Drink-Eat-Play Block Party

Los Angeles Block PArty

Living in the Los Angeles vicinity provides you with endless uniquely designed events and activities that pertain to every individual’s unique interests.  Mine just happen to be anything pertaining to food and drink.  Drink-Eat-Play is a haven for all local events that create a longing in my taste buds.

Drink-Eat-Play puts on:

The Los Angeles Beer Festival was my first-ever Drink-Eat-Play event, hosted at Sony Studios on the neighborhood set — quite a picture perfect location.  A sold out event — complete with 40+ breweries, local gourmet food trucks and 40 oz to Freedom – a sublime cover band.  The event was a great success, so when I stumbled upon a second follow-up event at Paramount Studios I jumped at the opportunity.

Sony Pictures Studios

The Los Angeles Block Party was ironically held in the New York Street Backlot set of Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.  The set encompasses a 5-acre area in which 8 distinct areas of New York City have been recreated Brooklyn, Brownstone, Financial District, Greenwich Village, Lower East Side, SoHo, Upper East Side, & Washington Square.  All of which have been used to film movies and television shows such as Mission Impossible: III, Mr. & Mrs Smith, Frasier, Ally McBeal and Seinfeld.

New York Street Backlot at Paramount Studios

New York Street Backlot at Paramount Studios

Add an awesome location + cool food trucks/buses + craft brews = you have a very happy camper 🙂  A favorite part of the event is discovering new craft breweries that are attempting to make their mark in the newly and widely accepted craft brew world.  With Craft Brew leaders such as Stone Brewing Co., Firestone, New Belgium Brewing and Dogfish Head the new competition is up to par.  A close call — that I found myself returning to grab another taste was Noble Ale Works, a micro-brewery located in Anaheim that has just got their feet wet and is making a huge stomp.  My favorite the Noble Ale Works IPA a hoppy, full bodied beer with a hint of citrus and pine.

Noble Ale Works

After several 4oz taste testers one begins to crave some decadence for the taste buds.  A double decker food bus was definately the star of the show.  WorldFare Busaurant is a food truck on steroids.  A kitchen on the lower deck and a umbrella shaded top deck serves as a dining area.  Taking the food truck business to a whole new level.

In effort to try new food trucks — Dim Sum Truck was in order.  We sampled the Pork & Shrimp Shu Mai and Shrimp Har Gow Dumplings as well as a Kung Pao Duck Taco.  However walking by the FrySmith Truck was simply not an option.  We sampled the Rajas Fries this time complete with fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions and shawarma-marinated steak with Jack cheese.

Dim Sum Combo & Kung Pao Taco

Raja Fries from FrySmith

All in all the Drink-Eat-Play event has once again hooked me with good beer, good food, and good memories.

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