The Los Angeles Times | The Taste definitely knows how to celebrate Labor Day weekend right! With five great events filled with food and wine, it left anyone who attended the weekend food and wine festival in a daily food coma. I was luckily enough to attend the Flavors of LA hosted by Jonathan Gold (LA Times restaurant critic) and San Yoon (Father’s Office). This sold out event took place in the back lot of Paramount Studios on their New York set. Unlimited food and drink while “walking the streets of New York”–I felt like I was in foodie heaven!
My tastebuds were more than pleased to spend the night with some of the best L.A. based restaurants. The atmosphere was perfect and the weather had thankfully cooled down. My favorite part of this event was the variety of food. From grilled cheese sandwiches and sliders to braised ox tail and branzino, there was something for every type of food lover. There were just too many food options so below are just a few of my top favorites of the night.
My first stop of the night was RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen. Chef Mohan was serving up Cashew Glazed Shrimp. The Thai herbs brought so much flavor to the glazed shrimp while the cucumbers and cashew provided a cool crunch to the dish. Chef Mohan never disappoints when it comes to dishes full of flavor. He always manages to find the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. I’ll definitely making my way to RockSugar to see what else his menu has to offer.
The Counter showcased deviled eggs and three types of burgers. The deviled egg was the perfect “appetizer”. Bacon (my love for bacon runs deep), shredded cheddar, mustard, mayo, paprika & topped with parsley was the perfect mix. The texture was creamy and it wasn’t too sweet. I also tried their Mini Turkey Burgers. At first bite, I was happy to find the turkey juicy and full of flavor. The burger was topped with brie, apple chips and apricot spread which gave the burger more of a sweeter taste than your normal burger.
In the mix of the more casual dining food options, I also wanted to sample some of the restaurants located in some of the most luxurious hotels in the Los Angeles County. I stopped at the Estérel Restaurant’s (located in Hotel Sofitel in Beverly Hills) table. They served a delicious Kale Salad along with Branzino. Served on top of a tomato, fennel, onion compote virgin sauce, it was the perfect combination to the fresh sea bass.
Another one of my favorites was from The Blvd located in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The dish was a Braised Oxtail, Smoked Potato Foam, Horseradish and Crouton. This by far was my favorite savory dish of the event. The Oxtail was soft and melted in my mouth. The Smoked Potato foam added a little sweetness while the crouton gave it a little crunch to balance out all the flavors.
Some of my other favorite dishes of the night include:
Al Pastor Tacos from Pinches Tacos
Spicy Beef Salad & Pad Thai Sliders from Ayara Thai
Peanut Butter Cake with a Grape Macaroon from Bagatelle
Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for putting together a great weekend of events! See you next year!
– Kathleen Capalla