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Sunday, July 25, 2010

LA Food Fest

I have so much to tell you guys now that our Kauai recap posts are over. Andy and I are desperately trying to get back to reality. We are both teachers (well I'm aspiring to be...) and we have a few weeks of summer left before we start teaching again. I will be student teaching at the middle school level. I'm extremely nervous even though I love teaching and I love that age group.

I'm also hoping to drop some LBS before the school year resumes. We'll see how that goes. I surprisingly did not gain during our vacation but I am still feeling quite...puffy. I am no longer on any medication for my PCOS and it's a little unsettling. I want to lose weight and stay healthy naturally. Which is never easy for me since I love food so much. You'll see an example of that in a few...

Our Saturday started out with our first CSA pick-up. (Community Supported Agriculture) I found an ad in a local paper and decided to sign up. Once a week, Andy and I will go pick up a box of fresh organic veggies and fruits for under $20. (Ok $19.80 but doesn't under $20 sound better?) I figured this will be a great way for us to try new foods, eat healthier and cook at home more!


Behold the bounty!




Then it was off to the LA Street Food Fest. Here's Chris, Andy and me waiting patiently for it to begin.


My sister Sarah and her friend Alex came too.


The line moved relatively fast and we got in. The event was held at the Rose Bowl which was really nice.


We saw the ice cream trucks first and decided to grab some ice cream sandwiches from Cool Haus. We'd been to Cool Haus before during a food truck event in Glendale and knew we'd enjoy.


The line for Vegan Treats was short so I knew I HAD to stop by.


I got a bite of chocolate chip ice cream which was delicious. Vegan desserts are fab.


Then it was time for CoolHaus.


We were excited!

I got a strawberry jalapeno ice cream and Andy got peanut butter & bacon. Needless to say, Andy's was better.


The Fry Girl was offering up fried donuts so we stopped by. Fry Girl claims that these donuts have only one gram of fat each...really?




They were tiny hot and delicious. I had mine with cinnamon. Very good!


Andy wasn't about to eat fried food so he got an iced coffee from Don Francisco's. It was okay but a little too sweet.


Then it was on to the main event. Lines were forming quickly and we had to plan.



Crispy tofu balls? Okay!


I felt lukewarm about it. As did the rest of our crowd. It was decent but not thrilling.


While in line for some dim sum I met Susan Feniger. I was way too excited. I love Border Grill and I loved her on Top Chef Masters. I told her I was her biggest fan and that I loved her. I am a creep no?


Shrimp dimsum from the Dimsum truck. Very good.



We waited in the Monsieur Egg line for 45 minutes.


While in line one of my sister's friends shared a smore's cupcake with us. It was sort of dry but decent.


The egg dish. Sourdough toast with jam, tri tip, arugula, a poached egg and pesto.

Mine was cold and not that delicious. I was a little grumpy considering I had waited 45 minutes. Still, it's tough to cook for a crowd of 5,000.


Andy enjoyed his. His wasn't cold.


Ceviche from Gastrobus was good. It had popcorn on top...Andy hates popcorn so he took it off. Very good shrimp in the ceviche!



Border Grill was offering up Green Corn Tamales. YUM!


Creamy corn, salsa and crema in a snow cone cup. It was delicious, creamy and warm. Two thumbs up Border Grill.




After this, we parted and split some random things. Vietnamese pork sandwiches, beef satay sticks, tacos...all small bites (like 3 bites per item and we shared.)


We had some more bites of ice cream and left at 9.

Thoughts? It was $45 for parking, entrance and food. We just didn't get much food for that price. But we spent a lot more at the last LA Street Food Fest. Everything was small bites and the lines were fairly long. Water was not available. I think this type of event is just difficult to execute. There were several trucks that we wanted to try that either ran out of food or had lines over 45 minutes long. It was definitely a fun event and worth while but we decided that we might as well stalk the food trucks separately.

Much love to the organizers of the fest. I don't know how you do it!!!

Did you go to the LA Street Food Fest? What did you think?

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At July 25, 2010 at 12:16 PM , Anonymous Tina said...

I think it looks pretty cool! Although that price is pretty steep. The food fests here are fun, but don't have the same type of variety that one did.

Good luck with student teaching. It can be rough but is so exciting.

At July 25, 2010 at 12:25 PM , Anonymous homecookedem said...

I've never been to a food fest!! Can you believe it??!! I would love to get my hands on those little fried donuts!!

Good luck with student teaching!! Just walk in with a swagger like you know exactly what you're doing. Confidence is key!! :) You'll do great!!

At July 25, 2010 at 1:10 PM , Blogger Andy said...

Just throwing in my 2 cents on the LA Food Fest. First, major props have to go out to the organizers. The Rose Bowl was perfect and just getting all these amazing trucks to come out and amazing sponsors is awesome.

My issue with it wasn't the giant lines, it was the quality of the food. It is really hard to prep food for 5000 people. So a lot of what we had was good but not great. I expected amazing. The first food fest with street trucks we had also had giant lines, but the quality and quantity of food was far better. Still fun and unique, but still some issues to work out.

Also major props to all the food trucks for their hard work. This must be a nightmare for them to execute and even with minor issues, they rule for doing this.

The cost is a bit much for what you get. I'd rather pay for fresher, better quality at the actual trucks. So...we are going to do an LA Food Truck Tour soonish!

At July 25, 2010 at 1:20 PM , Blogger the actor's diet said...

thanks for the recap - i thought about going but didn't...and it sounds like i didn't miss that much!

At July 25, 2010 at 3:16 PM , Anonymous Shelley Beals said...

Thanks for the mini donut love from The Fry Girl! Glad you enjoyed them! Sorry about the small portions! When we have our truck out on the streets you can have as many as you like! And yes...they are only 1 gram of fat each (without the sugar on top).

At July 25, 2010 at 3:21 PM , Anonymous Mama Pea said...

I love vegan ice cream. I want tofu balls. I am a big fan of your bow shirt. In other words, great post :)

At July 25, 2010 at 4:32 PM , Blogger Ashley said...

ok, you've GOT to tell me where you sign up for the CSA pickup! I've really been wanting to sign up for one of these, but couldn't find one for simi! Please share the site - $20 for all that produce is great!!

Looks like you had a blast at the festival, everything looks delicious!

At July 25, 2010 at 6:59 PM , Anonymous sophia said...

Aw, I love Susan too! I met her at the Avocado feast I had at her was awesome.
Seems like Angelenos really love their food...that place is PACKED! no wonder the food can't be that great, sitting out like that and the cooks not being able to concentrate amidst that noise and frenzy!

At July 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM , Blogger GemCityCakes said...

That's not bad at all for a CSA. We looked into it, but the season here starts in June and you have to sign up sometime before May. We might do it next year though!

At July 26, 2010 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Mari said...

Yums I would be such a happy girl if I were there with you!!!! and I would be all over the "fry girl!" (hmm that did not sound right lol)

Thanks again for my bday gift!!!! It made my day, week, MONTH!

At July 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM , Blogger Erica said...

Wow ! There were so many incredible looking foods in this post. From the CSA (FRESH FRUITS & VEGGIES) to the cool foods at the festival. I am definitely jealous. I love events like this where you get to sample a bit of everything


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