This Weekend: In Los Angeles

Thursday, August 18th

SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL (Aug 18th – 20th)  This three day music festival will be tribute to Motley Crue, taking place at some of WeHo’s most ledgendary music venues.  The festival will kick off Thursday & Friday night with live performances at 5 different venues on the Sunset Strip.  Saturday the music heads from the venues to the street with performances by MOTLEY CRUE, BUSH, PUBLIC ENEMY, MATT & KIM, ESCAPE THE FATE, THE DIRTY HEADS, COBRA STARSHIP, SHE WANTS REVENGE, BLACK VEIL BRIDES, TRIBAL SEEDS, + 50 bands.

Tickets: Range from $55 – $120.  Click Here to check it out!  Where:  West Hollywood

Friday, August 19th, 2011

OUTDOOR FILMS @ LACMA – THE TIM BURTON SERIES  Summer evenings in Hancock Park watching Tim Burton movies for FREE!  Bring your blankets, your snacks, and your pillows.  This weekends movie is none other than Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.  

Cost:  Free  Where: Hancock Park, Dorothy Collins Brown Ampitheater – 

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

BE-BOPPIN’ IN THE PARK  Join over 15,000 vintage car lovers for a night of cars, music, and good food.  Live performances by The Painkillers and The Amazing Wildcats.

Cost: Free Where: Magnolia Park in Burbank

WORLD GYOZA EATING CHAMPIONSHIP The summer hot dog eating contests at Coney Island are a thing of the past, this weekend in downtown LA’s Little Toyko, speed-eaters will take down 231+ of small dumplings known as Gyoza in 10 minutes!  The contest is part of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival.  

Cost: Free  Where:  Japanese American Cultural & Community Center  When: 1:30pm

TASTE OF BREWS  A day of more than 100 beers from over 50 local, regional and international brewers with gourmet beer munchies from gastropubs around the county.  The all-inclusive price gets you unlimited beer tastings, free food samples, live music, and free giveaways!

Cost:  $45  Where:  Lighthouse Park, Long Beach  When:  1:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

BEER GARDEN & WHOLE ANIMAL ROAST  Tender Greens Hollywood is hosting a day of beer and spicket roasted lamb.  Tender Greens is taking it on to roast a different whole animal once a month.  

Cost:  $35 per person  Where:  Tender Greens, Hollywood  When:  5:00pm – 9:00pm

GOURMET MUSIC CARNIVAL  Food Trucks offering up Mac ‘n’ cheese, sliders, red velvet cupcakes can be devored while listening to local bands like The Hangman and Broken Numbers.  Vendors will be selling crafts, jewelry, vintage wares and art!

Cost:  $12/$16 per person  Where:  LA State Historic Park  When:  11:00am – 7:00pm



Food Truck Files: February

My job is feeding my food truck addiction!  In December my Woodland Hills based job, moved to the Yahoo! Center in Santa Monica.  I am not sure if it’s the trendiness of this office location (home to MTV, Universal Studios, HBO, Match.com, etc) or the fact that we are no longer stuck in the Valley, but this location draws hoards of food trucks.  Every week day you can wander over to 26th & Pennsylvania in Santa Monica, from 11:00am – 2:00pm to satisfy your food truck lust.  8 – 10 trucks are parked awaiting the hungry workers, there to serve and please.

A month full of trucks…

Frysmith

A truck I can never seem to just walk by!  Their awe-inspiring French Fry sensations make you drool leaving it impossible to pass by without submitting to the utter deliciousness.  Although this is the first time I have written about Frysmith, it is by no means the first I have indulged.  This is one not to miss!

FrySmith

Menu Must Trys:

  • Kimchi Fries — American favorite mixed with a Korean tradition – Kimchi with Kurobuta pork belly, onions and cheddar cheese.

Kimchi Fries

  • Rajas Fries — Steak Dinner – Fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions and shawarma-marinated steak with Jack cheese

Rajas Fries

  • Poutine Fries – Only served on special occasions – mushroom based gravy & cheese curds

Poutine Fries

Great Balls on Tires

A clever/hilarious name and a renowned chef that turns out a global culture of meatballs.  Sure you have your typical and most widely recognized favorite the Italian meatball (Chao Bella selection on the G-BOT menu), but this truck is about the meatballs that can be found in almost every other culture — G-BOT puts out meatball from Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, American, and Mediterranean cuisines.

IncrediBall - Kobe Beef, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Gruyere, Wild Arugula, Garlic Aioli on a Toasted Brioche

Great Balls on Tires

Looking to track you favorite food trucks?

Try out the new US Food Truck Map for an up-to-date map that is fueled by each trucks original Twitter Feeds.  With coverage in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, San Diego, Portland, New York City, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago, Austin, and Boston.

Food Truck Files: November

The Food Truck phenomenon is still trending upward in the city that made it cool to eat from a truck.  With new trucks trying to find their niche to technologies that seem made for the food truck business — it’s riding high and people are waiting in a 150 person deep line to try the “Grilled Cheese Truck“!

This month I bring you a truck that has found an ironic niche and one that has capitalized on the growing desire to fuse the Los Angeles taco with Korean flavors.

Vizzi Truck

The Vizzi Truck — Unique. Upscale. Catering.  A food truck that has decided that the decadence and taste factor of their food is only part of the food truck puzzle.  Why not add a little entertainment and benefit the community at the same time.  The Vizzi Truck mission is to provide the community with a fine and sustainable dining experience as well as spotlight the hidden talents of the art community.  The truck fully equipped with TV’s and a stereo system is the perfect spot to showcase new and upcoming musicians, DJ’s, and film makers.

Oh and the food!  A menu I guarantee you haven’t seen offered in the truck community.  Osso Tacos, a Wedge Salad and Braised Wagyu Beef are only a few of the offerings.  It’s definitely not hard to find yourself struggling to decide what dishes to try!  After a serious debate about what to order, we came to a compromise.  Bacon Grilled Cheese Please!  Grueyre, Carmelized Onions, Bleu-Bacon Fondue, and a Winter Tomato is a combination that is melt in your mouth awe inspiring!

Vizzi Menu

Bacon Grilled Cheese from the Vizzi Truck

All LAians alike respect and bow to the Kogi “King”, Roy Choi for starting the gourmet food truck craze and introducing Southern Californians to a concept that we have come to worship, Taco Fusion!  Today you can find the staple of Southern California cuisine, the taco, fused together with anything from Texas BBQ to Korean flavors.

Calbi is a well-known and followed Taco Fusion truck that has been able to co-exist with the phenom Kogi is taking LA by storm.  They have a total of 6 trucks that are roaming the streets of Los Angeles and Orange County scouring for hungry passerby.  To see the Calbi weekly schedule, click here and make sure to try the Korean Spicy Pork Taco!

Calbri

Korean Fusion Tacos from Calbri

Dear fellow food truck fanatics… have you tried MobileCravings “Top 10 Los Angeles Food Trucks”?

1ST PLACE:  Grilled Cheese Truck

2nd PLACE: Kogi Korean BBQ Truck

3rd PLACE: Buttermilk Truck

4th PLACE: The Sweets Truck

5th PLACE:  Komodo Truck

6th PLACE: Nom Nom Truck

7th PLACE: Frysmith

8th PLACE:  India Jones Chow Truck

9th PLACE:  Lets Be Frank

10th PLACE Tie:  Border Grill Truck & Don Chow Taco Truck

Clue me in on what your taste buds scream for when it comes to your mobile cravings?

Food Truck Files – September

As I have begun to see a reoccurring theme in my efforts to try every food truck on the planet or at least in the Los Angeles County — today I bring to you what I am introducing as a new monthly special called “Food Truck Files”.  So drum up your truck hunting skills and begin watering your taste buds with these truck stops.

TAKOYAKI TANOTA

Takoyaki Tanota

You are probably wondering what in the world is Takoyaki?

Takoyaki

These golf-ball size pancake balls are filled with a warm mix of diced Octopus, Green onions, Ginger, and Tempura pieces.  They are topped off with a Tanota Original sauce, Mayo, Dried Seaweed, and some more Green Onions.  As decadent as theses bite size balls are the coolest thing about them is how they are cooked.

Takoyaki Chef

The cook ladles the batter into a Takoyaki Grill which looks like a cupcake pan with 1/2 spherical molds.  As the batter begins to cook he fills it with the mixings and rotates the small ball with an ice cream scoop tool.  The process is fascinating and draws quite a crowd.  So next time you see the Takoyaki cart stop — step outside your box and try something new.  As the crew from Tanota says in their mission statement, “It ain’t easy introducing something new to the world but look at “Sushi” now! People thought it was the most disgusting food in the world when it was first starting to spread, Shouldn’t be harder than Sushi because it’s cooked!” — Tanota Takoyaki

AHN-JOO – A Korean Snack Bar

Ahn - Joo

Ahn Joo offers a tapas style contemporary korean dishes ranging from $3 – $7 depending on size.  With offerings such as Kimchee Citrus Pork with Roasted Fuji Apple Skewers and Korean Nachos (fried rice cakes, smokey chile queso, soy braised pork, and kimchee salsa this truck is taking the Korean food truck craze to a brand new level of innovation.

Kimchee Citrus Pork with Roasted Fuji Apples


TASTY MEAT! TRUCK

Tasty Meat's The Bamwich

Not all beef not all lamb — The Bamwich.  The Tasty Meat! Truck is filling a void in the Los Angeles Food Truck world with Turkish doner kabob.  Those enormous cones of meat that are cooked on a vertical spit and sliced off to order with electric shavers or knifes.  The deliciousness gets piled onto pita bread or nann and topped with fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and a greek yogurt sauce.  The result is a meat filled sandwich that tastes ooh so good!

Head out this weekend in search for your local on the go eats.  To Follow the Street Food Movement with Roaming Hunger.  Showcasing food trucks in cities from Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Orange County, Portland, San Francisco, Vancouver, & Washington DC.