What are you doing this weekend? Got any plans? Well don't miss out on Artisanal LA happening Saturday and Sunday (October 23&24th) Downtown LA in the historic Cooper Building!
Artisanal LA will feature of 75 local vendors. Guests get to sample delectable nibles, sip on spirits and teas, observe cooking demonstrations and even participate in crafts. This is a rare chance to sample some of LA's finest vendors from baked goods, chocolates, teas, oils, pickles and more.
I've got my cash ready and I'm excited to stock up on some goodies. Some of the vendors I'm really looking forward to loading up on goodies from includeBakeLab (I'm stocking up on chocolate chip cookies, snowballs and more!), Perishable Pickle Shop (I can't wait to get my hands on some bacon jam) andBackwards Bee Keepers (honey of course gotta support those hard working honey bees). I will be there on Sunday so if you see me say hello!
Tickets are $10 with advance purchase and $15 at the door. I'm GIVING AWAY a pair of tickets because I really really don't want you to miss out! Just leave me a comment below telling me why you want to check out Artisanal LA and be sure to leave an email address AND/OR tweet to me @LetMeEatCake i want tickets to @ArtisanalLA. You have until Wednesday evening to get those comments and tweets in!
You admission gets you:
• Hosted beverages from Honest Tea, Dry Soda, Function and Bonadea • Local craft beer and organic spirits tasting (21+) • One-of-a-kind tote bag for the first 1000 attendees • Workshops and cool handmade activities • Family friendly arts & crafts • Great speakers and chef demos • Giveaways all weekend long • Souvenir copy of our vendor directory • Unlimited re-entry all weekend long • DJ Bryan Davidson setting the mood • Seedlings from Pitchfork’s Mud Baron to inspire your inner urban farmer • Shopping from more than 75 local, craft vendors! • Donation based gift wrap hosted by Uncouth Gourmands benefiting the LA Regional Food Bank • Partial proceeds benefit LAUSD Edible School Garden Programs
A little over a week ago I took a much needed night out and attended the 2nd Annual Blogger Prom. Let me tell you it was the perfect way to hit the town when you find that you don't have much free time any more. The location for this year's prom was Yamashiro Restaurant, a Japanese palace of sorts nestled in the Hollywood Hills with sweeping views of the city. The theme was Old Hollywood Glam and glam it was. Long satin gloves, hats, bowties, sweeping dresses and quaffed hair everyone looked gorgeous! The night was perfect, food, friends, libations to go around and best of all sweets! Tacos courtesy of Chef Brock, "cheese sex" courtesy of The Cheese Impresario, ice cream sammies from CoolHaus and my favorite part KeyLime cupcakes from Crumbs. I wish I had taken more pictures but honestly I was too busy soaking up all the fun. There is no better way to capture the night than through a few pictures I was able to snap in between catching up with blogging buds and imbibing, enjoy them below. I can't wait for Blogger Prom 3.o! A big thank you to the Blogger Prom commitee CarolineonCrack,E*starLA,TaraMetBlog, HappyGoMarni, SquashBlossom, LA&OCFoodie, TheLiquidMuse and ShopEatSleep!
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Wow it really has been 1 month since I last blogged! And before that I had only blogged once in August! What a bad blogger I am. If you are still out there and you are still reading Let Me Eat Cake, well thanks! Running SoCal's FIRST Filipino food truck with my blogging pal BurntLumpia has been no easy feat. We spend tireless hours prepping, planning, booking and working on the truck. It gets hot in there, it is tiring and to tell you the truth sometimes I want to cry. But at the end of the day I try to remember that I started my very own small business. I try to remember a smiling happy face of a customer that enjoyed our food. And I try to remember that this adventure is challenging and exciting not matter how hard it gets sometimes.
With that said, I do spend all my time on the truck and rarely have any time to go out to eat or bake anymore, but I DO now have the luxury of trying so many of LA's delicious gourmet food trucks whenever they park near by. And so I bring you Lake St. Creamery which is by far some of THE best ice cream I have had in a long time. In fact they have officially resuscitated my once dying love of ice cream. Truly, this ice cream is the stuff dreams are made of! Don't believe me? Go find them on the streets and see for yourself.
Lake Street Creamery is run by the gracious and sweet Beth and Tim. I'm telling you, you've never met nicer people. The truck is a beautiful and stylish azure with a charming old timey feel.
I want to have a favorite flavor after sampling all of their offerings, but I can't say that I do. Their ingredients are carefully chosen and paired harmoniously.
The cake donut really tastes like biting into a cake donut but somehow in cold, smooth ice cream form.
The pancake breakfast tastes like a forkful of fluffy buttermilk pancakes dripping in maple syrup with a side of hot crispy bacon and a cup of strong dark roasted coffee!
The California zephyr is fresh and bright with meyer lemon and mint.
The Aztec sacrifice is luxuriously chocolatey with undertones of spice that sneak up on your.
The Holiday chocolate is winter in a cup. Silky sweet like a cup of hot chocolate with delicate notes of nutmeg and ginger dancing around.
Their elaborate inventions even included a creation for the season premier of Mad Men - the Don Draper. Vanilla, bourbon, caramel and smoke (yes smoke!) this sweet treat is boozy and rich. This flavor is spot on, if Don Draper were an ice cream he would definitely be boozy and rich wrapped up in an addictive charming sweetness!
Lake Street Creamery doles out creative confections. From their cake donut to their california zephyr the flavors will wow you. As each cold spoonful traverses your tongue, you will wonder why you ever ate any other ice cream before.
Boy was it a hot one out today! So hot you can't move, you can't think and yet I somehow managed to bake, but that is another story all together. The one thing that really gets me through these hot hot summer days is an ice cold glass of lemon/or limeade.
Early in the summer when it wasn't quite as hot as it was today in LA, I made two absolutely amazing and thirst quenching drinks. They were just what I needed to beat the heat today, but of course I didn't have them. If you are in need of the perfect summer refreshment here are two recipes to keep you cool! I know that I will have at least one of these in the fridge for the rest of the summer. These summer drinks are sweet, simple and addictively delicious!
Fresh Peach Rosemary Lemonade
makes 1 quart
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup fresh peaches pureed (skin off)
1 sprig fresh rosemary
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
2-3 cups cold water to dilute (measure water to taste)
In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar. Add rosemary and bring to a boil. Once this simple syrup boils remove it from heat and let it cool.
Meanwhile, peel 2 to 3 fresh peaches. Take peeled peaches minus the pit and place it in a food processor to puree. Set aside.
When simple syrup is cooled remove the rosemary. Add the simple syrup to 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add peach puree. Begin adding cold water 1 cup at a time to dilute. Add as much water as you need. You make like your lemonade thicker or sweeter so do not add all of the water at once, measure to taste. Enjoy!
Mango Mint Limeade
1 cup fresh squeeze lime juice
zest of one lime
1 cup water
3/4 cups sugar
7 mint leaves
1 cup fresh mango pureed ( about 2-3 mangoes)
In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar. Add lime zest and fresh mint and bring to a boil. Once this simple syrup boils remove it from heat and let it cool.
Meanwhile, peel 2 to 3 fresh mango. Take peeled mango minus the pit and place it in a food processor to puree. Set aside.
When simple syrup is cooled pour it through a fine sieve to remove the mint and zest. Add the simple syrup to 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice. Add mango puree. Begin adding cold water 1 cup at a time to dilute. Add as much water as you need. You make like your lemonade thicker or sweeter so do not add all of the water at once, measure to taste. Enjoy!
Seriously could it be any easier? Hope you are enjoying your summer!