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The Taste 2015: Dinner With a Twist

The Taste 2015: Dinner With a Twist

IMG_8423 One of my favorite food events that I look forward to each year is the L.A. Time's The Taste, which takes place every Labor Day weekend. I'm constantly blown away by the unique events, special guests, and eateries that participate in the three-day food festival. The Dinner with a Twist event kicked off with a food pairing demonstration featuring Belgian Chef Daniel Joly and Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt using Stella Artois. I particularly enjoyed the mixology demonstrations, hosted by Jonathan Gold and Jenn Harris. IMG_8343It was a beautiful night on the Paramount Studios lot. The weather was cool and the event is top notch. As someone who loves social media, you really can't beat this event. No one does it better!

Every year, I try to taste as many foods as possible from the event. It's a very difficult feat. Here were some of the standouts for me.

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IMG_8334Chef Katsuji Tanabe from Top Chef at work promoting his Mexican/Kosher cuisine. IMG_8341One of my absolute favorites of the night was Chef Tanabe's falafel taco with burnt salsa and habanero tahini from his restaurant Mexi Kosher. Such unique fusion flavors that blended perfectly with one another! 

I'm still drooling over Triple & Brine's marinated geoduck and The BLVD's chicken liver.

The alcohol was flowing. I got to try a lot of interesting things like organic sake.IMG_8395There was even some awesome live music going on. IMG_8389Banh mi chicken tacos from Komodo Food Truck.

Church Key is consistently one of my favorite places to take out-of -towners to. Their dimsum concept and Pam-Am carts with alcoholic popsicles always get the conversation started and make for great Instagram photos . It's no surprise then, that Church Key won over my sweet tooth at The Taste with their bubble gum ice cream with blue raspberry glaze. And I don't even like bubble gum. That's how good it was! Instagram video below:

The Road to Russell Peters at Pala Casino

The Road to Russell Peters at Pala Casino

Kristie Visits the Official Jack in the Box Headquarters

Kristie Visits the Official Jack in the Box Headquarters