Monday, July 25, 2016

Smorgasburg Los Angeles - Week 6

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Sunday, July 24th
and Week 6 of Smorgasburg Los Angeles!

 Waiting for the gates to open at 10 am,
parking structure in the back.

First 2 Hours are FREE Parking.

 It's a beautiful, but warm day
at the Alameda Produce Market.

See What Jay Eats...

The Amorcito agua fresca
from Todo Verde.

with Strawberry, Rose, Chia Seeds, and Maple Syrup.

One of the more popular aqua frescas
and probably my favorite one.

 It wasn't too busy today, so I got a chance
to take a break and get something to eat.
Stopped by to see Chef Ted Montoya
had on his menu today.

Chef Ted suggested the Veg Tamale

 Chef working on my order.

This can be a vegan option without the cheese,
it's all about the options.

 The Veg "Soyrizo" Chili Tamale 
with Panela cheese and scallions

The Raspado "Orangria"
was refreshing on a warm day.

Checkout the specials at Calo Provisions.

I won't be working at Week 7,
but looking forward to Week 8.

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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Saturday, July 23, 2016

626 Night Market - July 22-24, 2016

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It's that time again, the 626 Night Market
on home turf at Santa Anita Park!

 WAIT, Weren't we just here?
Yes, July 4th weekend.

But who's counting, right?

July 22-24th Weekend in Arcadia!

See What Jay Eats...

 The "Rainbow Roe~D"
from Cup Town BBQ

With roe, pickled radish, and seaweed salad over rice.
(and it wasn't a poke bowl)

Great on a hot day!

 It's me, so you know I had to have tacos.

The pork belly tacos from Rakken Tacos.

It was Fryday, so had to have some
Okamoto Kitchen's Japanese Fried Chicken
"Karaage Chicken" Classic Style.

Needing something to drink now,
what should I have?
THEN, the light bulb went off
and I knew what I wanted to get!

A strawberry slush in a light bulb
from Squidies.

BBQ Chicken Pizza Fries

I love BBQ Chicken Pizza
and then to put it on fries, so good.

BUT Wait, there's more...
Lobster Mac n Cheese
with all of the fixins'

Who doesn't love lobster AND mac-n-cheese???

As Steve Jobs would say, there's one more thing...
The Cinnamalicious!
An ice cream cinnamon bun
with (we opted for vanilla) ice cream.

A cinnamon bun with ice cream inside
and a great finish to this OK Korokkay stop.

BTW, my nieces love their Chicken Pot Pie Croquettes.

 Needed a craft soda from Pop'd Up

Nice new jars too...

A Churro Ice Cream Sundae

If you remember my last 626 Night Market visit 
on July 4th weekend, got to try their 
"Winner Winner" fried chicken churro sandwich.

Garlic Crab Fries

Yup, after all of this food,
stick a fork in me, I'm almost done,

Ice Cream Cake

And while you're at Layers on Layers,
get one of their Gummy Bear drinks,
it comes in a bear bottle too.

A KBBQ Burger from Glee Donuts & Burgers

It was a really good Korean BBQ burger
to end off the night.

It's like an adult size Capri Sun

And this is just Day 1!

Day 2 and I'm hungry!
Thanks to Ken, I was introduced
to Huarache King, Authentic Mexican Food with a Twist.

This was my first time here and wasn't a disappointment.

The Carne Asada Huarache
with beans, steak, queso fresco,
green sauce, and cilantro

Soooo Gooood!!!

The "Pinkolo"
A Pink Pandan with Dragon Fruit, Passion Fruit,
Strawberry, and Apple liquid nitrogen ice cream

If you like Pandan, you'll like this flavor.

When I have ice cream, I need something
salty, and in this case, garlicky.
Garlic Fries from Glee Donuts & Burgers.

Great garlic flavor and who doesn't
like fries???

Just part of Day 2!

Sorry, no Day 3.
I actually had to work...

Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007

Saturday 4 pm - 1 am
Sunday  4 pm - 11 pm

See You There!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

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...

See What Jay Eats...

 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
©Jay Terauchi

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.

See What Jay Eats...

 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
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