First Annual A Taste of Rock Benefiting KOCI 101.5fm May 21

On Saturday, May 21st from 11am to 4pm, three local bands will take the stage to kick off A Taste of Rock to benefit KOCI 101.5fm. With a variety of vendors, music and live radio broadcasting, this event aims to promote local businesses and celebrate the community through classical rock. This event is being hosted by Sweet Style Productions.

Starting from humble beginnings our crew of air and production specialists yearned for a chance to make a mark on the Southern California radio market. No need to wait any longer, the start of some­ thing good, maybe great, has finally come to the Southern California coast.

The goal of KOCI-LPFM is to provide a distinct and locally-based alternative to the entertainment, in­ formational and promotional programming that currently exists on the FM band. We will strive for a programming and marketing approach that is more tailored, accessible and community-oriented than those of the larger-scale, more commercially oriented radio stations that currently serve Orange County and Southern California by focusing more exclusively on the core and adjacent communities of our dynamic Orange County central coast service area. We hope to serve as both a source of the best in contemporary musical artistry and entertainment, as well as a valuable community and re­ gional information resource. We seek to enhance awareness and appreciation of our area’s unique coastal environment and amenities, and provide a variety of promotional and information services on area activities and events, entertainment, public resources, civic issues and community services. To achieve these objectives, KOCI will strive to build creative partnerships with civic leaders, education­ al and community service organizations and the business community through innovative program­ ming and promotional activities. Most importantly, we will provide direct financial and promotional support as well as accountability for our own educational / charitable program, “Life Changes for Kids.”

For more information on KOCI, 101.5FM, please visit: www.kociradio.com For details or questions about A Taste of Rock, please visit: www.sweetstyleproductions.com/atasteofrock.html

Event Details:

Saturday, May 21, 2011
11am – 4pm

Location:

The Shark Club
841 Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA

Lineup for Chuck Wagon Stop – Thursday, May 5

The Chuck Wagon Stop is held every Thursday night from 5 to 9pm at Robbins Brothers in Fullerton. This event usually has between six to eight gourmet food trucks from Orange County. Each of the trucks this week will have secret menu items. Best place to park is at Target across the street and don’t forget to use the crosswalk.

Check out the lineup for this week!

Chunk-N-Chip – Ice Cream Sandwiches (@ChunknChip)
Shortstop BBQ – Southern California BBQ (@ShortStopBBQ)
Piaggio On Wheels – Argentine Taco Truck (@PiaggioOnWheels)
Chomp Chomp Nation – Singapore American (@chompchomptruck)
The OC Food Truck – Sandwiches (@TheOCFoodTruck)
Bacon Mania Truck – American Unapologetic Man-food (@BaconMania)

Location:

Robbins Brothers
255 West Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Lineup for Too Fat Too Furious Friday, April 29

Here is the lineup for Fullerton’s newest Friday night hotspot. Best Buy Fullerton hosts between 8 and 10 gourmet food trucks every Friday night from 5 to 9pm. Bring your tables and chairs along with the entire family. It will be hard to find a better place to kick off the weekend!

Here is the lineup for this week:

Bacon Mania Truck – American Unapologetic Man-food (@BaconMania)
Lobsta Truck – Lobster Rolls (@LobstaTruck) <- New to Orange County
Dos Chinos – Latin Asian Cuisine (@DosChinos)
The Flip Truck – Gourmet Sliders (@TheFlipTruck)
Fresh Fries LA – Gourmet French Fries (@FreshFriesLA)
Shortstop BBQ – Southern California BBQ (@ShortStopBBQ)
Louks To Go – Greek (@LouksToGo)
The Bakery Truck – Bakery on Wheels (@BakeryTruck)
Lee’s Philly – Gogi Style Grub (@LeesPhilly)
Tropical Shave Ice – Hawaiian Style Shave Ice Truck (@TropShaveIce)

Location:

Best Buy
120 E. Imperial Highway
Fullerton, CA

Lineup for Chuck Wagon Stop – Thursday, April 28

The Chuck Wagon Stop is held every Thursday night from 5 to 9pm at Robbins Brothers in Fullerton. This event usually has between six to eight gourmet food trucks from Orange County. Best place to park is at Target across the street and don’t forget to use the crosswalk.

Check out the lineup for this week!

Chunk-N-Chip – Ice Cream Sandwiches (@ChunknChip)
Shortstop BBQ – Southern California BBQ (@ShortStopBBQ)
The OC Food Truck – Sandwiches (@TheOCFoodTruck)
Bacon Mania Truck – American Unapologetic Man-food (@BaconMania)
Piaggio On Wheels – Argentine Taco Truck (@PiaggioOnWheels)
Chomp Chomp Nation – Singapore American (@chompchomptruck)

Location:

Robbins Brothers
255 West Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Valencia to Host Gourmet Food Truck Festival and Classic Car Show May 15

The Southland’s top culinary masters are teaming up for an event of mouthwatering proportions—and they’re all headed straight for Awesometown! On Sunday, May 15, Valencia will once again become the epicenter of rolling culinary greatness when it hosts the Gourmet Food Truck Fest and Classic Car Show at the Valencia Auto Center. With the help of Valencia Auto Center, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Foundation, the City of Santa Clarita, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, The Signal, Time Warner Cable, KHTS and Newhall Land, food aficionados and car enthusiasts alike will get a taste of the latest mobile fare while they satisfy their hunger for some classic showcase cars! So work up an appetite and prepare your palette for some tasty meals and wheels because this is sure to be one enticing event you won’t want to miss!

Valencia’s Gourmet Food Truck Fest and Classic Car Show extravaganza will delight food truck fanatics and introduce a world of flavor to new-found foodies. The exciting event, which is a second for Valencia, is slated to present delectable gourmet meals from all regions of the globe. So far, close to 50 trucks have already signed up to take part in the celebration, including: 

Frysmith @Frysmith
White Rabbit Truck @whiterabbittruk
Del’s Lemonade @DelsLA
Ranchan Ramen @RanchanRamen
Chomp Chomp Nation @ChompChompTruck
Dogtown Dogs @dogtowndog
Munchie Machine @munchiemachine1
Tapa Boy LA @TapaBoyLA
Cali Cuisine @calitruck
Yummy One @the_yummy_one
Global Soul @GlobalSoulTruck
Great Balls on Tires @greatballsot
Tropical Shaved Ice @tropshaveice
Whole Lot O Nachos
Germany’s Famous Bratwurst @GermanBratTruck
Hungry Nomad @nomadtruck
No Tomatoes @notomatoestruck
Kabob N Roll @KabobNRoll h
Barbies Q @BarbiesQ
Crepes Bonaparte @CrepesBonaparte
Maui Wowi Hawaiian @MauiWowiLA
Papas Tapas Truck @PapasTapasTruck
Vizzi Truck @VizziTruck
Border Grill Truck @BorderGrill
Nom Nom Truck @nomnomtruck
India Jones Chow Truck @IndiaJonesCT
Lobsta Truck @lobstatruck
Bool BBQ @BoolBBQ
Rokyo Gourmet Ramen @eatrokyo
Lomo Arigato @lomoarigato
Streets of Thailand @StreetsofThai
Jose Omaley’s @joseomalleys
AhnJoo @AhnJooLA
Gourmet Genie @gourmetgenie2go
Kabob Express @MyKabobExpress
Rolling Sushi Van @RollingSushivan
Valentino’s Pizza @tinospizzatruck
Georges Greek Café Truck @georgesgreekla
Happycup Ramen Truck @HappyCupRamen
Rajin Cajun @cajunonwheels
Rosa’s Bella Cucina, Inc. @RosaBellaCucina
Shrimp Pimp @shrimppimptruck
Pita Pusher @Pitapusher
Fresh Fries @FreshFriesLA
Komodo @komodofood
The Sweets Truck @TheSweetsTruck
Fishlips Sushi @fishlips_sushi
Krazy BBQ @krazybbq
Lardon @getyourlardon
Long Bords Ice Cream @longboards
Lake Street Creamery @lakestcreamery
Lee’s Philly @LeesPhilly
Ludo Truck @LudoTruck
No Jodas Cuban Kitchen @NoJodasKitchen
Tornado Potato @mytornadopotato

Offering more than just mobile munchies, the event will also feature an amazing selection of muscle, antique historical, special construction, racing and exotic vehicles as well as motorcycles and more at the classic car exhibition. Plus, the Masters College Swing Band will be on hand to perform classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and more.

The last Awesometown food truck event was a huge success, so be sure to arrive early! Bring friends, family and a hearty appetite.

Event Information:

Free Admission

Sunday, May 15, 2011
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Location:

Valencia Auto Center
Creekside Road
Valencia, CA 91335

VIP parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for a nominal per-car fee with proceeds benefiting the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation. For event information, parking and directions, visit ValenciaFoodFest.com

Orange County Food Trucks Invade Las Vegas Competing in the Great Food Truck Race

Last weekend Kim and I went to Las Vegas for another weekend foodie adventure.  This time, the plan was to chase some of the 19 gourmet food trucks roaming the streets of Las Vegas, NV.

As we were driving over the top of the hill and finally setting our eyes on Vegas, Kim started to search twitter for where our first stop was going to be.  While doing so, she came across a tweet from Slider Truck, a great food truck which we had tried on a prior visit.  They were tweeting about a Food Network filming that was happening the next day with special guest trucks from the OC.  Needless to say we could not pass up the opportunity to check it out.  We followed @SliderTruck most of the night and the next day to see if we could glean more.  Both the Lime Truck and Seabirds truck were going to be at the Slidin’ Thru headquarters.

The Lime Turck and Slider Truck

Turns out the Food Network was taping a segment for the Great Food Truck Race Season 2.  I’m not sure what the challenge was but both @SeabirdsTruck and @theLimeTruck were teamed up with the Slider Truck for a fun foodie evening.

The Lime Truck - Great Food Truck Race Las Vegas Feast

As always Chef Jason from the Lime Truck was killing it with an amazing menu, which included arrogant mussels, crab and scallop ceviche, Ahi Poke and much more.  The Seabirds truck was knocking out its fresh vegetarian and vegan fare. We made sure to do our “OC” duty and supported both trucks and got to eat some delicious grub.

Here are some photos from the event:

Seabirds Truck - Just Arrived
The Lime Truck - Ahi Tuna Poke with Blood Orange Segments
Seabirds Truck - Avocado Tacos
The Lime Truck - Mushroom Trip Poutine with Cheese Curds
Seabirds Truck - Black & White Fries with Seabirds Sauce
The Lime Truck - Arrogant Mussels

I cannot wait to see what happens when the show airs later this year.  We hope Seabirds and the Lime Truck can battle it out in the finals!

Click Here for more Photos from the Great Food Truck Race Season 2 Taping

Lineup for Chuck Wagon Stop – Thursday, April 21

The Chuck Wagon Stop is held every Thursday night from 5 to 9pm at Robbins Brothers in Fullerton. This event usually has between six to eight of the best trucks from both Orange County. I strongly recommend parking at Target across the street and don’t forget to use the crosswalk.

Check out the lineup for this week!

Chunk-N-Chip – Ice Cream Sandwiches (@ChunknChip)
Shortstop BBQ – Southern California BBQ (@ShortStopBBQ)
The Lime Truck – California Cuisine (@TheLimeTruck)
Bacon Mania Truck – American Unapologetic Man-food (@BaconMania)
Komodo – Street food with a gourmet twist (@KomodoFood)
Louks To Go – Greek (@LouksToGo)

Location:

Robbins Brothers
255 West Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Gourmet Food Truck Celebrate Earth Day with Habitat OC ReStore April 23

Join six of the best Orange County Gourmet Food Trucks this Saturday, April 23 from 11-2 for Habitat for Humanity Earth Day!  There will also be product displays, raffles and free drive-thru electronic waste recycling.

The following Gourmet Food Trucks are showing their support and bringing on the tasty grub just for you!

Fresh Fries LA – Gourmet French Fries (@FreshFriesLA)
Rancho A GoGo – Competition BBQ (@RanchoAGoGo)
Dos Chinos – Latin Asian Cuisine (@DosChinos)
The Burnt Truck – Gourmet Sliders (@TheBurntTruck)
Oh For Sweets Sake – Cupcake Truck (@OhForSweetsSake)
Get Flipped Out – New Orange County Truck (@getflippedout)

Please come out and show your support to this great cause!

Location:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
12827 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA

One Amazing Meal and Experience – The Bazaar by José Andrés

Chef José Andrés' The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

Last November, Kim surprised me with a dinner at the Bazaar in Beverly Hills for my birthday.  Prior to visiting the Bazaar I didn’t know much about Chef Jose Andres but now I am a fan.  Located in the SLS hotel, the Spanish-born chef known for his culinary skill in molecular gastronomy, offers both traditional tapas  and those with a unique twist in this upscale restaurant.

Great View of the Kitchen

The Bazaar is made up of several distinct seating areas, which are eclectically and individually decorated.  We had the opportunity to enjoy Rojo Y Blanca and the Patisserie.  From the moment we walked in to the time we left, the experience was outstanding.  Much had to do with our server Jorge who made sure everything was beyond expectations.  He took the time to explain the dishes we were eating and to make sure things were paired up nicely.

Barramundi with Black Garlic and Scallions

Why would he need to pair up the dishes?  The Bazaar designs its menu around tapas-style dishes you can share. This allows you to have a variety of small plates and taste many flavors.  You pick the items you want to enjoy and the server pairs them together based on what you choose, which course and what you are drinking.

“Philly cheesesteak” - Air bread, Cheddar and Wagyu Beef
“Hilly cheesesteak” - Air bread, Cheddar and Mushrooms

We went a little crazy because we wanted to try everything, but here are photos of some of our favorites..  There was nothing that we did not like but our favorite was the Wagyu beef “Philly”.  This is the Bazaar’s interpretation of a Philly cheese steak, is made with air bread, liquid cheddar in the middle and thin slices of Wagyu beef on top. They also had the “Hilly”, a vegetarian option with mushrooms on top.  These are not only big on flavor but also very fun to eat.  Once you bite into the crunchy outer shell the liquid cheddar cheese pours over your tongue giving you the perfect combination of flavors.  They may seem small but these are now on my list of favorite cheesesteaks. We liked these so much we ordered another round.

Foie Gras Floating Island Soup with Corn Nuts

The Foie Gras Floating Island soup was another one we both really enjoyed.  This little cup and saucer was filled with creamy buttery goodness.  When you drink it you get the warmth of the slightly salty soup and the chilled creaminess of the topping.  There are some crushed corn nuts on top that added a third layer of texture.

Seared Chicken and Dates with Mustard Caviar, Spicy Mustard Greens
American Caviar Cones
Passion Fruit Up! and "Salt Air" Margarita

After dinner we were escorted to the Patisserie which was a different open kitchen filled with a delicious dessert bar.  We had a fair sampling of these too.

Dessert Bar
Nitro Coconut Floating Island with Passion Fruit and Vanilla

We had an amazing time.  We look forward to trying the SAAM tasting menu on our next visit.  As a side note Chef Jose Andres is up for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef.   We had the opportunity to try two more of his restaurants, China Poblano and Jaleo, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for the reviews!

Click Here for more Photos from our visit to The Bazaar!


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