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Lobster Fest!!! Or, An Essay Upon The Most Fair City of San Pedro

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"So you know what you need to do to come off as authentic in San Pedro, right?"

"Tell me!" We were all set to head off to the annual Lobster Fest held in San Pedro's charming seaside Ports O' Call.

"You gotta call it Peeeeeedro."

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Peeeeeedro. Got it. Not that this was my first time searching out good times and good eats in this sunshiney little enclave nestled against the Port of Long Beach, but San Pedro is notorious for its territorial locals -- as well as its working-class charm and fantastic access to the freshest seafood L.A. has to offer.

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In fact, Pedro is the perfect site for Los Angeles' annual Lobster Fest, an exuberant and well-provisioned celebration of all that is good and delicious about that most perfect crustacean, the lobster. Except...these lobsters aren't from California. In fact, they ship these babies out from MAINE. That's right, MAINE LOBSTER in CALIFORNIA. Sigh. But it's still a festival, and it's still a celebration of the lobster to come, it's just that the lobsters haven't shown up yet, and so they're shipped in. But there's no shortage of excellent eats, family fun, and perhaps more importantly, awesome live music.

We arrived just in time to see an energetic set by hyperactive neo-punk quartet The Ringers: all the hipsters were in "stand and silently judge while wearing fantastic outfits" mode, while the boomer parents were in "oh god I don't get this music am I old and obsolete???" mode. The little girls, though, totally understood what The Ringers were doing (as little girls so often do): the dance floor was taken over by bouncing little kids who showed the rest of us how to properly RAWK a lobster fest, like the blonde chickie below, who is now my rock goddess hero.

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