Posts Tagged ‘Bourbon’

2nd Annual Orange County Beer Week
May 19-28
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 10-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

2017 Space Tech Expo USA
8:30 am – 6:00 pm, May 23
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 24
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.spacetechexpo.com/

Check out America’s engineering meeting place for space technology. This exhibition draws thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil, military, and commercial space. Interested attendees can register for FREE to check out the main expo of this event.

I Love Poke Festival 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 23
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

2017 Lightning In A Bottle
May 24-29
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

Naja’s Place 9th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24-31
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/602988599889975/

For eight 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.

Beer & Ice Cream Pairing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 24
Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.nextdoorsd.com/

Enjoy local craft beer paired with ice cream from local creameries this Wednesday night in La Mesa. Tickets cost $20, and gets you in to one of two two-hour sessions (6-8pm or 8-10pm) along with four total pairings. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/burgers-bourbon-beer-2/

Indulge on all the burgers, beer, and bourbon that you can handle (while supplies last) this Wednesday night in Santa Monica for $70 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Brea 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

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 a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Ranchwood BBQ Grand Re-Opening Mixer
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, May 25
Ranchwood BBQ, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-bbq.com/

This San Diego barbecue restaurant opens their doors to the public once again this Thursday night. The cover for the opening reception costs $10 and includes two beverages.

6th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://www.elacc.org/

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Down By Law – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Holding Company, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Punk rock band Down By Law will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices for each show vary by the venue, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Gamex 2017
12:00 pm, May 26 – 6:00 pm, May 29
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

59th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27-28
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 29
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Blackest Of The Black Festival
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 26
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://blackestfest.com/

Metal, hardcore, post-hardcore, and more bands will rock out the hills of Silverado this weekend. Tickets to this black concert start at $39.

14th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 28
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://meritagecollection.com/balboabayresort/newport-beach-wine-festival/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

The Varukers – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3097

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

The Adicts – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Ten Foot Pole – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 26
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.tenfootpole.com/

Punk rock band Ten Foot Pole will headline a few shows in Southern California this week – they will co-headline a show with Down By Law, mentioned above. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 27-29
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

Junior Volleyball Association’s 1st Annual West Coast Cup
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.jvaonline.org/events/jva-west-coast-cup

A volleyball competition will take place in Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Spectator admission ranges from $8 to $20, or $6 to $15 for students.

85th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

9th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1958778197741755/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Los Angeles featuring geek culture.

31st Annual California Festival of Beers
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 27
Madonna Inn Meadows, San Luis Obispo
http://www.californiafestivalofbeers.com/

Spend an afternoon drinking lots of beer this Saturday in San Luis Obispo. General admission costs $60 and starts at 12pm. Aficionado admission costs $80, starts at 11am, and provides access to exclusive beers and food samples. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All non-VIP food comes at a separate cost, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend.

Beer Fest & Pool Party
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 27
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1373435679412750/

$25 gets you in to this beer tasting event and pool party this Saturday afternoon in the South Bay. For an additional $10, receive access to a taco bar plus food bites. No one under 21 may attend.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 27
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get eight 3oz beer tasters, four 3oz sour ale tasters, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Santa Anita Carnival 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 27-29
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Cismontane Brewing 7th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Cismontane Brewing, Santa Ana
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/220535458441293/

Cismontane turns seven years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have rare beers on tap at their Santa Ana location. Unlike previous years that acted like a festival, this event will have no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Eat Drink Vegan – 8th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://eatdrinkvegan.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $60 presale and starts at 2pm. Children’s admission costs $25. VIP admission costs $120 presale 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. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

2nd Annual Long Beach Craft Beer & Taco Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm , May 27
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

Get schwifty in Long Beach this Saturday with beer, tacos, music, and raunchy times. Depending on when you want to attend and how much you intend to consume, ticket prices will vary from $22 to $110. See the website for pricing details. No one under 21 may attend.

Not Another Ska Fest 5
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901159830168798/

An all-ages ska show takes place in Silverlake this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $7.

Dirt City Roller Rats vs Rough Diamond Rebels
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Holiday Skating Center, Victorville
http://www.dirtcityrollerrats.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Victorville. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers. No one under 21 may attend.

Nick Lamagna Benefit Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1280822628654078/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this weekend in Northeast LA. The cover for these shows cost $7 for one night or $10 for both. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

21st Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

6th Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 28
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.charlesphoenix.com/event/charles-phoenix-long-beachland/

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 28
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

Timeless Booty BBQ
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Woodley Park Section Two, Van Nuys
http://www.timelessdnb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/402558446769022/

Free to attend for all ages, a music concert will take place in Van Nuys this Sunday afternoon. They will have food vendors present, so have cash available if you want to buy food.

Los Skangeles Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/282783288821053/

An all-day all-ages ska concert takes place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets to this show cost $22.

4th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 28
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

Under the Sun Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Under the Sun, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400083713400546/

A vegan cafe will officially open their doors to the public this Sunday evening. Enjoy free samples during this time as well as live entertainment.

19th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 29
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

As a general statement, age makes many things better. In terms of humans, experience and knowledge grow over time with age, as well as privileges such as driving or going to a bar or casino. Some food & drink gets better with age too. Fruits need time to ripen to reach that perfect state of edibility, while many beers and wines develop more complex flavors if allowed to sit for a long time. The art of aging requires careful monitoring of the right amount of time to allow an object or person to reach the full potential. If allowed to age for too long, the person or object starts to lose certain values and qualities. Fruits may grow too ripe, while humans lose physical ability at greater ages. This same rule applies to drinks – allow a wine or beer to sit for too long, and people can no longer enjoyably drink it. With this knowledge in hand, the folks over at Hangar 24 Brewery have perfected the art of brewing and has exhibited it in their Barrel Roll series of barrel-aged beers.

Having just wrapped up their 5th Anniversary Fest, Hangar 24 Brewery used the momentum leaving the fest to roll out production of a handful of new beers. With Belgian Summer Ale already available, they also released a special Belgian-style Coffee Ale as part of American Craft Beer Week. This momentum continued to roll with their Anniversary Red Ale, Essence, and not one, but TWO entries in their Barrel Roll series. The first beer, which Hangar 24 released with their 5th Anniversary, comes to us as Slow Roll, the sixth installment in their series of barrel-aged beers. This 11.9% Belgian-style Golden Ale pours as a wonderful murky brown hue, similar in appearance to a barleywine. Upon pouring, the aroma of the beer gives off hints of vanilla, caramel, banana, pears, and some other tart fruit. Once completed, Hangar 24 stores this brew in bourbon barrels to allow the concoction to absorb the notes of bourbon to give it its color and bourbon background. The end results yield an immense fruity and bold brew with the punch to knock even the craftiest craft beer drinkers off their socks. Sounds like something that you would want to sink your taste buds into? Act quickly to obtain a bottle – with only a few thousand bottles produced back in May, quantities run low across Southern California, so by now, your luck has nearly run out.

Unable to obtain Slow Roll for yourself? I had mentioned two Barrel Roll beers released around this time. Hangar 24 recently released a seventh beer, Tailslide, available at their tasting room in Redlands for a limited. Just like with Slow Roll, act quick – Hangar 24 has already removed Tailslide from the tasting room, so only a few select restaurants and bars around Southern California still carry it at this time. Contact Hangar 24 for locations on where to locate Tailslide and/or Slow Roll today!

When people think about dessert, they often imagine sweet treats. Where does this conception of sweet dessert derive from? Upon searching for definitions of dessert, the word usually appears quite often. One dictionary defines dessert as a usually sweet dish usually served at the end of a meal. Why do you suppose civilization has come to the acceptance of sweet desserts? Sources say that humans wanted to balance meals that almost always contained salt or savory flavors, so they added something sweet to follow up. Any respectable health and/or fitness person will tell you not to balance salt with sweet, but instead to chug water to balance the pH levels in the body. Basic science experiments in school teach us that salt absorbs water, which dehydrates humans, while sugar inflates water, which bloats humans. Conclusively, if humans consume a savory meal without drinking adequate water, a sweet dessert would attempt to inflate the water in our bodies, but since the salt absorbed the water, the sugar will inflate other fluids, leading to fat gain. Lesson learned: always drink water with every meal. However, I now digress – you probably now crave something sweet after taking all that in. Continue reading to discover five bacon desserts in the Greater Los Angeles Area that you ought to seek out this season.

5. Chunk N Chip‘s The Elvis

Desserts date back to ancient civilizations, when humans consumed raw products like fruit, honey, and nuts. Over time, as foods evolve, taste evolves too. Time gets to a point where we finally get to do and try things we always wanted to as children, but could not due to age restrictions. When Elvis Presley grew up, he finally could eat peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches to his heart’s content. Those who have not heard of The Elvis may not immediately find this type of sandwich appetizing, but the folks at Chunk N Chip have discovered a fun way of delivering the legacy. Their version of The Elvis consists of bananas foster ice cream and candied bacon sandwiched between two warm peanut butter cookies. The bacon carries a texture similar to candied pecans, or pralines, but with its trademark salty meaty flavor. In this ice cream sandwich, the bacon adds a crunchy texture to an otherwise soft and gooey treat. Chunk N Chip changes their daily selection, so if you crave The Elvis, contact them on Facebook or Twitter and ask when they plan to carry this. Who says no to bacon for dessert?

4. Suite 106 Cupcakery‘s Pancakes N’ Bacon Cupcake


Shown on right

Some time after the frozen yogurt fad took off around 2004-2005, the cupcake trend emerged thanks to the opening of Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. After their success, hundreds of pastry chefs across the nation followed that trend and soon opened up their own cupcakery. Many have tried, yet many have failed due to bad cupcakes. However, some cupcake stores have proven that they deserve to remain in the business. While Suite 106 Cupcakery lacks their own independent storefront, they make up for it with their moist and delicious cupcakes. Located inside the Victoria Gardens food court in Rancho Cucamonga, Suite 106 utilizes organic and all-natural ingredients to give their cupcakes the texture, moisture, and sweetness that makes a cupcake worth it. Prominently, their frosting does not taste overwhelmingly of butter, which many other cupcakeries seem to not pay any attention to. This allows their cupcakes to portray more of the true flavors of the cupcakes rather than the richness found in most other frostings elsewhere. On weekends, their cupcake rotation includes the popular Pancakes N’ Bacon Cupcakes, a buttermilk spice cake topped with spiced bacon buttercream, real bacon bits, and maple syrup. The concept of bacon cupcakes started just a few years ago, yet many of those so-called bacon cupcakes fail to accurately balance the saltiness of the bacon with the sweetness of the cupcake, not to mention all the terrible frostings I have attempted to taste. Suite 106 understands the art of baking, as evident in their little packages of goodness. Make a road trip to Suite 106, and you will not regret it.

3. Chapter One: The Modern Local‘s Bourbon Bacon Banana Donut

I blame the saturation of generic donut shops across the nation for the poor conception of donuts. In a similar vein to old food trucks, generic donut shops cause most people to view donuts as cheap sugar foods that police like to eat out of convenience. No one ever took donuts seriously until Krispy Kreme expanded in the late 1990’s. Their significant improvements on donuts paved the way for chefs and restaurant owners to attempt their skills at further improving the donut. If you seek one of these superior donuts, look no further than Chapter One: The Modern Local. This little restaurant in Downtown Santa Ana pushes the limits of quality in food, drinks, and service. With an amazing selection of eats & drinks, they constantly hold a full house on weekends. Perhaps everyone crowds around the bar because of their infamous Bourbon Bacon Banana Donut. Take a banana donut, layer it with bourbon maple frosting, marmalade, and cocoa nibs, then brûlée a banana with candied bacon bits, and sit it on top of the donut. This treat attracts eyes everywhere, which will envy anyone ordering this epic donut. The rich donut carries more density than standard donuts, so I suggest splitting the donut if possible. Once you do finally get to dig in to this donut, remember to scoop a little of every ingredient in each bite. All ingredients contribute to the dish, so you do not want to miss any feature of it.

2. The Factory Gastropub‘s Breakfast For Dessert

The media does an evil job of portraying sweets for breakfast. When kids watch commercials saying “Trix are for kids,” they program into their minds that they should eat that sugary cereal for breakfast. Sadly, many cereals oriented towards kids carry more sugar than a candy bar. I mean, how can anyone consider Lucky Charms an acceptable breakfast? Marshmallows have no place at the breakfast table. Real people eat bacon for breakfast! But what if you want to enjoy your bacon breakfast later in the day? If you so please, you can have your bacon breakfast and eat it later in the day too at The Factory Gastropub in the Bixby Knolls community of Long Beach. In this quaint neighborhood, The Factory attracts gourmet food and craft beer lovers from all over to soak in the smooth atmosphere in a quiet setting. The taps pour local brews, while the kitchen cooks up local organic and sustainable ingredients. They love to experiment with food often, and will host special dinner nights every now and then as test plates for customers to try. When an experiment works, it earns a spot on their menu. In the case of Breakfast For Dessert, this genius idea easily won hearts and a permanent spot on the dessert menu. This plate receives a scoop of peanut butter ice cream, sea salt focaccia French toast, stout-chocolate-covered bacon, and maple syrup. With as much butter as they use in the French toast, you would swear Paula Deen made this dish. The stout they use for the bacon depends on the current stout on tap. Fast food has capitalized on the idea of breakfast any time of the day, so when a local restaurant seizes this idea, one can expect great things to churn out of the kitchen. To get your bacon, breakfast, and dessert all on the same plate, head to The Factory and order the Breakfast For Dessert.

1. Animal Restaurant‘s Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar

If it moos, oinks, baas, clucks, coos, or swims, you can eat it. Only the brave can stomach what the public does not accept as “normal” food. But when has conformity stopped anyone from doing what they want to do? The media explains the acceptance of eating chicken, pork, and beef, but at the same time, the media loves to display groups like PETA, providing a contradictory stance of survival of the fittest. As such, most people find it unacceptable to eat meats like lamb, venison, wild boar, and more. In addition, most people do not consider all parts of an animal as food, and thanks to the media, the general public shuns the notion of eating animal parts like offals, guts, and other appendages. When cooked right, people have nothing to fear, and the lads at Animal Restaurant boldly go where no chef has gone before – into the hearts of the animals. A legendary institution of Fairfax, the folks at Animal treat every party of an animal’s body with utmost care and equality. They do not discriminate against which part of the animal goes into a dish, believing in reducing waste by consuming everything. The main menu changes monthly depending on the market’s offerings, but the dessert menu remains fairly consistent. When you carry something famous like the Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar, you would think twice about modifying that section of the menu. This dense bar of chocolate and bacon gets served with salt & pepper ice cream and vanilla bean powder. Take a moment to understand the constituents of the plate. First off, look at that Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar. They carefully layer the bar to appear like a glorified bacon strip after slicing it. No term can accurately describe the bar, since its high density makes it beyond a cake. Now look at that ball of ice cream… Salt & Pepper ice cream. They took it a step beyond vanilla bean ice cream and made their own unique ice cream flavor, tasting like a cold creamy treat of salt and pepper. I dare you to find salt and pepper ice cream like this anywhere else in the world. Just to bring things back into perspective, the plate gets topped off with vanilla bean powder. Do not underestimate the small stature of this plate – this dense bar will easily fill up one person, so take care of yourself and whoever else you bring here by splitting the bar and ice cream. Everybody wins in this case.

Eat dessert first.

What does a typical person seek in a dessert? Does dessert have to taste sweet? Can that dessert come in liquid form? Does dessert automatically exclude some ingredients? Depending on the palate, people define a dessert in an endless amount of ways. Many people prefer a traditional sweet and solid dessert, such as cake or pie. Some prefer a liquid dessert, such as a milkshake, coffee, wine, or even beer. Would you ever consider a dessert that contains components found in the main course of the meal? Chefs and cooks have toyed around with this idea for the past few years, often adding meat or other odd ingredients to their desserts – sometimes it works, often times it does not. In the case of the former, I have discovered a restaurant that struck gold playing with this notion – adding bacon and liquor to dessert. One can find this interesting dessert at Chapter One: The Modern Local in Downtown Santa Ana.

Chapter One: The Modern Local cuts no corners when it comes to quality; in fact, they shave it down to a perfect 90° angle. Using the best in local and seasonal ingredients, they craft each plate and drink with remarkable precision. Their food menu can leave anyone overwhelmed at the choices of amazing dishes to select, but the dessert menu can leave anyone bewildered. Dessert at Chapter One consists primarily of donuts with the Chapter One twist. Customers can witness this twist best in their Bourbon Bacon Banana Donut. This banana doughnut gets a heaping coating of bourbon maple frosting, marmalade, and cocoa nibs. A brûléed banana half sits on top of this doughnut, covered with candied bacon bits. It goes without saying that anyone ordering this has to get a little of everything in each bite. Take some of the banana and bacon, and dive into the doughnut, scooping some of the marmalade along the way.

Who said meat only belongs on the entrée? Any willing diners can obtain this Bourbon Bacon Banana Donut at Chapter One in Downtown Santa Ana for just $6. Head on over there and tantalize your taste buds with this superior take on bacon donuts.

When most people around the world think about beer, they think about a fizzy transparent yellow liquid that men like to drink out of a can. This conception draws from the power of money, that large corporations can continually shell out massive quantities of such a low quality product because of the money thrown into marketing and advertising. When 1% controls 99% of the market, one can afford to dupe the blind customers into consuming any product and believe in the hype. Luckily I see through their foils and seek the producers of quality products. When it comes to beer, I carry high standards and adhere to certain rules, such as not drinking any beer that I can see through. I have no need to worry about the latter when I drink any beer from Hangar 24 Brewery.

What started as a group of friends meeting in an empty hangar for drinks has expanded into a growing legacy of craft beer. Located in Redlands next to the Redlands Municipal Airport (hence the name of the brewery), Hangar 24 Brewery creates some of the finest craft beers on the market today. Hangar 24 features a lineup of amazing and unique beers such as Orange Wheat, their flagship beer. In addition, Hangar 24 deploys seasonal series of beers all year round based on what ties the series of beer together. Hangar 24’s most elusive series, the Barrel Roll series, consists of only barrel-aged beers in small batches made once a year, meaning they tend to sell out fast. I managed to taste their latest Barrel Roll release, the Pugachev’s Cobra. Hangar 24 ages this Russian Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels for at least eight months, resulting in an ABV of 15.8%. This incredibly dark beer smells and tastes like pure candy, so pure that you could taste the alcohol deriving from the candy. The overlaying chocolate flavor encapsulates the vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice, dark fruits, plum, sweet malt, bourbon, roasted coffee, and maple syrup in every sip. Thanks to the aging process, an unopened bottle of Pugachev’s Cobra bears a long shelf life, and aging it this way actually enhances the flavor by allowing the alcohol to extract from the sugars and syrup, resulting in an ABV greater than the stated 15.8%.

You had better go find a bottle fast. With only 6,000 bottles released on December 8th a few weeks ago, expect to no longer see it for sale anywhere after Christmas. Follow Hangar 24 on Facebook and/or Twitter to find out where you can obtain a bottle of Pugachev’s Cobra locally. If you have the time, head on over to the brewery in Redlands for a great experience, and fill up a growler of any of their amazing beers.