October 2015

LA Weekly’s Brunch at the Races was quite a treat. Brunch is my all time favorite — I love breakfast, and adding the lunch element heightens the experience. Having never really been into the horse racing scene, I can confidently say the only times I went to Santa Anita Park was for food events. Arriving to the back of the park, I got my coffee mug and was ready for some great eats.

Squid ink bread with lox and yogurt. #sundayfunday

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My first bite and one of the best bites of the event was Status Kuo’s squid ink bread with lox and yogurt. It was so flavorful and a nice play on the classic bagels and lox.

The waffles at the @ggetLA booth was insane!!! #sundayfunday

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Go Get ‘Em Tiger’s waffles with berries blew my mind. The waffle was so light and crispy. I have never had a waffle like this before. It did feel a bit more eggy than flour-y. It was so nice and delicious.

This donut and coffee cream from @superbafoodandbread was bomb. #sundayfunday

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The donut and coffee cream from Superba Food + Bread was something else! The shot of donut and coffee infused cream tasted was great.

This Hainan chicken was superb!! Thanks @senor_gionni

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Johnny Lee killed it with his Hainan chicken dish. The chicken was perfectly tender and moist and the rice was seasoned just right. The ginger and the sauce all mixed to make a perfect bite each time. Full of flavor indeed. Better than Savoy? I think so.

Poppy + Rose had my favorite dish of the event. I know its just a chicken sandwich, but each and every part was perfect. The biscuit was light and fluffy/flakey. The fried chicken was flavorful and juicy — and the pickle was perfect and balanced this whole thing out the best way possible.

Fluffy pancakes & donut muffins from @SweetButterLA with the best display #Brunch at the races #sundayfunday

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The buttermilk pancakes from Sweet Butter Kitchen was a surprise. I tried making pancakes a number of times, and mine never come out this soft and fluffy. Simple and delicious is the name of the game here, and went well with my cold brew from Jones Coffee Pasadena.

The event was quite nice, and seeing the horses at the end was special. It kind of reminded me of LA Weekly’s previous event, Pancake Breakfast. The outdoor venue was refreshing and of course, spacious. Brunch is served!

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Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival 2015

by Franklin on October 21, 2015

The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival was honestly my first proper Orange County food festival. The inaugural event occurred last year, and the second event was even better. Held at the Newport Beach Civic Center, the space was perfect. All of the vendors did a great job in creating wonderful dishes. Some of my favorites are below.

Short ribs from @selannesteak #NBWFF #NEWBFEST

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The short ribs from Salenne Steak Tavern was wonderful. As a matter of fact, they pretty much stole the show with their different offerings.

The foie gras mousse #NBWFF #NEWBFEST

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Their foie gras mousse was stellar. Topped with a huckleberry compote, the cornets were bites of deliciousness.

A gang of Reese's Pieces #macarons #NBWFF #NEWBFEST

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And their Reese’s Pieces macarons were on point. It tasted just like Reece’s Pieces. It didn’t taste like peanut butter chocolate macarons, nor did it taste like Reese’s peanut butter cup macarons. They were just on point with the candy.

Best presentation of #NBWFF #NEWBFEST from Stonehill Tavern

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Another favorite was tuna tartare on nori chips from Stonehill Tavern. Their presentation stole the show.

First bite of #NBWFF #NEWBFEST

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My first bite was the perfectly braised octopus from Studio at Montage Laguna Beach.

The Clobster roll from @SlapfishSeafood

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Slapfish killed it with these “Clobster” rolls. The part crab, part lobster filling filled on a buttery bun was just delicious.

Rainbow cake bites ???? #NEWBFEST #NBWFF

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B Candy got the sweets covered for the event. This sprinkles covered cake with the rainbow goodness inside was ridiculous! They offered cookies, amazing cup cakes and mini ice cream cones. They could basically hold a sweets/dessert fest on their own altogether.

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