FIRST POST | Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival and Asian-Inspired Cuisine...


Quote of the Day: Even more importantly, it's wine, food and the arts. Incorporating those three enhances the quality of life.
~ Robert Mondavi

I can't think of a better way to kick off my first post of my first blog than documenting my first Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. I've attended my share of tasting events since living in San Francisco, but this festival took home the gold for the widest array of gustatory goodies. 

Photo by Kaila Yu

Photo by Kaila Yu

As a correspondent who frequents red carpets and award ceremonies, I felt more honored to be among top LA chefs than I did at exclusive Hollywood parties. 

Foie Gras Tart from Cliff's Edge

Foie Gras Tart from Cliff's Edge

I especially love the culinary creations with an Asian twist. Poki has always been a favorite dish of mine. But at the LA Food & Wine fest, it was presented to me in a ball. Hence...a POKIBALL:

Poki + Ball = Pokiball (gotta catch them all?)

Poki + Ball = Pokiball (gotta catch them all?)

And finally, this final dish was my favorite of the night. While I secretly had many many favorite dishes from Drago Centro, Patina and Bazaar by Jose Andres...this next dish was so good I waited in line for seconds:

Corn Custard and Sea Urchin

Corn Custard and Sea Urchin

This delightful corn custard and sea urchin dish was created by Taiwanese Chef Jerry Su of Eagle Rock Public House. Hooray for Asian-Americans taking on unconventional jobs! I cannot wait to go and try the restaurant on my own. 

Photo by Kaila Yu

Photo by Kaila Yu

I'm not a huge consumer of alcohol. As the matter of fact, I dislike the taste of alcohol very much because my mind defies anything that harms my body. But if I do imbibe, it must be the finest of wines. I believe you have to "accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup." ~Paulo Coelho

And finally...

Decadence takes its form in caviar, and a rhinestone encrusted lobster. What a wonderful way to mark the end of the LA Food & Wine Festival with champagne and caviar. 

Until next year LA Food & Wine Fest! I will be refining my palate for the time being.