The blind taste test was a great way to get the conversation going as well as test ones competitive foodie and culinary knowledge of the origins of ingredients as well as regional and international flavors. Each of the 4 burgers sampled had a flag with a corresponding number to allow us to blind-ly guess which burger belongs to a corresponding Hard Rock Cafe global dining destination. Our two person team tasted and even deconstructed each burger to determine what the secret ingredient(s) were to connect the burger to one of eight different cities. There were of course a few wild-cards and curve balls but we managed to match all 4 burgers to their cities and ended up winning a prize from the Hard Rock Cafe. The burgers sampled and their descriptions are listed below:
Located at the intersection of Food, Fashion and Interior Design in Los Angeles’ most prolific and densely populated design districts, in the shadows of the Beverly Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, lies a not so hidden gem, The District by Hannah An: Merely a brief latte run from Verve Coffee Roasters on Melrose and the high fashion boutiques on famed N. Robertson Boulevard, and a stone’s throw from neighboring A.O.C.
Culinary driven cinema is on the rise and the film community is delivering some great foodie films this summer. The successful and highly anticipated film, CHEF produced by Jon Favreau earned record breaking viewings in theaters and THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is another great culinary adventure that will continue to bring those same heart-warming sentiments and sizzle back to the box office with its culinary artistry and passionate and compelling story telling.
We discovered every “salad” you could imagine… There was not just couscous, but Israeli couscous, black kale, things with nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and roots… brightly colored exotic offerings by the dozen, too many to choose from! This is why their menu is designed to allow for a selection; a little of this, a scoop of that, and a portion of the other.
Behind every seasoned farmer there is a unique story and in the case of Chris Cadwell fromTutti Frutti, many. Some anecdotes are about relationships in the business, certain crops successes, unfortunate unexpected crop failures, trial and error, weather challenges, irrigation complications or bug infestations that destroy entire crops. Perseverance is king as well as experience and quick decision making. There is a reason he, like many other successful farmers have chosen the age old profession. If you ask anyone in the industry about his produce over the years, they will surely say that he is great at what he does.
LA’s die-hard foodies sought refuge from the Labor Day Holiday travel madness by embarking on an epic culinary holiday travel alternative in Hollywood’s own backyard located at the infamous Paramount Pictures Studios back-lot where the Taste LA festivities took place all weekend long. Beautiful weather and hundreds of LA’s top restaurants and bars were dishing out their best bites during the 5 Los Angeles Times, “The Taste” events.
Nic’s owner and founder Larry Nicola has been labeled “The Vodkateur” for his extensive knowledge of this distilled spirit that takes many forms and labels. His 28˚ F VODBOX is known around the world and pays homage to the Kremlin’s “Red Square” where Poolside guests sported custom faux fur coats and matching Trapper’s hats by Hudson Designs
Before we know it Labor Day 2012 will be here and LA has a second course for Angelino’s staying in town! The tasting menu of events is below and we will be covering the weekends events with our Viva LA Foodies “LA Media” team and we guarantee that nobody will be left hungry. Read more […]
Tonight is the night, more specifically, The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk and the inaugural launch party for ILLUMINATED LA, an artist collective in Los Angeles that is bringing awareness to all facets of art and not just art itself. VivaLAfoodies is so excited to be an active participant and Adam Rubenstein as co-Founding Father of ILLUMINATED LA along with friend & local renowned graphic and visual artist Seth “Meex” Wilder. We have both been working to the bone, literally to get this off the ground and now is our time to showcase and expose the vast talent of artists curating the best of their craft from Culinary, Visual, Musical, Graphical & Performance. Our kickoff event will take place tonight, 1.12.12 at Nola’s, A Taste of New Orleans in the Downtown Los Angeles Historic Arts District from 6pm-2am for an independent Art Mart & Swap Meet. The talented folks from our collective will be creating art and selling their works throughout the evening.
By the end of the day we had consumed enough food and drink to satisfy a small army. We also managed to have a nice tweet-up with the dineLA crew that included dineLA director Stacey Sun along with her entourage from Discover Los Angeles and Thirsty in LA. The day would’nt have been complete without a toast and a hug from our good friend “The Bikini Chef” Susan Irby and a few of our other foodie friends in the crowd that we ran into. Cheers to another great year of Food & Lifestyle events.
The International Culinary School At the Art Institute Of California- Los Angeles & The Fall 2011 Senior Culinary Practicum and À la Carte Students Present an exotic lunch and dinner menu starring the White & Black Truffle. Pick your poison, well not literally; and choose either the lunch menu with the Black Truffles or the dinner menu with White Truffles or in the spirit of the Holiday’s do both at Bistro 31 on 31st & Ocean Park in Santa Monica at the Art Institute of California campus.
Come hang out with us and our good friends from The Valentine Group and Los Angeles Magazine and experience the “BEST OF LA” while attending the largest communal holiday office party that L. A has ever seen. With plenty of holiday cheer and food and drink to match and your favorite holiday tracks in rotation, a Karaoke soundsystem and photobooth will keep you stimulated for hours. Why not kick of the Holiday Season right at one of the best venues exclusively located in the Miracle Mile at the famous Variety Building?
The Village or “El Pueblo” as it is know is a living museum that continues to be a historic site that showcases our cities diverse Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French influences that contributed to its early development and are also a part of everyday life in the diverse melting pot known as LA.
The 16th Annual Redondo Beach Surf ‘N Turf Lobster Festival crept up faster than a pod of dolphins in the midst of a feeding frenzy. The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & the Visitors Bureau were well equipped this year and like previous years of the festival the food, music, fun, games and Maine Lobster dinner meal keep getting better. This years festival menu even provided the first ever “Surf & Turf” option complete with a Certified Angus Beef ® Center-Cut New York Strip Steak and Maine Lobster Tail or even a stand-alone 12 oz. Certified Angus Beef ® Center-Cut New York Strip Steak dinner for the meat lovers.
On September 8, 2001, Foodies and fashionistas, one in the same converged on Rodeo Drive for Fashion’s Night Out 220.127.116.11.0 for the global shopping event that included a Ferris Wheel, over 100 retail store events and fifteen of LA’s Gastro-Gourmet Food Trucks strategically placed for an international block party event celebrating global brands for one exciting night of food, fashion, music and fun. The FNO programing is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, and the City of New York in response to recession recovery with the celebration of retail commerce on prestigious Rodeo Drive’s own Walk of Style®.
The intersection at Rodeo Dr. and Wilshire Blvd. provided the VIP access point into “Desserts After Dark” and the team from Wagstaff Wordwide and our good friends Meghan & Vanessa had the entire event dialed in so much so, that they didn’t event have a chance to leave their post for something sweet.
Join Viva LA Foodies and a host of other chefs, foodies and cocktail enthusiasts as we show support for this powerful female culinary duo as they mash-up, mix-up, blend, puree and serve up culinary history on famed Abbot Kinney Blvd. A few select media invites are available in exchange for pre & post event coverage for this unforgettable evening. We hope to see everyone there chowing down next to us at the “Moveable Feast.”
When it comes to quoting movies, Wedding Crashers seems to “take the cake.” We surveyed a sample of our friends and everyone seemed to quote a different line from the hilarious timeless comedy. And it’s no surprise that our good friend and “Film Freak” Leo Quiniones is bringing this “Raunchy & Sweet Romantic Comedy” to the Outdoor Room at Station Restaurant at the W Hotel in Hollywood for a “Free” screening on August 22, 2011 for Monday Night Movies, Martinis and Manicures, one of his newest LA venues.
The success of the event sparked so much interest that event producers Seth “Meex” Wilder, Mike “June 22” Ziobrowski and myself, Adam “LA Foodie” Rubenstein from VivaLAfoodies have decided that the foundation and back-bone is strong for many more “X is The Weapon” collaborative events that will “pop up” throughout the Los Angeles area from Venice Beach to Downtown Los Angeles.
As usual we had a blast, but wouldn’t have been able to do it without our great friends in “high places.” Jane Summer from Summer Communications always takes care of us with her good graces and is a marketing force to be reckoned with and she has an extensive portfolio of restaurant clients to back it up. We always get the VIP treatment and we appreciate all of the great invites to the dinners and events that her team produces.