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Snoop Dogg Headlining A Noodle Festival This Summer

Snoop Dogg’s no stranger to the food game, kicking it with Martha Stewart in the kitchen and cooking up a storm for an unlikely duo that brilliantly works. With that, it’s only natural for him to be headlining a noodle festival this summer.

The Doggfather himself won’t be performing in the role you’re used to, however, as he will be appearing in the form of his DJ alter-ego, Snoopadelic.

This said noodle festival, the first annual Nood Beach, will take place in Huntington Beach, California and will be hosted by none other than Foodbeast and PRJKT Restaurant Group.

 

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Right off the Bolsa Chica bike trail, the festival will host several musical acts such as Sega Genocide, Coast Club, and Yachty by Nature, with more announcements to come.

Along with cooking demos, there will be a lineup of pro eaters competing in the first Foodbeast Challenger League Noodle Invitational.

While the announcement of the food vendor lineup will slowly roll out, as of now there has been confirmation of LSXO in Huntington Beach, Michin Dak in LA, and Ten Asian Bistro in Newport Beach.

Anytime the music world and the food world can get together in harmony, it’s a pretty special thing. Add Snoop Dogg to the mix, and you’ve got a West Coast party for the ages.

 

Tickets are on sale now at nood-beach.com, $40 for general admission and $80 VIP that will include front of the line access, free beer pours, a free noodle dish and a dedicated lounge near the music stage.

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Roy Choi’s Changing Your Vegas Buffet Routine With AYCE Korean BBQ

Staying true to both Korean BBQ culture and Vegas buffet culture, Best Friend by Roy Choi has announced that it will be doing all-you-can-eat Mondays, where you can grub on all the restaurant’s meats and banchan side dishes for $65.

That means you can go in on two plates at a time, for as many rounds as you want. On any other day, the meats (Kalbi, Spicy Pork, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Veg, BBQ Shrimp) are individually priced, so this gives you a chance to try them all, as well as the banchan in one sitting.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank to whet your palate, as their sake and champagne magnums will be priced half off on Mondays, as well.

If you’re a noob to the K-Town-inspired restaurant, it is good to note that the menu also consists of “L.A. Shit,” such as carnitas tacos, elotes, and even an ode to Choi’s Kogi BBQ Truck short rib taco. But it also features grandiose Vegas-inspired menu items such as dry-aged tomahawks and Lobster Kung Pao.

In early 2019, Chef Roy Choi brought the streets of Los Angeles to the Las Vegas strip, opening up his “Best Friend” Korean restaurant at the Park MGM Resort and Casino.

“I wanted anyone that was from LA, that grew up around hip-hop as a brown skin, black skin or minority in Los Angeles, to walk in this thing and be like, ‘Oh f*ck yeah! This is it!” Choi told Foodbeast.

The $65 price point is definitely a little steeper than your usual Los Angeles Korean BBQ dinner, but is still pretty on par with high-end buffets on the strip. Plus, it gives you a chance to deviate from the typical prime rib/crab leg/oyster buffet combination you’ve probably been dining on since your parents took you to Vegas as a kid.

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Kiva Introduces 24K Gold Coated Edibles for St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, it’s time to devise your plots for celebration. As usual, there will be drink specials and parades galore, but the cultural shift of marijuana legalization brings new avenues of festivity for people to partake in.

St. Patrick’s Day is the greenest day of the year and it’s about to get even greener. Green beer and cocktails are an expected element of the night, but now there’s an alternative form of indulgence at the end of the rainbow. Kiva Confections is launching a limited edition Pot O’ Gold Peppermint Pattie Terra Bite edible for the occasion.

 

Each soft peppermint fondant bite is covered with rich dark chocolate and coated with edible 24K gold, of course; how could it be St. Patrick’s Day without a glimmer of gold? These edibles are crafted with California cold water hash and said to contain 5MG of THC per piece.

These golden bites will be the first truly St. Patrick’s Day themed edible on the market. Could this be the beginning of a new holiday themed trend? Only time will tell. For now, it is always recommended to dose with caution as Kiva built its reputation on potent and tasty edibles. Beginning March 4th, Californians will be able to order their own Pot O’ Gold via the Eaze delivery app.

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Roy Choi’s Upcoming Las Vegas Restaurant Has Finally Been Revealed

Prolific Los Angeles chef Roy Choi has famously ventured from a food truck to restaurants exploring varying styles of food pertaining to the theme of the restaurant, like Hawaiian food at A-Frame, and even, his game-changing Korean short rib taco birthed at the Kogi food truck.

With each new restaurant — whether the entire menu oozes with traditional-Korean flavors or is more of a fusion fare — he remains perched in Los Angeles, California. Choi’s status amongst Angelenos attributes to expanding in LA county, but at the top of this year, he announced his big move of opening a new restaurant in Las Vegas where a piece of L.A. will go along with him. After much anticipation for this new restaurant, Choi finally unveiled the entrance, dining area, and the name— ‘Best Friend,’ planning to open this December.

 

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It is located right on the Las Vegas Strip, in the new Park MGM Hotel, and this piece of Los Angeles pertains to Choi and Angelenos themselves. For Choi, the restaurants he opened in his hometown have a place at this establishment: “It is the only place to sink your teeth into all the flavors from Kogi to Commissary and everything in between, along with fresh new ideas I’ve been cooking up for years.”

 

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The first step into ‘Best Friend’ is the ‘Liquor Store’, which is essentially, a small neighborhood bodega: mildly quaint and retro — the mild barred by the extravagance of Las Vegas. This remixed version of Los Angeles with bright colors and neon lights makes it as Vegas as it could get.

“It’s Koreatown in a capsule — a portal to the streets of LA, but also rooted in what makes Las Vegas, VEGAS,” says Roy Choi. From the looks of it, the ‘Liquor Store’ boasts relics and iconic figures from the City of Angels along with nods to Choi’s musical tastes: an N.W.A poster, Biggie’s quote ‘It was all a dream’ fluoresced with neon lights, and a ‘Koreatown’ neon sign, too.  An early look at this entrance feels like a game of I Spy, the premise being: How LA is this LA-inspired restaurant?

In a previous interview with Foodbeast, Choi stated: “I want people from L.A. to walk in and be like, ‘FUCK YEAH‘ and ‘OHHH SHIIIT‘, you know? I want you to roll up with all your friends and feel at home. And then I want people from elsewhere to feel like they’re getting a good glimpse into what it’s like to live in Los Angeles. We’re very aware that this is gonna be a Vegas restaurant. So we won’t shy away from the big and spectacular. If they can recreate the cities of Paris and Rome in Vegas, I want to recreate Los Angeles, too, with varied levels of nuance.”

Yes, the food and the origins carry the culture of L.A., but what seems to matter to Choi more is the atmosphere. He wants to mirror L.A.’s laid-back, yet urban vibe; highlighting the quaint, corner-shops and passing cars bumping N.W.A, Tupac, and The Pharcyde (so, expect to hear all of the hip-hop classics blasting throughout the restaurant).

Los Angeles’ food in Las Vegas is a symbol of Choi extending his vision past the L.A. city limits, but beyond that, it is a creation made through collaboration with his own best friends — utilizing Sean Knibb and David Irvin’s design, Patrick Martinez’s neon art, and Travis Jensen’s photography.

As ‘Best Friend’ opens up in December, it will capture the vibe of Choi’s hometown but resonate around the culture — where diversity, is formed by the food and people— and that, is what makes this L.A.-inspired restaurant truly L.A.: “I want Best Friend to energize the minds of people looking to experience the best in life. Whether they are from Hollywood or Hong Kong, D.C. or Down Under, I hope all guests are licking their fingers with their mouths full saying ‘holy shit!’ as they reach across the table for another bite. L.A. food in Las Vegas. Los Vegas. Best Friend. Forever.”

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How This San Antonio Dive Bar Is Rejuvenating The City’s Culture

Regardless of where I travel, most conversations seem to include the same standard question: Where are you from? With the pride my home state is known for, I answer “San Antonio, Texas,“ and wait. Nine times out of ten, the response complements the NBA’s Spurs organization, or comments on the city’s love for tacos. However, under the surface lies a growing culture that was not only once shunned, but systematically repressed.

While many were still processing the change from Mexican rule to an independent state, Texas joined the union in 1845, and every Texan technically became an American citizen.

Over the next 73 years, tensions amongst citizens and settlers grew, and in 1918, Texas, along with several other states, created a law making any language other than English illegal to speak in public schools. In 1968, the US congress passed the Bilingual Education Act, allowing its citizens to no longer speak native tongues in fear.
Problem solved right? Well… nah. Fifty years of this practice completely changed the perception of cultural pride and language amongst many cultures, including Spanish-speaking Mexican-Americans. Many families chose to ignore heritage, never teaching the new generations the beauty of their roots and culture.

Fast forward on Life’s remote a few generations and you find a very interesting blend of San Antonio residents. Still a 62% Hispanic town, the influence of Mexican culture is undeniable. A new sense of pride seems to be on the rise. Previous generations who feared ridicule met a crossroads with the youth of modern times. Wanting to be proud of their culture and language while balancing individuality, a new kind of Chicano is emerging. No longer held by the constraints of being a cholo or some kind of stereotypical Mexican caricature, this new generation is blending old practices with a new swell of pride.

Traces of this are evident throughout San Antonio, but none more obvious than at N. St. Mary’s Squeezebox.

Throughout the week you can see Latinos mingling with non-judgmental Caucasians, holding their heads high, and sprinkling in a few words of Spanish in the conversation. You’ll even see Chicanos in modern day zoot suits, feather and all, Mexican soccer jerseys being sported while trap music and Selena is being sung by the youth — with all enjoying a craft cocktail.


The city’s own musical creation, conjunto (a unique blend of Mexico’s Norteno music with German influenced accordion rhythms), was created a few blocks away, and is proudly played any given time.

What brings them here? What draws various aspects of Latino culture to this location? The answer is simple. It has everything you want and need as an avid bar attendee.

With combinations including a beer and tequila shot for $5, the most budgeted drinker can visit and enjoy themselves. If you want to flex your diverse palate, you can order the most complex craft cocktail and have it served perfectly at a reasonable price.
Upon entry, a big neon guitar welcomes all with the phrase ‘Puro pinche blues (pure fucking blues)‘. Chicano artists have blessed the walls with paintings that truly reflect the city’s attitude and emotional connection to its Mexican history.

“Sundays are my favorite, I just want to drink and listen to some oldies,“ says co-owner Aaron Pena. Chicano soul records, trap music, conjunto, and even 90s freestyle music blare through the speakers while the enchanting aroma of brick oven pizza fills the air.

Following the scent of roasting garlic to the outside patio, I expected it to morph into hints of cigarette smoke, but was appreciatively wrong. My senses are more partial to fresh dough and melting cheese. This wasn’t just some national chain pizza, this was a pie.

Kitchen veteran and pizza enthusiast John Winkler and his pizza truck Sulla Strada provide fresh, made to order pies that perfectly compliment any cocktail or beer. With a variety of toppings and combinations, there’s flavor for everyone. Personally, I prefer the white pie, a sauce-less creation of mozzarella, ricotta, caramelized garlic and a garnish of fresh basil leaf.

The memory of my 8th grade art teacher telling the class “art needs texture“ kept repeating in my mind. Every bite was an experience full of texture. The brick oven created a crisp in the crust that matched perfectly with the flocculent ricotta. And the mozzarella had a slight sponginess complimented by the silky roasted garlic.

When I observe the crowd I see people of various cultures doing the same exact thing: Communicating over a drink, eating, and laughing. Through cultural differences, these are the things that make us all humans.

Such eateries serving as cultural havens provide a magical level of comfort for any visitor. Next time you’re in San Antonio, get lost in the sauce of distinct cultural pride. First places to start? The SqueezeBox and Sulla Strada.

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7 Late Night Downtown Vegas Eats To Keep the Party Goin’

Need a Midnight Snack?

Written By: Gioia McGuire of Locale Magazine

The Restaurant That Never Sleeps

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Located on the casino floor of the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino and open 24 hours, Downtown Grand Freedom Beat is the perfect middle of the night pick-me-up. The Loaded Fries are a major Instagram moment for your feed and your taste buds. Plus, happy hour occurs twice in one day, from 2-5 p.m. and 2-5 a.m. to satisfy those cravings.

Open Late Until: 24 Hours

Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand
206 N 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.719.5100

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Cure Your Curry Craving


For the bar hoppers, Le Thai transforms their 800-square-foot beer garden into the hot spot to be Thursday through Saturday nights with local DJs and a special late night menu. Fight the pending hangover with curries, soups and stir-fry noodles or hydrate with coconut water to keep on bar hopping!

Open Late Until: Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight

Le Thai
523 Fremont St
Downtown Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.778.0888

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Picnic in the Park

Park is the summer outdoor food haven with a front and back patio full of whimsy and open sky. Hearty meals for one and shareable for two, this spot is perfect for a late night date night or run in on the way to the club. Indulge in a Giant Mule fit for up to six of your closest pals and get stuffed on the chicken and waffles you know are shouting your name.

Open Late Until: Fridays and Saturdays 3 p.m.-1 a.m.

Park on Fremont
506 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.834.3160

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No Fowlin’ Around

It’s all about the chicken rice here at Flock and Fowl, where sauces are handcrafted, including two types of soy sauce. Whether you’re in the mood for a late night steak or a wellness shot to keep you on your feet, the party can settle down here or continue into the night with a signature cocktail like the Mezcal Milk Tea.

Open Late Until: Fridays and Saturdays until midnight, Sunday-Thursday until 11 p.m.

Flock and Fowl
150 N Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.272.2222

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Games and Grub at Downtown Grand

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Fridays and Saturdays until midnight, find yourself grubbing and playing in the home of Game Lounge on the first floor of the Grand Tower, home to eSports competitions. There’s a custom drink menu tailored just for the gaming community that starts at just $7 and a fast-casual dining menu that begins at only $4. Get your late night grub on with foodie favorites like their Downtown Dogs and classic burgers.

Open Late Until: Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m.-midnight

The Commissary
206 N 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.719.5100

 

Triple George Grill

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A swanky, upscale dining experience awaits you at Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, which offers prohibition-style cocktails, gaming, plus live music Fridays and a DJ on Saturdays. Indulge in a tasty dish with your cocktail at this nighttime lounge.

Open Late Until: Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.-midnight

Downtown Grand Triple George Grill
201 N 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.719.5295

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Pizza My Heart

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As seen on “Food Paradise,” Pizza Rock is well known as some of the best pizza in Sin City. What’s pizza without a cold brew? They have 23 rotating drafts and over 60 canned and bottled beers. Four different ovens heat up pizza pies and, if for some strange reason you aren’t wanting pizza, there’s also pastas, stromboli, calzones and more to bring out the Italian in you. Bellissima!

Open Late Until: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Pizza Rock
201 N 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702.385.0838

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The ‘Magic Mike Cocktail’ Is Served To You Via Sexy Lap Dance

For those familiar with the Magic Mike movie series, the only magic going on is how Channing Tatum makes his clothes disappear as a male stripper. Sure, Tatum’s abs and assets were what helped Magic Mike become a household name, but it seems that the success and influence has spilled on over to Huntington Beach, CA bar, Pacific Hideaway, too.

At Pacific Hideaway you can find the ‘Magic Mike Cocktail’, which is essentially a drink featuring coconut cream, vodka, orange and pineapple juice, and orange Red Bull. Yet the uniqueness of the cocktail isn’t what’s in it — though it’s a tasty reminder of an Orange Julius — so much as how it’s served to you.

With Ginuwine’s immortal slow jam, “Pony” blaring through bluetooth speakers, a barely dressed bartender serves the drink to you accompanied by a sexy lap dance. The result is a wild scene that will be perfect footage for your Instagram stories. Bodyrolls and booze, it’s the perfect combo to a fun night out, amiright?

This isn’t the first time Pacific Hideaway’s thought out the box when it comes to innovating cocktails, as we previously highlighted their Dazed & Confused cocktail that featured a faux joint to accompany the drink, which was then lit for an aromatic pairing.

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Watch Man Drop A $42,000 Bottle Of Champagne At A Night Club

If you thought dropping your cup of beer was the ultimate party foul, then you’re going to cringe watching this dude drop a $42,000 bottle of champagne.

According to Munchies, this dude was at a night club in Ibiza (Although some commenters have argued that it was in Mexico) and was ready to pop open the 30,000 euro bottle. As you can see in the video clip, as soon as he popped it open, he lost control — shattering and spilling all over his guests.

A YouTube commenter who claimed to have worked for a liquor distributor, said the bottle looked like a 6 liter Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne, which he said often sells for about $1,000. If true, that Ibiza night club markup was pretty damn steep for the reportedly $42,000 bottle.

Regardless of the bottles true value, this was the ultimate party foul. The dude had a nice suit on, was about to serve some expensive champagne to his guests, and fumbled the bottle like Mark Sanchez on Thanksgiving.

Do not let this man hold your baby, or anything of value, ever.