So carmageddon turned out to be a ploy by mass media to get ratings and scare the public into watching more television. Sucks for anyone that fell for it because they missed LA Street Food Fest. Compared to past years the lines were non-existent (except, of course, for the Grilled Cheese Truck and Cool Haus).
There was too much food to try it all, even for a professional food marathoner.
One of my favorite parts of food events is to watch the chefs barter with each other.
The highlights were the Baja chefs who brought Mexico’s finest including:
La Guerrerense: Sea Urchin Tostada
They have a line of salsas including a habanero, peanut blend that started the day off with a kick.
Mision 19: Pacific Oyster Asada w/ Chicharron Short Rib, Serrano Ponzu Butter, Lemongrass Foam
For Cinco de Mayo a Mexican director and producer made us a delicious dinner. Their friend, chef Javier Plascencia, has a stellar restaurant in Tijuana that my business partner and client visited last weekend. They came back raving about it so I was thrilled to try the oyster.
Manzanilla Restaurante: lengua, beef cheek and abalone
Some of my favorites were actually LA’s Mexican street food.
Mariscos Jalisco: Tacos Dorado de Camaron
Mexicali Taco & Co: Vampiros (garlic infused quesadilla)
Antojitos Carmen: Alambre Taco + Mini Pambaso + Mini Squash Blossom Quesadilla
They have one of the best spicy sauces in LA. It doesn’t look menacing as it’s creamy, but don’t be fooled. It’s vicious and delicious. So good, in fact, that we took a cup home.
The spice required an antidote. It came in the form of Ice Ice Shavie’s sublime Hammer Thyme shaved ice. You know I’m a sucker for 90’s music references so I was happy that the product lived up to the marketing.
Ice Ice Shavie: Shaved Ice: Hammer Thyme (strawberry, thyme, lemon, ginger) + Mojito (mint, lime)
I’ve never heard as many ball jokes as I did yesterday. It seems restaurants have realized balls are the easiest thing to serve at events like Street Food Fest, so Tiara Cafe, The Mighty Boba Truck and:
Starry Kitchen: Pandan Donut Holes + Double Fried Sweet Ginger Chicken Wings
Great Balls on Tires: Ballywood (Indian meatball on rice)
Picca continues its reign over July. Besides the Food & Wine Best New Chef title for Chef Ricardo Zarate
and the successful opening of Picca on Pico, add serving one of the best dishes at Street Food Fest to the list.
Mo-Chica + Picca: Peruvian Cau Cau (tripe stew)
America loves corn. It’s no wonder Peruvian food is making big strides- they have the biggest corn kernels….
Moo Dae Po II:
Yxta Cocina Mexicana: Shrimp Taquitos
Guelaguetza: Mole Tamales
Cacao Mexicatessen: Venison Chorizo Verde, Tortilla de Jicama, Serrano Relish, Goat Cheese Crema Mexicana
The Frysmith: Bacon & Port Poutine + Habanero Chicken Chili Fries
Streets of Thailand: Legendary Thai Iced Tea + Sailor Jerry Rum Mashup
Seoul Sausage Co: Kalbi Sausage + Spicy Kimchi Pork Sausage