Saturday, July 19, 2014

White Light White Night 2014: Food, fun, and fundraising for a good cause!

White Light White Night is a yearly event held to benefit Walk With Sally, and I was happy to attend the festivities.  This is the 8th annual event, and it included a "Taste of Los Angeles", hosted Cocktails+Beer+Wine, live & silent auctions, and a live musical performance by Berlin!  Truly fantastic!

Here's a bit more from the event website:
White Light White Night is dedicated to raise funds and friends through a majestic experience of light, love and laughter.

The evening is a true party, celebrating the triumphant spirit of our Walk With Sally children, and invites supporters to contribute to our organization’s
life-altering mission.


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There were celebrities and a red carpet as well.  As a member of the media, I was allowed to walk the carpet, but I hung back and let Rick Schroder ahead of me so I could skip it.  I had such a crush on him on Silver Spoons when I was a wee lass!  Also, I saw the beautiful Anna Trebunskaya with a terrible burn on her elbow and had to mention it to her.  She said it's common to get "floor burn" and that it takes forever to heal.  The life of a dancer!


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Now, to the food and drink!


White Light White Night: food and fundraising for Walk With Sally (El Segundo, CA) on The Episodic Eater


Tequila PatrĂ³n was slinging the drinks at multiple bars.  Definitely a popular stop!


White Light White Night: food and fundraising for Walk With Sally (El Segundo, CA) on The Episodic Eater


Now, there was a lot of food, so I did my best to photograph all of it!  I did include a link to each restaurant, but I didn't write down all of the descriptions.  However, for the most part, the dishes speak for themselves and if you are a restaurant owner who wants to update me with your dish description, please e-mail me!



Thai Snapper Salad
Thai snapper, Chinese celery, edible marigold

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Both bites from Ayara Thai were spot on, especially the dish below...


Muay Thai Wings
Marinated fried chicken wings, served with Thai sauce

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Coni'Seafood
Drunken shrimp and tostaditos
 with smoked marlin pate, shrimp, octopus, seasonal ceviche

Friday, July 18, 2014

zpizza (throughout U.S.)

So what's a busy girl to do when there are too few hours in the day for work, an empty fridge, unexpected company coming over, and picky eaters at that?  Call for delivery!  Luckily, I have a zPizza not too far away that I can call in a pinch while I'm on my way home and can meet them at the door.  Whew!


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Strawberry Feta Salad
mixed greens, fresh strawberries, feta cheese, homemade candied walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette

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Coincidentally, I received a coupon in my e-mail for a free salad with purchase, so I remembered to use it... for once!  I really liked it, and although it may just be seasonal, I would love if it was available year round.

By the way, zPizza emphasizes fresh ingredients, and caters to vegan, gluten-free and other diets.  Still, they do have a sense of humor even on the packaging for their sandwiches.

P.S. - The last word is actually shiitake.  :)


zPizza (throughout U.S.) on The Episodic Eater



Curry Chicken Sandwich
Wheat bread, curry chicken, chutney, arugula, cilantro, cucumber

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Umami Burger (California & more)

Umami Burger is a small chain of restaurants that began in 2009 in L.A. and has been touted as a regional chain to watch.  It is rapidly expanding throughout California and the rest of the U.S., so we checked out the new Irvine location with some amazing dishes!  Check out the Irvine-exclusive dish and an off-the-menu item that was totally delish!


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It shares a space with the Irvine Improv, and you can even watch a show and order almost everything off the Umami Burger menu.  That's so awesome!


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A peek at the menu, plus the exclusive dish.  Mmm!


Umami Burger (California and more) on The Episodic Eater


Now, to the food!



Oh, Henry
Light & fresh with a bit of a kick, Henry McKenna Single Barrel bourbon, pineapple juice, with hints of ginger & honey

Big Buffalo
A robust cocktail including Buffalo Trace bourbon, Cointreau & sweet vermouth

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I had the Oh, Henry on the left, which was perfect for a warm summer evening.  The one on the right was definitely strong, but just what my dinner partner wanted!

By the way, the bar had these amazing beer bottle lanterns above.  Fun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fish Tale (Long Beach, CA)

While researching info for my post about Domenico's 60th anniversary, I wanted to confirm that the restaurant was the oldest in Long Beach.  It is, but when Fish Tale came up in the search as the oldest seafood restaurant, I noticed an interesting headline.  Apparently, the oldest seafood in Long Beach will change hands in a couple of weeks when it closes its doors on August 1st.

My parents used to eat there years ago before I was born, and I thought it was fitting that we drop in for my first and last visit to say hello and goodbye!


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I actually used to take Yoga in the studio just above the restaurant.  :)  And yes, it is sandwiched between that and an IHOP.


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The inside decor is something that I can only descry as beachy pub.  :)


Fish Tale (Long Beach, CA) on The Episodic Eater


Now, to the food!



House-Made Clam Chowder

Sunday, July 13, 2014

El Pollo Loco (U.S. & Mexico)

Since I shared our roadside eats at Fatburger on the way to Vegas, I thought I would do the same on the way back.  We stopped at El Pollo Loco, a chain of restaurants that started in Mexico and are now found all over the western U.S.

I know most of you are thinking, "Really?  Chicken at a fast food restaurant?"  Well, this isn't your typical tasteless gray, slab of chicken breast or a super-fried nugget.  In fact, when I mentioned to my dad that I would be blogging about El Pollo Loco, he mentioned that when the first one opened in L.A. over 30 years ago, there were super long lines for blocks and blocks!


El Pollo Loco ((U.S. and Mexico)) on The Episodic Eater


Let's take a peek!



Chicken Avocado Salad
Made with hand-sliced avocados, fire-grilled chicken, fresh lettuce, black beans, cilantro.  Served with creamy cilantro dressing.

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I ordered a salad, which was slightly odd because of the cooked broccoli, but I actually liked it!  Also, I needed to detox after all of the junk food I ate!

Here's the family menu that the rest of the table shared.  :)



French Fries
Golden, thin-cut French fries cooked to crispy perfection with a sprinkling of salt.

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This was one of the sides that they chose, which was a good choice for National French Fry Day!



Corn Cobbettes
Super sweet cobbette corn

The Rockhouse (Las Vegas, NV)

Our last day in Vegas, we wanted to watch the World Cup final, and we checked out The Rockhouse!  They bill it as the original and only Las Vegas Ultra-Dive bar with drinking game nights and a mechanical bull... but during the day there were kids watching the soccer match.  Yep, they had just as much fun riding the bull as I'm sure inebriated adults did later that night.  :)


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The bar area has lots of screens, but there are lots more towards the back of the room.


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Let's get to the food already!



Hummus & Pita

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Buffalo Wings
Pick your sauce: Sweet Chili, Buffalo Chipotle, Smokin' Hot