Archive for June, 2011

LA Street Food Fest 2011 Brings the Ruckus

June 30, 2011

I loved last year’s Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl. It was a beast of an event that featured a ridiculous amount of vendors I’d never tried.

Not holding anything back, on July 16th Street Food Fest is back with a vengeance. And yes, Starry Kitchen is back too.

Buy your tickets today as all three time slots will sell out.

Look at this list of tastes:

Border Grill Truck:  Quinoa Fritters
Dim Sum Truck:  Pork and Shrimp Shu Mai + “Baked Potato” Dumpling
Flying Pig:  Pork Belly Bun + Duck Taco
The Frysmith: Dish Coming Soon!
Lardon:  Baco Taco
Glowfish (Preview!):  Okonomiyaki + Teppanyaki
Great Balls on Tires:  Ballywood – Indian meatball on rice
Grilled Cheese Truck:  Cheesy Mac & Rib + Plain & Simple MELT
Hansik (Preview!):  Mandoo + Korean Street Finger Foods
Maggie’s Meat & Bread:  Wine Braised Beef Shank Sandwich + Tortilla Espanola + Chicken Milanesa
The Mighty Boba Truck:  Buttermilk Fried Chicken +Boba Milk Tea
Naan Stop:  Tandoori Chicken + Tandoori Paneer
Neri’s Curbside Cravings:  Tocino-Tapa Burger + Tocino-Tapa-Sisig Taco
Steel City Sandwich (Preview!):  Pierogies
Streets of Thailand:  Thai Iced Tea

La Estrella: Dish Coming Soon!
Leo’s Tacos: Dish Coming Soon!
Mariscos de Jalisco:  Tacos Dorado de Camaron (hard shell shrimp tacos)
Tacos Cuernavaca: Dish Coming Soon!
Tamales Elena:  Mexican Tamales: Chicken, Cheese-Jalapeño, Pork, Strawberry-Pineapple

Antojitos Carmen:  Alambre Taco + Pambasos + Squash Blossom Quesadilla
Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill: Dish Coming Soon!
Mexicali Taco & Co:  Vampiros (garlic infused quesadilla)
Sabor da Bahia: Acaraje (Brazilian black bean fritters)
Seoul Sausage Co:  Kalbi Sausage + Spicy Kimchi Pork Sausage
Taste of Tunisia:  Brik (Tunisian meat-filled pastry)
Vici Victual: Sweet Potato Pie
Waiola Burger:  Gourmet Hawaiian Burgers w/ Grandma’s Special Sauce and Seasoning

Cacao Mexicatessen: Dish Coming Soon!
CHAM Korean Bistro:  BBQ Kalbi & Spicy Tuna Tofu Pockets
Ayara Thai:  When Tigers Cry & Papaya Pok Pok Salad
Chef Tione’s Quality Meats:  Sonoma Lamb Shoulder w/ Mediterranean Salsa
Chef Dan Moody / Relate: Banana Bread Pudding a la Pecan Pie
Chef John Sedlar / Playa + Rivera:  Maize Cakes
Chef Ricardo Zarate / Mo-Chica + Picca:  Anticucho
Currywurst (Preview!):  Currywurst – sliced pork/veal Bockwurst, curry powder, ketchup sauce, fries
Delicious Wishes LA:  Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake Pop & Bananas Foster Cake Ball
Gleeka:  Spanakopita + Baklava + Melomakarona (honey dipped spice cookies)
Guelaguetza:  Mole Tamales
Guisados:  Dish Coming soon!
IOTA (Preview!):  Korean pastries + Korean pour over coffee
Kings Row Gastropub:  Lamb Merguez Corn Dog
La Cocina del Camaguey:  Dominican Fried Empenadas
La Flor de Yucatan:  Cochinita Pibil Bolobanes (cream cheese stuffed jalapeños)
Moo Dae Po + Moo Dae Po II:  Assorted KBBQ
The Oinkster:  Dish Coming soon!
Pal Cabron:  Dish Coming soon!
Ramen JINYA + Robata JINYA:  Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen
Sedthee Thai:  Prosperous Baby Back Ribs + Spicy Yellow Curry – Vegan & Chicken
Starry Kitchen:  Pandan Donut Holes + Mystery BALLS (oh my!)
Tiara Café:  Slow Smoked Short Rib Sliders w/ Pickled Jalapeños and Cole Slaw
Ti Georges:  Haitian Chicken

Diego Hernandez / Corazon de Tierra: Octopus-Pork Belly Tostada + Braised Valle de Guadalupe Lamb,
Potato Mousseline, White Truffle Oil
Javier Plascencia / Mision 19:  Grilled Oysters w/ Chicharron Short Rib, Serrano Chili, Ponzu Butter, Lemongrass Foam
Sabina Bandera / La Guerrerense:  Sea Urchin Tostada
Benito Molina / Manzanilla:  Manzanilla Surprise

Batch From Scratch ft Scoops: Mayan Chocolate Inferno Cookie & Salted Caramel + Cardamom Caramel Macchiato Cookie & Apricot Vanilla
Beachy Cream:  Flavors Coming Soon!
CoolHaus: Ice Creams: pineapple cilantro serrano chili sorbet, beer and pretzels, butterscotch rosemary, strawberry mojito sorbet, orange chocolate cointreau, bourbon pecan + Cookies: double chocolate with sea salt, brioche, potato chip Skor bar
HAUS Dessert Café: Pat Bing Soo – Korean shaved ice w/ fresh fruit, condensed milk, red bean
Ice Ice Shavie (Preview!): Shaved Ice: Hammer Thyme – strawberry, thyme, lemon, ginger
+ The Salted Caramel Top + The Humming Bird – Elderflower, Lemon, Grapefruit
Longboards Ice Cream:  Flavors Coming Soon!
Mother Moo Creamery (Preview!):  Ice Cream: Thyme + Freshest Peach
Natura Bar:  Flavors Coming Soon!

Angel Bendito Tequila
Agave de Cortes Mezcal
Inocente Tequila
QuinteroSacacuento Ultra Premium Mezcal
Tequila 55
Tequila 1519
Tequila Abondonado
Tequilas Bracero
Tequila Capaz
Tequila Corrido
Tequila El Agave
Teteo Tequila

Singha Beer Gardens (Two!)
Sailor Jerry Rum
Sailor Jerry  Airstream Photo Booth
Milagro Tequila
Hendrick’s Gin

Hendricks Bar ft LA’s Top Mixologist, Julian Cox
Chef Farid Zadi
Dr’s Massage Station ft Pasadena’s Dr. Kevin Cressey


Munchathon: A 5K Food Truck Food Marathon

June 30, 2011

A lot of people think a food marathon actually involves running. Only once have I actually run from restaurant to restaurant. I hate running. For those of you who do enjoy it, I’d like to introduce you to Munchathon. It’s a 5K food-themed fun run/obstacle course, featuring food and beverage stops, as well as a festival of 30+ gourmet food trucks.

AHN-JOO (Korean “pub grub”)
BAKERYTRUCK (sweet treats from a bakery on wheels)
BARBIE’S Q (famous hand-pulled BBQ sandwiches)
CHUNK-N-CHIP (delicious ice cream surrounded by oven-warm cookies)
COOLHAUS (architecturally-inspired ice cream sandwiches)
DA MUNCH BOX (hearty comfort cuisine)
DOSATRUCK (a Southern Indian take on the crepe)
FRESH FRIES (french fries with unique toppings)
GO COUNTRY 105 CHUCK WAGON (Southern, Country and Tex-Mex)
INDIA JONES CHOW TRUCK (Indian street food)
KONA ICE BEACH CITIES (refreshing treats for kids of all ages)
LOBSTA TRUCK (New England style lobster rolls)
LOUKS (gourmet Greek food)
LUDOTRUCK (fried chicken from Chef Ludo Lefebvre)
NO JODAS KITCHEN (authentic Cuban cuisine)
ORGANIC OASIS (organic smoothies made on a solar-powered truck)
PANFINITI (paninis and beyond)
PIAGGIO ON WHEELS (Argentinean cuisine with touches of Brazil)
RAGIN CAJUN (an authentic taste of the Bayou)
SEABIRDS (OC’s original veggie truck)
SHORT STOP BBQ (real Southern California BBQ)
SLAPFISH (masters of sustainable seafood)
SPUDRUNNERS (great spuds and grilled sandwiches)
THE GREASY WIENER (loads of fun in a bun!)
THE GRILLED CHEESE TRUCK (you don’t need an explanation)
THE OC FOOD TRUCK (innovative sandwiches and burgers)
TORNADO POTATO (a twist on the average fries)
TROPICAL SHAVE ICE (Hawaiian style shave ice)
UNCLE LAU’S ISLAND BBQ (loco moco, spam, Hawaiian favorites)
WHITE RABBIT TRUCK (Filipino fusion cuisine)
And more to be announced soon!

The marathon takes place at Oak Canyon Park in Orange County on July 16. Buy your tickets here.

Savor Los Angeles Pairings Review

June 28, 2011

Last summer Savor LA featured sweets at their one-stop food marathon. This year the theme was pairings

2011 paired with 2010

Veev Cocktails

Starry Kitchen

Pandan Banana Leaf Chicken paired with Pandan Flan

Malo/Mas Malo


Pure Cheesecakes

Blue cheese cheesecake. I like the adventurousness…

Cast Iron Gourmet

Bacon trail mix could have used more adventurousness…

Bangers & Smashed


Auntie Fruf’s Aahsome Fudge

Macarons paired with fudge.

The Farm of Beverly Hills

Dry Soda

Extravaganza for the Senses 2011 Preview

June 6, 2011

It’s that time of year again. One-stop food marathons are back in season. Last Year’s Extravaganza for the Senses was a fun event on a beautiful summer evening. The Saban Free Clinic is back this year with more unlimited samples of gourmet food and wine from 100 wineries and 40 Los Angeles area restaurants. The event is on July 16th in Hollywood and you can finally try:

Earlez Grill,
Upstairs 2,
Brats Brothers,
Public Kitchen and Bar,
Rush Street,
Angel City Brewing,
Firemans Brew,
and more….

General Admission tickets are $80 until July 1st, when they go up to $100 and VIP tickets are $200 until July 1st when they go up to $225 (and get you free valet parking, an additional hour of sampling food and wine and entry into the VIP lounge and more).

Buy tickets now and I’ll see you there…