Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chef Battle - Albacore - July 2014

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My foodie / food event friend, Kristie Hang, mentioned
she was asked to judge a chef competition for charity.

The competition will be at Scott's Restaurant in Costa Mesa,
I had met Executive Chef Michael Doctulero
so I knew it would be great and needed to invite myself.

 Beautiful Plumeria trees as you enter the restaurant.

Chef Michael says there are about 10 Plumeria trees.

You won't see these colors on the mainland.  

Now for the Chef Competition
Kitchen Stadium
(aka Scott's Restaurant) 

Tonight's Main Ingredient


(L) Chef Aron Habiger from Northleft and 
Chef de Cuisine from Scott's Restaurant 

Allez Cuisine!

Breaking down the albacore.

Chef Aron Habiger
of Northleft in Santa Ana 
is now plating.

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Chef Aron Habiger's Albacore

There's nothing better than a good piece of
fish with seasonings that accent the flavor.
This was very good!

The Judges Table

Who's cuisine reigns supreme?

While we waited for the next dish,
we sampled Scott's Restaurant's
mac and cheese.

It was cheesy good...

Scott's Restaurant team
now plating their dish

Albacore Trio
from Scott's Restaurant

3 albacore preparations on one plate
with seared albacore with an asparagus spring roll,
black truffle vinaigrette & chia sauce.

The sauces were very good and nice use of texture,
another good plate!

And the winner is... 

Regardless of who won, it was a great night
meeting a couple of Santa Ana chefs
who are using local farms and sustainable seafood sources.
Proceeds went to charity.

Chef Jason Montelibano (Chapter One: The Modern Local), 
Kristie Hang (tonight's judge), Chef Aron Habiger (Northleft)   

Will be stopping by their restaurants soon...stay tuned.
Who knows, maybe Kristie will have a restaurant open soon too.  

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Executive Chef Michael Doctulero of Scott's
Restaurant didn't compete tonight due to an injury.

Mahalo for being a great host!

Scott's Restaurant
3300 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Check with the restaurant on future chef competitions
(last Monday of the month during the summer)
Follow them on Facebook to get the event update
and after seeing their pictures, you'll want to go.

Tasting the competition dishes is only $15
(money raised goes to charity)

Thank You!
Chef Michael Doctulero
Kristie Hang
Scott's Restaurant

Epilogue:  The Scott's Restaurant Team won

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Inaugural Monterey Park Night Market - July 2014

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The Inaugural Monterey Park Night Market
July 25, 2014
Barnes Park
Monterey Park, California

Arrived just after 5 pm,
food trucks and booths all over the park.

It was nice to explore the park and to see food
trucks in different areas.

Saw a few familiar food vendors 

Swirls Potato and Lemonade  

Lots of flavors to choose from...

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Tried their new flavor, Ketchup

What goes better with a fried potato than ketchup?

It was a very familiar flavor

from Tanota Takoyaki 

It reminds me of my last visit to Japan,
a festival street food item.

Sticky Rice is here
from Grand Central Market in Downtown L.A. 

A new food item to try


Waiting for our Sticky Rice Burger,
the BBQ Chicken looks good too 

 Thai Basil Pork Sticky Rice Burger

It was good, but if you don't eat it right away,
the rice starts to fall apart.

Dessert Time!

Not only food, but entertainment too

Watching the 626 Movemeant Presents:  

AND later the Beatles Tribute Show

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Stopped by the Akufuncture Booth
and got a change of wardrobe.

15 minutes from now, this area will be packed with people. 

Someone said they have duck at the MPK Night Market

I was thinking the "duck" was in the food area...

Shopping too...

Too many good choices...

 Food trucks galore
and a dining area with tables

 My friends from Fluff Ice are here too.

It was a long line, longer than anything I've
seen at their store, which less than 2 miles away...

 If you're wondering what Fluff Ice is...

Just one of the artists in the Art Walk area

It's a beautiful evening

Lots of food trucks, a few food booths, shopping,
entertainment, and a beer garden (didn't get over there).

It's the same day as the Monterey Park Farmers Market
(which is on the street),
but I got over there too late for corn...
The BONUS is the overlap with the farmers market.

My only problem is the parking.
we got there early and parked a block away.
Saw a ton of cars looking for parking when we left.

Otherwise, it seemed to be a nice event,
things to do with the kids, entertainment,
and good variety of food and drinks.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tastemade Bite Club Farm Box

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 It's always nice to be invited to someone's house for dinner...

This kitchen look familiar...


Where am I?

Food, chefs, bales of hay, TV sets?


Walking into the Tastemade Studios
in Santa Monica.

Got my straw hat and headed inside
event with a silent auction benefiting
Teaching Gardens

Chefs paired with local farmers to create
incredible eats.

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 Cheeseburger Dumplings
getting their BLING ON

One of the first vendors I saw
and friends from DTLA Night Market.

They have one of the most creative dumplings I've had.
Who makes cheeseburger dumplings???

They were busy all night...

Look for them at Lucky Rice in August 2014
and watch them on CNBC's Restaurant Startup

 We started this party with some jello shots

Available in stores now...

Seafood was represented

A grassroots effort to support the fishing community
and a sustainable future for our seafood harvest

As someone in the food community, I try to educate
about the over-fishing,one reason why I no longer eat 
Bluefin Tuna.  We need to understand the head to tail use.

Chicken, tomatoes, corn and pearled couscous

It had corn, so I was very happy!

I'm a Corn Lover!

Chocolate Patty Pan Cupcakes
with spiced chocolate ganache & smoked salt
(vegan and gluten-free)
at the Kitchit booth

These cupcakes were amazing!
Hard to believe they're vegan (no eggs)
and gluten-free...

Got to meet the Pink Hair Chef!
(aka Chef Mariko Amekodommo)

Watermelon JalapeƱo Auga Fresca

Refreshing on a hot day,
with a kick!

There was a lot going on at the Fill 'R Up booth...

Torches, welder's helmets, and foam injectors.

They were making 4 different tanks
Tank:  a savory Brioche donut, foam, a protein,
and finishing oil.

The Cubano Tank
from Fill 'R Up

Gruyere foam, torched pork belly wrapped in
Applewood smoked ham, mustard caviar and dill spear
on top of a Brioche donut

It was very good and one of my
favorites of the evening.

 Watermelon Gazpacho with a grilled shrimp

Gluten and Dairy Free Cakes 

Strawberry Passion Fruit Macaron

Grass fed tenderloin with mushroom blue cheese 

The 72 Hour Pulled Pork Slider
on a King's Hawaiian roll
with a peach corn salsa and cucumber Vidalia onion salad
from Grits

Now this is the way to end the tasting...

I'm always happy to see what happens when farmers
get together with chefs and see what they come up with,
usually it's amazing!

Thanks for the invitation Tastemade!

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