Posts Tagged ‘Cheeseburger’

7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 7-12
40+ Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, over 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

LA Art Show 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 11-14
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

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

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

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline two shows in Orange County this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $15 per day.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 12
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Long Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 13
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 14
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/shows/san-diego/

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

37th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2018
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $9 presale or $11 at the gate for one day, or $15 presale or $22 at the gate for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Culver City Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 13
Westfield Culver City, Culver City
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/134097830613955/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Grill ‘Em All 5th Anniversary Rager
10:30 am – 12:00 am, January 13
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find food specials, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and more. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

2018 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 13
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Burger & Brewfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 13
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/burger-bites-brews/

Enjoy burgers, beers, and horse racing this Saturday at the Santa Anita Park racetrack. Admission costs $35 and includes four sliders, eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the racetrack for betting.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

1st Annual Tuner Evolution: SoCal
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 14
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.tuner-evolution.com/

An import and car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for children 12 and under.

Roxanne’s Lounge Presents: So Cal Whisky Wonderland
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 14
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whisky-wonderland-tickets-39850446759

While Roxanne’s Lounge normally celebrates their anniversary around this time of year, this year they will hold a whisky & winter festival instead. Enjoy some snow fun, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 and comes with one beverage and 10 tasting tickets. VIP admission costs $50 and also includes access to the VIP area that will have exclusive drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 14
Triangle Lot, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dtlabrews.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/387425271686558/

A beer tasting event will take place this Sunday evening in the Arts District in Downtown LA that will feature all of the breweries of Downtown LA. The $40 admission gets you unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

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2018 San Diego Auto Show
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 28-30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 1
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sdautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $15, with discounts available for military, seniors, and children.

Dinosaur Time Trek – Shark Edition
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 29
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 30-31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.dinosaurtimetrek.com/city/anaheim-ca/

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit in Anaheim this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $20 to $26 – see the website for pricing details.

T.S.O.L. – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 4, The Casbah, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 5, The Observatory, Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 6, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 7, The Regent, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/TsolOfficial

Legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. will headline a handful of shows this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

AMA Expo West 2018
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 5
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 7
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://amaexpo.com/ama-expo-west/

Aeronautics hobbyists will not want to miss this expo taking place this weekend in Ontario. This expo will feature models, toys, gadgets, services, demos, and more about model airplanes. Admission widely ranges from $5 to $36 – see the website for a breakdown on prices.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 5
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).

8th Annual Citrus Heritage Run
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 6
Arlington Heights Sports Park, Riverside
http://citrusheritagerun.com/

Go on a run this Saturday morning in Riverside. Choose from a 5K, half-marathon, or full marathon. The registration fee will depend on your age division and the distance you want to run – check the website for a breakdown of pricing.

Bricks LA 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6-7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.bricksla.com/

The ultimate all-ages Lego convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend. For just $5 admission, gain access to dozens of Lego vendors, artists, displays, interactive demos, and more.

15th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6-7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

The Yoga Expo – Los Angeles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 6
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://theyogaexpo.org/event_los_angeles

This Saturday in Pasadena, check out all things yoga with demos, vendors, seminars, products, activities, workshops, and more. This all-ages event costs $35 to attend, and provides full access to all workshops, programs, and the show floor.

2018 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 6
Fashion Valley, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/136413487070007/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

2018 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.newyearsrace.com/

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 6
Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. General admission costs $100 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 3pm. Admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass.

Warfest 2018
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 6
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/961806830627354/

A bunch of great local punk rock bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. Arrive before 6pm to park there for free; arrive afterwards, and pay $10 for parking.

7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 7-12
40+ Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, over 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 7
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.

41st Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature multiple celebrities, dozens of merchandise vendors, and lots more. Admission costs $13 for entry at 10am, or $15 for early entry at 9am.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2018
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2018/oshogatsufest

Celebrate the year of the dog at this free and all-ages celebration. Visitors will find food, arts & crafts, cultural activities, live entertainment, and more.

I & I Brewing’s 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 7
I & I Brewing, Chino
http://iandibrewing.com/
http://iandi.brownpapertickets.com/

I & I Brewing turns six years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a celebration at their tasting room in Chino this Sunday. Admission costs $10 and comes with a pint glass and one beer pour. When purchasing admission, you must select a time that you will show up at, and you cannot enter until after your selected time.

The hot summer days lends perfectly to grilling weather. As an American tradition, citizens officially start the grilling season on Memorial Day weekend, as that signifies many things. First off, on that weekend, Americans celebrate an important federal holiday to celebrate and honor the lives of those lost while serving for the United States Armed Forces. The weather starts to significantly heat up by this weekend, following the inconsistent weather of April and much of May. As a result of the warmer weather, Americans take advantage of a holiday weekend off of work until the next federal holiday, Independence Day, to gather some friends & family for a party involving grilling. When thinking about grilling for a group of people, what food exactly comes to mind? I guarantee that hot dogs and hamburgers top the list. The notion to purchase these items in bulk contributes to the misconception that these foods do not taste good. The phrase “You get what you pay for” has never applied as much as it does now, as most who purchase in bulk tend to pay low per individual unit. If you seek quality, you will have to drop extra money for it. Hot dogs tend to bear questionable ingredients, but true hamburgers still exist in this world. If you happen to find yourself in Southern California this summer, check out these five places to grab some of the best burgers you will ever have. One bite into these will change the way you look at hamburgers forever.

5. Grill Em All‘s Suicidal A.K.A. Rey Fenix

When someone comes to Los Angeles from out of town, they may feel inundated by all the wonderful food that Southern California has to offer. When travelers want the most unique and ridiculous food, I send them to a select few places known for insane, wacky foods. If a traveler asks to eat the best burger ever, I will not send them to In-N-Out like most Californians would – I would send them to Grill ’em All in Alhambra. When it comes to insane burgers, no one comes close to Grill ’em All. When death metal and professional wrestling influence the ideas behind burgers, you know they will have something crazy going on, such as the Suicidal A.K.A. Rey Fenix, the July 2017 burger-of-the-month. Grill ’em All’s signature burger, The Behemoth, uses two grilled cheese sandwiches as buns. In the Suicidal, two double-decker quesadillas filled with refried beans and cheese replace the burger buns. The half-pound burger comes with shredded lettuce, queso fresco, chipotlé hot sauce, and diced tomatoes, making this slightly resemble a taco or burrito. The world has seen burgers in a quesadilla, but the world has never seen quesadillas used as burger buns quite like this before. But hurry – as the burger of the month, you only have a limited time to go try it out!

4. Pizza Port‘s BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

A burger by any other name would still taste just as savory. A burger can look like anything, even if it takes on the form of an entirely different food. When a restaurant specializes in one food but still wants to make something else, they get creative, which Pizza Port has done well. As the name suggests, Pizza Port specializes in pizzas and other foods that one would expect to find at a pizzeria, such as chicken and salads. For the traditional folks out there, Pizza Port carries a handful of traditional pizzas. For the adventurous, Pizza Port has crafted some gourmet pizzas, such as their BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza. This pizza pit comes topped with tangy barbecue sauce, beef meatballs, bacon, mozzarella & cheddar cheese, and red onions. It basically tastes like a western-style cheeseburger, just in a different shape. For best results, ask for this pizza on Pizza Port’s signature whole-grain beer crust. Like all their pizzas, this pizza comes in three sizes: small for $9.50, medium for $18.25, or large for $22.

3. Melt’s Bulgogi Burger

When it comes to Melt, word-of-mouth has never applied so much before. Tiny does not describe Melt, as they simply exist as a food counter in a supermarket, kind of like a mall’s food court. In Diamond Bar, a local H Mart houses its own food court with a plethora of unique food counters, ranging from unique desserts to traditional Korean food to all the fusion, which leads us to Melt. From a distance, glancing over at the Melt counter makes them appear like some ordinary burger counter, with hamburgers and fries shown on their menu. However, upon closer inspection, you will discover that Melt does the fusion thing here, and they do it well. They cross Korean cuisine over to the world of burgers and fries, such as with their Bulgogi Burger. Though it appears small, this makes for the perfect lunch portioned perfectly, as Melt tops their regular 4oz Angus beef patty with green lettuce, grilled onions, mayonnaise, and bulgogi aioli. At just $4.50, this makes for the perfect lunch that will break the monotony of bland lunches out there.

2. Working Class Kitchen‘s Chianina Beef Burger w/ Foie Gras

Five years ago, a ban on the sale of Foie Gras in California went into effect. However, that ban mysteriously went away in early 2015. While California restaurants may now legally sell Foie Gras once again, many restaurants have felt the aftermath of the ban, and most avoid serving it for fear of the ban returning. As such, it takes some dedicated hunters & searchers to locate where to obtain Foie Gras, such as at Working Class Kitchen in Long Beach. Although located in the middle of a bustling city, Working Class Kitchen resides off the beaten path, so in order to discover it, one must actively look for it as opposed to passing by it. But if you do decide to visit Working Class Kitchen, you will discover some fresh, natural food that you can feel proud to consume, such as their Chianina Beef Burger with Foie Gras. The base burger costs $7 and comes with simply caramelized onions and remoulade spread on a potato bun. For $4 extra, Working Class Kitchen will throw an ounce of Hudson Valley Foie Gras onto the burger. As if the beef burger did not already have enough juices oozing out, the Foie Gras will add even more meaty goodness to the burger. Consider this a cheat meal, because if you eat this, you ought to eat clean the rest of the day.

1. VaKA Burger Express‘ The Vaka

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 Whittier’s The Real McCoy and make your way to the bar 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 The Vaka. Blitz your taste buds with this burger that features a beer-battered tempura ring, muenster cheese, bacon jam, and VaKA’s signature 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 $11.50 for this burger, you will never taste another burger like this again.

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

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

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

6th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 8-13
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Free Ska Show @ Slide Bar
9:00 pm – 12:00 pm, January 10
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193990614400267/

Get your skanking on at this FREE local ska show this Tuesday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Barrel Fest with Hangar 24
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 11
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1882915241920684/

This Wednesday night, Hollywood’s Stout will have a handful of strong beers from Hangar 24 available for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Brujeria, The Casualties, and Piñata Protest: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/brujeria

Release some inner aggression at this all-ages punk rock show this Wednesday night in Santa Ana. Tickets cost $15 each.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 12-15
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

LA Art Show 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 12-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 13-27
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

26th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-15
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.photola.com/

One of the world’s biggest photography exhibits returns to The Reef in Los Angeles this weekend. Presale admission to this all-ages event costs $20 for one day, $30 for the entire weekend, or $15 for students & seniors. Tickets at the door will cost $5 more. Guests can find free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

Coffee & Wine Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 13
Vintage Enoteca, Hollywood
http://vintageenoteca.com/

For $40 per person, receive a three-course meal complete with wine pairings. You may arrive at any time during the night, but they highly recommend reservations. No one under 21 may participate.

Whitney’s Freaky Friday the 13th Birthday Bash
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 13
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/147070969103602/

Get your skanking on at this FREE all-ages local ska show this Friday night. Ska Brewing will also have a handful of their beers available on tap on this night.

Friday the 13th Punk Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 13
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/337820203266734/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy, and Dogwood: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 13, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://www.observatorysd.com/event/7052365
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 14, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/1393441-mxpx-ventura/
http://www.mxpx.com/

MxPx will headline shows in San Diego and Ventura this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link for prices.

1st Annual Comic Excitement Convention
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.comicexcitement.com/

A new comic con debuts in Downtown LA this weekend at the LA Convention Center. This all-ages two-day event will feature celebrity guests, cosplay stars, comic book creators, and more. Attendees will find contests, demos, games, exhibits, vendors, and lots of programming to stay occupied all weekend. Admission costs $29 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $49 for both days. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

36th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $11 for one day or $22 for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Arcadia Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 14
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/226410531132933/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Grill ‘Em All 4th Anniversary Rager
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 14
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find food specials, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and more. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

Burger & Brewfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 14
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/burger-bites-brews/

Enjoy burgers, beers, and horse racing this Saturday at the Santa Anita Park racetrack. Admission costs $35 and includes four sliders, eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the racetrack for betting.

Roxanne’s Lounge Presents: So Cal Whisky Wonderland
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 14
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-cal-whisky-wonderland-tickets-24826951079

While Roxanne’s Lounge normally celebrates their anniversary around this time of year, this year they will hold a whisky & winter festival instead. Enjoy some snow fun, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 and comes with one beverage and 10 tasting tickets. VIP admission costs $50 and also includes access to the VIP area that will have exclusive drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Eventrockit Food Market – Pasadena
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 14
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://eventrockit.com/

An all-ages outdoor food market and tasting event will take place in Pasadena this Saturday afternoon. It costs nothing to attend this event, but you still need to RSVP a ticket via their website so that the vendors know how much food to bring. Alternatively, spend $2 for a special pass, and show this pass to vendors to receive a dollar off all items.

Noods Noods Noods – SoCal Asian Food Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 14
eSports Arena, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.noodsfest.com/

Foodbeast returns with another food event this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana focused on Asian food. This event will operate much like their last event in October last year. $10 gets you admission throughout the day into the area, where you can simply pay for food as you go. For the food fest experience, $60 gets you all-you-can-eat for four hours – two of these four-hour VIP sessions will take place, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

Meditation Flash Mob
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 14
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.ransomly.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1192496597499811/

Show up to the park, do some meditating, and mingle with others at this free and all-ages flash mob this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Pay attention to the event page for the exact time and location.

390’s CD Release Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 14
DTSA Underground, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/347930658902284/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 15-22
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Beer Belly Bottle Share
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 15
Beer Belly, Long Beach
http://www.beerbellyla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/351062788583550/

Beer Belly’s new Long Beach location will host a bottle share this Sunday afternoon. Bring a beer or two to share with others, and taste what others have to share.

Celebrate The Life Of Mike “Gabby” Gaborno
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/163221700827738/

An all-ages punk rock benefit show will take place in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10.

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.

Barrel Fest with Epic Brewing
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/389108978110834/

This Tuesday night, Hollywood’s Stout will have a handful of strong beers from Epic Brewing available for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Voodoo Glow Skulls & Buck-O-Nine: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1364083-devils-3-way-buck-o-nine-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 6, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1344533-voodoo-glow-skulls-west-hollywood/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Voodoo Glow Skulls and Buck-O-Nine embark on a tour this week that starts in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link for details.

MDC: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1398146-mdc-long-beach/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 6, The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/1676839269293771/
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 7, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1059677300811563/
http://www.mdc-punk.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC will headline some shows in Southern California this week. The cover for these shows vary by the location, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

AMA Expo West 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 8
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://amaexpo.com/ama-expo-west/

Aeronautics hobbyists will not want to miss this expo taking place this weekend in Ontario. This expo will feature models, toys, gadgets, services, demos, and more about model airplanes. Admission widely ranges from $5 to $36 – see the website for a breakdown on prices.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 6
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).

Reverend Horton Heat: Live at The Observatory
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 6-7
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline two shows in Santa Ana this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $15 each.

Stäläg 13: Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 6
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/862707697199090/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 7
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

14th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7-8
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more

5th Annual Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at its new location at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

40th Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 7-8
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this two-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this weekend. This event will feature the original cast of Star Trek, many other celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for children per day.

2017 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 7
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 7
Fashion Valley, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/191141061351041/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

2017 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 7
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.newyearsrace.com/

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

Warfest 2017
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/218247815280265/

A bunch of great local punk rock bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. Arrive before 6pm to park there for free; arrive afterwards, and pay $10 for parking.

6th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 8-13
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 8
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.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 8
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/oshogatsufest/

Celebrate the year of the rooster at this free and all-ages celebration. Visitors will find food, arts & crafts, cultural activities, live entertainment, and more.

I & I Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 8
I & I Brewing, Chino
http://iandibrewing.com/
http://iandififth.brownpapertickets.com/

I & I Brewing turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a celebration at their tasting room in Chino this Sunday. Admission costs $10 and comes with a pint glass and one beer pour. When purchasing admission, you must select a time that you will show up at, and you cannot enter until after your selected time.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 8
Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. General admission costs $100 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 3pm. Admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass.

When something has existed locally for a long time, you can bet that the locals will know a thing or two about it. From landmarks to businesses, everything has a story behind it, and the locals will tell you all about it. Some things may get talked about more often than others, but the legacy remains, and eventually other people discover it, leading to the growth and spread of knowing about such things. Speaking of which, even after the original person passes on, the legacy remains (RWBY, for example), and Hodad’s proves exactly that.

As one of San Diego’s longest standing institutions, Hodad’s represents an American Dream come true. Hodad’s allows guests to dine inside restored cars, or surrounded by walls covered with custom license plates. Clearly, the founder of Hodad’s had a passion for cars, but he also had a passion for surfing. Hodad means a non-surfer who spends time at the beach masquerading as a surfer. Whether they surf or not, guests of Hodad’s flock there to appreciate the interior design as well as the classic diner food. As a burger joint, Hodad’s delivers the classics here: burgers, fries, onion rings, shakes, and malts. While they have a few fancy burgers, nearly all of the visitors go for the classics, such as the Double Bacon Cheeseburger. With mine above, I opted for grilled onions, which made the burger even messier. Too big to hold in hand, this burger could not even fit in my mouth, so I had to bite corners off to get through the burger. Along with the burger came Onion Rings. Nothing stood out as unique with the onion rings – Hodad’s just makes them very well. To top off the meal, Hodad’s hand-blends up classic Malts using real malted barley.

Hodad’s boasts three locations in San Diego County: its original location in Ocean Beach, a second location in Downtown San Diego, and a branch in Petco Park. Check out what Hodad’s has going on by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

5th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 10-15
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Founders Brewing Comes to SoCal
January 12-16
Various locations, Southern California
http://foundersbrewing.com/

One of the nation’s most coveted breweries makes its way to Southern California in force this week to take over the taps of multiple beer places. Check with your favorite local beer bar to see if they will have any specials regarding Founders Brewing – some examples include Far Bar and Select Beer Store. These events have no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Udder Love Sky Bar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 12
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BeachwoodBBQ/photos/pb.116567235035259.-2207520000.1452482979./1219494571409181/

Beachwood Brewing will have four variations of their Udder Love milk stout on cask this Tuesday evening. If you love their Udder Love, make sure you stop on by this Tuesday evening.

Stone Brewing Pint Nite @ Wild Goose Tavern
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 13
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

This Wednesday night at Wild Goose Tavern, the first 50 people to order a Stone Brewing beer will get to keep the pint glass to take home!

Reel Big Fish: US Winter Tour + Suburban Legends FINAL TOUR
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 13, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004F87C7081AA9
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/reelbigfish
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/
http://www.suburbanlegends.com/

Reel Big Fish embarks on their annual winter tour starting this week, and they will bring along their good friends Suburban Legends, who have announced that they will throw in the towel after this tour. Do not miss this final chance to see Suburban Legends perform at either of these Southern California shows this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so check the venue’s link for details.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 14-17
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

Business & Beer @ HopSaint Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 14
HopSaint Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

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

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

The Rookery 3rd Anniversary Beer Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 15-17
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns three this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have dozens of rare brews on tap throughout the weekend. Unlike last year’s anniversary which operated like a beer tasting festival, this weekend will not require any admission fees. Simply show up, enjoy the rare brews, and pay as you go. The Rookery will offer 4oz pours of these brews as well for those who want to treat this like a beer tasting event. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.

Arcade Expo 2016
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 15
10:00 am – 2:00 am, January 16
10:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 17
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – Sing-Along
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 15
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/south-park-bigger-longer-uncut-sing-along-10pm/

The Frida Cinema will air the South Park movie twice this Friday night, and they will also give lyrics sheets to all attendees to encourage them to sing along with the movie. General admission to a viewing costs $10.

Smut Peddlers: Live in Orange County
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.smutpeddlers.net/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1675291006079537/

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers will headline a show in Santa Ana this Friday night along with a handful of other local bands. The cover for this all-ages punk show costs $15.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 16
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/purchase/event.php?eid=100170

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $16. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

Easyriders 2016 Bike Show Tour
10:00 am – 7:00 am, January 16
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://easyridersevents.com/bikeshow-2016-long-beach.php

See all things motorcycles at this one-day expo in Long Beach this Saturday. See hundreds of models bikes, meet celebrities, take photos with models, browse various vendors, and more at this show. General admission costs $20, while kids cost $10. The convention center parking lots charge $10 for parking, while other parking lots in the area have varying rates.

35th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 16
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2016
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 16
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $11 for one day or $20 for both days. VIP admission costs $150 and comes with a handful of VIP perks and access to exclusive panels and areas.

Grill ‘Em All 3rd Anniversary Rager
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, January 16
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find the return of the Blue Cheer burger, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and a free 3rd anniversary pin. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

2016 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 16
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Bottle Share
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 16
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1154546497930891/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Shoreline Village 2nd Annual Buckaroo Days
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 16
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/buckaroo-days-are-back/

Free for all ages, head to Shoreline Village this weekend for games, bluegrass music, arts & crafts, live entertainment, dancing, magic, and much more.

Public Beer & Wine Shop’s 2nd Anniversary
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.publicbeerwineshop.com/

Long Beach’s Public Beer & Wine Shop turns two years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a bunch of rare beers on tap as well as free samples. From 6pm to 9pm, visitors can receive free beer samples. From 7pm to 10pm, visitors can receive free food samples.

Bitter Brothers Brewing Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Bitter Brothers Brewing, Clairemont, San Diego
http://bitterbrothers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1174752345888057/

A new brewery has opened their doors to the public, and they will celebrate properly this Saturday at their tasting room in Clairemont. Stop on by and check out the new beers that Bitter Brothers Brewing has. They will have a food truck outside for the day as well.

Eikon Los Angeles
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, January 16
Austere’s Parking Structure, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/eikon-los-angeles-fireflies-tickets-20249702405

For $10, light up the skies of Downtown LA with lanterns commemorating the new year.

Warfest 2016 w/ Agent Orange & D.I.
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1629786643949973/

A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Saturday night, headlined by Agent Orange and D.I. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. Guests park for free if arriving before 6pm; otherwise, parking at the venue costs $10.

Out Of The Park Pizza 5th Anniversary Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.outoftheparkpizza.co/
http://www.facebook.com/OutOfParkPizza/photos/pb.121953811165619.-2207520000.1452491590./1192791397415183/

Out Of The Park Pizza will celebrate their fourth year in business this weekend and they want you to join in on the festivities. For $40 general admission, gain access to unlimited food and beer while supplies last. Pay $10 extra for VIP admission to gain access to ten VIP exclusive beers.

Punk Rock Night in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16
The Prospector, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/726560810779046/

Catch a night of wild punk rock this Saturday in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1652982184946352/

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

A Saturday of Ska at Morgan’s Tavern
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 16
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/214890778844075/

Catch a FREE ska show at Morgan’s Tavern in Riverside this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Slaughter & The Dogs at Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 16
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1025431-slaughter-dogs-long-beach/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Saturday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

12th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 17-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

2016 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. Grinderz‘s Double Cheeseburger

When coming up with a winning product, two routes exist: you can invent, or you can reinvent. On one hand, creating something brand new comes with great risk that nobody will want said new item. On the other hand, you can only redesign something so many times. If attempting to redesign something poses a roadblock, why not just go back to basics and make the base item significantly better? Enter Grinderz, where they take a classic approach with an old timey burger shop and bring some modern flair into it. The bare bones menu at Grinderz resembles another overhyped Californian burger institution, with simply burgers, fries, and drinks. Grinderz does their own thing by doing food right with high quality ingredients and customization for your order. To taste the true flavor of Grinderz, go towards their Double Cheeseburger. This double meat & double cheese monster comes with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, and your choice of thousand island or chipotlé mayo dressing. You can snag this cheeseburger for $5.50, or for $3 more, you can combo it with beer-battered fries and a medium fountain drink.

4. Smoqued BBQ‘s Hangover Burger

Many people have faced this problem before: they wake up on a Sunday morning with a massive headache, no appetite, lack of energy, and the need to vomit… maybe. Nearly every adult has experienced the dreaded hangover that results from overindulging on alcohol without other nutrients or hydration. Unfortunately, only time can cure a hangover, but a person hung over can take steps to alleviate some of the symptoms, such as eating greasy foods. Oily or fried foods absorb some of the alcohol that remains in our stomachs, so a hearty breakfast will generally hit the spot, such as that at Smoqued BBQ in Orange. Many locals regard Smoqued BBQ for their namesake barbecue meats, yet Smoqued BBQ carries many other items as well, such as their Hangover Burger. In this burger, Smoqued BBQ uses a patty made with ground beef brisket, which they then top with roasted red peppers, arugula, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and a fried egg between two slices of Texas toast. Just for the heck of it, you can order this burger with a side of more bacon. Relieve your hangover for just $12.99, or just come on in any time and enjoy this burger, hangover or not.

3. City Tavern Culver City‘s Brew Burger

When visiting any pub, one can expect to see familiar items present. As far as the drinks go, expect to see the typical beers on tap, house wine bottles, lines of whisky and bourbon, and the usual mixers. When looking at pub grub, one can usually expect snacks like pretzels, finger foods like nachos, or handheld foods like burgers. Why not combine some of these with a burger that features a pretzel bun? Make your way over to City Tavern in Culver City to find one of these. Although City Tavern has a second location in Downtown Los Angeles, this post refers specifically to the Culver City location because they have different menus. Although themed like a whisky bar, City Tavern represents your usual neighborhood gastropub with their craft beer selection and fancy menu items. However, one does not need to go extraordinarily fancy in order to enjoy a great meal here. For example, take their Brew Burger. For this burger, City Tavern uses a blend of beef and chorizo as the patty, which they then top with pub cheese, mustard aioli, and watercress in a pretzel bun, which they top with a fried onion ring on top. This savory burger can tickle your taste buds for $13.

2. Apollo Burgers’ Bulgogi Burger

Never neglect the hole-in-the-wall businesses. Small mom & pop shops exist all over the place, and most people simply drive right by them never noticing them. Some mom & pop shops can hold the greatest hidden gems ever, but it takes word-of-mouth to get the news out there, especially if that mom & pop shop has no website, no social media, or no internet presence at all. With no marketing power, mom & pop shops have to deliver something so good that the constituents will do the marketing for them, such as with Apollo Burgers in Garden Grove. Representing the typical neighborhood burger diner, Apollo Burgers appears to have the most basic menu and appearance of any mom & pop fast food restaurant. If you look at any typical menu item, nothing would immediately stand out. You have to know what to order here, such as their Bulgogi Burger, a regular cheeseburger with beef bulgogi in it. While it may not ever win awards for beauty, it has won awards for taste, especially with how tantalizing the bulgogi tastes. After a bite of this burger, you will want endless bulgogi from Apollo Burgers.

1. The Riders Club Cafe‘s DIY Burger

A corporate fast food chain business has a slogan to “have it your way.” Human nature dictates that people desire control over any situation, and want to control as much as possible without allowing others to do the controlling. When it comes to food, customization appeals to all customers. This explains why businesses that allow you to build an entrée from the plate up have gained a huge following, such as Riders Club Cafe. This local Orange County institution has faith in the customers’ decision, the decision to craft the burger just perfect for them. This has led to the Riders Club Cafe creating a menu revolved around their DIY Burger. Starting at $8.65, the base burger comes with lettuce, pickles, grilled or raw onions, and house spread on a Challah bun. Each burger comes with kettle chips, and house pickled beets upon request. Customers can choose the base patty between beef, veggie, chicken, or portabello mushroom. Cheeses cost $1 each, which includes cheddar, muenster, swiss, goat cheese spread, blue, or havarti. Additional toppings cost $1.25 each, which includes bacon, grilled mushrooms, roasted chili peppers, avocado, or a fried egg. Despite customization, each burger tastes incredible, as if the chef had to cook the best meal of his life.