L.A. Street Food Fest lands at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl in July

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Exciting news for Pasadena foodies: The original L.A. Street Food Fest is coming to the Rose Bowl on July 24.
There will be more than 55 food vendors, including all the top mobile-gourmet food trucks, old-school carts and stands, celebrity chefs and street-inspired dishes from L.A. restaurants. Added to the mix: Two beer gardens, cocktails and tequila tastings.
Ticket prices are all-inclusive, parking is free, and the proceeds benefit two great causes: St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and Woolly School Garden.

And, this time around, the food fest will be better equipped to handle the overwhelming demand that’s inevitable when every sought-after food truck is gathered in one locale — along with beer gardens, cocktails and live music. Organizers say they’ve worked out the kinks in the system that, at February’s event, created massive wait times and prevented some people from getting into the festival.
July 24, VIP preview, 4-5 p.m.; general admission, 5:30-9 p.m.; Tickets, $45; VIP, $65. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive

(Photo by Watchara Phomicinda / Staff)

BLD eatery scraps plans to open second location in Pasadena

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Owners of the popular West Hollywood restaurant BLD have cancelled plans to open a second location in Pasadena’s Raymond Renaissance condo building, seen at right.
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Amy Knoll Fraser, co-owner and director of operations for Grace Restaurant and BLD Restaurant, confirmed the change of direction via e-mail:
“Unfortunately, it looks as if the BLD in Pasadena is not going to happen. The timing turned out to not work for us. We are now moving forward with moving our restaurant Grace Downtown which will be closer to Pasadena.”


In June 2009, Fraser told the L.A. Times’ blog Daily Dish that the eatery was expected to open by year’s end. In a September 2009 post on the same blog, progress on the Pasadena locale was “going slowly,” she said.

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Closed: La Mich Paleteria in Duarte shuttered

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We discovered this weekend that La Mich Paleteria in Duarte has closed down. A large for-lease sign now hangs in the window of the darkened store. (The file photo above is of Monica Ulloa, who was co-owner of La Mich with Annette Duran.)

On Yelp, some users started bemoaning the loss back in mid-March.
The store’s main phone line has been disconnected.
Staff writer Emma Gallegos had this to say of La Mich in her round-up of frozen dessert favorites in April 2009:
La Mich Paleteria’s ice cream is eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head good. It’s cursing-for-joy good. … 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.
… 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.

We like the suggestion of one Facebook user who posted recently on the La Mich fan page: “Any hope you’ll break out a ‘La Mich’ Food Truck and join the others on the road?”
For now, all we have left to drool over is this picture:
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Nose Diving: It’s a wine world (after all) at Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival

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Nose Diving is a feature column, in which a novice wine writer fumbles toward grace.
My feet are dangling freely as we coast, hang-glider style, over the vast expanse of California below us. It’s a gloriously sunny day as we float by the majestic Golden Gate Bridge; seconds later, we’re looking down on the winding Redwood Creek watershed.
Then, it’s on to Napa. I think, “Mmm, let’s stop for a drink.”
And how fortuitous: Outside this popular simulator ride at Disney’s California Adventure — Soarin’ Over California, it’s called — the theme park’s fifth annual California Food & Wine Festival is just kicking off.

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Eco-pioneers: Pasadena’s Dervaes family and urban homesteading

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The Dervaes family went green — before going green became chic.

It was about a decade ago that Jules Dervaes decided to try to go off the grid and become almost fully self-sustained in the family’s 1917 Craftsman house and small property in North Pasadena.

Read more about their adventures, their approach to homesteading and sample some of their recipes in this report by Natalie Haughton, food editor of the Los Angeles Daily News.

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Photos: Scenes from the Monrovia farmers market

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There’s a new Market in the Park on Sunday mornings in Monrovia’s Old Town. Staff photographer Eric Reed was there yesterday to catch all the fresh-produce-buying, sweet-flower-smelling, baked-goods-savoring action at the inaugural event.
It’s the second farmers market for the city, which holds a family-oriented festival and market on Friday evenings, too.
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 100 block, West Lima Avenue, adjacent Library Park. (626) 303-6600

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Scenes from the LA Street Food Fest in downtown


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Photographer Watchara Phomicinda captured these scrumptious images from the LA Street Food Fest this weekend.
Were you among the thousands that swooped in upon downtown L.A. on Saturday for a morsel of food-truck goodness?
The lines were outrageously, crushingly long. But if you previously had trouble tracking down the individual trucks as they cavort about town, it was a way to kill about 30 birds with one stone — provided you had good company for the queuing.

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Shop the Block: Savor the Flavor, 11 Kersting Court


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Gourmet specialty food store Savor the Flavor is the kind of shop run by people — a mother and daughter team — who know and love food. The kind of food that brings people together, for parties, holidays and even a simple dinner shared by family. New items are constantly being brought into the shop, and they’ll gladly seek out special requests for hard-to-find items. For gift-giving, Savor the Flavor is a sure bet if you know someone who eats — which is to say, for anybody.
11 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 626-355-5153, savortheflavor.net

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Going co-op for groceries in Altadena

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Public Editor Larry Wilson picks up in his column the story on a potential cooperative (meaning, member-owned) food market that’s gaining steam in Altadena:


Right now, in the organizing phase, Arroyo is
looking for 500 members to come in at $300 before the end of the year
to raise some capital toward start-up costs and construction beginning
next summer. The group says that some of the advantages to the early
adapters will be members-only events and discounts on store items.

One beauty part: “We want to build not just a healthy
grocery store but a gathering place in the community for events and
classes, plus a locally run cafe and brew pub.”

The Arroyo Food Co-op would aim to provide more organic products, stock from local producers, reasonable prices and a direct line to a more sustainable, “green” lifestyle.