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LA Eats: Guisados

Guisados

Of course a trip back home wouldn’t be complete without eating some tacos. Few people and couple websites pointed me to Guisados. They recently opened one in DTLA and lucky for me, I was there to check out the Big Gay Ice Cream LA shop.

I guess I should’ve done my homework before going to Guisados. Apparently, the better deal for first timers is to get the platter. It’s a platter of 6 small tacos which is great to get a feel of the place. Instead, I walked up to the counter and got a steak picado, chicken mole poblano, fish, and chicharron.

Let’s start with the not so great and meh. I did not like the chicharron (pork rinds simmered in chile verde) taco. When you think chicharron, you think crunchy and crispy. The chicharron at Guisados was soft because if I had done my homework again I would’ve known that they basically braise and simmer all their taco fillings. Slippery pork skin is not good eats to me. The pescado (grilled fish) taco was alright. I really think that, when it comes to fish tacos, the fish needs to be fried or else it sort of gets lost.

Oh man, but the steak picado and chicken mole poblano tacos were pretty darn good. Great flavors and texture, could’ve eaten 2 more of those.

The corn tortillas were tasty and thicker than the usual tortillas and I really liked that.

My sister told me that they have beef tendon tacos which I want to try, next time I’m home.

Guisados, locations in DTLA, Boyle Heights, and Echo Park Los Angeles

LA Eats: Petit Trois

Petit Trois

You know the phrase “cuts like butter?” Well I used it to describe the steak I was eating, to my friend while we were having lunch at Petit Trois. Oh wow..indeed.

Petit Trois

The steak frites ($33), which comes with an onion soup sauce, is major delicious. The steak was tender and rare and fatty. I also could’ve just eaten the free bread and butter, toasty and soft. My friend ordered the croque monsieur which was really good and really heavy. We also shared a plate of the salmon rillettes that I happily slathered it over the bread and butter.

I hear it gets crazy crowded during dinner service so if you have a chance, go for lunch.

Petit Trois 718 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles

LA Eats: Ricky’s Fish Taco

Ricky's Fish Tacos
I’ve been wanting to check out Ricky’s Fish Tacos ever since I read about him on Dylan Ho’s blog few years ago. Though without a Twitter account, it was a little difficult to track him down, especially it takes about an hour to go to LA from my parents’ house. But finally he joined Twitter and I was able to see if he’ll be out on the street serving his delicious fish, shrimp and some times lobster tacos. So last October, while I was out in LA with the Big Gay Ice Cream guys, I drove to 1400 N. Virgil Ave in Los Feliz where Ricky was suppose to be. Sadly, after driving around the same corner a dozen times, I gave up and drove home.

This time, armed with my iPhone and Google Maps, I succeeded in locating him!

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LA Street Food Fest 2013

Squash blossom

Words and photos by Sandy Lee

The LA Street Food Fest will soon be upon us once more for the 4th consecutive year. Saturday, June 29th to be exact. The All You Can Eat & Drink event will have street foods from 85+ trucks and carts, a Beer Garden, cocktails, and an Ice Cream Social (desserts and sweets purveyors) and will be held once again at the Rose Bowl. Live music will also be a part of the festivities with bands to be announced in the coming weeks. Admission will be through pre-sale only tickets and will be capped at just 5,000.

Ticket Options:
VIP Early Admission 3-9p, $75
General Admission 5-9p, $50

Tickets and details – LAStreetFoodFest.com
Tickets – Eventbrite

I had the privilege and pleasure to attend the preview party on June 3, graciously hosted at the venerable Guelaguetza restaurant, getting a little sneak peak. Some comments/tips/highlights from the vendors of the night follows.

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LA Eats: The Food Porn Edition

In-N-Out

I just came back from a 2 week time off in LA and it was FREAKING wonderful. Though it wasn’t all play. The first week I spent it with these guys (yes I was doing work) and the second week was a total tv on the couch time.

Besides eating burgers from In-N-Out and mom’s cooking, most of the meals I had were from places I have never been before. Luckily everything I ate during my 2 weeks in LA was mighty delicious.

Check out what I ate after the jump…
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The Big Gay Ice Cream Invades LA

Big Gay Ice Cream LA

I’m in LA, tagging along with the Big Gay Ice Cream guys with special guest Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina. It’s gonna be an awesome week and hopefully my LA friends will come out to hang and eat some tasty sweets!

Also while chilling at Duff Goldman’s new cake shop (Duff’s Cake Mix), I finally met my tv crush (Anna)!

Below is their schedule. Be sure to check their Twitter for up-to-date info, in case of possible location/time changes.

10/23 TUESDAY
Duff’s Cake Mix 2:00-5:00pm
8302 Melrose Avenue @ N. Sweetzer Ave (map)

Kogi BBQ route 6:00-9:00pm
14209 Ventura Blvd @ Calhoun Ave, Sherman Oaks (map)

10/24 WEDNESDAY
Kogi BBQ route 11:30am-2:30pm
Yahoo! Center, Broadway & 26th St, Santa Monica (map)

Heath Ceramics 4:00-7:00pm
7525 Beverly Blvd @ Sierra Bonita Ave (map)

10/25 THURSDAY
World of Wonder Productions 12:00-4:00pm
6650 Hollywood Blvd @ N. Cherokee Ave, Hollywood CA, alleyway (map)

Graffiti Sublime Coffee Bar 5:00-8:00pm
180 S. La Brea Ave @ W. 2nd St, LA CA, parking lot (map)

Studio of Environmental Architecture 9:00-11:00pm
57 Market Street btw Pacific and Speeday, Venice (map)

10/26 FRIDAY
Private Event 12:00-2:00pm

Duff’s Cake Mix 3:00-4:30pm
8302 Melrose Avenue @ N. Sweetzer Ave (map)

Animal Restaurant 6:30-11:00pm
435 N. Fairfax, LA CA, parking at lot at Rosewood Ave (map)

10/27 SATURDAY
Susan Feniger’s Street 12:00-3:00pm
742 N Highland Ave @ Waring Ave (map)

Faultline Bar 8:00pm-11:00pm
4216 Melrose Ave @ N. Vermont Ave (map)

LA Street Food Fest 2012

LA Street Food Fest
Editor’s note: Our LA contributors (Sandy Lee and Susana Fung) got an early taste of what to expect at this year’s LA Street Food Fest, happening tomorrow at the Rose Bowl. Photo by Susana Fung

The LA Street Food Fest is back for the 3rd year this Saturday, July 21. And it looks to be better than ever. Over 100 food trucks and restaurants will be on hand, from the “gourmet” variety to the local loncheros to special guests all the way from Baja. Their offerings are ranging from ice-cream served alongside chicken and waffles to cola-glazed Berkshire pork to poutine and moqueca (Brazilian fish stew). Booths from well regarded restaurants such as Picca, Spice Table, Sotto and Short Order will be on hand as well.

Taking place at the Rose Bowl, a limited amount of tickets will be sold, which should stave off the crush of the hungry crowds that have overwhelmed other such events. Ticket price is $45 for regular admission. It is all-inclusive, thus the food and the samplings of cocktails, tequilas, and beer are all incorporated into the cost. A VIP option is also available for $65.

Of course the goal for a food event that brings together such diverse eats into one centralized locale would be to try everything on hand. But if it’s not physically possible to eat everything in sight, dishes not to be missed include:

Hansik Truck/Moo Dae Po II: LA Galbi
Flavorful, smoky Korean grilled meat perfect for the outdoor locale

The Grilled Cheese Truck: Cheesy Mac & Rib
Rich and cheesey goodness

Lazy Ox Canteen: Paella
Chef Perfecto Rocher is a third-generation paella maker from Spain that has spent time working under Chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli

Kings Row Gastropub: Curried Al Pastor Port Belly with Fresh Naan
Tender meat atop naan accompanied by a curry sauce with avocado, red onions, and pineapple

Antojitos Carmen
Get the chicharron taco with meat if available. Crispy pork skin. Is there anything else that needs to be said?

HAUS: Spicy Chicken Dukboki
Juicy chicken with a hint of sweetness grilled to just the right temperature.