Archive for June, 2010

Plate by Plate 2010 Preview

June 29, 2010

When it comes to one-stop food marathons, Plate by Plate is one of the best.

The space (the Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center), the organizations (Project by Project and Health Justice Network) and, of course, the food:

Bistro LQ
JiRaffe (VIP)
Starry Kitchen
The Foundry
Bond Street
Susina Bakery
Maison Akira
La Cachette Bistro
Jamaica’s Cakes
Valerie Confections
Charlie Palmer
Plush Puffs
and more

While VIP tickets are $200 online and General Admission tickets are $125 online/$150 at the door, there is a special deal from July 7th to 11th where early birds can save $20 on general admission tickets. Online ticket sale starts at 12:00AM, July 7, 2010.

Don’t miss this year’s Plate by Plate. Maybe Aziz Ansari will be there again. He’s funny even when he’s not trying to be…


Savory Sweets and Sweet Chips

June 22, 2010

I was talking to one of the original food marathoners on Saturday about Scoops’ Gorgonzola/pear/walnut ice cream that I had at Eat My Blog. Kettle corn, chocolate covered pretzels, many of Scoops’ unique flavors- these have been proof for years that salt and sweet belong together.

While the same old ice cream flavors rule the freezer, boring, salty potato chips fill the bags in the snack aisle. So as salt should invade the sweets, sweet should invade the salty world of potato chips. I’m not talking about dried mango chips, crispy plantain chips or even sweet potato chips. I want to relegate the nacho, ranch and bbq chips to their status as chips of the past. I want Maple Bacon Potato Chips:

The sweet richness of maple syrup, the salty punch of bacon, the crunch of potato chips- good for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Then today I read about the new non-savory Goldfish flavors. I’m sure this is only the beginning…

Make it Rain, Blair’s Death Rain

June 21, 2010

Blair’s Death Rain XXX Hot Habanero Kettle Cooked Potato Chips have one of the longest names I’ve ever seen on a bag of chips. They also are the most delicious and spicy chips I’ve ever eaten. They’re not spicy to the point that you can’t finish the bag- you actually have to finish it. You only feel the burn when you stop eating. My mom doesn’t like spicy food, but she tried one. She couldn’t handle it.

These are eat-the-whole-bag level of delicious and, as strongly as I recommend Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce, I also suggest you try Blair’s Death Rain Habanero chips. You’ll only regret it if you don’t eat the whole bag.

Marathon-Worthy World Cup Links

June 11, 2010

I don’t have time to run as many food marathons as I’d like so here’s a hypothetical World Cup marathon as posted by a few of LA’s best food bloggers:

South Africa via Gastronomy vs Mexico via Street Gourmet LA

Uruguay via Food GPS vs France via WeezerMonkey

South Korea via Jonathan Gold vs Greece via Banana Wonder

Yatai Ramen at Breadbar Review

June 10, 2010

Despite the current popularity of street food (both gourmet and dirty), I can’t get a good bowl of ramen or pho anywhere near my house. There’s plenty of paparazzi and overpriced breakfast, but hearty bowls of pork-rich broth require at least a twenty minute drive.

Luckily Breadbar continue their limited-engagement pop-up series with Yatai Ramen Twist. In Japan, “yatai” are food stalls that cater to “salary men” coming home from work. In America I am such a man.

Chefs Kazuo Shimamura and Noriyuki Sugie of Ironnori Concepts are serving up a short list of classic versions and modern twists on ramen.

To start we ordered Pig Feet Gyoza and Vegetarian Kale Gyoza ($8). The pig feet gyoza were a sign of the extremely rich, decadent flavors to come. They were burning hot, salty bites of delicious, richness.

We ordered the shoyu ramen ($10) and spicy miso ramen ($11) each with marinated poached egg, kurobuta Pork belly, nori, bamboo shoots, kikurage, and Tokyo negi).

We circulated the bowls, and I happened to start with the shoyu. Upon the first bite it was very bold and rich. It wasn’t until I tried the next bowls that I realized it was the blandest of all. The spicy miso was hands down my favorite. Enough spice to notice but not to overpower the blend of complimentary flavors.

From the twisted ramen menu we chose the oxtail ramen with truffle oil, marinated poached egg ($14) and foie gras ramen with rich consommé and chopped chives ($18).

The broths differed greatly in flavor, but were both very powerful. The oxtail’s broth was sweeter, with subtle truffle flavor. The foie gras’ broth was substantially stronger, the richest of all four.

For dessert we got macarons from Breadbar’s pastry fridge and an iced coffee boba ($4).

Just like the original Ludo Bites, this BYOB night provides a fun, high quality dining experience at a reasonable price. It runs Monday-Saturday from 5-10pm until July 24th, so call 310.205.0124 to make a reservation.

LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl!

June 8, 2010

Back with a vengeance, LA Street Food Fest is taking over the Rose Bowl on July 24th. They learned from February’s mistakes and have addressed a lot of the issues. I’m sure it won’t go perfectly but it will be a great one-stop food marathon. It probably will be hotter than Ludo’s fried chicken grease, so come prepared:

There’s gonna be 60+ street food vendors including:

Antojitos Carmen
Antojitos La Abuelita
Border Grill Truck
Cemitas y Clayudas Pal Cabron
Chef Brian’s Comfort Truck
Crepe’n Around
Cupcakes a GoGo
Del’s Lemonade
Dim Sum Truck
Dogtown Dogs
Dogzilla Hot Dogs
Don Chow Tacos
Flying Pig Truck
Fresh Fries
Get Shaved
Gourmet Grill Masters

Gourmet Guild
Gram & Papas
Jaliscos Mobile Taco Grill
Kabob N’ Roll
Let’s Be Frank
Mama Koh’s Chicken
Mandoline Grill
Manila Machine
Monsieur Egg
Nana Queens
Patty Wagon
Piaggio Gourmet on Wheels
Rosa’s Bella Cucina, Inc.
Sedthee Thai Eatery
Starry Kitchen
Ta Bom
Taco Dawg
The Gastrobus
The Greasy Wiener
The Grilled Cheese Truck
The Mighty Boba Truck
The Munchie Machine
The Sweets Truck
The Vegan Joint
Tiara Café
Tropical Shave Ice
Uncle Lau’s Island BBQ

  • Ample free parking at the Rose Bowl for ticket-holders
  • Street Food Cook-Off led by Top Chef Master, Susan Feniger.
  • Cold beer and signature cocktails specially concocted by one of LA’s hottest mixologists
  • Live performances from The Deadly Syndrome and Warpaint, and our DJ Bryan Davidson.
  • 90,000+ capacity Rose Bowl
  • Picnic on the field, at a picnic table or stretched out enjoying the views from the upper decks
  • Oh! Snap photo booth and food truck red carpet in the Court of Champions
  • beneficiaries St Vincent Meals on Wheels and Woolly School Gardens
  • No bottled water or plastic in the house!

Buy your tickets here.

LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl?

June 1, 2010

Today LA Street Food Fest posted this picture on their Twitter:

Does that mean the next Food Truck party will be at the Rose Bowl on July 24th?