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@frugalfoodiefam baking some very vanilla cupcakes or @BabyCakesBaking specials

December 9, 2011

Cupcakes are hot!

Just ask Khryste at BabyCakes Baking Company in Torrance www.babycakesshop.com. Her pink and white pinstriped shoppe “specializes in creative cupcakes which offer unique flavor combinations that appeal to adults as well as kids.” Everyday you will find regular tasty offerings, and up to six Daily Specials, such as the maple cupcake – my personal favorite.

If baking not buying cupcakes is more your style then Frugal Foodie Family offers up a recent blog post with a recipe for very vanilla cupcakes that will tickle your fancy. The recipe and instructions are well designed in this blog – which is generously illustrated with photographs. Thank you Kelly. You make eating well on a budget easy and fun.

http://frugalfoodiefamily.com/2011/12/08/very-vanilla-cupcakes/

very vanilla cupcakes a la frugal foodie family

Food Truck Safari, evening @lomoarigato @VCHOSTRUCK @maccheesetruck @SeabirdsTruck @ShortstopBBQ @Slapyomamatruck @MandolineGrill @Takoyakitanota

October 28, 2011

“What do you want for dinner?” I hate this conversation opener.
If I haven’t already planned, shopped, found inspiration, or, let’s say, I had a long day, being the dinner project manager is not something I want to be. Why not try casual dining for a change? Drive-by Dining?

Thanks to food truck events or chuck wagon circles, I don’t have to AND as a bonus, I can meet some great people trying to make a living in a more mobile community like Southern California.

Okay, I don’t want to drive far, I don’t want to limit my choices, where can we go? Narbonne High School?

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http://www.eatdindinagogo.blogspot.com/
“Bringing the best food trucks to the best cities every week.” DinDinAGoGo (DDAGG)
@SouthBayDDaGG is my favorite but they cover lots of areas in So Cal.
Every Thursday night @ #NarbonneHighSchool 24300 Western Ave Harbor City 90710 5:30 – 9:30 any questions call 310-940-0073. You don’t need to bring a chair as there are tables, chairs, and free parking. Dogs may be restricted (we didn’t see any). People of all ages are there, eating, tasting, talking, sharing. Credit cards, cash.

And we saw:

@lomoarigato
My neighbor totally rawks! “Creator of DinDin-a-GoGo & Proudly Reppin’ the SouthBay and LA with J-style Peruvian yumz since 09. Thanks for the L.O.V.E.!!” She is the best!
http://www.lomoarigato.com

@VCHOSTRUCK
Got pupusas? “Vchos is Los Angeles’ first gourmet Pupusa truck, serving up FRESH traditional Central American food with a modern twist. Vchos is slang for young people.” DO NOT miss the empanadas!
http://vchostruck.com

@maccheesetruck
“The Macaroni and Cheese Factory food truck is coming soon to a location near you with specialized menu items.” Very popular, sells out fast. Pretty close to the perfect comfort food.
http://macaroniandcheesefactory.com

@SeabirdsTruck
“We’re an Organic Vegan Food Truck from Orange County using local produce and top quality, organic ingredients. Gluten-free & Raw Options!” (Don’t be scared off by healthier food choices! You might surprise yourself with some amazing discoveries.)
http://seabirdstruck.com

**Note: Vegan Halloween Party this Saturday at Verdugo Bar! check it out… (non-vegans are welcome!!) http://t.co/43UFFJQk.

@Slapyomamatruck
“Soul Food so good it makes you wanna Slap Yo Mama! Fried Chicken, Greens, Mac N Cheese, Gumbo, Lobster Po’Boy, Frog Legs &more!”
http://marketplace.tapinla.com/marketplace/san-fernando-valley/businesses/slap-yo-mama-truck/

@MamboJuiceTruck
“Let Mambo Juice add some flavor to your day!” Juices, fruit, lemonade, shaved ice. Sweet treats.
http://www.mambojuicetruck.com

@SlapFishTruck featuring Chef Gruel
“A modern seafood shack on wheels. Stop by and stuff some fresh in your face.” Delish! Very impressed with owner Jethro Naude’s cyber savvy – the business cards have a QR code for easy access to their website. Very cool!
http://www.slapfishsocal.com

@BSweetMobile
B Sweet Catering’s new dessert truck! Serving freshly baked cupcakes, pies, cookies, breads, and other sweets.
http://www.mybsweet.com
plus @105ChuckWagon

@stackersfoodtrk
“We’re a couple of friends who love eating big. We have a 3lb challenge burger for the brave come out & hang with us.”
http://www.stackersfoodtruck.com

@KingKoneLA
“King Kone is a mobile ice parlor providing treats out of a sweet butter yellow truck!! mmmmm”
http://KingKoneLA.com/

@MandolineGrill
“Traditional and vegan-friendly Gourmet Vietnamese food truck serving the streets of Los Angeles!”
http://www.mandolinegrill.com

@Takoyakitanota
“Takoyaki Truck in LA/OC. Real osaka style takoyaki is served at my trailer. Puffy and melty inside must make you happy! Enjoy Tanota’s takoyki!!” This specialty open-air mobile grill might not have a high a profile as a truck or a big menu but the fish balls are delicious, with shrimp or octopus.
http://takoyakitanota.com/

@ShortstopBBQ
“We are young people with a passion and appreciation for food done right. It’s our mission to bring you delicious dirty BBQ.”
http://www.shortstopbbq.com

@papajuansFT
“Specializing in Baja style fish @ shrimp tacos, deepfried shrimp quesadillas, shrimp taquitos, fish & shrimp ceviche. Come have A Taste Of Baja!”
Facebook: papajuansfishtacos

@cheeseballwagon.com
“Cheesy Chaz and the Cheesecake Cuties are bringing their Cheeseballs to LA…”
http://cheeseballwagon.com

Not present but talked about:
http://thelimetruck.com/lime/Home.html

@thelimetruck
“Crisp. Refreshing. California Beach Cuisine. The concept is simple, make great healthy food and have it readily available. ”

Note: @YukonFoodFest
We are bringing you the best in gourmet food trucks Friday, Nov 18 as part of a fundraiser for Yukon Elementary 17815 Yukon Avenue Torrance, CA 90504-3927
@
YukonFoodFest
will be every 3rd week of the month. Supported by and for Yukon Elementary and Torrance Unified School District.

@alpinevillageca 6 more days of Oktoberfest 2011 in Torrance

October 16, 2011

http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/

Nothing quite like it, since 1968.Alpine Village

According to the website (and you can buy tickets online):
“The Alpine Village celebrates Oktoberfest each and every year as it has since 1968. We recreate the great festival  for 7 weeks during September and October complete with oom-pah-pah bands flown in direct from Deutschland, German bier, and our authentic, homemade Bratwurst and Polish sausages. Last year nearly 70,000 of you came to revel with us in all of your chicken dancing glory. This year we will continue the fun—-come see what it’s all about!”

There are full lunch and dinner menus including Bavarian specialties like goulash (don’t you love just saying that word?), sausage, strudel, sauerbraten, wienerschnitzel, and potato pancakes. Don’t worry – they also offer hamburgers, fish and chicken entries as well. Come for the chicken dance, stay for the pastries!

Alpine Village offers a variety of German, Belgian and Craft Beers on 15 rotating taps. You’ll find: Bitburger Premium Pilsner, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Hofbrau Lager, Paulaner Pils, Paulaner Marzen Oktoberfest, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Warsteiner Dunkel, Wernesgruner, Firestone Walker Solace Ale, Oskar Blues, G’Knight Imperial Red, Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard, Paulaner Lager, Reissdorf Kolsch, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Stone Brewing Ruination Double IPA, and Weihenstephan Korbinian Doppelbock.

As a community landmark, Alpine Village does its part as a community leader by supporting charities with the annual Oktoberfest ticketing. In 2010, Alpine Village donated 10,000 event tickets to over 20 non-profit groups, school clubs and churches – groups then sold tickets as a fundraiser. It sounds a bit self-serving but connection within the community among nonprofits and local businesses is important.

Alpine Village In 2011 several groups, including the South Bay Center for Counseling (www.sbaycenter.com), are using this fundraising program to support their programs.

Get your Oompah pah on at Alpine Village while Oktoberfest 2011 is still happening. Follow on Facebook, Twitter or just stop by the website. Located on Torrance Blvd. off the 110 South, at the 405 South. LOTS OF FREE PARKING.

@SoBayFoodFest on Oct 15 in Carson, with 30 top Gourmet Food Trucks

October 15, 2011

Join in the Inaugural South Bay Food Fest at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Saturday October 15, 1:00-7:00 p.m. http://www.sobayfoodfest.com/

VIP tickets priced at $40 and include one-hour early admission (12:00 noon), access to the VIP Lounge in the American Express Stadium Club and a South Bay Food Fest commemorative T-Shirt.

The ultimate foodie fan destination, featuring over 30 of the top gourmet food trucks along with the best restaurants in the South Bay including @BorderGrill, @LATruckWagon, @MeSoHungryTruck, @rebelbite, @LudoTruck, @ButtermilkTruck, @BOLLYWOOD_BITES, @WhiteRabbitTruk, and more.
Don’t miss Chef appearances at Side Stage:
2:00 Alejandra Schrader (cooking demo), from Master Chef Season 2
5:00 Michael Shafer (cooking demo), owner and executive Chef at The Depot and Buffalo Fire Department

General admission $12. Daily Breeze subscribers receive discount ($2 online coupon)?

$8 w/ Student ID. $5 w/ Military ID (4 tix max).

RT from @SoBayFoodFest: “Bring an unwrapped toy worth $5 & get a $8 voucher. Kids under 6 free.” The South Bay Food Fest is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Carson. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the organization. Sponsors include: @LBGazetteNews

Free Parking

sobayfoodfest@homedepotcenter.com (no reply to request)

http://www.sobayfoodfest.com/ 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90746

@1321Downtown, Dress “sharp casual” – Torrance Locals Tuesdays

October 4, 2011

1321 Downtown Taproom Bistro (1321), located in downtown Torrance, serves inspired American pubfare, artisanal cocktails, and craft beers and wines in a stylish, comfortable and convivial setting. Serving weekend brunch, lunch, late lunch and dinner seven days a week, 1321 promises to anchor the downtown Torrance dining scene with its delicious, yet approachable menus made from the freshest seasonal ingredients, and its inclusive, service-driven philosophy that authentically cares about its guests and community.

The first venture from the MOD (manage/operate/develop) Restaurant Group, 1321 brings a MODern sensibility to the very old world charm and hospitality of a classic American taproom. Los Angeles Times describes MOD as ambitious new restaurant group that “aims to bring savvy dining to underserved areas, beginning with 1321 in Torrance – MOD is headed up by Max Schlutz, formerly of Domaine Restaurant Group, which launched the successful 25 Degrees restaurant inside Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel.
“1321’s executive chef Greg Paul (The Oaks Gourmet, Boa on Sunset, The Belmont) is trained in French technique and has crafted an intriguing bistro menu, including grilled flatbreads with truffled goat cheese, leeks, crispy potatoes and spring onions; basil-pistachio chicken paillard with roasted baby Yukon potatoes; a 1321 burger, with house-ground prime chuck, brisket, short rib, pub cheese, stout onions and half-inch slabs of bacon; spatchcock chicken, a marinated half-bird roasted with green chile potato gratin; braised oxtail enchiladas with dirty rice, salsa roja and poblano crema; and chicken and waffles with blue corn, truffled horseradish honey and goat’s milk butter.”

I am really looking forward to it with my Torrance Local ID in hand. But what is sharp casual and if I’m not sharp enough does that disqualify me for happy hour?

1321, 132 Sartori Ave., Downtown Torrance 90501 (310) 328-1321

http://1321downtown.com

funkified online contact page, website is graphic-heavy with little live text, lower SEO rating

@restaurantchris Get Happy at Restaurant Christine

September 30, 2011

This tiny South Bay restaurant has long been a favorite of mine with a menu that reflects the delicious and culinary whimsy of Chef Christine. Officially, it is “contemporary cuisine laced with flavors of Tuscany, Provence and the Pacific Rim” or satisfying and inspiring.  Open for lunch, dinner and catering, the start of the offering of weekly themed specials at Restaurant Christine came to my attention with their email marketing campaign. These are comfort food variations, reasonably priced that offer the more discerning diner a great excuse to step out for dinner on a weeknight and try Restaurant Christine.

Grilled Cheese Mondays
Taco Tuesdays
Christine’s Crepes Wednesday
Thursday’s Oodles of Noodles
(5:00-6:30 patio and bar only)
Friday’s Burgers, Sliders & Dogs (5:00-6:30 patio and bar only). See full menus online http://restaurantchristine.com/ .

On October 13, Restaurant Christine proudly presents comedian Angela Hoover for a night of comedy, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Show starts at 7:30, with food and drinks at 6:30. This show, for $45 per person, will sell out fast, as space is limited to seating in “Room Next Door” so you’ll want to get your reservations in today (310) 373-1952.

Restaurant Christine
24530 Hawthorne Blvd., past PCH, on the left as you start ascent up the hill into PV.
Torrance 90505
(310) 373-1952
ttp://restaurantchristine.com/

And Chef Gary Robbins is making German Oktoberfest creations at Koreatown’s Biergarten one more weekend only Oct 1-2 – Don’t miss it!
http://theglutster.com/2011/09/gary-robins-spotted-cooking-oktoberfest-food-at-biergarten-schmackhaft/

QR Codes Help Farmers’ Market Vendors Market Themselves

September 28, 2011

Today, I enjoyed my first Cajun Bratwurst at Torrance Farmers’ Market thanks to Best of the Wurst http://www.best-of-the-wurst.com/. It was juicy and spicy and sweet and absolutely delicious. With a tangy deli mustard streuseled on top, the bratwurst was the best! How can I share this? How can I find out more?

The vendor smiled warmly and apologetically, as he didn’t have business cards. With a wave of his hand, he pointed to the tent over his stand which featured his website (complete with hyphens). There I stood with sausage and soft drink in hand, without a pen and knew that after shopping for produce I would forget it. Darn! And it struck me: why not QR? QR codes are free, immediate and provide an online connection as opt-in marketing. If the world is unconnected and I can do something to solve this, it remains unconnected only because I do nothing.

Starting with a website to land on (which could contain a video, a blog, an online form, a Yelp review, or a website landing page), I knew that several of my favorite Farmers’ Market vendors could really benefit from QR codes!

After I collected some website data (and heirloom tomatoes and onions), I headed out from Wilson Park for my computer, where I started changing this situation. Once I downloaded the codes, I created a simple flyer (saved to pdf) which vendors can print and post at their discretion. QR codes need not be restricted to corporate campaigns, big-money marketing events – they work by connecting people simply doing business. And yes, I could be more entrepreneurial and sell my services, but my bigger goal is making everyone more marketing savvy which then helps everyone including marketeers like myself. It starts with a choice to take action.

So, go enjoy the following vendors at Torrance Farmers’ Market or support the Farmers’ Markets near you:

http://www.best-of-the-wurst.com/

http://elikioliveoil.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/moms-products-stanton