Sunday, July 17, 2016

Smorgasburg Los Angeles - Week 5

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It's the 5th installment of Smorgasburg Los Angeles,
July 17, 2016
Smorgasburg is a market for food, design, and vintage 
items every Sunday in Downtown Los Angeles
at the Alameda Produce Market.

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

 Lots of people came out for ice cream
and had some special ice cream vendors too.

It was probably the busiest day yet...

It was nice seeing the Salt & Straw truck, 
but look at this line...

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 The Ice Cream Bonanza
brought out a lot of people and many
of the vendors ran out of food.

I happened to visit my friends at Maury's Bagels.
Jason said he was out of fish,
so he put together an Avocado 
Jalapeno Cheddar bagel
with cream cheese, tomato, and red onions.
Wow, it was a great combination!

Before we packed up and headed for home,
I was able to get a burrito from 
Burritos La Palma.

It may not look like much,
can't judge a book by it's cover,
but it's a great burrito.

See you next week...

Smorgasburg Los Angeles
Alameda Produce Market
(enter at Alameda & Bay)
Free Parking for the first 2 hours.
Sundays:  10 am - 6 pm

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Hello Kitty Cafe Popup Container - Irvine

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Got invited to the Hello Kitty Cafe
Pop-up Container opening
at the Irvine Spectrum.

 The unit is truly a shipping container
turned into a kitchen.

This is the first container kitchen
in the food service industry in Orange County.

 As you walk into the container to order,
you'll see the menu on the above monitor.

 Inside the kitchen.

Having worked on a food truck,
the container is just a bit wider
than a food truck.

 The Hello Kitty gift box 
and bow water bottles.

 The dessert items on display

Photo by Hello Kitty Cafe
Here's a closer view of the menu

The Strawberry Custard Puff looks good

 After ordering, you go around to the other
side of the container to pick up your drinks.

 The drink pick up area

 Some of the characters on
the back container door.

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 A drink with the Hello Kitty logo in foam

 Enjoying my Strawberry Mint Lemonade.

I really enjoyed this drink
on a warm day.

 It's time to sample some of the sweets.

 For today's private event,
Chocolate Opera Cake and Mixed Berry Tart

 Chocolate Opera Cake
tasting size for the event.

 Mixed Berry Tart
tasting size for the event.

Since this was a private event
 They served some adult beverages
to the VIP guests.

Yup, a Hello Kitty vintage.

 Always the consummate host...

I was helping the Hello Kitty bartender
open wine and sparkling wine bottles.

Not sure who gave her the worst opener,
but taught her how to open the bottles with it.
(occupational hazard)

 The Hello Kitty Cafe
Pop-up Container
looks to be a fun place
for Hello Kitty fans.

Lots of Hello Kitty drinks and eats
and keep your eyes open for
some special merchandise in the future.

On Friday, July 15, 2016,
The Hello Kitty Cafe
Pop-up Container
is Open for Business!

Irvine Spectrum
(Giant Wheel Court)
93 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

NOTE:  I was a guest of Hello Kitty Cafe,
I thank them for the invitation and their hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless otherwise noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Smorgasburg Los Angeles - Week 4

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It's the 4th installment of Smorgasburg Los Angeles
July 10, 2016

Smorgasburg is a market for food, design, and vintage
items every Sunday in Downtown Los Angeles
at the Alameda Produce Market.

 Food vendors getting ready
for the 10 am opening.

With lots of great food options,
here's most of what I had today.

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 Chef Minh Phan's porridge
with her smoked-hibiscus pickled egg.

This was Chef Minh's last weekend
for awhile, so having her porridge
was a special treat.

Stay tuned for her return.

Photo by Summer Crab Co.
A new vendor, Summer Crab Co.
joined the fun on week 4.

Chefs Stephen Trujillo and Yuli Miller
bring a fun Singaporean chili crab sandwich
to Smorg LA.

It's always fun to work with chef friends

A deep-fried soft shell crab
covered in their Singaporean chili crab sauce
and held between a toasted King's Hawaiian bun.

How could this not be great???

 Lemon Pie from Rucker's Pie

Loved It!

Also, Nicole also made an apple pie with
skins on, it was one of the best apple pies I've had!

Smoked Brisket Sandwich 
from Ugly Drum 

Try their pastrami too...

 It was a food-filled Sunday,
Missing was the aqua fresca from Todo Verde,
something I always order.

I did leave Smorg LA with one of Chef Minh's
PINCH Savory Jam and bagels from Maury's Bagels,
they made a great breakfast for the kitchen on Monday.

There's A Lot of great food
and this is just what I had time for
while I was working.

Come out and share your favorites.

Next Sunday (July 17th) is
See you at Smorg Los Angeles!

Alameda Produce Market
(enter at Alameda & Bay)
Free Parking for the first 2 hours.
Sundays:  10 am - 6 pm

Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless noted otherwise
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Monday, July 11, 2016

Philz Coffee Pasadena - Coffee Flight

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Over the years, I've been a fan of Philz Coffee after visiting 
a couple of San Francisco locations.  
Now that Philz Coffee has ventured into Southern California 
AND the Pasadena location is waaaay too close to me.

In the summer of 2015, I noticed a sign that
Philz Coffee was coming to Lake Avenue in Pasadena.
The store opened in early June 2016.
I will admit, when the Pasadena store opened,
I had been 5 times in the first 7 days of operations.
I wasn't there on the opening day, but was there on Day 2.

 Today, I was invited to learn more about their coffee.
It was their pilot Coffee Flight or Coffee 101 class.

What's a Coffee Flight?

It's a number of different coffee samples
which includes different roasts/blends.

If management agrees, you could possibly

see this program at a Philz Coffee near you.

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 We watched a short video
on the history of Philz Coffee.

It was interesting how Philz Coffee came to be.

After the video we started sampling
Dark Roast coffee.

 More than just selling food items
(cookies, croissants, etc.),
they're actually paired with
their coffee blends.

 We tasted Dark Roasts, Medium Roasts,
and Light Roasts, each paired with a food item.

I have to say, there were some pairings that
went perfect with the blends.  One thing that I'll do
 in the future at Philz Coffee is to ask which 
item pairs with my coffee selection.

Before today's tasting,
my favorite blend was the Tesora,
a medium roast with flavor notes
of butter, toasted nuts, and caramel.

I learned today, it took Phil 7 years to come
up with the Tesora blend.  If you've tasted it,
you can probably understand why.

 Photo by Philz Coffee
After the Coffee Flight,
we were invited in to leave with
a coffee of our choice.

I ordered an iced Mint Mojito
for the road, as I was heading to
work at Smorgasburg Los Angeles.

This is one of their signature drinks.

Now I know so much more about Philz Coffee
and know what to order, depending on how
I'm feeling and what food to pair with.
Hopefully this program will continue
and be available at other Philz Coffee locations.

146 S Lake Ave #106
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 204-3796

Thank You!
Philz Coffee
Daniel Kang

NOTE:  I was a guest of Philz Coffee,
I thank them for the invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Night Market Back in the 626! - July 1-3, 2016

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You know it's July when the night market comes
home to 626 and Santa Anita Park!

After two OC Night Markets at the OC Fairgrounds,
it's back home in the 626 area code.

at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia
July 1 - 3, 2016

It was actually a really nice weekend,
not too hot and brought out a lot of people.

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 Everyone has a Mad Scientist friend, right?

Holy Smokes serves up
a liquid nitrogen dessert.

Look for them at the July 22-24

 Enjoying Popd'Up's
Peach Passion Fruit Soda

One of their specials this weekend.

I always get over to Pop'd Up too late
and usually get whatever they have left.
But today, I was able to get there early
and tried the Special.

You can't go wrong with any of Popd'Up
craft sodas, especially on a hot day.

 Went over to try a new vendor,

Their menu is based on meatballs.

 The Fried Chicken N Waffle Balls
with bourbon maple syrup.

 The Banh Mi Balls

Great Vietnamese flavors
and meatballs sitting on fries.

This was my favorite at Them Balls

Tanayas.Table takes over Snapchat for Spoon University,
so I had to make my presence known
and crashed the chat!

I don't know how she puts up with my antics...

 The Crab Dream

Crunchy soft shell Tomyum crab
served on a Heavenly Sweet & Spicy Cloud

If crab isn't your thing, they had a bacon one too.

This was one of the more unique items at 626.

A pork belly skewer from Korean BBQ

I figure it's a night market, I needed a meat
stick of some kind.  If you've been to a night
market, you know what I'm talking about.
If not, come out to a night market.  lol

A grilled half a lobster

There's nothing like a charcoal grilled lobster.

The Melonade

Watermelon and Lemonade Ribbons
in a LED mug.
(too bad you can't see it light up)

It was really good on a hot day!

 Cheers Chilly Ribbons!

 The S'mores Ice Cream Donut

The marshmallow was toasted perfectly!

The Pink Pandan

With Dragon Fruit, Passion Fruit, Strawberry,
and Apple liquid nitrogen ice cream. 

If you like pandan, you'll like this ice cream.

 Another new vendor,
The Naughty Churro

Nick working the fryer
and creating some tasty
churro ice cream sandwiches

Tanayas.Table holds the
"Winner Winner"
churro fried chicken sandwich
tossed in maple butter.

We got the double fried chicken,
it pays to be in-the-know,
thanks to Tanaya.

I'll have to try the dessert churro next time.

The Thai Curry Fries
from Oun Boy Burger

Good flavor and something I'd have again,
it just took a long long time.

It was a beautiful night
and really crowded,
but it was fun with 626 Night Market friends.

If you've never been to a 626 Night Market,
the next one at Santa Anita Park is

July 22-24, 2016
August 5-7, 2016
September 2-4, 2016

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi