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Monday, February 15, 2010

LA Street Food Fest

Hi! This is Andy. I would be the other boo who eats who never posts. Well now I am!


On Saturday, Amanda and I went to the LA Street Food Fest. If you were at the foodbuzz fest, this was sort of like the first evening of that. Basically, LA is full of street food trucks, and a good 20 or so of them converged in downtown LA. Pretty amazing idea. It was cheap to get in. Presale tickets were $10. All the food was small portions of regular items and everything was under $5 a piece. And free booze. Did I mention free booze? New Belgium Brewery had the beer, makers of Fat Tire. And Pama Pomegranate Liqueur supplied the mixed beverages. For free! Donations were suggested, so we dropped a few dollars.


(Amanda's note: I usually prefer tequila but vodka seems to go with Pomegranate more.)

Anyway, this gave me an opportunity to try out my new Flip Video. Amazing little guy.


Amanda and her little sister Sarah.


So here we go. Lines were long and two of our friends didn't have presale. The line at 11:30 took about 45 minutes to get through...just to get in! We got in instantly and went to the booze. It was an amazingly beautiful day in LA. So Amanda has sun in her eyes and we are enjoy our pomegranate and vodka beverages. For FREE!

Watch this video here

Our first stop was the non-descript Vietnamese Food Truck. They had eggrolls and a variety of mini pork and beef sandwiches that were out of this world good. You can see the crowded in the video. This line took about a half an hour.

See video here! We are still trying to figure out how to embed the videos onto the blog.



These trucks weren't really set up for the volume of people and lines were long. But it was some damn good food and since we were with a group of friends we could divide and conquer! So we did!




Brett's phallic pork on a stick. Fun!

Next up, however was a free drink. But this time not an adult beverage. Honest Tea was handing out free bottles. I grabed a Pomegranate Blue(OMG I LOVE ANTIOXIDANTS!). Amanda and I both love this flavor. We have a thing for pomegranate anything. And I do mean anything!

Free Tea Video!

At this point we all separated. Segregated, if you will. We went Boys and Girls. Me and my two good friends Gary and Brett went to the Buttermilk Truck (yeah, I said it. Leave you guessing as to what they had, but it was the highlight of the fest). The ladies: Amanda, her sister Sarah, and her bestest friend Tiffany went to the Tasty Meat Truck and the Badass Burger Truck. After about an hour and a half, we had a ton of food. Actually, while in line for the Buttermilk Truck, Brett and I went to the Gastrobus(is there a better name for a food truck?) to get some amazing Sweet Potato Fries.


Gastrobus video

All organic products from local farmers? I am all in. The fries were outstanding. I love sweet potato in any form.


Amanda's Note: While Andy enjoyed sweet potato fries, I gushed over running into C.S. Lee who plays Masuka on DEXTER! I didn't introduce myself or ask for a picture so I creepily pretended to be posing. Whatever!



Ok, food has appeared in large quanities. This was pig out time. Feta fries, more sweet potato fries, Lamb Gyros, Mini Burgers. Ice cream cones and frozen bananas(possibly the best I have ever inhaled, because it was inhaled were also acquired. Is this heaven we have stumbled upon? Perhaps. Perhaps.






On to the main event, the Pièce de résistance if you will. The Buttermilk Truck. Amanda heard about this truck somewhere. Maybe it was myth. Maybe it was urban legend. But they had amazing food. Mini donuts(which we didn't try, but will assume were awesome) and something called a Buttermilk Brick which was a biscuit, an egg, covered NOT smoothered in chorizo gravy. Amazing. But the best was the Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Pancake. Whoever concocted this deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. We had some amazingly great things today, but this was by far, hands down, the best.






That is beauty.


We walked about a bit after this, food coma set in. There was more free booze to be had and some cute vendors selling shirts and other items. By this time, everyone was running out of food or just way behind. We heard of some trucks having an hour line and then an hour to make the food. At least you know it is fresh. Obviously these trucks aren't set up for this volume like I mentioned. Many people were angry, but we got in around the start and hit about 8 seperate trucks. A lot of people got turned away at the door, but this was the first time around and issues arise that are unforseen. Still, an amazing idea. The last stop was the Sweet Truck. Which had a giant line but decided to take it to the street and just sell cookie bars for $1. So we bought one and saved it for Valentines Day. Ok, maybe a nibble on the way to the car.



Seriously. Bacon is good.

On the way out, the organizers mentioned there will be another fest in the fall. We cannot wait, as there were a great deal of other trucks that either weren't there or we couldn't get to. This has given Amanda and I a mission, which is to seek out some of these trucks on weekends and get the full experience. There are dozens of these trucks doing all types of food from the typical hot dog to things like the Buttermilk Truck and the Gastrobus doing pretty interesting stuff out of a truck. So stay tuned. Sorry if I(we) come off like crazy people on the video. I guess we are. But hopefully you get a chuckle or too...and become insanely jealous and if you are local find some of these trucks and support local food!


Also free Izze!

We have several videos and more pictures to come soon! Let us know if you attended the LA Street Food Fest as well.

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At February 16, 2010 at 6:51 AM , Anonymous Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

Okay, I hate when people point out typos or whatever on my blog, it drives me bonkers. But I'm about to do it to you only because it made me snarf my coffee and laugh like a little girl. Made my day!
"There are dozens of these drunks doing all types of food " LOVE IT!

That fest looks amazingly like a great time and how can you not have a great time when free booze is involved! Awesome!

At February 16, 2010 at 6:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my gosh everything looks GREAT!!!! that chocolate bar at the end sounds amazing tooo. what a foodie heaven!

At February 16, 2010 at 8:11 AM , Anonymous Lily @ Lily's Health Pad said...

WOW. That looks like it was so much fun. I would love to attend something like that.

Can't believe you saw Masouka! From the looks of the picture, his real life personality isn't too far from his on screen one!

At February 16, 2010 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Red velvet Pancakes ... holy cow!! They looked so delicious. The Food fest looked like so much fun.

At February 16, 2010 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Erica said...

What a cool festival! I love that they had free beverages! My husband lovesss fat tire. All of the food looks yummy- especially those sweet tato fries.

At February 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM , Blogger RamblingBabushka said...

What a fun afternoon. The most exciting food event in my LAME area is the annual rib cook off. Yeah, it's JUST AS HICK as it sounds. HA!

At February 16, 2010 at 9:08 AM , Blogger Mari said...

Hey andy! nice to see you blogging =)

It looks like such a great a time filled with AMAZING food!

I love all the videos =)

At February 16, 2010 at 9:35 AM , Blogger Mo Diva said...

I am sooooo jealous of this foodie adventure. those sliders look juicey as hell and those sweet tater fries are worthy of tears!

It funny. when i saw the pic with CS. lee i was like damn that look slike masuka. and then you said it was! LOL. I love DEXTER! Next season is gonna be another nail biter!

any chance you and wifey brought back any leftovers?

At February 16, 2010 at 9:46 AM , Anonymous Christie @ Honoring Health said...

Red velvet pancakes!!! OMG, that sounds fabulous!!

Glad you had a great.

At February 16, 2010 at 10:08 AM , Blogger All Things Yummy said...

That looks like so much fun. I'll definitely plan to go to the one in the fall. Thanks for sharing.

At February 16, 2010 at 10:38 AM , Blogger lynn @ the actors diet said...

i didn't go, but i did hear alot about it (and the lines) online. i'm going to be judging an asian food truck competition later this spring downtown you guys should come to!!!

At February 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM , Anonymous Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Omg how fun!!!! Everything looks so delicious--I'm drooling over here!

At February 16, 2010 at 11:42 AM , Anonymous Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said...

What a fun event!!! My friend and I made the Pama Blushing Lady as a signature cocktail for an engagement party this past weekend! Yum!

At February 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM , Blogger Tania said...

That food looks so amazing, i almost cried because i wasnt there!

Toronto food fests certainly dont have that type of variety!

At February 16, 2010 at 12:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, totally jealous of your day!!! (and possible the weather more than the food?!).

Love Fat Tire - probably my favorite beer next to Blue Moon.

Those fries......I need to make those - soon! Feta cheese? Yum!

At February 16, 2010 at 1:00 PM , Anonymous homecookedem said...

OH WOW!!!!! That is some GOOD lookin food!! I want those red velvet pancakes right. this. second. Looks like a fun time!! So jealous of your weather.

At February 16, 2010 at 3:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUN FUN FUN!! All that food looks amazing! Especially those red velvet pancakes! Looks like you guys had a very fun day. :)

At February 16, 2010 at 7:28 PM , Blogger kat said...

So many different food trucks! The street vendor thing is really just starting to take off here in Minneapolis (perhaps because of the cold winters). Looks like a great time.

At February 17, 2010 at 3:33 PM , Anonymous Kara @ Kara's Marathon said...

WOW that looks like quite a day of eating!! I love me some pomegranate everything and sweet potato fries, so I'd be in heaven :)

Glad you like the flip camera! I really want to get one of those, but we don't have many video-worthy events coming up!

At February 18, 2010 at 5:22 AM , Blogger Lori said...

Way too much good stuff here. The New Belgium was the first to catch my attention. We can't get their beer here and my BIL just brought us some from Chicago. I loved the slogan on that the tasty meat truck. Awesome. And the bacon ice cream? Yum. Although I'd probably agree about that red velvet pancake.

At February 19, 2010 at 6:31 AM , Blogger Mom on the Run said...

Sounds like you guys had an amazing time!!

All that food looks amazing. I wish we had more things like that here in CT.

I thought that guy in that shot looked familiar. I LOVE Dexter! How fun!


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