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Southern California Must Eat & Drink: We curate a list of the best food, restaurants, chefs, farmers markets, and where to find them in Southern California. If you are a foodie, this section will keep you in the loop on the best of the best in food news, restaurants reviews, upcoming food events and so much more. The latest news on spirits, bubbles and brews, lounges, cocktails, beers, wines, wineries, juices, smoothies, coffees, teas, and more will also be featured here. We highlight everything from old staples to new additions in the juice, alcohol, and coffee fields. We talk with mixologists about new inventions and twists on old staples.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could See, Do and Taste in San Diego

San Diego may be best known for amazing beaches and year-round perfect weather, but curious visitors can find unusual, unexpected and unique experiences hidden around San Diego’s many corners. From bumping into ghosts and soaring above a nudist beach to sampling camel meat, here are 10 sensational experiences to see, do and taste in San Diego.   Hunt Ghosts – Built in 1857 by Thomas Whaley, the Whaley House Museum in Old Town San Diego holds notable local historic significance. In addition to being the Whaley family home, it also housed the San Diego County Court House, San Diego’s first commercial theater and a school, among other things. However, the building’s tragic history, which includes the hanging of “Yankee Jim” on the location where the house was built and the suicide of Violet Whaley inside the residence, has surrounded the property with an air of mystery. According to the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted,” the property is the most haunted house in the United States. Visitors have reported supernatural encounters like hearing footsteps, capturing unexpected images in photos, and seeing apparitions of former residents including Thomas Whaley himself. Watch Penguins Swim with Sharks – Visitors can see penguins swimming and diving next…

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Food Hall Frenzy

By Maria del Cisne Vital   Indecisive eaters, unite! SoCal has seen an increase in food halls recently, reaching Orange County and Los Angeles. What is a food hall? Essentially, it is a food heaven for foodies that can’t pick just one thing to eat. With cuisines as wild as a burger with fried mac n cheese buns to some as typical as PB & J Sandwiches, food halls across SoCal have something for literally everyone. Snap a pic for the ‘gram, and dig in to the amazing food at the places below!   Anaheim Packing House Disney isn’t the only fun zone in Anaheim. Save your buck and visit the Anaheim Packing District to make all your foodie dreams come true. With decadent dessert crepes at The Coop or savory poutine at The Croft, there’s no wrong choice here. Need something refreshing? Fresh juices and popsicles are also available on the second floor to keep you cool this summer. With a food coma in your near future, the district has swinging chairs and ample table space to sit back, relax and enjoy your treats. For adults, there is a speakeasy hidden on the first floor and another bar on…

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Drink Up on National Daiquiri Day

By Maria del Cisne Vital   “When life gives you lemons, make a daiquiri.” This common phrase used in the South is a motto to live by, since July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. Made with rum, citrus juice and any sort of sweetener, a daiquiri is bound to make your summer day better. SoCal brings this sweet drink to life with different, colorful variations, adding a twist to the classic drink. Gather your closest friends, take an Uber or Lyft, and enjoy a daiquiri-filled day!   Preux and Proper, an L.A. restaurant and bar, offers delicious food with a southern flare. Some New Orleans cuisine includes hush puppies and po’ boys. Unlike most bars, Preux and Proper has a frozen daiquiri dispenser machine. Yes, you read correctly. You’ll feel as if you’re walking down Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras with your frozen daiquiri. Different flavors are on rotation in the machine, but you are always in for a treat. You can sample a flight of daiquiris, or choose a combo of flavors to make your own multi-colored daiquiri. Think of it as an adult Slurpee. Address: 840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 896-0090   Poolhouse San…

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Top Ten Brunch Spots in Southern California

By Sabrina Gibson   There are so many yummy brunch spots in Southern California and let’s admit … who doesn’t love Brunch? We in SOCal are especially fond of brunching because in addition to trying some of the best restaurants in the country, many come with a bonus view! Check out our faves just to get you started.   Bottega Louie (700 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017) Located on 700 South Grand Avenue in the heart of DTLA, enjoy the ambience of this European inspired restaurant for your next weekend brunch. For those with a sweet tooth, their scrumptious raspberry beignets will leave an indelible impression on you. An additional must try are their Portobello fries and their Farmers Market Breakfast, which includes poached eggs, baby potatoes, and vegetables sprinkled with feta cheese. Their marble counter tops, pearly white walls, and high ceilings exude an elegant feel that will be the perfect touch to your Sunday brunch.   Hot Hot Food (654 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004) Ever order a plate of food only to want to sample the dish of the person who ordered after you? Not to worry, Hot Hot Food knows how to…

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National French Fries Day

By: Jessi Soporito   French fries are tired of being a lousy side dish— they’re ready to be the main course. With all sorts of options — curly, nacho-ed, waffle-cut, chilli cheese, sweet potato, etc. — there’s no wrong way to celebrate National French Fry day on July 13. Whether they’re your guilty pleasure or a full sized meal, there’s a recipe out there for everyone to fall in love with. Check out some of the craziest fries you can get throughout SoCal this holiday.   Lola Gaspar — Santa Ana lolagaspar.com At this Latin tapas hot spot, the fries do not disappoint. The intimate restaurant serves a variety of tacos, burritos and burgers, but their nacho cheese fries remain a fan favorite. Topped with frijoles, feta, crema and chilies, and chorizo for a little extra, you’ll find yourself ordering more and more plates.   The Oinkster — Los Angeles theoinkster.com/#home If you’re looking for a gourmet fast-food experience, look no further than The Oinkster. Located on Eagle Rock’s Colorado Boulevard, it offers a few different fry options for everyone. Between the Belgian Fries; made from hand cut, twice fried and fresh Kennebec potatoes; the Piggy Fries; homemade 1000 island,…

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We All Scream for (Unique) Ice Cream

By Maria del Cisne Vital   We all know that summer time is best time for a deliciously sweet serving (or two) of ice cream. The perfect chocolate/vanilla swirl atop a waffle cone is a classic image that we can all appreciate. But sometimes classic is boring, and a spontaneous and daring option is as enticing as ever. SoCal is home to several ice cream shops that serve up wild flavors— Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, chicken and waffles, and avocado are just a few to mention. Forget vanilla, and celebrate Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day the right way at one of these shops:   The Coolhaus Shop  Coolhaus started out as two friends making ice cream sandwiches for fun, and ended up turning into a booming L.A. business. Its storefront in Culver City scoops up classic flavors, but also has some unique ones ready for you to try out. Their Fried Chicken and Waffles flavor features Brown Butter Maple ice cream with maple candied chicken skins and caramelized waffles. If meat and ice cream is too daring for you, settle for their Whiskey Lucky Charms flavor which is infused with Lucky Charms cereal and Jameson whiskey. Among the wacky flavors, there’s…

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