Silverado, CA: 10th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

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  Brew Ha Ha Productions is proud to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of its namesake event with a full lineup of famed Orange County Ska bands for attendees to “skank it up” while sipping on unlimited tastes of over 160 bubbly ales on Saturday, September 7 from noon to 7 p.m. at the sprawling Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. The all-star musical lineup includes The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Suburban Legends, Skapeche Mode and Codename Rocky.

“We are stoked to celebrate the 10th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival with a lineup of Orange County’s premiere ska bands and breweries,” stated Cameron Collins, founder of Brew Ha Ha Productions. “Orange County is the birthplace of so many influential ska bands, and we can’t wait for attendees to enjoy legendary SoCal music alongside tastes from breweries that have shaped the local craft beer scene.”

The event will feature a curated selection of over 80 craft breweries serving unlimited tastes of over 160 limited edition, rare collaborative and fan favorite brews.  Paying homage to its roots, Brew Ha Ha will highlight Orange County’s vibrant craft beer scene with local breweries including Artifex Brewing, Bottle Logic, Pizza Port, and Riip Brewing.  Regional brewers like Belching Beaver, Burgeon Beer Co, JuneShine, Hard Kombucha, and Societe Brewing Co.  will also showcase unbeatable bubbly ales.    Unlimited craft beer tastings will be served in commemorative Brew Ha Ha tasting glasses from 11 AM to 3 PM for VIP and noon to 3 PM for general admission.

 

An event that is fun for the whole family, Brew Ha Ha welcomes attendees of all ages to enjoy bounce houses, games, the Save Ferris Wheel, Super Rad food trucks and complimentary cotton candy for kids.

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Don’ t Get Intoxicated and Drive- Brew Ha Ha Productions is extending their popular free shuttle service to Brew Ha Ha festival goers. The shuttle service will take attendees from the event to the Tustin Metrolink Station where guests can easily catch a Lyft, Uber, cab, bus or train to their final destination.

Manhattan, NY: Inside Kaikagetsu, A Lower East Side Restaurant

 

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The Lower East Side never ceases to amaze me, rich in the spirit of immigrant histories.  Known for hosting art galleries, nightlife, variety in eateries and fine dining restaurants representing cuisines from around the world, I was pleased to discover one of the latest additions to the community, Kaikagetsu.  The picturesque restaurant is located at 162 Orchard Street.   Passersby peak into the inviting dining establishment complete with white curtains draped over gargantuan open windows.  Meanwhile patrons savor bites and people-watch.

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Kaikagetsu strikes a balance between upscale and a rustic lodge feel, lending to a sense of calm and relaxation.   The romantically dark ambiance further accentuates a warm environment quietly whispering in your ear to get comfortable and enjoy what Japan has to offer.   Menu items are influenced by cuisine in Japan’s Hida Region.

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The superb service began with my guest and I given a choice from a wonderful set of sake glasses to drink from.  What I enjoyed the most was a particular sake. I asked the server to choose for me. He chose the Tenryo Hidahomare.  It is a junmai ginjyo sake crafted from Hidahomare rice local to the Hida District as previously mentioned the menu reflects cuisine from the region as well.   I found it to be divinely light and crisp just like I like it.

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Let’s get down to the food which included no shortage of scrumptious surprises.   The restaurant graciously provided a five course meal.   Lotus root chip showed up in my appetizer and entrée , adding incredible texture to my dish.  Honestly, I’d devour the chips with everything.   Quietly, I wrapped my brain around eating sashimi, usually I am no fan of sashimi when it comes to  Japanese fare; however, this selection was very fresh and really paired well with their homemade soy sauce. The tuna topped my list out of the three types of fish offered to me.  I sampled whitefish and salmon too.

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Japanese curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan.  Never have I had a curry at a Japanese restaurant so I didn’t know what to expect. The rich bold flavors and the different textures from the vegetables didn’t disappoint, pleasing to my tongue more and more with each mouthful.   My guest ordered the beef rice pot, a dish more on the sweet side and lacking contrasting flavors.  The artist in me, appreciated the artful and exquisite presentation of our dishes.   All and all, even down to the coffee tiramisu  drizzled with pear sauce, we enjoyed our experience at the Lower East Side’s Kaikagetsu.  I’d go back and I’d definitely order the beef curry again with extra lotus root chips please!

*Reservations placed at least 48 hour ahead, strongly suggested.

Written by Nataki Alexander-Hewling

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Phone(646) 590-3900

Click Here to Visit Kaikagetsu’s Website

How Marvin Gaye and Helen Reddy Helped Famous Amos Cookie Company Get Started

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To a knew generation it is quite possible they don’t know the face behind the Famous Cookie brand or what’s quite worse, not know the brand at all.   Once upon time, Famous Amos and his cookie brand were truly famous.  Let’s begin with the back story of Mr. Amos.  Wally Amos was the first black talent agent of the famous Willam Morris Agency, now called Willam Morris Endeavor.   In 1967, Amos left William Morris, and moved to Los Angeles, where he struggled to set up his own personal img_1359management company.  Burdened with the debt of his failing business, Amos began to take comfort in baking chocolate chip cookies.

 

The business man in him saw an opportunity.  After all, he had connections, confidence and modified modified version of his Aunt Della’s recipe.   With those ingredients he planned to open the first freestanding cookie store.  Now LA is known for donuts but cookies?

A few friends such as singer Helen Reddy (I am Woman) and Marvin Gaye financially backed him with $25,000,   add an innovative marketing initiative, which included an extensive advertising campaign and a gala grand opening.  The first Famous Amos cookie store opened on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1975. Within months, Amos had opened two more West Coast franchises, and the New York-based Bloomingdale’s department store had begun selling the gourmet cookies.

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Grubbing with Harry Shum – Patacones with Chopsticks

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Harry Shum’s come a long way from dancing in the iPod Commercial and as series regular dancer/actor on Glee to now his turn on Shadow Hunters.   Just as diverse as his career is his cultural story.  Shum’s heritage is Chinese but reared in Costa Rica.  He speaks three languages.

Let’s visit Shum and his family as they share about fitting into a dual cultural experience and eating patacones with chopsticks: