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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hot Dogs Rule at "Real" Food Festival

Victor and I attended the Eat Real Food Festival here in Los Angeles this past weekend. It was a beautiful sunny July day which brought out a nice crowd of Los Angeleans mindful of what they consume. The festival had all of the things that you would expect:
  • beverages sweetened without corn syrup
  • cooking/jarring/pickling demonstrations
  • bales of hay to lounge around on
  • a few chickens and a pig
The event was a combination of vendor stalls selling their artisan wares (Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen hot sauce, P.O.P's corn syrup free nut brittle, Marge's Bakery's sweet treats are a few that stood out to me) as well as a bevy of food trucks (Nom Nom, The Hungry Nomad and Me So Hungry to name a few).

While the eats varied from sliders to sushi to banh mi, we decided on some hormone and nitrate free hot dogs from the Let's Be Frank truck. The hot dog we tried was a combination of beef and pork...nice level of spice in the meat, generously sized dog on a fresh, soft bun. I typically feel the smell of a hot dog is more appealing to me than the taste but the Let's Be Frank dog delivered on both smell and taste....definitely a dog I would seek out again which would not be difficult since they are parked at the Helm's Bakery location Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 to 3:30 (4:30 on the weekends).

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Culinary Delights....Squirrel Style!

Typically I concentrate on human treats but today I wanted to highlight what apparently is a culinary delight for a squirrel: my carnation plant. This little guy has been visiting our patio for the last few weeks and slowly destroying my plant. I caught him taking a nibble here on Thursday...after these pictures he took off. I didn't clean up his mess off the table thinking maybe he would came back on Friday to eat the loose stuff...apparently, I overestimated the tidiness of my little squirrely friend. He did indeed return on Friday while I was work, but rather than eat the stuff he left on the table, he decided to go hog wild on the rest of the plant. Below is what I found when I got home from work....looks like he quite the TGIF party!

Monday, July 4, 2011

The various treats that convey "Independence"!

I am a sucker for seasonal themed foods. 4th of July easily conjures up thoughts of burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, maybe some apple pie or a berry crumble...but what I am referring to here as "seasonal foods" are those 4th of July themed cookies at grocery store. "Patriotic" cookies if you will. Nothing says Happy Birthday America like red, white and blue sugar cookies, right? They are the quickest way to convey "I didn't have time to do some more unique or homemade, I am not too cool to be caught up in the excitement of the holiday so I grabbed a six pack of Pacifico and these cookies". And when you bring these treats to a BBQ, no one goes crazy with the compliments saying "ohhh, thanks! I was hoping someone would bring these cookies that I saw in every store for past week or so"...BUT everyone is eating one or grabbing a few on their way out by the end of the party. So, if you are short on time, don't be ashamed, just grab that hard to open plastic tray of cookies in the market and get the party started!