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The L. A. Times The Taste held reign over Paramount Studios this past weekend, and hundreds of Angelenos were treated to an impressive selection of the city’s best food and drinks from local restaurants, bars, chefs and local companies. There were five different events over the course of three days, each one with its own theme and vibe. I attended Friday evening’s Opening Night, Saturday’s Field to Fork and Sunday Brunch. After each one, I was sufficiently stuffed, as well as happy to know that L.A. maintains high scores as a major hitter in the culinary scene. A plethora pictures were posted on my personal Instagram account, but here goes a quick rundown of the event.
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Following the March Dole Blogger Summit sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods, there were a lot of ideas floating around about ways to highlight Dole products. This one was easy, and maybe because it includes the item most associated with the company–pineapple. OK, so maybe that’s no major reach or brainstorm worthy of mention, but the final result was fantastic. That should be good enough, right?
Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to share photos of Labor Day weekend’s The Taste Food & Wine Festival. Anyone with a website understands how discouraging and disabling it can be when your website goes down. We’re back up, and it’s not too late to share a batch of photos from the extravaganza that features so many local gems. Before heading down to Amir’s Long Beach pad for a weekend with other friends, I made my way to Paramount Studios for Saturday morning’s Field to Fork event. After 4 hours, and between the front courtyard and backlot, I found myself having sampled at least 20 plates and various cocktails from vendors, restaurants and chefs’ cooking demonstrations. That may not seem like a lot, but when it is nearly 100 degrees in the blistering sun, it’s more difficult than you think to nosh and nom to your heart’s content. I did my best duty as a food blogger to sample as much as I could!
The Taste is comprised of several events over the course of three days, so you can imagine all of the goodness that could potentially cross your lips. The photos you can check out are a few …
Summer is all about the barbecue, and Pork Belly’s Sandwich Shop opened just in time to get everyone on a bbq roll. Thanks to Whitney from hoopLA, a few bloggers were invited to check out the menu and chow down at the street-side stop. With a table full of the shop’s signature items, we found ourselves enjoying one of the prime highlights of summer.
During the last weekend of June, I hopped into an Uber car and made my way to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the 4th Annual L.A. Street Food Fest. Amir was the lucky one who attended the media preview event earlier in the month, so while he celebrated his one year wedding anniversary, I took one for the team and offered to roll out to the weekend’s festival. It was blazing hot–and when I say blazing, I do not lie–so with a sunscreen-slathered body and empty belly, I ventured into the hot, hot heat for what I knew would be an interesting and filling afternoon. With a slew of participating food and drink vendors, I knew my first time at the L.A. Street Food Fest would be something to remember.
Last week, we were invited to a Korean food tasting party here in Los Angeles. Chrystal was not able to attend, so I represented the Duo and went solo. (Plus, Chrystal had own Korean food tasting adventure earlier this year. Now, it was my turn!) Bibimbap Backpackers hosted the event, packing in dozens of local bloggers, writers, journalists, and social media stars into the Korean Cultural Center of LA. What followed was a fun and informative nose-dive into authentic Korean culture and cuisine.
The 4th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest is fast approaching, a one-day tasting event where eager eaters gather to sample some of LA’s newest and most prominent food vendors, stands, chefs, pop-ups, restaurants, carts, and more. A week ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a media preview of this year’s food fest. Nearly a dozen select food venders packed into LA’s Guelaguetza Restaurant, where they shared tastings of their dishes ahead of the main event. It was a night of gluttony, for we all spent a couple hours tasting a variety of flavors that spun all over the food spectrum.
Los Angeles does not suffer from a lack of diverse food offerings, so it should come as no surprise that Korean fast casual and casual sit-down restaurants are nestled in several pockets all over town. Bibigo is the spawn of a company that has manufactured and distributed Korean products for decades, and now the eatery is a place to sit down and enjoy fresh, authentic dishes. According to Bibigo, the idea of ‘bibim’ “reflects the Korean value of a collective lifestyle, where good fortune is shared, and new things are embraced.” Take this as a lofty suggestion for life in general, then apply it to a meal with friends if you venture to Bibigo.
Just before The Churchill hit its one year anniversary, the restaurant had already undergone a major change in the kitchen. Last month, Chef Bruce Kalman stepped into the culinary lead and revamped the neighborhood restaurant’s offerings. With a new touch, The Churchill has re-positioned itself as a major contender in the Third Street area. Both Amir and I missed the anniversary party due to his birthday celebration in Las Vegas. Just a couple of weeks prior to a few days in Sin City, I had the opportunity to enjoy a midweek brunch at The Churchill featuring several dishes and cocktails from the new menu.
A little more than two years ago, Amir and I made our first okonomiyaki. Up until that point, we had never even heard of it, but without any hesitation, we decided okonomiyaki would be the best dish to feature in our upcoming Ethnic Exploration series. Some called it a Japanese pancake, others a Japanese pizza. Regardless, it was a vegetable-filled, pork belly-covered, sauce-doused, bonito flake-dusted creation on a plate. A bit intimidating, but definitely much better tasting than it looks. Fast forward to earlier this month when I received an invitation to attend FoodStory led by chef and self-proclaimed Japanese food storyteller, Yoko Isassi. In a Downtown loft, I spent a couple of hours with fellow food lovers reliving the okonomiyaki experience.