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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Save The Date: 2017 Long Beach BBQ Festival – August 18-20, 2017

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The Long Beach BBQ Festival is returning to the Rainbow Lagoon where BBQ pitmasters battle against local barbeque gurus. The categories include ribs, chicken, sausage, brisket, pulled pork, and other delicacies for the grand title judged by KCBS Certified BBQ Judges and a People’s Choice category voted on by the attendees.

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There will also be live music, dancing, cantinas, a live sports tent, artisan exhibitions, FREE souvenir e-photo, international food court, live interactive reptile exhibit, children’s stage featuring a magic show and inflatable impressions, bounces, games, All-You-Can-Eat Rib Village, Forty Creek Whisky Lounge, and more.

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Entertainment Line-up:

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  • Friday, August 18, 2017 General Admission - $5
  • Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 2017 One-Day General Admission - $12
  • Children under 12 – Free
  • All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village - $99 for adults, $35 young adults (10-16 years of age), $18 for kids (up to 9 years of age). Includes VIP designated seating at a table, service and dining which includes AYCE pork ribs from participating award-winning BBQ teams, chicken, pulled pork, sides, desserts, 5 beer and wine drinks (must be 21 years or older to receive drink tickets), and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages.

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Where some loose clothes and come hungry! Lots of good stuff to be ‘queing at the Long Beach BBQ Festival

  • Coupon: $3 off general admission on Saturday and Sunday. Limit 6 coupons per customer.

For more information:
Long Beach BBQ Festival
Rainbow Lagoon
400-403 Shoreline Village Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90802

  • Festival Hours: Friday, August 18 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, August 19 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, August 20 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • VIP Rib Village Hours: Friday, August 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, August 20 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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World Fabulous Drag Brunch at House of Blues Anaheim serving “fishy” and hearty brunch

Admission to this brunch show was provided by House of Blues but the opinions expressed here are my own.

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE RuPaul’s Drag Race. It all started back in 2010 when I was home recovering from a major surgery. When I was either stuck in bed or on the sofa every day for 3 months, I began to go stir-crazy with pain from the surgery and being in the same position for hours, depressed about of why I had to have surgery (dealing with infertility and knowing that I could never have a baby), and just being lonely for most of the day until the hubby came home from work. One day, I was just channel surfing (a girl can only watch so many DVD movies) and found a show called RuPaul’s Drag Race on LOGO. I had heard of RuPaul and thought she was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. At the time, I did not realize RuPaul was a drag queen. I thought she was a runway model. The whole “drag” culture fascinates me and having a lot of friends in the LGBTQ community, I knew I had to watch and see what this show was all about. After that first show, I was hooked! I was drawn into their lives during the competition with all the highs and lows – cheering when my favorite queens won challenges and crying when the queens shared their stories growing up and as they “sashayed away” after “lip syncing for their life”.

It was no surprise, when House of Blues Anaheim announced that they are going to have a World Fabulous Drag Brunch featuring Willam, I wanted (needed) to go. Willam was on the 4th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race (2012) which was a season loaded with “shade”, cat fights, and was just FAB-U-LOUS! Willam had already made a name for herself as an actor and, girl, she made sure everyone knew about it. “Escandalo” ensued after Willam was the first (and remains the only) contestant to be disqualified from RuPaul’s Drag Race. But, that didn’t stop her from going on with a music career, being an American Apparel Ad Girl, book author, and talk show host with a body that any woman would kill for!

The World Fabulous Drag Brunch starts with a buffet brunch including breakfast items like eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, and such.

More brunch items like an omelet station and shrimp cocktail.

Specialty items such as jambalaya and smoked brisket round out the savory while bread pudding and pastries grab your sweet tooth.

After everyone had settled in with their plates full, Willam came out and greeted the audience with some singing and comedy. She had a troop of girls with her to entertain us – Morgan McMichaels (2nd Season of RuPaul’s Drag Race), Trina Modele, Misty Violet, and House of Avalon.

Morgan McMichaels looked hot as she lip-synced Tina Marie’s “Lovergirl”. She rocked my world.

Trina Modele did an awesome Madonna impression and came out with showgirl feathers flying to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”. “See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen!”

If you enjoy brunch and loved to be entertained, World Fabulous Drag Brunch is here to feed and entertain you every first Saturday of the month at House of Blue Anaheim. “Can I get an amen!”

For more information:
400 W. Disney Way Ste. 337
Anaheim, CA 92805
Tickets: Next brunch is August 5, 2017, $46 per person
Hours: Atrium Bar opens at 10 a.m. and seating starts at 11 a.m.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

The Offspring’s lead vocalist and Lit’s guitar player make culinary music at The Slidebar in Fullerton, California

The menu items in this post were provided by The Slidebar but the opinions expressed here are my own.

The Slidebar has been a favorite of mine for years. Even with changes to the menu and executive chefs, The Slidebar keeps the beat with its rock-n-roll kitchen. The building itself has a bit of historic meaning to me. When I attended Fullerton College, one of my art classes had an art opening in this very building, once known as The Hub. The Slidebar revamped the space with an upbeat, rocking vibe with indoor and outdoor seating and bartenders making drinks until the wee hours of the morning. They also have a lot of concerts here from cover bands to well-known OC bands.

If you didn’t know, The Slidebar is owned by Jeremy Popoff, guitarist of Lit. They have joined forces with Gringo Bandito owned by Dexter Holland, lead vocalist of The Offspring, for an new menu item called the Cali Bandito Tacos ($9.95). This deconstructed take on the California Burrito starts with handmade tortillas loaded with marinated carne asada kicked up with Gringo Bandito hot sauce folded into melted cheddar cheese, crispy French fries, and finished off with sour cream and avocado. This was a huge portion for lunch or dinner with three tacos, chips, salsa, and side of beans. The tacos were meaty but the “cali” addition of French fries plateaus the flavor the steak. But after adding a bit more Gringo Bandito red sauce to the tacos, it punched up the flavor bringing the beefy flavor forward. Modern Times Beer’s Booming Rollers is a hoppy citra IPA and paired well with the tacos. Even though it was a spring ale, it had a lot of summer facets to it like citrus flavor, mellow hoppiness, and floral aroma. Rating: 4/5

If you are not into meat, there is a vegetarian version made with Portobello mushrooms. I am not a vegetarian, but these tacos are GOOD! I actually liked them better than the carne asada. The mushrooms acted like sponges and absorbed the marinade better. The flavor was locked in versus the carne asada where it caramelized on the outside and lost some flavor in the cooking process. Modern Times Beer’s Booming Rollers also paired well with this version. Rating: 4.8/5

Here are some other items to try:

Nachos ($13.95 for full order, $8.95 for half order) are a bed of white corn tortilla chips topped with your choice of chicken breast or steak, house-made refried beans, red salsa, queso fresco, Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo, and sour cream. I have to say, the full order was HUGE! It is an item to share with friends while drinking or before dinner. The cheese was perfectly melty and gooey. The steak was seasoned to perfection with a meaty bite. I loved that the chips stayed crispy and stood up to all the toppings without getting soggy. The salsa was a bit light in flavor but we punched it up with some Gringo Bandito. Rating: 4.7/5

Cowboy From Hell ($13.95) is a half-pound burger topped with Velveeta cheddar, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, and finished with BBQ sauce, habañero aioli, and crispy onions. The guys in Pantera would say that this burger kicks ass! Your taste buds will feel like they are in a fiery, spicy mosh pit. I love spicy so this may be too hot for the novice. The burger was sloppy so get those napkins ready and the heat lingers so have a cold, tasty beverage at hand. The fries were excellent, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Rating: 4.8/5

If you are looking for some tasty eats, whether you like it hot or not, get your taste buds rocking at The Slidebar!


  • Taco Tuesdays – Tacos starting at $1, $2 domestic draughts and $5 margaritas from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Kids Eat Free – Wednesday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday Brunch – Mimosas & BBQ from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ambiance: 5 out of 5
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
122 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Reservations: First come, first serve
Hours: Monday – closed; Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. 2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m. 2 a.m.
Dog-friendly: Not sure, check with hostess

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