Posts Tagged ‘Curry’

When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. The pharmaceutical industry has come under heavy scrutiny. Scientists have discovered flowing water on Mars. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. The Federal‘s Smokehouse Burger

When it comes to barbecue, nothing can beat the meats. Southern barbecue boasts all types of meats, from the smoked chicken to the pulled pork to the spicy sausages to the various beef types and much more. Barbecue restaurants typically limit you to a two-meat or three-meat platter. However, The Federal would like to break that barrier by delivering four different types of meat to your face. As a gastropub, The Federal focuses on quality and taste above all else. Between the craft food, craft beer, and craft cocktails, The Federal carefully creates everything from scratch, such as their Smokehouse Burger. A grilled Angus beef patty gets topped with smoked turkey, pepper bacon, BBQ pulled pork, and smoked cheddar all on a milk bun. For $16, you can experience this mountain of meat that can hardly fit in your mouth.

4. Burger Boss‘ Double Grassfed Beef Burger

As a basic human truth, humans want to have control. When one has control, they feel more comfortable. You may ask,”Control over what?” This can apply to just about anything: control over life, control over work, control over a business, control over simple choices, and more. This paves the way for customization, as it gives customers complete control over what they can order. We have plenty of build-it type restaurants, especially when it comes to sandwiches or pizza. We have not seen many customizable burger places up until now, where we have Burger Boss. Burger Boss may feel like a corporate business what with their multiple locations. However, they only have locations in Orange County and Riverside for now, so you can enjoy this local flavor with their Grassfed Beef Burger. At $8.99 for a double, you get to choose the bun, cheese, sauce, and regular toppings. Go premium for $1.19 per topping by adding things like turkey bacon or avocado.

3. Mighty Kitchen‘s Sliders

Would you consider sliders as burgers? Sliders tend to have a greater bun-to-meat ratio than burgers, which explains why I tend to avoid sliders, not to mention that sliders cost as much or more than fast-food burgers. Few places get sliders right, but luckily I discovered that Mighty Kitchen in Los Alamitos actually does a decent job at delivering fun and tasty sliders. You cannot order sliders a la carte at Might Kitchen – you have to order two or three, and they come with fries. I go with three sliders for $15.50 for the better value, and Mighty Kitchen carries many varieties of sliders, such as (pictured from left to right):

  • HHG (Hella Hot Guac): Chorizo patty, pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, cholula, spicy mayo, housemade jalapeño pepper jelly, guacamole
  • Western Slider: Cheddar cheeseburger, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried onion ring, pickle, BBQ sauce, special sauce
  • PBM Bacon Cheeseburger: Maple peanut butter, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, special sauce

2. Humble Potato‘s Karê-bága

Many foods have a region that they typically derive from. For example, schnitzel derives from German cuisine, gyros derive from Greek cuisine, and sushi derives from Japanese cuisine. Some foods have regional differences, such as curry. You can have British curry, Indian curry, Thai curry, Japanese curry, and more, and each type tastes different than others. Speaking of curry, sure you can find curry bowls at just about any Japanese restaurant, but what if you want to enjoy curry as something else? Enter Humble Potato, a humble eatery bringing cuisine from the land of the rising sun to the wild west. Despite the name of the business, Humble Potato carries more than just potatoes – they sling out awesome Japanese-inspired burgers as well, such as the Karê-bága (curry burger, get it?). At $12, this messy burger contains an Angus beef patty, slow-cooked Japanese curry, tomato, yuzu-jalapeño slaw, and a fried egg. For the true burger experience, dig both your hands in and smother your face with this burger.

1. Abricott‘s Abricott Burger w/ Korean Pork Belly

Traditional hamburgers contain a ground beef patty accompanied by an assortment of toppings, usually vegetables as a means of including something somewhat healthy in the burger. The changing times have led to many others ingredients getting thrown into burgers, including other meats, something that Abricott does very well. Locals recognize the small yet humble Abricott in Pasadena for the fusion menu that combines French, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisines. With so many options on the menu, one may overlook the simply titled Abricott Burger. At first, this burger sounds simple with seasoned ground beef, tomato, onions, lettuce, and mayonnaise on a brioche bun, all for just $11.95. However, Abricott turns things up a notch by allowing you to add Korean Pork Belly to the burger for just $1. Suddenly you have a phenomenal taste of the east in your hands. Surprisingly, each mouthful allows you to savor both the beef patty and the pork belly. Abricott does food well, and you ought to taste how well they do food by seeking out this burger the next time you find yourself in or near Pasadena.

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Bottle Logic Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 20-26
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday, March 26th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Glassjaw: Live in Southern California
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/coheed-and-cambria/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 24, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/event/6389065
http://www.glassjaw.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band Glassjaw currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Reverend Horton Heat: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 22, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/reverend-horton-heat-unknown-hinson-cadillac-tramps-viernes-13/
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 23, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/reverend-horton-heat
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1106239-reverend-horton-heat-unknown-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 25, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano http://thecoachhouse.com/concert-schedule/?event_id=6444995
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The legendary Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the country, and that tour will enter Southern California this week, continuing with more shows into next week. Each show has a different ticket price and parking situation, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Arts District Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/448824665241589/

New brewery Arts District Brewing will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Wednesday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a few cold ones.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry for you to choose from. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23-24
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-2016-Kicks-Off-in-East-Village-March-23-and-24

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
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.

At The Drive-In: Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 23
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band At The Drive-In will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show have sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available on third-party websites.

Shattered Faith @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 23
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1070693-shattered-faith-long-beach/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Wednesday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Founders Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 24
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/741952125940690/

This Thursday evening, Meat Up BBQ in Placentia will load up a handful of their taps with brews from Founders Brewing. Order one of their brews to receive a souvenir glass that you can take home, and refills will also cost less with this glass on this night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Whitekaps @ The Garage Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/541908985975991/

Ventura gets a taste of punk rock this Thursday night. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

WonderCon 2016
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 25
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 26
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.

Spring Beer Release Party
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 25-26
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/238313479844575/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release their two spring seasonal brews this weekend. Stop on by and enjoy these refreshing brews.

The Dickies, The Dwarves, and The Queers @ The Glass House Pomona
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 25
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1021909-dickies-pomona/

Get physical at this heavy all-ages punk rock show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Matamoska: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 25
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://matamoska.net/
http://www.facebook.com/events/799830110161577/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6.

Punk Rock Show @ The Kensington
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, March 25
Kensington Club, Kensington, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/965218446894061/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in San Diego. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 26
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

Three Weav3rs Brew & Brunch
11:00 am – 1:30 pm, March 26
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/three-weavers-brew-brunch/

Enjoy a three-course brunch and five beer pairings courtesy of Three Weav3rs Brewing this Saturday at Restauration in Long Beach. Reservations cost $30 per person.

Vintage Clothing Sale
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 26
The Set Shop, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1681751062096798/

Check out this FREE and all-ages vintage pop-up this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. This pop-up will have dozens of vendors selling vintage clothing, apparel, accessories, food, and more.

Wing Over – Release Day
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 26
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1531246647176756/

Hangar 24’s coveted Hammerhead returns under a new name this Saturday: Wing Over. Check out the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands this Saturday for your shot at Wing Over for $20 per bottle. They will also have a special brew called Esperanza available. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, order a Wing Over, and sip away.

Blooming Pop-Up
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 26
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://makercityla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/247102318960571/

Check out this FREE and all-ages pop-up taking place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Visitors can expect to encounter dozens of vendors and booths selling food, drinks, treats, apparel, accessories, and lots of other miscellaneous items.

6th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 26
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $85, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

2nd Annual Spring Break BBQ
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 26
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1690453067835756/

Pizza Port in San Clemente will host a FREE and all-ages spring break party this Saturday. It will take place on their rooftop parking lot, where they will have grilling/barbecue, games, live music, and select house beers $2 off. Have swimsuits available or other clothing made for the water, as they will have lots of water around.

Fat Hog Day
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/fat-hog-day/

Redlands’ Ritual Brewing releases their barrel-aged Fat Hog this Saturday on draft and in bottles. They will also have multiple varieties of Fat Hog available for you to try in the tasting room. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a sip or more.

Long Beach Carnevale 2016
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Outside the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://longbeachcarnevale.com/

At this free and all-ages event, come dress up, dance, and enjoy the merry company.

Electric Run – San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 26
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://electricrun.com/

When you combine a 5k with a rave, you get the Electric Run. Go on a 5k fun run through bright lights and dance music the entire way. Participants should wear the brightest & lightest clothes to this run as to maximize the glow color & lighting. Participants should also bring their own glow items from home, as vendors will likely sell out fast during the night. Registration costs $35 and comes with a t-shirt, glow bracelet, and glow markers. The race finishes at the stage, where live DJ’s will spin music all night for all participants to stay and party to.

Luicidal @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 26
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/744157975716694/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/236382

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in Pomona, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

Norooz Festival & Persian Parade
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 27
Wilshire Blvd & Westwood Blvd, Westwood
http://www.noroozfestival.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, visitors will find all sorts of Persian-themed vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a parade in the afternoon.

Easter with The Bollweevils
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/thebollweevils

Wrap up this year’s Easter with some punk rock this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Back in action with their continuing series of special monthly dinner nights, Beachwood BBQ will host a Curry & IPA Night tomorrow night. Just like with the last time they held a Curry night, Beachwood BBQ will present a menu with five different choices of curry, along with five different IPA’s that each correspond to a type of curry. Individual curry entrées cost between $15 and $18, while a sampler plate of four of the curry dishes cost $19. To go with the sampler plate, guests can add on the beer pairings for $6. Traditionally, an IPA goes very well with meaty, flavorful dishes, as the bitterness penetrates the flavor of whatever you eat, acting as a pseudo palate cleanser. Thankfully, Beachwood BBQ taps the perfect pairings for each curry dish. This special night requires no reservations – simply show up, grab a seat, and order away.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 22-28
Participating locations, Long Beach
http://www.eatlbc.com/

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Bottle Logic Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 22-28
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

Orange County craft beer fans have looked forward to this for a year, and the time has finally arrived. In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their first anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of Ideation, a Bourbon-Aged Wheat Wine, on Saturday, March 28th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Geek Fashion Week 2015
March 23-29
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://geekfashionweek.net/

Come see geeks turned chic all week at various fashion shows throughout Los Angeles County. Various events will take place that each showcase the latest in geek fashion trends, culminating with a large fashion show on Saturday. Check the website for the full list of ongoing events.

Silva Stout Release
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 24
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/870198976355893/

Check out some exclusive brews on tap at the Green Flash tasting room in San Diego this Tuesday evening. Visitors may also get the chance to take home bottles of Silva Stout.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry for you to choose from. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

Hawthorne Heights – Stripped Down To The Bone Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 26, Porter’s Pub, La Jolla http://www.showclix.com/event/HawthorneHeights0326
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27, The Feberal Bar, Long Beach http://underground.thefederalbar.com/tw-event/?event_id=5550155
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29, The Mint, Mid-City, Los Angeles http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=187077

Remember “I can’t make it on my oooooooooooooown, because my heart is in Ohiiiiiiioooooooooooooo”? They still play music, and their current tour will swing through Southern California this week.

San Diego Burger Week
March 27 – April 6
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $5 each!

12th Annual Los Angeles Golf Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 27
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 28-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://lagolfshow.com/

Check out all things golf at this golf expo this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission costs $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and children 12 and under enter free with a paid adult’s admission.

Modern Times Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 27
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/695983753860831/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have a bunch of San Diego’s Modern Times beers on tap this Friday evening. Head on over and enjoy a cold one with some wings.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 27
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1394964390815651/

Orange County’s Bootlegger’s Brewery will have a handful of beers on tap at Alpine Village in Torrance this Friday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 27
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

The Adolescents: Live in Thousand Oaks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/779517-adolescents-ill-repute-live-thousand-oaks/

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline a show in Thousand Oaks this Friday night along with a few Nardcore bands. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 18 may enter.

Naked Aggression: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1547610038844767/

A bunch of local punk bands will perform in Ventura this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $8. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque in Long Beach
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Pike Restaurant & Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/344408169087507/

These lovely ladies will perform some burlesque shows for FREE this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2015
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2015-los-angeles

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

Geeky Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/901240286593818/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for geek culture.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Glendale Appearance
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 28
Glendale Galleria, Glendale
http://www.facebook.com/events/1556021631334063/

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

Stone 2015 Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 28
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stoneworldbistro.com/aharally/

Admission to this homebrewing event costs $38, and includes a one-year membership to the American Homebrewers Association, unlimited tastings of this year’s homebrew entries, a souvenir glass, and raffle drawings.

2015 Hammerhead Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 28
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/

Hangar 24 will release another strong beer from their Barrel Roll series this Saturday. Head over to the tasting room in Redlands, where you can order an 8oz pour of Hammerhead for $8, no admission fee required.

2015 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://ramenyokochous.com/

Guests can try different styles of ramen from all around the world at this all-ages ramen festival this weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Parking per vehicle costs $4, and entry to the festival costs $5 per adult, or free for children under 18. All ramen bowls within the festival cost $8 each.

Anaheim Citrus Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 28
Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/3/28/citrus-festival

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

Sanctum Brewing’s 1 & 1/6 Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
Sanctum Brewing, Pomona
http://sanctum1.bpt.me/

Sanctum Brewing turned a year old a few months ago, and they finally have a chance to celebrate it with a beer tasting event this Saturday. The $30 admission grants visitors access to one of two 4-hour beer tasting sessions at the tasting room in Pomona, one from 12-4pm and another from 5-9pm. Admission comes with a souvenir 5oz glass, ten beer pours, and first access to buy anniversary products, including their first bottled beer.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Bernardino
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 28
National Orange Show Events Center, San Bernardino
http://colorfunfest5k.com/locations/san-bernardino-2014/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in San Bernardino. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $60 presale or $75 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

San Diego CityBeat Beer Club’s 8th Birthday Bash
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 28
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-citybeat-beer-club-birthday-bash-tickets-15430593320

This local beer club turns eight this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon. For just $25 admission, gain access to unlimited 2oz beer tasters, as well as the souvenir glass it comes in.

Mac’s 40th Birthday Party – Punk Rock Show
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/843531499000803/

A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

E.A.T. Food
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
http://www.ocma.net/event/eat-food

Food and art cross over at this sophisticated event. Admission costs $40, and includes one food tasting portion from each of the five participating chefs, plus complimentary drinks.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 28
Inkonsiderate Boardshop 2, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/775323605890293/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this FREE and all-ages show this Saturday night in Riverside.

Radioactive Chicken Heads – Tanksgiving Special
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 28
Steve Allen Theater, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/655809021196119/

In a strange turn of events, the Radioactive Chicken Heads in their first-ever theatrical stage show this Saturday night in Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $12.

How many ways can someone prep meat into food? When I ask this, I refer to versatile dishes that can adapt to any meat. For example, a pot pie typically uses poultry, while a burger will use almost any red meat. Here in the 21st century, we have witnessed many different kinds of food utilizing many different types of meat. Burgers nowadays use more than just beef – they can use turkey, salmon, duck, and even foie gras. Poutine can use any type of meat too, as the meat gets added to the top of the dish. By its nature, meatloaf can build with any meat. But what else can you think of that can utilize any meat? Around the world, different cultures prepare meat in different ways: as an entrée, in a sandwich, in a soup, deep fried, and more. In Southeast Asia, the locals love their curry, and thanks to culinary advancements, the world now not only sees curry widespread, but also a plethora of variations of curry. For those that have not tried curry before, some restaurants, such as Beachwood BBQ, allow customers to sample various types of curry.


Clockwise from top left: Chicken, Shrimp, Pork, Goat

Back in action with their continuing series of special monthly dinner nights, Beachwood BBQ hosted an IPA & Curry Night last Thursday night. Just like with the last time they held a Curry night last year, Beachwood BBQ presented a menu with five different choices of curry, along with five different IPA’s that each correspond to a type of curry. Individual curry entrées cost between $15 and $18, while a sampler plate of four of the curry dishes cost $19. To go with the sampler plate, guests could add on the beer pairings for $6. Traditionally, an IPA goes very well with meaty, flavorful dishes, as the bitterness penetrates the flavor of whatever you eat, acting as a pseudo palate cleanser. Thankfully, Beachwood BBQ tapped the perfect pairings for each curry dish. I ordered a sampler of the four dishes with meat, and each had its own unique presentation.

  • Chicken: the spiciest curry, I regret starting with this one. Great texture and consistency with the meat and broth, which ate well with the basmati rice.
  • Shrimp: I only got two pieces of shrimp, so this one went down fast. The watery broth did not go with the rice too well.
  • Pork: the most savory curry, this one had the greatest salt profile, typical of pork. Very tender pork made this one a well-balanced curry that anyone could enjoy.
  • Goat: more for the aroma and presentation. Very gamey texture and mild flavor, making this a great starting curry, not one to follow the chicken or pork.

Beachwood BBQ typically runs these special dinner nights every two months, each time selecting a new type of food. Word has it that a dinner night will return as early as next month during the week following Easter, and will feature Poutine! As for what day that will occur, keep your nights open on Wednesday the 23rd and Thursday the 24th, as Poutine Night will certainly return on one of those two days, should Beachwood BBQ decide to run Poutine Night.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Burlesque Fandom Battle: Star Wars vs Star Trek
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 18
Bar Lubitsch, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/258706104303437/

The age-old debate of Star Wars versus Star Trek remains in a stalemate, and will remain that way for eternity. You can witness a more entertaining take on that debate this Tuesday night with this burlesque show depicting one world versus the other. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/785839171443598/

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.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 20-22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 20
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/663635343693616/

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry, similar to Curry Night last year. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

7th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 21
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://musink.org/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as The Descendents and The Vandals. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/582092611881278/

Catch a free local punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may attend.

Free Punk Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/226477260890909/

Take our some inner aggression at this free show this Friday night in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Ass Punk Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1480269448867416/

Local punk bands hit up Hollywood this Friday night. Check out this fun lineup for just $5 at Loaded Hollywood. No one under 21 may enter.

The Zombie Run Extreme/Black Ops – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 22
Acton Movie Ranch, Acton
http://thezombierun.com/location/socal/

You never truly run a 5k or obstacle course until you have to run it under fear! This two-part zombie run places you in the shoes of a survivor or zombie. In the morning, participate in a 5K obstacle course, where you can register as a fleeing human, or as a zombie seeking to capture the humans. At night, participate in the same setup, but under the cover of darkness with little to no light. Registration varies depending on the course, time, and role, starting as low as $45 for a single zombie.

3rd Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
10:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 22
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://santaanitabbq.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs around $12 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

Holi on the Beach 2013
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades
http://www.aidla-events.org/holionthebeach/

Missed Festival of Colors last weekend? You have another chance at it this Saturday. For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $10 presale and $15 on the day of the event. The first 150 cars receive $2 off the parking fee, so try to arrive early! Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Let There Be Light: A Spring Equinox Design Fair
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 22-23
405 Mateo St, Downtown LA Arts District
http://parachutemarket.com/

This all-ages design fair showcases the latest seasonal trends in furniture, objects, fine arts, sculptures, and fashion. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door, and admit you for one day only. Attendees should park at any metered parking spot on the streets nearby, which only requires coinage until 4pm. Attendees can park on the street for free on Sunday.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 22
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/539158

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $50 to get in. Use promo code mothercolony to save $10! No one under 21 may attend.

Sam Fest – The Inaugural Los Angeles Barleywine Festival
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/sam-fest-the-inaugural-los-angeles-barleywine-festival/

This Saturday, 38 Degrees will tap over 30 different barleywines in honor of Sam Samaniego, a beer enthusiast who traveled to Toronado Barleywine Festival annually. Come enjoy some barleywines, and check out some of the rare beers available too. This event requires no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you drink. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Ska Night @ The Glass House
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/503029-code-name-rocky-gogo-13-pomona/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Pomona with this great lineup of local ska bands. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests can park for free around Downtown Pomona, so avoid paying for parking where possible.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1377882519125212/

For just $5, rock out with some great local punk rock bands at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may attend.

CH3 @ Redwood Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 22
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/247991278713224/

CH3 headlines a small show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so guests can park on the street for free.

Naked Aggression @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/741595079186066/

Naked Aggression will headline a small local show this Saturday night in Ventura. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 23
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious seafood along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Dipiazza’s
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 23
Dipiazza’s, Long Beach
http://www.dipiazzas.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=2048&year=2014&month=03&day=23&Itemid=12

Voodoo Glow Skulls currently tours along the west coast, and they will swing by Long Beach for an all-ages show this Sunday night. Although not specified, this show should cost around $10.

Have you ever heard of the Hedgehog Theory? What do we know about hedgehogs? People know hedgehogs best as little critters covered with spines that serve as a defense mechanism. A hedgehog never uses its spines in an aggressive manner – only to defend. Because of this temperament, the hedgehog specializes in defense, and has done so for aeons. The hedgehog theory states that specializing in one field significantly increases longevity and lifespan. This concept applies to nearly every subject and industry in the world, especially in the food & beverage industry. Generic restaurants will serve a variety of food, while higher-end restaurants specialize in a type of cuisine. For example, a BBQ restaurant will typically cater a menu focused on BBQ. So when local legend Beachwood BBQ announced a Curry & IPA night, I had to travel there once more to vanquish my curiosity.


Clockwise from top: Shrimp, Pork, Chicken, Goat

Following up on their ribs, mac & cheese, poutine, and meatloaf special event nights, in conjunction with their Pliny the Younger raffle, Beachwood BBQ has developed their first-ever Curry & IPA Night. Similar to the meatloaf night, guests could select a curry dish from five offerings: pork, vegetarian, chicken, goat, and shrimp. On the menu, Beachwood suggested an IPA to pair with each curry. For those guests that could not make up their minds when ordering, Beachwood offered the choice of a curry flight – for just a few dollars extra, guests could choose four out of the five curries to serve as a sampler dish. To pair with this, Beachwood also offered a 4-beer flight to go with the curry flight for just $6. The hedgehog theory may state that specializing in one particular thing will lead to longevity, but doing the same thing all the time does not always yield different results. Sometimes, you have to break out of the routine and try something new. Luckily for us, we have Beachwood BBQ, known for always staying ahead of food and beer trends. If you missed Curry & IPA Night, follow Beachwood BBQ on Facebook for their next special dinner night. Based on previous nights, expect the next one to occur in approximately two months.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
Now through January 27
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachdining.com/newport-beach-restaurant-week/default.aspx

This 10-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Downtown Long Beach Cheese Week
Now through January 27
Participating restaurants in Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Cheese-Week?id=37335

Cheese lovers will want to check out Downtown Long Beach this week, as over a dozen restaurants will serve special cheese courses/plates.

2013 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 3
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 22
Slidebar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/373448449406782/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 26.

Downtown Sounds
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 23
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/459669174097371/

This FREE and ALL-AGES event takes place on Center Street in Downtown Anaheim. Over a dozen local bands will play their music, while Noble Ale Works and Anaheim Brewery will host beer tents to serve guests.

Quicksand & Title Fight @ The Glass House
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 23
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/198227-quicksand-pomona/

Post-hardcore band Quicksand has reunited for a tour, which stops at the Glass House this Saturday with special guest Title Fight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $27.

Curry & IPA Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 24
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/529630953721970/

Following the footsteps of their Meatloaf night, Beachwood BBQ has planned a night featuring curry as the main course. They will serve four different curry dishes, each with its own IPA pairing. Customers can order a dish by itself or all four as a flight.

La Pobreska, 8 Kalakas, South Central Skankers, Amenaza and Rejected Allies @ House of Blues Sunset
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
House of Blues, Hollywood
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79001

Looking for a good ska show this week? Presale tickets to this 18 & up show cost $14.50 presale and $17 at the door.

Red Velvet Fest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 25-27
Essential Chocolate Desserts, Culver City
http://www.facebook.com/events/487597237958978/

Love red velvet? Head to Essential Chocolate Desserts in Culver City this weekend and experience red velvet desserts galore. Prices vary between products, but expect everything to contain red velvet!

Good Earth Do Good Bus
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 26
Culver City Metro Parking Lot
http://dogoodbus.com/

Ride on this bus and travel around to do good work for the local community. This monthly bus ride will focus on helping the earth. The $25 fee covers the bus fee and meals.

Noble Ale Works 2nd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 26
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ce917fe7aca8672ad82a5a919&id=174c244746&e=

Noble Ale Works turns two this weekend, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. For a $30 ticket, attendees can enjoy over 20 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may purchase the ticket, but minors may still enter the area for the food trucks or with an attendee.

Eagle Rock Brewery 3rd Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 26
Verdugo Bar, Los Angeles
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/3rd-anniversary-party-verdugo-bar

Eagle Rock Brewery turns three this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will return to Verdugo Bar to celebrate in style. Guests pay $15 to receive two drinks and a souvenir glass for the tap takeover at Verdugo Bar. In addition to the food at the bar, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

2013 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 26
Arena Nightclub, Hollywood
http://www.bockfest.net/
http://www.facebook.com/events/126843664146418/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where they love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers.

For just $25 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier, plus access to the return of Sugar Lounge for more entertainment and drinks. Attending as a group? Buy a Booth package for $500, which comes with 10 VIP passes, a private booth, and a bottle of Patron. Did I mention that Sugar Lounge returns as well?

If you would like to VOLUNTEER at this fest, you will receive free admission, plus food and drinks. Please click the previous link for more details.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 26
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley
http://www.facebook.com/events/422512217817320/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.