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6th Annual Fire Knife Competition in Anaheim

Fire Knife of Samoa presents the 6th Annual Fire Knife Championships in Anaheim on Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th (4 PM to 10 PM). The event is located outdoors at the Pearson Park Amphitheater, 401 N. Lemon St., Anaheim, CA, 92805.

So, the wifey and I attended last year’s event and had ‘spec-freaking-tacular’ time! The contest is “hosted by the actual descendants of Freddie Letuli, the man who literally invented the concept of adding fire to the traditional knife dances the warriors performed before and after battles”. Last year was so fun we’re planning on attending again on the night of the final competition (that’s Sunday for those keeping track). I know the poster says 4PM but we showed up at 6 PM and it was perfect – the sun was setting, the heat dissipated and the night sky was literally on fire!

Anyone care to meet us there for some fun out of the sun? Maybe we can have have drinkies at Hotel Menage afterwards?


OC Beerfest: Sweaty, Beery Fun

Beerfest mug

4 ounce tasting mug

As many of you know, the Orange County Beer Festival was held yesterday at Irvine Lake. As promised there were lots of breweries, lots of beer to drink and plenty of heat.

Since it was so hot – the thermometer in my car showed 100 degrees – I was shocked at how many people had on jeans, closed-toe shoes and dark shirts. However, most people seemed to be aware we were in the middle of a heat wave and dressed as such. Thankfully there was shade to be had and the vendors that happened to be in the shade produced a crowd.

Our purpose was to try beers we’d not had before. I sampled 14, but did not entirely drink them all. Some were just too heavy for such a hot summer day. I tried to stick to lights, wheats, whites, etc. plus that’s what I tend to prefer. Although, one of my favorites was none of those, exactly. MateVeza an organic beer with caffeine.

More photos and commentary after the jump.


Tickets Still Available

There are still tickets available to the Orange County Beer Festival taking place on Sunday, August 30 at Irvine Lake. Please note the web address on the flyer had to be changed due to technical difficulties. This is the active web address: or you can just click on the flyer.

Please note: the address in the flyer had to be changed due to technical difficulties. Use this instead:

To order tickets click on the top right of the Drink:Eat:Play website or here. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance, none will be available at the door. There is also a designated driver special of $15, which gives you access to everything except the beer tastings, obviously. Enter code “dd” when ordering tickets.

Remember folks it’s gonna be hot, Hot, HOT on Sunday. In addition to all of the wonderful beer we’ll be drinking don’t forget to drink plenty of water. I don’t want to see someone keeling over ’cause, you know, that’d ruin my buzz. All kidding aside drink responsibly people and that means water and lots of it … that goes for yours truly as well. And to prevent this nonsense from happening iced tea and water will be available for FREE.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the  LA Beer Festival on September 19th.

This is a 21+ only event. Even if you are the designated driver you must be 21 to attend.

“Pitcher” Perfect

Old Towne Orange Sign

There are so many things I love about Old Towne Orange (the houses, the people, the shops just to name a few), but I have one spot that has been my favorite since I discovered it several years ago.
Pitcher Park-


Pitcher Park sits at the corner of Almond and Cambridge in an entirely residential area, minus the school across the street. The park is small, taking up no more width than 1 house and no more length than 2 houses. It has benches, tables, greenery…all the things you expect to find in a park. But when you look closer, you see the little details that I love so much about the park.
Well don’t just sit there, follow the link to hear what they are and see more pictures! (more…)

It’s Time For the CHOC Walk Again!

Get out your walking shoes and get ready to walk the parks! Wait, first you need to register then you can get out your shoes!


You still have plenty of time to sign up because the walk isn’t until October 18th! If you have never been, it’s a fun early morning walk through Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure with thousands of other CHOC supporters walking right along with you! The event benefits CHOC Children’s and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital and last year they raised a record 1.6 million dollars! Excellent!

Anyone interesting in starting up a OC/LA Metroblog CHOC Walk team?

OC Beer Festival

Fans of beer and/or drinking, mark your calendars now for Drink:Eat:Play‘s first ever Orange County Beer Festival and hopefully not the last. It will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Irvine Lake. Please note, this is a 21+ only event.


With so many great Orange Country breweries, the OC shouldn’t be limited to wine tasting and pairings, which are good too. However, it’s about time for OC to have it’s own beer festival. The event will highlight Orange County’s top breweries, in addition to over 60 domestic and international brands. Click for full OC Beer Fest List. Since it really wouldn’t be a festival without food and music they’ve got that covered as well. The festival will feature barbeque, In-n-Out, and some great ’80s glam rock from Metal Shop.

To purchase tickets and for more information, click on the flyer. Tickets are $40 per person and will NOT be available at the door.

Recently a shoe outlet opening, now a festival dedicated to beer and it’s football season again. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. Go Steelers!!! ;)

For those of you who can’t get enough beer or just one beer festival just won’t do – and really, who wants to limit themselves to one? – there will be another: LA Beer Festival on Saturday, September 19th.

P.S. I will be posting a follow-up blog about my time at the OC Beer Festival.

We’re Soooooo Honored

Jay Louis, the ubiquitous creator of Is She Really Going Out With Him on MTV, gave an itty-bitty interview and cited Orange County as one of the douchiest places in America. We were called out along with Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Miami Beach and The 909. What an honor [smirk].

Apparently we are littered with men who have the following qualities: “way too spiky gelled hair, over-tanning, extensive body sculpting, complex facial hair, and they spend hours in the bathroom getting ready”. Ha! A trip to Huntington Beach on a hot day does seem to confirm the title he has bestowed on us as a douche-ridden cesspool of humanity. If you’ve never seen his web site, aptly titled Hot Chicks With Douchebags, you should check it out – it’s juvenile but hypnotic. Here’s an excellent example of the cultural apocalypse he’s referring to:


[Image via Hot Chicks With Douchebags]

Good God. The shirt. The tan. The dog tags. The hair. The pout. The end of times.

I Went to Tiki Oasis and…

All I got was this tiki-tacky ashtray! Full. Of. Win.


Well that’s only sorta true, I also got a set of lovely atomic-tiki bar glasses and a wonderful clock to augment the object d’art above. If you have never been to Tiki Oasis, it’s a poly-pop appreciation weekend in San Diego that is full up hipsters, hippies and lots and lots of rum. I went with the wife and friend for a day trip and I have to tell you it was pretty fun! I was initially concerned that it would be too much of the renaissance-fair set and too little of the middle-aged hipster set. Turns out it was just a bunch of drunken tiki worshipers having a really big party!

Orange County, as you may or may not know, was once rife with tiki temples. Alas those days are gone and only a couple of places remain. Notable among these are the Enchanted Tiki Room and the former Sam’s Seafood in Huntington Beach; the later of which has changed hands and names so many times I’ve lost count. Anyway, if you want to relive the glory days of swinging bachelor pads and jet-set exotica that California was once famous for, Tiki Oasis is the place to do it. Maybe we’ll see you there next year!

An End To Train Horns In Orange?????



And so it begins! For many years, the residents of Orange have been trying to find ways to get the trains the shut the hell up so we can sleep through the night. A couple years ago, it was decided that the city would install arms at all the railroad crossings that dropped down on both sides of the road on both sides of the tracks. This make it so the trains don’t have to blow their horns as much (or at all?? PLEASE???). Well it’s FINALLY starting! According to this flyer I got in the mail, it will all kick off Thursday August 27 at 4pm! Of course it’s a school night for me! But hopefully you all can go and tell us about it.

Although with the prospect of winning an iPod, Flip camera, train tix or gift cards, I may just show up a little late to class…….

k’ya Anaheim

We dropped by the newish restaurant k’ya, at the corner of Harbor and Ball in Anaheim, with the intent of attending their fun/delicious Aloha Brunch. Well tough luck kiddies, they have canceled that indefinitely – a fact which this announcement at the OC Register failed to note.

No matter. We glanced at the menu and decided to stay for lunch anyway. It’s a good thing too, because it was a real treat. The menu was all “street food”, as in gourmet versions of the type of food sold on street corners around the world. Don’t bother looking at the web site’s menu because it’s outdated. Anyway, there isn’t a single item on the menu over nine dollars (but you would be best suited to order two items) because the portions are (not small but) of less-than-gigantic size. Think Cafe Tu Tu Tango – only way better!


I had Asian Chicken Salad and Loco Moco, my wife has Lobster Raviolis and a Walnut Cranberry Salad and we shared some fried asian dumplings to start. We washed that down with a couple of drinks were out the door for $32.00 (before discounts & tax)! Affordable and delicious! If you’re a Cast Member (or dining with one) you get a whopping 25% discount. The food was tasty, the atmosphere was outstanding and the wait staff was attentive. If I had one complaint it would be this: their menu is unique and really needs some explaining to first-time guests; this was something our waiter failed miserably at doing. Let’s hope they figure out how to explain their new diminutive portions and fun menu in the future.

How and why such an upscale place landed in the Anaheim Resort is a mystery, but it is a place I recommend you take out for a test drive! Yummy Yummy Yummy!

There is a picture of the fried asian dumplings after the jump…


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