Calling all foodies!!

HERE ARE TWO EVENTS THIS WEEKEND, NO FOODIE WOULD WANT TO MISS:

L.A. STREET FOOD FEST

Of course, I would have to be out of town when one of the largest foodie events in L.A.is set to take place. Good for them because I would actually wait overnight to be the first to hit up each truck and I would be all over seconds and thirds at each truck like Winnie the Pooh to honey.

But if you’ll be in town and looking to splurge on that summer diet and workout routine, make some rounds at the second L.A Street Food Fest taking place this Saturday, July 24, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (1001 Rose Bowl Drive, off North Arroyo Blvd.)

More than 60 mobile food truck vendors from eateries, restaurants, celeb chefs and classic carts will park it outside the bowl while vendor booths sit under tents inside.
What will be offered? The question is really, what won’t be offered.

Everything from breakfast at Monsieur Egg to dessert from Cool Haus and Sweet Lucie’s. There will also be open bars and beer gardens for tequila and mezcal tastings, and specialty juices and cocktails.

Presale tickets are limited and only available online. No at-door sales. Tickets are $45 per person and is all inclusive, as much as you can handle. The last food fest included long lines for some foodie favorites so be sure to get there early if you want to make a couple rounds at your favorite truck or vendor..

For more information and tickets, visit www.lastreetfoodfest.com.

Read about how some vendors are preparing in Staff Writer Brian Charles’ story.

 

YOGA FOR FOODIES

David Romanelli (aka Yeah Dave) is bringing his Yoga for Foodies to Los Angeles. Yoga for Foodies is a national tour  where at each stop, David collaborates with local chefs to create an unforgettable foodie experience.

On July 25, Dave will be pairing up with Akasha Richmond, chef founder of the critically acclaimed Culver City-based Akasha Restaurant, Bar, Bakery.

During the event, the morning will begin with David’s flowing yoga class whose message and music will emphasize a more sustainable pace.

Following yoga while participants are relaxed and in the moment, Akasha will lead a guided tasting inspired by her years of cooking for and studying with Yogi Bhajan, and how his teachings influenced her style of cooking. Akasha began her professional career at Yogi Bhajan’s Golden Temple Conscious Cookery, a now defunct but once popular vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles.

Menu highlights include: giner-mint lemonade and organic mango lassi; local farm egg and goat cheese frittata with spinach and caramelized onions; cumin and coriander spiced lamb sausage; grilled tandoori vegetable salad with coleman farms greens, white corn, zucchini, red peppers, and chutney dressing; punjabi focaccia with holy basil pesto, heirloom tomatoes, grilled eggplant, fresh paneer; fresh baked blackberry coffee cake, peach scones, and housemade preserves.

Yoga for Foodies will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $54. Reservations are required.
Akasha Restaurant, Bar, Bakery is at 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. For more information, call (310) 845-1700.

We all scream for ice cream, Sunday

This Sunday will be the perfect day for a cool sundae.

National Ice Cream Day is on Sunday, July 18. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan and his veritable sweet tooth designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.

Tastee-Freez will be taking part in National Ice Cream Day as well as celebrate their 60th anniversary this month. To celebrate Ice Cream Day and their anniversary, visit a Tastee-Freez and enjoy an Old Fashioned Sundae, the new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Freezee or a traditional vanilla soft-serve cone, which can be dipped in the signature Tastee-Freez chocolate. Tastee-Freez is available in the majority of Wienerschnitzel and Hamburger Stand locations.

If you’re looking for more unique varieties on the cool treat, check out this blog post from our Rose Magazine summer issue, where staff wrtier Emma Gallegos painfully explored some cool treats in west San Gabriel Valley.

You could wait around for your favorite ice cream truck to come by on Sunday and grab yourself a cone, Big Pop popsicle or creamsicle, or you could just head to your local store and pick up a box to share – you never know when you’ll need a favor from your neighbor.

I’m gonna keep a look out for a paleta man. A palet is a Mexican popsicle made of fruit juice and sometimes pieces of real fruit. Yum! I’ll even settle for a vanilla raspado (flavored ice cone).

Of course, there’s also Baskin Robbins (Pralines and Cream or Rocky Road never let me down) and Cold Stone Creamery.

Heck, there’s even Thrifty ice cream found at Rite-Aid stores and even a cool scoop from McDonald’s will hit the spot.

And for the lactose intolerant, go for some sorbet, of which most varieties are dairy-free.

Whether you head out or stay in with your favorite cool treat, don’t be afraid to go all out – it is a national holiday right?

What’s your favorite ice cream? Where do you go for a cool treat?