Posts Tagged ‘BBQ’

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 6th Annual Dana Point State BBQ Championships returned to Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point this past Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Over a hundred teams of Grill Masters from across the country gathered here to serve up their finest BBQ to win yet another coveted award for bragging rights as well as cash, prizes, titles, and fame. Free to attend for all ages, visitors could purchase sample tickets for $2, with all proceeds going towards the VFW charity, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. Visitors found all sorts of BBQ meats here, from pulled pork to ribs to brisket to bacon and more. A true test to the home Grill Master, this competition does not allow anything corporate to set foot in this area – only amateur or local groups could enter, and all foods come from non-corporate sources, such as locally-raised meat or homemade BBQ sauces.

I have attended this BBQ event ever since they got started, and I plus many others believe that it disappointed us all this year. The past three years saw the expansion of the event area to an additional area of the park to the east section, which also added a craft beer tasting component. Just like the barbecue tasting, visitors would purchase beer tickets at $2 each, and each ticket would redeem four ounce’s worth of beer. So what happened since last year? First off, the organizers completely got rid of the additional craft beer tasting section, opting for a Budweiser beer truck near the entrance. That entire eastern section belonged only to barbecue teams who entered the competition, and not a single team in this section offered any food to visitors. Speaking of offering food, though the event website advertised over a hundred barbecue teams, less than a dozen of them had public tastings. For an event that draws over a thousand visitors annually, not even that many teams can accommodate all of them. Also take into consideration that more than half of the teams offering food did not have any food ready until 1pm at the earliest. The high-demand meats like ribs and brisket did not come out until 1:45pm due to judging, and that caused abnormally long lines at almost all the teams. Not surprisingly, these teams ran out of food within minutes because of everyone waiting at all those booths. Despite the event running until 5pm, nobody had any food left by 3pm. As a minor complaint, many people did not like that such small food samples cost them $2 each.

I love barbecue, and I have loved this event for the past few years. Sadly, this year’s competition left a sour taste in many people’s mouths. As they made the same mistakes as last year but appear to have gotten worse, I do not foresee myself returning to this event anymore in the following years. They made mistakes last year, and instead of fixing the mistakes, the organizers made it worse. I feel they should completely remove the public tasting from this event, and just keep it private. After all, they have good reviews of the previous years to ride on, and this competition still attracts over a hundred groups from across the country.

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. The Abbey‘s Roadkill Fries

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 Abbey in Seal Beach. Dubbed as Seal Beach’s legendary gastropub, The Abbey takes some of America’s favorite restaurant meals and does them well. You can taste the quality of the food here while appreciating the food styles that we grew up with. The Abbey does not try to push the envelope or invent new foods – they take what exists and cooks it up right. Look at their Roadkill Nachos on their appetizers menu. The Abbey treats nachos the classic way here with tortilla chips piled high with ground beef, grilled chicken, black beans, cheese, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. You can order a small plate for $9.50, or go all-out for $13.50. Sure it may not seem like a new concept, but if you do not want to try something new and simply want to stick with what you know, The Abbey has the remedy for you.

4. Limerick’s Tavern‘s Irish Pub Nachos

More often than not, the hole-in-the-wall places have the best food that too few know about. From the outside, the restaurant may appear lackluster. Even once inside, the interior may appear dreary. As the old saying goes, “You cannot judge a book by its cover.” While hole-in-the-wall restaurants represent a game of hit-or-miss, the people’s voice may help to steer others in the right direction, which led me to the discovery of Limerick’s Tavern in Upland. When I first heard about this Irish pub, I expected the typical Irish faire that I encounter at every other Irish pub that I had dined at. To my surprise, Limerick’s Tavern shattered that conception with an unbelievable menu with desirable food. At Limerick’s Tavern, they serve up great gourmet food that no one would expect to find at a pub or sports bar. The dishes may represent classics, but their use of high-quality ingredients and plating presentation make them shine above the rest. Take a look at their Irish Pub Nachos. This beautiful plate of fresh home-made potato chips comes topped with chopped corned beef, pastrami, bacon bits, Swiss & cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions. This $10 plate of food can feed a group of four, or you can go nuts and treat yourself to this mighty fine dish.

3. The Smoking Ribs‘ Pulled Pork Nachos

As far as the style of cuisine goes, The Smoking Ribs truly lies off the beaten path. The Smoking Ribs specializes in southern-style barbecue, from ribs to brisket to pulled pork and more. As others have shown, many cultures around the world have no familiarity with American barbecue, such as Koreans and the Irish, so some may ponder about a non-Asian barbecue restaurant in an Asian part of town. However, I assure you that The Smoking Ribs stays true to its roots, boasting some top-quality smoke and meats. At The Smoking Ribs, you can go the traditional route and order a plate of meat with sides. The Smoking Ribs also offers a handful of other dishes that contain their meats, such as their Pulled Pork Nachos. For $10, you get a huge basket of nacho chips, nacho cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. It sounds simple, but after one bite, you will want to devour this entire thing yourself instead of sharing it, despite its large size that can feed multiple people.

2. Meat Up BBQ‘s Smothered & Covered Chili Verde Fries

Ruling over their domain of meat, Meat Up BBQ does meat good and barbecue with their own culinary twist. The barbecue does not represent completely authentic southern barbecue, but rather barbecue with a slight Caribbean influence, evident in their use of tropical and fruity flavors. Sauces range from sweet to spicy to smokey, and meats include all the bases such as chicken, pork, beef, and even a few seafood items. Meat Up BBQ does not skimp on portion sizes, so when you order anything, even their appetizers, expect a huge plate, such as their Smothered & Covered Chili Verde Fries. $10 gets you a huge basket of BBQ-rub fries topped with pulled pork chili verde and a helping of cheddar cheese. You get some barbecue with the fries, and you get some Latin influence from the pork chili verde. This huge appetizer can easily feed a family of four, and I would not attempt to eat this entire thing as one person. However, after one bite, you may want as much of this as you can handle.

1. Súp Noodle Bar‘s Shaken House Fries

The United States promotes a mixed melting pot society. We take people from all nationalities and religions, and throw them into one country to unite them together. While many prefer to stick to the original ways and stay with their traditions, many of the younger generation want to see change and mixing of cultures. This has led to the creation of fusion foods, combining elements of different cuisines together. Plenty of fusion restaurants exist out there where you can taste the best of multiple worlds, such as at Súp Noodle Bar in Buena Park. Nestled in a large strip mall in a densely Korean area, Súp stands out from the crowd with their personal take on Vietnamese cuisine in a not-so Vietnamese area. Sure they have the traditional noodle soups, noodle bowls, and rice bowls, but for those not well versed in Vietnamese cuisine, Súp eases the transition with their versions of familiar foods, such as with their Shaken House Fries. This $13 massive plate of skinny fries comes topped with Súp’s shaken short rib, minced garlic, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, and spicy tartar sauce. This represents a calamity of flavors as you have the sweetness and savory from the beef, the sharpness from the garlic, more sweetness from the caramelized onions, creaminess from the cheese, and a bit of kick and tartness from the sauce. While this can feed up to four people, after one bite, you may want this all to yourself.

Punk Rock Taco Tuesday
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/164468780661349/

Release some mid-week frustration at this free punk rock show this Tuesday night in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of the NFL: Rams
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 5
Globe Theatre, Universal City
http://www.tasteofthenfl.com/teamandcommunityevents/taste-of-the-rams

Taste food from local chefs for charity this Wednesday night in Universal City. Tickets cost $150 and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 6
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

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

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 8
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 9
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://autoshowoc.com/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

The Interrupters @ The Observatory’s Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 6
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/

The Interrupters embark on a tour this week, and that tour starts in Santa Ana with this all-ages show. Tickets to this show cost $12. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free, especially since a sold-out show will take place that same night in the main room. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Ontario Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 7-9
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

3rd Annual Golf & Give Back
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 7
Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood
http://rmhcsc.org/chapter/events/view/138

Play some golf and eat dinner for charity this Friday in Lakewood. Registration costs $150 per person, and includes lunch and dinner. Dinner alone costs $50 per person.

30th Annual California Avocado Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 8
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Downtown Carpinteria
http://avofest.com/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Carpinteria this weekend. Visitors will find vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, games, rides, entertainment, and more.

Barrel Aged Beer Day
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/107-barrel-aged-beer-day/

This Friday, Orange’s Valiant Brewing will have a LOT of barrel-aged beers available for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy some sips.

12th Annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 8
Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego
http://oboktoberfest.com/

Enjoy Oktoberfest on the beach this weekend with this two-day Oktoberfest celebration. For just $3 admission, gain access to this event filled with beer, pretzels, sausages, and other typical Oktoberfest festivities.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

2016 Seaside Highland Games
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8-9
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.seaside-games.com/

Celebrate Scottish history and culture at the Ventura Seaside Highland Games this weekend. Bring yourself, your family, and your friends out to enjoy bagpipes, dancing, clan history, awesome music, Scottish athletics, and more. Adult admission costs $17 for one day or $27 for two days. Senior admission costs $15 for one day or $24 for two days. Children enter for $5 regardless.

18th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 9
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Los Angeles gets their own Greek Fest this weekend that will basically have the same things as any other Greek Fest: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

4th Annual Whiskey & Wine BBQ
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 7
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://meritagecollection.com/estancialajolla/hotel/hotel-events/#event|whiskey-wine-bbq-with-trinitas-cellars-jack-daniels|1458

A whisky, wine, and barbecue tasting event comes to La Jolla this Friday night. General admission costs $105, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last, as well as complimentary valet parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Tsunami Bomb: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 7, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1090176857742264/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 8, Pizza Beer Wings, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/1142877439110691/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 9, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3115
http://tsunamibomblives.com/

Tsunami Bomb will perform a series of shows this week in California. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, October 8
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Saturday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $45. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Los Angeles Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 8
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Pasadena during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

29th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Rising of the Rods
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 8-9
Glen Helen Regional Park, San Bernardino
http://www.sledlifeproductions.com/

Check out custom cars, pinup models, and rock bands this weekend in San Bernardino. Tickets to this all-ages festival cost $10 per person per day.

2016 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointbbqchampionships.com/

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase sample tickets for $2, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. For the adults, catch the craft beer & wine garden, featuring some of the country’s favorite breweries and wineries. Small 4oz beer pours will cost $2 each, while large 12oz beer pours will cost $6, and visitors can walk freely around the festival with drinks in hand. Visitors may park for free at the Salt Creek Beach parking lot located within PCH and Ritz Carlton Dr, despite signs saying that parking requires a fee. Otherwise, park at Dana Hills High School, and take the free shuttle service to the park.

8th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 8-9
Girard Ave, La Jolla
http://www.ljawf.com/

This free and all-ages street fair takes over the streets in La Jolla. Visitors will find hundreds of booths containing artists, merchandise, vendors, food & drinks, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://filamarts.org/

This free and all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more.

2nd Annual Shopping Extravaganza
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 8
Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente
http://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/

Do shopping, enjoy a catered lunch, and sip on some adult beverages this Saturday in San Clemente. Participation in this charity shopping event costs $35.

FitCon LA
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 8-9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://fitcon.us/

Check out all things fitness, health, and sports at this convention this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. FitCon will cover a broad range of fitness, from gymnastics to dance to weightlifting to sports and more. A handful of celebrity athletes will also make an appearance for autograph sessions, such as Arianny Celeste. Tickets cost $20 per day, $30 for both days, or $50 for a VIP pass that comes with front-of-line pass and a goodie bag.

Taste of South Lake 2016
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/

At this free outdoor festival, enjoy mouth-watering offerings from over 25 South Lake Avenue restaurants, live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, music performances by internationally known bands, a vendor village, and more.

2nd Annual Beer By The Bay
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.beerbythebay.com/

Coronado gets their own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples from the 15 participating breweries while supplies last. Attendees should bring cash if they plan to buy food. No one under 21 may attend.

Culver City Art Walk 2016
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Washington & La Cienega, Culver City
http://culvercityartsdistrict.com/events-2/artwalk-2106/

A free and all-ages art walk will take place in Culver City this Saturday afternoon.

South Bay Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Bay Club Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

An Oktoberfest-themed beer festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $55 and includes a separate VIP line, a souvenir mug, and access to a VIP area with mixed drinks, complimentary food, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Covina Thunderfest & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Citrus Avenue, Downtown Covina
http://covina.com/covina_thunderfest/

Check out this free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Covina. Each October, the streets of Downtown Covina roar to life with classic cars, hot rods, live music, food, shopping, and more.

Autumn Harvest Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
http://ocparks.com/historic/heritage/events

A family-friendly event will take place in Lake Forest this Saturday evening that celebrates the fall harvest as well as Halloween. Admission costs $5 per person.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest #2
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest with two Saturdays full of Oktoberfest activities, such as live music, freshly-prepared sausages on-site, German-style beers, and more. No admission required – simply show up, paid for beers as you go, and have fun.

ARTX Grand Opening
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
ArtExchange, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.artexchangelb.org/

A new art exhibit will open up in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday evening. Come check it out for free as part of the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Long Beach.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in Anaheim. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Champagne & Fried Chicken
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Molino Street Loft 218, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/chicken

Enjoy champagne paired with gourmet fried chicken this Saturday night in Downtown LA. Admission costs $140 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Women Of Horror
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 8
Pizza Beer Wings, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1142877439110691/

Art, music, and burlesque collide this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover charge for this event costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 8
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1422988937716937/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in West Hollywood, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Long Beach Marathon
6:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 9
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://runlongbeach.com/

The annual Long Beach Marathon takes place this Sunday. Please note the street closures for that day, and adjust your day accordingly.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 9
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

2016 Grand Fall Festival & Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos
http://www.sanmarcoschamber.com/events/details/2016-grand-fall-festival-street-faire-we-re-making-an-impact-join-us-support-and-strengthen-the-voice-of-local-business-10-09-2016-6668

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Marcos this Sunday. Visitors can expect to find vendors, booths, games, rides, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

11th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Art & Music Festival + Tribute Car Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
Casita Del Pueblo, Whittier
http://www.casitadelpueblo.org/pages/2016-d-o-d-festival-application

A free and all-ages cultural street fair and car show comes to Uptown Whittier this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find lots of cars, vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, entertainment, and more.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Placita Olvera, Los Angeles
http://feriadelosmoles.com/

This free and all-ages event at Olvera Street will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

Little Italy FESTA!
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-festa/

Bring out your friends and family to this free and all-ages event taking place on the streets of Little Italy in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find Italian food, live music, cooking demos, arts & crafts, games, vendors, and more.

Brunch At The Races
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://microapp.laweekly.com/brunch-at-the-races/

Basically a food tasting event, participate in watching the races this Sunday afternoon, as well as sample bites and sips from dozens of restaurants. General admission costs $45, while VIP admission costs $65, comes with a goodie bag, and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Discover Marina Del Rey
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 9
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/

A free and all-ages event will take place in Marina Del Rey this Sunday afternoon. Visitors can expect activities, rides, games, vendors, entertainment, and more.

2nd Annual Ukulele Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 9
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/10/9/ukulele-festival

Enjoy ukulele music, check out ukulele products, and/or bring your own ukulele to share music at this music gathering in Fullerton this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $12.50.

7th Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 9
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/7th-annual-taste-of-the-pier-king-harbor-waterfront/

This food fest will include food tastings, bands, balloons, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Enjoy a variety of small bites, live music, and fun while you tour the pier. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items in support of the Cancer Support Community and Redondo Beach Educational Foundation. Free to attend, tasting tickets cost $1 each.

42nd Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 9
AbilityFirst, Pasadena
http://abilityfirstfestival.org/

Enjoy food, wine, craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and more this Sunday evening in Pasadena. General admission costs $175, while VIP admission costs $300 and includes VIP seating.

MDC @ Brick By Brick
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 9
Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1038245512937126/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore show in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

“Off the beaten path” – This phrase gets used very often, but it has lost some of its original meaning over time. Everyone has a different measure of how beaten a path will appear. To some, off the beaten path simply means not on a major street or path. To others, off the beaten path means out in the middle of nowhere. This phrase can have many other meanings too, such as something that feels out of place or does not fit in. For example, much of Westminster contains Vietnamese businesses due to its large Vietnamese population. As such, who would expect to find something completely out of the ordinary nestled in with all of these Vietnamese businesses? In fact, one such thing exists, as Westminster now hosts a southern barbecue restaurant away from anywhere that one would expect to find a southern barbecue restaurant. Right on Euclid off of Westminster Blvd, welcome to The Smoking Ribs.

As far as the style of cuisine goes, The Smoking Ribs truly lies off the beaten path. The Smoking Ribs specializes in southern-style barbecue, from ribs to brisket to pulled pork and more. As others have shown, many cultures around the world have no familiarity with American barbecue, such as Koreans and the Irish, so some may ponder about a non-Asian barbecue restaurant in an Asian part of town. However, I assure you that The Smoking Ribs stays true to its roots, boasting some top-quality smoke and meats. At The Smoking Ribs, you can go the traditional route and order a plate of meat with sides. The Smoking Ribs also offers a handful of other dishes that contain their meats, such as their Pulled Pork Nachos. For $10, you get a huge basket of nacho chips, nacho cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. It sounds simple, but after one bite, you will want to devour this entire thing yourself instead of sharing it, despite its large size that can feed multiple people.

If you crave some barbecue, perhaps you can go a little bit off the beaten path on to a different kind of beaten path to check out The Smoking Ribs. See what else The Smoking Ribs has cooking up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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

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

28th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 16
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from dozens of restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at over a dozen sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 18
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

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

Coronado Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1151237684955833/

This Thursday evening, Coronado Brewing will take over the taps at Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

The Living End: Shift US Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/EventDetail?tmeventid=0A0050E7E0003C5E
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1247535-living-end-west-hollywood/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 20, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1247661-living-end-pomona/
http://www.thelivingend.com.au/

Legendary punk rock band The Living End will embark on a tour this week, and that tour will swing through Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

6th Annual Echo Park Rising
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 20
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 21
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

2016 Anaheim Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 21
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimhomeshows.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8 for adults. Children may enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Finest Made Ales: Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Finest Made Ales, Santee
http://www.finestmade.com/

A brewery/restaurant hybrid will officially open their doors to the public this Friday evening in Santee in East San Diego County. Stop on by and enjoy dinner with a cold one or two.

6th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

Full Moon Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
The LAB, Costa Mesa
http://thelab.com/full-moon-night-market-august-19th

A free and all-ages artisan vendor fair will take place at The LAB in Costa Mesa this Friday night.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=447

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

The Weirdos: Live in Temecula
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
The Boiler Room, Temecula
http://www.facebook.com/events/1118729668170835/

A local punk rock show will take place in Temecula this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

15th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 20
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 21
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

SoCal Retro Gaming Expo Summer Edition 2016
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20-21
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in Rowland Heights. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $10 for one day or $15 for both days. This area does not have a lot of parking available, so I suggest carpooling.

7th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 20-21
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $5 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

6th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 20
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/sip-n-ship-beer-festival/

San Diego’s Maritime Museum will host a beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer while supplies last, plus admittance to the museum during the event. No one under 21 may attend.

Stone Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Skateboarding & Beer
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 20
Progress Brewing, South El Monte
http://www.progress-brewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/519589041571535/

This Saturday, South El Monte’s Progress Brewing will open up their parking lot for a day of skateboarding. They will have mobile food vendors available all day too. At night, they will show a skating documentary, as well as have raffle prizes to give out. This event costs nothing to attend – minors may attend to skate and watch the documentary, but obviously may not have any alcohol to drink.

Rob Caramella’s Birthday Bash
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 20
Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1762249093988511/

Rock out at this local punk rock show this Saturday. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.danapointlobsterfest.org/

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

3rd Annual Pintwood Derby
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/711511162330966/

Put your crafting skill to work this Saturday evening in Covina. At this contest, people enter to build a “toy” car to see whose design works the best. Entry costs $20 per person, and each person can buy a starter kit to build a car for $5. Children will compete in their own division, while adults will compete in an adults division. Reserved seats at the racing track costs $25 and includes table service.

Popfuji III
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.brouwerijwest.com/popfuji/

This Saturday evening, San Pedro’s Brouwerij West will bring back Popfuji, their unfiltered pilsner, as well as a handful of local bands and gourmet food trucks. The cover charge to enter costs $5.

17th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Colorado Blvd & Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockmusicfestival.org/

Take over the streets of Eagle Rock with this FREE and all-ages music festival this Saturday evening. With six stages all providing different genres of music, surely something exists for everyone here. In addition to all the music, check out the food trucks, local food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=553

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in 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.

5th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Girls – Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $13.

Trump National Golf Club’s 8th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 21
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/festivals

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $65 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

Taste of Paleo 4.0
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 21
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.tasteofpaleo.com/

Sample all the paleo food you can (until the vendors run out) at this all-ages tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Yorba Linda. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the gate.

21st Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 21
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.