeles area that you can get some tasty and unique fried chicken.

5. Howlin’ Rays‘s Nashville Hot Chicken

When a place takes upwards of two hours from getting in line to receiving food for customers, that either means they work slowly or they have sky-high demand. Luckily for Howlin’ Ray’s, they fall under the latter case. In fact, they even boast when their line only takes an hour to get through. So this Howlin’ Ray’s place in Los Angeles’ Chinatown only opens for five hours on five days of the week. No matter what day or time you go there, expect to wait at least an hour to finally receive your food. Why does it take that long? Howlin’ Ray’s makes the best Nashville Hot Chicken this side of the Mississippi. Nashville Hot Chicken does not taste like any ordinary spicy chicken – it has its own unique combination of savory, zest, zing, tart, and spice that no other type of chicken can match. You could only find better Nashville Hot Chicken in Nashville itself. If you find that you have up to two hours to kill, why not spend it waiting for some Nashville Hot Chicken from Howlin’ Ray’s?

4. Jumping Däk‘s Korean Fried Chicken

If you visit Jumping Däk, you will get Korean Fried Chicken and not much else, but you will get Korean Fried Chicken made very well! Having just opened about a year ago, Jumping Däk boasts a menu specializing in the savory food, along with sides and desserts to accompany the main course. This fast-casual restaurant replaced an old Hawaiian BBQ fast-food restaurant that never really saw too many customers. However, with the recent opening of a ramen restaurant next door, it made sense to open something here to take advantage of the overflow of the ramen restaurant’s customers, and here we have Jumping Däk. For those who have never tasted Korean Fried Chicken, luckily Jumping Däk provides samples of their three flavors: Sweet, Spicy (pictured below), and Fiery. Sweet and Fiery explain themselves, while Spicy represents a happy medium of the Sweet and Fiery. Basically, imagine popcorn chicken tossed in their signature sauces. Customers can enjoy this Korean Fried Chicken a la carte, as a sandwich, or as a combo with sides and a drink.

3. Densetsu no Sutadonya‘s Karaage Don

We moved from Nashville to Korea, and now we move to Japan. Fried chicken exists all over Asia, and each country does their fried chicken a little differently. In the case of Japan, each city or region cooks differently. However, for the major cities of Japan, they have a locally popular place called Densetsu no Sutadonya, known for their Sutadon. The word Sutadon consists of “suta” for stamina and “don” for bowl, so Sutadon literally means “stamina bowl” in Japanese. While originally found in Japan, Southern California now has a Densetsu no Sutadonya in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This location prepares food the same way they do in Japan – using extremely high temperatures to cook everything quickly and all at once. You can taste this best in their Karaage Don. They basically flash-fry the meat, so it gets cooked without having it soak in all the oil. That way you can enjoy the chicken’s true flavor instead of a mouthful of oil.

2. Abigaile Restaurant‘s Fried (Jidori) Chicken

Have you heard of Kobe Beef? Kobe Beef represents a higher quality of beef, much higher than that of Angus beef. A higher quality grade of meat applies to more than just beef – it applies to chicken too, but in this case, we refer to it as Jidori Chicken. Just like how Kobe Beef tastes better than normal beef, Jidori Chicken tastes better than regular chicken, and you can taste the difference at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their simply named Fried Chicken. Abigaile’s approach to Jidori Chicken contains togarashi in the batter, giving it a kick in each bite without the need for sauce. Speaking of sauce, this chicken comes with housemade hot sauce and preserved lemon gribiche, along with papaya slaw. $15 allows you to taste this upscale version of fried chicken.

1. Jimmy’s Famous Tavern‘s Southern Fried Chicken

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 five locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, 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. Any time of the day makes a great time to sink your teeth into JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken. The batter contains Herbes de Provence, which gives the chicken so much flavor that you do not need any sauce or condiment for it – enjoy the chicken on its own for true bliss. Anyway, this fried chicken comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans, all for $20 a plate.

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Reminiscing back to our childhoods, we recall all the good times and bad times that significantly impacted us as children. Everyone remembers certain moments during their childhoods that has permanently affected our personalities today. Even without anything to capture those moments, we can still reminisce about the good old days through photos taken way back then. In fact, today’s society has accepted Throwback Thursdays as an homage to the good old days, when life did not bear so much worry, and we could live out our days without fear or oppression. These days, society has to deal with corruption on many levels, from governments to the internet to bullies in school and more. Like the human immune system, society reacts to these corruptions by implementing methods to combat those problems by either minimizing problems or eliminating them altogether. This may not restore the good old days, but as a society, we still like to look back to what paved the way for us to stand here today. Significantly, we remember the foods we once ate as children, even recalling the low prices. Those old signs advertising $0.10 French Fries did not lie – food stands actually sold items that now cost ten times more, or even more than that! Though we can still buy the same fast food items as back then, we have much better options today as far as finer dining without the inflated price tags. If you miss those $0.10 fries, wait until you see some of the appetizers that you can share with friends or enjoy as an entrée. I have discovered five different shareable appetizers that you can find in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and you can either enjoy these on its own or share them among the table.

5. Out Of The Park Pizza‘s Pizza Poppers

No matter where in the world you may find yourself, certain foods always make their way to every corner of the world. From hamburgers to hot dogs to rice and more, ingredients play a major role in the coverage of certain types of food. Big corporate chain restaurants ensure the spread of many of the more common foods, lending part to the world’s love of these foods, such as pizza. Various types of pizzas now exist because people try to get creative with how they eat pizza instead of the traditional round pizza cut into slices. For something a little more portable and fun, head to Out Of The Park Pizza. Out Of The Park Pizza does not shy away from extravagant toppings on their pizzas, coming up with different types of pizzas such as a Western Barbecue pizza or a Buffalo Chicken pizza. While they have interesting toppings for their pizzas, they have turned their pizzas into an appetizer in the form of their Pizza Poppers. Imagine a slice of pepperoni pizza that they rolled into a ball that resembles a round pastry stuffed with cheese and pepperoni, and you have Pizza Poppers. It does not contain tomato sauce – they provide marinara sauce on the side as a dip. You can order Pizza Poppers as a five-piece snack for $6.99 or a 12-piece shareable appetizer plate for $9.99.

4. Abigaile‘s Pão de Queijo

As humans, we live for variety and diversity. Unlike animals that “eat to live,” some might say that humans “live to eat.” For example, a pet dog or cat feels perfectly content eating the exact same food everyday for his or her entire life. However, if a human attempted that, he or she would go insane from the thought of it. As an aside, this regularly occurs in prisons where inmates get no choice in what they can eat. Humans crave variety, and need something different in their lives instead of living a routine day by day, and people can find diverse foods at a restaurant like Abigaile. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their Pão de Queijo. A Brazilian classic, these Brazilian cheese puffs resemble a hybrid between a bread roll and a hot cheese snack. Chewy and gooey, biting into these cheese poofs feels like biting into a solid mass of warm cheese coated with butter and a slight fluff of bread. For $5, this heavenly appetizer at Abigaile comes with a side of spice honey to help complement the cheesy flavor.

3. Peter’s Gourmade Grill‘s Gooeys

How do you get the word out about your business if you do not do any marketing? You have to deliver something so good that the customers will spread the word about you. In this modern time of internet marketing and social media, all business owners need to utilize all available tools to get the word out about their businesses. Consider that many of these marketing tools have no cost to using them other than time to set up the information. Once set up, the people will do the work as long as you provide something that the people will want to come back for, such as the memorable food at Peter’s Gourmade Grill in Tustin. As a hole-in-the-wall that many people can easily drive by without ever noticing it, Peter’s Gourmade Grill only focuses on what they do best: grilling up foods with a twist, and each twist varies between each menu item. Perhaps the people continually return to Peter’s for these twists, since not many other places have the same combinations that Peter’s offers. Take, for example, their Gooeys. Originally intended as a shared dessert, this massive pile of sweet potato fries gets dressed up with brown sugar, maple syrup, and toasted marshmallows. Has anyone else ever thought of this combination? Perhaps so, but definitely nowhere else in Southern California can you find something like this. At $7.25, this can treat an entire family, as I cannot conceive any sole person devouring an entire order in one sitting.

2. Eat Chego‘s Ooey Gooey Fries

When a food truck converts to a restaurant, one can expect to find similarities between the food truck and the restaurant. When the founder of Kogi BBQ opened Eat Chego, food truck fans from all over flocked to this permanent Kogi fixture to experience Kogi in a more solid setting. As one of the originals, Kogi had one of the largest fan bases of any gourmet food truck, and continued to prosper in long lines for years to come. This popularity easily carried over to Eat Chego and also attracted countless more food fans to savor the flavor of what started a revolution. Although Eat Chego does not serve exactly what Kogi does, the flavors resemble each other, especially in the fan favorite Ooey Gooey Fries. This $6 bowl of beer-battered fries gets topped with sour cream sambal, three cheeses (Monterey jack, cheddar, and cotija), chilies, cilantro, and pickled garlic. Despite its vegetarian nature, people go nuts for this bowl, especially for the pickled garlic. The sauce adds a sour yet spicy flavor, while the cheese gives it a more gritty texture. The pickled garlic does not overwhelm the palate – it contains enough of a bite that you will immediately detect it, but the pickling essentially dilutes its potency. It adds the perfect amount of zing to this bowl. Although one can finish these fries as an entrée, because of the intense flavor profile, I suggest sharing this with a friend.

1. Smoqued BBQ‘s Burnt Ends

With a handle on what the people want, Smoqued BBQ ensures that they rarely run out of customer favorites. This BBQ restaurant in Old Towne Orange delivers classic BBQ dishes using their own recipes, while slinging out over a dozen different types of craft beers at any given moment. Their extensive food menu carries multiple variations of their signature BBQ meats, from brisket to pulled pork to tri-tip to ribs and more. Perhaps the one dish that brings customers back the most resides on their appetizers section. In the appetizers section lies the appropriately named Brisket Burnt Ends. Sure they list this in the appetizers section, and they present it in a way that multiple people can share it. However, after you bite into one of these juicy morsels, you will want the plate all to yourself. This half-pound mound of meaty goodness consists of double-smoked brisket cube ends, which they caramelize in their house BBQ sauce. For burnt ends, the pieces retain their juiciness, as the seared caramelization of the sauce on the outside seals the meat’s natural juices inside. As if the outside did not contain enough heavenly flavor, the meat itself gives a rich, hearty, beefy taste that only true grillmasters can produce. Smoqued BBQ vows to always have the Brisket Burnt Ends available for customers to order. However, if they get slammed on any given day, they may run out by the end of the day. As a result, if you desire some top-notch burnt ends, head on over to Smoqued BBQ in Orange as early in the day as possible, and order up some burnt ends for yourself for $13.49. The price tag may appear steep, but once you get hooked, you may quickly overlook that.

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 10
Abigaile Restaurant, Hermosa Beach
http://businessnbeer.com/the-brewery-at-abigaile-december-10-2015/

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

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

2nd Annual youbloomLA Music Festival & Conference
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, December 10-11
9:30 am – 1:00 am, December 12
Highland Park Ebell, Highland Park
http://www.youbloom.com/la-2015/

A handful of bands will perform across three different venues around Los Angeles, along with a musicians’ conference in Highland Park this Saturday. Each show has its own cover charge, while the conference costs $25 to attend.

Reverend Horton Heat: On The Road
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/954591-reverend-horton-heat-ventura/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11-12, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/reverend-horton-heat
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/event/6095745
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for prices.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theaggrolites
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach http://www.saintrocke.com/event/991781-aggrolites-hermosa-beach/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13, Music Box, Little Italy, San Diego http://www.aggroreggae.com/

The Aggrolites will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Each of these shows have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for information.

Agnostic Front: On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/970869-agnostic-front-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 11, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/968711-agnostic-front-long-beach/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 12, Til Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/agnostic-front-w-fury-death-march-revolt-chix/
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 13, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222937
http://www.agnosticfront.com/

Hardcore punk band Agnostic Front currently tours across the nation, and that tour sweeps through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age restrictions for each of these shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for information.

Punk Night @ The Redwood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1687206661515344/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Thursday night at the Redwood Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover charge for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Ho Ho Holiday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11
Surf Dogs Sports Grill, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/140586022968679/

Rock out to some local punk rock at this FREE show this Friday night in Huntington Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

62nd Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 12
Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-the-62nd-annual-uptown-holiday-parade/

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/marketplace.html

Gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon for FREE!

6th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 12-13
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

Renegade LA returns to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

Pet Winter Wonderland
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 12
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 13
LA Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.holidaypetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. 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 $10 to $20 per vehicle.

7th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 12-13
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

Beer Geek Brunch
11:30 am – 2:00 pm, December 12
Native Son Alehouse, Santa Ana
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2464724

Enjoy a three-course brunch this Saturday early afternoon complete with craft beer pairings. Registration costs $40. No one under 21 may participate.

4th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 12
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsantacrawl.com/

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30, or $15 with promo code FB15. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/5th-annual-holiday-concert-santa-on-the-pier/

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

2015 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 12
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade-2014/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday morning for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 12
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach
http://www.longbeach.gov/district7/news/daisy-avenue-holiday-events-2015/

Unlike most parades that march through a commercial area, this parade rolls through a residential neighborhood, making for a quieter, calmer parade with an emphasis on visuals.

7th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 12
Four locations, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Santa Monica. Participation costs $12 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

33rd Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 12
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night.

53rd Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 12
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.mdrboatparade.org/

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

69th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 12
Naples Island Canals, Long Beach
http://www.naplesca.com/

This annual holiday boat parade returns to the canals in & around Naples Island this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend, immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to traffic at 5pm. Spectators get to see dozens of boats decorated with Christmas lights and props as they sail through the parade route. Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, while small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boats.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/calendar/events

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

Litmus Green – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/900152373406661/

Rock out to local punk bands this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

10th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12
Newport Landing OR Woody’s Wharf, Newport Beach
http://www.nbsantapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Newport Beach. Participation costs $20 presale or $25 on the night of the event. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 13
Kensington Park, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/HolidayOnAdams.html

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

44th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 13
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

American Craft Beer Week
May 11-17
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 11
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1224167437724290/

Tonight, Hangar 24 takes over 12 taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Stop on by tonight and sample what Redlands can deliver.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 12
Häagen-Dazs, Nationwide
http://www.haagendazs.us/FreeConeDay/

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.

Underground Comedy & Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeach.harvelles.com/event.cfm?id=200943

Enjoy a night complete with stand-up comedy and burlesque this Tuesday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission costs $10, but use promo code DEE to gain admission for free!

Naja’s Place 7th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13-19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/366165203591325/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover & Food Pairing
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 14
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/976917892332624/

Ballast Point will take over the taps at Far Bar this Thursday night. In addition, the folks at Far Bar will curate some exclusive dishes to pair with some of the Ballast Point brews. No admission or reservations required – simply show up, grab a seat, and order away.

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 14
Abigaile, Hermosa Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1569923869924450/

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

4th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 14
Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-taste-of-boyle-heights-tickets-15528038782

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $120 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
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.

MDC – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14, Los Globos, Silverlake, http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/812705-mdc-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 16, The Music Hall, Anaheim http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1388070

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC will headline a few all-ages shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices vary, so click on a link for more information.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16-17
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

Sorrento Valley Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 15
Party Pals, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
http://www.sorrentovalleybeerfestival.com/

Enjoy some local beers at this beer tasting event in San Diego this Friday night. For $25 presale or $35 at the door, gain 12 3oz pours of your choice of local beer, plus the souvenir glass for you to take home. Guests can eat from local food trucks, plus enjoy the live local musicians. No one under 21 may attend.

Barley Forge Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/751825371598531/

Alpine Village in Torrance will have a lot of beers from Barley Forge on tap this Friday night. Stop on by and taste the beers from this powerhouse of a brewery.

Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1108679739148742/

This Friday night, Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will fill all of their taps with Ballast Point beers. No reservations required – simply show up, and have a taste of BP.

Punk & Oi Show in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 15
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1401018453554711/

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

All Punx, All Ages, All Night
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 15
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/641920689285473/

Rock out at this local punk show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Show in Laguna Niguel
9:00 pm – 12:30 am, May 15
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1431426897153436/

Catch a FREE local punk rock show in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

21st Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 17
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://www.muckcarshow.org/

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 16
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-long-beach-touch-a-truck-sat-may-16-registration-16885486946

Over 50 large vehicles will park along the beach at this free all-ages exhibit this Saturday morning. Food, drinks, vendors, live music, arts & crafts, and more will accompany this interactive event that allows guests to explore and take photos with large vehicles that people rarely get to see on a daily basis.

3rd Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16-17
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

Doctor Who and Sherlock Crafts Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16-17
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1114443551915557/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for the Dr. Who and Sherlock Holmes worlds.

17th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 16
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

19th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

6th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://irvinekoreanfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

1st Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 16
White Park, Riverside
http://www.iesalsafestival.com/

This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $10, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.

1st Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 16
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
http://www.readertacotopia.com/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Civil War Drums & Gatling Guns
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1655372114682653/

At this free and all-ages event, guests can spectate civil war reenactments and other old-time activities.

6th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 16
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.veganbeerfest.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers at the 6th annual LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $95 at the door, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. No one under 21 may attend. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://www.hangar24airfest.com/

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 7th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. General admission costs $15 but does not include any beer – guests must purchase drink tickets after entering.

The Bruery’s Copperversary
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 16
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1654471094781132/

The Bruery has grown so popular that they had to make their anniversary PRIVATE! Only The Bruery’s Society members may attend their anniversary event now, which features an astounding 160 different beers to try in a 4-hour span. Society members only need to pay $60 to attend this unbelievable beer tasting event.

2nd Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 16
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach
http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/bite-at-the-beach/

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/746189972145788/

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this and next Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 16
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

20th Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

WineArtLA 2015
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 16
V Wine Room, West Hollywood
http://www.wineartla.com/

Sip on some wines and munch on some cheeses and charcuterie while admiring art at this wine & art gala this Saturday night. General admission costs $50, while VIP admission costs $150 and comes with a pre-event champagne reception, exclusive wines, tray-passed appetizers, and more.

Body Fine Art Competition
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 16
The Springs, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.bodyfineart.com/

Check out this one-of-a-king art gallery feature works of art on the human body. Using naked models as a living canvas, dozens of artists showcase their skills in devising living art to wow the audience. Guests will spend most of their time admiring all of the art and models while also enjoying live music, live entertainment, and more. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, but this event will definitely sell out, so act fast on those tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

21st Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 17
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido
http://www.escondido.org/escondido-street-faire.aspx

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

5th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 17
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/sessionfest5

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest three years ago to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Saturday. For just $15, guests will receive three pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may participate.

3rd Annual Brew Rendezvous
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 17
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.sdchip.org/support-chip/brew-rendezvous.aspx

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. Admission costs $55, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $25. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

Poolside Pig Roast @ Saltbox
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 17
Saltbox, San Diego
http://pigroastsd.bpt.me/

Enjoy a pig roast as a BBQ plate, sliders, or tacos – all you can eat! Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the door, and includes one house Henebery Whiskey cocktail.

Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 17
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/taste-nation-laguna-beach

Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $200 and runs from 3pm to 6pm, while VIP costs $275 and goes until 8pm. The price goes up $25 at the door.

Duane Peters Gunfight – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 17
The Federal Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/374965969353124/

Enjoy a local punk show in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 18 may enter.

Americans have an indescribable lust for bacon. No one can quickly discover the origin of why people love bacon so much. In fact, some people even accuse bacon as the reason why vegans hate carnivores so much. If bacon lovers talked about bacon as often as vegans talk about Veganism, perhaps the world would look at things a different way. Alas, we live in a society where vegans, atheists, and CrossFitters talk nonstop about what they do, and no one blabs about bacon. Truthfully, enough people love bacon that it simply goes without saying, so bacon remains an unspoken love. With an abundance of bacon everywhere, we tend to require the assistance of locals to direct us to places with amazing bacon eats. So when I had planned to commute to Hermosa Beach recently, a kind local directed me to a restaurant that brewed their own beer. Whaaaat?!

Hermosa Beach does not shy away from food businesses, as they have to cater to the thousands of monthly tourists that all have different tastes. As a tourist town, most of the businesses here have “safe” foods, or food that lacks creativity and originality. As a somewhat local person, I filtered through the restaurants with common foods, and my search landed me at Abigaile Restaurant. The building that Abigaile inhabits had gone through multiple business changes in the past couple of decades, but I believe that the folks behind Abigaile have found a winning business formula. Abigaile operates as a gastropub, serving up delicious traditional foods with modern reinventions to step things up a level. In addition to dazzling food, they also brew their own beer on the premises, but I will save that discussion for another day. For now, we focus on the food; specifically, the P.I.G. “Pop Tarts,” a customer favorite. A perfect meal for any time of the day, Abigaile starts with a puff pastry crust, and layers in smoked pork confit (leg), bacon lardons, and gruyère cheese. They then wrap this up, bake it to a golden brown, sprinkle Pecorino cheese on top, and serve it with tomato jam. For something this savory, only the hoppiest of beers can hope to cut through the meat’s intense flavor to bring about balance to the palate. Luckily, Abigaile brews their own double IPA called Beetlejuice DIPA that perfectly pairs with this porky hand pie.

Customers rave about the P.I.G. “Pop Tarts” for good reason, as it stands to solely represent the restaurant’s formidable culinary presence. You can snarf down your own P.I.G. “Pop Tarts” for just $13 at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. For more updates from Abigaile, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

TKO Records Pizza Party
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
TKO Records, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/313348935513386/

Check out this FREE and all-ages small show this Wednesday night at TKO Records in Huntington Beach. They will provide free pizza and beverages to all guests until they run out.

Slaughter And The Dogs – Do It Dog Style Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11, Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/slaughter-and-the-dogs/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 12, Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://sodabarmusic.frontgatetickets.com/event/gdsoli93y85qgdch
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 13, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/slaughter-and-his-dogs

Slaughter And The Dogs start their tour in Southern California this week with three awesome shows for you to check out. Each show has a different ticket price and age minimum, so check each link for all the details on the shows.

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 11
Abigaile, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/324687877708141/

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

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

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Real’s Birthday Bash w/ The Vibrators
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/180814

Celebrate a person’s birthday with a punk rock show this Thursday night in Downtown Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area, and can avoid paying to park in parking lots.

Dudes’ Brewing – Tasting Room Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13-14
Dudes’ Brewing, Torrance
http://www.thedudesbrew.com/

After MUCH anticipation from craft beer fans throughout Southern California, Dudes’ Brewing will finally open their doors to the public starting this Friday. Come check out their 13 tap handles as they prepare for the day that so many had waited for.

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 13
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 14
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

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

Kickstarter Film Fest 2014
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
The Autry, Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://www.kickstarter.com/events/filmfest2014_la

Support your local independent film buffs at this FREE mixer this Friday night at Griffith Park. In addition to the multitude of film screenings, guests will find food, art, live music, and lots of technology to gaze at.

GBH: Two Shows
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 12, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/gbh-2014
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 13, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/252514

Legendary UK punk band GBH will headline two all-ages shows this weekend in Southern California. The Friday night show costs $18, and they perform with The Dickies, JFA, and Love Canal. The Saturday night show costs $20, and they perform with The Adolescents and The 5th Wave.

The Vibrators @ Five Star Bar
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 12
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1453383454950769/

A bunch of punk bands will play in Downtown Los Angeles this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can park at street meters for free after 8pm.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 12
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/670368516386448/

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

Bubble Run San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 13
Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/san-diego/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

2nd Annual Car & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 13
Long Beach Convention Center Back Lot & Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachrmh.org/events.php?id=3

Fans of the original Long Beach Motorama will not want to miss this classic car show this Saturday. This year, see over 250 different automobiles & motorcycles on display at this FREE and all-ages car show at the convention center in Downtown Long Beach. Visitors will also find a skateboard & BMX demo, skateboarding lessons, kids’ zone, live DJ, and more.

K9 Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13-14
Granada Launch Ramp, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachseafestival.com/events/events-list-view/event/69-k9-festival

At this FREE and all-ages event on the beach, find lots of pet-related vendors, athletic demos, competitions, games, pet adoptions, arts & crafts, live music, food & drinks, and more.

Taps’ Clam Bake
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 13
Taps Fish House, Brea
http://www.tapsfishhouse.com/brea/html/specials.html

Taps Fish House will roll out a huge menu full of clam dishes, from New England Clam Chowder to Little Neck Clams and more. Admission costs $40 per person, but does not include beverages.

76th Annual LA Chinatown Moon Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventcategoryId=4&eventId=421

Chinese Thanksgiving celebrations continue this Saturday in Chinatown with their annual Moon (Cake) Festival. Free to attend for all ages, participants celebrate by eating mooncakes, mini pastries that may contain up to 2,000 calories each. In addition, guests can see kung fu demos, lion dancers, live music, food trucks, ping pong tournaments, and more. Guests can find free street parking beyond Spring St. or close to LA State Historic Park.

Eat.Drink.Art.
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
Barnsdall Park, Hollywood
http://www.barnsdall.org/Eatdrinkart/

Indulge your right-brain (or left for the left-handers out there) at this art exhibit this Saturday night in Hollywood. General admission costs $30, starts at 7pm, and grants entry to this mixer that contains food trucks, alcoholic beverages, art displays, a silent auction, live music, and more. VIP admission costs $100, and grants access to a special chef-inspired tasting prior to the event.

OC Roller Girls – OC vs. OC Showdown
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
OC Roller Skates, Santa Ana
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Tasha Zapata Memorial Fundraiser Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 13
The Harp Irish Bar, Koreatown, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/375273995960135/

Local punk rock bands play a show in Koreatown this Saturday night. Nobody has specified a cover charge or age minimum yet, so stay aware if you choose to go to this show.

Social Task @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/275758432616877/

Local punk band Social Task will headline a show at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may attend.

Foothill 5K Challenge
7:00 am – 11:00 am, September 14
Glendale Sports Complex, Glendale
http://la.backonmyfeet.org/5kchallenge

Go back to basics with this 5k race in Glendale. Although not as challenging as the Mt. San Antonio College course, expect lots of hills to run through, pushing the limits of all participants. Registration costs $40, and the first 700 registrants will receive a free event t-shirt.

13th Annual Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Fair
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Fairfax b/t Olympic & Whitworth, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.eaf.la/2014/07/little-ethiopia-cultural-street.html

At this free & all-ages cultural street fair, find all sorts of Ethiopian-inspired food, art, music, and more.

Punk N’ Tacos 7
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1517170851847901/

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.