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?

Baskin-Robbins ice cream for 31 cents

Scoop Night is back! Head to any participating Baskin-Robbins to get ice cream for 31 cents from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

 

Each scoop of ice cream is 31 cents. The limit is three 2.5 ounce scoops per person while supplies last.

The event is held annually to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Find a location near you.

Dining on a budget: Searching for desserts in the SGV

By Emma Gallegos, Staff Writer



Monica Ulloa of La Mich Paleteria shows off some choice scoops at her Mexican ice cream shop in Duarte. (Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)


No matter where I go, I find myself drawn to local frozen dessert favorites, from the frozen custards of the Midwest, the La Rosa bars of my hometown and the gelatos of Italy. Since I've moved to Southern California, I've eaten a lot more mochi, raspados and tart frozen yogurts.

My yen for ice cream means that I've found my way to some choice local spots. My coworkers came up with some of their favorites as well. These are just a few of the places serving cold treats.

We encourage you to tell us where you like to go when you have a sweet tooth on a hot day in the comments below.

Freshest ice cream

La Mich Paleteria's ice cream is eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head good. It's cursing-for-joy good. And while you're enjoying the ice cream, you're a stone's throw from the big box chain of your choice in a strip mall in Duarte. File this one under "strip mall epiphanies."

The ice cream comes in unassuming pastels - like espresso in a cappuccino, the rich color of real fruits and intense flavors is drowned out in cream. The flavor mamey was a winner, a customer favorite made from a mild Mexican fruit that tastes like papaya and was flecked with small bits of fruit.

It seems appropriate that you also can find La Mich Paleteria's fresh and fruity ice cream at the Monrovia Farmers' Market on Friday nights. The Mexican caramel, cajeta, was rich, not too sweet and there was a hint of salt - the way caramel should be.

I've tried two flavors, and I live in agony, knowing that there are so many more Mexican-inspired flavors I haven't tried, like the sorbets or the paletas that you can dip in toppings like nuts or chocolate.

La Mich Paleteria, 1026 Huntington Drive, Duarte, (626) 359-6333.

The one that started it all

Oh, how the tides have turned in the world of yogurt. The saccharine yogurt of chains like TCBY now seems like a distant, sticky memory. Tart is in, for better or for worse, and Pinkberry is the culprit. It's the kind of hyped-up place that people love to hate, but we have a feeling that more people love it than admit it: witness the sheer number of locations and thriving knock-offs.

We have to offer props to Pinkberry - not for inventing tart frozen yogurt, but for blowing open the market in the Southland and doing it well. Other knock-offs might be cheaper or offer more flavors but we still love its tart, creamy simplicity.

Pinkberry, 862 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, (626) 691-0170; 19756 Colima Road #A, Rowland Heights, (909) 595-7612 ; 612 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, (626) 359-9729.

Best old-school creamery

Fosselman's revels in its old-school status. There used to be others, but now the Alhambra location is the last one standing. There are even old pewter ice cream molds from an era when people cared about the shape of their ice cream.

But if Fosselman's prides itself on being old school, it's at least forward-thinking with its flavors and flavor combinations. I'm not usually a fan of throwing a candy bar on top of an ice cream to make it taste better - I'm all about premium ice cream that stands on its own - but the banana Heath bar combination is greater than the sum of its parts. I can't wait to try some of the sorbets, like Blackberry Cabernet or a frothy Pink Champagne. No matter what you pick, the ice cream has premium quality that stands on its own or makes a great base for a milkshake or banana split.

Fosselman's Ice Cream Co., 1824 W. Main Street, Alhambra, (626) 282-6533.

Best selection

Yogurtland is definitely not for the fickle-minded. There are at least 16 yogurt flavors and 33 toppings to choose from, plus everything is self-serve, which can be torture for the undecided. But it's, oh, so worth it. The franchise offers classic flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate, cookies `n' cream and cheesecake, and tart ones like strawberry, mango and green tea. But one really popular flavor among Yogurtland fans is taro, a sweet, purple concoction that pairs perfectly with the mochi bits topping. Die-hard fans also add lychee, coconut flakes and red beans to this combination, then top it off with condensed milk (yes, condensed milk. There are other liquid toppings as well: caramel, chocolate and strawberry).

At 30 cents an ounce, a regular cup will cost $3 to $6, depending on how much you pack in there. But two people can share that cup, which makes this dessert even sweeter.

Yogurtland, 100 W. Covina Parkway, West Covina, (626) 337-4800; 18253 Colima Road, #103, (626) 964-3405; 19755 Colima Road, Diamond Bar, (909) 859-8758; 633 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, (626) 821-8723.

Most pounds of toppings

Cherry on Top takes the frozen yogurt concept and puts it in the customer's hands, literally. Choose from a selection of about 10 different yogurt flavors (including cheesecake, chocolate and Hawaiian delight), then dish up your own toppings (nearly 45 choices, from graham crackers to fresh fruit to breakfast cereal). The price is calculated by the total weight.

Cherry on Top, 1299 E. Green St. #100, Pasadena, (626) 440-1299; 2761 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar, (909) 468-4884; 176 W. Foothill Blvd., D4, Monrovia, (626) 303-5600.

emma.gallegos@sgvn.com

(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2705

Ice cream vs. soft serve vs. Pinkberry

We’re in nebulous period between winter and summer. It can get very cold and very hot within a couple of days or hours. Still, it’s not too early to start thinking about ice cold summer treats. With some input from around the newsroom, here’s a pros and cons list for ice cream, soft serve and Pinkberry-like frozen yogurt.


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Ice Cream Pros
Super rich and creamy
Ubiquitous
Satisfying
Sundaes, Banana splits, shakes, floats
Ice cream sandwiches
More than 31 flavors
Chocolate and Peanut Butter ice cream from Baskin Robbins
Coldstone

Ice Cream Cons
Really fattening
Brain freeze
Guilt
More fat, sugar and calories
Cavities
Freezer burn
Feeling so full you don’t want to get up

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Soft Serve Pros
Creamy
Easy access (McDonald’s)
Good ice cream substitute
Goes well with chocolate syrup
Great with toppings
Served in baseball helmets
It swirls!

Soft Serve Cons
Somewhat fattening
Fewer flavors
Imitation
Can’t “mix-in” toppings
Melts easily
Bland

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Pinkberry Pros (or similar frozen yogurts)
Refreshing
Hip
Won’t weigh you down
Nontraditional toppings — Cocoa Puffs, Mochi, Specialty fruits
Fewer flavors
Healthy bacteria (better BM?)
Trendy, therefore cool
Cute name

Pinkberry Cons (or similar frozen yogurts)
Sour
Fewer locations, not sold in stores
Not like ice cream
Can get expensive
Not usually served in a cone
Long lines
Trendy, therefore for followers
There are no pink berries in Pinkberry
Sounds too much like Blackberry

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