Posts Tagged ‘Sushi’

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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.

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

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.

Labor Day Punk Rock Show & BBQ
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 7
Alano of Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/943167702424393/

Enjoy some local punk rock and BBQ on this fine holiday afternoon today in Costa Mesa. Admission for this all-ages event simply requires a donation to cover the cost of food.

Amalgamator IPA Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, September 8
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ brings back their Amalgamator IPA in bottles this Tuesday, and you can snag bombers of this brew for $8 each at both of their locations.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

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.

The Get Up Kids: 20th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/881625-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/the-get-up-kids
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 10, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6009375
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/870073-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/

The Get Up Kids currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.

OC Pub Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/pubcrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on craft beer at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Charger Girls Calendar Unveiling Party
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/117206798631274/

Meet the entire Chargers cheer squad, buy swimsuit calendars, get autographs, and take photos at this meet & greet at the San Diego House of Blues this Wednesday night, free to attend for all ages.

CaterCon 2015
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://catercon.com/

Taste food samples from local caterers, discover event/planning services, learn about event planning, enjoy live local music & entertainment, and more at this event in Anaheim this Thursday evening. Admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door.

2015 Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Florent Restaurant & Lounge, San Diego
http://www.downtownsandiego.org/events/annual-taste-of-downtown/

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.

2015 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 10
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-san-diego-road-runner-sports-adventure-run-tickets-15040243774

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Business & Beer @ Smog City Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/437415339794348/

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 Smog City Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

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

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

Einstök Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
The Daily Pint, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610102212597961/

Einstök will stock the taps with their brews at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica this Thursday night. Stop on by for a nice cold one, and take home a specialty Einstök glass while supplies last.

K9 Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 11-12
Granada Launch Ramp, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachseafestival.com/events/events-calendar-view/event/118-k9-festival

At this FREE and all-ages event on the beach, find lots of pet-related vendors, athletic demos, competitions, games, pet adoptions, arts & crafts, live music, food & drinks, and more.

17th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

18th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

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.

The Vibrators @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1446285585685765/

Enjoy some punk rock music at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 12
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 12
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

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.

Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 12-13
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://www.pacifictalent.org/PTAA/Welcome.html

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.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 12
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/taste-of-solana-beach-gourmet-fondo.html

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/710735092404461/

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!

2015 Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.coronadoartwalk.org/

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 12
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/877450855672595/

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

Dogs of Downtown Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Saluting-Our-Four-Legged-Family-Members-DLBA-Launches-First-Event-Dedicated-to-Dogs

Free to attend for all ages, hundreds of dog owners and dog lovers will convene in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday afternoon for a fun-filled afternoon of all things dogs. Visitors will find an agility course, pet photo booth, pet adoption services, pet care services, vendors, and more. In addition, Beachwood Brewing will release a special brew made just for this event, so make sure you grab a sip of this while in the area.

Venice Beach Music Fest 10
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, September 12
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

California Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $10 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

San Diego Restaurant Week Launch Party
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, September 12
Go Green Agriculture, Encinitas
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/upcoming-events/san-diego-restaurant-week-launch-party/

San Diego Restaurant Week returns starting on the 20th this month, but they will have their inaugural launch party this Saturday afternoon in Encinitas. For just $75 admission, sample a variety of foods from over a dozen of this year’s participating restaurants, and enjoy sips from over 20 local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Back to School Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/13th-annual-chalk-art-festival/

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.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2015
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

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.

4th Annual Reader Feast
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door, starts at 1pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door, starts at 12pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

The 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 12
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its sixth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 100 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

1st Annual San Diego Crab & Sushi Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 12
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.crabandsushifestivalsd.com/

Submerge yourself in seafood and beer this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $75 and comes with a pound of crab legs, one sushi roll, and two drink tickets. VIP admission costs $150 and comes with access to a VIP area, all you can eat crab legs & sushi, five drink tickets, an event t-shirt & sunglasses, and access to an after-party. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food Festival 2015
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/international_food_n_music_festival_2015.asp

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.

6th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 12
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/?page=8&recordid=2926&returnURL=%2findex.aspx

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.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/9/13/anaheim-night-market-3

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 12
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/874691769289382/

Attend a screening of a documentary featuring legendary punk band The Damned this Saturday night in Santa Ana. General admission for this screening costs $10.

Lauren’s B-Day Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 12
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/469758713192953/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 13
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

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.

2015 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.la18.tv/la18-harvest-moon-festival-2015

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

14th Annual Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Fair
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 13
Fairfax b/t Olympic & Whitworth, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.eaf.la/2015/08/little-ethiopia-cultural-street.html

At this free & all-ages cultural street fair, find all sorts of Ethiopian-inspired food, art, music, and more.

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

5. Frozen S’mores

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

4. Ice Cream inside unexpected foods

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

3. Japanese meets Western

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

2. Hot Sauces

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

1. Cauliflower

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