Posts Tagged ‘Desserts’

9th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 12
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://taste.lamesachamber.com/

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $60, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $80, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

8bitLA + Play It Loud! Present: Hack The Multiverse 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 13
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/623470824524545/

Jam out to video game inspired music this Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10 before 8pm or $15 afterwards. Anyone ages 18-20 must pay an additional $5 to enter. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Summer STEAM Maker Festival
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 14
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfsmf.org/

An interactive educational event for all ages comes to Del Mar this Wednesday. Admission costs $8 for adults or $6 for children, and provides access to all the vendors, exhibitors, demos, games, activities, and more.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $36 each, while purchasing both costs $50.

San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants Party
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, June 14
Pirch UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-Restaurants-Party-2017/

Sample bites and wines from some of San Diego’s top chefs and wineries this Wednesday night at Pirch UTC. The $60 admission gets you in to unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Big D & The Kids Table – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 15, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 16, The Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.bigdandthekidstable.com/

Ska-punk band Big D & The Kids Table currently tour across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age minimums to these shows vary by location, so check with the venue for information.

2017 Dew Tour
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 15-18
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.dewtour.com/

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

Tartar Control – Live in Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/285151208593229/

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

San Diego International Beer Festival 2017
Various times, June 16-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegobeerfestival.com/

The San Diego County Fair will import hundreds of beers from around the world for a weekend of beer at the fairgrounds. Over the weekend, the fairgrounds will host five different four-hour sessions of unlimited tastings, and each session will feature different seminars and presentations. General admission starts at $55 and includes admission to the rest of the fair plus the souvenir cup. Parking on-site costs $10, while off-site parking with shuttles costs nothing. Although the beer fest takes place in the arena under a roof, the rest of the fair takes place outdoors, so prepare for sunny weather if you choose to venture outside. I highly recommend arriving as early as possible, as each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends.

K-Town Night Market 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 17
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market! This event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectable eats, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market. Admission costs $2 presale or $5 at the door. Visitors can find $5 parking at nearby parking lots around the venue.

4th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 16-17
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

Trials of Bahamut – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 17
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 18
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown Los Angeles
http://realescapegame.com/ffxiv/

A special Final Fantasy themed escape game comes to Downtown LA this weekend. Unlike the organizer’s other events that only take one team at a time, this escape game will involve multiple teams in the same room all trying to escape. Registration for a game costs $41 per person, and they will have multiple sessions taking place throughout the weekend.

15th Annual Beer & Sake Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
Harrah’s Resort, Valley Center
http://www.harrahssocal.com/events/beer-sake-festival/

Sample over a hundred different beers and sake this Friday night at Harrah’s out in northeast San Diego county. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $80 and includes VIP seating, exclusive tastings, and an event t-shirt. No one under 21 may attend.

Little Saigon Night Market 2017
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16-18
Asian Garden Mall, Westminster
http://www.littlesaigonnow.com/asian-garden-night-market-1170.html

Westminster’s Little Saigon gets into the night market action this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find tons of food, treats, drinks, vendors, games, toys, entertainment, and more.

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 17-25
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

23rd Annual Dawg Walk & Pet Faire
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
The Village Green, Mission Viejo
http://www.dawg.org/

A dog walk and pet fair comes to Mission Viejo this Saturday morning. The dog walk starts at 7am and costs $25 online or $30 at the gate to register for the walk. A pet fair starts at 8am, costs nothing to attend, and includes many pet vendors and activities.

3rd Annual Fat Boy 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://www.active.com/long-beach-ca/running/distance-running-races/fat-boy-5k-long-beach-ca-2017

A 5k run/walk combines with donuts, pastries, and other desserts this Saturday morning in Long Beach. Registration costs $50 for adults, $33 for teenagers, or $18 for children.

3rd Annual AleSmith Tony Gwynn 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
AleSmith Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.tonygwynn5k.org/

Participate in a charity 5.5k run/walk this Saturday morning, hosted by AleSmith Brewing. The post-run party will have food and beer for participants.

11th Annual Car Show
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 17
The Crossing Foursquare Church, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/2232713373620842/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Whittier.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 17
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/409852749379540/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual Charity Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 17
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek
http://www.mountainlakesca.com/

A car show will take place in the mountains north of Fontana this Saturday, free to attend for all ages.

Fairy Festival 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 17
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/fairyfest.htm

Bring your children to this event to enjoy fairies, tea, treats, games, arts & crafts, shows, and more. Admission to the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/military, or $8 for children.

25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 17-18
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

10th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 17
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

Beach Con 2017
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 17
Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Tower 10, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1135314589892082/

More of a meetup than an actual con, fans of cosplay, anime, manga, video games, comics, and other fandom will meet on the beach this Saturday.

2017 Global Reddit Meetup Day
11:30 am – 6:00 pm, June 17
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/6cd8qi/global_reddit_meetup_day_details_and_junk/

Basically a large meetup/picnic, this free and all-ages gathering will have food, drinks, games, and more.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 17
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://labeerweek.org/tickets/

Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala that kicks off LA Beer Week. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual US Sumo Open
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 17
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.usasumo.com/us-sumo-open/2017-us-sumo-open/

Watch sumo wrestling matches in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages event start at $25 depending on where you want to sit.

L.A. Dessert Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 17
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dessertgoals.com/

Gorge out on sweet treats in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon. $15 gets you in to one of four 90-minute sessions, but you still have to pay for everything once you enter. Some of the vendors will have free samples though, but expect to carry cash if you want more than just samples.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1470296843030273/

Hamilton Brewery turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of special beer available at their tasting room in Rancho Cucamonga this Saturday. Free to attend, they will have over 20 beers on tap, plus free food while supplies last. They will offer prepaid packages that will include beer pours plus other souvenirs, so click on the event’s link above for package details.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 17
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsummerfest.com/

Come act merry and get drunk with other rich people at this fancy summer party this Saturday in Newport Beach. General admission costs $30 while VIP admission costs $55. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

12th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 17
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 18
The Row, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

1st Annual Boots & Brews Country Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.bootsandbrews.com/

Country music and beers collide this Saturday in Santa Clarita. General admission costs $45 but does not come with any food or drinks – all attendees will still need to pay for everything once inside. Children 10 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

5th Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 17
El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. General admission costs $50 and includes unlimited food while supplies last. All drinks come at separate cost, so bring cash for drinks.

Artists Corner: June Summer Opener (Hot Summer Nights)
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
The Daily Brew Coffee Bar, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/artist-corner-

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in Montebello this Saturday evening.

Dance Ska Los Angeles
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 17
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1701850306509232/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this all-ages show costs $30.

22nd Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

OC Roller Derby – June Doom
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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

JFA – Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 17
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1756752387975988/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Father’s Day
June 18

Treat the father in your life to something special this Sunday.

2017 Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race
6:30 am – 12:30 pm, June 18
Two Harbors/Isthmus Cove, Catalina Island
http://rock2rockrace.com/

This annual paddleboard race from Catalina Island to San Pedro returns this Sunday morning. Interested participants may register as an individual or on a relay team.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 18
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://www.macleodale.com/

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a cask beer tasting event at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Admission comes in three levels. General admission starts at 1pm, and comes with five drink tickets for $20 or ten drink tickets for $35. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, and comes with unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual The Car Show at WVCC
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 18
West Valley Christian Church, West Hills
http://www.thecarshowatwvcc.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in West Hills this Sunday evening.

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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!

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!

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 $15, and included three 4oz beer pours from Angel City Brewery, unlimited food & dessert samples, and $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. VIP cost $40, included all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. 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!

A total of eleven tables provided sweet treats, plus a booth to serve beer provided by Angel City Brewery. Take a gander at all of the desserts below, and if any of them entice your eyes, please check out their website to learn more about them.

When L.A. Foodie throws an event, they do it right. Although they have not held an event since June, 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.

What happens when you combine two dudes hungry for sliders, beer, and cake? You can cross ‘really bad sitcom’ off the list of guesses, because I refer to Ben & Drew, the two food dudes behind the group L.A. Foodie. Always in search for Los Angeles’ great hidden gems, L.A. Foodie ventures out around Los Angeles County weekly for that perfect bite. In addition to these adventures, they also record a podcast a few times a month, which you can find on their Soundcloud channel. These gentlemen also find time to organize monthly dinner events such as Get Porked, which occurred last month. This month, they returned to a previous event that they host every two months: Bite Flite in Culver City.

Welcome to Bite Flite, a craft beer and gourmet slider pairing dinner at Bar & Garden in Culver City, with endless desserts provided by Mwokaji Cakery. Unlike Get Porked last month, Bite Flite does not follow any structured schedule. Guests simply show up anytime during the event hours, and receive their food and drinks at their leisure. The $22 admission includes one slider, four craft beer tastings, and unlimited desserts. Upon arriving, guests receive tickets good for whatever the ticket says on it: one slider of choice, and four different craft beer tastings to pair with the sliders. Optionally, guests could purchase additional sliders at cost as specified by the vendor.

Vagabond Grillyard provided the food for the night with their mobile grill stand. This mobile catering company crafts gourmet sliders with quality ingredients and find cooking techniques to rival that of official restaurants. Rarely does one find a slider cooked perfectly medium-rare due to the size of the patty, yet Vagabond Grillyard has perfected a perfectly pinkish medium-rare slider patty. They only brought four sliders to serve off their menu, which included:

  • The Signature: grass-fed dry-aged beef, homemade garlic cilantro aioli, sweet onion marmalade, sharp cheddar, wild baby arugula, brioche bun
  • Bacon Bleu: grass-fed dry-aged beef, homemade garlic aioli, caramelized onions, bleu cheese, thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, wild baby arugula, brioche bun
  • Pulled Pork: 12-hour roasted pork shoulder, fried onions, sriracha-poppyseed coleslaw, BBQ sauce, brioche bun
  • Grilled Cheese: American cheese, buttered brioche toast

A local artist even featured some work at Bar & Garden during the event. I did not obtain any contact information, however.

Missed out on Bite Flite? Fear not, as L.A. Foodie runs Bite Flite every other month. Check back again in early August for the announcement of the next Bite Flite, which will likely occur at Bar & Garden again on a Saturday night. Make sure to like L.A. Foodie on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay up-to-date with all the latest on food & drinks in Los Angeles County!

When people think about dessert, they often imagine sweet treats. Where does this conception of sweet dessert derive from? Upon searching for definitions of dessert, the word usually appears quite often. One dictionary defines dessert as a usually sweet dish usually served at the end of a meal. Why do you suppose civilization has come to the acceptance of sweet desserts? Sources say that humans wanted to balance meals that almost always contained salt or savory flavors, so they added something sweet to follow up. Any respectable health and/or fitness person will tell you not to balance salt with sweet, but instead to chug water to balance the pH levels in the body. Basic science experiments in school teach us that salt absorbs water, which dehydrates humans, while sugar inflates water, which bloats humans. Conclusively, if humans consume a savory meal without drinking adequate water, a sweet dessert would attempt to inflate the water in our bodies, but since the salt absorbed the water, the sugar will inflate other fluids, leading to fat gain. Lesson learned: always drink water with every meal. However, I now digress – you probably now crave something sweet after taking all that in. Continue reading to discover five bacon desserts in the Greater Los Angeles Area that you ought to seek out this season.

5. Chunk N Chip‘s The Elvis

Desserts date back to ancient civilizations, when humans consumed raw products like fruit, honey, and nuts. Over time, as foods evolve, taste evolves too. Time gets to a point where we finally get to do and try things we always wanted to as children, but could not due to age restrictions. When Elvis Presley grew up, he finally could eat peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches to his heart’s content. Those who have not heard of The Elvis may not immediately find this type of sandwich appetizing, but the folks at Chunk N Chip have discovered a fun way of delivering the legacy. Their version of The Elvis consists of bananas foster ice cream and candied bacon sandwiched between two warm peanut butter cookies. The bacon carries a texture similar to candied pecans, or pralines, but with its trademark salty meaty flavor. In this ice cream sandwich, the bacon adds a crunchy texture to an otherwise soft and gooey treat. Chunk N Chip changes their daily selection, so if you crave The Elvis, contact them on Facebook or Twitter and ask when they plan to carry this. Who says no to bacon for dessert?

4. Suite 106 Cupcakery‘s Pancakes N’ Bacon Cupcake


Shown on right

Some time after the frozen yogurt fad took off around 2004-2005, the cupcake trend emerged thanks to the opening of Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. After their success, hundreds of pastry chefs across the nation followed that trend and soon opened up their own cupcakery. Many have tried, yet many have failed due to bad cupcakes. However, some cupcake stores have proven that they deserve to remain in the business. While Suite 106 Cupcakery lacks their own independent storefront, they make up for it with their moist and delicious cupcakes. Located inside the Victoria Gardens food court in Rancho Cucamonga, Suite 106 utilizes organic and all-natural ingredients to give their cupcakes the texture, moisture, and sweetness that makes a cupcake worth it. Prominently, their frosting does not taste overwhelmingly of butter, which many other cupcakeries seem to not pay any attention to. This allows their cupcakes to portray more of the true flavors of the cupcakes rather than the richness found in most other frostings elsewhere. On weekends, their cupcake rotation includes the popular Pancakes N’ Bacon Cupcakes, a buttermilk spice cake topped with spiced bacon buttercream, real bacon bits, and maple syrup. The concept of bacon cupcakes started just a few years ago, yet many of those so-called bacon cupcakes fail to accurately balance the saltiness of the bacon with the sweetness of the cupcake, not to mention all the terrible frostings I have attempted to taste. Suite 106 understands the art of baking, as evident in their little packages of goodness. Make a road trip to Suite 106, and you will not regret it.

3. Chapter One: The Modern Local‘s Bourbon Bacon Banana Donut

I blame the saturation of generic donut shops across the nation for the poor conception of donuts. In a similar vein to old food trucks, generic donut shops cause most people to view donuts as cheap sugar foods that police like to eat out of convenience. No one ever took donuts seriously until Krispy Kreme expanded in the late 1990’s. Their significant improvements on donuts paved the way for chefs and restaurant owners to attempt their skills at further improving the donut. If you seek one of these superior donuts, look no further than Chapter One: The Modern Local. This little restaurant in Downtown Santa Ana pushes the limits of quality in food, drinks, and service. With an amazing selection of eats & drinks, they constantly hold a full house on weekends. Perhaps everyone crowds around the bar because of their infamous Bourbon Bacon Banana Donut. Take a banana donut, layer it with bourbon maple frosting, marmalade, and cocoa nibs, then brûlée a banana with candied bacon bits, and sit it on top of the donut. This treat attracts eyes everywhere, which will envy anyone ordering this epic donut. The rich donut carries more density than standard donuts, so I suggest splitting the donut if possible. Once you do finally get to dig in to this donut, remember to scoop a little of every ingredient in each bite. All ingredients contribute to the dish, so you do not want to miss any feature of it.

2. The Factory Gastropub‘s Breakfast For Dessert

The media does an evil job of portraying sweets for breakfast. When kids watch commercials saying “Trix are for kids,” they program into their minds that they should eat that sugary cereal for breakfast. Sadly, many cereals oriented towards kids carry more sugar than a candy bar. I mean, how can anyone consider Lucky Charms an acceptable breakfast? Marshmallows have no place at the breakfast table. Real people eat bacon for breakfast! But what if you want to enjoy your bacon breakfast later in the day? If you so please, you can have your bacon breakfast and eat it later in the day too at The Factory Gastropub in the Bixby Knolls community of Long Beach. In this quaint neighborhood, The Factory attracts gourmet food and craft beer lovers from all over to soak in the smooth atmosphere in a quiet setting. The taps pour local brews, while the kitchen cooks up local organic and sustainable ingredients. They love to experiment with food often, and will host special dinner nights every now and then as test plates for customers to try. When an experiment works, it earns a spot on their menu. In the case of Breakfast For Dessert, this genius idea easily won hearts and a permanent spot on the dessert menu. This plate receives a scoop of peanut butter ice cream, sea salt focaccia French toast, stout-chocolate-covered bacon, and maple syrup. With as much butter as they use in the French toast, you would swear Paula Deen made this dish. The stout they use for the bacon depends on the current stout on tap. Fast food has capitalized on the idea of breakfast any time of the day, so when a local restaurant seizes this idea, one can expect great things to churn out of the kitchen. To get your bacon, breakfast, and dessert all on the same plate, head to The Factory and order the Breakfast For Dessert.

1. Animal Restaurant‘s Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar

If it moos, oinks, baas, clucks, coos, or swims, you can eat it. Only the brave can stomach what the public does not accept as “normal” food. But when has conformity stopped anyone from doing what they want to do? The media explains the acceptance of eating chicken, pork, and beef, but at the same time, the media loves to display groups like PETA, providing a contradictory stance of survival of the fittest. As such, most people find it unacceptable to eat meats like lamb, venison, wild boar, and more. In addition, most people do not consider all parts of an animal as food, and thanks to the media, the general public shuns the notion of eating animal parts like offals, guts, and other appendages. When cooked right, people have nothing to fear, and the lads at Animal Restaurant boldly go where no chef has gone before – into the hearts of the animals. A legendary institution of Fairfax, the folks at Animal treat every party of an animal’s body with utmost care and equality. They do not discriminate against which part of the animal goes into a dish, believing in reducing waste by consuming everything. The main menu changes monthly depending on the market’s offerings, but the dessert menu remains fairly consistent. When you carry something famous like the Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar, you would think twice about modifying that section of the menu. This dense bar of chocolate and bacon gets served with salt & pepper ice cream and vanilla bean powder. Take a moment to understand the constituents of the plate. First off, look at that Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar. They carefully layer the bar to appear like a glorified bacon strip after slicing it. No term can accurately describe the bar, since its high density makes it beyond a cake. Now look at that ball of ice cream… Salt & Pepper ice cream. They took it a step beyond vanilla bean ice cream and made their own unique ice cream flavor, tasting like a cold creamy treat of salt and pepper. I dare you to find salt and pepper ice cream like this anywhere else in the world. Just to bring things back into perspective, the plate gets topped off with vanilla bean powder. Do not underestimate the small stature of this plate – this dense bar will easily fill up one person, so take care of yourself and whoever else you bring here by splitting the bar and ice cream. Everybody wins in this case.

Eat dessert first.

Every month in major cities around the world, local businesses in a community agree to hold one special night where they all (or most of them) provide specials to customers. For the most part, this day depends on the day of the week. For example, First Friday in Venice reigns as one of the most popular attractions to visit food trucks and check out the local shops. Many other places hold First Friday events, while Downtown Los Angeles sees a monthly art walk every second Thursday. For some other cities, they host their event dependent on the actual date, not the day of the week. This comes at the tradeoff that the event occurs on a different day of the week each month, but at least visitors will know exactly how to plan for the next occasion. Travelers can find such a location that follows this method in San Diego for their monthly 30th On 30th crawl.


Ritual Tavern‘s Bacon Poutine

The monthly 30th On 30th event takes place on 30th Street in the North Park community of San Diego on the 30th of every month, with the exception of February, when this event turns into 30th On 28th (or 29th). Home to a slew of premier restaurants and bars, 30th Street carries some of the best in local flavor of all types. Numerous restaurants, pubs, and bars take up residence on the street or just off of it, and many other small shops carry neat goodies. Besides all the local businesses, travelers regard 30th Street at the nation’s best street for craft beer, thanks to all the local businesses that proudly serve craft beer. For those not into beer, many of 30th Street’s establishments also serve select wines from top wineries from around the world. For those not looking for alcohol, 30th Street loves their coffee and tea, so travelers will find a handful of coffee and/or tea houses.


Tiger!Tiger!‘s Fried Pig Ears

On the 30th of each month, many restaurants, bars, and shops on & near 30th Street offer specials, often in mini sizes so that visitors can check out multiple locations. Many locations start their specials in the evening, while some offer it during the day. Specials range from food samples to drink specials, and sometimes even free food! In addition to all the pictures in this post, we also got to try Pulled Pork Sliders from The Linkery, Pot Stickers from Sipz Vegetarian, Caramelized Onion & Feta Cheese Tarts from Hipcooks, and a Peanut Butter Joy Bar & Guinness Cupcake from Heaven Sent Desserts. Some of the beers we ordered included Hangar 24‘s Orange Wheat (now officially called ‘Orange 24’) and AleSmith‘s X.


Tiger!Tiger!‘s Kale Chips

Those who have visited First Friday in Venice before will recognize 30th On 30th as a similar event of feasting on your feet. Although you may not find food trucks at 30th On 30th, the local flavor will more than make up for it. If you ever find yourself in or around San Diego on the 30th of the month, stop by North Park and check out what 30th Street has to offer. You may discover something so great that you end up telling all your friends about it!

This past Saturday, many people had the chance to enjoy the 9th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival. Taking place throughout 2nd Street, 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 hold 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 hold 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:

Mocha Chocolate Croissant Pudding from Boubouffe:

Homemade Brown Butter Orange Cake w/ Chocolate Labne & Fudge Frosting, topped w/ Cardomon Crunch from Buona Gente:

Red Velvet Bundt Cake from Creative Cakery:

Assorted mini-cupcakes from Frosted Cupcakery:

Chocolate Soda Float from Powell’s Sweet Shoppe:

Chocolate Truffles from Simmzy’s:

Gelato Bombes from La Strada; left to right: Raspberry Gelato, Raspberry Sorbet-filled Dark Chocolate Gelato, Espresso Gelato

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