The Taste of Los Angeles

The LA Times Presents “The Taste”

The Taste has become one of the most well-known foodie shindigs in Los Angeles. The best restaurants that the city has to offer come down every year to show off their delicious offerings. The dog days of summer are upon us. But there’s no better way to enjoy Labor Day than to stuff your face with the best food you can get your hands on. From August 30th through September 1st, The Taste will beckon you to the Paramount back-lot for unlimited food and drinks.

What can you expect to find there? How about Bazaar by José Andrés, Rao’s, Le Comptoir, Park’s BBQ, SLAB, Salazar, Jitlada, Triple Beam Pizza, Employees Only, Freedman’s, Ghengis Cohen, Bone Kettle and Izakaya Osen. And there’s far more where that came from!

Not to mention, besides the scrumptious food, you can expect some insightful panel discussions and demonstrations which will be hosted by LA Times’ editors. Now you may be wondering how much this fiesta of food with its limitless options will cost you—I got you covered. Tickets for each night of The Taste will be $115 per person and $190 for some exclusive VIP goodness. You can claim your tickets right here.

I’d say that’ll be money well spent when your stomach is filled with the best food the city has to offer.

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Summer Fun at the OC Fair

Nothing Says Summer Like the OC Fair

The OC Fair brings you together with one of SoCal’s most entertaining summer traditions. Sure, we have the Ventura County Fair or the LA Fair as well, but there is something special about the OC Fair.

(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The fair mixes tasty fried food along with every type of carnival attraction you could possibly imagine. And in case you haven’t found yourself in more country-oriented areas, you can check out cute farm animals and the occasional rodeo or demolition derby.

I definitely wouldn’t plan on maintaining any sort of dietary restrictions while at the fair, as evidenced by the picture above. If there was ever a time for a little bit of a cheat day, it would be when attending this fair. I am not entirely sure if I’m seeing whipped cream or ice cream on top of those fries. I am both curious and horrified.

However, I am fully in support of this Flaming Hot Cheeto Pizza. I know what I am ordering when I head down to Costa Mesa this weekend. The OC Fair will conclude in early August so you have a little bit of time to check it out. All the details you could possibly want can be found right here at the event website. Enjoy your summer and the OC Fair.

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Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival 2019

A Taste of New Orleans

This Memorial Day Weekend will give you an opportunity to eat tasty food, listen to soulful music, and donate your hard-earned funds to great causes. The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will present their 30th rendition of the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival. I am personally a huge fan of Cajun food and enjoy the prospect of munching on some Gumbo and Jambalaya. I am not as well-versed when it comes to the Blues, but if there was ever a good opportunity to check it out, this would be it.

 

They definitely know their food, music, and parties down in New Orleans. This weekend will find a bit of New Orleans in Simi Valley. Whether you have the same palate as myself or are more inclined for their funnel cake and kettle corn, you’ll find something delicious to eat. And while you stuff your face with food, live music will be covering the event grounds.

Musical performers at the Cajun & Blues Festival will include Jefferson Starship, Spin Doctors, and 3 Sista Blues. In addition, the event also features a Mardi Gras Parade each day and special New Orleans inspired Arts & Crafts. The whole family will have something to enjoy this weekend.

Tickets and additional details can be found right here

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Welcome to Photoville LA

Photoville LA Is Here

A Unique Artistic Experience

Photoville LA brings the unique Photoville experience and transports it to The Southland. It takes place this upcoming weekend at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City. The exhibit will provide you with an intimate look into some wonderful exhibitions. The unique draw for the event is that re-purposed shipping containers, photo cubes, and lightboxes will house the exhibits in lieu of more traditional artistic housings. This creates an environment of togetherness and of separation. Each container is like its own separate art space, but also creates an obvious closeness among the observers.

This is the first time that Photoville is coming to LA and therefore there are obviously no pictures to showcase exactly what it will look like. However, there are plenty of images from their traditional New York City events and you can get a clear image of what you should expect to see (and how you should expect to see it).

More Than Just Another Pretty Picture

Photoville LA will also feature a variety of nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family-friendly activities, food vendors and a community beer garden. There’s plenty to see and enough things to do to involve the whole family. Take advantage of the better weather and get out there next weekend. Enjoy some fine art.

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Explore WonderCon 2019

Return to WonderCon

 

Make your way down to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend and get your nerd on. Consider this practice for the Avengers coming out next month. Whether you want to dress up like Iron Man or stay in your normal clothes, you’ll find yourself among a friendly community. The event contains a little something for everyone whether you’re more into Television or Movies. WonderCon 2019 will feature special guests, sneak previews, and Q&A Panels.

You can find all the information that you need to purchase passes right here

If you love comics or have an interest in learning more about the numerous comic book movies and television shows that are around, this is a a great opportunity. The special guests of this event encompass the industry’s heaviest hitters.

Feed Your Fandom, Feed Your Belly

Either before or after you embark on your WonderCon 2019 journey you should grab some tasty food. I found a nice spot called The Scratch Room that is located right by the convention center.

Make a day out of your Anaheim excursion. Hit up The Scratch Room and try some of their award-winning breakfast items or tasty burgers. They have a diverse menu that will whet your appetite. So, be it at WonderCon or The Scratch Room, you’ll be in for a satisfying weekend.

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Date Night at Grand Park

Check Out Grand Park 

This weekend, or any weekend during December for that matter, is the perfect opportunity for a great date night. The park is hosting its seasonal art installation, “Winter Glow,” throughout the month. If you find yourself in the area during the evening, you’ll find yourself walking through a beautiful winter wonderland. Well, minus the snow and reindeer.

Winter Glow is a new month-long, immersive nighttime art experience that will take over Grand Park in celebration of the holidays.  Visitors can stroll together through this 12-acre art, projection and light display, exhibit and installation and experience the wonder of Grand Park lit up like never before.  Iconic elements of the park, including the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, will shine in new and exciting ways. And once you’re done making your way around the park you can make your way to one of Grand Park’s most popular restaurants.

Welcome to Maacheroni Republic

Maacheroni Republic offers its customers artisan homemade fresh organic pasta. And not only is the restaurant’s pasta dishes the delicious main draw, but they also have fantastic dessert offerings too. Whether you want some Lasanga di Carne, Rigatoni Pom’Amore or Tiramisu, this restaurant’s got you covered.

 

Have yourself a wonderful, seasonal date night and make your way down to Grand Park!

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100 % Festival at The Otis College of Art and Design

The 100% Festival

What drives you to your 100%? What inspires your creativity, mind, and soul? The Otis College of Art and Design is celebrating their 100th year by inspiring you this weekend. The 100% Festival is a two-day opportunity to explore art and design on the campus. The event features creative workshops, speakers, a Makers Market, food trucks, music, and more. What sort of things can you do, you may wonder. Well, try weaving a phone case, learn to draw a live owl, and explore the inner workings of toy design. You can hear from a Disney animator, and learn about various forms of painting, photography, and fashion. The Otis College of Art and Design knows how to throw a centennial celebration.

What inspires me? Well, I love photography and wish I could draw better! This is a great opportunity for people to explore some of the art that inspires them. You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands dirty and maybe learn a thing or two. The best part is that the event is totally free! Although you do have to pay at the food trucks and whatnot, obviously. So, if you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, check out the Otis College campus.

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Explore The California Pizza Festival

Everybody Loves Some Pizza

Keep the 28th and 29th clear on your schedules. Get ready for what they call the first unlimited sampling pizza festival in Los Angeles. But why would you be excited about such an event? Well, first of all, it’s delicious pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza? Whether you are gluten-free, vegetarian, carnivore, or whatever, this is an event for you. Pizza aficionados are in for a delicious treat.

The California Pizza Festival will bring over 30 vendors to an all-you-can-eat extravaganza. Not to mention, these vendors will be coming from around the country and world. We’re talking about diverse slices like Neapolitan, Sicilian and New York styles. Secondly, multiple vendors will be coming in from Naples, Italy, plus L.A. chefs and visiting pizzaiolos from Arizona, Nevada, Georgia. Finally, the event also gives you the chance to watch demos, participate in giveaways and witness pizza acrobatics (whatever that means).

The California Pizza Festival starts each day promptly at 12pm so make sure to save some room in your stomachs for lunch and dinner. Tickets will run you $45 a pop, but just think of all the different tasty pizza goodness that’ll buy. Check out a link to the event website right here.

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Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

A Perfect Memorial Day Event

Head down to Simi Valley this weekend if you want to check out a unique Memorial Day Weekend experience. The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival begins today and concludes tomorrow. There is still plenty of time to make your way over to Rancho Santa Susana Community Park for some Cajun cuisine and a bit of New Orleans’ culture. First of all, I’m personally a huge fan of Cajun food, if gumbo and jambalaya are being served–i’m there. Therefore, researching this event is literally making my mouth water. However, even beyond the tasty food, there is a whole bit of New Orleans culture that people can check out. While I’ve never personally been to New Orleans, it certainly has the reputation of having a strong. unique culture.

The Music

Dave Mason

A sizable list of musical guests await event-goers this weekend.   Eddie Money and Dave Mason will be headlining the event and certainly bringing down the house with their unique musical styling. Dave Mason is best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Dave was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic.

Eddie Money, after signing a recording contract with Columbia Records,burst onto the scene with his debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with the album, which went double platinum. That album featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”

More Details

Finally, if you would like some more details about the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, click right here . Tickets will run you $25 for a single day pass and $45 for a two-day. Looks like the main musical activities open up each day at about 11:45am, so if you’re quick you should be able to get there just in time! Enjoy the delicious Cajun Cuisine for me!

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Play A Game Of MAINopoly

It’s like Monopoly but with tasty food and actual walking


This Memorial Day Weekend, Main Street in Santa Monica is offering something special. We’re talking something that appeals to Monopoly addicts and regular people alike. Intrigued? Well, if you’re not, you should be! In an effort to raise funds for Summer SOULstice and Heal the Bay, Main Street will transform into an interactive Monopoly board game. Moreover, attendees will receive special “MAINopoly dollars,” to be exchanged for food tastings across Main Street Santa Monica’s finest eateries. Additionally, you get to play a giant game of monopoly and have a chance to win some prize packages!

A little taste of what to expect

Additional details for your pleasure

GA Tickets will get you tastings at participating locations up and down Main Street. Additionally, some places will have food and drink specials, such as Happy Hour menus and $4 Beers, $5 Wells, $5 Shots at certain locations. This event can be enjoyed by all ages and is family friendly.

You can even dress up!

The event may be over saturated with people dressing up as the monopoly man, but maybe you’ll get bonus points for dressing up as one of the game pieces? Note: apparently the monopoly man’s official name is ” Rich Uncle Pennybags.” You are quite welcome for that fun fact.

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