Monday, May 30, 2011

Food at the Treasure Island Flea Market

Went to their opening weekend yesterday not just for the antiques and the view but also the amazing line up of food vendors. What really got me going is the food truck An the Go, from the makers of Crustacean and Thanh Long. I "liked" them on Facebook and they mentioned that they will be there. I really want to try their garlic noodles and see what the fuss is about. Also my wife is really into antiques and vintage stuff so it works for the both of us.


I think you'll find these on your closest friendly Filipino neighbor! :) 

Vintage stuff

Got there, before 11am and there was quite a crowd but not too many. The good news is there were no lines yet. It's kinda like a mini Off the Grid with some vintage shopping. It makes eating better since you burn what you just ate by walking around and looking at unique furniture and clothes. This weekend the food vendors were Iz It, Bobby the Greek, Pica Pica Maize kitchen, Sataysfied, Good Foods Catering, Harvey's Donuts, Antonik's, An the Go, a Boba milk tea vendor and a waffle stall. It was a really smoking line up considering they were mostly grilling something.

That Pork belly is sizzlin'

menu looks really good

From Pica Pica Maize

Looking good

Pulled pork from Pica Pica Maize kitchen

Donut "sundaes" in the making

Harvey's Donuts

Sataysifed were doing satay 3 ways(chicken, pork, beef) you can get one of each for $8.  Good foods is doing Pulled pork, chicken and some Pork belly sandwiches. Antonik's was grilling some pork. Now this is close to my heart because they do it Filipino style. This is really similar to what we eat on the streets in the Philippines. The marinade is ketchup based with some soy sauce, calamansi  and other stuff. I made sure we bought some to go.

$2 pork BBQ

The original Filipino street food

For lunch, we got the fried chicken from the IZ It truck and An the Go's garlic noodles with coconut prawns. The fried chicken really tasted Chinese but that was it. I think the chicken itself was lacking flavor. I still would go for the Jollibee chicken over theirs. The garlic noodles was a hit. It is not overpowering and it tastes really good. Even my 13 month old baby likes it. I think I can go on eating 2-3 more servings of it. If anyone knows what the "secret" recipe is message me! ;) I'd like to do it at home.

Finally I caught you

Garlic noodles with coconut prawns

IZ It truck

Fried chicken with rice!

The market happens every last weekend of every month until the end of the year. The cover is $3/person and parking is free. For more info check out I'll definitely come back here for more pork BBQ, garlic noodles and to try out more exciting food!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cuesa's Spring Farmer's Market Cocktail Night

It was an epic night of out of this world booze and delicious food. This is another Cuesa event that I volunteered this month. I love working these events not only because you get to hang out with talented bartenders and chefs but you get to try different, crazy, interesting and outrageous cocktails that you've never tried before. The best part of it is that they only use the best quality ingredients out there inspired by its season. This is the spring edition so expect to have some cherries, asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, blueberries and many more.  When I saw the lineup, I was really excited. Food was prepared by Ozumo, Sutro's @ the Cliff house, Beretta, Slanted Door/Heaven's dog, Revival, Starbelly and 15 Romolo. For the spirits, Smuggler's cove was there with their huge volcano set up. There was even fire on the volcano which I thought was pretty amazing. Their drink was actually my favorite. It was Cruzan rum with fresh orange and lemon juice called the Emperor's Punch. The usual suspects were there like Michael Callahan (Azul), Hotsy Totsy girls, Kristin Almy(Bar Adagio), Kate Bolton(Michael Mina), Alicia Walton (Elixir) and many more. Here are some photos I took the relive the moment.

Bacon wrapped Asparagus from Ozumo. This was my favorite! :)

Halibut crudo/strawberry chip/cucumber from Sutro's

Chicken liver pate with onion marmalade - Starbelly

Rabbit sausage from Revival

Beretta's wild mushroom risotto cakes with taleggio and truffles. These were really good!! 

Shrimp and Pork siomai from Slanted Door.


15 romolo making their Bourbon Braised Brisket

Bourbon braised brisket biscuit with cherry gastric

Golden Hind cocktail from Delarosa - Veev acai, 12 yr whiskey, coconut milk, lemon, orgeat, cayenne, cherries, mint

Star of the night. The Flame Emperor's Punch - Cruzan Rum with fresh lemon and orange juice.

Topped with fresh nutmeg

One night in Bangkok from Keli Rivers of Hotsy Totsy. It has dried coriander infused in this.

#3 Gin punch from Kevin Deitrich of Burritt Room

Before the madness

Sun showed up after a rainy morning!

People do come here for the experience. You won't find your usual Vodka red bull or Gin and Tonic here. It's for the adventurous people who wants to taste and experience something different and exciting. And that's what this event is all about. It's about trying something new using what's best out there.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cuesa's 11th Annual Spring Breakfast

This morning's spring breakfast is as good as I expected, maybe even better because of a few surprises. I volunteered last year for the same event and enjoyed it. It's a celebration of spring's bountiful offerings. I told myself, I have to do it again. Not only am I surrounded by farmers and foodies, I get to enjoy what spring is all about. What made this year different was that Facebook took over the kitchen. It was a busy kitchen full of young and hip facebook chefs. Also this year, Philz coffee was responsible for the morning caffeine fix. I was lucky enough to chat with Phil and also took a picture with him. I promised him, I will share the video that the academy of art students made about him, it's like a mini documentary of his coffee. The breakfast menu includes scrambled eggs with spinach and mushroom, bacon and spring onion quiche, pork maple sausages, herb potatoes, pancakes, berries, muffins and many more. Check out the pics that I took earlier today!

Phil from Philz coffee

The set up

with the cheese plate

The cheese plate

Fresh rasberries, strawberries and cherries

local honey, almond whipped butter(this is amazing), muffins, etc

Fresh cherries

freshly baked goodness

My plate: scrambled eggs, croissant, almond butter, berries with St. Benoit yogurt, quiche and maple sausages.

Bacon spring onion quiche

What a great way to start the weekend! You can't get any fresher than this. They usually say eat breakfast like a king, I think this is definitely the breakfast of champions! :)