Posts Tagged ‘Diamond Bar’

Diamond Bar Restaurant Week
October 6-20
Participating businesses, Diamond Bar

Over a dozen restaurants from Diamond Bar will offer food and/or drink specials during this 15-day period. Check the website to see the participating locations.

YOUtopia 2017
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 19-22
La Jolla Indian Campground, Pauma Valley

San Diego County gets their own version of Burning Man this weekend. If Burning Man appeals to you but you do not want to travel all the way out to the desert, check out YOUtopia.

Taste of Laguna 2017
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 19
Festival of the Arts Grounds, Laguna Beach

Gather in Laguna Beach this Wednesday night for a mixer of food and local businesses. General admission costs $70 and starts at 5:30, while VIP admission costs $90, starts at 4:30, and includes one parking spot. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Korean American Festival of O.C.
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 20-22
Garden Square Shopping Center, Garden Grove

Immerse yourself in Korean culture at this Korean festival in Garden Grove this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will have food, drinks, treats, music, entertainment, rides, games, arts & crafts, merchandise, vendors, and much more.

TwitchCon 2017
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 20
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

The convention for all things Twitch, video games, and livestreaming comes to Long Beach this weekend. Passes cost $89 for Friday or Sunday, $109 for Saturday, or $179 for the entire weekend. Prices go up $20 starting this Thursday.

61st Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 20
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 21
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 22
William Peak Park, Buena Park

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

9th Annual Long Beach Zombie Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21-22
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

This zombie festival takes place throughout Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
Fairplex, Pomona

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Pomona this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 20
Slide Bar, Fullerton

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Fullerton, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. As usual, this venue has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 20-21
Lot 613, Los Angeles

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 21
Marina Green Park, Long Beach

Raise money to walk around Long Beach during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

30th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

AHSAA 7th Annual Colony Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 21
Anaheim High School, Anaheim

The Anaheim High School Alumni Association presents a free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon.

35th Annual Fall Plant Sale
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 21-22
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

2017 Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 21-22
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

12th Annual Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 21-22
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

12th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 21
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park

At this free and all-ages event, find soul food and soulful music, along with dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of activities for everyone.

13th Annual FilAmFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts, Paradise Hills, San Diego

Check out this free and all-ages Filipino Festival, where visitors will find a car show, food trucks, live music, models, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
White Park, Riverside

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

Fall 2017 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21-22
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

2nd Annual Ye Scallywag Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 21
Waterfront Park, San Diego

Alcohol, punk rock, and pirates collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock and ska. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Early entry costs $65 and starts at 11am. Admission at the door will cost $10 more, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 4pm. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day until 7pm. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 21
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank

Downtown Burbank gets a little crazy this Saturday by holding a free and all-ages street fair that will include a beer garden. The all-day street fair will have various vendors selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, gadgets, and other souvenirs. The beer garden covers two three-hour sessions that start at 12pm and 4pm, and each session costs $40 to enter and comes with unlimited beer pours while supplies last.

2nd Annual Oktoberfest DTLA
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 21-22
Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Oktoberfest festivities take over Pershing Square this weekend in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can find lots of food and beer booths, as well as lots of live entertainment. All food and drinks come at cost, so visitors should bring plenty of cash for this event.

5th Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
The Market at North Beach, San Clemente

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm 2017
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Fairplex, Pomona

A motocross race comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday afternoon. Adult admission costs $35 while children admission costs $15, and gets you access to open seating in the grandstand to watch the races.

2nd Annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 21
5th Avenue, Bankers Hill, San Diego

An all-ages stroll will take place in Bankers Hill this Saturday afternoon. Visit one of the stops at the north or south end, pay the $20 admission, then visit participating locations for food or drink samples.

Packinghouse Brewing’s 7th Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside

Packinghouse Brewing turns seven years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a free celebration at their tasting room in Riverside this Saturday. Throughout the day, Packinghouse will have live music, special beer releases, and mobile food vendors.

3rd Annual Viva La Vida Santa Ana Dia De Los Muertos Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Downtown Santa Ana

A free and all-ages cultural event will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday. Come check out the various altars, live entertainment, outfits, food, and more.

Belching Beaver’s 5th Anniversary
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 21
Belching Beaver Brewery, Oceanside

Belching Beaver Brewery turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their facility in Oceanside this Saturday. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door and comes with a souvenir glass, one 16oz beer pour, three 8oz beer pours, three food pairings, and five raffle tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Covina Thunderfest & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Citrus Avenue, Downtown Covina

Check out this free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Covina. Each October, the streets of Downtown Covina roar to life with classic cars, hot rods, live music, food, shopping, and more.

14th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event cost $125 per person.

The Dickies 40th Anniversary Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 21
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies celebrate 40 years in the business with a tour, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

2017 Ventura Marathon
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 22
San Antonio Elementary School, Ojai

A marathon comes to the streets of Ventura County this Sunday morning. Take note of the road closures that will occur as a result of this event, and plan your commute accordingly.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 22
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

Pasadena Art Center Car Classic 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Pasadena this Sunday afternoon.

6th Annual Giro di San Diego GranFondo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 22
Kit Carson Park, Escondido

The Gran Fondo returns this year while ditching the old Super Tasty 5k in Solana Beach. This event now focuses solely on the bicycle ride. Interested riders can participate in multiple distances, and each distance has a different cost. Check the website for a breakdown of the courses and registration prices.

Stone Craft Beer & Cheese: the Ultimate Pairing Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 22
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station

$55 gets you fifteen 3oz beer pours along with unlimited gourmet cheese samples at this festival in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Eastside Food Fest
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 22
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 4pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, and starts at 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vibrators – Live in West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood

Rock out to some local bands this Sunday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

SWMRS, The Interrupters, Sharp Shock, One Less Zero
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in Santa Ana. TIckets to this all-ages show cost $16 presale or $18 at the door.

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

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

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

4. Pizza Port‘s BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

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

3. Melt’s Bulgogi Burger

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

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

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

1. VaKA Burger Express‘ The Vaka

In a condensed city such as Los Angeles, hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall places exist in every nook & cranny. If you discover or someone tells you about VaKA Burger Express and you decide to go look for them, you may require more than one try to actually locate them. If you simply drive to the address, you may completely pass by them, as they have virtually no signage visible from the street. You have to actually enter Whittier’s The Real McCoy and make your way to the bar to find the counter for VaKA Burger Express. Once there, you will discover a mini burger paradise with some of the best hidden burgers this side of Los Angeles, such as The Vaka. Blitz your taste buds with this burger that features a beer-battered tempura ring, muenster cheese, bacon jam, and VaKA’s signature smoked barbecue sauce. Do note that they store their barbecue sauce cold, so the first few bites may feel like a blend of hot and cold. For $11.50 for this burger, you will never taste another burger like this again.

How does one discover the best of local food spots? They ask the locals, of course. When one travels, they still need to eat. What will they choose to eat at their new destination? Will they stick to corporate chains that they have familiarity with? Or will they explore the local places to savor the local flavor? How would they find these local places? Will they search their smartphones for them? Not all places will appear in searches, however. Some hole-in-the-wall places do not have an internet presence, so digitally searching for some of the better places may not work out. It takes word-of-mouth from the locals to spread the information of such places, such as a little food stand simply called Melt.

When it comes to Melt, word-of-mouth has never applied so much before. Tiny does not describe Melt, as they simply exist as a food counter in a supermarket, kind of like a mall’s food court. In Diamond Bar, a local H Mart houses its own food court with a plethora of unique food counters, ranging from unique desserts to traditional Korean food to all the fusion, which leads us to Melt. From a distance, glancing over at the Melt counter makes them appear like some ordinary burger counter, with hamburgers and fries shown on their menu. However, upon closer inspection, you will discover that Melt does the fusion thing here, and they do it well. They cross Korean cuisine over to the world of burgers and fries, such as with their Bulgogi Cheese Fries. Though it appears small, this makes for the perfect side dish portioned perfectly, as Melt tops a side order of fries with melted cheddar cheese, marinated ribeye beef, bulgogi aioli sauce, chopped green onions, jalapeños, and housemade Melt sauce. Although you cannot share this due to its size, it costs so little that anyone can enjoy their own order of Bulgogi Cheese Fries for $4.75 each.

Interested in tasting this creative creation of fusion? Head on over to the H Mart in Diamond Bar, and locate the food court within to discover Melt. Melt has no method of marketing other than word-of-mouth, not even a website or social media. If you like what you encounter, help them out by telling friends and family about Melt!