Posts Tagged ‘Umami Burger’

In today’s society, reputation means everything as far as getting ahead in life. First impressions have a huge impact on the foundation of your reputation, as most people often form their opinions immediately upon discovering or meeting a person. With today’s society, people tend to not pay attention to anyone with no solid reputation, meaning that someone with a blank slate has all the freedom to carve out his or her path. Certain famous people have had much time to plan for their debut to thousands to millions of people, while others get immediately thrown into the limelight. In regards to the former, their planning almost always pays off, as they gain countless lifelong fans and supporters, such as the Mythbusters as they finally retire the series. Another such famous individual, Alton Brown, rose to fame with his extensive culinary knowledge via his Food Network show, Good Eats. His overwhelmingly positive reputation allowed him to progress on to greater things, but at the same time allow him to pick his battles. For an example of that, we turn to Umami Burger.

Umami Burger does not truly need an introduction, as their global legacy more than proves their capability at delivery quality products. Anyone who has tried their burgers can attest to the immense quality of the burgers that others have often attempted to imitate but could never successfully duplicate. While Umami Burger originated in Southern California, they have since extended their reach across the globe. Regardless, people still travel across the world in order to visit one of the original Los Angeles County locations because these burger simply taste that good. Heck, even Saturday Night Live recognized the significance of Umami Burger during one of their episodes. This just goes to show that if you indeed have something that good, the people will do your marketing for you. In the past, Umami Burger has done collaborations with famous people, such as The Black Keys or Michael Voltaggio. This time, Umami Burger has teamed up with Alton Brown to deliver AB’s take on a burger: the Alton Burger. For this breakfast-inspired burger, Umami Burger utilizes a burger patty consisting of a blend of beef and bacon lardons. They top this with cheddar cheese, a cheesy tot smashed into the shape of a hash brown, miso-maple bacon, a fried egg, and fried sage, which all sits on a bed of coffee ketchup. The bacon will likely stand out the most, while the smashed cheesy tot will give body and warmth to the burger.

You can smash this burger yourself for $14 at any participating Umami Burger from now until Thursday, April 14th. Check out what other fun stuff they have coming soon by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Upcoming Events: September 15-21, 2014

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Animals, Art, Beer, Burlesque, Cars, Drinks, Events, Food, Inland Empire, Irish, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports, Wine
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23rd Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

Sunset Strip Music Festival Pre-Party Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 16
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1469030910045438/

Warm up for this weekend’s Sunset Strip Music Festival with this weeknight party in West Hollywood. For a $10 cover charge, check out some local rock bands, plus a burlesque show. No one under 21 may enter.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17-18
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront?id=67350

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 18-21
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all SoCal locations
http://www.mitsuwa.com/ai1ec_event/hokkaido-torrance-2/

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

2014 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 18
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Thursday 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.

California Brewmasters Book Signing & Drake’s IPA Collab Tapping
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/689783837768725/

Join brewers from local breweries at Beachwood Brewing this Thursday evening as they congregate for a signing of the book California Brewmasters. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer. In addition to the signing, Beachwood Brewing will tap a new IPA that they collaborated with Drake’s Brewing to brew called Vulcanizer, so ensure you grab a pint of that as well.

Savor Summer: Umami Burger Music & Art Series
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Space 15 Twenty, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/272174519638418/

Enjoy a night of art, a live DJ, cash bar, and food from Umami Burger this Thursday night in Hollywood. Please have cash available for any food and/or drinks you desire to consume.

Generate LA Showcase
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 18
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/337479513083180/

This event will feature an art exhibit, two stages of bass music, a fashion run, dance performances, and more. The cover to enter this event costs $5 if entering before 9pm, or $10 after 9pm. The venue sells their own food and alcohol. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just avoid getting in trouble for it. Yarr~

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 19
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcastairclimb.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1070058

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

2014 International Food Blogger Conference
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 19
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 20
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 21
The Westin, Downtown Seattle
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2014

The world’s top conference for food bloggers returns to Seattle this year! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. Unfortunately I cannot attend this year, but look forward to it next year for sure!

16th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 20
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

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.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2014
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 20
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, September 21
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

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 $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $35 for a weekend pass. No one under 21 may attend on Friday or Saturday, but they may attend on Sunday only. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Pasadena Greek Fest
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 19
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. The race track charges $4 for parking per vehicle.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, September 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://mpknightmarket.com/

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

The Aquabats: 20th Anniversary Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 19
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/623861-aquabats-pomona/

The Aquabats continue their 20th Anniversary Tour, which sweeps through Pomona this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.

1st Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

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 $195 and a weekend pass costing $350.

Get Lit In North Pine
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 19
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Get-Lit-in-North-Pine?id=67456

This Friday night, North Pine will host a FREE and all-ages twilight walk on Pine Avenue between 3rd & 8th streets in Downtown Long Beach. This nighttime event will contain glow zones, bubble soccer, roller disco, live music, food, and more activities for the entire family.

H.R. of Bad Brains @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, September 19
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/h-r-of-bad-brains-the-wyldz/

Check out this show going on this Friday night as part of the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

6th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
September 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

14th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 20
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
http://www.bikewalkandroll.com/

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.

20th Annual Pacific Islander Festival of San Diego
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 20-21
Ski Beach, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/

Check out this free and all-ages Pacific Islander festival this weekend in San Diego. Visitors will find food, treats, arts & crafts, games, merchandise, music, dancing, and more. Please have cash available for either parking or the shuttle service.

17th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado
http://www.fleetweeksandiego.org/events/fleet-week-coronado-speed-festival/

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 by Aaron Colton, a special appearance by the Robby Gordon SUPER Trucks, and more. General admission presale costs $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend, while tickets at the door will cost $10 more.

10th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

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.

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2014
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 20
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

7th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 20-21
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://pacificislanderfestivaloc.com/

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.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2014
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 20
Wilson Plaza, 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.

Make The Music Go BANG! Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/bang-fest

See, X, The Buzzcocks, and more at this all-day all-ages music festival at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this show cost $35.

1st Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.artwalkmtb.com/

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

Gourmetzia 2014
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 20-21
South Hall K, Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.gourmetzia.com/

Described as “the international food lovers ultimate sampling event,” this two-day expo at the LA Convention Center showcases the finest in trending foods, gourmet, and artisan delicacies. Between all of the food sampling and browsing, check out all the culinary demos, performances, and high-energy activities. General admission costs $40 per day and starts at 4pm. Early entry admission costs $50 per day and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $85, starts at 12pm, provides access to BOTH days, and provides access to a special VIP section.

Beauty And The Creep – Costume Faire
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Halloween Club, La Mirada
http://www.halloweenclub.com/beautyandthecreep

Halloween Club right off the 5 freeway will host a FREE all-ages costume contest and party this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature a costume fashion show, makeup artists, costume designers, contests, food, drinks, music, giveaways, and more.

Shoreline Village Pirate Festival 2014
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 20
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 21
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/pirate-festival-september-20th/

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

12th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 20
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

1st Annual San Diego Sriracha Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://nightout.com/events/1st-annual-san-diego-sriracha-festival-food-gps

Last year, the LA Sriracha Fest made us appreciate the beauty behind Sriracha. This year, the fest moves down to San Diego to spread the love for Sriracha. Test your spice tolerance at this food festival dedicated to sriracha this Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $59, starts at 3pm, and include all tastings, including craft beer and cocktail samples. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes reserved seating.

1st Annual Apollos Bash Car Show
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
Rio Vista Inn, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/271052923104771/

As the event name suggests, dozens of classic cars will arrive for display this Saturday in Anaheim. This event has no cost or age limit to attend.

LA Beer Week 6th Anniversary Opening Gala
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 20
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://labeerweek.com/2014/event/la-beer-week-kickoff/

LA Beer Week kicks off its 2014 run with its annual beer fest this Saturday at its new location of Chinatown. In addition to the over 70 breweries present to serve beer, multiple food trucks will pair their foods (sold separately) with the beers.

Downey International Food Festival 2014
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/international_food_festival_2014.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.

World Foodie Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
LA Spice Café, Culver City
http://www.worldfoodiefair.com/

Ten hopeful restauranteurs will serve their cuisine at this mini food fest this Saturday in Culver City. Each $6 ticket provides $7 worth of food, and attendees can vote for their favorite foods throughout the event. Four one-hour sessions will take place starting at 5pm in order to spread out the flow of attendees, and interested attendees can purchase tickets for this event ONLY online so that the organizers can cap each session due to capacity limits. Buy at least one ticket to secure your spot in a session – you can buy more tickets once you arrive there if you still feel hungry for more food.

CrossFit Intersect Downtown Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
CrossFit Intersect, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/711383145566355/

A new CrossFit gym will open up in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday evening. Doors open at 6pm with tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks from local brewers. Ribbon-cutting ceremony happens at 7pm followed by a short workout at 7:30. Attendees will continue the celebration throughout Downtown afterwards.

Idle Worship – The Photography of Edward Colver
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
Lethal Amounts, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/296784110473924/

Check out this unveiling of never-before-seen images of old punk bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Youth Brigade, and more this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The event page makes no mention of a cover charge or age minimum or parking info or any other piece of event detail, so bear that all in mind if you plan to attend this event.

Thrash Show @ Five Star Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 20
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1464835617097357/

Get your thrash on at this show in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can park at the street meters for free after 8pm.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 21-26
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six 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!

Run For Love – Yoga & 5k
8:00 am – 11:00 am, September 21
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://runforlove.info/

Hundreds will gather on the beach this Sunday morning for a communal yoga session plus a 5k run/walk. Registration costs $35 and includes an event t-shirt.

19th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 21
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

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.

Tony Hawk’s 11th Annual Stand Up For Skateparks
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 21
Green Acres Estate, Beverly Hills
http://www.standupforskateparks.org/

Come to Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills this Sunday for an afternoon of action sports thrills. Visitors will find action sports demos, music from live DJ’s, games, food, arts & crafts, vendors, a silent auction, and more. Individual tickets cost $550 each, while a family package costs $2750 and includes an autographed skateboard by Tony Hawk.

4th Annual Ska Day at Disneyland – It’s A Ska World After All
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Disneyland, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/692882780775823/

Rendezvous and mingle with ska fans at Disneyland this Sunday. Participate in multiple activities, such as a scavenger hunt, a ska outfit contest, a group picture, meet & greet lunch, and more. Please note that no ska show will actually take place.

Los Angeles Feline Film Festival & Internet Cat Video Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://lafelinefilmfestival.com/

As if cats do not already dominate our lives and the internet, a feline film festival will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday that celebrates out furry friends. See real cats, dozens of cat videos, meet famous cats, and more. Ticket prices vary to this event, with general admission costing $15, and additional prices for add-ons.

I ♥ Bois Hardcore
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Blood Orange Infoshop, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1406591726293435/

An all-day all-ages punk show invades Riverside this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $10.

Caskforce
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/338837772907451/

As part of LA Beer Week, Beachwood Brewing will unveil FIVE cask ales for this Sunday only. If you love craft beer, you owe it to yourself to visit Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday.

Whitekaps & The Maxies @ Slidebar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Slidebar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1497574080482934/

Head over to Slidebar in Fullerton this Sunday night to see both Whitekaps and The Maxies play a FREE show. No one under 21 may enter.

Reminiscing back to our childhoods, we recall all the good times and bad times that significantly impacted us as children. Everyone remembers certain moments during their childhoods that has permanently affected our personalities today. Even without anything to capture those moments, we can still reminisce about the good old days through photos taken way back then. In fact, today’s society has accepted Throwback Thursdays as an homage to the good old days, when life did not bear so much worry, and we could live out our days without fear or oppression. These days, society has to deal with corruption on many levels, from governments to the internet to bullies in school and more. Like the human immune system, society reacts to these corruptions by implementing methods to combat those problems by either minimizing problems or eliminating them altogether. This may not restore the good old days, but as a society, we still like to look back to what paved the way for us to stand here today. Significantly, we remember the foods we once ate as children, even recalling the low prices. Those old signs advertising $0.10 French Fries did not lie – food stands actually sold items that now cost ten times more, or even more than that! Though we can still buy the same fast food items as back then, we have much better options today as far as finer dining without the inflated price tags. If you miss those $0.10 fries, wait until you see some of the fries that you can eat as entrées. I have discovered five different fries entrées that you can find in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and I highly suggest seeking them out this season, as some of these may not linger around once the season ends.

5. Dos Chinos‘ Garden Grove BBQ Papas Fritas

Throughout this Top 5 list, you may notice a common trend among the entries – the word poutine. For those unfamiliar with poutine, this Canadian dish, at its very base, consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. From there, the person preparing it may add whatever to this canvas of a dish, typically some sort of meat. While this certainly sounds like a meal already, not every fries entrée must contain gravy and/or cheese. In the case of Dos Chinos, they do not even think about gravy, in favor of their Asian heritage. This fusion food truck from Orange County takes traditional Asian flavors, such as Vietnamese-style pork belly or garlic butter shrimp, and cooks them into Latin/Mexican preparations, such as tacos, burritos, or quesadillas. Over the past few years, they have greatly expanded their menu offerings in both directions, and utilize a chart system in ordering. In other words, customers simply choose the meat, then choose the preparation. For example, their Garden Grove BBQ Papas Fritas combines their Korean Mexican BBQ Beef with red cabbage and crema sauce over a bed of shoestring fries, jack-cheddar cheese, chopped onions, and cilantro. The beef will remind you of traditional Chinese takeout, but prepared much more flavorful, with an emphasis on high-quality grass-fed angus beef and the right balance of marinade on the beef. Where traditional Chinese restaurants serve this with white rice, Dos Chinos serves this to you with fries – for America! The fries provide a different texture than the soft nature of rice, so you have more going on in each bite as you crunch your way through this bowl of meat and potatoes big enough to share. But why would you want to share? At $8 per bowl, you can own this steal of a deal at the Dos Chinos truck, constantly roaming around Orange County. Pay attention to their Twitter to discover their future locations!

4. Haven Gastropub – Orange‘s Lamb Neck Poutine

As mentioned above, the most basic poutine consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Increasingly popular in Canada, poutine has made landfall here in America due to its unique combination of ingredients that appeals to many appetites as not only a snack food, but as a fulfilling meal. Among conscious eaters, poutine has increased in popularity because of the freshness of cheese curds. Ideally, people should consume cheese curds within hours of its creation, so unless a restaurant produces its own cheese curds, poutine would use other types of cheese besides cheese curds. Regardless of the method of acquisition, Haven Gastropub understands the importance of quality cheese curds, as well as the importance of all of the restaurant’s other locally-sourced ingredients. Formulating the standard structure for any respectable sustainable restaurant, Haven Gastropub has pioneered the art of pub faire and introduced it to the modern American fine dining setting. By reinventing these dishes, Haven aims to take foods with a reputation as bar food and transform them into beautiful entrées that customers will want to brag about having eaten. While corporations have created a greasy image for poutine in Canada, Haven turns that all around with their Lamb Neck Poutine. Using braised lamb neck as the spotlight ingredient, Haven constructs this poutine with their pommes frites, dijon lamb gravy, and fresh cheddar cheese curds. Some people would turn an eye away from hearing “lamb neck” mentioned in food, either at the though of eating neck or of the texture of the meat. If the latter, the braising of the meat gives it an utmost tender texture, as it falls apart like braised short ribs do. Traditional poutine may look like this, but in terms of flavor, it can come nowhere close. Keep in mind that Haven Gastropub in Orange County serves this dish, as the Pasadena location does not list it on their menu.

3. The Federal Bar‘s Short Rib Poutine

When a brand grows large in popularity and demand, one should expect that brand to expand the reach to a larger scope or audience. For example, Southern California’s own Slater’s 50/50 has opened six overall locations, while Eureka Burger has FINALLY concocted plans to expand into Los Angeles and Orange County. Not too long ago, when The Federal Bar in North Hollywood grew beyond their walls, they first opened up another restaurant right around the corner under the name Bow & Truss. Eventually the demand for The Federal Bar grew so much that they had to expand past their little bubble in North Hollywood. As a result, they opened their second location in Downtown Long Beach this past April. Boasting nearly the same menu, The Federal Bar maintains the theme of a prohibition-era federal reserve bank while operating as a full-fledged gastropub. With a penchant for terrific craft beers, fine wines, and artisanal spirits, The Federal Bar serves up classic gastropub faire with a gourmet spin. For example, take a look at their version of poutine, the Short Rib Poutine. First, they take their House Fries, which comes with herbs, parmesan, and garlic, then they top it off with fresh mozzarella cheese curds, shredded beef short rib, and a blue cheese drizzle, which gives it a unique kick that poutine normally would not have. The Federal Bar may list this in the Starters section of their menu, but the resulting dish more than fills up one person. In fact, you may actually have to either share this with someone, or take the rest to-go. Just remember to savor the short ribs well, and get as much of the blue cheese as possible with the short rib. The savoriness of the meat with the sharp flavor of the blue cheese create a potent yet irresistible match-up of short rib and sauce. You can order this off their regular menu for $11, but arrive during Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm everyday, and you can order this dish for $2 off! Even better during Happy Hour, you can also receive drinks at Happy Hour prices, so pair this fries entrée with a cold, refreshing IPA for the perfect evening meal.

2. 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro‘s Pork Fries

Who said that Bacon has to reign as the all-time best pork preparation of all time? We can all agree that bacon makes any food and drink taste better, but when you get to a point where you just eat bacon so much that the thought of bacon gets desensitized in your mind, you have to start searching for alternatives. Fortunately there exists visionary chefs who worship pork and the versatility of this wonderful meat. Versatility lives on at 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro in their Pork Fries. Although 1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro lists their infamous Pork Fries under their Firsts, or appetizers, this large pan can serve a party of 2-3. This skillet consists of thin fries covered with pulled pork confit, stout-braised onions, melted sharp cheddar, and smoked tomato rémoulade. Picture the pork sitting in a marinade of salt, seasonings, and herbs, then cooked in its own drippings. What results from the process tastes like roasted and somewhat crispy shredded pork with a heaping level of smokiness and salty flavors attacking your taste buds. The onions braised in stout contribute to this dish with its tender, sweet, and dark flavors. The cheese comes melted and soft, but hardens quickly. As a result, I highly suggest eating this the moment your server brings it out, and not wait to eat it. Note that you can order this during Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm for a reduced price, so aim to go during Happy Hour, and pair this with a nice cold pale ale!

1. Umami Burger‘s Truffle Royale Poutine

From Day 1, ever since I started this blog, I vowed never to give a spotlight to corporate businesses, but to focus on the best in the local scene of Southern California. Understandably, something may grow in popularity so much that expansion comes natural. For example, Hof’s Hut has gained enough local popularity that expansion to greater territory only seems natural at this point. Other businesses expand rapidly yet remain in Southern California… for now, such as Slater’s 50/50. One such entity remained solely in Southern California for just two years, and rose in notoriety so much that they expanded to Northern California after two years in business. Now with a location in Florida and plans to expand into New York, Umami Burger has more than cemented its name into the history of food in America. In fact, Saturday Night Live even name-dropped Umami Burger, proving the dominance of this burger chain. Umami did not reach their current status with just marketing and timing – they earned their reputation with quality unlike any other. Although pricey, their burgers will more than satisfy a craving for an amazing burger, as their menu now contains more than just burgers. Most customers will want to stick with burgers like the namesake indicates, but sometimes customers can get a little adventurous by ordering a modified burger. Umami now offers a modified burger in the form of turning any burger into a poutine dish. Have you seen a poutine with a burger patty in it? Go all-in with their Truffle Royale Poutine, their signature Truffle Royale burger served over fries with house gravy. The original burger comes with a beef patty topped with braised short ribs, garlic aioli, truffle glaze, and truffle cheese. Why bother with truffle oil at this point when the dish already contains so much truffle? The truffle levels in this dish exceed nine thousand, as you cut into the medium rare patty and braised short ribs, and scoop up the perfect bite with a little of everything in this dish. The Truffle Royale burger costs $15, while you can “poutine-it” any burger for an extra $2, so the Truffle Royale Poutine will cost $17 altogether. Not every Umami Burger location serves the Truffle Royale, and not every location has the “poutine-it” option, so refer to the Umami Burger website for a menu from each location before you venture out in search of meaty fried goodness. The old saying that you cannot judge a book by its cover typically does not apply to Umami Burger, as they strive for excellent plating and deliciously gorgeous burgers. When it comes to poutine, the gravy will cause a mess, so carefully plating poutine takes extra practice. While the photo looks like a mess, the umami sensory explosion will make you forget what it looked like when the server brought it out to you.