Posts Tagged ‘Chocolate’

This Saturday afternoon, the 13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival returns to Long Beach from 12pm to 4pm along 2nd Street, rain or shine. Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, this all-ages festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. Chase Bank will host the central hub, where guests can purchase ticket booklets and find more information regarding the fest, as well as locate the dessert contest entries and pie-eating contests, which start around 3pm. Anyone wanting to enter the dessert contest should fill out a form found on the aforementioned website link. This year, the organizers have removed the extra activities such as the Cake Walk and Valentine Heart Walk, and will focus solely on the tastings and contests.

As far as the general public goes, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest at participating businesses along 2nd Street.Guests will use these tickets to redeem food items from participating businesses up and down 2nd Street. Food items will range in ticket cost, with most items costing one ticket and larger food items costing four or more. Sadly, the public may not try any of the desserts from the homemade dessert contest due to the health code. However, the food from the businesses should more than sate your appetite. For most people, one $10 booklet should suffice. For those with a larger appetite, I suggest arriving early and acquiring two booklets in order to have time to eat everything before the participating businesses run out of food for the event.

A handful of events will take place in or near Belmont Shore this month, ranging from food to shopping to pets to art and more. Get the latest news on Belmont Shore events by checking them out on Facebook and Twitter.

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4th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 12-13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 13-15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/longbeach.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

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

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

Bottle Logic Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1664156433853138/

Bottle Logic Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Thursday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 19-20
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend for TWO beer tasting events. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 19-21
KGB Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-and-art-show-los-angeles-february-19-20-2016-tickets-19570978323

This chocolate and art show returns for another installment this weekend for $15 per person. If you plan to attend, do not carry high expectations.

Breasts: An Explorative Exhibit
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 19-21
Oddville: A Creative Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.oddvillestudios.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1696576560579382/

An art gallery featuring breasts will open to the public this weekend in Downtown LA. The cover for this art gallery costs $10 before 9pm or $20 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Visitors may not bring cameras into or take cell phone photos in the art gallery.

Starpool: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/324750977719396/

Get your skanking on this Friday night in Riverside with Starpool and more. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Symbol Six @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/982715695115636/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pliny The Younger Day
February 20
Select beer locations in California
http://russianriverbrewing.com/pliny-the-younger-release/

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available. Click here for a brief list of places that will have it.

38th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 20
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 21
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

2016 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 20-21
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/locations/san-diego-ca-2016/

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this expo in San Diego County this weekend. Admission starts at $15 with $10 parking, and grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

2016 Pomona Gold & Treasure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.goldprospectors.org/goldshows

This show brings hundreds of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their gold and other rarities. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission to this all-ages event costs $5 per day.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 20
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 21
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.

2016 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $45 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Noble Ale Works 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their fifth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. General admission costs $40 and provides three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20, Belasco Theather, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20, Moonshine Flats, Downtown San Diego http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/san-diego/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

2nd Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 20-21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/los-angeles-2/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $75 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

3rd Annual Pub Crawl “The Twelve Pints of Christmas (in February)”
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 20
East Village Tavern, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/175456696145701/

Join in on a pub crawl this Saturday evening in Downtown San Diego and explore five different locations while you get drunk with friends and/or complete strangers. All participants must pay for their own drinks.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/essentials/2016/

Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $70 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Winter Wine Classic
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, February 20
Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

Attend this wine tasting event this Saturday night in Santa Barbara with unlimited wine samples & appetizers, and a souvenir wine glass. General admission costs $90 and starts at 6:30pm while VIP admission costs $110 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Toasters: Live in Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://thetoasters.band/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1512750922359392/

Ska band The Toasters will headline a show in Los Angeles this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10 before 8pm or $15 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter.

The First Ever Skacademy Awards
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 20
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/512193625628242/

Southern Californian ska bands have banded together to throw the first ever awards show dedicated to the booming SoCal ska scene. Free to attend for all ages, various awards will go out to select bands, and a handful of ska bands will perform a set as well.

Punk Rock Karaoke
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, February 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1061173-punk-rock-karaoke-long-beach/

Sing your favorite punk rock hits accompanied by a live band this Saturday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this event cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Toasters: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 21
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/458619857674489/

Ska band The Toasters will headline a FREE show in Fullerton this Sunday night. No one under 21 may enter.

This past Saturday, many people had the chance to enjoy lots of eats and treats at the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival. Taking place throughout 2nd Street in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, this event follows a pay-as-you-go system, where guests pay for what they plan to consume, just like Belmont Shore’s annual Stroll & Savor series. For the adults wanting to get more involved than simply eating, organizers held a Homemade Dessert Contest every year, allowing any home baker/cook to submit their unique creations for a small entry fee. For anyone wanting to have fun while eating, organizers also held free pie-eating contests for all ages. However, the main attraction lies with the local businesses that set up to vend their sweet treats to guests. One booklet of 12 tickets costs $10 each, equating to roughly $0.83 per ticket. 12 tickets seems like a little, but when everything costs 1-3 tickets, one booklet will fill an average person up, especially since most 3-ticket plates come with a lot of desserts. The leniency of purchasing food tickets makes this event and Stroll & Savor so popular, since guests can choose how much to pay for, and can always buy more tickets if they plan to eat more. Observe below a sample of the goodies one could obtain from Chocolate Fest:

Missed out on Chocolate Fest? The food version, Stroll & Savor, returns on May 18th, so plan to visit The Shore in mid-May!

Indulge LA, a chocolate, wine, and champagne festival, returns for its annual run this Sunday at the Olympic Collection in West LA. As LA’s greatest fest of its kind, Indulge brings the best of chefs, bakers, pâtissiers, wineries, distilleries, and more to display to attendees of all ages. General admission costs $45, starts at 2pm, and provides access to UNLIMITED tastings of all food, dessert, and drinks, alcohol included. VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 1pm. Last call happens around 3:45pm, and the events end promptly at 4pm. The venue sets the parking fee, which ranges from $5 to $10. Avoid parking in the neighborhoods, as all streets have one or two hour parking only before getting a parking ticket.

Millennials have gotten wiser about the consumer world around them. The days of corporations dictating how people should live their lives have long passed, as wise people unearth corporate truths (for example, Fast Food Nation). With corporations feeling the heat of the people demanding better quality, the demand for better products has surged over the past decade. The people no longer want “pink slime” or other artificial ingredients in their food – they want things natural. The fewer processes that occur between a food’s natural state versus its prepared state, the closer people feel to its intended natural state. For example, many people grew up with processed candy bars from Hershey, Mars, and other big corporations that used chocolate with other filler ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup. These bars saw lots of machine/factory time from the time they go from raw beans to chocolate bars. Sometimes a good piece of dark chocolate will really hit the spot since they taste more natural than milk chocolate. While corporations produce dark chocolate, the smaller companies that produce dark chocolate in small batches usually come out with higher quality products, such as Stivii.

Stivii has a mission to deliver top quality goods using the most natural ingredients available. As their company name suggests, Stivii relies on Stevia to sweeten their products. Unlike other zero-calorie sweeteners, Stevia does not increase the body’s craving for sugar, so food and drinks using Stevia help to curb cravings (in moderation, as always). This means you can fully enjoy a Stivii product with reduced guilt, such as their recently launched line of Dark Chocolate Bars. Comprised of 55% cacao, these dark chocolate bars contain 25% fewer calories than the leading dark chocolate bar brands. These all-natural dark chocolate bars contain no dairy, soy, or gluten, so they satisfy the gluten-free and vegan crowds. Along with Stevia, these bars contain other natural ingredients such as real fruit pieces instead of juices or other artificial flavoring. Speaking of real fruit pieces, Stivii’s line of Dark Chocolate Bars contains five varieties:

  • Original Dark Chocolate
  • Pomegranate Dark Chocolate
  • Blueberry Almond Dark Chocolate
  • White Peach Dark Chocolate
  • Chili Dark Chocolate

At the same time that Stivii has launched their Dark Chocolate Bars, Stivii has joined the UTZ Certified program for cocoa. Supporting UTZ products means supporting sustainability and the local farmers that put in countless hours towards the cocoa beans used for the chocolates that people all over the world enjoy. To get your hands on a Stivii Dark Chocolate Bar, check with your local gourmet grocery store, such as Gelson’s Markets. Stivii has more varieties planned for 2016, so to stay connected, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for news and updates.

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

5. The Pie Hole‘s Chocolate Crostada

When someone from across the world has heard of it, you can bet it has a huge following. Some businesses can take a while to gain momentum from the day they open. Others can really take off due to the people they know. When you know the right people, they spread the word, and you gain instant fame overnight. Leave it to The Pie Hole to gain so much notoriety that people from the eastern hemisphere have heard of it and travel to Los Angeles for the sole purpose of visiting them. Okay well perhaps people come to Los Angeles for other reasons too such as In N Out, but when out-of-towners have heard of The Pie Hole while locals have not, you can bet they have the goods. As their name suggests, The Pie Hole specializes in pies, both the sweet and savory kinds. While they also have beverages to accompany the pies such as coffee and tea, the people routinely come back for the pies, such as the Chocolate Crostada. For $5 a slice, you can get chocolate wasted with this decadent chocolate pie topped with sea salt and caramel. As a bonus, ask your server for a heated slice instead of right out of the cooler for a softer, heartier treat. When heated, it goes from a firm fudge texture to a soft cheesecake texture. Think your taste buds can handle this much chocolate? If so, continue reading…

4. Scott’s Restaurant & Bar‘s Chocolate Soufflé

An unwritten rule about Orange County exists: the further south you go, the richer the people appear. Orange County has no shortage of upscale pricey restaurants and other businesses, but as long as people remember the word “moderation,” then anyone can afford to dine at any of these fancy restaurants. If the occasion calls for it, go enjoy that fancy dinner with family, friends, or a significant other at a place like Scott’s Restaurant & Bar in Costa Mesa. Located across the street from the South Coast Plaza shopping center, Scott’s Restaurant represents the typical upscale American steak & seafood restaurant. With a menu stocked with various meats and seafood, Scott’s Restaurant presents succulent dishes with fresh local ingredients delivered daily. In addition to all the wonderful food found at Scott’s Restaurant, they have their own pastry chef that delicately crafts the dessert menu to include meal closers such as their Chocolate Soufflé. While this does not do anything different from the typical Chocolate Soufflé, this one does take a long time to slow bake, so order this early in the meal to give the kitchen ample time to prepare it. If you do so, you will discover the true joys of a properly prepared Chocolate Soufflé complete with hot chocolate sauce. The slow preparation of it gives it a warm and soft melt-in-your-mouth texture sure to give you a comforting feeling as you coat your tastebuds with all that chocolate goodness. Anyone dining at Scott’s Restaurant simply must make room for a Chocolate Soufflé at the end of the meal.

3. K.C. Branaghans‘ Bread Pudding

While people around the world recognize the concept of food, regional differences will cause certain foods and drinks to taste differently from one person to another. For example, something as simple as water can taste different to someone from the west coast compared to someone from the east coast. Areas with warmer climates may prefer cooler, refreshing treats such as ice cream, iced beverages, or citrus flavors. Areas with cooler climates may prefer warmer, heartier treats such as baked pastries, hot beverages, or “dark” flavors such as cocoa. The climate of Ireland represents a cooler climate, so we can expect warmer, heartier cuisines from them, something that K.C. Branaghan’s does well. For over seven years now, K.C. Branaghan’s has delighted both locals and travelers with their family-friendly Irish pub on Naples Island in Long Beach. Their menu offers Irish faire with an American twist, and they have customer favorites as well, such as their Bread Pudding. Very gooey, very moist, and very warm, this bread pudding has all the sweetness and melt-in-your-mouth texture that one would expect of any bread pudding. This bread pudding does not have raisins, allowing you to savor the soft bread pudding without having to worry about chewing or choking on raisins. Enjoy in moderation or share this with someone, because its richness cannot do much wonders for your belly.

2. The Olde Ship‘s Sticky Toffee Pudding

Cooler climates lend well to warm treats. When the weather outside gets chilly, people head indoors and seek out something warm to eat or drink to help their body warm up. Traditionally, people drank hot beverages like hot chocolate or tea, or ate hot foods like soups, stews, or warm desserts. As a country further north from the equator than the United States, England’s cool climate means that foreigners often consume warm food and drinks more often to acclimate to the temperature difference, while locals have already gotten used to the climate. This probably has little to do with the cuisine of England, but luckily England does have some delicious and unique foods, which you can find at The Olde Ship. This British pub brings a taste of the motherland to the west with their interior pub-like design, British menu, and traditional British spirits. Visitors love the food at The Olde Ship such as the Fish & Chips, Bangers, Corned Beef, and various pies. However, nearly all visitors cap off their meals with some Sticky Toffee Pudding. The photo does not do this dessert justice because of the vanilla custard cover. A steamed piece of a very moist sponge cake gets drizzled with toffee sauce, then smothered with vanilla custard. The consistency will then resemble American pudding because of how the cake absorbs the custard. You might end up devouring this so quickly that you will want to order a second. Refrain from ordering more, as one of these can fill you up really quick!

1. Peter’s Gourmade Grill‘s Sweet Potato Gooey’s

How do you get the word out about your business if you do not do any marketing? You have to deliver something so good that the customers will spread the word about you. In this modern time of internet marketing and social media, all business owners need to utilize all available tools to get the word out about their businesses. Consider that many of these marketing tools have no cost to using them other than time to set up the information. Once set up, the people will do the work as long as you provide something that the people will want to come back for, such as the memorable food at Peter’s Gourmade Grill in Tustin. As a hole-in-the-wall that many people can easily drive by without ever noticing it, Peter’s Gourmade Grill only focuses on what they do best: grilling up foods with a twist, and each twist varies between each menu item. Perhaps the people continually return to Peter’s for these twists, since not many other places have the same combinations that Peter’s offers. Take, for example, their Sweet Potato Gooey’s. Originally intended as a shared dessert, this massive pile of sweet potato fries gets dressed up with brown sugar, maple syrup, and toasted marshmallows. Has anyone else ever thought of this combination? Perhaps so, but definitely nowhere else in Southern California can you find something like this. At $7.25, this can treat an entire family, as I cannot conceive any sole person devouring an entire order in one sitting.

This past Saturday, many people had the chance to enjoy lots of eats and treats at the 11th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival. Taking place throughout 2nd Street in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, this event follows a pay-as-you-go system, where guests pay for what they plan to consume, just like Belmont Shore’s annual Stroll & Savor series. For the adults wanting to get more involved than simply eating, organizers held a Homemade Dessert Contest every year, allowing any home baker/cook to submit their unique creations for a small entry fee. For anyone wanting to have fun while eating, organizers also held free pie-eating contests for all ages. However, the main attraction lies with the local businesses that set up to vend their sweet treats to guests. One booklet of 12 tickets costs $10 each, equating to roughly $0.83 per ticket. 12 tickets seems like a little, but when everything costs 1-3 tickets, one booklet will fill an average person up, especially since most 3-ticket plates come with a lot of desserts. The leniency of purchasing food tickets makes this event and Stroll & Savor so popular, since guests can choose how much to pay for, and can always buy more tickets if they plan to eat more. Observe below a sample of the goodies one could obtain from Chocolate Fest:

Missed out on Chocolate Fest? The food version, Stroll & Savor, returns on May 15th, so plan to visit The Shore in mid-May!

Indulge LA, a chocolate, wine, and champagne festival, returns for its annual run this Sunday at the Olympic Collection in West LA. As LA’s greatest fest of its kind, Indulge brings the best of chefs, bakers, pâtissiers, wineries, distilleries, and more to display to attendees of all ages. General admission costs $45, starts at 2pm, and provides access to UNLIMITED tastings of all food, dessert, and drinks, alcohol included. VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 1pm. Last call happens around 3:45pm, and the events end promptly at 4pm. The venue sets the parking fee, which ranges from $5 to $10. Avoid parking in the neighborhoods, as all streets have one or two hour parking only before getting a parking ticket.

Normally I refrain from talking about corporate businesses since I strive to support local businesses. However, sometimes something new comes up that merits timely discussion. For example, with Veteran’s Day coming up, now marks the right time to talk about something that Baskin-Robbins has done. They typically introduce a new ice cream flavor each month that represents their 31st flavor, as part of their “31 flavors” slogan for a flavor for each day of the month. For November 2014, Baskin-Robbins has stepped it up a notch by introducing a military-themed color combination in their flavor of the month. The colors may throw many customers off, but this First Class Camouflage actually sounds and tastes like a first-class combination. The combination contains three colors, brown, tan, and green, that represent chocolate, salted caramel, and vanilla cake, respectively. In addition to the ice cream scoops, Baskin-Robbins will also offer other items with the camouflage coloring, such as waffle cones/bowls, and a camouflage sundae. To top it all off, Baskin-Robbins will donate ten cents to the USO for each scoop of this ice cream sold all month.

Try out some First Class Camouflage at your local Baskin-Robbins. I normally do not give free press to corporate businesses, but for this occasion, it has captured my interest so much that I believe you ought to check it out for yourself.

With Halloween right around the corner, why not start preparing yourself for what may transpire? Whether you will indulge on sweets, booze, or other like-minded individuals on such a holiday, the lucky visitors to L.A. Foodie‘s Treatoberfest could partake in a preview of all sorts of adult Halloween celebrations rolled into one. This past Saturday night, the L.A. Foodie crew strutted into Angel City Brewery, where the crew and a slew of great chefs, bakers, and caterers from all over Southern California set up along the back to prepare for a night of serving up all the delicious sweet treats that attendees could handle. L.A. Foodie encouraged attendees to don their best costumes and have some fun among the crowd, as well as take photos in front of the green screen. All throughout the night, attendees could go trick-or-treating by visiting all of the tables and selecting any treat they desired. General admission cost $12, and included unlimited food & dessert samples from all the vendors while supplies lasted. As an added bonus, L.A. Foodie provided to-go boxes so that attendees could take home as many treats as they could fit into the to-go box. Talk about sweetening the deal!

As L.A. Foodie’s second run at this event, they made some changes to go in a different direction this time around. First off, they nixed the $40 VIP package, which included all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. Second, this year’s event utilized the new private space adjacent to the brewery, as opposed to last year’s event in the open tasting room. Most importantly, admission did not include beers this time – last year, admission included three beer tasters. Personally, I noticed fewer dessert vendors than last year… or at least fewer vendors with food we could take home in our provided to-go boxes. Last year, I took home more than could fit in the box. This year, we really could only take home goodies from one of the vendors, as all the other treats likely would not make the ride home due to spilling or melting. This year’s vendors included some from last year, but otherwise mixed it up to include:

 

 

When L.A. Foodie throws an event, they do it right. Although they have not held an event since April, know that they all constantly search for the best of Los Angeles, whether they record podcasts, scout out new restaurants or bars, or put random food in strangers’ mouths. They currently do not have plans for another event, but when they do, they will blast it out to all of their followers. Make sure you like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to ensure you will know firsthand when they will hold another event.