Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Baja's best plus local food artisans hit Saturday's L.A. Street Food fest


Mariscos La Guerrerense's wonderful Ensenada seafood tostada stand
The L.A. Street Food festival is actually in Pasadena, but this summer's edition features a wide array of native to L.A. food trucks, a clutch of the city's best artisanal foodcrafters and most unique of all, several chefs and stands coming up from Baja California and bringing food that's almost never available north of the border. After a wobbly start in 2010, the festival added more vendors, beefed up organization and settled on the Rose Bowl venue, which seems to better accommodate crowds. Here's a few stops not to miss at the Saturday fest.
Poutine from Gravy Train

Baja highlights: 


Baja super chefs Benito Molina and Javier Plascencia will be there -- Plascencia will make barbacoa tamal with pickled veggies; Tijuana's Mariscos el Mazateno will make spicy shrimp tacos, undoubtedly one of the finest tastes on the planet. Amazing Ensenada seafood stand Mariscos La Guerrerense will bring its sea snail tostada and tostada campechana, while other Baja stands include Tacos Kokopelli, in the U.S. for the first time, and Aqui es Texcoco.

Ice cream social: 


Tons of great stuff, but some of the standouts will be Mother Moo Creamery, with salty chocolate ice cream, Secret Squirrel Coffee, Short Cake bakery and the elusive Dragon's Whisker candy.
Speculoos waffles from Waffles de Liege

Much much more:


It's a little overwhelming, but here's some more of what L.A.'s got to offer: chefs Ricardo Zarate, Bryant Ng, Steve Samson and Zach Pollack. A tequila tasting with eight hard-to-find varieties. Cart for a Cause with chef Neal Fraser's cornflake-crusted pig's foot with truffle aioli. And of course, food trucks and carts like Waffles de Liege, Mexicali Taco, Gravy Train Poutinerie,  the Fox Pizza Bus and the debut of the Peking Duck Truck.

1 comment:

Food GPS said...

El Mazateno and La Guerrerense are unrivaled in L.A. People should hit the Rose Bowl just for those bites. Wait, did you say Peking Duck Truck?