Posts Tagged ‘Breakfast’

The humble avocado – a miraculous fruit with so many unique characteristics that it really ought to stand in a food category on its own. Avocados possess limitless culinary versatility thanks to its mild flavor and body that fits into almost any food. You can use avocado as a condiment, spread, topping, entrée, ingredient in a beverage, and so much more. When people most commonly think of avocados, they think of guacamole first before anything else, even the recently famous avocado toast. Avocado toast has existed for a very long time, almost as long as guacamole has existed. Avocado toast gained a recent surge in popularity thanks to social media and the internet making jokes and memes involving avocado toast and millennials. But before the internet started making fun of avocado toast, many businesses had already carried avocado toast or some variation of it on their menus, such as at Wow Wow Waffle.

Hidden away in the south half of San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, Wow Wow Waffle remains one of San Diego’s most popular hidden gem (excuse the oxymoron). One may drive right by Wow Wow Waffle without even noticing it because Wow Wow Waffle resides behind a run-of-the-mill laundromat, and you can only access Wow Wow Waffle using the driveway on the side of that building. Wow Wow Waffle specializes in “street style” Belgian liege waffles, which reminds many of what one may discover from a gourmet food truck. Locals love Wow Wow Waffle for the simple yet delicious waffles grilling out of the tiny kitchen, including the famous The Number Seven. The Number Seven represents Wow Wow Waffle’s signature take on the traditional avocado toast. They take one of their signature liege waffles and top it with smashed avocado, goat cheese crumbles, and caramelized bacon. Wow Wow Waffle makes every dish to order, and since the bacon takes a long time to cook, expect to wait at least 20 minutes if you order one of these. However, when you combine all of the ingredients together in one bite, you will understand what makes Wow Wow Waffle stand out so much.

If you intend to travel there on the weekend, plan to arrive early – Wow Wow Waffle tends to sell out of The Number Seven by noon! But if you do make it when they still have some, you can experience breakfast bliss for $8.50 each. Visit Wow Wow Waffle on Facebook to see what else they have grilling up back there.

In today’s busy & bustling society, time equals money. It means a lot to have extra time to get things done. Typically, the less time you consume to get something accomplished, the more productivity you have to dedicate toward the next task. Saving time means a lot to not just individuals, but businesses who aim to maximize profit while under operating hours. If a person can save time by accomplishing multiple tasks at once, most likely they will undertake that. For example, brunch combines breakfast and lunch into one meal. While this may not always come off as the healthiest choice, if a person needs to conserve time, combining meals can work out once in a while. If you want to enjoy breakfast or brunch any time of the day, you can do so at Wähfles Café in La Verne.

Nestled in an easily accessible location, Wähfles Café churns out artisanal coffees and gourmet waffles out of their quaint, quiet shop. One can reach Wähfles Café immediately off a freeway, and people from the Fairplex or University of La Verne can quickly reach Wähfles Café. As their name suggests, Wähfles Café specializes in gourmet waffle dishes, which includes both the savory and sweet varieties. They serve waffles as traditional dishes or pressed for sandwiches, which includes their Ricki Ricardo waffle sandwich. Representing Wähfles Café’s interpretation of a Cuban sandwich, Wähfles Café places premium slow-roasted pork shoulder, thick-sliced ham, Swiss cheese, pickled onions & cucumbers, and signature Cuban aioli between two grill-pressed rosemary waffles. At $10.95, this comes with a side of sweet banana chips as well. While this sounds like any old Cuban sandwich, the waffles give it a unique spin with both its texture and flavor that includes the rosemary along with its trademark rosemary aroma.

Wähfles Café makes a great place to hang out, enjoy some food and drinks, and/or get some studying done thanks to its quiet and calm atmosphere. See what else Wähfles Café has brewing up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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.

Americans love their coffee. Visiting and inhabiting coffee shops represents a traditional American pastime. Business meetings, clubs, and first dates all do well with coffee in hand. Americans love their coffee so much that they dedicated events towards the love of coffee, such as at CoffeeCon LA 2017. Taking place at The Reef in Los Angeles this past weekend, this java-themed event featured all things coffee, from various types of coffee to coffee edibles to coffee equipment and more. Dozens of vendors sampled their brews, both hot and cold, while a handful of other vendors exhibited their coffee complements, such as candy, desserts, and other food. Many other vendors exhibited coffee equipment, such as machines or presses used to brew coffee. Throughout the day, seminars would take place detailing various topics about coffee, from the origins of certain types of coffee to how to utilize coffee in the culinary sense.

Following up on last year’s overwhelming attendance, CoffeeCon made some changes this year to accommodate attendees. They expanded CoffeeCon from one day to both Saturday and Sunday. Last year’s CoffeeCon took place in the basement of The Reef, a small, tight, and compact space. This year’s CoffeeCon moved to the second floor of The Reef, a significantly larger space. I have strolled through the second floor here for multiple events, and this huge space provided more than enough room for attendees to roam freely without worry of bumping into other people. While the second floor provided more walking space, I feel that the organizers could have spaced out the vendors a bit further apart, as some of the aisles felt really cramped in the middle of the afternoon when the most amount of people showed up and got into unorganized lines at booths. But most importantly, CoffeeCon got rid of all the non-coffee vendors that felt out-of-place last year, such as vendors selling t-shirts or coffee accessories. While this year’s CoffeeCon delivered a largely fresh batch of vendors, I still saw Bona Fide Craft Draft that I remember from last year as a mobile coffee vendor. They essentially rent or staff coffee taps for special events, similar to food trucks, but they come with the option of filling the taps with whatever the client chooses, as well as the option to allows patrons to self themselves.

It looks like with these improvements, CoffeeCon has found a way to cement themselves into the Los Angeles event market mainstay. My only complaint revolves around the entrance line, as it took too long for them to scan tickets, and the line to enter stretched outside the building. Consider that it rained on Sunday morning through the early afternoon, so that dampened some attendees’ spirits. As long as they fix that for next year, I believe they will have a winning formula to keep people coming back. For more information regarding future CoffeeCon events, check them out on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

Americans love their coffee. Visiting and inhabiting coffee shops represents a traditional American pastime. Business meetings, clubs, and first dates all do well with coffee in hand. Americans love their coffee so much that they dedicated events towards the love of coffee, such as at CoffeeCon LA 2017. Taking place at The Reef in Los Angeles this weekend, this java-themed event features all things coffee, from various types of coffee to coffee edibles to coffee equipment and more. Dozens of vendors may sample their brews, both hot and cold, while a handful of other vendors will exhibit their coffee complements, such as candy, desserts, and other food. Many other vendors exhibit coffee equipment, such as machines or presses used to brew coffee. Throughout the day, seminars take place detailing various topics about coffee, from the origins of certain types of coffee to how to utilize coffee in the culinary sense.

Due to last year’s overwhelming attendance, CoffeeCon has made some changes this year to accommodate attendees. They have expanded CoffeeCon from one day to both Saturday and Sunday. Admission for one day costs $15 per person, while two-day admission costs $20. A $40 ticket exists that grants one-day admission plus access to a coffee tasting seminar at 2pm. This seminar can only take up to 100 people each day, so if this interests you, act fact before it sells out. Last year’s CoffeeCon took place in the basement of The Reef, a small, tight, and compact space. They have not yet specified where in The Reef that CoffeeCon will take place this year, so prepare for a tight space again if it comes back to the basement. Attendees should bring extra cash if they intend to buy anything here, since most of the vendors will sells things and not necessarily sample their goods. Parking at the venue costs $10 per vehicle, but visitors can find street parking in a residential neighborhood about a block away, and can avoid paying to park.

For more information regarding CoffeeCon events both in Southern California and the rest of the nation, check them out on Facebook and Twitter for other updates.

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.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Dia De Los Muertos 2016
October 31

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/trick-or-treat/

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Innovation Brew Works’ Costume Contest & Karaoke Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Innovation Brew Works, Pomona
http://www.ibrewworks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1242077055863823/

Cal Poly Pomona’s Innovation Brew Works will have some family-friendly activities this Halloween at their tasting room. Participate in a costume contest, and/or enjoy some karaoke. This event costs nothing to attend.

Halloween Night with Skapeche Mode
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 31
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/330753067316806/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages ska show this Halloween night in Downtown Fullerton.

The Adicts: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theadicts
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6914025
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts currently tour across the west coast, and that tour will visit Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Bad Religion: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/badreligion
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/bad-religion-against-me-2/
http://www.badreligion.com/

Legendary punk rock band Bad Religion currently tours across the country, and that tour will end in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Eat Chow’s Santa Ana Grand Opening
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 2
Eat Chow, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.eatchownow.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1788219281445042/

This Orange County restaurant opens the doors of its third location to the public this Wednesday. Stop on by and check out their success.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 3
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

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

8th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 4-13
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Rare Beer Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 4
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/rare-beer-breakfast-0

Indulge in breakfast foods and rare beers this Friday morning in Escondido. The $65 admission provides 15 3oz beer pours, a souvenir glass, and unlimited food while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 4
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Overwatch, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40, which also includes some in-game items for select games.

2016 Revolution Bike Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 4
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 5
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 6
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://revolutionbikefest.com/

A health and wellness festival comes to the hills of Irvine this weekend. More than just bikes, this weekend getaway involves yoga, meditation, hiking, speakers, music, food, and more. Admission ranges from $25 to $495 – check the website for a full breakdown of what each admission gets you.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 4
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).

34th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 5
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

8th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 4
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $45 presale or $60 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $85 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

14th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 5
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 5
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 6
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.konseptproject.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1650342851657826/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

The Dickies: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/531312403731898/

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies will headline a show in Corona this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
8:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 4
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

A food industry conference comes to Los Angeles this weekend, complete with mixers, parties, sit-down meals, seminars, speakers, demos, samples, and more. Admission starts at $49.

Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon
7:30 am – 1:30 pm, November 5
Avalon Pier, Catalina Island
http://renegaderaceseries.com/upcoming-events/eventdetail/14/catalina-island-triathlon-duathlon

Test your athleticism this Saturday on Catalina Island with a triathlon or duathlon. Registration starts at $120.

20th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 5
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=116

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

StyleCon 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 5
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.stylecon.com/

Dozens of fashion and makeup vendors will congregate at the OC Fair this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $39 and gets you access to all of the booths on the show floor. The more you pay for admission, the more goodies you get.

ComplexCon 2016
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 5-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://complexcon.com/

If you see it on television or hear it on the radio, it will appear at ComplexCon this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Check out all things popular and conformed for $45 per day to access the expo floor. Concert tickets start at $75, which you must pay for on top of the expo pass.

California Dapper Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 5-6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/fall-2016-disneyland-ca

Exhibit your style and profile this weekend at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The Dapper Day Expo will take place in the Disneyland Hotel on both days, free to attend for the public. This all-ages expo will have dozens of style vendors and services available for the public to check out. On Sunday, Dapper Day attendees will take to Disneyland Park for a day of fun and excitement.

2nd Annual Escondido Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 5
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://www.escondidotamalefestival.org/

Indulge on tamales at this FREE and all-ages festival this Saturday in Escondido. This event will features dozens of food vendors, live entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Everything comes at cost, so guests should bring plenty of cash for this day. A special VIP package costs $35 that includes exclusive gourmet tamales along with craft beer and wine pairings.

Ritual Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, November 5
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/

Ritual Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands this Saturday. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

3rd Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 5
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove
http://www.isocmasjid.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

Alosta Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 5
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/538306356375022/

Alosta Brewing has completed three years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 5
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $65, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 5
Secret location, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.ladecom.com/

Los Angeles’ version of Burning Man, this event starts in the afternoon and continues until morning the next day. Experience nonstop music, dance, rituals, live DJ’s, theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, marching bands, and more all in the name of FIRE.

SoCal Food & Brew Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 5
Ramona Mainstage, Ramona
http://www.ramonamainstage.com/socal-food-brew-fest/

$89 gets you unlimited food and beer while supplies last in northeast San Diego County this Saturday evening.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, November 5
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wcc

Indulge in a cheese, chocolate, and wine pairing session this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. Admission costs $69 per person, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Corrupted Youth Official Music Video Shoot ” Class Struggle”
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 5
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1355677-concrete-jungle-los-angeles/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Silverlake. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

26th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner & Auction
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 5
Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Attending this luxurious dinner costs $275 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5
StubHub Center, Carson
http://thecolorrun.com/night/locations/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Carson this Saturday night. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $55 per solo participant. Waves of runners will start at 6:30pm and launch every few minutes following that for up to an hour, so do not fret about getting there on time.

D.O.A. – Live at Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 5
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/244893722574423/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. will perform in Costa Mesa this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 6
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

CCA CAL Orange County Chapter Crawfish Boil
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 6
Cypress Community Center, Cypress
http://www.ccacalifornia.org/cca-cal-orange-county-chapter-crawfish-boil/

Enjoy a traditional crawfish boil this Sunday afternoon in Cypress. Admission costs $60 per person and provides all of your food and drinks.

11th Annual Taste of University Heights
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 6
Buddha’s Light Bookstore, University Heights, San Diego
http://www.uhcdc.org/

Sample eats from the local businesses of University Heights this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $20 and gets you unlimited food samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

3rd Annual San Diego Cheese & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 6
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdcheesefest.org/

Indulge in gourmet cheeses and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $45 and includes unlimited cheese samples and 15 beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 6
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/11/6/day-of-the-dead-festival

Free to attend for all ages, a Dia de los Muertos festival will take place in Fullerton this Sunday afternoon complete with arts & crafts, games, activities, entertainment, food, and more.

Rock & Brews 6th Annual Craft Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 6
Rock & Brews, El Segundo
http://www.rockandbrews.com/location/el-segundo/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-brews-6th-annual-beer-fest-tickets-26761334873

$45 gets you in to enjoy ten 6oz beers, plus full access to a buffet. No one under 21 may attend.

Pig Roast 4505
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 6
Mikkeller Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://4505meats.com/
http://pigroast4505.brownpapertickets.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of tacos, chicharonnes, and beer this Sunday in San Diego. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, and includes a full plate of food, one pint of beer plus a bonus taster shot, and all the chicharonnes you can eat plus more to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites @ Slide Bar
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 6
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.aggroreggae.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/193406577768356/

The Aggrolites will perform a FREE all-ages show this Sunday evening in Fullerton.

I never really understood the term gentrification until sometime last year. I thought it had something to do with the uprising of hipsters and cultural awareness. Eventually I discovered that it meant the reforming of an urban area, whether an entire city or just a localized neighborhood, to include more local businesses to attract people to make it better in the eyes of potential consumers. Apparently I have witnessed that occurring in Downtown Anaheim and Downtown Santa Ana already, despite the shady neighborhoods around those areas. Recently, I have encountered signs of gentrification in Bellflower as well. As one of the LA/OC gateway cities, the stretch of cities going north from Lakewood tend to have a reputation of low-income housing, and most of the people here represent the generations of decades past, sticking to things they already know and like, preferring not to try new things. Bellflower aims to change their reputation into that of a city for the younger generation to come visit, and they have done that by adding hip restaurants, which includes the popular breakfast joint The Nest.

Everyone loves breakfast, and if they had a choice, they would have breakfast foods any time of the day, especially at a place like The Nest. Over at The Nest, they like to keep things simple and sweet, evident by their menu that does not contain many items, but fewer items of higher quality. The folks at The Nest prefer quality over quantity, and their small menu reflects that. For example, one of their few items includes the popular Bacon Waffle. This Belgian-style waffle gained its popularity because it contains bacon pieces inside the batter. Not only that, but The Nest tops this waffle with housemade bacon whisky syrup. Sure it may cost $9.50 for one waffle, but the thickness of the waffle and the amount of bacon you get with this plate merits the price. It also comes with eggs cooked your way, so you do not get only the waffle.

The Nest may not have a big menu, but they sure do have a big following, as their wait times for a table on weekends can sometimes go over an hour. Check out what The Nest has going on by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Americans love their coffee. Visiting and inhabiting coffee shops represents a traditional American pastime. Business meetings, clubs, and first dates all do well with coffee in hand. Americans love their coffee so much that they dedicated events towards the love of coffee, such as at CoffeeCon LA 2016. Taking place at The Reef in Los Angeles this past Saturday, this java-themed event featured all things coffee, from various types of coffee to coffee edibles to coffee equipment and more. Dozens of vendors sampled their brews, both hot and cold, while a handful of other vendors exhibited their coffee complements, such as candy, desserts, and other food. Many other vendors exhibited coffee equipment, such as machines or presses used to brew coffee. Throughout the day, seminars would take place detailing various topics about coffee, from the origins of certain types of coffee to how to utilize coffee in the culinary sense.

CoffeeCon drew a large crowd, as evident by the crowded halls of The Reef. CoffeeCon LA 2016 took place in The Reef’s basement, as opposed to the floor above ground with significantly more space. The tighter space coupled with over a thousand visitors made for tight quarters. Regardless, I still managed to see many of the vendors, especially Portola Coffee Roasters and their line that wrapped around the aisles. Of particular note, Bona Fide Craft Draft caught my eye as a mobile coffee vendor. They essentially rent or staff coffee taps for special events, similar to food trucks, but they come with the option of filling the taps with whatever the client chooses, as well as the option to allows patrons to self themselves.

If not for the really tight space, I would have thoroughly enjoyed CoffeeCon LA 2016. However, the difficulty of navigating plus vendors not having enough samples meant that visitors paid a good amount to enter, only to have to pay more to buy stuff here, kind of like paying for a car then having to pay for gas to drive it. For more information regarding future CoffeeCon events, check them out on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

We all heard this growing up… “Breakfast: the most important meal of the day.” As the first form of food that we put into our bodies on a daily basis, breakfast sets the tone for how we will take on the rest of the day. Not only does breakfast supply the first dose of nutrients our body needs to burn to get through the day, but breakfast determines the rate of that day’s metabolism to handle food for the rest of the day. What do we normally envision as the traditional breakfast? Items such as bread, eggs, and meat supply the necessary carbs and proteins needed to start off the day. Over time, people have grown to appreciate breakfast foods and have started to crave them at other times of the day other than immediately after waking up. This has led some food businesses to offer breakfast items at all times of the day, and vice versa. However, who truly determines what one should have for breakfast? Another saying goes “Life’s short – eat dessert first.” Sweet treats in the morning always feel nice, and at least the sugar has the potential to get burned throughout the day, so why not start with dessert in the morning? If you want the best in sweets in the morning, head over to Carolyn’s Café in Redlands.

A local favorite, Carolyn’s Café has delighted folks for many years with their traditional diner approach to cuisine. Only open for breakfast and lunch, Carolyn’s Café has the answer to get your day started, whether you rise early or after the sun has peaked. You cannot go wrong with what Carolyn’s Café has to offer, as they make everything fresh here with no frozen ingredients. If you must pick just one item, look no further than Carolyn’s Famous Homemade Coffee Cake. Served warm and steaming, this generous slice comes to you with a dollop of whipped butter and tastes absolutely heavenly. Better yet, you can choose the coffee cake as your bread option when ordering breakfast! A Scrambler and a coffee cake for breakfast? You will desire nothing else. You can choose the coffee cake as your side with a breakfast entrée, or you can obtain a slice à la carte for $3.50. Believe me – after one bite, you will want an order for yourself and not want to have to share one.

I heard Carolyn’s Café plans to move to a new location soon. For all the details about the move and to see what else they have concocting inside their kitchen, check out Carolyn’s Café on Facebook!