Posts Tagged ‘Brea’

Perception never falls into the simple categorization of black versus white. Perception falls anywhere within a boundless spectrum of antipodes. The problem lies with people’s ability to conceive perceptions beyond their scope. You can ask a person what type of music they love the most, while the next person may loathe that type of music. Most people claim to not like country music, yet the truth reveals that they simply have no preference for it; however, few people actually get adamant about the music. Going beyond preferences commonly exists in food and beverages. Where one person may call something “the best,” another will claim something else as better. For example, my father swears by the $2 wine from Trader Joe’s, unable to accept that pricier fine wines taste better. Some people say that no other burger can top a common burger from corporate fast food or corporate restaurants. People truly get attached to their fast food burgers and refuse to believe that better burgers exist out there. Whether or not you claim to know about the best burger in the world, I encourage you to seek out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season and give them a try. Who knows – maybe you will alter your opinions after one bite!

5. Eat Chow‘s Chow BBQ Burger

Portion size means a lot to the typical person who goes out to eat. Fine-dining restaurants focus on quality over quantity, so while fine-dining entrées appear small, it makes up for it with outstanding flavor. Generally, people want that happy medium between fine-dining and fast food, a restaurant that serves high-quality yet affordable food, something that Eat Chow specializes in. Now with three locations in Orange County, Eat Chow does not boast too much, perhaps because their foods speaks for itself. Eat Chow takes common foods and makes them well, from their burgers to the sandwiches to the entrées and more. Clearly a lot of care has gone into the dishes, evident by how much of the food’s natural flavor one can taste. In addition to the heightened food quality, Eat Chow doles up generous portion sizes too, such as in their Chow BBQ Burger. This grass-fed chuck patty comes topped with housemade barbecue sauce, smoked gouda cheese, crispy onion strings, bacon, mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes on a brioche bun. You can take on this huge burger for just $13.

4. Ocean Diner‘s Kiss Me Kate Burger

Different ingredients yield different flavors to the palate. Some ingredients have mild flavors, while some ingredients have extreme flavors. Some of the extreme-flavored ingredients may come with inauspicious side effects, such as spicy foods attacking the taste buds or foods invoking halitosis, or bad breath. Some of the latter ingredients taste so good that people often endure the side effects, such as garlic. For a calamity of ingredients that can cause bad breath, Ocean Diner has found just the combination. From the outside, Ocean Diner looks like your typical small-town American diner. However, Ocean Diner truly has some amazing things going on in here, such as their Kiss Me Kate Burger. This specialty burger comes with bacon-roasted garlic puree, grilled onions, and goat cheese. This $11.95 comes served with French fries, mashed potatoes, brown rice, coleslaw, or cottage cheese. As a special menu item, it will not last forever, so head over to Ocean Diner fast before this burger leaves their menu!

3. green2Go‘s Grass-Fed Bison Burger

A simple human truth states that people desire control in their lives. When someone lacks control over a situation, they may start to feel stress or panic. Give someone control, and they feel a lot more comfortable over their situation. This applies to all walks of life, including food, and green2Go gives you that control over your food. green2Go uses only the freshest all-natural ingredients to ensure pure flavor and nutrition. While you may certainly order any of their items as the menu describes, green2Go proudly offers a Build-Your-Own section where you get to dress up your favorite menu items, such as their Grass-Fed Bison Burger. This bison patty comes on your choice of brioche or squaw bread, or a lettuce-wrap, organic lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a dill pickle. From there, you can select up to four add-ons to accompany your plate, which you can pick by walking up to the BYO bar to the left of the front counter. For $16, this burger comes to you with your choice of a side salad or roasted mini potatoes.

2. Abricott‘s Lemongrass Chicken Burger

Who says that a burger must contain a ground beef patty? Not all burgers must contain beef.  We have seen multiple different types of burgers, such as turkey burgers, salmon burgers, and even vegetarian patty burgers. We rarely ever see a chicken burger, much less a chicken burger done right. Abricott would like to turn that perception around. Known for their French-Asian cuisine, Abricott remains a staple in local Pasadena food, and has attracted the attention of locals and travelers alike. Pasadena brings in huge amounts of travelers between the convention center and the Rose Bowl, and travelers often want to savor the local flavor. Abricott’s menu covers multiple forms of food, including their Lemongrass Chicken Burger. Not just any old burger, this burger contains a ground chicken patty seasoned with lemongrass, topped with tomato, onions, lettuce, and mayonnaise served on a bun with coconut tamarind sauce. At $10.95, you can taste this unique burger that few other places can match in flavor.

1. Gus’s Barbecue‘s Brisket Burnt End Burger

When one orders a burger, one can typically expect a ground beef patty supported by various toppings, correct? The beef patty usually stars as the protagonist in the story known as the burger, but once in a while a burger may feature more than one co-protagonist. For a story featuring more than one star, we turn to Gus’s Barbecue in South Pasadena. A local barbecue legend, Gus’s Barbecue has done barbecue right for such a long time that they know exactly how to apply their prized meats to other forms of food. For example, take their Brisket Burnt End Burger. This beef burger comes topped with beef brisket burnt ends, cheese sauce, pickled jalapeños, and mustard on a toasted pretzel bun. All burgers come with your choice of French fries, sweet potato fries, potato salad, cole slaw, or BBQ baked beans. You can pound this mound of meat at Gus’s Barbecue for $13.95.

For all of our lives, we have always heard about the importance of breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Whenever told about this, have we received an explanation about the origin of that? The statement exists as more than just a phrase – breakfast truly does monitor and control your mind and body for the rest of the day. What humans consume within an hour of waking up ultimately determines how a person will feel the rest of the day. A person that eats a breakfast full of vitamins and protein will take on the day with superior energy than someone who has something less nutritious for breakfast, such as pancakes with just butter and syrup. While a breakfast such as that will provide a heavy dosage of carbohydrates necessary for burning energy, a human body requires protein and vitamins in order to strengthen and grow the body. For this reason, nutritionists recommend eggs for breakfast, as eggs provide an abundant amount of protein in a small package. Many restaurants that serve breakfast will serve eggs in some fashion. For those that crave breakfast done right, seek out a local spot that specializes in quality ingredients, such as Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.

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. Their beverage offering alone always stays current with the seasons, as they routinely rotate out their craft beer offerings as well as their fine wines. People also love the cocktails at JFAT, as the drinks here range from sweet to spicy, mild to bold, and more. Between 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, especially in the morning.

JFAT offers some exclusive items found only their brunch menu, which they only serve on Sunday mornings. Get there at the right time, and you can kick off your Sunday brunch right. Arrive before noon for Early Bird Happy Hour, and you can get mimosa, champagne, or their Famous Mary for just $7 each. But even if you cannot make it to Early Bird Happy Hour, JFAT’s brunch menu awaits you with lots of succulent choices, such as the popular Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Malted Ale Waffles. Enjoy JFAT’s signature buttermilk fried chicken with waffles made with real malted ale, thyme gravy, applewood smoked bacon, and maple syrup for $18. Perhaps you seek something with eggs for brunch? If so, JFAT offers two varieties of eggs benedict. One can go with the Classic Eggs Benedict – English muffins topped with black forest ham, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce. For a more unique spin, go with the BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict – English muffins topped with Anaheim chiles, barbecue pulled pork, poached eggs, and Tabasco Hollandaise sauce. Both of these come with tater tots and cost $17 per plate. For breakfast or brunch, some people like to eat with their hands. In that case, the Breakfast Flatbread makes for a great dish that multiple people can share. Normally cut into six pieces, this $16 flatbread comes with applewood smoked bacon, sausage, fried eggs, Fontina cheese, tater tots, and chives.

While the menu and food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern looks and sounds familiar, one cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot appreciate the flavor until you try it for yourself. Head on over to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern at Point Loma (San Diego), Dana Point, Brea, Woodland Hills, or Santa Monica to savor American cuisine at its finest. Pay attention to their Facebook and Twitter pages for details about their current food specials, as well as new food and drinks that may arrive in the future.

Everybody eats out of necessity, and not always just for the luxury. Basic meals come and go, as they simply provide fuel to make it to the next meal. But do most people simply consume their food and continue with their day, or do they stop to enjoy the sweeter things in life? Ask yourself this: do you eat to live, or live to eat? Nobody can honestly consider after-meal desserts a necessity in life, even if they possess a sweet tooth. Despite this, nature causes all creatures to prefer sweets over anything else. Should you have dessert with every meal? Not always. Can you have dessert any time you want, regardless of other factors like time and weather? Of course! Despite the increasingly cold weather approaching, one should never sacrifice desserts for uncontrollable reasons. By that notion, continue reading to see five desserts in the Greater Los Angeles area that I highly recommend consuming this winter.

5. The Loop Handcrafted Churros‘ Glazed Churro

We live in an age of technology, the internet, social media, and smartphones. The days of face-to-face interaction have died with the past, as most people spend their time in public with their faces buried in their smartphones. People use this as their means of interacting with others, and social media provides an outlet for that. Social media has also paved the way for one-upmanship, or posting something to gain more attention than the previous person – basically, “Oh yeah? Well check this out!” Especially today, we have Instagram food – basic foods made to look pretty so that customers will share it online. Plenty of Instagram food exists, such as at The Loop: Handcrafted Churros. Oddly located in a heavy Vietnamese area of Westminster, The Loop takes the basic churro and fancies it up for customers to snap away at it. Sure you could go to, say, a Costco and get a simple churro for a dollar, or you could spring $4.50 for one of The Loop’s Glazed Churro. The Loop takes one of their ready-made churros, dips about half of it in a glaze of your choice, and coats that part with a topping of your choice. It just looks so cute and fancy that you will want to share this with the digital world before you actually bite into it!

4. Pie ‘n Burger‘s Peanut Butter Meringue

Two major archetypes of people exist: the adventurous and the safe. By human nature, people prefer the familiar – after all, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This explains why corporate products can survive for so long because they continue to serve the exact same product that people grew up with. Because something has never changed over time, that must mean that people love it, right? For something traditional that the people always go back to, look no further than Pie ‘n Burger. This little diner in Pasadena has withstood the test of time with their simplistic approach to traditional diner foods in burgers, milkshakes, and pies. Pie ‘n Burger not only makes food that all customers recognize, but they make them delicious as well that rivals corporate equivalents. When it comes to pies, their Peanut Butter Meringue sets the bar high. Very few places make peanut butter pies like this, and Pie ‘n Burger does it right with just the right amount of peanut butter without making this slice feel too heavy. While the $4.50 price tag per slice feels steep, each slice more than holds its weight up.

3. Confetti Italian Ice‘s Parfait

Everyone loves sweets, but no one can deny that teenagers represent the worst demographic for controlling dessert habits. Teenagers usually have money to buy whatever they want (as long as they can afford it), and they have not grown up enough to make sensible spending decisions. As such, lots of places take advantage of that by introducing desirable foods priced just within reach that young customers will want to come back to, especially cold treats. Starbucks does this well with their blended drinks, as do some Italian Ice places. Take a stroll over to Confetti Italian Ice and you will see that they value quality in their treats instead of simply catering to as many customers as possible. Tightly nestled in a strip mall in Costa Mesa near the Orange County Fairgrounds, Confetti Italian Ice may resemble another popular Southern Californian place that does something similar, but Confetti has vastly unique flavors in their Parfait. Many places do something like this already: Italian Ice combined with soft-serve ice cream or custard. While the competition sticks to common flavors, Confetti aims for a more unique experience with flavors such as Cookie Batter, Chocolate Brownie, Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake, and more. You can get a Parfait for $3.75 for a small, $4.25 for a medium, or $5.25 for a large.

2. My Delight Cupcakery‘s Breakfast Cupcake

For over seven years now, My Delight Cupcakery has doled out some of the best cupcakes this side of the Mississippi. During their early years, I recall that they only had their mobile food truck to serve their scrumptious cupcakes out of. Since I discovered My Delight, they have since opened as storefront in a corner of Ontario close to Upland and Montclair. My Delight 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. My Delight rotates the flavors of their cupcakes monthly, but they will always carry their standard lineup of cupcakes, such as their popular Breakfast Cupcake: a light & fluffy buttermilk-based cupcake with bits of applewood-smoked bacon, iced with a light & buttery maple frosting, topped with more bacon, and drizzled with maple syrup. You can enjoy breakfast for dessert for $3.25 for a regular-size cupcake or $1.75 for a mini cupcake.

1. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern‘s Old School

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 four locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, and with a fifth location opening soon, 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. Their beverage offering alone always stays current with the seasons, as they routinely rotate out their craft beer offerings as well as their fine wines. People also love the cocktails at JFAT, as the drinks here range from sweet to spicy, mild to bold, and more. On the food side, JFAT pays close attention to not only the quality, but the portions of their dishes, especially in their desserts such as the Old School. In a large glass goblet, JFAT combines warm chocolate chip cookies, vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and roasted peanuts. This massive dessert that can feed at least two people costs only $12. Of course, if you have a huge sweet tooth like I do, you will want this entire bowl of indulgence to yourself. The classics never go out of style at JFAT, so check them out soon and get your dessert on.

2017 has arrived, and we welcome this new year with the reinvention and reintroduction of traditional world events. While the world will welcome the Summer Olympics and the United States will welcome a new president, the notion of bringing back something familiar spreads to other subjects as well. When something goes away for a while and returns much later, we refer to those things as classic. Some people say that the classics never go out of style, but eventually, all good things must come to an end, and classics do too. For that purpose, millennials must continually search for ways to improve or adapt methods in all aspects of life. Today’s culture revolves around two types of people: the safe, and the risk-takers. Safe people will find something they recognize and stick with it, preferring not to deviate away from the norm. Risk-takers feel adventurous and love to try new things. In general, safe people live a bland, boring life, while risk-takers live an exciting spontaneous life. Excitement gets your adrenaline pumping, so add some spontaneity to your life by seeking out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season.

5. The Black Plate‘s Kobe Beef Bacon Jam Sliders

It appears that The Black Plate cannot make up its mind. It feels like every month, they operate as something else. Something here changes every month, such as the owner or the name of the restaurant. Perhaps its terrible location right off the freeway in Westminster lends to the inconsistency here. Thankfully, through it all, their food has remained consistently memorable. The Black Plate may carry a variety of foods, from sausages to hot dogs to sliders to phô to seafood to classic entrées and more. However, I always come back to the Kobe Beef Bacon Jam Sliders. The Black Plate does not serve full burgers. Instead, they have these premium Kobe beef sliders served with spicy maple jalapeño bacon jam and melted sharp cheddar on brioche slider buns. You get three to a plate for $11. You ought to hurry over to The Black Plate to try these, or they might go through some other transformation into another restaurant.

4. Ohana Burger‘s The Daniel-San

Asian food has remained under the spotlight for quite a long time, and still remains a favorite food choice for many people. Even better, people go crazy for the food when it contains an element of fusion in it. So when people discover an Asian fusion restaurant, naturally they all flock to it, such as Ohana Burger in West LA. Located in Little Osaka replacing the previous Bachi Burger, Ohana Burger brings Japanese and island flavors to the west by introducing them to a form that Americans easily recognize: burgers. Visitors can savor this fusion best in The Daniel-San. Ohana Burger takes a marinated Angus beef patty and tops it with chili mayonnaise, a fried egg, furikake, caramelized bacon, and crispy onion rings – basically, an Asian version of the western bacon cheeseburger. Anyone who loves Asian food will fall in love with this burger, as it basically represents Asian-style BBQ in a burger. Sadly, burgers do not come with any side, but once you sink your teeth into this $13 burger, you will not require a side, as you will want to prolong this experience as long as you can.

3. Little Bear‘s Liege Waffle Burger

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. Traditionally, breakfast restricted our first daily meals to a select few types of foods, such as eggs, meat (bacon/ham/sausage), and some bread (muffin/toast/pancakes/waffles/etc). While we used to eat these with a knife and fork, why not combine it all in one plate? The folks over at Little Bear in Downtown LA have done that already. While one can easily spot Little Bear out in the open, not too many people drive down this street, so they often miss this fun little Belgian pub. As a Belgian pub, you can expect lots of Belgian beers and Belgian foods, including Belgian Waffles, which you can eat with the Liege Waffle Burger. Served only during brunch hours, Little Bear takes a fresh-ground Angus beef patty and tops it with sharp cheddar, bacon, and a fried egg. But to give it that Little Bear twist, instead of regular buns, Little Bear uses Liege Waffles as the buns, which they serve with a side of maple syrup. With the maple syrup, I suggest using a knife and fork. However, for the true burger experience, just pick it up and dive right in. You can start off your day the Little Bear way for $16.

2. VaKA Burger Express‘ El Porky

In a condensed city such as Los Angeles, hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall places exist in every nook & cranny. If you discover or someone tells you about VaKA Burger Express and you decide to go look for them, you may require more than one try to actually locate them. If you simply drive to the address, you may completely pass by them, as they have virtually no signage visible from the street. You have to actually enter Boyle Heights’ Ramirez Liquor and make your way to the back left corner to find the counter for VaKA Burger Express. Once there, you will discover a mini burger paradise with some of the best hidden burgers this side of Los Angeles, such as their El Porky. Blitz your taste buds with this burger that features provolone cheese, crispy pork belly, six-hour braised onions: French-onion soup-style, and housemade smoked barbecue sauce. Do note that they store their barbecue sauce cold, so the first few bites may feel like a blend of hot and cold. For $14 for this burger, you will never taste another burger like this again.

1. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern‘s Jimmy Burger

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 four locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, and with a fifth location opening soon, 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. Their beverage offering alone always stays current with the seasons, as they routinely rotate out their craft beer offerings as well as their fine wines. People also love the cocktails at JFAT, as the drinks here range from sweet to spicy, mild to bold, and more. On the food side, JFAT pays close attention to not only the quality, but the portions of their dishes. For a traditional pub entrée, go with a burger, such as their Jimmy Burger. This $18 burger comes with applewood-smoked bacon, spicy jalapeño jam, and southern pimento cheese. Although more sweet and hearty than spicy, a little bit of heat kicks in at the end, giving a full spectrum of flavor in each bite. While the menu and food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern looks and sounds familiar, one cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot appreciate the flavor until you try it for yourself. Head on over to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern at Point Loma (San Diego), Dana Point, Brea, Woodland Hills, or Santa Monica to savor American cuisine at its finest.

As we grow older, our tastes change to shape the life of maturity that has enveloped us. As children, we preferred generally simpler foods, or foods popular within our culture. As time passes, our palates expand to include many other flavors, opening our minds to trying out lots of different foods out there. But while we start to eat differently as adults, sometimes we crave what we once had during our youths. Today, we refer to that as comfort food – food that reminds us of the comfort of home and childhood. Many gastropubs specialize in comfort food, but they do so in varying degrees of quality. Sure one can go to the local fast-food joint and get a cheap burger, but one can eat comfortably and exquisitely at a comfy restaurant, such as at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.

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 four locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, and with a fifth location opening soon, 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. Their beverage offering alone always stays current with the seasons, as they routinely rotate out their craft beer offerings as well as their fine wines. People also love the cocktails at JFAT, as the drinks here range from sweet to spicy, mild to bold, and more.

On the food side, JFAT pays close attention to not only the quality, but the portions of their dishes. Even their appetizers and sides can function as a full meal. Most customers start right off with the ‘Buffalo BBQ Style’ Certified Angus Beef Meatballs, juicy meatballs sitting in spicy wing sauce and served with honey-garlic ranch. These meatballs come with some kind of caramelization on the outside, so you get a crispy, sweet, and slightly sticky outer coating that holds a juicy, meaty interior. At $13, you cannot go wrong with this starting appetizer. For the vegetarians out there, the Signature Grilled Santa Fe Caesar Salad represents a masterpiece. Grilled Romaine holds corn, salsa fresca, avocado, and green chile Caesar dressing. This large salad can function as an entrée, and tastes like one too thanks to the grilling of the Romaine that gives it a smoky and meaty flavor. This salad only costs $12, or for $6 more, you can add grilled prime flatiron steak, spiced shrimp, rare seared ahi, or grilled or fried chicken. As another side or starter, customers rave about the $9 Charred Brussels Sprouts, which JFAT serves with applewood-smoked bacon and pine nuts, all of which sits in a pool of maple syrup and bacon fat. For a traditional pub entrée, go with a burger, such as their Jimmy Burger. This $18 burger comes with applewood-smoked bacon, spicy jalapeño jam, and southern pimento cheese. Although more sweet and hearty than spicy, a little bit of heat kicks in at the end, giving a full spectrum of flavor in each bite. For a kinfe & fork entrée, JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken represents a fan favorite thanks to the Herbes de Provence present in the batter. This entrée costs $19 and comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans. JFAT proudly boasts a seasoned pastry chef that eloquently designs their desserts, such as Jimmy’s ‘Old School’ treat. In a large glass goblet, JFAT combines warm chocolate chip cookies, vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and roasted peanuts. This massive dessert that can feed at least two people costs only $12.

While the menu and food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern looks and sounds familiar, one cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot appreciate the flavor until you try it for yourself. Head on over to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern at Point Loma (San Diego), Dana Point, Brea, or Woodland Hills to savor American cuisine at its finest. Also pay attention to their Facebook and Twitter pages for details about their upcoming Santa Monica location, as well as new food and drinks that may arrive in the future.

Piñata Protest: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1239929-brujeria-west-hollywood/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1239563-brujeria-special-guests-san-diego/
http://www.pinataprotestband.com/

Piñata Protest will perform shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

4th Annual Pizza Port Golf Tournament
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 18
Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos
http://www.pizzaport.com/padres-party-bus-padres-vs-reds/

Play some golf and enjoy food and beer this Tuesday in San Marcos. Registration costs $120 for one person, but costs less per person as you register for teams of more.

Tiger!Tiger! 5th Anniversary Week
October 18-23
Tiger!Tiger!, North Park, San Diego
http://tigertigertavern.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/717455978430893/

North Park’s legendary Tiger!Tiger! celebrates five years in the business this week with specials all week long. See the linked event page above for a schedule of events and specials.

Craft Beer & Ice Cream Pairing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://mohawk.la/event/craft-beer-ice-cream-pairing/

Stop on by Mohawk Bend this Tuesday night to enjoy some ice cream and beer pairings. Buying ice cream will get you $2 off beer, and vice versa.

Monster Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/155929298196216/

Enjoy beers and horror movies this Wednesday night in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and pay for food and drinks as you go.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 19
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Face To Face: Live in Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 19
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.facetofacemusic.com/

Some high-profile punk rock bands will perform this Wednesday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
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.

2nd Annual EVA Awards at the UN-Gala
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, October 20
Fault Line Park, San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/2016-eva-awards-at-the-un-gala-partnership-opportunities/

Mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of this community this Thursday evening in San Diego. Tickets cost $25 presale or $35 at the door, and includes appetizers and drinks.

Release Party: La Morena Mexican Style Dark Lager
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1686399421677896/

This Thursday evening, Anaheim Brewery will release a new brew. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

OoToro Omakase Experience
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, October 20
OoToro Sushi, Irvine
http://www.orangecoast.com/event/ootoro-omakase-experience/

This Thursday night, enjoy a 16-course omakase-style dinner for $185 in Irvine.

Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Downtown LA
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.narcolepticyouth.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/334517166913390/

Narcoleptic Youth will headline a FREE show in Downtown LA this Thursday night. No one under 18 may enter.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 21
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 22-23
RVCA, Irvine
http://www.rvca.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/324809454550124/

RVCA will host their annual warehouse sale this weekend in Irvine. Stop on by and stock up on apparel and accessories.

Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21-23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
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.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2016
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21-22
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 23
Multiple venues, Santa Barbara
http://www.newnoisesb.org/

Over this three-day span, multiple venues will host numerous music acts, as well as a block party on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
DoubleTree by Hilton, Claremont
http://www.ivhsspca.org/

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Claremont this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

green2Go’s Fire & Earth Beer Pairing with Mother Earth Brewing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
green2Go, Brea
http://www.livegreen2go.com/fun-events/fire-earth-beer-pairing-with-mother-earth-brewery

Enjoy a fresh & healthy beer pairing dinner this Friday night in Brea. Tickets cost $60 per person, but the individual cost goes down the more tickets you purchase (e.g. two tickets cost $115).

35th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

3rd Annual Asian Pacific Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 22-23
Newport Dunes Waterfront & Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.apfestival.org/

Surround yourself with Asian culture at this event in Newport Beach. All weekend, a fair will take place complete with food, drinks, treats, rides, games, live music, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission varies depending on when you attend, so check the website for pricing details.

11th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/artwalk/

This free all-ages event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

2nd Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
White Park, Riverside
http://ietacofestival.com/

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

7th Annual Fall Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22-23
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://artisanalla.com/

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. 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.

Fall 2016 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22-23
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

1st Annual Ye Scallywag Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 22
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.scallywagsd.com/

Alcohol, punk rock, and pirates collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock and ska. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Early entry costs $65 and starts at 11am. Admission at the door will cost $10 more, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 3pm. After 3pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day until 7pm. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Hangar 24 Oktoberfest & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/194231931007370/

Redlands’ Hangar 24 Brewery will have Oktoberfest festivities at their tasting room this Saturday. Free to attend for all-ages, they will have the usual Oktoberfest activities, live music, mobile food vendors, and lots of beer.

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 22-23
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbairshow.com/

A free and all-ages jet show comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Practice/rehearsals will take place on Friday, while the actual shows take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bring out your friends and family to enjoy some aerial entertainment. Attendees may purchase reserved seats via the website.

Lagunitas Beer Circus 2016 – Azusa
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
Lagunitas Brewery, Azusa
http://lagunitas.com/beercircus

A beer fest meets a freak show this Saturday in Azusa. $40 gets you in to this entertaining event with acts not suitable for children, plus your first pint of beer. After your first beer, you will have to buy the rest, so bring plenty of cash for more beer and food. No one under 21 may atttend.

4th Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
Vista Hermosa Sports Park, San Clemente
http://www.scoktoberfest.com/

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s Oktoberfest 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://pacificplatebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/296276330752601/

Monrovia’s Pacific Plate Brewing will have Oktoberfest activities at their tasting room this Saturday. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and pay for beers as you go.

2nd Annual Viva La Vida Santa Ana Dia De Los Muertos Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Santa Ana Train Station, Santa Ana
http://vivalavidasantaana.com/

A free and all-ages cultural event will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday. Come check out the various altars, live entertainment, outfits, food, and more.

Ventura Coast Brewing’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22
Ventura Coast Brewing, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/vcbcbeer

A new brewery in Ventura will open their doors to the public this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Beach Goth 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22-23
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://beachgothfest.com/

A huge all-ages concert takes place in Silverado this weekend with a variety of music genres. Tickets start at $99.

2016 Los Angeles Oktoberfest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach
http://www.laoktoberfest.com/

The Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns this weekend to Manhattan Beach. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $49 for admission to enter at 3pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
5th Avenue, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://new.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/events/

A free and all-ages stroll will take place in Bankers Hill this Saturday afternoon. Visit one of the stops at the north or south end, grab a map, then visit participating locations for free food or drink samples.

5th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo
http://ranchobeernardofestival.com/

Rancho Bernardo’s beer festival returns for its fifth year this week. Each day this week leading up to the festival, a nearby restaurant will offer special beer pairing dinners. On Saturday, the tasting event will take place where attendees can sip on beers and wines, enjoy food, live music, and more. Admission costs $40 for one person or $70 for two tickets, and comes with 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

San Fernando Fall Harvest Brew Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
City of San Fernando Public Parking Lot 3, San Fernando
http://www.facebook.com/SANFERNANDOBREWFEST

The San Fernando Valley gets their own fall festival this Saturday evening. The festival area costs nothing to enter, and anyone of any age can enter the festival area, which will have vendors, food, live music, and more. The beer garden costs $36 to enter at 5pm or $46 to enter at 4pm, and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may enter the beer garden.

A Halloween with Agent Orange
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.agentorange.net/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1591060607860616/

Celebrate Halloween early with local punk rock bands this Saturday evening in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

OC Roller Derby – The Blocking Dead
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
StubHub Center, Carson
http://www.nightnationrun.com/los-angeles-2016-2/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

13th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event cost $125 per person.

The Brass Lamp’s One Year Anniversary Party
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
The Brass Lamp, Downtown Long Beach
http://thebrasslampbar.com/event/one-year-anniversary-celebration/

Long Beach’s own book & wine bar turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have various specials throughout the day, plus live entertainment at night.

Guttermouth: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1031323766987198/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a show in Corona this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Spooky Spectacular
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
The Smell, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1776100162662483/

Nerd bands take on their favorite punk rock band in this cover band show this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $5.

Kirby’s Dream Band @ Til-Two Club
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 22
Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego
http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/kirbys-dream-band-vector-hold/

Check out some odd and eccentric bands this Saturday night in San Diego. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 23
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/904458486348587/

Pinup Girl Clothing will host a pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

26th Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 23
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://mb.pumpkinrace.com/

Get crafty and race pumpkins this Sunday in Manhattan Beach. Take a pumpkin, attach wheels and anything else aerodynamic, and put it to the test against others. Interested participants may register as an individual or as part of a team.

D.R.I. – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 23
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.dirtyrottenimbeciles.com/
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3038

Legendary punk band D.R.I. currently tours across the country, and that tour will briefly stop by Southern California this weekend. Tickets cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

We live in a time where every single human being desires absolute control over his or her life. As a universal human truth, people need to have complete control over their lives and do things only their way, even if it obstructs another person’s path to freedom. Sad as that might sound, history has shown exactly this. When you have control, you feel authoritative and confident. When you lack control, you may start to feel scared or angry. By allowing people to have control, they feel more comfortable with the current situation. They have ditched the old motto of “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” for a more direct approach that gives them control. Instead of getting mad, go somewhere that allows you to enjoy your control by allowing you the pleasure of customization, such as at green2Go.

Eat good good-for-you food at green2Go, a fast-casual dining spot in Brea. While the restaurant’s name suggests salads, green2Go does so much more than just salads – green2Go puts a fresh and healthy spin on classic dishes. Burgers, tacos, salads, rice bowls, sandwiches, flatbreads, pizzas… green2Go does a lot of different food here. However, green2Go uses only the freshest all-natural ingredients to ensure pure flavor and nutrition. This also ensures that they can cater to anyone with dietary restrictions – green2Go can make most of their menu items vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or any other method (ask a server about specific items). While you may certainly order any of their items as the menu describes, green2Go proudly offers a Build-Your-Own section where you get to dress up your favorite menu items. You select a burger, salad, quinoa bowl, kaleslaw, rice bowl, grilled veggies, or mac & cheese, and you can select up to four add-ons to accompany your plate, which you can pick by walking up to the BYO bar to the left of the front counter. Just when you think they do only nutritious food, green2Go also serves a wide variety of desserts and treats, as well as craft beers and wines.

One should never have to forsake eating well to satisfy a flavor craving, as you can get both at green2Go. In addition, green2Go offers a meal-prep program, so for those who need pre-portioned meals to-go, green2Go satisfies that need. One cannot judge a book by its cover, and no one should certainly judge green2Go by its name. In fact, green2Go also hosts regular beer-pairing dinners, such as one with Mother Earth Brewing next month. You can see what else green2Go has to offer on their Facebook and Twitter pages. At green2Go, you can have your cheat meal and eat it too.