Food

Like beer? Like to run? These clubs are made for you |Sep 26, 2017

Beer and running have finally found a happy medium through a growing social trend: pub runs. Throughout Southern California, more and more running groups are meeting in the vicinity of local breweries to run a few miles before mingling over beers.

Music Tastes Good: 10 rock star chefs you gotta try |Sep 21, 2017

When it comes to most music festivals, the musicians are the stars of the show. But things are a little different at the two-day Music Tastes Good festival, which returns to Long Beach Sept. 30-Oct.

How a legendary death in a Queen Mary oven inspired Dark Harbor’s new Halloween haunt |Sep 20, 2017

This is a grisly Halloween tale. Decades ago, so goes the story, a chef was murdered on board the Queen Mary by being shoved into his own oven and burned alive. And now, dressed in a tattered and charred chef’s coat and apron, this frightening foodie is once again roaming the ship’s kitchen as the latest spirit to join the band of ghosts, monsters and ghouls who take over the ship for the annual

Starbucks quietly raises Southern California prices up to 30 cents |Sep 18, 2017

With McDonald’s serving $2 McCafe drink specials as part of a revamped coffee menu, what does Starbucks do in return? Raise prices. The Seattle giant has quietly raised prices from 10-30 cents in various U.

New coffee shop to take over those strange dome-shaped buildings in East Long Beach |Sep 8, 2017

The distinctive — if perhaps impractical — domes that composed a small business park in East Long Beach are due to be replaced by a drive-thru Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store. Long Beach’s Planning Commission approved plans to make the change during its Thursday night meeting.

Lobsters are on the menu this weekend in Long Beach |Sep 7, 2017

A crustacean invasion is coming this weekend with the return of the Long Beach Original Lobster Festival.

McDonald’s challenges Starbucks, Dunkin’ with new McCafe menu, look |Sep 6, 2017

In 2009, McDonald’s operator Patti Widdicombe was more than nervous when the chain dipped its toe into uncharted waters with the McCafe launch. The in-house espresso bars were developed as a fast, less expensive alternative to rival coffee houses, including Seattle-giant Starbucks.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Sept. 3 |Sep 5, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

What’s new at the Rose Bowl in time for UCLA football |Aug 31, 2017

Dog Haus, a Pasadena-based restaurant chain known for its gourmet hot dogs and sausages, is about to unveil a new eatery in the Rose Bowl. Dog Haus and the stadium’s management announced a multiyear partnership Wednesday, making Dog Haus the first restaurant to have a permanent location at the iconic venue.

LA County Fair 2017: 5 food trends to try |Aug 31, 2017

Sure, you can ride a Ferris wheel and hang out with a sloth at the LA County Fair, but you’re going to get hungry. Satiate your rumbling stomach with the decadence of all things fair food, whether you want to snack on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos atop a cornucopia of deep-fried fare, sample unicorn-themed treats or try, gulp, a taco filled with crickets for some protein.

In-N-Out sues Smashburger over alleged ‘Triple Double’ burger trademark infringement |Aug 29, 2017

Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Monday, Aug. 28 against Denver-based Smashburger, claiming the fast-food rival’s “Smashburger Triple Double” is too similar to its famed “Double Double” burger.

Move over Two-Buck Chuck: Target debuts $5 California Roots wine |Aug 29, 2017

Two-Buck Chuck, you’ve got some company.Target on Monday announced it’s rolling out a new line of bargain wines, a $5 bottle called California Roots.The wine comes in five blends made from California grapes: chardonnay, pinot grigio, moscato, cabernet sauvignon, and a red blend.

Follow us on Instagram and Snapchat for a peek at the LA County Fair’s food |Aug 29, 2017

Can’t wait until Sept. 1 to get a look at the 2017 LA County Fair? Well, you are in luck. Starting around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, reporters and photographers will be at the LA County Fair preview to show all the food and fun that awaits you on Friday.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 27 |Aug 28, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Where to watch the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight in Long Beach and the South Bay |Aug 24, 2017

The hype and trash talk between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts champ Conor McGregor is about to come to and end and now it’s time to put up or...well it’s time to rumble.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 20 |Aug 22, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

At LA Taco Fest, you can try tacos from around the world in one spot |Aug 22, 2017

By now it’s clear that while the taco is a traditional Mexican dish, it’s pretty much an American staple, much like pizza and burgers. What may not be as obvious, however, is just how international this delicious little item has become, with flavors from all over the world finding a warm home in the middle of a tortilla.

Pennywise Partners with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery |Aug 21, 2017

Punk rock music, beer and good times are all pretty much synonymous, which is why it made perfect sense for Pennywise to release its own craft beer. The quartet from Hermosa Beach partnered with Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery for the release of Pennywiser, a Session IPA that will be available in limited release in Southern California starting Wednesday, Sept.

Taco Bell’s Naked Egg Taco has unusual ‘shell’ |Aug 15, 2017

Taco Bell should have named its latest taco invention the Unicorn Taco because a fried egg shaped like a taco shell looks like a mythical fast food creature. You have to see it to believe it. Irvine-based Taco Bell, which knows no boundaries when it comes to creating bizarre food mashups, is adding the Naked Egg Taco to its morning breakfast lineup Aug.

How Long Beach’s Taste of Brews will combine big breweries and up-and-comers this weekend |Aug 15, 2017

The big breweries will mix it up with the little guys this weekend at the Taste of Brews craft beer festival in Long Beach. The Saturday festival at Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, will include more than 120 styles of beers, ciders and even hard seltzers from dozens of breweries including established companies like Anchor Brewing, Golden Road and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Here’s how you can drink with the fishes in Long Beach |Aug 15, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific plans to host happy hours for visitors attending the museum during any of the next three Friday evenings. The museum’s Summer Happy Hour on the Veranda events are scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 13 |Aug 14, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

We made a map of all the breweries in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties |Aug 11, 2017

Here’s a guide to more than 150 places to go tasting in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties with our writers’ picks leading you to some of the best brews. While San Diego may have started it all, you might be surprised at how many craft breweries have bubbled up near you.

The craft brewery is quickly becoming a community staple like your library, grocery store and coffee shop |Aug 11, 2017

Admit it, pessimists: the craft beer movement has defied your gloomy predictions. A year or two ago, even supporters of the dozens of neighborhood breweries that have popped up all over Southern California were predicting the movement had reached its apex.

10 of the best breweries to get craft beer in Los Angeles County |Aug 11, 2017

Culver City-based Richard Guzman and Torrance-based Nick Green teamed up to create a highly subjective list of 10 recommended-in-no-particular-order Los Angeles County breweries based on tasting room atmosphere and beer quality, while attempting to ensure that all areas of greater Los Angeles are represented.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 6 |Aug 8, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 30 |Jul 31, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 23 |Jul 26, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 16 |Jul 17, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Long Beach’s newest brewery in Wrigley is steeped in science |Jul 16, 2017

A flask filled with golden liquid — honey mixed with water — may serve as a physical representation of the scientific and artisanal philosophies informing the brewing processes at Long Beach Beer Lab.

Can fancy remodels save the fast-food industry?s |Jul 15, 2017

Communal tables. Self-serve ordering kiosks. Rustic brick walls. Bar counters with outlets for plugged-in millennials. The snazzy decor is popping up at redesigned restaurants across Southern California.

Get your coupon for free Farmer Boys fries |Jul 11, 2017

Thursday is fries day at Farmer Boys. To celebrate National Friday Day on July 13, the Riverside-based chain is offering a free order of fries with any burger purchase. To participate, go to

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 9 |Jul 11, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Today is 7-Eleven Day. Don’t forget to grab a free Slurpee |Jul 10, 2017

Looking for a fun and free way to beat this brutal heat? 7-Eleven has you covered. 7-Eleven Day really could not have come at a better time. If you (like many Californians) are looking for a way to stay cool, maybe a free Slurpee will do the trick.

Costco testing Shake Shack copycat cheeseburger in Southern California |Jul 5, 2017

Forget pizza and hot dogs. Costco, often secretive about its merchandising strategy, is selling a Shake Shack-style cheeseburger made with an organic beef patty at a few of its fast-food courts in Southern California.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of July 2 |Jul 3, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Bistro Planet lets Long Beach residents order from food trucks |Jul 2, 2017

Food truck foodies in Los Angeles — and now Long Beach — have a new way to discover trendy mobile eateries. Bistro Planet, a free app for iOS and Android phones and tablets, offers consumers a way to find new food truck options and pay for food without waiting in line.

Where’s your favorite food truck right now? Bistro Planet’s app plans to find it for you |Jun 21, 2017

There was a time when food trucks were better known as “roach coaches,” and would only serve burritos and other fast food to construction workers. Those times have clearly changed. These days, an increasing number of food trucks are selling gourmet offerings that rival some of the fare found in Southern California’s more upscale restaurants.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of June 18 |Jun 19, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

LA Beer Week events on tap this weekend in the Long Beach area |Jun 16, 2017

LA Beer Week 2017 continues this weekend in Long Beach: Queen Mary On Saturday, June 24, Sierra Nevada hosts Beer Camp, a daylong beer festival that will include dozens of breweries and hundreds of craft beers plus food trucks and live music.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of June 11 |Jun 13, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

A tasty challenge: Auto Club Speedway home to attempt to make world’s largest pizza |Jun 12, 2017

The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday took part in a tasty challenge: the Guinness World Record for the longest pizza. What goes into making a 7,200-foot-long pizza? Eight thousand pounds of dough, 5,600 pounds of sauce and 3,600 pounds of cheese.

Where to find beer, music and food on Father’s Day |Jun 12, 2017

Craft beer, live music and food will come together at a World War II-era warehouse this summer as Brouwerij West’s Popfuji concert series returns to San Pedro June 18. The first Popfuji concert of the summer takes place inside the 26,000-square-foot brewery and at the 17,000-square-foot outdoor space that it shares with

Golden State Warriors win earns America a free taco from Taco Bell |Jun 8, 2017

Thanks to a Game 3 win by the Golden State Warriors on the home turf of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA Finals, America gets a free taco from Taco Bell. Last week, the Irvine-based fast-food chain announced its “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion.

Creamistry ramps up global expansion with 70 new stores this year |Jun 8, 2017

Irvine-based Creamistry is on a global expansion tear. The liquid-nitrogen ice cream chain, founded in 2013 by entrepreneur Jay Yim, is expected to open 70 locations this year including the brand’s first shops in New York, China, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of June 4 |Jun 5, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of May 28 |May 31, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

The most hyper-local beer in the world uses yeast from your backyard |May 25, 2017

Scott Hale wrangled on land marked by dust and spiky trees. A visual artist by trade and an aficionado of fermentation, Hale, of Twentynine Palms, sought something microscopic and, critically, something that had to find him.

‘MAINopoly’ in Santa Monica among food events this week in the LA area |May 23, 2017

Events Marie Callender’s: New “Southern Kitchen Menu” includes Chicken and Barbecue Ribs ($15.99), Southern Fried Chicken ($12.99), Southern Fried Chicken Po’ Boy Sandwich ($11.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of May 21 |May 22, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.