Posts Tagged ‘Fairfax’

7th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 8
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/EventPage.jsp?ccid=460&eventid=411

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

Left Hand Brewing @ Beachwood Brewing
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Left Hand Brewing will make their Southern Californian debut this week at dozens of places, including Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach. Stop on by this Tuesday night to sample what this brewery has to offer.

Master Pairing Dinner: Stone Brewing Co. & Beachwood Brewing
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 9
Stone World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1568556

Attend this 4-course beer pairing dinner for just $65, featuring all IPA’s for your palate-cleansing pleasure. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vandals Free Show on Melrose @ Fairfax High School
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 10
Fairfax High School, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1551901058368082/

The Vandals will perform at a FREE show in Los Angeles this Wednesday afternoon.

Left Hand Brewing Pint Nite @ Restauration
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 10
Restauration, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/115324342134649/

Left Hand Brewing makes their Southern Californian debut this week at dozens of places, which include Restauration in Long Beach. Stop on by this Wednesday night for a pint, and keep the glass too!

Lower Class Brats: California Tour 2015
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10, The Garage, Ventura http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5750785
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, June 11, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/202616
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 12, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/806573-zero-boys-lower-class-brats-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13, Til Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/zero-boys-tba/
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/lowerclassbrats

Punk band Lower Class Brats will perform shows daily this week throughout California. Every show has a different ticket price and age limit, so check with the venue for more details.

Avery 22nd Anniversary @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/929680337090292/

Avery Brewing celebrates 22 years in business this week, and Select Beer Store will have plenty of Avery beers to go around this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up and pay for beer as you go.

Business & Beer @ King Harbor Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/890161777708574/

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

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

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

39th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12-14
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $25 to $35, while a three-day pass costs $85. Children enter for $10 each, or $30 for all three days.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 12
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, June 13
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 14
The Forum, Inglewood
http://www.sanrio.com/hkfestival/

Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this extravaganza of a Hello Kitty event going on all weekend at The Forum in Inglewood. Various sessions take place of this event that last three hours or four hours for general or VIP admission, respectively. General admission costs $43.50 while VIP admission costs between $130 to $255 depending on the VIP package.

2015 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival (FINAL show in Long Beach)
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12
11:00 am – 1:00 am, June 13
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 14
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://longbeach.ink-n-iron.com/

One of the world’s grandest stage for alternative lifestyles, the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival returns this weekend for the show’s FINAL year in Long Beach until they move to Nashville. Complete with live music, tattooing, custom cars, cabaret shows, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, a pin-up pageant, merchandise, and more, this all-ages festival covers everything for fans of punk rock, rockabilly, and other similar genres. Tickets cost $42.50 per day, or $80 for the weekend pass. Parking at the Queen Mary fills up incredibly fast and costs almost half as much as admission, so search for parking in Downtown Long Beach and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary.

Left Hand Brewing LA Launch Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 12
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/811496895623972/

Left Hand Brewing makes their debut in Southern California this week, and Select Beer Store will have some of their brews on tap to celebrate. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 13
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://thecolorrun.com/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Dodger Stadium this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Nuke The Fridge’s Cosplay Con 2015
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1422347528079365/

Hundreds of cosplayers will gather at this FREE cosplay meet-up at Frank & Son’s in Rowland Heights this Saturday.

30th Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 13
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

Fastivus 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Saturday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate.

Ultimate Dog Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 13
Columbia Park, Torrance
http://ultimatedog.net/

Enjoy a canine day where you can bring out your dog for fun in the at this all-ages event. For $10 admission, find all sorts of vendors and services for your dog, inquire about adopting a dog, and discover many more activities that you and your dog can participate in.

6th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 13
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $32 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

LA Cosplay Con 2015
11:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 13
Hyatt Century City Plaza, Century City
http://lacosplaycon.com/

Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $20 for general admission, $15 for cosplayers, or $10 for children and students.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Oceanside Festival of Colors
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 13
Pier Plaza Amphitheater, Oceanside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-oceanside-ca/

The festivities surrounding Holi have embarked on a year-round tour to spread the joys of colors to everyone. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Long Beach Cocktail Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 14
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-beachs-craft-cocktail-festival-tickets-16680410557

Enjoy craft cocktails by mixologists from over 14 of Long Beach’s finest bars. General admission costs $20 but does not includes drinks. VIP admission costs $100, includes drinks, and also provides access to an indoor lounge, plus other giveaways. No one under 21 may attend.

Santa Monica Grand Tasting
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13-14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://santamonicagrandtasting.com/

Taste fine foods at this culinary adventure as you sample creations from some of LA’s top chefs. General admission costs $100 and starts at 8pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Poison Idea @ Los Globos
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/817779-poison-idea-los-angeles/

Get your punk rock on at this show in Silverlake this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

3rd Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 14
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616411761927967/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this fundraising event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon.

H2O @ The Constellation Room
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/H2O

East coast hardcore punk band H2O will headline a show in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

UK Subs @ Soda Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2359

See legendary punk band UK Subs live in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $18. No one under 21 may enter.

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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


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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.

You know it is good if people are willing to wait in a line outside for half an hour in a highly urban neighborhood. You know it is good if other restaurant owners & staff say it is the best they have ever had. You know it is good if people walk up, see the line, walk away, and then a server tells them that they would not enjoy it anyways.

This is all for Griddle Cafe, a breakfast restaurant on Sunset & Fairfax in Hollywood. The folks here at Griddle Cafe take traditional breakfast foods and make them more advanced. From the Red Velvet PanCAKE to the Blueberry Pancakes to the French Toast to the Egg dishes, everything here has a unique spin to it. As I say, to make something successful, you have to do one of two things: Invent, or Reinvent. In the case of Griddle Cafe, I believe they have effectively done both. I cannot quite describe it, but perhaps these pictures will do the explaining for me.

“Peanut Bubba” Crunchy French Toast – Egg-dipped bread griddle dipped in a peanut butter crunch, topped with powdered sugar and whipped butter

“Poached y Papas” Benedict – A thick slice of tender baked ham and two poached eggs served atop seasoned potato skins, covered in Hollandaise sauce

Who would think of this? First off, the Benedict is served not over English muffins, but potato skins! This actually is quite genius because the skins perfectly catch the Hollandaise sauce and the drippings from the ham and eggs. In addition to already being seasoned, once you get to eating the potato skins, they will be loaded with the flavors of everything else, creating the guiltiest bites of the dish. Speaking of guilty, just look at that French Toast. Not only was the bread coated in an egg batter, but it gets further dipped in a peanut butter coating before frying and adding sugar and cream. I fail to see much nutritional value in it, but boy did I savor every bite. After all, I do have a weakness for peanut butter 🙂

If you plan to visit Griddle Cafe, try to come with one other person – with Griddle Cafe’s demand, waiting for a table for two is quicker than waiting for a table for more. If you do not mind walking, the neighborhoods east of Fairfax have 2-hour parking for free. Griddle Cafe has been recommended by many locals & tourists for a reason – if not for their Red Velvet PanCAKE, then… well who am I kidding, you want the Red Velvet PanCAKE. Go to Griddle Cafe and start off your day RIGHT.

Griddle Cafe
7916 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-0377
http://www.thegriddlecafe.com/
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