Showing posts from July, 2014

Chef Battle - Albacore - July 2014

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 at the Taste of South Coast Plaza, hosted by Kristie Hang , 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 Albacore! (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. See What Jay Eats... Chef Aron Habiger's Albacore There's nothing better than a good piece

Inaugural Monterey Park Night Market - July 2014

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... See What Jay Eats... Tried their new flavor, Ketchup What goes better with a fried potato than ketchup? It was a very familiar flavor Takoyaki 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 Choices...  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!

Tastemade Bite Club Farm Box

 It's always nice to be invited to someone's house for dinner... This kitchen look familiar...  WAIT! Where am I? Food, chefs, bales of hay, TV sets? Rewind... Walking into the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica. Got my straw hat and headed inside Tastemade and Farm Box event with a silent auction benefiting Teaching Gardens Chefs paired with local farmers to create incredible eats. See What Jay Eats...   Cheeseburger Dumplings getting their BLING ON from Bling Bling Dumplings 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 from Ludlow's Cocktails Co. Available in stores now...