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OC Japan Fair Starts Today at OC Fair & Event Center

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To be fair.
Right about now, you're having deep-fried food withdrawals. Right about now, you're missing the OC Fair. Right about now, you yearn for things served on sticks, cold beer in plastic cups, and the outdoor vendors who would serve them.

If you are, then you're in luck. How about all of this, in the same place you'd been for the OC Fair, but also with ramen, takoyaki and sushi? OC Japan Fair 2015 has all of it and starts today and through the weekend. Among the many food vendors, Daikokuya will be serving ramen and GAJA will be making okonomiyaki.


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Food, Wine And Jazz Festival At St. Regis This Weekend

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Photo courtesy Stonehill Tavern
Chef Raj Dixit's spicy yellow tomato gazpacho

While most culinary festivals spotlight local talent, St. Regis Monarch Beach expands the reach for its first event celebrating our favorite things. Confirming over 40 chefs, 30 vintners and classy entertainment, the meals commence Thursday and continue all weekend.

Representing the diversity that is Orange County, favorites include Helene An, Ron Lee and Tony Nguyen from AnQi; Stephane Treand from ST Patisserie Chocolat and Chef Raj Dixit of Stonehill Tavern. We checked in with Slapfish spokesman Andrew Gruel, recent On the Line subject Brent Omeste and Chef Dixit to see what they had in store for guests.

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Our Five Favorite Bites From OC Weekly Decadence!

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Anne Marie Panoringan
All fired up at Urban Plates

It was a sold out party at OC Weekly's Decadence over the weekend. We braved the crowds to taste those featured in this year's Eat + Drink Guide. There was also all sorts of gossip news to be shared, as we quickly learned.

For instance, the team over at Urban Plates gave us a heads up that another location (in addition to the upcoming Irvine Market Place spot) in Brea is in the works for Spring. While having an icy blood orange dessert from Rita's Italian Ice, their rep mentioned an addition of acai bowls and smoothies to the menu. The table from Cubed, while serving up poke tasters (where's the musubi, guys?!) even hinted at an October opening inside Union Market. However, our favorite nibbles knew to bring their A-game.

5. OPM

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OC Weekly Decadence is THIS SATURDAY!

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Party over here

VIP may be sold out, but there's still time to pick up tickets to those unlimited tastings at our summer shindig! Decadence will be at Hotel Irvine, just off the 405 freeway and Jamboree. Your general admission grants you access to the party beginning at 7 p.m.

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UPDATED: Southern California Hatch Roast Locations!

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Dave Lieberman
Hatch your chile roasting plans now!
UPDATED: Due to supply and store concerns, there have been some roasts that have moved around. This is the very latest we have.

It's almost that time of year, when the front patios of supermarkets across the Southland turn into roasting pits for Hatch chiles. Here are the dates for this year's chile roasts, with Orange County and Long Beach's dates bolded and at the top of the list for each date. Bookmark this post for updates as we get them, especially if times change or if the season runs shorter or longer than expected.


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Here's Your OC Weekly Decadence Final Lineup (And Discount)!

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Time to party

The finalized list of restaurants serving at this year's Decadence 2015 is here. Plus, we've thrown in a $5 General Admission discount good through Sunday at midnight. If you haven't already purchased those tickets, now's the time.

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Big Bite Bacon Fest at Queen Mary This Weekend

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So you like bacon 'eh? And big boats? Well, it looks like this might be your weekend. The Big Bite Bacon Fest returns for its second year at Queen Mary this weekend, August 1-2. Featured will be bacon, bacon and bacon, from a whole bunch of vendors mobile and non-mobile, like the BaconMania truck, Slater's 50/50, and about 40 others.

Also scheduled to attend is the retro taco joint of the moment, Naugles by Christian Ziebarth.

Tickets are $40 presale, more if you get it at the even or want beer.

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This Saturday: Cypress Festival

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All the info you need.
The OC Fair is going on right now, as I'm sure you're aware. But did you know about the festival The City of Cypress is hosting this Saturday? This year is the 35th year for the annual Cypress Community Festival.


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2015 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 8--Here are Locations!

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Dave Lieberman
Hatch your chile roasting plans now!
[UPDATED 8/7/2015]: There have been some dates changed. Please see the latest update here.

It's almost that time of year, when the front patios of supermarkets across the Southland turn into roasting pits for Hatch chiles. Here are the dates for this year's chile roasts, with Orange County and Long Beach's dates bolded and at the top of the list for each date. Bookmark this post for updates as we get them, especially if times change or if the season runs shorter or longer than expected.

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Love Long Beach Festival This Weekend

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Wear sandals.
If your idea of a summer festival doesn't involve deep fried Twinkies and carnival rides on what's essentially a hot parking lot in the middle of Costa Mesa, then drive on over to Long Beach this weekend for the Love Long Beach Festival at Granada Beach.

This festival--which will have dog events, beach football, beach volleyball, and music by a whole bunch DJs and bands--will be, you guessed it, at the beach.

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