Posts Tagged ‘Pizza’

LA Fleet Week 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 1-4
LA Waterfront, San Pedro

Lots of ship, naval, and marine activities will take place this weekend in San Pedro. Many of the all-ages events have no admission fee, while some will require reservations. Check the website for a full list of events and their costs.

6th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 1-4
B Street Pier, San Diego

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Port of San Diego’s Festival of Sail 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 1
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego

Lots of tall ships will go on display this weekend in San Diego. Tickets cost $11 for adults or $9 for children & seniors, and grants access to the museum for the day.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 2-4
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2-4
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
Water Wheel Saloon, Norco

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this weekend for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Stiff Little Fingers: 40th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 7, El Rey Theater, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, House of Blues, Anaheim

Legendary punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers starts a tour this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 7-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA to receive admission for free. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Taste of Del Mar 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 7
Del Mar Village, Del Mar

Sample food and drinks from local Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening in Del Mar. Admission costs $30 for food only, or $40 for both food and drinks, and gets you unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

2nd Annual Ohana Music Fest
2:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9-10
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

A three-day all-ages music concert comes to the beaches of Dana Point this weekend. Tickets start at $100.

St. Maurice 12th Annual Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 10
Saint Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church, Pomona

A family-friendly fair comes to Pomona this weekend, free to attend for all ages. This fair will have rides, games, prizes, entertainment, food, treats, vendors, and more.

21st Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 8
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

Bubbles & Botanicals
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

$35 gets you in to the Fullerton Arboretum this Friday night with champagne and appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

SFUA’s 2nd Annual Harvest Moon Celebration
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Tanaka Farms, Irvine

Sample an assortment of food and beverages this Friday night in Irvine. Admission costs $125 for adults or $80 for anyone 30 or under. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and unlimited beverage tasters for anyone 21 and over, also while supplies last.

The Vibrators at Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Santa Ana

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

Orange County Team Relay
7:00 am – 11:00 am, September 9
Mike Ward Community Park, Irvine

Participate in a running relay in Irvine this Saturday morning. Distances will range from 1k up to 10k. Registration ranges from $20 up to $300 depending on the distance and number of participants in a relay team.

14th Annual Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 9-10
Recreation Park, Long Beach

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 9
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

South Coast Corsa Corvair Cruise-In 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 9
Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo

A free and all-ages car show comes to El Segundo this Saturday.

4th Annual LA River Boat Race
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 9
Behind Elysian, Los Angeles

Put your rowing skills and core to the test at this rowing race this Saturday along the LA River. They will have a fun course for those who simply want to participate, and a competitive course for those who want to win.

PowerCon 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 9-10
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance

Check out this expo dedicated to He Man and other similar action figure characters this weekend in Torrance. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $25, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Bring cash for parking as well.

15th Annual Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 9
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

2nd Annual Reader Burgers & Beer
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 9
Golden Hill Park, Balboa Park, San Diego

Appearing to replace the annual Reader Feast, this event has dozens of San Diego restaurants competing to win the best burger, and attendees get to sample food from them all. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with one drink ticket. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and comes with three drink tickets. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Carlsbad Brewfest 2017
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 9
Holiday Park, Carlsbad

A food, beer, and music festival comes to Carlsbad this Saturday afternoon. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2017
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, September 9
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

12th Annual Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 9
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 10
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

San Diego Pizza & Beer Fest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 9
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego

$55 gets you in to this tasting event where you get to try samples of craft beers and gourmet pizzas from throughout San Diego County while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Sunstock Solar Fest
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
The Reef, Los Angeles

This green-type event features music, food, art, speakers, and more all focused on all things environmentally friendly. Presale admission costs $25 for adults, $20 for military/seniors/students, or $12 for children & teenagers. Admission at the door costs $5 more.

Buy a Dog a Beer Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 9
Wolf Creek Brewery, Santa Clarita

Despite the name of the event, this festival represents your typical beer festival. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees may NOT bring their dogs.

Dreamcast 18th USA Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
Game Realms, Burbank

In celebration of the Sega Dreamcast’s birthday, Burbank’s Game Realms will have a bunch of Dreamcast games available for you to play this Saturday evening. Admission costs $7 and grants you free play for any available machine, a raffle ticket, and entry into any tournament.

8th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 9
Town Center Community Park East, Santee

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
The Viper Room, West Hollywood

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.

The Vibrators at Til-Two Club
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 9
Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

28th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 10
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

Alley Art Festival 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 10
Downtown Vista, Vista

A free and all-ages art street fair will take place in Vista this Sunday.

Geek Meet: Aliens
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 10
Slide Bar, Fullerton

A free and all-ages geeky meetup will take place in Downtown Fullerton this Sunday night.


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

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

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

4. Pizza Port‘s BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

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

3. Melt’s Bulgogi Burger

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

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

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

1. VaKA Burger Express‘ The Vaka

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

In today’s generation, those growing up aim to set their own trends instead of following in their parents’ footsteps. For the most part, parents raised their children with what they (the parents) learned growing up, passing on their behaviors and lifestyles on to their children. However, as the children grow up, they start to desire independence from their parents, and as such they will want to develop their own wants and desires, usually opposite from their parents. For example, while parents will likely want to eat something familiar such as pizza and burgers, the children may want something special, usually something different or fusion. Today, fusion food exists in many restaurants, which combines two different foods into one concept imagined by the chef. Instead of trying to divide parents from children, why not make a place friendly to both, such as Pizza Port?

Bearing no relation to the pizza place in Disneyland with the same name, Pizza Port resembles a true Southern California staple. Not only do they craft their own family-friendly food, but they also brew their own huge lineup of craft beers. This makes Pizza Port a great place for the entire family – the children can enjoy the fun food as well as the games inside the restaurant, and the parents can enjoy the fantastic food as well as a cold one or two. While Pizza Port revels in the awards they win for the beers they brew, their food ought to win awards as well. When you see their BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, you will understand why both parents and children love this dish. This pizza pie comes with tangy barbecue sauce, beef meatballs, diced bacon, chopped red onions, and mozzarella & cheddar cheese with red onions. All of their pizzas can come on traditional pizza dough or their beer-infused whole grain dough.

You can enjoy this savory pizza pie at any of Pizza Port’s locations for $9.50 for a small, $18.25 for a medium, or $22 for a large. Check out what else Pizza Port has serving up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

We live in a time where every single human being desires absolute control over his or her life. As a universal human truth, people need to have complete control over their lives and do things only their way, even if it obstructs another person’s path to freedom. Sad as that might sound, history has shown exactly this. When you have control, you feel authoritative and confident. When you lack control, you may start to feel scared or angry. By allowing people to have control, they feel more comfortable with the current situation. They have ditched the old motto of “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” for a more direct approach that gives them control. Instead of getting mad, go somewhere that allows you to enjoy your control by allowing you the pleasure of customization, such as at green2Go.

Eat good good-for-you food at green2Go, a fast-casual dining spot in Brea. While the restaurant’s name suggests salads, green2Go does so much more than just salads – green2Go puts a fresh and healthy spin on classic dishes. Burgers, tacos, salads, rice bowls, sandwiches, flatbreads, pizzas… green2Go does a lot of different food here. However, green2Go uses only the freshest all-natural ingredients to ensure pure flavor and nutrition. This also ensures that they can cater to anyone with dietary restrictions – green2Go can make most of their menu items vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or any other method (ask a server about specific items). While you may certainly order any of their items as the menu describes, green2Go proudly offers a Build-Your-Own section where you get to dress up your favorite menu items. You select a burger, salad, quinoa bowl, kaleslaw, rice bowl, grilled veggies, or mac & cheese, and you can select up to four add-ons to accompany your plate, which you can pick by walking up to the BYO bar to the left of the front counter. Just when you think they do only nutritious food, green2Go also serves a wide variety of desserts and treats, as well as craft beers and wines.

One should never have to forsake eating well to satisfy a flavor craving, as you can get both at green2Go. In addition, green2Go offers a meal-prep program, so for those who need pre-portioned meals to-go, green2Go satisfies that need. One cannot judge a book by its cover, and no one should certainly judge green2Go by its name. In fact, green2Go also hosts regular beer-pairing dinners, such as one with Mother Earth Brewing next month. You can see what else green2Go has to offer on their Facebook and Twitter pages. At green2Go, you can have your cheat meal and eat it too.

Knotty Brewing Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Knotty Brewing, San Diego

A new brewery opens their doors to the public this Wednesday evening in Downtown San Diego. Free to attend, they will have Happy Hour specials from 4pm to 7pm, then $3 pints afterwards.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Downtown Pacific Beach

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Tuesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

Subhumans: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 14, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 17, Los Globos, Silverlake

Legendary punk rock band Subhumans currently tours across the west coast, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

2016 Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 15
Rustic Root, San Diego

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

3rd Annual SDBG Golf Tournament
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 16
Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, San Diego

Play golf and drink craft beer at this charity golf tournament this Friday in San Diego. Registration for this event filled up a while ago, so if this event looks interesting to you, bookmark it for next year!

6th Annual Los Angeles Green Festival Expo
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 16
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17-18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

Explore the future of sustainability at this expo in Downtown LA this weekend. Visitors will encounter hundreds of vendors from food to tools and more. Adult admission costs $12 for one day, $22 for Saturday & Sunday, or $35 for all three days. Children enter for free with paid adult admission.

18th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 17
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
East End, Downtown Santa Ana

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 16
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 17
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 18
Mission Park, Downtown Ventura

The California Beer Festival invades Ventura this weekend with three separate events. On Friday, attend a food & beer pairing competition for $60 where five chefs and five brewers compete for the best beer & food pairing in show. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $55 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $30 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live blues music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

Bubbles & Botanicals
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

$25 gets you in to the Fullerton Arboretum this Friday night with champagne and appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden’s 35th Anniversary
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach

Enjoy an elegant evening in Long Beach this Friday complete with food stations, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission costs $70.

Rebel Bingo
8:00 pm – 11:30 pm, September 16
333 Live, Los Angeles

If you think you know bingo, think again. This psychedelic interactive party takes bingo to extremes. Expect loud music, alcohol, dancing, intoxication, almost-naked people, and much more that you would not tell your grandparents about.

16th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk

Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

19th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 17-18
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado

This all-ages event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts at one of the most distinctive race track locations, Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy! The two-day festival includes a military pit crew challenge, car show, garage tours, test drives, a vendor village, a stunt show, a special appearance by Red Bull’s Geoff Aaron, and more. General admission presale costs $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend, while tickets at the door will cost $10 more.

12th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 17-18
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.

2016 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 17
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 18
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $25. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 17
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

3rd Annual LA River Boat Race
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
Behind Elysian, Los Angeles

Put your rowing skills and core to the test at this rowing race this Saturday along the LA River. They will have a fun course for those who simply want to participate, and a competitive course for those who want to win.

2016 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
4:00 am – 10:00 am, September 18
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

Huntington Beach Surf City Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17-18
Downtown Huntington Beach

A handful of events will occur in Downtown Huntington Beach this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

9th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 17-18
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

San Diego Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 17-18
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

This two-day expo in San Diego celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

Book Lovers Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17-18
Whimsic Alley, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles

Free to attend for all ages, check out dozens of vendors selling books, literature accessories, and more.

San Diego Gourmet Pizza Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 17
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

$35 gets you in to this tasting event where you get to try samples of gourmet pizzas from throughout San Diego County while supplies last. Admission also includes seven craft beer samples. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 17
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $75 and includes access to a VIP lounge area. No one under 21 may attend as a VIP.

2nd Annual Sundown Music Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

Party on the beach with music, art, booze, wild women, and more this weekend in Huntington Beach. Admission costs $75 for one day or $139 for both days. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 17
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim

OC Fest of Ales returns to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. The $70 admission grants you access to unlimited food AND beer while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup and bottle opener. Guests will also find all the usual beer festival festivities, such as games, live music, a homebrew competition, vendors, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Summer Send Off Beer Festival 2016 + Inland Empire Beer Week 2016 Kickoff
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 17
Riverside Municipal Airport, Riverside

A beer festival will take place in Riverside this Saturday afternoon to mark the close of the summer season as well as kick off this year’s Inland Empire Beer Week. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 17
Montebello City Park, Montebello

At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.

4th Annual Brewer’s Chili Cookoff
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 17
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

A handful of Southern Californian breweries will collide at Select Beer Store this Saturday for an all-day chili cookoff featuring chili made by the brewers as well as beers from the breweries on tap. Chili tasting starts at 4pm, while the beers will flow all day.

Grand Opening of Ocean Beach Tasting Room & Sour Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 17
Belching Beaver, Ocean Beach

Belching Beaver will open the doors to the public at their new location in Ocean Beach this Saturday, and they will also release a new sour ale as well. This grand opening event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

3rd Annual Horton’s Hayride
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
S. S. Lane Victory, San Pedro

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, The Bouncing Souls, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $25.

Downey International Food & Music Festival 2016
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 17
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

78th Annual LA Chinatown Moon Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 17
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Chinese Thanksgiving celebrations continue this Saturday in Chinatown with their annual Moon (Cake) Festival. Free to attend for all ages, participants celebrate by eating mooncakes, mini pastries that may contain up to 2,000 calories each. In addition, guests can see kung fu demos, lion dancers, live music, food trucks, ping pong tournaments, and more. Guests can find free street parking beyond Spring St. or close to LA State Historic Park.

OC Roller Girls – School of Hard Blocks
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 17
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

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.

3rd Annual Taps & Tapas Craft Beer & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 18
Fiesta Hall, Uptown Whittier

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food & beer tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from over 20 local restaurants and sips from over 30 different craft beers from over 20 different breweries. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 18
Alpine Village, Torrance

This Sunday afternoon, instead of the usual German beers, Torrance’s Alpine Village will have a handful of craft beers for their Oktoberfest event. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and gets you ten 2oz beer pours plus admission to the Oktoberfest celebration. No one under 21 may attend.

Welcome to the 21st century, where today’s population of young adults have grown tired of traditional things and seek new, modern things. Colloquially referred to as millennials, today’s young adults grew up during a time where their parents stuck to traditional methods of living as a safer, low-risk way of raising their children. However, that all changed over the past decade when these children grew up not wanting to 100% resemble their parents, and have changed the way people live today. For example, the United States finally legalized same-sex marriages this year. As another sign of the changing times, millennials have grown tired of eating the same things that they have grown up with, and now crave different, unique, fusion foods. For example, while many may still like traditional tacos with meats like carne asada, new tacos like pork belly tacos exist that millennials now prefer. Fusion exists in all sorts of food, from tacos to burritos to burgers to pizza. If you prefer the latter and seek fusion pizza, look no further than Mr. Pizza.

While I try to refrain from posting about chain businesses on my blog, Mr. Pizza has such a small presence in Southern California that I ought to give them some light to show others how true fusion pizza should taste. Based out of South Korea, this pizza chain that opened over two decades ago serves up pizza with a Korean twist. While they have traditional pizzas such as pepperoni listed in the back/bottom of their menus, people visit Mr. Pizza for the unique crusts and toppings that few others do for their pizza, such as the Bulgogi Pizza (50/50 pizza pictured above, Potato on left and Bulgogi on right). The famed Bulgogi Pizza comes topped with tomato sauce, Korean-marinated beef, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. Basically, imagine eating a Korean-style cheesesteak sandwich but in pizza form. As for the other half pictured above, the Potato pizza comes with tomato sauce, potato wedges, ground beef, corn, mushrooms, onions, bacon, mayonnaise, and mozzarella cheese. The pizza pictured above features the Cheese-filled crust. These two make for two of the more popular pizzas served at Mr. Pizza, along with the Half & Half, comprised of Potato Gold and Shrimp Gold.

With so many different styles of pizzas available at Mr. Pizza, you cannot go wrong with what you choose. In fact, you would need to come back to Mr. Pizza over and over in order to try every single pizza that they carry. Mr. Pizza has locations in Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Century City and Buena Park – the Buena Park location opened less than two months ago. Check out Mr. Pizza on Facebook and Twitter for more about their delicious pizza pies.

Before getting into the content of this post, let me tell you about two great websites that any craft beer enthusiast must know about. These websites basically resemble Google Maps with breweries already pinpointed on them. Any craft beer enthusiast planning a trip of any kind, whether by ground or air, will certainly want to keep these websites bookmarked. First off, we have The Beer Mapping Project. I discovered this site a handful of years ago, which allows you to view a map and filter it by breweries, brewpubs, beer bars, beer stores, and homebrew shops. I had used this site for all that time to locate and discover new breweries until I recently discovered BreweryMap last month. BreweryMap does more or less the same thing as Beer Mapping, but BreweryMap also has smartphone apps for Apple and Android devices, allowing you to locate beer out on the field. These apps cost $2.99 last I checked, but I highly suggest buying it for the love of craft beer.

So why did I bring all that up? If you check out the regional map for the greater Los Angeles area, you will notice some huge blank spots with virtually no beer presence. Microbreweries tend to exist in geographical clusters, such as in the South Bay or in the San Gabriel Valley. Some other places have almost no beer around – when looking at a map of Los Angeles, if you draw a region going clockwise from Downtown LA consisting of the 5, 55, 405, and 10 freeways, barely any craft beer exists there, sans some brewpubs that do not distribute their brews. That particular region typically does not prefer craft beer, as Budweiser keenly pointed out with a $9 million ad. Southern California provides a great atmosphere for the growth of craft beer, and more & more people start to desire it year after year. Introducing craft beer to regions without a strong presence of it poses no easy task, but Out Of The Park Pizza dared to step up to the plate to break that barrier.

Taking over the old Season Ticket Family Pizza location tucked away in a corner at Ball Road and Valley View Street, Out Of The Park Pizza has moved in to show the local community that they have the ability to turn this spot into a successful business. This particular location has changed ownerships so much in the past decade or two, but Out Of The Park Pizza boldly stepped up to the challenge of turning this into a lasting business. Out Of The Park Pizza had already cemented their legacy as a craft beer mecca with their original location in Anaheim Hills, so they already have the following to bring big business to this new location in Buena Park. This Buena Park location has the same setup as the former business – large dining room, televisions everywhere, an arcade room for the little ones, and a smaller space towards the back for private parties. I did not count how many taps they have, but they clearly have over 20 of them, which I believe they will rotate like any decent craft beer bar does once a keg blows.

As far as the food goes, it appeals to the masses. The food has nothing on hip, trendy restaurants serving food at gastropub levels, but it works for the atmosphere and audience. As a family-friendly restaurant, the menu must appeal to all ages, so even children must like the food. They have foods like Pizza Poppers, mozzarella and pepperoni stuffed into dough balls, that anyone can enjoy, then they have lots of pizza varieties, such as the Fried Egg Monster, a pizza with beef, chicken, pepperoni, bacon, garlic, and a fried egg. The food at Out Of The Park Pizza may not win any awards from me, but it does the job of satisfying people’s hunger, and anything on their menu sounds fantastic after you have had a few brews to guzzle.

Out Of The Park Pizza’s Buena Park location had a soft opening last week, meaning they should officially open up fully within the next month or two. Follow up with them on Facebook for the latest updates, including when they plan to hold their grand opening. Folks living in the Buena Park/La Palma/Cypress area finally have a place to enjoy craft beer, and should definitely invite their friends and family here.

2014 has proved quite an eventful year. The world has gone through some significant changes that allow us to say that we have lived through history. 2014 has proved itself a rocky year for me personally – uncertainty of occupations, a better camera, event opportunities, and new foods all arrived at my doorstep this year. Although I have lost count of all the amazing new foods I have tried this year, the following five foods have truly cemented their legacy into my mind and heart.

5. Pop’s Cafe‘s Deep-Fried French Toast

Most people recognize French toast as thick bread soaked in an egg wash and then grilled. Pop’s Cafe in Santa Ana reinvents French toast by deep-frying it instead. I would not recommend this to anyone on a diet – basically, each bite feels like biting into a warm stick of butter. As if that does not sound fattening enough, the Deep-Fried French Toast comes with a dollop of butter and syrup. Perhaps if you had a long night out drinking, this may sound delicious. As disgusting as this made me feel after eating it, I will never forget that this exists.

4. Pizzanista!‘s Macaroni & Cheese Pizza

What do you get when you combine two very popular comfort foods? You get a Macaroni & Cheese Pizza of course! The artsy folks at Pizzanista! in the arts district of Downtown Los Angeles come up with strange yet unique combinations of toppings, which lends well to the name of the business. On Sundays only, visitors can snag this carb mountain known as the Macaroni & Cheese Pizza, which has tomato sauce, elbow macaroni, and four cheeses: asiago, fontina, cheddar, and grana padano. Order a slice for $4, or take home a whole pie for $28. Either way, after eating this, you will probably feel like running a marathon to burn off all those carbs.

3. Pellicola Pizzeria‘s Nutella Pie

Since a young age, I often favored sweet toppings over the desserts themselves. Examples include condensed milk (Lechera), peanut butter, and hazelnut spread (Nutella). Although the public sees Nutella as children’s food, many adults still appreciate the chocolatey spread, albeit it contains no real nutritional value. The creators at Pellicola Pizzeria in Downtown Los Angeles love Nutella so much that they adapted in into their menu with a Nutella Pie. Resembling a quesadilla more so than a pie, this slice of heaven contains sliced almonds and a generous amount of Nutella, and gets topped with powdered sugar and more Nutella. Munch into a slice for $3.50, or take home a whole pie to save for later or to share – a medium pie costs $13, while a large pie costs $17.

2. The Compass‘ Cast Iron Baked Macaroni & Cheese w/ Braised Beef Short Rib

Despite the excessive carb count, macaroni and cheese holds a dear spot in the hearts of many. Even my sister, a fitness fanatic who abstains from carbs, cannot resist a succulent mac & cheese. So when I discovered what The Compass in Carlsbad had on their menu, I knew right away I had to broadcast the fact. Their menu contains standard gastropub faire, but something else about their Cast Iron Baked Macaroni & Cheese jumped out to my eyes: the option to add Braised Beef Short Rib. This one addition alone turned this dish up to one past ten. Sadly, this costs so much for a small serving, but when you focus on quality over quantity, you can splurge yourself once in a while.

1. Sarita’s Pupuseria‘s Pupusas

Until I discovered Vchos Truck, I had never heard of a Pupusa in my entire life. Once I tried a pupusa from that truck, I retained that taste in the back of my mind until the day I could find the best authentic pupusa ever. My search landed me at Sarita’s Pupuseria in the heart of Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. I have tried many pupusas all over Southern California, but none other compares to these ones. The customer favorite, revueltas, contains pork, beans, and cheese. As a purist, I go for just pork in my pupusas, as the beans and cheese can interfere with the savoriness of the pork. You do not even need any sauce – the fillings contain so much flavor that you will want to get right back in line and order more to eat right there and take home the rest.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 7-16
San Diego County

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Dropkick Murphys – Celtic Punk Invasion Tour
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 10
House of Blues, San Diego

The Dropkick Murphys currently tour across the world, and they will play the final Southern California show of the tour tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $40.

7 Seconds @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 11
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Punk rock legends 7 Seconds will end their Fall 2014 tour in Long Beach this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

OB Warehouse Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
OB Warehouse, Pacific Beach, San Diego

Check out a new experience in culinary indulgence at this grand opening gala this Wednesday night. The venue will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, ciders, live music, live tattooing, and more.

Hot Water Music, Dave Hause, and The Flatliners – On Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 12, The Irenic, North Park, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 15, The Troubadour, West Hollywood

Hot Water Music will end their tour in California this week with three shows in Southern California. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a link for more information about that particular show.

The Misfits: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 13, House of Blues, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, House of Blues, Anaheim
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 15, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 16, House of Blues, San Diego

Just like they do this time of the year every year, The Misfits will perform at countless international shows as part of their yearly tour. Every show listed has a different ticket price and age limit, so click on a link for more information.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 13
Absolution Brewing, Torrance

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.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 13
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $20 presale or $30 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 13
Downtown Los Angeles

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 Ghost Inside & Every Time I Die – On Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 13, SOMA, Midway, San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 15-16, The Glass House, Pomona

Post-hardcore bands The Ghost Inside and Every Time I Die currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through California this week. Each of these all-ages shows has a different ticket price, so click on each link to see the prices.

SEQUEL – Artists Imagine Movie Sequels That Were Never Made
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 13
iam8bit, Echo Park

This FREE and all-ages event will feature multiple works from various artists depicting fictional movie sequels.

Chicks That Rock @ The Redwood Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 13
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Rock out with chicks that rock this Thursday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Obituary – Meat n’ Greet
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Grill ’em All, Alhambra

Metal band Obituary will crash Grill ’em All in Alhambra this Friday evening for a two-hour session of autographs, photos, merchandise, and more. All day at Grill ’em All, catch the one-day exclusive Obituary Burger: Shoestring Potatoes, Diced Onion, American Cheese & Frita Ketchup on a half pound Burg!

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 14
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 16
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

Beverly Hills Wine & Food Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 15-16
Hyatt Century Plaza, Century City

At this premier gala, over 50 chefs will prepare culinary samples for guests, while they sip on drinks from the over one hundred available wines, beers, and spirits. A VIP pass costs $300 and starts at 1pm, while general admission costs $150 and starts at 2pm. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
Bagramian Hall, Montebello

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

3rd Annual Kraft Bierfest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 14
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 15
Alpine Village, Torrance

Alpine Village hosts a beer fest this weekend that will actually contain a decent amount of craft beers (unlike their Oktoberfest offerings). Two different sessions will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $32.50 and starts an hour later, while VIP admission costs $52.50 and provides an extra hour of drinking. No one under 21 may enter. Use promo code 7craftyguy7 to save $7.50 off the ticket price.

Punk Rock Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

Enjoy some local punk rock at this benefit show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10 or your best donation.

Total Chaos @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Punk band Total Chaos will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats – Fall Shows
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 14, Jewels Catch One, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 15, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana

The Lower Class Brats will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a link to find out more details about the show.

Stäläg 13 – Live in Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 14
The Red Cove, Ventura

Rock out to some local punk rock bands in Ventura this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 15
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests receive a goodie bag! Please note that this event now only lasts one day instead of the full weekend like in previous years.

Wings of Angels – Book Signing & Release Party
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 15
Yanks Air Museum, Chino

Wings of Angels, a book tribute to the art of WWII pinups and aviation, just released to the public. This Saturday in Chino, meet the photographer and various models from the book. Bring your own copy of the book to get it autographed.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 15
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

Barley Forge Brewing – Grand Opening
11:30 am – 1:00 am, November 15
Barley Forge Brewing, Costa Mesa

Another brewery joins the illustrious Orange County brewery family with their official grand opening this Saturday at their location in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find new brews, brewery tours, live music, gourmet food, and more. This event requires no tickets or reservations – simply show up, and pay for items as you go.

Free Pizza Sampling @ Zpizza Belmont Shore
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 15
Zpizza, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

This Saturday afternoon, receive FREE pizza samples from Zpizza on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, Long Beach.

Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 15
Main Street, Seal Beach

Preceding Seal Beach Restaurant Week that will take place next week, around a dozen Seal Beach restaurants will participate in a chili cookoff this Saturday afternoon. Unlike last year’s chili cookoff that took place in the Hennessey’s Grill parking lot, this year’s chili cookoff will function more like a stroll. Visitors of all ages purchase a wristband for $10, which will allow them to sample as much chili as they like from participating restaurants up and down Main Street. The Hennessey’s Grill parking lot will function as the hub, where visitors can purchase wristbands, observe raffle prizes, and vote for their favorite chili.

The Gears – Live in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

Get your punk rock on this Saturday night in Baldwin Park with a bunch of great local bands. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8, or FREE if entering before 7pm.

United Nations – West Coast Tour 2014
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 15
The Casbah, San Diego

Post-hardcore supergroup United Nations will end their west coast tour in San Diego this weekend. Catch them in Southern California at this all-ages show for just $12.

JFA – Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Punk rock legends JFA will headline an all-ages show in La Habra this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

As part of human nature, people want to have control. Control equates a sense of security to a person, so when a person has control over a situation, that person feels secure and more confident. For decades, when people go out to eat, they place good faith in those working in the kitchen to deliver the correct food. However, nobody ever truly sees the people preparing the food. How can people reliably eat food that they do not see actually prepared? This lack of control has come to light recently, especially with all the reported tampering of food in fast food joints. Certain businesses that prepare the food in the front so that customers can see the food places the control back in the hands of the customer. Subway already has a handle on that, allowing customers to see everything that goes into their food. But what about other types of food? Historically, people craving pizza order it but never actually see it prepared because they either show up to pick it up when it finishes baking, or the business prepares it all in the back. Until recently, nobody had control over the fate of their pizza pies, other than leaving it to good faith that the place will construct it correctly. Now in this era, we finally see a shift in the way we eat pizza.

Everybody loves pizza, and everybody loves different things on their pizza pie. Ordering a pizza where everyone wants the same toppings poses a real struggle. To circumvent that, some creative minds have started shop where customers get to build their own personal pizzas. Unlike chain pizza places, local entrepreneurs have opened up their own shops that allow customers to build pizzas with a vast array of gourmet toppings available. Each pizza typically has a flat price, ranging from $6 to $9, and allows unlimited topping choices on that pizza. The degree of customization varies between businesses; for example, some places allow the customer to select a crust type, while some places only have standard crust available. Ultimately, the major differences lie in the toppings offered. One place may carry a unique topping, such as balsamic vinaigrette, or another may carry a unique cheese, like goat cheese.

Many of these build-your-own pizza shops have appeared all over the world within the past year. In Southern California, a solid amount exist all around – check out these build-your-own pizza shops in the greater Los Angeles area.

Pizza Studio

With multiple locations across the country (and more to come), Pizza Studio seeks to expand this concept to turn into mainstream pizza. They have a great degree of customization, with different crusts available, including a gluten-free crust. They also carry a greater variety of toppings, including the aforementioned balsamic vinaigrette drizzle. Pizza Studio bakes their pizzas using a conveyor oven. Their custom pizzas cost $8, while their pre-designed pizzas, such as the Island pizza pictured above, cost just $6. Prices may vary based on the location. Pizza Studio also has their own mobile ordering website for customers to place their orders ahead of time.


Although strong in California, Pieology has locations in other states too, and plan to open more by the year’s end. Although they only have one type of crust available (gluten-free available upon request), they make up for it with a massive selection of fresh vegetables for toppings. Their meat also seems to pack a stronger savory flavor, partially due to their use of a brick oven. Pieology also utilizes “After Bakes,” or toppings that they can add after baking the pizza pie.

The Pizza Press

While The Pizza Press may only have one location, they picked a prime spot to position themselves in. Located across the street from Disneyland, this tiny shop (easy to miss) doles out pizza pies with the freshest ingredients available. Customers can build their own pizzas here, but The Pizza Press has a solid menu of toppings combinations that they can create, all named after newspapers such as The Times. The Pizza Press bakes their pizzas with a conveyor oven. The Pizza Press stand out from the rest by having craft beer on tap for those dining in. They do a good job serving up local beer from the likes of Bootlegger’s, Noble Ale, Hangar 24, and Anaheim Brewery, just to name a few.


PizzaRev definitely has expanded the quickest, and currently has the most locations open in the country out of all the places mentioned in this post. Just like Pieology, they only have a standard crust available, or a gluten-free crust upon request. Their crusts also feel a lot thinner than other places, most likely from their use of a brick oven. They do have some interesting toppings available, such as chorizo and fennel. Undoubtedly, no one else has a dessert pizza quite like PizzaRev’s, which basically tastes like a hot cinnamon roll with crumbled Oreos.