Thursday, August 25, 2016

Smorgasburg Los Angeles - Week 8

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Just off of Alameda Ave (at Bay St)
in Downtown Los Angeles
is the entrance,
 to what the NY Times
calls Smorgasburg (in Brooklyn) as
"The Woodstock of Eating"

But, in Los Angeles, we do it
LA style...

 Parking is FREE for the first 2 hours
and admission is FREE.

So there's no reason not to come
each Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm.

See What Jay Eats...
Week 8
Sunday, August 7th

 My first stop is usually at Todo Verde
for one of their aqua frescas.

Today I had the Amorcito,
with strawberry, rose, chia seeds, and maple syrup.

 Todo Verde also has smoothies too.

 Lots of choices

Almost too many...

Next stop, Burritos La Palma

It may not look like much,
but these burritos
are fantastic!

Flour tortillas made each morning.

 Stopped at Summer Crab Co for 
their Singaporean Chili Crab Sandwich.

 Of course I had to see my friends at

I can't come to SmorgLA without
leaving without a Rucker's Pie.

Today, I had a slice of White Nectarine

Yup, Week 8 was another good
food-filled Sunday Funday!

Alameda Produce Market
(Alameda Ave and Bay St)
FREE Parking for the first 2 hours
and FREE Admission always.
Every Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Preview - Sunset & Dine 2016

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At the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine
 lies the famous Capitol Records building.

This time, I'm not in Hollywood to see the famous sights
 but to get a preview of this year's Sunset and Dine 2016!

This is the 5th annual Sunset & Dine,
on September 1st in Hollywood.
It's a food festival with sample food,
beer and wine, and desserts from more
than 20 Hollywood restaurants.

There will be concert
featuring Gabriel Garzon-Montano too.

See What Jay Eats...
at this year's preview to Sunset & Dine

Our first stop was Wood & Vine,
at the corner of Hollywood and Vine

The Mez-Mel
with mescal, watermelon, lemon, lime, honey, 
and a Serrano pepper.

A nice summer cocktail
with a kick!

Wood & Vine is known for their 
small plates, perfect for sharing.

 Watermelon & Tomato Salad
with watercress, cucumber, pickled watermelon rind,
and blue cheese.

One of the dishes to be served
at Sunset & Dine.

 Chicken and Sage Waffle

A mainstay menu item

 Braised Shortrib
served with cabbage, cherries, Fresno chili,
corn pudding, and jus.

We finished the Wood & Vine
tasting on a high note.

The great thing about Wood & Vine,
it's right across the street from The Pantages.

A great place to grab a bite before a show.

on Vine Street
Photo by Chocolate Bar Pastry Cafe
Chocolate Bar Pastry Cafe
has been open for about a month.

Yes, they have desserts and drinks,
but also gelato and empanadas too.

 We sampled their pear tart
and lemon tart.

All I heard was lemon tart.
Yup, I enjoyed it!

Chocolate Opera Cake

 I was told I needed to try the
Roasted Chicken Sandwich on a Baguette.

The chicken was moist 
and I'll have to be back to try the
Steak Sandwich next.

 Yes, an Espresso Bar too...

 But, they had me at Chocolate Croissant!

Thank You
see you at Sunset & Dine!

Our third stop was
for poutines.

 What's a poutine?

Alan giving us the 411 on the history of
Smoke's Poutinerie AND
what is a poutine.

Having had them in Toronto,
I was familiar, but haven't
had a good one since Canada!

 A poutine is
cheese curds and gravy over
French fries.

They have great cheese curds here too!

 Building poutines

 The Triple Pork
with pork belly, bacon, and sausage
over a poutine.

Thanks Alan and Smoke!

on September 1st!

Our last stop of the Sunset & Dine preview
at one of my favorite pie shops,
at their new location on Hollywood Blvd.

I visit the DTLA location frequently
for nitro coffee and a breakfast hand pie.
So I know The Pie Hole well.

 We sampled savory pies,
the Mac 'n' Cheese and Chicken 'n' Cornbread.

But my favorite is their Earl Grey Pie.

I didn't know this, but with advanced notice,
The Pie Hole can make mini pies
of most of their favorite flavors
for special events.

We sampled the Mexican Chocolate,
Pecan, and the Earl Grey Pies.

The night cap ended
with lots of smiles
from the food writers and influencers.

Thank You
and we'll see you at Sunset & Dine!

All of these restaurants will be at
this year's Sunset & Dine,
along with 20 other Hollywood restaurants.

This is one of the best tastings in Los Angeles,
tickets are $35
AND one of the best deals in town!

Lots of food, drink, and entertainment!

Get tickets at Sunset & Dine Today
and we'll see you on September 1st
at Blessed Sacrament, 6636 Selma Ave., Hollywood.

Thank You!
Genevieve Haines
Joe Mariani
Kerry Morrison
Nerissa Silao
Devin Strecker

NOTE:  I was a guest at the Sunset & Dine preview,
I thank the restaurants for their hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Smorgasburg Los Angeles - Week 10

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Sunday, August 21st was a special

Barbecue Day!

If you follow me, you know I love good BBQ
and would spend all of my free time in Central Texas.
See my last BBQ adventure HERE

"It is better to have burnt and lost,
then never to have barbecued at all."
~ William Shakespeare

Upon arrival, I had to decide what to start with...

See What Jay Eats...

Of course my first stop is always Todo Verde for
an agua fresca.  Today I had the Naranjada.

With orange, orange blossom water, chia seeds,
and maple syrup.  It was refreshing and kept me hydrated.

 While talking to a couple of vendor friends,
they introduced me to Henry of Yellow Business.

They make Hong Kong Egg Waffles over charcoal.

Henry suggested that I try the Matcha Green Tea version.

Since they make the waffles over charcoal,
I noticed that the waffle was crispier than
the ones made from an electric waffle iron.

Yellow Business was at SmorgasburgLA
on this one day, hope they'll be back.

Otherwise, you can follow them on Facebook
for upcoming events HERE

A behind-the-scenes look special BBQ vendor,
Barrel and Ashes from Studio City.

Enjoyed their spare ribs...

I love Ichicoro for their CuBaoNo,
but today, their special BBQ item
was a Ramen "Macked" Cheese.
Their version of a mac-n-cheese to go with BBQ.

With 5 different cheeses, bacon, furikake, panko,
and mixed with their signature recipe ramen noodles.

 Another special BBQ vendor,
Stoked! California BBQ, a Santa Maria style Tri-Tip.

Stoked!  Tri-Tip Sandwich
with thin sliced Santa Maria Tri-Tip layered
on cheesy garlic butter bread and topped
with #Stoked sauce with a side of greens.

Just a bit too much sauce for me,
over-powered the taste of the tri-tip.
Otherwise, a good sandwich.

The Mint Tea with Strawberry slush

With a variety of all natural fruit slush flavors,
I was told I need to try the Tea + Melon Basil 
next time...

What's a BBQ without Johnny
on the Lobsterdamus' grill?

Have you had a grilled lobster yet?

Of course I had to have pie from Rucker's Pie.

Nicole had my favorite today,
a Frozen Key Lime Pie!

How does one end a food-filled Sunday Funday?

With tacos from TJs Tacos of course!

I love their Vietnamese-style street tacos
and I opted for the chicken and beef taco.

If you like tacos and Asian flavors,
then you need to try TJs Tacos at SmorgasburgLA.

Next Sunday is KCRW Pie Day
at Smorgasburg Los Angeles.

See you on August 28th!

Alameda Produce Market
(enter at Alameda & Bay)
Free Parking for the first 2 hours.
Sundays:  10 am - 5 pm

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi