Last weekend was the Silverlake Jubilee Festival, a smaller version of the Sunset Junction, mainly located on Myra Avenue, with three music stages, one stand-up stage, a shoo-loo of food trucks, and a few crafts merchandise vendors.
Thanks to the Minty I got go to the Festival for flee last weekend. I was hoping her press badge got us more fleebies but it didn’t, and there was no real long line for us to flash her fancy badge. Anyways, let me rewind. I met up with the Minty outside of the Redline in the late afternoon. If you’re ever coming here again or attending Sunset Junction, I strongly suggest taking the Redline (stop at Vermont & Santa Monica). You don’t have to worry about parking, just the freaks on the subway.
It took Minty awhile to get her badge. It felt like we were in the “Amazing Race” but in slow-mo. I had a hangover –not due to alcohol but from sleeping too much. I stayed in bed past NOON –the first for 2010. I know that’s crazy, I didn’t even do that on New Year’s Day after a night of debauchery; I woke up at ten, made myself a Bloody Mary and hiked at the Griffith Park. My brain was hazy and all I had for the day was coffee and a butter croissant but we found the treasure chest after our third location, Mi Alma Garden, where I bought a couple frescas (prices went up $1 from the last time I was there...) from Ricky’s Tacos, and got to pass go.
We circled around the festival like hawks, figuring out which food trucks to hit up, what goods to buy, and which boys looked the best in skinny jeans (I’m just kidding, men, I mean boys, should never wear skinny jeans). The only alcohol they served was beer in the beer garden…you know just how much I love piss water… and the only green in the beer garden was the sign.
I can’t believe beer was seven bucks! Suckers! I did noticed somone posted a tip on Foursquare to look out for drink tickets on the floor... We hit the Komodo truck first. Their garlic fries are sick—worth the five bucks! The Crepe'n Around truck was nearby and we just had to order their garlic fries to see which truck was better. Nicola joined in on the fun.
Crepe ‘n Around garlic fries were ok, but they’re just not in the same league as the Komodo’s. Plus, I prefer skinny fries over regular fries. I will definitely have a crepe instead the next time around.
We needed a caffeine reload and stopped by Intelligentsia. I love their ice mocha. It’s the best. Our third food truck was Uncle Lau’s. I tried to go for food trucks that I normally don’t see in front of the Variety building.
One of the annoying things that the Minty pointed out was some trucks has a tendency to raise their prices at festivals. We noticed that Uncle Lau’s sweet potatoes fries are normally are $2 but at Silverlake Jubilee they were $3. WTH!?
I ordered the BBQ Beef Brisket slider. It was tasty, but would have been better if they served it with a Hawaiian bun after all Uncle Lau’s food supposedly from the “islands of Oahu and Maui.”
Nicola had the Pulled Pork topped with Cole slaw slider which was not so good. It was salty.
Our last food truck was Vesuvio, an Italian food truck.
They sold out on Aracini (Italian rice balls) and the chicken parmesan sandwiches so I went with the meatballs sandwich. Unlike Uncle Lau’s, Vesuvio cut their prices. Half sandwiches were $2! However, they gave us a full sandwich…maybe they saw Minty’s press badge..?
It was ok; it was $2 bucks. I can’t really complain since I don’t specialize in meatballs. I grew up on meatballs with carrots and whatever left over vegetables my mom could find. We ended the Silverlake Jubilee with drinks at Malo.
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Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
Address: 3922 West Sunset Blvd. LA, CA 90029
Phone: (323) 663-6173
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Address: 4326 W Sunset Blvd LA, CA 90029
Phone#: (323) 664-1011
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
A friend had originally wanted her birthday shindig at the Blue Velvet but some rich kid rented the space out and her party was kicked out. This unfortunate situation did not stop me from dining at the Blue Velvet prior to her birthday gala. I had purchased a $100 gift certificate for like $10 on restaurant.com, and all I can say is THANK GOD because the Blue Velvet will leave a dent on your blue card.
The Blue Velvet is located in the less desirable outskirt part of DTLA. They have valet but we found street parking –don’t forget to your lock your doors and put any valuable items in your trunk…The restaurant is sleek and beautiful. You feel you’re in a music video. You enter into the main dining room, to the left is a small lounge-bar area and to the left you can head outside to the pool where you are encourage to take your clothes off and get wet. I am told that it’s a party every weekend during Happy Hours in summer time.
The view of Nokia Live and other downtown buildings is beautiful. It was pretty dead and remained that way until my friend and I left. It’s a good thing they have a good vodka cocktail list to keep us company. The Lychee martini is better than the Creamsicle martini. The Creamsicle martini tastes more like a nauseating orange martini.
We started off with the Filet Mignon Wrapped Asparagus (walnut ponzu reduction). It was a bit too salty for my taste buds but my friend loved it. She loves really salty food.
The Seared Albacore was good but did not stand out from all the other seared albacores that I’ve had.
Now the salmon carpaccio in truffle essence was delicious. This is a must order dish because it will just melt in your mouth, leaving you ravishing for more.
At first I hated the Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass (sake nage, carrot purée) because it was very salty but then my friend pointed out that it’s only the carrots that taste like the Dead Sea. Once the carrots were gone, I would have to say that Blue Velvet’s Chilean Sea Bass is one of the best I’ve had. It was cooked perfectly and had all the right flavors.
The Filet Mignon (thyme infused butter, red wine Bournaise) was good too. The sauce was surprisingly sweet –too sweet for my friend though. I’m sweet and she’s salty, and together we make a great team.
We didn’t have the clams but our busboy wanted us to take a photo of it. I guess he was bored.
For desserts our waiter recommended the Coffee Crème Bulee. It tasted more like mousse, and it was divine.
We also had their homemade plum ice cream. My friend loved that it came with cacao nibs.
Our meal was spectacular! I was amazed that we ate all of our food and still managed to get up easily. The portions are not big, and I guess it’s because the meal was mostly proteins and not carbs? Service was excellent.
I’ll definitely come back --with another Restaurant.com gift certificate!
Address: 750 Garland Ave. LA, CA 90017
Thursday, May 13, 2010
After Park’s Barbeque, Cat, Leeanne, and I headed to Cake Salon Bosco located in the Chapman Plaza for desserts. It was our first time there, and we loved the look of the place. Cat wants to own a tea shop that looks just like Cake Salon Bosco.
The tables are cute—those are real coffee beans.
The desserts are even cuter.
They are just too pretty to eat. We ordered the raspberry milk chocolate, tiramisu, dark chocolate, and I believe the other flavor was coffee.
This is what the inside looks like:
How did the cakes taste? Well…it’s like going on a date with a hot boy. His eyes twinkle, perfect hair, dresses well, and has a killer smile that just makes you melt…and then he speaks and you realize there’s no substance, no personality, and all he’s good for is just to look at. The cakes were tasteless.
Their “Asian” Cheesecake was just as bad. It needed to be creamier; it’s more of a sponge cake that needs to soak in some more juice.
The worse part was their latte. It tasted like instant coffee. I don’t know if they have an espresso machine…maybe they used all the coffee beans for the tables instead? Cat had tea, and Leeanne had their instant “Korean” coffee, which was probably just a latte except I paid more. The total was around $30-40 –overly priced awful desserts and coffee. I guess we should have gone to Café Loft where there are Sweet Lady Jane’s desserts and makes a mean mocha…oh well, we can check Cake Salon Bosco off our list.
Address: 3465 W 6th St Ste 80, LA, CA 90020
Phone#: (213) 388-2277
Park’s BBQ was on my friend and former colleague’s Leeanne’s “must dine again before I move to Switzerland” list, so Cat and I had our last supper with her last night. It was my first time dining at the restaurant, and I was excited because Park’s BBQ was the best at the Korean BBQ Festival last year. I was surprised that the interior is modern and clean, because it’s at a strip mall in the dirty part of K-town. There’s only valet parking but you can find metered parking or bike it like I did.
Park’s BBQ uses charcoal for their grilling so that was a plus.
Their banchans could have been better..
Cat was famished so she ordered for us. We had the Kalbi (short ribs w/ bones and w/out bones).
I love their meat; it’s top quality--that's the difference when you go to a non-all-you-can-eat KBBQ restaurant. I just wished they had the salt and sesame oil sauce at Chosun Galbee. We also had their beef short rib soup. It’s so good! I think I’ll substitute chicken noodle soup for their beef short rib soup the next time I’m sick.
Lastly Cat ordered the buckwheat noodles with cold broth since Leeanne has never had buckwheat noodles. It was ok; honestly, I don’t care for buckwheat noodles.
We were quite full and trying to save room for desserts so we only had half of it. I thought our waitress would have packed it to go but instead she threw it away! Unbelievable! Does she know how many starving people there are in this world? I was about to argue with the waitress but since Cat didn’t and was offering to pay for our meal, I let it go. I’ll be sure to instruct the waitress the next time I’m here.
Address: 955 S. Vermont Avenue, LA, CA 90006
Phone#: (213) 380-1717
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Flying Pig is one of my new favorite food trucks. Joe and James, the chefs, are formerly trained at the Le Cordon Bleu. I’m finally trying to familiarize myself with ze names of chefs, owners, etc. One would think it comes easy for me since I have to know writers, directors, actors, agents, etc for my job, but it’s overwhelming to remember everyone’s damn names. The Flying Pig is not a new food truck; there are too many trucks to stalk.
The marinated cucumbers and onions and the sauce made the braised pork belly buns delicious!
The beef slider was my favorite. I think it’s all about marinated cucumbers and sauce.
On the other hand, the grilled beef short rib soft taco didn’t do it for me. The sauce was bit saucy and just didn’t go well.
Their smoked chicken soft taco is the best chicken taco that I’ve had out of the gourmet food trucks. I liked the napa slaw and green curry that came with it.
The crunchy tofu bun was ok.
I hope they have their pig fries the next time I stalk them…which will be very soon!
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