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Trade Foodhall 

There’s a new foodhall in Irvine that’s offering up some delicious grub. I was fortunate to attend a tasting of most of the locations and I didn’t taste anything that I didn’t like. Located on Michaelson right off Jamboree, Trade is a great place to enjoy lunch with co workers or dinner with friends. 


Okay enough chatting, let’s get to the food! 

Two Birds

Downtown LA has Howling Rays, Irvine has Two Birds. This place delivers their version of the new trend of Fried Chicken sandwich  to great reviews. I was able to try this special sandwich, the Two Birds in One Hand,and boy was it messy but in a good way. I was sharing this with other people and we still didn’t put a dent in it. We also tried the Cottage fries and had the perfect pairing. 


Gyro Kings  

If your into gyros this is the place. Gyro Kings is the only original location of the previous foodcourt that was here before it was renovated to become Trade. I’m happy it stayed because it is a gem. These Gyros Fries were everything I didn’t know I needed.


Butterleaf

This delicious eatry is right up my alley and their motto is Vegetarian food for Non Vegetarians. I got to try the yummy Scratch Made Black Bean Burger and it was delicious!



Portside 

I saw soo many yummy things coming from this location and I wanted to try all of them! I did get to try out the Fish and Chips platter which was amazing and also the California Shrimp Burrito.


Pig Pen Delicacy

When I’m really in a cheat mood, this has been my new place to go. Even though I’ve been here before (but at another location), I still enjoyed some of the food items and even tried some I never had yet. We got to try the Infamous Mac Attack Burger (which is great after a fun night out with friends) and standard Tater Tots..


Megadon 

If your into Poke bowls, this is the place for you. This was my fried time having a Poke Bowl and it was enjoyable. I enjoyed the Shrimp Poke Bowl the most. 

Sweet Combfort

The new take on waffles and I’m here for it. Get a Belgium Liege waffle on a stick and made your own creation using the various toppings available. My favorite is the fruity pebbles with cheese cake bites. Nice and Sweet!!

CenterHub

And don’t forget to grab a cocktail while there. The Trade Market has a mini bar called Center Hub that serves up great drinks. You can get whatever fits your fancy like this special Flaming Hor Cheeto Bloody Mary 

Or this delicious Blood Orange Mojito. I’m not normally a Mojito fan but this one just might make me a fan. 

I will defientely end up a Trade regular especially since it’s 10 minutes from my job. There’s so much more food I want to try form each location. So if your looking for somewhere new to dine this weekend, Trade Foodhall should be your destination! 

Trade Food Hall is located at 2222 Michelson Dr. Irvine, CA. 92612

*all opinions are my own* 

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Food Porn of the Week

Once again I find myself back at Hiccups Tea House in Carson. I’m seriously addicted to this place. This time I tried the Shaken Beef with Garlic Noodles and it was so so so so good. Definitely my new fave item on the menu. 

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Disney California Food and Wine Festival 2017

I’ve been wanting to attend this festival since it first started and finally I got a chance to attend. The Food and Wine Festival is so much better than the Festival of the Holidays Disney has during their Holiday celebration. 



If your an Disney Annual Passholder, the Sip & Savor food pass is the best way to go and only available to APs. It’s $35 with your AP discount and comes with 8 tickets that can be used on food items and non alcoholic beverages. My friend and I just bought one and split it which worked out perfectly. 


In addition to the food kiosks, for an additional fee, you can also attend private seminars for different wines, beers, spirits and food demonstrations. We attended a Wine seminar with a tasting from the Edna Valley wineiries in San Luis Obispo. We sampled a Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño from Tangent wines and Chardonnay from True Myth Wines. Albariño has sort of a salty taste to it but it’s not that bad. 


As for the food, everything we had was delicious!! We didn’t sample every kiosk available but stuck to the ones that appealed to us. We started at the Bacon Twist and Seafood…. Sustained Kiosk. From Bacon Twist we got the Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese and from a Seafood Sustained we got the Verlasso Sustsinable Salmon Tataki. 


Next was the Garlic Kissed kiosks where we got the Grilled Beef Tenderloin sliders and next to it was the Uncorked kiosks where I got the super yummy Mimosa  flight which consisted of Apricot, Pear, and Mango flavors. 


In the Hollywood Backlot was the LA Style kiosks where we got the Chicken Teriyaki Slider with spicy DOLE pineapple jam and the Korean Barbecue Beef Short Rib Tacos. 


And we ended our food adventure at the Onion Lair enjoying  Braised Wagyu Beef on Creamy Polenta and the French Onion Mac & Cheese. 


The Disney California Wine and Food Festival runs from March 10- April 16th. For non Annual Passholders, you will need to purchase a regular admission ticket ($124) into the park to attend this event. 

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Howling Rays Nashville Hot Chicken 

Recently I had a food experience I’d never had before. Now I’ve waited for an hour or 2 for a table at a major restaurant but NEVER have I had this experience at a fast food establishment. And that was just for the place to open. Howling Rays Nashville Hot Chicken is one of the hottest most try places in Downtown Los Angeles. If you don’t want to wait an hour or two or maybe three just for a taste, you need to get there at least an 1 1/2 before it opens so you can get your food in less than 20 minutes. Located in Chinatown, its located in a little alley filled with food boutiques and kiosk’s off of Broadway and Oregon. At first glance, you will miss it but look for the marquee on the side of the building.

 

Howling Rays is open Tuesdays- Saturdays from 11am-4pm and closed Sundays and Mondays.  I got to Howling Rays at 10:20am thinking it opens at 12pm. Even though I was technically “late” getting in line, the line wasn’t actually that long. It was wrapped around a little bit but I was standing across from the door which was a good thing. I literally got there just in time because before you know it, the line started to get super long really fast. I had somewhere to be at 1pm and I was hoping that I would get my food in time.

 


 Even though I wasn’t far from the opening door, it still took me 45 minutes just to get to the register to order my food. I will admit, I was a tad bit antsy with a mixed of anxiety by the time I got to the door. I kept saying to myself, your really waiting over an hour for a fried chicken sandwich. I rarely eat fried chicken but I am a true foodie and I wanted to earn more foodie points by braving the infamous Howling Ray line. Well I earned my stripes!! I will admit, after walking through the doors to order, a sense of calm came over me. When you walk in there’s good music, the staff is smiling and full of comedy. I believe that they know they have to set a happy mood for when all the hangry people finally enter through their doors. Watching the staff prepare the food is like a mini minstrel show. Their food preparation is full of antics, chants, and laughter. They interact with the customers, give out fist bumps and high fives and they get animated when they realized their being filmed on Snapchat. It was entertaining watching them as I waited for my food and it did make the wait go by quickly. 



When I finally got my food to go, I walked away from the area to do my usual food photoshoot. When I opened up my to go box, I just said wow. When I think chicken sandwich that wasn’t what I would’ve imagined. The sandwich is huge!! Now I’ve encountered, what I thought, was the biggest chicken sandwich ever at Disneyland but this one definitely beats it. After my photo shoot, I hurried back to the car so I could eat and drive. I couldn’t wait to try this sandwich I’ve heard and read so much about. First, I had to cut it in half. There’s no way I was going to be able to eat all of that. I took my first bite, savored, second bite, savored.. and I was conflicted. The sandwich is delicious! And I loved their French Fries and paring it with a side of Come Back sauce makes the fries even better.Its very good but I still haven’t decided if it was worth my long wait.


 I do want to go back to try their chicken and waffles that everyone seemed to be ordering that day but I will get up super early again and wait. I know that will result in me once again waiting an hour just so the place can open up. So I guess I answered my own conflicted question. If I’m thinking about going back and waking up early just for some chicken and waffles, then Howling Rays is worth it.

 

Howling Rays is located at 727 N. Broadway Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Parking: You can pay $5 for a lot or use the pay meters located on the streets. I paid the $5 for parking so I wouldn’t have to worry about a meter.

 

 

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Food Porn of the Week 

Recently, I was able to try out some Pork Belly Loaded fries from Pig Pen Delicacy  and OMG! They were so good and filling. I don’t eat a lot of pork on a regular basis but I will make exceptions every now and then. Of course this is just one of the delicious items on their menu. I can’t wait to go back and try more.


They have locations in Santa Ana inside 4th Street Market, 201 Market St.,Santa Ana, CA and they just recently opened a location in Downtown Long Beach inside the new Steel Craft Compound center in The Bixby Knolls area.

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Gratitude

Since I’m on my health kick right now, I’ve been fighting back and forth with my conscience about whether or not I should do Newport Beach Restaurant Week. After browsing the menu, I decided to try out Gratitude which is a vegan restaurant.  I felt like dining here wasn’t really going to destroy the health kick I’m currently on right now.

I’ve heard about Cafe Gratitude in LA from a few of my friends. They told me it was good but pricey. When I saw that Gratitude was on the Newport Beach restaurant week list, I decided to try it.


Gratitude (as it goes by in Newport) is located right off Irvine Blvd and Westcliff in a little cute shopping center. I love the ambience of this restaurant.



I was happy to learn that they have Happy Hour until 6 but I ordered from the pre  fixe Newport Beach Restarant Week Menu. I’ll do Happy Hour next time I go. 


Their Dine Week menu was great. You got a cocktail, appetizer, entree and dessert for $30 plus tax. I went with the skinny margarita which was delicious and boy was it strong 


For my starter, I got the Brussels Sprouts which was a great choice 


For my entree, I order the Mole Abuelita Enchiladas which was hands down the most delicious thing I’ve had in I don’t know how long 


And for dessert, I enjoyed a yummy macaroon treat 


This was hands down the BEST vegan meal I’ve ever had. Hands! Down!. I left wanting to go back there the next day. But again Gratitude is pricey so it’s going to become my new I feel like splurging on myself spot. I can’t wait to go back! 


Cafe Gratitude also has three locations in Los Angeles. 

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Festival of Holidays

Recently, Disneys California Adventure just ended their holiday food festival, Festival of the Holidays. I attended this event and got to try out some of the vendors while there. I will admit I wish they did more of a ticket system than pay for each food item from each vendor. I didn’t get to try as much as I wanted too ( the food was kinda pricey for the size samples they gave out) but I did get to try the items I had my eye on.



There was also alcohol vendors along with the food. You can choose between beer, wine and speciality made cocktails from each booth. 

Abuelitas Kitchen 

This was my favorite booth. I enjoyed this delicious open Chicken tamale with a Pomegrante Margarita (not pictured). The tamale definitely had a kick to it.



Southern Home Holidays 

I’m a Macaroni and Cheese lover so I was excited that they had this on their menu. However, I will admit. It was just okay. Being Disney, I excepted something sensational and it wasn’t nothing special. 


Mistletoe Morsels 

The Eggnog Cocktail from the Mistletoe Morsels was highly recommended to me. I finally got to try it and Boy Oh Boy am I happy I did. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Let’s just say I’m happy I had the mac and cheese before I drank this because this was strong and delicious!



Treats for Santa

The last booth I tried was Treats for Santa. Their Bourbon Cider took me to that level lol. It was so good but I definitely had to go get a compete meal and find a place to sit after this.



After that eggnog and Cider, the perfect meal to soak up all the goodness is always a burger and some onion rings. So I walked over to SmokeJumpers Grill near the entrance of the park , got a Bacon Cheddar Burger with Onion Rings 😋 to go and ate this food inside the Grand Californian in front of the fireplace 😌.


So as you can see, I enjoyed Festival of the Holidays. Nothing like going to the Disneyland Resort to do everything BUT get on rides. I will definitely be back this spring for the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival.