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Celebrating Maui's Vibrant Culinary Scene - Los Angeles

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Hawai'i is not just pineapples, SPAM musubi, or plate lunch anymore. There's so much more to the cuisine served in Hawaii these days.  When you live on an island, you need to be able to survive on the local food supply.  After meeting with farmers and ranchers on Maui a few years ago, I'm impressed with what they're currently producing.  Add in the creativity of talented Maui chefs and you get a vibrant culinary scene.


The Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau invited me to a Maui chefs exchange luncheon at Acabar in West Hollywood. 


See What Jay Eats...
 'Ahi Tartare Shiso, Ginger / Lime Vinaigrette, Soft Herbs from Chef Mike Lofaro, Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, Grand Wailea.
What a great starter to kickoff today's menu! Two of my favorites, I love good tuna and a citrus vinaigrette.

Takoyaki Dumpling from Chef Kyle Kawakami, Maui Fresh Streatery
A bit of octopus inside a traditional Japanese  street food item, but contemporary  and very delicious. 

 Surfing Goat Dairy Chèvre, …

Year of the Sheep, Americana-style!

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Lunar New Year Celebration of Year of the Sheep!

February 15, 2015

The Americana at Brand in Glendale.
At precisely 2 pm, the gate opened to the green in the center of the Americana.

My first stop was to pick up the traditional red envelope.
Red envelopes are usually given by married to the  unmarried, most are children.

Inside my red envelope, I received a Complimentary Pizza at Project Pie
Other gifts; complimentary crispy rice and spicy tuna at Katsuya, $1 Bills, and more.

The Green at the Americana at Brand was decorated beautifully.
Activities for the kids too.

A calligraphy artist shares his talents and lucky attendees got to take one of his works of art home with them.

Year of the Sheep

Food and activity booths in and around the Green.

What's a celebrations without food?

The Inaugural LA Cookie Con

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The LA Cookie Con January 25, 2015 Pasadena Convention Center

I Love Chocolate Chip Cookies
and was all in when I was invited to the LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show
in Pasadena.

Doesn't everyone like sweets?

I knew it was going to be crowded, so we got there early.
Yes, it took awhile for everyone to get into the building,
but I'm sure they'll work it out for the future.


 First Stop was for Cake Pop sample from Albert's Petite Sweets.

He had some beautiful samples on display
at his booth.

 What's a sweets show without cupcakes?

 Yup, I agree!

See What Jay Eats...
So...the next stop was the Keurig booth,
the choice of coffee or tea,
AND hot or cold.  Too many decisions,
but thankfully some coffee.

Let's look at the baking contest entries  Amazing cakes

and cookies...

 Hard to believe that these are cakes.

 Almost too good to eat.