Music Tastes Good Announces 2018 Festival Lineup

Music Tastes Good returns to Southern California for its third year of celebrating music, food and art!


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Music Tastes Good, a two-day music, food, and arts festival presented by 89.9 KCRW returns to Marina Green Park, along the picturesque Downtown Long Beach shoreline, on September 29 and 30th, with iconic British New Wave legends New Order and Grammy-nominated and Mercury Prize-winning English singer-songwriter James Blake headlining.

This year, an expanded and more inclusive Taste Tent with the theme “Port Cities of the West Coast” will offer all attendees (not just VIPs) a chance to immerse their taste buds in culinary samplings from some of the best coast’s most talented and acclaimed chefs and restaurants, including:

Wesley Young of Vancouver’s Pidgin
Jeffery Vance of Seattle’s No Anchor
Cameron Hanin on Seattle’s Ma’Ono
Pat Manning of Portland’s Toro Bravo
Rachel Aronow, independent (formerly of San Francisco’s Alembic)
Sincere Justice of Oakland’s Tacos Sincero
Edward Martinez of Sacramento’s Milk Money
Michael Thiemann of Sacramento’s Mother
Dawna Bass of Long Beach’s Under the Sun
Jason Witzl of Long Beach’s Ellie’s
Aliye Aydin of Long Beach’s A Good Carrot
Dina Amadril of Long Beach Creamery
Arthur Gonzales of Long Beach’s Roe/Panxa Cocina
Christine Rivera of San Diego’s Galaxy Tacos
and Nancy Leon of Tijuana B.C.S.’s Chan’s Bistro.

A great lineup of chefs will be complimented by a monumental lineup of bands and musicians on both days.

Saturday’s lineup will also include: influential Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene, Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Lil B, Princess Nokia, Blake Mills, Big Thief, Cherry Glazerr, Oliver Tree, Shame, Los Master Plus, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, NO BS! Brass Band, Radiolistener: Tribute to Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, Feels, Forest of Tongue, Neighbor Lady, BLCKNOISE, Haunted Summer and Manuel The Band.

Sunday’s bill promises performances by: The Black Angels, Lizzo, Parquet Courts, The Church, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, Hollie Cook, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, Ladama, The Blow, De Lux, Ethio Cali, B.A.G. (Blimes x Gifted Gab), The Fling, Baum, Hana Vu, Asi Fui and NO BS! Brass Band.

Tickets are on sale now!

For more information or to purchase single-day or weekend passes visit musictastesgood.com.

Juice It Up’s Seasonal Favorites Are Back!

Juice It Up! recently announced the return of their all-time seasonal guest favorites, the Merry Mocha Mint Smoothie™, the Pumpkin Pleaser Smoothie™, and its heartier counterpart, the Pumpkin Pleaser Smoothie Bowl™. They sent us a gift card to try out these limited-time flavors, so we popped in for a taste! [Read more…]

Islands’ NFL Happy Hour Menu

Islands’ new NFL Happy Hour, kicked off on September 7th with the start of the NFL season. As their guest we were able to try some of the food and drink items and hear more about what’s new at Islands! [Read more…]

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern Oktoberfest Menu

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT) recently released their new Oktoberfest menu that includes 3 dishes, a dessert and beer offerings!

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Orange County’s First Paella Festival Is Almost Here!

We’re partnering with the Paella Wine & Beer Festival to giveaway two tickets to their OC debut! Read more to find out about the festival and how to enter for a chance to win admission for two – a $200 value.

Orange County’s first ever Paella Wine & Beer Festival is coming to the Orange County Fair and Event Center THIS Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 4-9 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of the Paella Wine & Beer Festival

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The World Fabulous Drag Brunch at House of Blues Anaheim

The new House of Blues Anaheim kicked off a new monthly event this summer featuring wild entertainment, mimosas and an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. The World Fabulous Drag Brunch is held on the first Saturday of each month and is hosted by the always fantastic Willam Belli – actress, author, YouTuber and former RuPaul’s Drag Racer. [Read more…]

AMG Opens Their First U.S. All-You-Can-Eat Location in Lynwood!

Disclosure: We were invited to a complimentary media tasting in order to try out a variety of offerings from this restaurant. No other compensation was given in exchange for this post.

AMG recently opened their very first All-You-Can-Eat location in the United States. Located in Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, the new restaurant boasts a huge selection of 45 AYCE items. And their prices are affordable – $20.99 for an adult dinner, and $15.99 for an adult lunch. [Read more…]

Sabroso: Craft Beer, Tacos, Music, and More! Tickets on Sale Now

The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival is back for its 4th year, and this time they’re heading to the beach!

The ultimate taco and craft beer celebration, presented by KLOS and powered by Gringo Bandito, is proud to announce an all-new location at the scenic Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

This year’s music lineup will be headlined by Orange County-based, multi-platinum rock band The Offspring, along with performances from Sum 41, Rival Sons, Lit, and Unwritten Law, as well as the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band, Metalachi. There will also be roving mariachi band performances throughout the festival.

During the festival, taco lovers can indulge themselves in $3 gourmet tacos from top local chefs and restaurants, who are competing for the coveted Sabroso “People’s Choice” awards. Attendees can select their favorite via a Text-To-Vote system during the event. There is also a “Best Of Show” award, chosen by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.

The 2017 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature renowned craft breweries including Bottle Logic, Bootleggers, Riip Brewing, Pizza Port, TAPS Fish House and Brewery, Stereo Brewing, Fall Brewing, Barley Forge, Ritual Brewing, Modern Times, Artifex Brewing and more.

If music, beer, tacos, and the beach aren’t enough, attendees will also be entertained by lucha libre style wrestlers like Red Spider, La Golosa, Lady Lee and Mariachi Loco, who will take to the ring for four action packed qualifying matches, followed by a championship match.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will run from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 8. VIP entry begins at noon, to include an extra hour of complimentary exclusive tastings in the VIP lounge. The festival is only open to attendees 21 and older.

For more info and tickets, head to www.SabrosoTacoFest.com!

A Regular Family Went to Au Fudge and This is What Happened

Earlier this week my family and I were invited to attend a special movie screening of the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie in West Hollywood. Usually when someone invites me to drive to LA from South OC on weekday afternoon I have to give them a big nope. However, this screening was being held at the already infamous new Au Fudge restaurant. I had to go. (Disappointingly, we were not greeted at the door by chipmunks holding tiny muffins.)

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What I knew about Au Fudge prior to going:
It is a restaurant.
It’s owned by Jessica Biel.
It may or may not serve fudge.
It is not for regular people like us.

Since this was a last-minute invite, my personal stylist was unavailable and I didn’t have time to book a driver. So, I dressed everyone in their one nice outfit, and we piled into the minivan. Luckily, it was recently cleaned inside and out, so when we pulled up to the (complimentary, thank god) valet, garbage didn’t fall out of the minivan when the doors were opened. (Yes that is a thing that actually happened to me once. Okay, more than once.)

We didn’t tell the kids where we were going, aside from the fact that it was in LA and it would be fun. So naturally, they thought of all kinds of way more fun places we could have been going. I just kept driving and let them set themselves up for eventual disappointment that was going to happen when we showed up at a restaurant and not a theme park.

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When we finally arrived, about 2 and a half hours from the time we left the house, my seven year old saw the sign out front and yelled “OH YEAH A FUDGE FACTORY.” Once again I had to lay down the disappointment and let him know that it was just a restaurant and that I wasn’t sure they even had any fudge.

The valet situation was a bit of a nightmare, and while we were stopped in the road, where the valet had signaled us to stop, two parking enforcement officers rushed over to ticket our crappy 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan, ignoring the rest of the cars that were also in the way. Thanks, WeHo Parking Enforcement, you’re real swell! Anyway, kudos to the valet who stepped in and took care of that.

Once we were inside, we pretended that we didn’t feel really out of place. We checked in for the event and the kids were herded into the “Creativity Room” which had been set up as a makeshift movie theater. Normally, for $15 an hour (less than most of the entrees on the menu) you can check your child in, and they can explore all kinds of creative outlets while you get a nice buzz going. Today, it was just a big room to watch a movie in.

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Todd Williamson / Getty Images

I tried to get my kids settled down on the floor with their popcorn that was served in a fancy pink Au Fudge paper bag, but I was in the way as usual and one of the au pairs kindly suggested that I just leave the room and let her do her job. Okay, she didn’t say those exact words but I think it was implied. But, I wasn’t in the mood to argue, so I headed to the bar because I love free drinks.

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The bar menu is exactly what I expected. A lot of thought was put into the names and descriptions of each $14 drink. You can order the low-calorie, MILF cocktail, with the tagline, “This yummy mummy needs her juice.” Or grab a “Jessica Rabbit’s Rabbit,” or an “Old Fashioned Fawn.” I went for “Claude’s Tonic,” which is described only as “Beefeater Gin. Mixwell Dandelion Tonic. Magic.” I think the “magic” is the fact that it is so strong that you only need a couple of drinks to forget about how ridiculously out of place you feel.

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Two drinks in and I was feeling fantastic. I was brushing shoulders with some of the event’s celebrity guests. We talked about things like, where the bathroom was, and yes you can have that chair, and no I did not order that grilled cheese and soup, I’m not sure why the waiter placed it on the table next to me. I was fitting right in.

Whose grilled cheese is this anyway?!

Whose $16 grilled cheese is this anyway?!

Every so often, one of my kids would sneak out of the movie screening, or be walked out by an au pair when they wouldn’t sit still for five seconds. My kids not sitting still? Imagine that. Since the only way to get my kids to behave in public is to bribe them, we bought them all gum balls (they’re all natural!) and sent them back into the screening. I did peek in on them once or twice and it turns out they were getting talked to an awful lot.

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While the kids were getting scolded once again, the adults were enjoying passed apps. My expectations of the food were a bit low. I heard it was overpriced and mediocre. Perhaps they were just showing off for the event, but everything we tried was delicious. Tiny cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches cut into bars caprese salad on a toothpick, and the juiciest little chicken nuggets I’ve ever tasted. My husband said the sweet potato fries were the best he’s had in a long time. Suffice to say, we weren’t disappointed in the food we ate, but we also didn’t pay for it, so take that with a grain of salt.

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If you have older kids, they probably wouldn’t care about this place much at all. But, someone on the design team thought about that, and so they put some awesome arcade games in the back of the restaurant. In fact, my husband, the biggest kid of them all, spent most of the evening back there. There’s also a fortune telling game and a photo booth. Basically, if you are currently a teenager in the 1980’s, this is where you’d hang out when you visit Au Fudge.

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Au Fudge really loves itself. You’ll find the name of the restaurant all over the place. In the little market at the front of the restaurant, they sell Au Fudge tote bags, and even a book with the title.

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And guess what else I found in that little shop. A variety of actually reasonably priced treats including? Fudge. Now I had to tell my kid that I lied about them not even having it. Or, I could say nothing and hope he doesn’t notice. Spoiler alert: He didn’t notice.

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Aside from baked goods and refrigerated drinks, the little gift shop carried a random variety of other stuff. Products from celebrity BFF Jessica Alba’s Honest Company, candy, packaged snacks, Easter baskets, art kits, hats, dresses, and even jewelry that you can order off of the “Jewelry Menu.” That is a real thing that I did not make up.

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What is a “Dessert Necklace?”

Even the bathroom was thoughtfully decorated. Like a chic farmer’s market bathroom or something.

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Since we weren’t actual paying customers, I suppose we didn’t get the full Au Fudge experience. But here’s what I learned while we were there:

It is a restaurant.
It’s owned by Jessica Biel.
It does serve fudge.
It is not for regular people like us.

If you’re into having a whimsical restaurant experience where you can leave your kids unattended for a little while and escape the perils of being rich and slightly famous, OR you want to pay too much for lunch while possibly running into rich and slightly famous people, Au Fudge is the place to go. If you’re a regular mom like me, it’s a fun experience to try once. If you just want to drink and let your kids run around, go to Chuck-e-cheese. It’s cheaper.

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5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic Returns to The Queen Mary

On May 14th, 2016 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, the Queen Mary will be ripe with the smell of delicious barbecue. The 5th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic (WCBC) is returning to Long Beach and bringing some of California’s most accomplished Champion Pitmasters together to compete for a $10,500 cash prize and the coveted title of West Coast BBQ Pitmaster Champion.

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In addition to an exciting BBQ Battle, the WCBC will feature BBQ styles from across the country including slow-cooked hickory barbeque from Texas and southern Memphis-style barbeque. Attendees can taste delicious BBQ samples for only $2 each while enjoying a beautiful ocean view.

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The festival offers something for everyone! Join in the fun and participate in the watermelon or cobbler eating contests. Live entertainment will be provided by country music sensation, Scotty Mac Band. Children will love hanging out in Kids Country, which will offer games, a bounce house, face painters and potato sack races just for little BBQ fans. With the live music, backyard games, contests, and a merchant market, there will be more to do than just eat – although that will be a big part of it!

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The West Coast BBQ Classic is a one day only event, not to be missed. General value pack tickets are $20 each through April 30 and include event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. After April 30 tickets increase to $25. VIP value pack tickets are $35 through May and include one-hour early event admission plus five tasting tickets and access to the Queen Mary ship. After May 1 tickets increase to $40. Event parking is $15.

Ready for some great BBQ? Get your tickets here!