Our Favorite Time of the Month Has Passed Once Again, But In Case You Missed It the AKKF Team Has Your Back With Coverage of AKFF!
For the past few months AKFF has been a little colder than usual but it won’t stop the crowds from coming down! And can you really blame them? The smell of some of LA’s best food trucks take over the boulevard!
Crowds were still lively as ever! If people weren’t eating they were shopping for adorable Valentine Day cards at Burro or hopping from bar to bar.
Photo Courtesy From Instagram @thebrigvenice
I can assure you those eating were very satisfied with their food. I mean, look at all these delicious choices! They’re too good not to eat.
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Food Trucks on Abbot Kinney! January 6
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You do like Specials on Food trucks, right?
Can you believe it? 2017 is here and Abbot Kinney Bl is ready to welcome it, bringing the best food trucks in LA and lining them up down the Bl for all to enjoy! Grab all info and more below! We also got a SPECIAL for our followers at the bottom of the post! Updated Jan 6.
Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney
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Palms – California
My Delight Truck
Frach’s Fried Ice Cream
Sabores De Mexico
Boba Tea & Me
California – Santa Clara
Roll N Lobster
The Grilled Cheese Truck
Street Kitchen LA
Son Of A Bun
The Lobos Truck
SANOOK SOI 38
Santa Clara – San Juan
Pizza & Co
Ridges Churro Bar
Thai- Mex Cocina
Dogtown Dogs – VIP Club Partner
Baby’s Badass BBQ
Start The New Year Off Right!
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From Venice to Weho to Noho, Studio City and Costa Mesa, AKFF has you covered for New Year’s Eve Celebrations!
The Lincoln is easily becoming the must go to venue in Venice, so why miss their New Year’s Eve celebration? Enjoy craft cocktails like The Mid-Autumn at 2:27 in Upstate New York! Plus, what is New Year’s without a champagne toast? The Lincoln will have complimentary champagne to toast to the new exciting year! The AKFF checked out The Lincoln and it was well alive on a week night! Specialty cocktails pack a punch! There will be a line so arrive early. Doors open at 7pm. Check it out and party all night with The Lincoln!
2536 Lincoln Bl, Venice, CA, 90291
Hand thrown pizza, fried chicken sandwich, the cheesiest mac and cheese, and a delicious fried egg cheeseburger are foods you can look forward to when celebrating New Year’s Eve at The Darkroom! Open from 2pm-2am New Year’s Eve.
7302 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90036
Grab a beer or two at Hollywood’s oldest bar to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy the old school Hollywood ambience and champagne toast at midnight! Venue opens at 7pm New Year’s Eve.
1714 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Celebrate the New Year the Hawaiian way! Tiki No’s New Year’s Eve event will supply guest with Hawaiian leis and fun party favors to get their guest into the spirit of welcoming a new year. Champagne toast will hit off at midnight. Doors open 7pm New Year’s Eve!
4657 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood, CA, 91602
Firefly will make you feel right at home with their cozy patio with fireplaces, library lounge and four course meal for $95 for 5:30 seating and $125 for 9pm seating per person. AKFF visited Firefly and recommends it for couples and small groups for NYE. The food is superb, from the seared bluefin tuna appetizer to the delectable steelhead salmon and filet mignon that melts in your mouth! Reservations still available, call 818-762-1833 to reserve a spot.
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11720 Ventura Bl, Studio City, CA, 91604
Live music, rum tastings and cigar rolling are all happening before the New Year’s countdown. Guest will also be eating delicious entrees from Chef Miguel Quintero’s special New Year’s Eve menu!
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2930 Bristol St, Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Spend New Year’s Eve at the most stylish event of the night! Mesa will present a theme inspired by Met Gala’s theme of honoring Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons. All night long enjoy craft cocktails and bites from 9- 10:30pm, party favors, a champagne toast and more!
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725 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Smiles, Laughs and Delicious Food Filled Abbot Kinney Blvd on First Fridays!
Shopping sure does work up an appetite! We stopped by to chat it up with Hannah, owner of Aust. She was showcasing her newest collection on AKFF which is out now. Check it out!
New Kid on the Block! Just in the Flavor food truck made its first appearance on First Friday and made some tasty eats for us! Try the “Don’t tell Castro” Cuban sandwich, your tastebuds will thank you!
Lets not forget about the Rollnlobster, Pinch of Flavor, Sanook Soi 38, Tumaga, and so many more food trucks who stopped by AKFF!
AKFF got our shopping done visiting trendy boutique shops that are open during First Fridays like John Fluevog, with shoes to die for!
We were also able to get a little holiday
shopping out of the way at Burro!
More shopping at Principessa!
The AKFF Team said hello to Hyden Yoo and we loved the new bombers!
A crowd of people made line for Blue Nova!
Lovely couple enjoying a sandwich and fries and more from Street Kitchen!
LA Beer Festival
Looking for something fun to do over the three day weekend? We are too! This Saturday enjoy food trucks, live music, and of course beer at LA Center Studios.
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Sure you love food trucks! You can’t do that all the time. Here’s a quick and easy way to get eats!
Round up your friends, grab a baguette (or two!), and settle in; it’s picnic season! Whether you’re headed to the beach or the park, when it comes to picnicking, you need foods that can hang out with you. Instead of packing a tupperware full of greens, think marinated vegetables or a grain salad that will stand up to dressing …and the sun.
My back pocket picnic food of choice? Roasted bell peppers. Tear off a piece of bread, top it off with some peppers and you’re set for lunch or a sunset snack. Yes, we know you can find bell peppers bottled up at the grocery store or pre-made at the antipasto counter, but there’s such a difference when you make them yourself, trust me!
My time-saving tip, when you do make them, make a big batch, and have them ready to go for when you need them next. They keep well in the fridge for a couple weeks as long as they are covered in their own juices. Not only are they great simply marinated for picnics, but they can easily be dressed up with a just a few dollops of strained greek yogurt, quick pickled onion (just soak sliced red onion in a little rice vinegar for five minutes), and a sprinkle of aleppo pepper in case you’re asked to bring a dish for the post-beach bbq.
3 large red, yellow, or orange bell peppers
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
½ teaspoon good quality vinegar (I prefer rice or red wine vinegar)
½ teaspoon chopped parsley, optional
Preheat grill. Place bell peppers on warm grill. Grill, turning occasionally, until skins are blackened in spots and blistered all over, 12–15 minutes. Transfer peppers to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit 15 minutes.
Peel and seed peppers; cut into quarters. Toss peppers in a clean large bowl with olive oil, garlic, ¼ teaspoon of salt, vinegar. While it’s not necessary, before packing your peppers up to go, garnish with parsley.
Enjoy Your Picnic!
AKFF Blog is introducing a new Food Column with our Guest Blogger, Natalie Huerta, from Purvey LA.
Seasonal seafood? Yes! With all the produce at the farmer’s market, it’s easy to forget about another local, seasonal ingredient we have access to here in sunny southern California: seafood!
While it may be more of an investment than a bunch of greens, it’s just as important to know where your fish is coming from as your kale, when thinking about how our appetites impact the environment. As an alternative to the colorful tuna bowls cluttering our insta feeds and popping up across the boardwalk, let’s recreate them at home, using nothing but the season’s best and brightest.
Whenever cooking fish at home, you want to use premium quality fish from a source you trust. To me, that means talking to the fisherman who caught it! That way, you can ask them when it was caught, how it was caught (pole and line caught is most sustainable!), and even where they caught it. The team behind Wild Local Seafood is my go-to source for sustainable seafood caught just off the Santa Barbara coast. They can be found at both the Santa Monica and Mar Vista Farmer’s Market and they’ll be sure to tell you everything about any piece of fish in their coolers. While poké is traditionally made using “sushi grade” ahi tuna, come mid-May, California King Salmon season is in full swing, so consider swapping out ahi for seasonal salmon.
Once you’ve brought your fish home, to maintain ahi’s vivid coloring, remove it from it’s packaging, pat it dry, wrap it in plastic, and keep it chilled until you’re ready to slice it up. I realize now that you “invested” in a pound of sushi grade fish, it can be intimidating putting a knife to it! Relax, take a deep breath, and be sure you have your sharpest knife at the ready. Using a sharp fillet knife, turn the tuna so you are slicing against the grain and dice into neat ½ inch pieces.
As is the philosophy with most, the better the ingredient, they less you have to do to it. Use the dressing recipe as a guide, but feel free to adjust the levels of salt or sesame oil to your taste.
1 lb. of the freshest, sushi-grade tuna you can find, cut into ½ inch cubes.
3/4 teaspoon pink Hawaiian sea salt or flake salt such as Maldon
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoon of black and/or white sesame seeds
1/2 white spring onion or walla walla onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
soy sauce, for serving
Place ahi in a large mixing bowl. Add flake salt, both types of sesame seeds and scallions. Give it a good mix, incorporating all ingredients evenly. Then add white spring onion, breaking up the slices in your hand as you add to the bowl. Add sesame oil and mix to combine. Let mixture set about 10 minutes to let the salt melt into the fish and the flavors set. Taste, and adjust the seasoning, adding more of whatever you’d like.
The Poké Bowl Assembly
Serve poké over salad greens, with rice, or a combination of the two. Keep it simple or top off your bowl with any other seasonal ingredients you might find at the green market. In spring, I like adding chopped cucumber for texture or a few nasturtiums for a pop of color but shredded snap peas, chives, or pea shoots would work nicely, too!