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May 14th, 2018 by Gigi Teen Geek

By Gigi

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I went to A Tutta Pizza!(LA Foodbowl) This event located in the Hollywood Palladium was sponsored by Nissan, Hornitos, Maker’s Mark, and Italia to name a few. La Foodbowl holds fabulous food events all throughout the LA region for the month of May in hope to help raise awareness and funds to combat food waste, hunger, food insecurity, and promote sustainability.

A Tutta Pizza was my first ever food event! I had a lot of fun navigating the scene to make sure I could sample pizza from each of the 20+ pizza vendors on site. Unfortunately, I was not able to achieve that goal, but the next time I attend a similar event I will make sure I visit each table. I enjoyed the carbo-load, and ate every pizza slice in my proximity. 

Not only was there unlimited pizza, but LA Foodbowl also had workshops, panels, a photobooth, and a live DJ. I decided to attend the A’ Pizza! A Pizza Lab with Enzo Coccia workshop. There I was taught how to make pizza dough by hand like a true Italian. The workshop was led by Enzo Coccia. He even chose me to help him make deep fried pizza dough. On top of that, I met Jonathan Gold, renown restaurant critic for the LA Times. We even took a picture together.

I was very excited to see that many tables served margarita pizza, which is my favorite. I’m not ashamed to say, I stuffed my face with a few too many slices. As I said above, I attempted to make it around to each table, so I tried a variety of pizza flavors. I even tried pizza topped with purple brussel sprouts! It sounds crazy, but the pizza was both beautiful and tasty. You can’t say I didn’t eat any vegetables. My favorite pizza came from Ray’s and Stark Bar. Their pizza was topped with cute little purple flowers and the cheese was to die for. Personally the most important part of the pizza is cheese, that’s why I love margarita pizza so much. The Ray’s and Stark Bar pizza left a big impression on me and the other guests. It lined traveled across the festival site. 

For other fun events visit http://lafoodbowl.com. Comment your favorite pizza below; mine is margarita and goat cheese pizza! 

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August 14th, 2016 by Cherry

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.04.10 PMThe LA Times the Taste is the final summer foodie blowout at the Paramount Studios with four days/nights of yummy tastes! Los Angeles has a great food scenes and the Taste is a great way for you to try delicacies from restaurants all over town.

The chef’s are bringing their A game for the Labor Day weekend with five great events day and night that will appeal to your tastebuds.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.05.19 PMOPENING NIGHT

FIELD TO FORK

DINNER WITH A TWIST

SUNDAY BLOCK PARTY

FLAVORS OF LA

 

 

TASTE - OPENNING NIGHT

AN EVENING AMONG THE CULINARY STARS

Hosted by Noelle Carter, Jonathan Gold, Jenn Harris and Amy Scattergood

FRI., SEPT. 2 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM

TASTE - FIELD TO FORK

FRESH TASTES FROM LA’S BEST CHEFS

Hosted by Amy Scattergood and Michael Cimarusti

SAT., SEPT. 3 | 11 AM – 2 PM

TASTE - DINNER WITH A TWIST

LET THE GOOD TIMES POUR

Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Jenn Harris, Ray Garcia and Michael Lay

SAT., SEPT. 3 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM

TASTE - SUNDAY BLOCK PARTY

SUMMER’S LAST HURRAH

Hosted by Noelle Carter and Mary Sue Milliken

SUN., SEPT. 4 | 11 AM – 2 PM

TASTE - FLAVORS OF LA

ONE CITY, COUNTLESS TASTES

Hosted by Jonathan Gold and Kris Yenbamroong

SUN., SEPT. 4 | 7:30 – 10:30 PM

TASTE - PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

RELIVE SOME OF OUR TASTIEST MOMENTS

Parking for all events will be located in the Paramount Pictures Studios parking structures:

  • Paramount Pictures Van Ness parking structure – 783 N. Van Ness Avenue, LA 90038
  • Paramount Pictures Gower parking structure – 801 N. Gower Street, LA, 90038

Parking charge will be $13 and is CASH ONLY.

**For faster event entrance to The Taste, we strongly suggest parking and entering through the Van Ness entrance.

When using GPS to reach the event, please program in the parking structure address and please do not attempt to enter the Paramount Pictures lot via either entrance on Melrose Avenue. The Melrose Avenue entrances will not be working parking entrances for the event and you will be redirected.

Uber / Lyft / Public Transport / Taxi drop / Arriving on foot: Please proceed to either the Gower or Van Ness gate. No pedestrian entry will be permitted through the Melrose gates.

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January 27th, 2016 by Cherry

Buy Star Wars Death Star BBQ and other gifts online - The FowndryI used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than two meters. – Luke, Star Wars: Episode IV A new Hope

Better keep Luke away from the new Star Wars Death Star Grill available for pre-order from TheFowndry for £99.99 (estimate $142.54 US) or he just might blow it up with a few of his rebel pals! <guffaw>  This grill is for the carnivore AND vegetarian grill fan or just a Star Wars fanboy/fangirl that must own a Death Star the can fit in your home or apt patio area. Just make sure that the rebels don’t make off with Princess Leia before your down with the interrogation! I think this looks almost TOO good to use and would look great in my living room full of geek collectibles!

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What will you cook in the Death Star? Let me know in the comments below and maybe I’ll swing by for a BBQ cookout!

 

Star Wars Death Star BBQ

NEW

£99.99

Buy Star Wars Death Star BBQ and other gifts online - The Fowndry

The Death Star Barbecue has the power to annihilate an entire chicken. Or, in the right hands, cook an al fresco feast in classic, sci-fi style.

That’s no moon… It’s the sun! And if it’s hovering over the house it means barbecue season is upon us. But don’t settle for your run-of-the-mill sputniks, dazzle your guests and terrorise the outer rim planets with the Death Star BBQ.

This officially licensed outdoor grill is made from stainless steel – so even if you’ve strafed it with a rebel sausage, it’ll still buff up like new. The intricate detailing isn’t just there for show either. Cleverly disguised as a devastating laser, the lid of the Death Star BBQ has an adjustable thermal vent – perfect for regulating heat. Just keep an eye out for X-wings.

The Lowdown:

  • Officially licensed Star Wars barbecue
  • Made from stainless steel
  • Adjustable air vents
  • Heatproof handle

Dimensions:

  • Weighs approx 3.5kg (7.72 lbs.)
  • Stands 84cm (33″) tall
  • Boxed size: 39.5cm X 23.0cm X 41.0cm (15.5″ x 9.05″ x 16.14″)

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January 26th, 2016 by Cherry

All my foodies meet me DTLA for the LA Weekly’s The Essentials event on Saturday, February 20th at the California Market Center.

 

 

It will be a fun night of tasty bites and samples of beer, wine & cocktails from 60 of LA’s best restaurants featured in LA Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants issue that will be out the same week!

GA tickets are on sale now for $65 and can be purchased at ticketf.ly/1SqR9ka.
The Essentials

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August 8th, 2015 by Cherry

As a foodie I must admit I look towards LA as the foodie nirvana that titillates my taste buds with cuisines from all over the world as well as modern homestyle (I never say no the mac & cheese) so imagine my surprise when I learned of the Golden Foodies award that recognizes great food in the OC! When I think of the OC it’s not for great food .. not bad food but nothing I’d drive out of town but last year at the Taste of LA they had a couple of restaurants from the OC that got me curious. The food was REALLY good but I just haven’t had time to research a good place to try. BUT I love to vote and give my opinion on food so am thinking I might have to check out the winners! Anyone in the OC planning on rating a hometown favorite or try a new place? Leave a suggestion of a restaurant or bar I should try when I head to the OC this fall!

What are the Golden Foodies? 
The Golden Foodies are the FIRST EVER local red carpet food awards event dedicated to honoring and celebrating local food and restaurant industry. Winners are chosen by the people, it is a People Choice Food Awards. The Golden Foodie Awards Gala celebrates Chef driven and independent restaurants.

Where is the Golden Foodie Awards Gala held?
In 2015 the GFA's will be held at the Fairmont in Newport Beach on September 27th.  

What are the Golden Pre-Events?
​Leading up to the Awards we host many fun culinary pre-events. A popular and always sold out pre-event are the chef demos held at the Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom in Costa Mesa.  Make sure you are receiving this NEWSLETTER so you learn about every thing we do!

Will there be food at the Golden Foodie Awards Ceremony?
We have had this question enough to add it to our faq’s page. YES, there will be food.  Honestly, there will be so much food from so many fantastic restaurants it is food heaven! Just in case you were planning on asking...yes, there are drinks as well.

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May 17th, 2015 by Cherry

Wow I can’t believe it’s been ten years from the very first LA Wine Fest WHERE I had a great time volunteering! Over the years I’ve attended and covered LAWineFest where every year this festival meets and surpasses my expectations. It’s just a casual fun event that is low key where non wine snobs get to enjoy tasting from wineries that criss cross the globe.

 

New LAWF logo-TENTH

If you’ve never attended LA Wine Fest you have to take advantage of the offer I have for tickets for the event from May 30 & 31. Use my blogger code (BLOG15 ) for $48 general admission tickets for either day (Door value is $85) <buy LAWineFest Tickets>.  You’ll have the opportunity to try food, wine, beer and other spirits. Make sure you download the Quini wine tasting app on Apple Store, Android (Beta) and Web App to track and recommend wines you enjoy like your own personal wine steward. So who’s meeting me at the LA Wine Fest 2015? Leave a comment below and maybe I’ll give you a personal tour!

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January 21st, 2015 by Cherry

Who’s meeting me to celebrate Yogurtland’s National Holiday Frozen Yogurt Day on February 2nd from 4 – 7 pm!   I LOVE yogurtland! I hope they will have Caramel Macchiato, Chocolate Mocha NSA, I want to try Chocolate Mousse Pie , Creme Brulle, Matcha Green Tea, Cookie Butter, Lucky Mint Creme , White Chocolate Peppermint was the BOMB (so good), Sumatra Coffee Blend  and PISTACHIO!!! How will it fit in my bowl!!! I won’t waste any space with toppings! I’m all about the YOGURT!!!

What flavor will you celebrate with? Let me know below in comments …

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August 15th, 2014 by Cherry

WHEN:           Saturday, August 23

  • 7-10 p.m. “Lexus Live on Grand” (Grand Ave. between 1st & 2nd St)
  • Hosted by Michael Chiarello, including live musical performances from Common and the amaWolseley Marimbas

Are you joining me Saturday, August 23rd at the annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival!  I’m going to shake my groove thing to Common’s chocolate velvet dulcet words as I get to taste the food of top chefs from across the nation!  In case you’re thinking this is all high falutin fancy food no .. it’s damn good food with wine and spirits that will dance with your tastebuds.  You can discover new tastes as well as modern interpretations of classics from a BLT to caesar’s salad all between 1st & 2nd street between Grand avenue.  It’s a night that is perfect for couples, singles and groups of friends who want to try anything that a great chef can think of and I’ve found they think of LOTS of ways to make great food!

So get a ticket before it sells out and get ready to enjoy multiple Grammy winning artist Common with the African children’s ensemble amaWolseley marimbas on the main stage.  We’ll get to hear hits from Common’s tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling as well as selected hit songs!   I’m very excited to hear the kids perform marimba from these eight kids who’ve performed in South Africa and throughout the United States.   It’s all part of the four-day epicurean fête produced by Coastal Luxury Management, also the team behind Pebble Beach Food & Wine.  The festival is presented by founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, as well as major partners Chase, Delta Air Lines, JENN-AIR, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Not only will you be eating and drinking good you’ll be DOING good! Attending the LAFT benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign–-a national effort to end childhood hunger in the United States. Tickets for the gastronomic gathering are available on-line and at the door to each event, pending advance sales. Up-to-the-minute information on participants, event line-up and purchasing tickets is available at www.lafw.com

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May 25th, 2014 by Cherry
Join Us This Memorial Day Weekend for A Monopoly-Inspired Food & Drink Tasting Event!  

 

1st Annual

MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street

Benefiting Summer SOULstice & Heal the Bay
Sunday, May 25
2-8 p.m.
 
Pass GO and collect $20 MAINopoly dollars for 20 tastings at all participating locations.


Starting Location & Check-In: Enterprise Fish Co. (2-5 p.m.)

Official Afterparty: Basement Tavern (8 p.m.- 12 a.m.)

Visit all the locations and be entered to win a “Taste of Main Street Prize Package” with gift certificates from participating locations.  

 

Wear your best patriotic colors or “Monopoly”-inspired costume!

Send your friends to JAIL where they can enjoy treats from Pretzel Crisps and Vita Coco!

$25 in adv/ $35 day of
Use Code “SpinPR” for 20% off!
A Portion of Proceeds Benefits Heal the Bay

Get your tickets here!

 

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May 23rd, 2014 by Cherry

The business of hot sauce is heating up with Tabasco working on a challenge to the world wide king the original Sriracha Sauce created in SoCal.  Sriracha hot sauce made by Huy Fong Foods has about 60 million dollars in sales (estimated) and for that amount of money it’s no surprise that big food business is looking to usurp the king.  The first major player to put their on spin on the hot sauced loved by foodies is the original king of hot Tabasco.  They are currently working on perfecting their recipe to have it join them on the shelves at a store near you in 2015.  Rumor has it they are tinkering with the flavor to stay true to their own vingerary tang but that will harmonize with the Thailand inspired hot sauce style.  It should be difficult to get the recipe to fit with their taste guide but once completed it might spell serious issues for this upstart.  It’s difficult to compete with a company tha
t has the shelf space that Tabasco has not only in the US but worldwide.  Currently the Sriracha hot sauce unique taste has gotten them free advertising with Lay & Kettle (and others) potato chips, go to condiment for restaurants and in various cook book recipes.  Once Tabasco releases their sauce will people reach for a familiar brand or the originator?  

I think it’s a matter of taste and some people have never loved vinegar with their hot sauce and others do.  The distinct logo, color, bottle and cost will have me reaching for Sriracha.  What will you reach for in the Thai Hot Sauce Wars?

TABASCO Sriracha SauceTABASCO® Premium Sriracha Sauce is a masterful blend of spicy, sweet and savory flavors, that is authentic to South East Asian cuisine. It is the perfect addition to stir fry, noodles and soups, or to any recipe that calls for the delicious combination of sweet chili and garlic. Gluten, preservative, and fat free, TABASCO® Premium Sriracha Sauce is made of only the highest quality ingredients to create an authentic Thai chili sauce from the Brand who created pepper sauce in 1868. 15 oz. plastic bottle.

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