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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Save the Date: LA Weekly’s Artopia 2017 at Union Station

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Artopia 2017 is LA Weekly’s 5th annual art party celebrating the vibrant arts and cultural scene in Los Angeles. Artopia 2017 is set for Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). Union Station is, itself, a historical and cultural monument and “the last of the great train stations.”

Internet radio network and DJ collective dublab is curating the sights and sounds for a second year in a row. An impressive lineup of artists will tickle your artistic fancy from performance artists and DJs to filmmakers and dance troupes.

Artists & Performers (list as of 7/26/2017):

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample cocktails and local cuisine, peruse visual artists’ work, watch performances, and dance the night away. There will also be a vendor village featuring handmade goods from local artisans and craftspeople.

Event partners (list as of 7/26/2017):

  • General Admission ($30): Entry at 8 p.m.; Includes beer, wine, and cocktail samples, food samples, and access to all the art and entertainment for the evening.
  • VIP Admission ($50): Entry at 7 p.m.; Exclusive VIP gift bag; Includes beer, wine, and cocktail samples, food samples, and access to all the art and entertainment for the evening.

For more information:
Union Station
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (VIP entry at 7 p.m.)

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Enjoy a summer’s night out at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern in Brea, California

The menu items in this post were provided by Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern but the opinions expressed here are my own. 

If you have been following me, you know I absolutely love, love, love Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT for short)! Now that summer is in full swing, they have new summer drinks to cool you off during our hot, sweltering SoCal summer: The Pearfectionist, SoCal Sour, Summer Sunrise (on the brunch menu only), Blackberry Sangria, Peach Sangria, and Classic Sangria.

New aspects of JFAT is that they have partnered with Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future (SFF) program committed to responsible seafood sourcing. They are also a Certified Green Restaurant, making them environmentally sustainable in energy, water, waste, food, chemicals, disposables, and building.

Let’s take a look at some of cool and sizzling summer menu items:

Peach Sangria ($13) combines Simi Sauvignon Blanc, Christian Brothers Sacred Bond Brandy, peach puree, and peach schnapps. The cocktail was a little tart. It could be a little sweeter to bring the peach flavor forward. Rating: 3.5/5

Summer Sunrise ($13, on brunch menu) combines Ketel One, blood orange juice, blood orange liqueur, and sparkling float. I absolutely loved the flavors in this drink. It was sweet and juicy like a summer drink should be. Rating: 4.8/5

Spicy N’awlins style Peel & Eat Shrimp ($14) bathing in wine, garlic butter, cajun spices, and served with grilled sourdough. The shrimp were seasoned well and cooked perfectly with a nice snap although I would have preferred it to be just a bit spicier. Rating: 4.3/5

BBQ Pork Cheeseburger ($18, daily specials menu) is a cheeseburger topped with pulled pork simmered in BBQ sauce, onion fritters, Anaheim chile, and chipotle aioli. This burger was overwhelmingly savory. It needed an acidity and/or sweet component to balance out all the savory notes. A sweeter BBQ sauce, spicy pickled jalapeno, and/or macerated red onions would do the trick. The truffle parmesan fries were awesome as usual. Rating: 3.8/5

Beef Stroganoff ($24) starts with filet mignon strips, forest mushrooms, pearl onions, tarragon, Dijon cream sauce atop pappardelle. The filet added a meaty bite but this dish might be better with a braised beef, like short rib, for a more tender texture. The sauce was creamy with subtle hints of Dijon. The pappardelle were cooked perfectly and caught all of the sauce. The crispy onions strings on top added a crunchy texture. Rating: 4.5/5

If you’re looking for a great place to hang out for a summer meal, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern will have a something perfect for your summer cravings.

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
D├ęcor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
3325 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92823
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to close, Sunday from 11 a.m. to close
Parking: Free parking in Village at La Floresta shopping center
Seating: Interior and exterior

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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.

Credit: Long Beach BBQ Festival
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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