This past weekend was another amazing Long Beach Street Food Fest. Once again the organizers knocked it out of the park. Kim and I along with other food friends, Kelly (@DP_SNFoodies), Austin (@FuzzDogg66), Jane (@YellowCat13) and Dan (@GourmetFoodTrk) grubbed our way through a ton of trucks. There was so much incredible food being served and this venue is always relaxing. Imagine kicking back under a tree next to the harbor, with a beer in your hand while stuffing your face with some of the best food available in southern California. Yep, that was me on Saturday!
If you have never been to this event, I highly recommend it. Here are some photos from the event:
Guess what!?! It is that time of year when one of our favorite gourmet food truck festivals rolls into Long Beach. We are very excited and can’t wait till this coming Saturday, July 9. The LB Street Food Festival will be going off once again at Rainbow Lagoon Park. If you have by chance missed this incredible event both times last year, check out what you have been missing:
Kim and I (mostly Kim) have been working on different cocktails in the “Test Kitchen” for some time now. I think it is time to start sharing some of them with you. The first was inspired by a recipe found on the Tory Burch Blog. Actually, our friend Kelly (@dp_snfoodies) found it there. Like any other recipe I get my hands on, I had to tweak it to my own liking. In this case I changed the alcohol and the amount of one key ingredient.
Here is the recipe (My Tequila Version):
8 fresh sage leaves (muddled)
2oz pineapple juice
3/4oz simple syrup
1/2oz lemon juice
2oz good tequila (I used a nice Anejo “Costco Kirkland” – Yum!)
Shake and strain into a tumbler over ice. Garnish with a sage leaf.
Here is the recipe (Kim & Kelly’s Vodka Version):
6 fresh sage leaves (muddled)
2oz pineapple juice
3/4oz simple syrup
1/2oz lemon juice
2oz good tequila (They used Grey Goose)
Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sage leaf.
This is the first of hopefully many drink recipes from our Test Kitchen. If you have any ideas you would like to share or have us play with, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eat your way through the first-ever Munchathon, a food-themed fun run and obstacle course featuring local food and beverage vendors, which takes place at Oak Canyon Park, near Irvine Lake, on July 16. The event will have two major elements: the 5K run/walk with food/beverage stops and food-themed challenges, and a festival of dozens of gourmet food trucks.
This event was designed for those of you who love food, follow more gourmet food trucks than actual people on Twitter, dash to your favorite restaurant despite your non-existent lunch break, devour whatever might be in arms reach at that very moment and consider yourself the ultimate foodie.
Here is the growing list of gourmet food trucks:
The Grilled Cheese Truck – You guessed correct! (@grlldcheesetruk) DosaTruck – South Indian Street Food (@DOSAtruck) Ahn Joo – Korean Pub Grub (@AhnJooLA) Slap Fish Truck – Sustainable Seafood (@SlapFishTruck) Shortstop BBQ – Southern California BBQ (@ShortStopBBQ) Dos Chinos – Latin Asian Cuisine (@DosChinos) Organic Oasis – Smoothies (@organicoasis) Louks To Go – Greek (@LouksToGo) Ragin Cajun on Wheels – Creole and Cajun cuisine (@cajunonwheels) Tropical Shave Ice – Hawaiian Style Shave Ice Truck (@TropShaveIce) Chunk-N-Chip – Ice Cream Sandwichs (@ChunknChip) Seabirds – Vegetarian (@SeabirdsTruck) MyTornado Potato – twist on the average fries (@mytornadopotato) Chuck Wagon – Southern, Country and Tex-Mex (@105ChuckWagon) Coolhaus – Ice Cream Sandwiches (@COOLHAUS) Piaggio On Wheels – Argentine Taco Truck (@PiaggioOnWheels) The OC Food Truck – Sandwiches (@TheOCFoodTruck) Spud Runners – Gourmet Fries & Baked Potatoes (@SpudRunners) White Rabbit – Filipino Fusion (@WhiteRabbitTruk) No Jodas Kitchen – Cuban sandwiches (@NoJodasKitchen) Rolling Sushi Van – Sushi and Frozen Yogurt (@RollingSushiVan) Kona Ice Beach Cities – Shaved Ice (@KonaIceBC)
Run, walk, skip and munch your way through the scenic course overlooking Irvine Lake. You will encounter obstacles and have several stops where you will have the opportunity to eat sample-size food items from gourmet food trucks and other vendors. You can also expect beverage stops along the course as well. Get a team together or go solo, dress up as bananas or hot dogs or piggies–whatever gets you pumped–and bring your appetite. After the run, participants will have access to a festival of gourmet food trucks, beverages, entertainment, vendors and lots more.
We only have TWO RULES for all attendees and they are…
DASH & DEVOUR.
Only the ones with the strongest appetites will survive.
Munchathon is open to all ages. The 5K fun run goes from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Early admission to the festival is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and general admission starts at 11 a.m. The event ends at 5 p.m.
2011 OC Fair Brings in Gourmet Food Trucks, Including Eating Contests, Cooking Demonstrations & Fair Food vs. Food Truck Chowdowns
Every Thursday from Noon-10 p.m. inside the OC Fair
The 2011 OC Fair (July 15-August 14) will continue to host its popular weekly Food Truck Fare, featuring gourmet food trucks, eating contests, chef demos and a Chowdown competition as part of this year’s Fair theme, “LET’S EAT!”
Every Thursday from Noon-10 p.m., Fairgoers can taste a variety of cuisines from the rotating 8 gourmet food trucks inside the Fair near the Livestock Area. Trucks will include Baconmania, Piaggio On Wheels, The OC Food Truck, Grilled Cheese Truck, Grill ‘Em All, Dos Chinos, Chunk N Chip and more. Access is free with Fair admission and food prices vary per truck.
Food Truck Fare at the 2011 OC Fair will feature (trucks subject to change):
Thursday, July 21: Baconmania, Chunk N Chip, Dogzilla, Grilled Cheese Truck, The OC Food Truck, Piaggio On Wheels, The Burnt Truck and White Rabbit
Thursday, July 28: Baconmania, Dos Chinos, The Greasy Wiener, Lobsta Truck, Ludo Truck, The OC Food Truck, Piaggio On Wheels and White Rabbit
Thursday, August 4: Baconmania, Dos Chinos, The OC Food Truck, Piaggio On Wheels, SlapFish, The Burnt Truck and White Rabbit
Thursday, August 11: Baconmania, Dogzilla, Grill ‘Em All, India Jones Chow Truck, The OC Food Truck and Piaggio On Wheels
Also on Thursdays, the Fair will host weekly cooking demonstrations and eating contests in partnership with some of the visiting gourmet food trucks. Held on the Promenade Stage:
July 21, 1 p.m. Piaggio On Wheels, Cooking Demonstration
July 21, 3 p.m. Chunk N Chip, Ice Cream Sandwich Eating Contest
July 28, 1 p.m. White Rabbit, Cooking Demonstration
July 28, 7:30 p.m. Baconmania, Bacon Eating Contest
August 4, 1 p.m. SlapFish, Cooking Demonstration
August 4, 5 p.m. The Burnt Truck, Slider Eating Contest
August 11, 1 p.m. India Jones, Cooking Demonstration
August 11, 6 p.m. Dogzilla, Hot Dog Eating Contest
In addition, Fair Food vs. Food Truck Chowdowns will be held every Thursday, where a favorite Fair food vendor is pitted against a gourmet food truck and a panel of judges will decide who made it best. These contests will be announced closer to the event date.
The 2011 OC Fair, themed LET’S EAT!, is July 15 – August 14 and will bring 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the popular Super Pass (season pass), Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. The OC Fair was ranked the eighth highest attended fair in the U.S. last year by Venues Today magazine.
Having received international attention for its unique concept known best for its sweet and savory gourmet waffle sandwich offerings, Bruxie has created a 4th of July holiday special that is worthy of fireworks! In honor of the American holiday, Bruxie’s culinary team is bringing in LIVE MAINE LOBSTERS to create a special that combines patriotism and culinary delight, priced at $17.76, in honor of our Founding Fathers.
Bruxie Fourth of July Special
-New England Lobster Bruxie
-Old Fashioned Cane Sugar Black Cherry Soda
-Add Applewood Smoked Bacon and Vine-Ripe Tomatoes for a Lobster BLT ($19.76)
Bruxie’s full menu will also be available and guests may enjoy seasonal shakes made with its old-fashioned Wisconsin custard. For more information, visit www.bruxie.com.
Doesn’t this look tasty! Kim and I are hoping to get their early on Monday to try this tasty creation!
Kim and I have talked about going to the annual Taste of Greece, at the Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church for a number of years but never did. This year we had no excuse thanks to Mona Shah of Moxxe PR (@Moxxe) and Executive Chef George Kookootsedes. They put together an amazing spread of food, desserts and drink for a few of the local food bloggers. We were lucky enough to be asked to join in on the tummy-stuffing fun.
The Greek Festival is very laid back and relaxing. The food is prepared by an all volunteer team and it takes months to get prepped for this three day event. Most of the food is cooked right before you order it and you can hang out and watch if you like.
We will for sure go back. If you do not know much about Greek cuisine this would be a great place to test your palette. Here are some photos from the event:
We recently did a post on the upcoming First Annual Dessert Oasis on June 26 benefiting Divine Choices. We have a pair of VIP tickets to giveaway. Here is your chance to attend what looks to be great event supporting a great cause. This event is being hosted by Sweet Style Productions.
VIP tickets include:
Exclusive Seating in VIP Lounge
Double Treats from each Vendor
Gift bag filled w/ make-up, treats, clothing, and more
5 Raffle Tickets
Customized bakers box to keep treats.
Contest details: There are a two ways to win:
1. Follow @satnightfoodies and @jlsalgatar09 (1 entry for each follow).
2. After you follow, simply RT this link (1 entry). We’ve made it easier for you tweeters, all you have to do is copy and paste the following into twitter:
Win VIP tickets to “Dessert Oasis” Benefiting Divine Choices June 26 http://bit.ly/DessertOasis @SatNightFoodies @jlsalgatar09 RT to enter!
That means you can get a total of three entries!!
Contest ends Wednesday, June 22 at 11:59pm PT and the winner will be announced on June 23. One lucky winner will win a pair of VIP tickets (Valued at $110). Good luck and happy tweeting!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
11am – 4pm
The Sports Club/LA
1980 Main Street, Irvine, CA
Today the IE Food Truck Fest went off with a bang. We got there early to check out the scene. As you would expect there was a ton of food, tons of people and tons to check out. I thought the event was very well put together. They even ordered great weather. Instead of talking about the festival, I think it is better to show you! Check out some photos from the event: