Posts Tagged ‘Hot Sauce’

Matamoska @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/183148502210333/

Get your skanking on at this free skacore show tonight in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16-17
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Culver City: Centennial Summer Celebration
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Culver & Washington, Downtown Culver City
http://www.downtownculvercity.com/

Stroll through Downtown Culver City this Wednesday evening and sample the local eats. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and grants you unlimted food samples from the participating businesses while supplies last. This may not include drinks – some businesses will sell those separately.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17-20
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://avp.com/event/manhattan-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Manhattan Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

7th Annual Echo Park Rising
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18-19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

KCON 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18-20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.kconusa.com/

A convention for all things Korean culture will come to Downtown LA this weekend. Attendees will find lots of vendor booths, food, entertainment, media, celebrity appearances, and more. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for the entire weekend.

2017 Los Angeles Tattoo Convention
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.latattooconvention.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Long Beach. Admission costs $17 per day or $30 for both days.

7th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2017/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.breaspecialevents.com/

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/241233693055612/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

19th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 19
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/959/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Elysian Park. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Color Vibe 5k – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.thecolorvibe.com/orangecounty.php

Another color run comes to Orange County this Saturday morning. Registration costs $65 per individual.

Fastivus 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the gate.

3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend in Anaheim. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $40 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $39 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $149, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

3rd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Saturday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/natsumatsuri/

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

2017 Unique LA Summer Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food.

1st Annual Cultured Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the Highland Springs Resort. They have ended their annual Sausage & Beer Festival and replaced it with a festival focusing on fermented foods and drinks. Like their previous festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $7 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to eat or drink in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Stone Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 19
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-21st-anniversary-celebration-invitational-beer-festival

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19-20
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.pacificwineandfood.com/

A food & alcohol tasting festival takes place this weekend in Newport Beach. Single-day general admission costs $150, starts at 2pm, and gets you three hours of unlimited tastings while supplies last. Two-day general admission costs $250. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 1pm, and includes exclusive tastings plus access to a VIP lounge. Two-day VIP admission costs $350. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.danapointlobsterfest.org/

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

9th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/buskerfest

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

6th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Derby – Jailhouse Block
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
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.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

3rd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Rob’s Birthday Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384423645293212/

A handful of local punk rock bands will perform in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Ladies Who Ride
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Lifestyle Cycles, Anaheim
http://cookscorners.com/

A group motorcycle ride for women will take place this Sunday. Free to participate, women motorcycle riders will first meet at Lifestyle Cycles in Anaheim, then will ride to Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon as one procession. Once at Cook’s Corner, the place will host specials and other entertainment for the rest of the afternoon.

Red Bull Soapbox Race – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/usa-losangeles/en/

Come watch people race soap boxes down a hill this Sunday in Elysian Park, free to attend for all ages.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153726271862119/

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

3rd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.lbtikisocial.com/

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $25. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Day: Summer Picnic & Cosplay Meetup
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 20
Whittier Narrows, South El Monte
http://www.facebook.com/events/160624967817770/

Free to attend for all ages, a picnic & cosplay meetup will take place in South El Monte this Sunday afternoon.

22nd Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Sunday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

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When it comes to adding flavor to foods, nothing can boss the sauce. At its base, sauce contains sugar, salt, pepper, or any combination of those plus additional ingredients. Some foods contain flavor within itself, such as meats that have seasonings and herbs that help bring out the meat’s natural flavor. Most of the time, people add sauces or condiments to their foods to add flavor. For the most part, sauces bring a sweet component to the table, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, or teriyaki sauce. Many other sauces can add flavor components from sour to salty to spicy and more. However, when it comes to enhancing the flavors of the original dish, nothing can beat hot sauce. The capsaicin in hot sauces helps to open up our taste buds, allowing us to detect and absorb more flavors. For those that cannot take the heat, just a little bit helps to greatly enhance the flavor of the dish, something you can do at Slide Bar as of this week.

Downtown Fullerton has its fair share of restaurants, and businesses come and go every year. However, Slide Bar has endured the test of time. While some smaller restaurants may not make it past the first year, the Slide Bar has never relented. During the early years of the Slide Bar, most locals viewed the Slide Bar as a bar and concert lounge, a place to spend weekend nights at. Around 2014, the folks at the Slide Bar conducted an overhaul of their kitchen and started serving up better food. Sure they maintained themselves as a bar and concert lounge, but at least now one can consider the Slide Bar as a destination for lunch and/or dinner, where they can snag something such as the Cali Bandito Tacos. Essentially a California Burrito in taco form, this order of tacos comes with three made-to-order corn tortillas, each filled with carne asada marinated in Gringo Bandito hot sauce, French fries, cheddar cheese, an avocado slice, and sour cream. These three tacos come with a side of tortilla chips and a bean dip. These tacos have just the right amount of spiciness to not overwhelm your palate, but still give enough kick to allow you to fully enjoy the natural flavor of the carne asada.

The Slide Bar does more than just host bands and sling drinks – they have a full kitchen with a menu worth checking out. Check out what they have cooking up in their kitchen by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

When it comes to adding flavor to foods, nothing can boss the sauce. At its base, sauce contains sugar, salt, pepper, or any combination of those plus additional ingredients. Some foods contain flavor within itself, such as meats that have seasonings and herbs that help bring out the meat’s natural flavor. Most of the time, people add sauces or condiments to their foods to add flavor. For the most part, sauces bring a sweet component to the table, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, or teriyaki sauce. Many other sauces can add flavor components from sour to salty to spicy and more. However, when it comes to enhancing the flavors of the original dish, nothing can beat hot sauce. The capsaicin in hot sauces helps to open up our taste buds, allowing us to detect and absorb more flavors. For those that cannot take the heat, just a little bit helps to greatly enhance the flavor of the dish, something you can do at Burger Parlor as of this week.

An Orange County staple, Burger Parlor brings the right balance of familiar foods with intuitive innovation. Now approaching their fifth year in business, Burger Parlor has the right business formula to keep customers coming back, as well as attract new customers to crave more. Their standard menu has not changed that much since they got started – the menu you see today contains items that has lived on that menu for years. However, that does not mean that Burger Parlor does not innovate – in fact, Burger Parlor appears to always have limited-time specials, such as their Gringo Bandito Burger available starting this week. Named for its signature ingredient, this burger comes with Gringo Bandito aioli, roasted Anaheim chiles, crushed avocado, a crisp tostada chip, a fried egg, and Gringo Bandito crema, topped with more Gringo Bandito sauce. Despite all the hot sauce getting thrown around, the overall burger does not come off as a spice attack. It balances quite nicely between the aioli, crema, avocado, and egg.

You can snag this burger at both Burger Parlor locations in Fullerton and Orange for a limited time. Head on over and taste this bit of heat to spice up your day. Follow Burger Parlor on Facebook and Twitter for more details about the Gringo Bandito Burger.

Success does not stack up on just one spectrum. When measuring levels of success, one cannot look at one line, or a ladder, so to speak. Success comes in many different directions. One can specialize in one thing and gain success due to that one particular aspect. For example, GoPro specializes in their action cameras, and while they have other products, the general public only recognizes GoPro for their action cameras. However, some paths have a certain ceiling to success, and when one reaches that ceiling, they must branch off to find success elsewhere. For example, musicians traditionally have such a ceiling of success that they can attain, with the occasional exception of musicians who truly transcend their time. Rock bands such as Reel Big Fish and The Offspring can only gain so much success, so when they have reached their cap on music fame, they turn to side projects. For example, Dan Regan left Reel Big Fish a few years ago to open a microbrewery. Just over a decade ago, The Offspring’s frontman Dexter Holland opened up a side project in his hometown to whip up hot sauces that he has named Gringo Bandito.

Armed with the success of their music career, frontman of the multi-platinum group The Offspring’s Dexter Holland founded Gringo Bandito hot sauces in 2004. Many of the mainstream brands of hot sauces do not contain the proper proportion of peppers in the sauces, so those who consume mainstream hot sauces have turned complacent to how spicy a hot sauce should taste. With Gringo Bandito hot sauces, you only get vinegar and peppers, simply natural ingredients with nothing hidden. Gringo Bandito hot sauces come in three primary varieties: traditional red, salsa verde (green sauce), and super hot. Quite frankly, albeit I cannot take foods beyond medium spiciness, the super hot sauce contained plenty of upfront flavor that the spiciness really does not affect me until the very end. Despite the generous percent of peppers in these sauces, the heat does not torture your palate, so you can have your heat and eat it too.

As an annual treat, Gringo Bandito releases Private Reserve hot sauces created in small batches. TODAY starting at 9am Pacific time, Gringo Bandito will have three Private Reserve flavors available: Yellow Bhut, Yellow Moruga and Yellow Carolina Reaper. Interested patrons can order within three package tiers:

  • Super Duper: Signed & numbered Private Reserve bottle with foil label, custom pine box, two guitar picks, certificate of authenticity, t-shirt, and a cheapskate bottle to taste
  • Just Super: Private Reserve bottle with foil label, custom pine box, two guitar picks, certificate of authenticity, and a cheapskate bottle to taste
  • Cheapskate: Single bottle of Private Reserve with circle label

One lucky customer who buys the Super Duper will win a signed guitar. Gringo Bandito will offer 350 Super Duper’s, 100 Just Super’s, and 200 Cheapskate Editions. They will not sell any more than that, so once they sell out, you will have to wait until next year to taste these extra hot sauces.

I concocted a live taste taste of these hot sauces, so if you would like to watch as I taste them, click here to check out my live stream! This link will expire on the night of Saturday, December 3rd.

AleSmith’s 2nd Annual IPA Week
July 11-15
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://alesmith.com/

In the past, AleSmith has celebrated IPA Day, which typically falls on the second Tuesday of July. This year, AleSmith will expand the celebration to a full week of specialty IPAs, educational seminars, and unique hoppy creations.

88 Fingers Louie: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 13, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1075964602464789/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1145557-88-fingers-louie-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2932
http://www.facebook.com/EightyEightFingersLouie

Punk band 88 Fingers Louie will headline three consecutive shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different age limit and ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details.

13th Annual California Wine Festival
July 14-16
Multiple locations, Santa Barbara
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

This weekend, a variety of wine events will take place throughout Santa Barbara. Events vary in content and price, so click on the provided website for details about what to expect.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 14-17
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-manhattan-beach-open-2/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Manhattan Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

2016 Idea World Fitness Convention
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm, July 14-15
10:30 am – 6:30 pm, July 16
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/idea-world-fitness-convention

Check out this FREE* all-ages fitness expo going this this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Numerous workshops, sessions, demos, and activities will go on all week outside of the expo hours (see the website for the full schedule), while over 300 exhibitors will occupy the expo hall to display their goods and/or services. Learn about the latest fitness trends, diet plans, health statuses, and more from the various speakers and coaches throughout the expo. Although visitors can receive free admission, visitors will still have to pay for parking, so have cash available for that.

* = Register yourself online to receive free admission to this expo. At the door, entry will cost $15.

Business & Beer @ Smog City Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 14
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

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

Long Beach Marathon Fun Run
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 14
The Pike, Long Beach
http://www.runlongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1043234282398230/

Run and socialize at this free fun run this Thursday evening that spans three to five miles of the full marathon’s course that goes through the CSULB campus.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Of 2016 Party
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, July 14
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://www.orangecoast.com/bestof2016/

$40 gets you in to this event with unlimited samples of food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 14
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.

Beer Dinner with Beachwood BBQ & Brewing @ Haven Gastropub
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 14
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.havengastropub.com/

For $65, you get a multi-course dinner with beer pairings this Thursday night at Haven Gastropub in Orange.

Poison Idea: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14, The Garage, Ventura
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/218079165225564/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1141151-slapshot-poison-idea-special-san-diego/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 17, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1141227-slapshot-poison-idea-west-hollywood/

Hardcore punk band Poison Idea will headline three shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits differ between these shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

2016 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 15
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 16
Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://sunandseafestival.com/

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Irvine Appearance
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 15-17
Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1741463116131860/

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

2016 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 15 with the final day on August 14. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2016 Body Art Expo
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 15
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 16
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

2016 South Bay Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 16-17
St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, Redondo Beach
http://www.sbgreekfestival.com/

Celebrate life as the Greeks do at this Greek festival this weekend in Redondo Beach. This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $2, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

3rd Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Four 4-hour sessions, July 15-17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocbrewheehaw.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha team returns with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering four 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate and lasts three hours, while VIP admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the gate and lasts four hours. All ticket-holders receive unlimited beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take place 6pm-10pm on Friday, 12-4pm and 6-10pm on Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sunday. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

The Fall Of Troy: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 15, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1161049-fall-troy-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 16, Soma Sidestage, San Diego http://www.facebook.com/events/1604406826546530/
http://thefalloftroy.com/

Post-hardcore band The Fall Of Troy will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.

Babymetal World Tour 2016 – Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 15
The Wiltern, Koreatown
http://www.babymetal.com/

International phenomenon Babymetal currently tours across the world, and that tour will swing through Southern California this Friday night. Tickets have long sold out, but you may still find after-market tickets on third-party websites.

Screeching Weasel: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1197237-screeching-weasel-special-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/screechingweasel
http://screechingweasel.com/

Punk band Screeching Weasel will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits to these shows differ, so click on a show’s link for details.

The Dickies & The Queers: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/260204080980703/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 17, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1153047-dickies-queers-san-diego/

Punk rock legends The Dickies and The Queers will headline these two shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Swarm LA Scooter Rally
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15
9:00 am – 12:00 am, July 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 17
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.hivecrewla.com/

A weekend-long scooter ride will take place at various locations in Los Angeles. Bring your scooter, meet other scooter riders, and enjoy the ride.

3rd Annual Love Long Beach Festival
6:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 16-17
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lovelongbeachcelebration.com/

This FREE and all-ages event will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

68th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 16
Hotel Maya, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 16-17
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://libertystation.com/events/junk-trunk-vintage-market/

For $10 admission, gain entry to this all-ages vendor fair featuring countless vintage apparel, accessories, and other goods.

38th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 16-17
Alondra Park, Lawndale
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

2nd Annual Show & Shine Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 16
United Pacific Industries, Long Beach
http://www.upicarshow.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Long Beach.

2nd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 16-17
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $50 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $100 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

$5 Food Festival – Orange County
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 16
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://fivedollarfoodfest.com/events/irvine-ca/

This Saturday afternoon, a multitude of mobile food vendors will set up in Silverado to sell $5 plates of food. General admission costs $5 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $10 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $40 and includes five drink tickets plus access to a VIP area.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 16
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 $35 presale or $40 at the door, while VIP admission costs $65 presale or $70 at the door. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

2nd Annual Orange County Citrus Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 16
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://orangecountycitrusfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event will feature food, music, vendors, arts & crafts, entertainment, games, and more.

Guttermouth @ The World Famous Doll Hut
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1752396331658296/

Guttermouth releases a new single this Friday, and they will also headline a show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday. The cover for this all-day show costs $20. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Taste of Summer
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 16
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer

Mix and mingle with rich people at this luxurious tasting event in Santa Monica this Saturday evening. Admission costs $125 presale or $150 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

50 Plus 5 Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 16
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/267274703630463/

Anaheim Brewery celebrates an anniversary this week, and to celebrate, they will have an anniversary ale for you to try, plus live music and a food vendor available all night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Colorado Street Bridge Party
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 16
Historic Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenaheritage.org/bridge

Celebrate the history of a really old bridge by partying on it this Saturday night. Catch a night of music, dancing, classic cars, arts & crafts, food, drinks, and more all on the bridge. Tickets to this event cost $18 presale or $20 at the gate.

Griffith Park Trail Relay Marathon & 8K
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, July 17
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=123578

Participate as a team in a relay marathon, or run solo in an 8K this Sunday morning in Griffith Park. The 8K costs $49 to register for. To register for the relay marathon, please contact the organizer using the above link.

Tokyo Nebuta
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, July 17
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://tokyonebuta.com/

At this free and all-ages event, experience this popular Japanese cultural tradition complete with music, art, and other arts & crafts.

9th Annual Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 8
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.downtownla.com/dog-day-2015-rsvp.asp

This FREE and all-ages event brings together dogs and dog lovers from around town to mingle and enjoy a night of fun and relaxation. In addition to meeting a bunch of other dogs, visitors will find live music, vendors, pet adoptions, and more.

Gam3rCon 2015
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 9-12
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gam3rcon-tickets-15355124591

Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 9
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/973629712667755/

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 Absolution Brewing in Torrance. 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, July 9
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.

X – Album Show Weekend
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 9-12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/X-4-day-pass

Legendary punk band X will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.

Ten Foot Pole: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 9, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/ten-foot-pole
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/884019

Enjoy a classic punk rock show this Thursday and Friday night. Ticket prices and age limits vary, so click on a show’s link for more information.

TWO YEAR Barrel-Aged Acurum – LIMITED Release
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 10
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/602960973179241/

Valiant Brewing will release the ultra-rare Acurum bottles this Friday evening on a first-come, first-served basis. Craft beer enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this extremely limited brew.

Super Video Game Land at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 10
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1122847081063191/

Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Friday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 10
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-10th-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202195229

Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings for $50 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

BeautyCon LA
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://beautycon.com/la

See all things beauty, fashion, cosmetics, and more at this one-day event at The Reef in Los Angeles this Saturday. General admission costs $30 and grants you access to the entire show floor full of vendors, services, workshops, speakers, demos, and more.

1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $50 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $100 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

Beachwood Brewing 4th Anniversary Celebration
10:30 am – 12:00 am, July 11
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1497953640450113/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 4th anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles/losangeles-fair-details

This free and all-ages fair at Grand Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend.

Boulevard Brewing Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/829925280410272/

Boulevard Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.

New Belgium Brewing + The Do LaB Celebration
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 11
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610015875941133/

At this FREE event, have fun with typical antics by The Do LaB, and enjoy some beer that New Belgium Brewing created exclusively for The Do LaB. In addition, catch live music, food, wine, and other activities. Food and wine come at a separate cost, so bring cash for those.

3rd Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Loma Club, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $49 and starts at 3pm, while presale VIP admission costs $64 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lastreetfoodfest.com/

Experience the best of mobile eats in LA at the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest. This all-ages food fest features hundreds of chefs, restaurants, food carts, food trucks, food stands, pop-ups, bars, and more. The list of participating businesses includes more than enough food to cover your entire day, plus plenty of dessert, ice cream, coffee/teas, drinks, alcoholic drinks, mobile boutiques, and so much more. General admission costs $60, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP lounge. Children 7 and under enter free with a paid adult admission. Attendees should bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs, as the venue cannot provide enough tables for the thousands of attendees.

Four Brewers 1st Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/1603383939947180/

This craft beer podcast celebrates a year in the industry this Saturday at Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga. Admission costs nothing to attend, while special anniversary glasses cost $12. The brewery will have an exclusive saison on tap brewed just for this occasion, and the podcast crew will have swag to give away, such as stickers and pins.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.nightnationrun.com/los-angeles-2015/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, July 12
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

Afternoon Delight: A Sunday Funday of Bands and Burlesque
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/465842670240763/

Enjoy local music and burlesque this Sunday in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10

As we delve deeper into 2014, we look back on the previous year to learn and make progress for the rest of this year. Day by day, people live their lives, some by a set routine, others by thriving on new discoveries and expansions. The human race always seeks to progress culture by devising and adapting new approaches to existing methods. While not all humans share the same interests, all humans at least bear knowledge about food, as everyone has eaten food their entire lives. From the early days of basic meats, vegetables, and grains, food has evolved into a vast range of ingredients, tastes, cooking methods, and presentation. Innovative foods often make headlines as a new discovery, so as a result, many modern chefs tend to experiment more rather than stick to basics. Over time, many food trends surface, giving way to entrepreneurs to capitalize on those growing trends, such as cupcakes, frozen yogurt, and the recent gourmet food trucks trend. However, many food trends remain relatively undisturbed, known only to the true food fans. Last year saw a few food trends touched on, yet they still have not flourished. Read on to find out five food trends to pay attention to this year.

5. Frozen S’mores

From the creative minds behind the world famous Cronut comes new, never-before-seen desserts. Last year, the release of the Cronut went viral, and soon the entire world would go hysterical to try one. Plenty of knockoffs now exist around the world, but none compare to the original in New York. Now that same purveyor has introduced another luscious creation – the Frozen S’mores. Just like the Cronut, Frozen S’mores combines two completely different foods: ice cream and s’mores. This inside-out hybrid starts with an ice cream center, wrapped in a chocolate cookie/wafer, then stuffed inside a marshmallow. This gets frozen to maintain its shape, and whenever a lucky customer orders one, the customer receives it flash-torched to quickly crisp the outside while maintaining the frozen center. The past few years have always seen some type of new pastry or dessert that becomes a hot food trend for that year. Perhaps in 2014, the Frozen S’mores will expand beyond its home in New York and find new stomachs to nestle in around the world.

4. Ice Cream inside unexpected foods

Following up from the previous entry, we can all agree that everyone loves ice cream. Even vegan and gluten-free people love ice cream, or at least their versions of it (sorbet, etc). Traditionally served in a cone or straight up in a cup or bowl, multiple generations have enjoyed this cold treat throughout their lives. In the past few decades, we slightly see more and more ice cream inside unexpected foods. Sure an ice cream cake made sense, and only a matter of time separated the first ice cream cake from the first ice cream cupcake. Then people started inserting ice cream into any sort of dessert, such as ice cream cannolis, ice cream tacos, and deep-fried ice cream. But then where does one go from there? Once all the dessert ideas run out, start looking into meals. Would you boldly try a burger with ice cream in it? (Slater’s 50/50, first photo above) As strange as that sounds, it did not taste bad, but the rest of the burger masked the ice cream in it. The latest craze to hit the airwaves comes to us from Orange County, where ravenous millennials can wrap their hands around ice cream-filled doughnuts. (Afters Ice Cream, second photo above) This time, I feel that they just want to capitalize on a fad, as this tastes exactly how you picture it in your mind – a doughnut (glazed or non-glazed) with ice cream. But with the advent of this, who honestly knows where the culinary world will go from here?

3. Japanese meets Western

Last year, the revelation of the Ramen Burger (Go Squared, first photo above) turned into the most talked-about subject during its 15 minutes of fame. No one had seen anything like it before, and when an opportunity to try one locally cropped up, the entire region flocked to the destination, generating lines lasting over three hours just to try this new food. Once the fad settled, knockoffs appeared everywhere in an attempt to capitalize on the public’s desire to keep up with trends. We now see many different ways where Japanese cuisine meets Western preparations in addition to a Ramen Burger. Somewhere out there, a Ramen Pizza exists. Elsewhere, creative home cooks have discovered how to make things like Ramen omelets, Ramen burritos, Ramen chili, Ramen casserole, and many more things with Ramen in it. But why stop at Ramen? Japanese cuisine consists of far more different foods than just that 10-cent college meal every adult recognizes. Have you heard of Okonomiyaki? Some genius decided to attempt an Okonomiyaki Burger (Mitsuwa Marketplace, second photo above) one day. How about everyone’s favorite Japanese food, sushi? Hybrid sushi has already existed for some time, such as a Cheeseburger Sushi or Teriyaki Pork Sushi (Yatta Truck, third photo above). What other creative things can you think of to do with Japanese cuisine?

2. Hot Sauces

If you have not heard the news about Sriracha sauce, the city of Irwindale, which houses the primary facility that produces Sriracha sauce, aims to shut down the factory due to foul odors emanating from the facility. Thanks to this scare that Sriracha sauce in the United States may cease to exist, chefs, home cooks, and food fans across the country scrambled to search for suitable hot sauces to replace their beloved rooster sauce. Plenty of different types of hot sauces exist, and Americans already have fallen in love with both Tabasco and Tapatío sauces. However, nothing can truly replace Sriracha sauce – its combination of ingredients yield an intense spice full of harmonic flavors that help to open up one’s palate to fully absorb the food that the sauce dresses. In fact, Los Angeles even hosted a festival dedicated to Sriracha recently. Heat seekers swear by Sriracha, and will have to look high and low for new hot sauces to satisfy their need for heat.

1. Cauliflower

Every year, some obscure vegetable that nobody ever paid much attention to enters the spotlight and suddenly becomes a thing that everyone wants. In 2012, Brussels sprouts came out of nowhere and took the world by storm, leaving everyone craving more Brussels sprouts. In 2013, everyone suddenly wanted to eat more kale. Now in 2014, we see the inevitable rise in the popularity of cauliflower. Traditionally seen in salads, creative chefs have come up with new ways to deliver cauliflower such that casual customers would crave more, such as Roasted Cauliflower (Tavern On 2, pictured above) with ingredients like capers, bacon, and more. Sooner than later, much like with Brussels sprouts and kale in the previous years, people originally adverse to cauliflower may turn a new leaf this year and give it a try. With high nutritional density, people can view cauliflower as similar to broccoli in terms of serving. More importantly, nutritionists have linked the consumption of cauliflower to reduced risk of prostate cancer. Gentlemen… eat more cauliflower!