Posts Tagged ‘L.A. Foodie’

With Halloween right around the corner, why not start preparing yourself for what may transpire? Whether you will indulge on sweets, booze, or other like-minded individuals on such a holiday, the lucky visitors to L.A. Foodie‘s Treatoberfest could partake in a preview of all sorts of adult Halloween celebrations rolled into one. This past Saturday night, the L.A. Foodie crew strutted into Angel City Brewery, where the crew and a slew of great chefs, bakers, and caterers from all over Southern California set up along the back to prepare for a night of serving up all the delicious sweet treats that attendees could handle. L.A. Foodie encouraged attendees to don their best costumes and have some fun among the crowd, as well as take photos in front of the green screen. All throughout the night, attendees could go trick-or-treating by visiting all of the tables and selecting any treat they desired. General admission cost $12, and included unlimited food & dessert samples from all the vendors while supplies lasted. As an added bonus, L.A. Foodie provided to-go boxes so that attendees could take home as many treats as they could fit into the to-go box. Talk about sweetening the deal!

As L.A. Foodie’s second run at this event, they made some changes to go in a different direction this time around. First off, they nixed the $40 VIP package, which included all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. Second, this year’s event utilized the new private space adjacent to the brewery, as opposed to last year’s event in the open tasting room. Most importantly, admission did not include beers this time – last year, admission included three beer tasters. Personally, I noticed fewer dessert vendors than last year… or at least fewer vendors with food we could take home in our provided to-go boxes. Last year, I took home more than could fit in the box. This year, we really could only take home goodies from one of the vendors, as all the other treats likely would not make the ride home due to spilling or melting. This year’s vendors included some from last year, but otherwise mixed it up to include:

 

 

When L.A. Foodie throws an event, they do it right. Although they have not held an event since April, know that they all constantly search for the best of Los Angeles, whether they record podcasts, scout out new restaurants or bars, or put random food in strangers’ mouths. They currently do not have plans for another event, but when they do, they will blast it out to all of their followers. Make sure you like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to ensure you will know firsthand when they will hold another event.

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Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 17-26
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new

3rd Annual Taste of Bankers Hill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://www.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Savor the local flavor of Bankers Hill at this tasting gala this Wednesday night at The Abbey on 5th Avenue. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

LBMA After Dark
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
http://lbma.org/

Occurring semiannually, this nighttime gathering brings art, music, live entertainment, and tray-passed appetizers together for a night of mixing and mingling. Admission to this all-ages art exhibit costs $10.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Marina Green Park 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.

Bootlegger’s BOOery Halloween Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/347693972071595/

Enjoy craft beer and Halloween shenanigans at Bootlegger’s Brewery this Friday night. The $10 cover includes two full beers, and the first 150 guests will receive a pint glass to keep. Visitors wanting more beer can purchase more at $5 a beer. The best costumed man and woman will each receive a gift card to the brewery, so wear something that will surely please the crowd!

Rock Show @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/271272153071337/

Rock out to local bands at this show in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests will find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Street Dogs & Left Alone @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/184307

Street Dogs will headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 25
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/event_oct_25.html

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $70 presale or $85 on the day of the race. Registration for the 10k costs $85 presale or $120 on the day of the race.

3rd Annual That Dam Mud Run – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
http://thatdammudrun.com/

Tackle a three-mile obstacle course full of dirt, mud, and more this Saturday at a dam. Following the mud run, enjoy yourself with great company and live music at the beer garden (beer sold separately). Registration costs $79 for adults and $25 for children, and include a commemorative t-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to move in that they do not mind getting dirty, or plan to throw away after this run. Remember to bring extra clothes to change into and plenty of towels for after the run.

Dia De Los Verdes
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25
The Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/517615185050404/

Check out works of art from local artists, music, food, yoga, workshops, farm tours, arts & crafts, and more activities at this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Long Beach.

5th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps – Blues & Brews
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

Blues music and craft beer mix up at the Orange County Market Place this Saturday afternoon. For $20, visitors gain five 7oz beer pours plus admission to the weekly Orange County Market Place, one of Orange County’s largest swap meets. In addition, catch the finals of the blues bands tournament.

90th Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 25
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Fall 2014 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25-26
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

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.

VFW Craft Beer Tasting
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
VFW Post 9148, La Mirada
http://www.facebook.com/events/308510716020346/

Enjoy craft beer tastings from local breweries this Saturday afternoon in La Mirada. Tickets to this event costs $40, and includes food during the lunch hour of noon to 1pm. Beer tasting will start at 1pm.

6th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/351429825030220/

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

Beach Goth
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-3

This all-day music festival will feature dozens of bands of varying genres, among which punk rock legends The Dickies will perform too. Tickets to this all-ages music festival cost $40.

Festival Supreme 2014
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
http://festivalsupreme.com/

This music & comedy festival will feature some of the industry’s greatest acts all in one venue this Saturday. General admission costs $99, while VIP admission costs $250 and includes a handful of perks such as special entry, parking, seating, lounges, and more.

Ktown Night Market’s Halloween Food Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26
6th Street, Koreatown, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Stroll up and down 6th Street in Koreatown this weekend and enjoy all the food, drinks, and treats you can handle. All this weekend, attendees can sample goods from all participating businesses in Koreatown while enjoying the sights and sounds of the weekend before Halloween. Admission costs only $3, and the first 500 attendees in costumes will receive a goodie bag with a bunch of swag. Use promo code LAist to get admission for free!

OC Roller Derby Banked Track
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 25
OC Roller Skates, Santa Ana
http://ocrollergirls.com/

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

San Diego Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

Not directly affiliated with San Diego Beer Week, this beer & music festival will take this Saturday at Waterfront Park, a place very close to where the San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival takes place. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Local Brews Local Grooves
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/localbrewslocalgrooves

Local craft beer, local bands, and food pairings all await you at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim this Saturday evening. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12 for 5pm entry-only, $27 for 5pm entry plus sampling tickets, or $50 for VIP entry at 4pm.

Treatoberfest 2
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://treatoberfest-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Celebrate Halloween as only adults should celebrate! Don your best Halloween costume, and go trick-or-treating among Los Angeles’ top dessert providers. General admission costs $12, and includes unlimited food & dessert samples, plus however many treats you can take home in the provided to-go box. Food trucks will serve food outside at a separate cost. Guests can find parking throughout the Arts District, as meters run up to 6pm on most of the streets.

D.R.I. – When Worlds Collide Tour
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 25, Chavas Cafe, Downtown Los Angeles http://driindtla.brownpapertickets.com/
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26, American Legion Post 30, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/273165106225524/

Old school punk band D.R.I. currently tours throughout the world, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the individual link for further information.

18is25: A Weekend-Long Benefit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 26
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/18is25

The 18th Street Arts Center turns 25 this year, and instead of simply hosting the legendary BAM Festival (Beer, Art, and Music), they will hold festivities all weekend. On Saturday night, guests will enjoy an art exhibit with live music and special gourmet bites from local restaurants. This intimate gathering costs $125 to attend. On Sunday afternoon, BAM Fest returns, where guests can check out all the beer, art, and music they can handle. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Use promo code LibraryAlehouse to save $10 off admission for BAM Fest! Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

Zambo’s 50th Birthday – Rock Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1481908588738239/

Get your weekly fill of local rock at this show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

X-Members @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-members-reformed-gabby-ray-bones-tiny-mike-barnes-and-roger-ramjet-w-hfl-and-more-tickets-12904607027

Get crazy at this punk show this Saturday night at Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Halloween Party
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
Cirivello’s Sports Stop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/316746088516366/

Enjoy three free burlesque sets this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 26
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 26
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

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.

17th Annual Trick or Treat Festival + 15th Annual Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/

Two Halloween-themed events will take place at the Orange County Market Place this Sunday afternoon. Join in on a Trick or Treat festival for the kids that celebrate all things Halloween. Adults can check out the Hearse Show, a ghastly show sure to give you chills.

2nd Annual Taste of Japan Food Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://niwa.org/taste-japan-food-festival

Sample local Japanese cuisine at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon. Free to enter for all ages, guests can purchase tasting tickets for food while enjoying the scenery of the lush garden.

14th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 26
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

Punk Rock Sunday Funday
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/304280639762751/

Enjoy a day full of local punk rock bands all for free! No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies @ Gaslamp Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26
Gaslamp Bar, Long Beach
http://madcaddies.com/

The Mad Caddies will conclude their Dirty Rice tour in Long Beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to the show cost $15. No one under 18 may attend.

English Dogs – On Tour
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 26
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/699623086798170/

Original UK punk band English Dogs currently tours across the west coast this week, and they will stop by Long Beach this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Beer floats have existed for some time, now, though not as prevalent as craft beer and ice cream separately. L.A. Foodie decided to combine the two with their Float Trip this past Saturday at Angel City Brewery in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. This special event for adults at Angel City Brewery allowed attendees to indulge in select beers from the brewery and ice cream from local creameries. While Angel City offered only three beer varieties, the three ice cream vendors offered a greater variety of ice cream flavors, allowing attendees to mix and match any flavors they like. Originally presumed to have pairings recommended by L.A. Foodie, the greater amount of ice cream compared to beer meant that attendees could create their own beer floats. As a result, some people made some ravishing discoveries, while others, such as myself, discovered that perhaps beer and ice cream should stay separate.

Float Trip took place on Angel City’s new upper deck area, which had remained closed to the public ever since their opening in early 2013. Roaming this upper area sure made us feel important, but it appeared that Angel City still has more plans for it. As the first thing that some would notice, the heat builds up here rather quickly. Angel City had not installed fans or air conditioning up here, so upon first arriving, I certainly felt the heat. Having all the doors open allows for some circulation, allowing the upper area to cool down later in the evening.

In addition to all the beers and ice cream, attendees could munch on free mini cupcakes from Mwokaji Cakery.

As far as the ice cream went, Peddler’s Creamery, Ice Cream Lab, and Ramekin delightfully served their scrumptious concoctions to all the attendees until they ran out. Peddler’s served five different flavors: cardamom, Mexican chocolate, dark choclate, strawberry basil, and vanilla. Ramekin served eight flavors, which included chai tea, chocolate espresso, Mexican chocolate, maple, and more. Ice Cream Lab made only one flavor: salted caramel with pretzels. Due to their method of churning fresh ice cream and doing so outside of their facility, they could only make one flavor.

Angel City served up three different beers: a pilsner, a wheat ale, and a Mexican Coke ale. I tried my best to pair an ice cream flavor with each one, but none of the beers stand out as a qualified candidate to enter a beer float. Thicker beers, such as pub ales and stouts, would work much better with ice cream. The Mexican Coke ale paired with Mexican chocolate ice cream probably tasted the closest to a beer float, but still had quite a ways to go.

For an event as simple as this, what more could you ask for? L.A. Foodie left the bells and whistles at home this time, opting for a low-cost event that still delivers fun and booze. If anything went wrong, it occurred beyond L.A. Foodie’s control. Notably, 4th Street, the main road used to get to Angel City Brewery from the nearest freeway, closed to traffic due to Brokechella taking place at this same time just down the street from the brewery. As a result, navigating the streets almost felt like driving through the Las Vegas Strip – full of pedestrians, and nowhere to park within half a mile. As for the date, this actually occurred on a Saturday with the least amount of Southern California events all month. So in hindsight, L.A. Foodie put on a great event as they always do. Due to external factors weighing on this event, L.A. Foodie certainly could have attained more with Float Trip.

Think you can hold out for Lent for any longer? If you feel that you can stop one day early, you may receive the chance to indulge on sweets, booze, and sweets in booze at L.A. Foodie‘s Float Trip. This Saturday from 4pm to 7pm, the L.A. Foodie crew will once again strut into Angel City Brewery, where the crew will set up for an evening of serving up artisanal ice cream and craft beer. Guests will choose a beer from three choices of Angel City’s brews, and pick any ice cream flavor available from Peddler’s Creamery, Ice Cream Lab, or Ramekin. Additionally, all attendees receive a float-mixing kit, complete with cups, spoons, straws, trays, and more. As for food, attendees can snack on cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats from Mwokaji Cakery, while supplies last. General admission costs just $9, and includes three ice cream beer floats and a $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. Beyond this event, all attendees plus regular visitors to the brewery can still order beer from the counter, and purchase food from the food trucks that will serve outside.

Take a peek at L.A. Foodie’s last event, Treatoberfest, here at Angel City Brewery back in October last year:

As this weekend contains countless events throughout Southern California, transportation reigns as the number one obstacle for any local. Not too far from here, Brokechella will occur, occupying most, if not all, parking spaces in the area. Also not too far from Downtown Los Angeles, the K-Town Night Market will take place, causing a clutter of people near Union Station, a 15 minute walk from Angel City. No one under 21 may attend the event, and the brewery’s staff WILL check for ID’s at the door, so remember to bring your ID! Last but not least, drink responsibly, as this area of Los Angeles sees a high density of traffic both on wheels and on foot.

Jacob’s Birthday – Free Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1444207092480116/

Enjoy a free show headlined by The Maxies this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Chinatown After Dark
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=454

Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.

Rock Rock Rocksteady Go
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 17
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1504713589752120/

Get your skanking on this Thursday night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30pm and $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

WonderCon 2014
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 18
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 20
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Comic book fans and film buffs rejoice! The annual WonderCon returns to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. At this weekend-long convention, find plenty of comic books, action figures, DVDs, and more for sale, and check out all of the autograph sessions of artists, writers, actors, and more. In addition, do some people-watching as the countless fans cosplay as their favorite fictional characters. The Saturday pass has already sold out, but adults can attend Friday for $25, or Sunday for $15. Teenagers 13-17 and military get in for a discounted price, while children 12 and under enter free with a paid adult’s admission. Bring plenty of cash for parking and vendors, as guests may not likely use credit cards to purchase anything here.

K-Town Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

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

Decry @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/524615804325470/

Take in your weekly dosage of punk rock this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim, as Decry headlines this small show. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/drupal/node/217

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19-20
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
http://www.downtown-burbank.org/events.php

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

2014 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 19
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-of-hillcrest-2013/

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

7th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 19
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://sandiegomusicfoundation.org/beerfest/

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $40. No one under 21 may enter.

4th Annual Brokechella
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://brokechella.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Brokechella, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $10 presale and $20 at the door.

L.A. Foodie’s Float Trip
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-foodies-float-trip-tickets-10911962975

L.A. Foodie returns with another beercentric event at Angel City Brewery this Saturday evening. For just $9 per person, attendees get treated to three ice cream & beer floats and pick the flavors of each of them. In addition, attendees also get to munch on sweet treats, such as cookies and mini cupcakes, while supplies last. Regular patrons to Angel City Brewery can still order beer normally at the counter, and order food from the food trucks that will serve during this time. Street parking meters around here go free after 4pm or 6pm, depending on the street, so search around for parking. Take note that Brokechella will go on this same time not far from here, which will clutter up the parking in this area.

Circle One @ The Overtime
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Overtime Bar & Grill, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/225691907630944/

Hardcore punk band Circle One headlines a small show this Saturday night in Carson. The cover for this show costs $7, or $10 for two people. No one under 21 may enter.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
La Habra Bowl, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/605765579512196/

This Saturday gets a little weird when Radioactive Chicken Heads headline this all-ages show in La Habra. Come get clucky with them and some other fun openers for just $5.

Mary Jane’s Pre-Birthday Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Que’s Bar & Grill, Rosemead
http://www.facebook.com/events/248386582012068/

Ring in 4/20 with some hardcore punk for your ears. The cover for this show costs $2 before 9:30pm and $3 afterwards. No one under 21 may attend.

Mike V’s Birthday Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 19
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1411438912445806/

Enjoy a fun punk show this Saturday night at Cafe NELA, northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The event does not specify a cover charge, so have cash available for whatever they charge. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area.

With Halloween right around the corner, why not start preparing yourself for what may transpire? Whether you will indulge on sweets, booze, or other like-minded individuals on such a holiday, the lucky visitors to L.A. Foodie‘s Treatoberfest could partake in a preview of all sorts of adult Halloween celebrations rolled into one. This past Saturday night, the L.A. Foodie crew strutted into Angel City Brewery, where the crew and a slew of great chefs, bakers, and caterers from all over Southern California set up along the back to prepare for a night of serving up all the delicious sweet treats that attendees could handle. L.A. Foodie encouraged attendees to don their best costumes and have some fun among the crowd, as well as take photos in front of the green screen. All throughout the night, attendees could go trick-or-treating by visiting all of the tables and selecting any treat they desired. General admission cost $15, and included three 4oz beer pours from Angel City Brewery, unlimited food & dessert samples, and $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. VIP cost $40, included all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. As an added bonus, L.A. Foodie provided to-go boxes so that attendees could take home as many treats as they could fit into the to-go box. Talk about sweetening the deal!

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

When L.A. Foodie throws an event, they do it right. Although they have not held an event since June, know that they all constantly search for the best of Los Angeles, whether they record podcasts, scout out new restaurants or bars, or put random food in strangers’ mouths. They currently do not have plans for another event, but when they do, they will blast it out to all of their followers. Make sure you like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to ensure you will know firsthand when they will hold another event.

Barbie And The Hookers in Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 9
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1420219944860511/

Catch this local music show this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Guys get in for $3, while gals get in free all night.

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

The Heavenly Hog Fall Pig Out
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 11
La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/447873

At this Fall pairing dinner, eight of San Diego’s top chefs commune to deconstruct a pig into seven parts, plus a wild card. Each chef will then pair a part to a beverage of his/her choice. You can partake in this exciting dinner for $125, which should more than cover the costs of the whole hogs and the drinks.

Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 11
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

Big Orange Book Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 11
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 13
Chapman University, Orange
http://bigorangebookfestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day book festival takes place at Chapman University in Orange this weekend. Come see hundreds of books, writers, live entertainment, food, speakers, and more.

2013 That Dam Mud Run – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 12
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
https://efc.webconnex.com/tdmr2013

Tackle a three-mile obstacle course full of dirt, mud, and more this Saturday at a dam. Following the mud run, enjoy yourself with great company and live music at the beer garden (beer sold separately). Registration costs $79 for adults and $25 for children, and include a commemorative t-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to move in that they do not mind getting dirty, or plan to throw away after this run. Remember to bring extra clothes to change into and plenty of towels for after the run.

4th Annual Santee Car Show & BBQ Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 12
Santee Trolley Square, Santee
http://www.santeecarshow.com/

This Saturday, come and check out over 200 hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles and muscle cars all available for your viewing pleasure, absolutely free of charge. This all-ages event allows visitors to gaze upon all of the classic cars and browse through the hundreds of food vendors and merchandise booths. Live music, a beer garden, and a carnival area will keep everyone entertained all day.

For LA By LA – The GMO Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
McLogan Supply Co., Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/636760283008625/

This all-ages art event raises awareness of GMO’s in today’s food industry. For $5 entry, see lots of local artists, vendors, food trucks, and more, as we learn about GMO’s, its effect on the industry, and most importantly, its effect on humans.

Corgi Fall Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 12
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/196822827148503/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

8th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 12
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/artwalk/

This free all-ages event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

Fall 2013 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 12-13
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

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.

Fall 2013 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 12-13
LA Mart, Los Angeles
http://artisanalla.com/

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. 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.

Orange County Japan Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://cjapan-usa.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $5 for one day or $8 for two days, and parking costs $7 per vehicle.

Zombie Fest
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 12
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/618867528165137/

Go nuts at this death metal show this Saturday afternoon in East LA. This all-ages show costs $10. Guests should park in the alley behind the building, but avoid parking too far into the alley, or those arriving afterwards may block the path.

Treatoberfest
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 12
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://treatoberfest-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Celebrate Halloween early as only adults should celebrate! Don your best Halloween costume, and go trick-or-treating among Los Angeles’ top dessert providers. General admission costs $15, and includes three 4oz beer pours from Angel City Brewery, unlimited food & dessert samples, and $20 Uber ride service gift card for new signups. VIP costs $40, includes all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. Food trucks will serve food outside at a separate cost. Guests can find parking throughout the Arts District, as meters run up to 6pm on most of the streets.

Circle One in Ventura
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 12
Zoey’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/323417231129100/

Catch a local punk show in Ventura this Saturday evening. This all-ages show only costs $7 to enter.

Five Iron Frenzy @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 12
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/368145-five-iron-frenzy-pomona/

Pomona gets a dosage of ska this Saturday night, as Five Iron Frenzy headlines a show with Suburban Legends, Rebel Revive, and CodeName: Rocky. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area, but pay attention to the signs, as some lots require a parking fee.

Ghetto Ska Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 12
Shred Masters, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/325351857598331/

Inland Empire gets a night of ska, as South Central Skankers headline a show in San Bernardino with Vidalta, 2 Tone Boners, Me Gusta Putas, Los Alkoliados, and Grito Rebelde. This all-ages show costs $10 before 9pm and $12 afterwards to enter.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 12
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/590710764300813/

Rodents of Unusual Size, Rottbite, Malditas Drogas, Underground Alliance, and Foggy Nation play at this free show this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Long Beach Marathon
6:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 13
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://runlongbeach.com/

The annual Long Beach Marathon takes place this Sunday. Please note the street closures for that day, and adjust your day accordingly.

4th Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 13
Redondo Beach Pier
http://www.redondopier.com/event/4th-annual-taste-of-the-pier/

This food fest will include food tastings, bands, balloons, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Enjoy a variety of small bites, live music, and fun while you tour the pier. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items in support of the Cancer Support Community and Redondo Beach Educational Foundation. Free to attend, tasting tickets cost $1 each.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Chocolate Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 18
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/274577442689182/

Love chocolate? Sample some artisanal chocolate treats this Tuesday night at the Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, free of charge.

Summer Cocktail Preview
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 19
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://hopscotchsummercocktailpreview.eventbrite.com/

Hopscotch Tavern’s new summer cocktail menu debuts Friday, but you can order any of these at happy hour prices this Wednesday evening. RSVP using the provided link, where each RSVP works for the registrant plus one.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $28 each, while purchasing both costs $42.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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.

Dom’s Favorite Burgers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
West Elm South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
http://domsfavoriteburgers.com/

Snag some free burgers, and take pictures with pin-up models on the red carpet at this blogger’s summer kickoff party.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 21
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

Jack Bradshaw Dog Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 21-23
Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.jbradshaw.com/

Watch multiple dog shows and competitions this and next weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, breeds will compete in show and athletic contests throughout the weekend. Expect parking to cost $15. Take public transportation (free on the Passport bus) or ride a bike to circumvent the hefty parking fee.

San Diego International Beer Festival
Various times, June 21-23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/index.php?fuseaction=festivals.beer_festival

The San Diego County Fair will import over 400 beers from around the world for a weekend of beer at the fairgrounds. Over the weekend, the fairgrounds will host five different four-hour sessions of unlimited tastings, and each session will feature different seminars and presentations. General admission costs $55, and includes admission to the rest of the fair plus the souvenir cup. Parking on-site costs $10, while off-site parking with shuttles costs nothing. Although the beer fest takes place in the arena under a roof, the rest of the fair takes place outdoors, so prepare for sunny weather if you choose to venture outside. I highly recommend arriving as early as possible, as each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends.

To Kristen With Love
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 21
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377604

A punk show, art show, and film premiere take over this small pub this Friday night in Pasadena. For just $10 entry, guests will see lots of local punk rock bands, art, and a film premiere by Seraph Films. The bar will serve drink specials all night, as well as free nachos. You will find the entrance to Old Towne Pub at the end of an alley on Holly St right next to Cafe Linda. Although free parking almost does not exist in this area, a few spots on Corson St have no meters. No one under 21 may enter.

A Wilhelm Scream & The Flatliners @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/wilhelm-scream-flatliners

A Wilhelm Scream and The Flatliners will start a tour soon, and that tour sweeps through California this week. Catch these two bands plus local openers at this all-ages show for only $13. The venue contains a free parking lot, but late arrivals may need to park in neighboring lots, which require a parking fee.

Steampunk Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 21
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/484900361582946/

Art, merchandise, food, music, gadgets, live tattooing, body painting, and more will grace The Vex with their presence this Friday night. For just $20 admission, guests can explore a night of steampunk music and art. Guests under 18 must attend with an adult. Guests can park behind the building, but should take care not to park too deep or risk getting blocked by other cars.

2013 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 21
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

2nd Annual Long Beach Art in the Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 22
Bixby Park, Long Beach
https://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Enjoy an afternoon of plenty of family activities, arts & crafts, live music, food trucks, and more, free for all ages.

34th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 22
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

27th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 22
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

2013 Tomato Assault – Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tomatoassault.com/

Time to get down and dirty! Tens of thousands of pounds of tomatoes will fly through the air at this glorified tomato fight. Tomato Assault brings together live music, inflatable objects, a beer garden, food trucks, costume contests, and more all for the love of smacking other people with tomatoes. Registration costs $60, and no one under 21 may attend. Attendees must print, sign, and bring a waiver, found on the website, to the event in order to participate.

Balls For Balls 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 22
Nirvana Bar & Grill, Los Angeles
http://www.ballsforballs.philanthroproductions.org/

In a nutshell, gather a team to competitively eat meatballs for charity. The winning team does take a cash prize home. A team of four enters for $60, while individuals enter for $20 and get placed in a random team as a filler. Spectators may enter and watch for free.

Bite Flite
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 22
Bar & Garden, Culver City
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7012846613/efbbt

Sample burgers, beers, and desserts at this food pairing dinner this Saturday in Culver City. The $22 admission includes a 4-beer flight, a choice of one of four sliders ($3.50 for each additional), and desserts from Mwokaji Cakery. Guests can find free street parking on nearby streets. No one under 21 may attend.

Nekromantix @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/nekromantix

Catch a psychobilly show this Saturday night in Santa Ana, as Nekromantix headlines a show with Graveyard Johnny’s, Dragstrip Demons, Black Rose Phantoms, Crash Cadillacs, and Butchery Boys. The first band starts at 8pm. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18. The venue contains a free parking lot, but late arrivals may need to park in neighboring lots, which require a parking fee.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 23
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Wilshire Blvd from Downtown LA to Miracle Mile will close to bikers this Sunday. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & International Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 23
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/june-23-summer-solstice-festival-fullerton-sister-city-associations-international-taco-fest/

Sample worldly cuisine in a tortilla at this taco fest this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. The Taco Fest starts at 1pm, lasts two hours, and requires an entry fee, which guests pay for at the gate. No one under 21 may attend the Taco Fest, as it also comes with complimentary beer tastings from Bootlegger’s Brewery. Guests may park for free at the venue.

1st Annual Tacolandia
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 23
Hollywood Palladium Parking Lot, Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/tacolandia/

Gorge out on tacos from over 30 chefs from around Southern California and some from Baja at this taco fest in a parking lot. General admission costs $20 and includes unlimited food until it runs out, while VIP admission costs $40 and also includes a hosted bar. Guests of all ages may attend, but adults must have ID to drink.

Santa Monica Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 23
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://drinkeatplay.com/winefest/

Sample wines from over 50 wineries on the pier this Sunday evening. General admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm. Food comes at a separate cost here. Both admissions include access to Pacific Park, the mini amusement park on the pier. Bring extra cash for parking. Dress for chilly weather, as this takes place at night near the ocean.

California houses some of the world’s most progressive and innovative cuisine. Whereas the general populace regards other cultures for certain culinary styles, such as Asian or Italian food, Californian cuisine does not follow any standard guidelines. When suggesting places to dine at in California to any out-of-state visitor, the list of possible places includes so many establishments that if you placed all of them side by side in a row, that row of buildings would easily stretch around the world, and would include cuisine from every corner of the world. With so much food to discover, any adventurous soul must first take small steps prior to the stride leading to the more exuberant establishments. Here in Southern California, Los Angeles alone carries hundreds of local food businesses that could take an individual months of dine at each and every single one of them. Nobody ever really knows if a place merits a visit, but luckily a group of young food fans colloquially known as L.A. Foodie has taken on the mission of discovering the best of food in Los Angeles.

Everybody deserves to know where to find the best food, and L.A. Foodie has accepted the challenge of locating all of it. This group of young food lovers travels around LA County and surrounding areas searching for the best hidden gems, and gives the place some press via a review or a podcast. Once in a while, in addition to a podcast, they will host a dinner event, which varies in format depending on the location. The crew threw their latest dinner event last Wednesday night at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Downtown Long Beach. Aptly named Get Porked, attendees got to sit down and enjoy a 4-course dinner & beer pairing consisting of four styles of pork and four different brews from Beachwood Brewing. In addition to this dinner, attendees could also sample treat from Krave Jerky and Mwokaji Cakery.

Prior to the start of dinner, the L.A. Foodie crew started their podcast with their own introductory segment before speaking with Gabe Gordon from Beachwood Brewing about the styles of BBQ and the beers they brew here. Servers brought out the beers first, but as a paired dinner, I held onto my beers, while a few other attendees started drinking their beers. Servers delivered the beer tasters in this order:

  • Knucklehead – a 5.7% American Red Ale
  • Hef Leppard – a 5.1% Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
  • Hops of Brixton – a 6.1% English Special Bitter (ESB)
  • Amalgamator – a 7.1% West Coast IPA

Once all attendees had received their beers, the servers brought out the food – a plate that contained all four items so that we would have all the food in front of us instead of waiting for the servers to bring out each plate one by one. From start to finish, all attendees dined on:

  • Hickory smoked pork with mustard BBQ sauce and chow chow on Texas Toast
  • Oak smoked pork with spicy whisky tomato sauce and tobacco onions on a grit cake << My Favorite
  • Applewood smoked dry-rubbed pork with vinegar BBQ sauce and vinegar coleslaw on a pretzel bun
  • Pecan smoked pork with apricot BBQ sauce on a sweet potato pancake

Once dinner had ended, servers started to slowly bring out more beer as the dessert beer pairing. Unlike dinner, attendees received one larger glass of beer, as they intended to pair this beer with all four desserts. For our dessert beer, attendees received a glass of Beyond a Reasonable Stout, a 10.0% American Imperial (read: Double) Stout. For our actual dessert plates, attendees received in order:

  • Sponge cake with passion fruit filling, topped with whipped frosting and fresh fruit (strawberries, blackberries, and/or mangoes)
  • Red velvet bacon cupcake with cream cheese frosting
  • Dark Chocolate Verrine
  • (White) Chocolate Chip Sprinkle and Coconut Cranberry Drop Cookies

Once dinner had wrapped up, many of the attendees left, while the L.A. Foodie crew continued to record their podcast. At this point, they now turned their attention towards attendees to ask them about the dinner event. They also wanted to play a short game with a few of us, so I volunteered myself to play along. The first game involved blindfolding the contestants, and having us guess the food that they handed to us. The second game involved a local quiz, which I can tell you right now I failed horribly at. Have a listen to their podcast below, which features lots of information about Beachwood BBQ, Mwokaji Cakery, Long Beach, and more. The segments featuring me start at 15:30. Click here to open the podcast in a new window.

For as much as these guys accomplish, I feel sad for just discovering this and missing all of their past events, such as their Slider pairing the month prior. They have the right idea by exploring this vast region, seeking out tremendous things right under our noses that we often just zip by on the road. All of society can benefit from variety and diversity in life, so try something new and switch up your normal routine to add some kick to life.