Feb 12, 2011

Feb 19: Santa Anita, Chinese Lunar New Year celebration w/ food trucks

SUNDAYS: North Hollywood Femme Festivale

Sunday! Femme Festivale with us, Papa's Tapas, Jersey Grub and Lake St Creamery at the Other Door bar in North Hollywood! Female DJs, vendors, and Sino Tequila specials (female owned tequila company)! Come show these hard workin ladies your support!

10437 Burbank Blvd in Noho, 1-5pm! Different trucks every Sunday

Pomona: TapaBoy, Sweets truck, Tropical Shave Ice, Vizzi Truck

Vintage Renewal in Pomona
Tocino Bowl from TapaBoy
Not your average truck food... 
Lobster Risotto
Always a treat... Tropical Shave Ice
Gourmet Ding Dong from Sweets Truck
After we left Blackmarket Bakery, we went to the D-Rinks/ Anaheim Ice to catch the Servite vs Rancho Santa Margarita High School hockey game.
The game ended at 3:30, and we originally were going to attend the Anaheim Art Walk. However, that wasn't starting until 6: 30, and I didn't want to hang around 3 hours for food trucks.

We started driving around and saw that Tropical Shave Ice was at Vintage Renewal in Pomona, about 45 minutes from Anaheim.

Martin and I shared a Tocino bowl from TapaboyLA, then I ordered the Lobster Risotto from Vizzitruck.

Vizzi only makes 2 orders of Risotto per day because of the high price (it's a $24 item), and I didn't realize how lucky I was. Since the risotto is cooked to order, I decided to have dessert first at Tropical Shave Ice, and Martin went to the Sweets Truck and had the Gourmet Ding Dong.

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Irvine: Piaggioonwheels & Dogzilla at the Blackmarket Bakery

Pulled pork & Argentine skirt steak taco
Empenadas w/ the Blackmarket Bakery tart

Dessert samples from The Blackmarket Bakery

The Blackmarket Bakery hosts an open house throughout the year to promote their scrumptious baked good, cakes and other creations.

Today they also invited food trucks Piaggioonwheels and Dogzilla in the celebration. I went to Piaggio for lunch and ordered a pulled pork taco, an Argentine steak taco, and Caprese (mozzarella, basil, tomatoes) empenadas.

Meanwhile, Martin went to Dogzilla and ordered the namesake, The Dogzilla.

While waiting for my food, Blackmarket was letting the patrons try their pastries. I was able to get a lemon tart, a white cake with italian buttercreme, and a chocolate cake with italian buttercreme.

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Today, Anaheim Art Walk

While getting my coffee, the barista asked Martin if we were going to the Anaheim Art Walk. My first thought was, huh? I missed that?

Anyway, tonight there's a truck gathering at downtown Anaheim from 5-11 pm.

Check @seabirdstruck for more info.

Scheduled to appear are Seabirds, Kogi, Barcelona, Crepes bonaparte, Chunk n Chip

Feb 11, 2011

Feb 13: Bellflower, Max Auto Care Center

1. The No Jodas Cuban Truck
2. The Che Argentine Truck
3. The Fresh Fries LA Truck
4. The Jose O'Malley's Truck
...5. The Yalla Truck
6. The Lardon Bacon Truck
7. The Rajun Cajun Truck
8. E&H Churros Cart

Anaheim: Rolling sushi van

After leaving the Fullerton Best Buy, Karen and I went to Noble Ale Works to get some udon from Rolling Sushi Van.
While having our slurpy noodles, we were introduced to their new specials: the tuna tataki salad and the sashimi salad... Both very refreshing!

Sashimi Salad
Tuna Tataki salad
Tempura udon

Fullerton: Baconmania, Shortstop BBQ, Oc Food Truck, Bakery truck

Tonight there was a food gathering at the Best Buy in Fullerton hosted by Truck Squad, with the help of Got Food Trucks.

At Baconmania, I tried the Cheese and Bacon chips, and Karen ordered the "Mom's meatloaf" topped with mashed potatoes and an order of fries. I also ordered my favorite comfort food, the Smoked turkey over creamed corn from the Shortstopbbq truck. Yah, the picture comes out bland, but it's still one of my favorite dish.

Meanwhile, Martin gets the When Pigs Fry sandwich from the OC Food Truck, slightly modified. It's a  tempura bacon and avocado sandwich normally with squaw bread, but the truck ran out of the bread and subbed it with sour dough.

We ended this stop with dessert from Bakery Truck, a  lemon raspberry cupcake and a strawberry banana shot.

Now... Off to Noble Ale Works in search of SUSHI!

Smoked turkey over creamed corn from Shortstop BBQ

Cheese and bacon chip from Baconmania

Mom's meatloaf with mashed potatoes and fries

When Pigs Fry from The OC Food Truck

Banana strawberry dessert shot from Morsel's Bakery Truck

Lemon Raspberry cupcake

Brea: Piaggio

I was heading to get a massage when I saw that Piaggio was serving lunch off Imperial & Brea Blvd. What luck! I had a craving for the chimi fries & steak.

Steak with chimichurri sauce over fries

Feb 9, 2011

Irvine: Piaggio on Wheels, The Lime Truck, Dos Chinos, The OC Food Truck, Tropical Shave Ice, Bakery Truck

Tonight the Ducks were in Vancouver, so we were able to make OCDinDinaGoGo.

Piaggio had Brazilian Fish Cakes on the menu and I've been wanting to try it since Lent (of last year).

While walking around, I went to check out the Lime Truck's menu. They had a menu item for $18. I blinked. Not $8... Eighteen. It was a Prime pork tenderloin with risotto. To be more specific, Prararie Farms Prime grade pork tenderloin with risotto cakes, pickled romanesco, stained glass onions & demi glace pears. Whew! They served it on a real plate too (we had to return the plate).

While I was waiting for my food, Martin went to Dos Chinos for his shrimp taco, and went to the OC Food Truck for a Shrimp Tempura burger.

For dessert we went to Tropical Shave Ice, and stopped at The Bakery Truck for a Cream Puff to go.

Brazilian fish cakes from Piaggio
Pork loin & risotto from The Lime Truck
Shrimp taco from Dos Chinos
Shrimp tempura burger from the OC Food Truck
The Tropical Shave Ice
Cookies for Valentine's Day!
Original Cream Puff from Bakery Truck

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Feb 8, 2011

March 4-6: Los Angeles, SW Regional Barista Competiton

South West Regional Barista Competition
6063 W Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Welcome to the Iron Chef of barista competitions, this three day event is a pre-qualifier to the United States Barista Championship. There are three rounds of judging for this event: the preliminary round, the semi-finals, and the finals. Competitors who advance to the finals will compete against six of the most highly skilled baristas in their region for the title of 2011 South West Regional Barista Champion.

The top six finalists from the #SWBaristaChamp will move on to compete in the #USBC. That winner will represent the United States at the World Barista Championship, which will be held in Bogota, Colombia June 2-5, 2011.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is proud the sponsor the 2011 #SWBaristaChamp for its second year at Siren Studios in Hollywood, CA. Known for its popularity with the tinsel town in-crowd, this privately owned gourmet coffee chain stays true to its roots, infusing the #SWBaristaChamp with some laid back Southern California comfort and fun.

Last year’s event turned out over 600 people throughout the weekend, welcoming gourmet food trucks, live music and some after parties you couldn’t miss.

This year @theCoffeeBean plans to double the attendance, and to feed the masses, they’ll be bringing in LA’s hottest gourmet food trucks, like @ButtermilkTruck, @ManilaMachine, @NomadTruck, @Sugar_Babies Cupcake Truck and more. Again, @theCoffeeBean is set to deliver live musical performances and after parties to celebrate the baristas, the competition and of course to have some fun!

The first 100 people to check in with Foursquare at The Southwest Regional Barista Competition will receive a Coffee Bean bag of swag and coffee goodies. Tweet with us live before and throughout the event @baristaguild, @theCoffeeBean and #SWBaristaChamp to stay on top of the latest event details, food truck arrivals, live bands and after party locations

Tue 2/8: #BowlingBlowout at Lake Forest with 12 Food Trucks!

Feb 7, 2011

Feb 10: Pomona, CTC College Textbook Center

W. LA: Lee's Philly, Che Truck, India Jones, Lomo Arigato, Chunk n Chip

Every Monday there's a gathering at 10601 W. Washington Blvd. It's pretty far from Orange County (over an hour with decent traffic) so I took advantage of my day off to check it out with Karen and Martin.

Karen started us off by going to Lees Philly and got the Gogi beef taco, and I went to India Jones for the Samosa, an order of nan bread, and a chicken "Frankie", a roti rolled up with curried chicken, cilantro tamarind chutney, chopped onion and egg.

Martin went to (Argentine) Che Truck and ordered the grilled chimichurri steak salad, and I got the pork empenada (the el Fidel) to split with Karen.

The empenada was a little too spicy for Karen, so we also split an order of noodles from Lomo Arigato.

For dessert, Martin and Karen split the Goober Doober,  boo-yah made of a chocolate chocolate chip cookie + chocolate chip cookie that sandwiches a mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Gogi beef taco from Lee's Philly

Samosa from India Jones
The chicken "Frankie"
Nan from the India Jones Chow Truck

Chimichurri steak over salad from The Che Truck

The El Fidel empenada from the Che Truck
Lomo Arigato's noodles

Chunk N Chip

The Doober Goober boo-yah