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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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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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Food Porn of the Week 

I’ve been following Oh My Burger (@ohmyburger) for a while on Instagram and finally decided to try this place out. 


They are known for their shakes, burgers and speciality fries. I decided to try out their Shrimp Alfredo Fries. They were so good and filling!!! I couldn’t eat it all and wished I’d invited someone to come help me eat. My food was cooked fresh and it was just everything. 


I will be coming back to try more food from here especially a chocolate shake. 

 Oh My Burger is located at 2142 El Segundo Blvd. Gardena, CA. 90249 and they are closed on Mondays

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Malibu Farms Restaurant and Bar

I love Malibu. I used to drive up there a lot when I was younger just to hang out and go to the beach. Recently, I went on an hiking excursion to Solstice Canyon with some friends and fell in love with Malibu all over again. After exploring the canyon for a few hours, naturally we were starving and in need of some good food. Once of my companions is vegan so we searched for an restaurant that met everyone’s diet restrictions. Luckily, being in Malibu where skinny is life, there were plenty of eating places to chose from. We were in a good mood and decided to have food on the Malibu Pier at the Malibu Farms Restaurant and Bar. 


Malibu Farms has two locations on the Pier. One location is the Restaurant and Bar and at the end of the Pier is the Café. We decided to dine at the Restaurant and maybe if we were still hungry, order from the Café for a dessert.




The Malibu Farms Restaurant and Bar is so cute and quaint. We walked in during the lunch hour and I knew we made the right choice in coming here. The atmosphere was perfect. The seating gave you a chill beach vibe and even though it was crowded, its a wide space so your not on top of each other. I was loving the furry cushions on the bench style tables and I loved how each table had either a different fresh herb or fresh vegetable as table décor.  


FYI, Malibu Farms is a farm to table restaurant and produce their own organic products. You can taste the freshness in the food.


Okay lets get to the food. I ordered the Malibu Blue Nachos ($12) which was the perfect choice for me. This item came with black beans, cheese salsa and sour cream. I was hungry but not in the mood for something large and this small size nachos was very delicious. You can add protein (chicken, steak or avocado) for an additional price of $4. Remember, you are in Malibu so if you plan on dining out in Malibu, expect to pay Malibu prices. But my $4 worth of fresh avocado was delicious.


My friend ordered the Spaghetti Squash Lasagna ($20). This squash was filled with cream spinach, mozzarella and tomato. We saw this being ordered a lot and now we know why. It was so good. Even though it wasn’t my order, of course my friend shared with me.


My other friend who is the main vegan of the group ordered the Cauliflower Crust Pizza ($16) and The Grilled Vegetable Sandwich ($15). That Pizza was delicious. Whatever herbs they used fro the cauliflower crust made it super tasty and the toppings of mozzarella, tomato and pesto tasted so fresh. Remember Malibu Farms do raise their own vegetable and make their sauces from scratch and you can definitely taste the freshness in the flavor.  The Grilled Vegetable Sandwich was delicious. I had a small taste and almost ordered it. It was a simple sandwich with hummus, arugula, avocado and roasted pepper. 

And last my other companion ordered the Chicken Broccoli Quesadillas ($15). I will admit, these were just okay compared to all the other food and my least favorite. It had a little bit of spicy aioli in it but I still felt like it was missing something to make it great. 


But overall I think the Malibu Farms Restaurant is a great place to dine. While, there we saw a cute set up for a Bridal Shower luncheon and this would be a great place to host an small get together brunch. I loved the atmosphere and the views of the ocean while dining. For pet lovers, you can also bring your dog into the restaurant to dine which is honestly my only negative comment about it. I’m not a fan of dining with pets.


So in the West LA area this weekend and looking for a nice place to dine, I would recommend taking a 15 minute drive up PCH from Santa Monica and dine here with friends. If you park in the structure across the street its a $10 flat fee which is your best option in that area.

 

Malibu Farms Restaurant and Bar- 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

 

 

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Food Porn of the Week 

Last weekend I got to visit the new SteelCraft food court in Long Beach. It’s a great little place to hang out, enjoy some food, music, drinks and relax. I went to eat at the Pig Pen Delicacy and got their Bacon Mac n Cheese Burger. The buns are fried macaroni and cheese with a beef patty with cheese and bacon in the center. It.. was… delicious!!! And the perfect meal for recovering from your fun filled night out. 

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Food Porn of the Day

I recently when to Disneyland to visit the Ye Olde Inn in Fantasyland. For s limited time, it is now the Red Rose Tavern and it’s a replica of the inn from Beauty and the Beast. Of course there is s large portrait of Gaston over the mantel along with portraits of Belle and the Beast. Disney switched out the entire original menu and created a new menu that goes with the new theme. One of the new items on the menu is the Enchanted Cauiflower  sandwich. It is a grilled cauliflower steak, with spicy lime aioli, tempura battered green beans, lettuce and tomato on a toasted roll. It is sooo good! If your going Disneyland soon I highly recommend you try it out 

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SlapFish 

I first heard of SlapFish last year from one of my cousins. She had their Clam Chowder fries and raved about them and they’ve been on my must try list for a while. But like many of the food places onmy must  try list, I end up forgetting about them because of one reason or another. I happened to be browsing Facebook and an ad about SlapFish in Newport offering $1 tacos popped up. So I put it in my calendar so I can finally get around to trying to this. 


Their offer started around 6pm and I get off at 5pm. I wanted to make sure I got there on time before a rush and still get my daily after workout in. I committed myself to this fitness lifestyle so I did my workout then rushed over to Newport right after. Luckily it was no line when o got there but 5 minutes later, here comes the rush.


This location was celebrating their 2 year anniversary by offering $1 fish tacos and $1 Chowder. Since this was my first time here, I told advantage of this deal and for one crispy Taco, one grilled taco and some Clam Chowder. 


The grilled fish taco is just okay but the crispy is my favorite. The Chowder also comes with scallions and bacon and I was down for that.

SlapFish is good. For $1 those tacos were huge! When you hear $1 tacos, usually they are the small street Taco size but not these. I definitely left stuffed but satisfied. I will be going back to try their Clam Chowder fries that I’ve heard so much about. 

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