Posts Tagged ‘Seafood’

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 24 – October 1
Various Restaurants, San Diego County

For eight full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

2017 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 25
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, as you cannot purchase tickets at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Live in Orange County
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Get your skanking on in Santa Ana tonight. The cover for this all-ages show costs $20.

Skacore Night in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 26
La Cita Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $8 if entering before 9pm, or $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Wasteland Weekend 2017
September 27 – October 1
California City

Live in a post-apocalyptic world this weekend in the desert. This event will immerse you in a culture that one would expect as shown in the movies.

2017 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 27
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

2nd Annual Southern California In-Water Boat Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 29-30
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro

Check out lots of boats on display this weekend in San Pedro. Admission costs $15 for adults, while children enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Epic Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Taste of Ventura County 2017
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Camarillo

Sample food and drinks from restaurants throughout Ventura County this Thursday night. $75 gets you in to enjoy unlimited samples while supplies last.

Taste of Pasadena 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Rose Bowl, Pasadena

Sample foods from dozens of Pasadena restaurants this Thursday night at the Rose Bowl. Tickets cost $30 presale or $50 at the door, and allow unlimited samples while supplies last.

44th La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:30 pm, September 29
10:00 am – 10:30 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
La Mesa Village, La Mesa

Enjoy a family-fun Oktoberfest celebration this weekend in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, this Oktoberfest celebration will have all the usual Oktoberfest festivities such as dance, music, sausages, pretzels, beer, and more. In addition, visitors will find hundreds of vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more activities for all ages.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 30
Town Square Park, Murrieta

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, or $40 for a weekend pass. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s 14th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
Hotel Irvine, Irvine

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $175 and a weekend pass costing $295.

2017 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Fairplex, Pomona

Check out all things off-roading this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with hundreds of vendors, dozens of industry professionals, and acres of off-road. Adult admission costs $20, or $15 if you purchase it at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Children enter for $6. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs $10 per vehicle.

Nerdbot-Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

$17 gets you in to this all-ages pop culture expo complete with dozens of vendors, artists, cosplayers, music, games, activities, and more.

356th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

Alhambra Moon Festival on Main
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Downtown Alhambra this weekend.

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

A free and all-ages jet show comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Practice/rehearsals will take place on Friday, while the actual shows take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bring out your friends and family to enjoy some aerial entertainment. Attendees may purchase reserved seats via the website.

Music Tastes Good
12:00 pm – 10:00 am, September 30 – October 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach

An all-ages concert will come to Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Admission costs $75 for one day or $135 for both days. As with any long concert, make sure you can endure remaining outdoors for a long period of time, and have plenty of cash for food and drinks.

Eat Uptown Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
Nixon Plaza, Whittier

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from dozens of local restaurants. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. Guests must purchase drinks separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Fest (Fall Edition)
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. General admission costs $45 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm. All admission comes with unlimited beer pours, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Dudes Brewing Three Year Anniversary Celebration
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
Dudes Brewing, Torrance

Dudes Brewing in Torrance turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have anniversary glasses available, raffle prizes throughout the day, and special beers on tap for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Taste Of Santa Ana 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30
Main Place Mall, Santa Ana

Sample various bites and sips from Santa Ana restaurants at this all-ages event this Saturday evening at the mall. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the gate, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

2017 Fullerton Uncorked
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 30
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $70 presale or $75 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

GBH, The Casualties, Spider – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30, Glass House, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

Legendary UK punk band GBH will headline a pair of shows this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

14th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Santa Monica gets its own ciclovia event this Sunday that will block off a portion of Santa Monica to vehicles, as if the city does not already have enough traffic problems. If you intend to drive anywhere in or near Santa Monica this Sunday, plan your commute accordingly.

56th Annual Sandcastle Contest
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach

Register to build the best sand castle this Sunday in Newport Beach.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $8 and includes free parking at the venue.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Grand Park, Los Angeles

This free and all-ages event in Downtown LA will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

22nd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

11th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Sustainable Seafood Expo 2017
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro

Explore the future of sustainable seafood this Sunday in San Pedro. General admission costs $10 and gets you two tasting tickets. All-inclusive admission costs $60 and gets you a taste from each booth plus one drink ticket.

3rd Annual SlutWalk
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $12.

Taste of Garden Grove
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Garden Grove Amphitheater, Garden Grove

Sample foods from local Garden Grove restaurants and listen to live music this Sunday. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate. VIP admission with select locations for the main stage costs $30. The event page does not give a lot of specifics, so basically treat this as a concert more than anything.

The Jukebox Romantics @ The World Famous Doll Hut
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some local punk rock music this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 17
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 18
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Pop-Up Beer Dinner @ Phantom Carriage
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson

Enjoy a five-course dinner with craft beer pairings this Thursday night at Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson. Admission costs $75, and includes a tour of the brewing facility. No one under 21 may attend.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2015
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15-17
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 18
Multiple venues, Santa Barbara

Over this four-day span, multiple venues will host numerous music acts, as well block party on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 16-25
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire

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.

El Segundo Brewing’s Wet Hop Weekend
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 17
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo

El Segundo Brewing will release three different wet-hopped brews this weekend. On Friday, they will release wet-hopped Mayberry IPA. On Saturday, they will release wet-hopped Simcoe Pale and Citramongous DIPA. In addition on Saturday, they will have a BBQ in their backyard patio. These releases require no admission – simply show up, and pay as you go.

1st Annual La Mesa FallFest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 16
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17
Grossmont Center, La Mesa

La Mesa will have Oktoberfest festivities this weekend at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find live music, various contests and activities, and plenty of food and beer. Visitors should bring cash for any food or beer to consume on premises. Anyone under 21 may not have any alcoholic beverages, and may only attend with adult supervision.

Allagash Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with Allagash beers this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one.

59th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 16
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 17
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 18
William Peak Park, Buena Park

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

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, October 16, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17, Slide Bar, Fullerton

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to the San Diego show cost $12 presale or $14 at the door. The Fullerton show has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter either show.

The Color Run 5k – Ventura
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 17
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

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

5th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 17
Rose Bowl, Pasadena

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.

12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 17
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

28th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 17
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 18
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles

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

2015 Cake Expo Sweets & Party Show
9:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 17-18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Find all things cakes and baking at this two-day event at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this weekend. Attendees will find hundreds of dessert samples, various workshops, hands-on demos, celebrity chefs, dozens of vendors, and more. Admission varies based on when you want to attend and what extras you want, starting at $10 and going up as high as $450.

8th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 17
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin

Check out over 60 artist booths lined up along the streets of Old Town Tustin this Saturday. This annual event also includes music, a wine bar, a photography contest, kids’ art at the Tustin Library, docent-led tours, and more. All local businesses will operate under regular business hours.

Long Beach Fine Art Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 17-18
Marina Green Park, Long Beach

This FREE and all-ages event takes place at the Marina Green near Shoreline Village in Long Beach. This event features art from local designers, plus gourmet food trucks ready to serve delicious eats all weekend. Visitors may purchase any of the works from participating designers. Visitors will find paid parking at the park’s parking lot. Visitors may also park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 17-18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

This two-day expo in Los Angeles 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.

10th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 17
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park

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

7th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 17
30th & University, North Park, San Diego

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 7th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

3rd Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 17
Elks Lodge, San Clemente

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $9 presale or $12 at the door.

2015 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 17
Elings Park, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has its own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. $60 admission gets you in to unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 17
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank

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

Coachella Valley Brewing’s 2nd Year Anniversary
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 17
Coachella Valley Brewing, Thousand Palms

Coachella Valley Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their tasting room this Saturday. The $20 admission gets you 12 beer tasters and access to the tasting room on this day, complete with live music and food vendors. Attendees not drinking, including minors, can enter for $5.

Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 17
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Diwali 2015 – The Indian Festival of Lights
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 17
Balboa Park, San Diego

Immerse yourself in Indian culture with this lamp exhibit at Balboa Park this Saturday evening. Find various lamps from India, see cultural dances, spectacular light displays, indulge in Indian food, check out the museum’s art, and more. Admission to this all-ages event costs $5.

OC Roller Girls – OC vs. OC Showdown
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 17
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

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.

12th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 17
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

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

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 18
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas

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

9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Downtown Los Angeles

Much of the center of Downtown Los Angeles will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Stone Brewing’s 5th Annual Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 18
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $49 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 18
Disneyland Park, Anaheim

Pinup Girl Clothing will host a pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 18
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.

2nd Annual Eastside Food Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 18
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $90 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Long Beach Urban Farm Dinner
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 18
Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach

Enjoy a multi-course farm-to-table dinner this Sunday evening in Long Beach. Admission to this dinner costs $95 per individual, or $720 for a table of eight. The dinner will not provide beverages, but diners may bring their own drinks of choice.

The Orange County Seafood Festival returned to Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point this past Saturday afternoon. This free and all-ages event compares with an outdoor fair of sorts, with booths set up around the central area of the park. Visitors could freely enter and browse through all the vendor booths present, which consisted of merchandise, art, services, and of course, food. Free admission comes with the price that visitors had to pay full price for whatever they wanted. Food items ranged from $4 up to over $20 per plate, while the drinks represented an entire ordeal on its own. Intended as a way for the locals to sample the best of seafood from local restaurants, the Orange County Seafood Festival presented a plethora of problems so significant that I cannot heartily recommend anyone attend this event in the future. Read on for a list of the major problems.

As stated above, the Orange County Seafood Festival may have completed its duration unimpeded, but the amount of faults that persisted caused many problems that many visitors appeared to allow to slip by.

  • Parking – Nowhere on the website does it mention where to park. Clicking on the link to the directions simply show a Google Maps image of the venue’s location. Visitors eventually discovered the off-site parking once they reached the venue, then had to drive a mile down the road to the parking lot just to take the shuttle back.
  • No mobile website – Trying to access the website from your phone? The website uses Wix, and many phones do not boast compatibility with Wix.
  • Lack of (sea)food – For an event called a Seafood Festival, one would expect to find seafood everywhere. Sadly, the other vendors outnumbered the food vendors, so this seafood festival turned into a fancy swap meet.
  • Inconsistent shuttle times – This mainly applies to vendors. At the start of the day, the shuttle driver specified that shuttle service would pause at 1pm, then resume service from 4:30 to 10pm. However, the shuttle actually ran 4:30 to 6pm, then took another pause before running 7:30 to 9pm. As the event ended at 7pm, this caused major issues with the vendors trying to leave early before everyone else attempted to leave at the same time.
  • Drink ticket disaster – The drink situation represents the greatest problem of them all, and resulted in hundreds of angry customers. Drinks at this event came in two packages. An all-inclusive package costing $40 functioned similarly to a beer festival, where visitors paid $40 for a wristband and sampler cup, and received unlimited sample pours of beer or wine until the event ended. The second option simply involved $8 individual drink tickets, which appealed to more visitors than the pricier wristband. However, the volunteers failed to mention that the tickets only worked at the Stella Artois booth across from the ticket booth. Hundreds of visitors paid for these drink tickets expecting to receive full pours of beer or wine from the attending breweries or wineries. Imagine the dismay of the visitors after they bought an $8 Stella Artois drink ticket and learned that they could not redeem the ticket at any of the brewery or winery stations.

But hey, at least they had a decent selection of craft beer, right?

As far as the food went, the food booths accounted for roughly a third of the entire festival. As such, all the food booths saw massively long lines all day in an attempt to keep up with demand. In fact, the two food trucks in attendance had left by 3pm because they both ran out of food! Thanks to The Shwack Beach Grill, The Flip Truck, Filomena’s Italian Kitchen, Good Choice Sushi, Choya Japanese Cuisine, and more for keeping me fed throughout the day. Thanks to Hangar 24 for keeping me refreshed with beer for much of this hot afternoon.

After sticking around this event for over six hours, I saw enough problems arise that I would suggest you avoid this event the next time it comes around. Based on my conversations with other vendors, this event has gone unchanged for as many years as they can remember it, indicating that the organizers have no plans to patch any holes in their ship without a compass. Until I can see land, I would steer clear of this festival in the future.

When most of Americans picture Chinese food, they picture Orange Chicken, Beef & Broccoli, and lots of Chow Mein. What typical Americans picture as Chinese food relates as much to China as Taco Bell’s food relates to Mexico. In others words, we eat what Americans think people eat in the native country. Finding authentic food away from its origin can cause some irritations; for example, nowhere in California can anyone find a real Philly Cheesesteak – no one can get it right, as if the knowledge disappears when traveling from the east coast to the west coast. Asking the locals may help point you in the right direction on locating the real deal, so when asked about real Chinese food, I find myself at Capital Seafood.

While Southern California may have their clusters of Asian populations complete with plenty of Asian restaurants, Capital Seafood stands out from the pack. Historically, Capital Seafood locations settle in to Asian communities, such as Westminster and Rowland Heights. Now in the 21st century, an outlier now exists at the Irvine Spectrum, a massive shopping center in Orange County where the 5 and 405 freeways meet. For this location, the folks at Capital Seafood walk the line of serving traditional Chinese cuisine in a multicultural setting. If you seek out real Chinese food without the need to learn a new language, make it a priority to visit Capital Seafood at the Irvine Spectrum rather soon.

Following up with my recent dinner at Capital Seafood, our group received a communal dinner, where the servers placed the entrées in the middle of the table on a lazy Susan, and each individual could then serve up as much as they like on his/her own. Starting off the night, we received these Baked Mussels topped with Masago Aioli. These include roe in the sauce, which lends to the crunchy texture of this tapas dish.

Although not formally on the menu, Capital Seafood does carry Peking Duck, which they serve traditionally with a steamed bao bun, hoisin sauce, onions, and fried chips for texture.

At the same time as the Peking Duck, we also received Chicken Lettuce Wraps, with dried jicama, Thai basil, and hoisin sauce.

We jump right into the main event with the House Special Lobster. This specialty of Capital Seafood uses their own secret recipe for the sauce, and gives it a unique savoriness that one cannot easily describe.

My personal favorite dish, House Special Scallops, came out next. These scallops get lightly battered, fried, and tossed in the same sauce used for the lobster along with scallions, black pepper, and chili peppers. The resulting flavor carries a little of everything: sweet, salty, spicy, crispy, juicy, and savory. In fact, you can call this umami without overstating it.

Another classic done right, the Honey Walnut Shrimp came to us next. Fried shrimps comes with honey-glazed walnuts and a light cream sauce on a bed of cantaloupes and honeydew.

Those with seafood allergies need not fear, as they will love the House String Beans. Just like the aforementioned house specials, these string beans get stir-fried with garlic, chili peppers, and their lobster sauce to give it that full flavor found on the lobster, but without any worries of allergies getting in the way.

Our group also got to try a new dish coming soon to their menu, Sesame Shrimp. The flavor resembled the house special dishes, but with less spice and not fried. Imagine teriyaki sauce or eel sauce, but nowhere near as sweet. The onions and peppers helped to offset any extremes, leaving for a mild yet solid entrée.

Just when I expected dessert to roll out, out comes the Chilean Seabass. Chilean Seabass needs no introduction ever. At Capital Seafood, they serve it pan-seared with light soy sauce and scallions. Honestly, you do not need anything more than that, as Chilean Seabass already carries enough natural flavor that adding anything more would muddle it up.

At last, our dessert came to us piping hot. Each of us at the table received our own Baked Almond Tea. Upon first sight, these appear full. However, the puff pastry layer on top simply hides the steamed almond tea underneath, which carries soft almonds in the liquid bottom. To eat this, take the provided soup spoon and poke right into the pastry layer, revealing the almond tea inside. Spoon up the tea underneath, and rip out pieces of the pastry to eat with the tea. Describing this in words takes more effort than actually giving it a try, so I highly recommend leaving room at the end of your meal to order these for your party. If you feel like taking these to-go, the restaurant requires a $5 collateral for the cup. Should you return the cup, the restaurant will return your $5.

Capital Seafood does not deal with nonsense – they deliver authentic Chinese food as the world should see and taste. Visitors expecting to find Chinese fast food like Orange Chicken or Chow Mein will quickly realize that people do not eat that stuff religiously in China. Prior to visiting Capital Seafood, visitors should explore the menu and understand what to expect. Capital Seafood also has Happy Hour during the week, as well as Dim Sum in the mornings. They like to appeal to everybody, and everybody deserves to try authentic Chinese food!

The Best of the West Chowderfest took place at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this past Saturday. This small food fest focused on chowder constructed with various seafood, as chefs competed for the title of Best of the West. A simple clam chowder would not win this competition. Californian cuisine demands progressive and inventive dishes, so chefs had to enter the kitchen thinking like a Californian. Even more, since the fest emphasizes sustainable seafood, all participating chefs had to utilize sustainable seafood in their chowder, such as crab, tuna, urchin, lobster, sablefish, sardines, mussels, and more. During the fest, two different cooking demos took place on how to prepare certain seafood, such as squid.

For just $10 to enter, guests could sample as much chowder as they liked. For a busy Saturday afternoon, the nearby parking structure charged $8 to park, while public transportation to this location costs nothing. Some of the highlights include Chef Michael Poompan’s Chowder w/ Fried Onions and Chef Paul Buchanan’s Curry Chowder. Interestingly, one vendor served not chowder, but a tuna pasta mix, which surprisingly tasted great thanks to the fresh pico de gallo in the mix.

Keep in mind Downtown Long Beach’s campaign towards spreading the word about the great places to eat at in & around Downtown Long Beach. Almost half of the participating chefs hail from a Downtown Long Beach business, and Chowderfest proved that the local businesses have stepped up their game. Chowderfest shall return next year, but fret not – Downtown Long Beach will see many food events in the coming months. Stay tuned this blog every week to discover upcoming events in this area and your area too!

Enjoy the rest of these pictures from around Chowderfest:

Formerly called Taste of the Coast, the 3rd Annual Long Beach Sea Feast-ival returned to the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier this past Sunday. A complete overhaul of the former food fest greeted attendees on the pier.

Recapping last year, the fest featured numerous restaurants and food vendors from Long Beach and Seal Beach showcasing their specialty creations. Only lasting from 3pm to 6pm, admission was $50 for all-you-can-eat, drinks sold separately. Many old and new restaurants adorned the entire pier, from the entrance all the way to the end of the pier. The organizers largely set up the fest themselves with little external help.

This year saw a complete change from last year’s fest. Admission dropped way down to $20 per adult, but this time you had to pay for the food in addition to admission. The fest started at 11am this year, and ended at 6pm like last year. The area only covered the end of the pier instead of taking up the entire pier. Instead of using only local restaurant owners, the food vendors and suppliers consisted of a few Long Beach restaurant owners, home cooks, and catering companies from outside of Long Beach. The organizers partnered with Alfredo’s Beach Club, who puts on the Pirate Fests, Movies On The Beach, and Tiki Fest, which is coming up this weekend. Knowing Alfredo’s style, letting him handle most of the work would mean another standard Alfredo event that I have seen dozens of times by now. In short, I was vastly underwhelmed at this Sea Feast-ival – so much potential was wasted on what could have been Long Beach’s prime food fest highlighting the best of Long Beach. For now, we will have to settle with Stroll & Savor (also going on this week) and Taste of Downtown.

I lucked out and got in for free last year because one of the organizers had recognized me for my work in Long Beach, and I managed to get a handful of pictures out of it. This year, I had met one of the organizers a week prior, and she gave me the OK to come in and take pictures. On Sunday morning, I had arrived before the fest opened, but still managed to snap a few good shots:

Asian food is stereotypically deemed as America’s go-to to-go food. Nothing goes down for the least amount of money than Instant Noodles, something everyone who went to college is very familiar with. Add to that Chinese fast food all over America that is not even really authentic Asian, much like how Taco Bell is not authentic Mexican. Orange Chicken? Chinese citizens have never heard of it. Because of this old trend, and the trend to revitalize stereotypically bad foods, chefs are slowly introducing real authentic Asian foods into the mainstream culture. Much like the gourmet food truck trend that started in early 2009, authentic Asian food is coming back slowly. Many foodies are starting to see Asian food as a hipster thing now. These overzealous foodies think that anyone eating real Asian food now is simply following a trend that started a few months ago.

To them I say, just shut up and enjoy the food. We have no room for opinions at this table.

Capital Seafood is a REAL authentic Chinese restaurant that aims to show us all how people dine in the Far East. What started as one restaurant by founder Eric Soukaphay has branched off to a chain of restaurants in California, Nevada, and China. Dining in Capital Seafood is reminiscent of dining at a Chinese family’s home: each person has an individual plate, but the food is placed in the middle of the table for communal eating. Larger groups may sit at a table with a Lazy Susan to better facilitate sharing of the food. As a result, dining solo is not recommended, as most entrées serve at least two.

Dim Sum is also served at Capital Seafood on weekend mornings. I strongly encourage anyone who has never had Dim Sum to try it from Capital Seafood. At most traditional Dim Sum restaurants, the servers do not speak English well, so either you cannot easily order what you want, or the server cannot accurately describe the food to you. At Capital Seafood (at least the Irvine locations), all servers are required to speak English, so they will be able to describe what all the food is before serving it to your table.

To sum up what Dim Sum is, the food can be seen as Asian-style tapas – food served in small baskets or small individual portions. Instead of ordering from a menu, there is a stamp-paper on your table, and servers wheel around carts with the food on them. When they arrive at your table, you can see what they have to offer, and you pick the food from their cart that you want to eat. After choosing, they stamp on your paper what you obtained from their cart, and they continue their route to the next table. All servers have a predetermined route such that you should see every different food cart at least once before seeing a repeated cart again. This means that, depending on when you sit, you may be able to eat the moment your party sits down.

When I dine at Capital Seafood, I have a go-to dish that I ALWAYS order, no questions asked. This dish, the best of its kind that I have ever tried, is their House Special Scallops:

Sweet, salty, meaty, spicy, juicy, crispy… This is a masterpiece of a dish. If you are here for dinner, you must try this dish.

Here are some more of their dinner items that you can order:

Blue Cheese Wontons

Mussels w/ Fish Eggs

Hot Soup

BBQ Beef Skewers

Peking Duck

Lettuce Wraps

Garlic Lobster

Eggplant Stuffed Shrimp

Steamed Chicken

House Special Green Beans

Seafood Fried Rice

Winter Melon Soup

House Special Lobster

Chef’s Special Chilean Seabass

Kung Pao Chicken

Baked Almond Souffle

Authentic Chinese food is what Capital Seafood does best. You will not find Orange Chicken here – after all, that is American food, not Chinese. To immerse yourself in Chinese cuisine, make your way to Capital Seafood. Out of all their locations, I recommend starting at the Irvine Spectrum. That location not only has a full bar, but all servers are fluent in English there, whereas other locations may not have servers that can clearly speak English, and may not have a full bar. Treat yourself and your friends & family to some REAL Chinese food, or come on weekend mornings to experience Dim Sum the way it is meant to be experienced.

Capital Seafood
Multiple locations, first-timers should start with:
85 Fortune Dr, Suite #329
Irvine, CA 92618
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Formerly called Taste of the Coast, the 3rd Annual Long Beach Sea Feast-ival at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier will feature numerous restaurants and food vendors from Long Beach and Seal Beach showcasing their seafood creations. Live music, dance shows, and a fire boat show will be present to entertain guests. Aside from Stroll & Savor, Taste of Downtown, and the Long Beach Street Food Fest, Long Beach does not have a formal food fest. This Sea Feast-ival hopes to change that by having many local food business owners set up seafood samples for all to come taste. Admission is significantly different this year – entry is down from $50 to $20 per adult, but instead of all food included in the admission, you now have to pay for the food in addition to admission. The time of the event has extended to 4 hours earlier than last year.

This year, the organizers are partnering with Alfredo’s Beach Club, who puts on the Pirate Fests, Movies On The Beach, and Tiki Fest, which is coming up next week. Hopefully this partnership works out for the best, because $50 for less than 3 hours to eat food was a bad deal. I lucked out and got in for free last year because one of the organizers had recognized me for my work in Long Beach, and I managed to get a handful of pictures out of it. Here are highlights from Taste of the Coast last year: