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Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.
1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.
2) This event involves attending the Huntington Beach Civil War Days and then having a Vietnamese lunch at Song Long in Westminster.
3) When you arrive at the Huntington Beach Central Park, call me at:[masked]. Do not text me.
4) Bring about $30 for this field trip to cover lunch, museum admissions, and gas for your designated driver. Set aside $20 for lunch, $10 for gas for your designated driver and admission is FREE to the Huntington Beach Civil War Days.
5) This is an all day event. We will leave LA and head to The OC at 9:30 AM and won't return until 5 pm or so.
6) I am arranging for a carpool that will meet at the B of A parking lot at 9:30 AM. The address is: 11501 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles
First Stop: Huntington Beach Civil War Days
"Civil War Days was founded in 1993 by Maureen Rivers and Carl Clink in Bartlet Park behind the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach. Growing from the first re-enactment featuring one cannon and about 30 soldiers, Civil War Days has grown to host historical reenactors from all over the United States attracting thousands of spectators each year."
"Today Civil War Days hosts nearly one thousand re-enactors in Huntington Beach Central Park. With soldiers, civilian re-enactors and sutlers from all over California and the United States, the Huntington Beach Historical Society welcomes you to this glorious event that is always free to the public. In the past Huntington Beach hosted the annual Western region encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, where veterans of the War Between the States met to reminisce their past conflict and promote veterans advocacy. We continue Huntington Beach's tradition by promoting historical education and understanding."
2nd Stop is a Vietnamese Lunch at Song Long
9361 Bolsa Ave
Westminster, CA 92683
This restaurant came highly recommended to me by a friend.
Yelp reviews link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/song-long-restaurant-westminster
From OC Weekly:
"For every French entrée here, there's a Vietnamese doppelganger. The bouillabaisse has a Southeast Asian cousin in lau hai san Song Long, a grandiose seafood soup in its own right. The boeuf bourguignon is countered by bo kho, Vietnamese beef stew. Get the escargot for sure. Greased in parsley-flecked garlic butter, Song Long's snails come equipped with the expected hardware: a dimpled dish, a skinny fork and a gripping tool to grasp the slippery shells. It is imperative you ask for more bread to sop up what puddles in those dimples, no matter how much hand waving it takes. Song Long's halved hoagie-style baguettes crackle with a thin crust that shatters and a fluffy cloud of a crumb that wants to float into the ether. It's another testament that the most enduring and endearing legacy from Vietnam's former colonial masters is the bread."