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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
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.