Boysenberry Festival Kicks Off At Knott's Berry Farm Saturday!

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Please sir, may we have another?

Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town will be anything but deserted this weekend, as the Boysenberry Festival parties hard from March 28 through April 12. We already told you about one of the tastiest treats in the park last month with our boysenberry latte review. Now we're back with a rundown of some of their other specialties, plus bonus news on their competitive eating competition.

The blackberry/red raspberry/loganberry blend can be found in everything from savory nibbles to sticky desserts. Our personal fave was a 50/50 mix of boysenberry Belgium beer with ACE berry cider found inside the Calico Saloon. For you candy fans, a bag of their purple gummies are excellent for post-festival consumption. But we've barely scratched the surface on options.

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Takoyaki Vendor and Others Coming To Costa Mesa's Mitsuwa For Week-Long "Customer Appreciation Event"

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Edwin Goei
No, it won't look anything like this.
The Mitsuwa food fair you've been waiting for...doesn't happen until September. But if you simply can't wait for the Japanese market's massive Hokkaido Fair, there are mini demonstration sales like the one starting this weekend where just a handful of vendors come to sell their wares.

Mitsuwa is calling this one a "Customer Appreciation" event, which is so small scale I got none of the usual reminders from Mitsuwa's PR people.

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Love Pho? Enter This Year's UVSA Tet Festival Pho Eating Contest


How much do all of you love pho? It's a lot, isn't it? Do you think you love it more than anyone else?

Well, if you do, I have the perfect competition for you. Starting Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California will be hosting a series of speed pho-eat competitions during their annual Tet Festival. Check after the jump for additional details.

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TK North Factory, Obanyaki Vendor, at Costa Mesa Mitsuwa For This Weekend

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Flickr User Varin Tsai
Hot hockey pucks!

Do you know what an obanyaki is? It's a Japanese waffle-like filled pastry that goes by many names including oyaki, imagawayaki and "sweet pumpkin." The latter is what TK North Factory has apparently decided to call them, even though most of the ones they're going to be making contain red bean, custard and caramel, and not actual pumpkin, sweet or otherwise.

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OC Night Market Returns This Weekend!

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It's baaaaaaack!

It will be barely over five months since OC Night Market backed up the 55 freeway (like it was fair season) when they allow the masses back to the fairgrounds for another round of Asian-inspired entertainment this Friday. We can complain about the lines all we want, but the fact that they bring the fun to us instead of having to trek to another area code makes all the difference.

The fun begins each afternoon at 4 p.m, where you can expect to pay $7 for parking and another $5 per person for admission. Between the 200-ish merchandisers, performers and food vendors, expect to find something for almost everyone-- or do as we did and message friends already there to compare notes on what's worth standing in line for.

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First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival Starts Today

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As Anne Marie hinted in a previous post, the first annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival officially starts today, culminating tomorrow with cooking demos by Richard Blais, winner of "Top Chef All-Stars", Rick Moonen, "Top Chef Masters" Finalist and Executive Chef of RM Seafood, and a whole bunch of other big names that continues onto Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday's events will be held at Newport Beach Civic Center from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be tastings from local restaurants like Tamarind of London, Selanne Steak Tavern and others, not all of them Newport Beach spots.

Tickets aren't cheap. A one-day-all-access pass for tomorrow's events alone is $195 per person.

Check out the schedule and more info at

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Bingo for Charity! 320 Main Fifth Anniversary and Bike MS Fundraiser Monday, Sept. 15

320 Main
Come give us money to fight multiple sclerosis!
What are you doing Monday night?

320 Main in Seal Beach is celebrating its fifth anniversary of being rescued from a dank shot-and-beer hole in the wall, and owners Jason and Rebecca Schiffer are celebrating with $5 appetizers and $5 cocktails.

Matt "Rumdood" Robold and I are riding our bicycles from Irvine to San Diego in October to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the anniversary party is also a fundraiser. Come and play bingo for $5 and win prizes; all the money raised from bingo will go to the NMSS.

Of course, if you'd like to just give us money, you can do that too--online, even (Here's my page and here's Rumdood's).

All proceeds from the bingo game will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter.

The party is from 7-11 p.m. on Monday, September 15 at 320 Main St. in Seal Beach.

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Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival Starts Today!

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Pinchy The Lobster

It's here again. The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival is this weekend. It last three days (September 12, 13, and 14) and will feature music acts, and of course, Maine lobster mals for $20, which will come with coleslaw, potatoes, sweet bread, lemon wedges, and some sort of butter sauce for dipping.

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Another Year, Another Decadence: An Overview

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Poke nachos and a slice of sushi burrito from Samurai Burrito. So decadent!

Another year, another Decadence, and what an event it was: Over 40 Orange County vendors set up their table cloths, heat lamps and tiny plastic plates for approximately 2,000 guests this past weekend at our 11th annual food festival. For all you crazy cats who missed the feasting, the slideshow will be up soon so you can live vicariously (here it is!), and here's a recap to make you hungry for next year.

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"Biggest Mooncake in the U.S." Exhibition and Tasting This Saturday in Irvine

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Flickr User Karen
Like this but bigger.
Monday, September 8th will be this year's date of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, a.k.a. the Chinese Moon Festival, a.k.a. when people eat mooncakes.

You might have noticed that all the Chinese bakeries are putting out boxes of those dense hockey pucks of pastry, but one bakery (J.J. Bakery) is reportedly going to make a really, really big moon cake for the 2014 Happy Moon Festival in Irvine. The festivities will be presented by World Journal (formerly known as Chinese Daily News) at Irvine Chinese School at 9 Truman, Irvine, on Saturday, September 6, 2014 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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