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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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NAACP Image Awards After-Party

I attended the NAACP Awards and After-party that was held in Pasadena at the Civic Auditorium. The entire event was a lovely celebration of African-American who work in the Entertainment industry. But always a grand awards celebration is the after-party where everyone can led down their hair, eat some good food, enjoy some cocktails and dance the night away. Hosted by Hyundai, there were some live performances from Raheem Davaughn, Melanie Fiona and BBD. I was there for BBD personally. Been a huge fan of New Edition since I was a little kid. But while I waited for BBD, I did enjoy the nice buffet style spread the after-party provided. 




There was a lot of food which seemed to be more of a Caribbean theme. There was yellow rice, plantains, lots of fruit like pineapples, watermelon, strawberries, etc, fried fish, Caribbean style grilled chicken, turkey, and regular favorites like macaroni and cheese, garden salad, and grilled cheese with tomato bisque and so much more. 

  

And for the grand finale, a table was switched out and turned into a dessert bar. I convinced myself that one night wouldn’t hurt lol and indulged in the dessert bar. I’m happy the desserts were more of the bite size portions so I didn’t feel to guilty about breaking my diet. My favorite was the apple pie tart and the lemon meringue tart.

 

 If your looking for a nice sized ballroom to host an event with delicious food, I recommend inquiring about the Pasadena Civic Center ballroom. There’s plenty of room and the catering is delicious.

  

 Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA. 91101

 
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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. 

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Food Porn of the Week 

I love Hot Chocolate so when I found out that Afters ice cream parlour had a Hot Cocoa holiday flavor, I was excited. It’s so god and taste just like actual hot chocolate but cold. It reminded me of the Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendepity. If your a hot chocolate person, head to your nearest Afters location and give it a taste. It’s only around for a limited time. 

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Brunch At The Races

I attended LA Weekly annual Brunch At The Races held at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. 

This event is a must if you’ve never been. Ladies, grab your hat or fastenator, Men grab your hat and vest and come eat your entire life away. No really you will eat your entire life away. I was full for two days after this event no lie. There was so much good food and unfortunately, my body wouldn’t let me eat all of it. But I definitely got my fill. 

Brunch at the Races had about 33 vendors and even alcohol vendors and you can go back to a vendor as much as you want. Me and my friend stuffed ourself silly. It was that nasty I can barely breathe type of stuffing. But no regrets. We plan to attend this event again next year. 


As I mentioned there were so many vendors and we didn’t eat at all of them. But we defiebtely enjoyed the ones we got to experience before our stomachs side no more!

                      Red Bread 

This was the first booth we tried. I’m not really a fan of sourdough bread BUT the jam spread of this bread was just amazing. 

                  Open Sesame

I said I was only going to try the restaurants I’ve never been too BUT I just couldn’t resist Open Sesame. I love this restaurant so much it’s pathetic. Their sample plate consisted of Chicken Tawook, garlic sauce, pickled tomatoes, pita and hummus. I wish they offered their tabouli at this event. Best Tabouli ever! 




                      Pez Cantina

I’ve never heard of this place and the food was so good. We had breakfast tostadas with a dirty Horchata. That Horchata was so dang good. We went back like 4 times just for it.  


                        Ubatuba

This booth offered some delicious Acai bowls. Each one had a different mix and they were all good. 


                  Makers Mark

I am a woman that enjoys dark liquor so I was excited to see that Makers Mark was on site. They offered you a shot or Makers on the rocks. It was almost 100 degrees that day, so I got a Makers on the rocks. Plus, you got a neat little souvenir cup if you got it on the rocks. 




                     L.A. Chapter

L.A. Chapter is located on the first floor of the Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A. I’ve eaten here before with friends and it’s okay. They did have some delicious mini pancakes to sample at their booth. 

                      The Brix

This is also a Downtown L.A. eatery that I must indulge in one day. I had a delicious barbacoa breakfast taco with avocado from them. It was just perfect. 




                       The Guild

I didn’t get to much information about this place BUT the braised short rib they were serving melted in your mouth. It was cooked so perfect. 

                   Preux and Proper

I’ve heard of this place and I was excited to finally get a feel for this restaurant. Another popular Downtown L.A. eatry, this New Oreleans themed restaurant is know for their delicious yet filling meals. They were offering shrimp and grits today and I was excited because I’ve never had this dish before. 

It was delicious but I can’t see myself eating this often. Grits are already filling and mixing in some type of protein will have you full pretty much all day. I ate a small portion but it was definitely delicious. I didn’t eat all of it because I was already halfway full and there were more places I wanted to try out. 



There were a few more vendors we tried out like Little Dom’s, Bai bubbles, Hennessy, Jones Coffee Roasters, Hyperion, and so much more. This event was for the true hardcore foodies and wonderful. And after the event, you can walk over to the track and enjoy a few rounds of horseracing.

So me and my friend had a great time but we over did it lol. But no regrets. Definitely  a great day. 

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Alcoholic Popsciles 

I know in some parts of the country, the weather is starting to cool down but summer is still raging out here in Southern California. We are having perfect weather for some ice cream or maybe some gelato or maybe an alcoholic Popscile. Wait did she just say alcoholic Popsciles? Yes I did. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying this delicious cold treat twice. 

A while ago, I attended an ice cream social for a Sunday Funday at Lock and Key in Koreatown and they were giving away Patron Popsciles. Yes this is a real thing, yes it’s good and yes you might get a little tipsy if you have a few of them. But no I don’t know where these can be purchased. These were being given out at a special promotion event.

This past weekend at the beach, I met a young lady who has started her own line of alcoholic infused Popsciles. Her company is called Beach Town Pops and her name is Ashley. Ashley had two flavors that she was selling when we met: Barcardi Mango and Mojito. I got the Mojito and my friend got the mango. The mango is good but the Mojito is nice and strong. 

I checked out Ashley’s company page on Instagram and she also caters special events with her Popsciles. And for you out there that are non drinkers or on special diets, she also makes non alcoholic Popsicle and popsciles with agave. 

For more information visit beachtownpops.com 

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