Feb 5: Verdugo Bar, 1 yr celebration of Mandoline Grill


Westminster: Rolling sushi van

Crunchy roll & a Tuna hand roll
Thank you Rolling Sushi for the Green tea!

The 2011 NHL All Star game was at Raleigh, NC so I had dim sum take out to snack on while we watched the game on tv.

After the game, I was in the mood for udon and Rollingsushivan was in Westminster. Unfortunately, when we got there, we were told no udon.

I ended up getting miso soup, a Tempura Crunchy roll, and a Tuna roll. Also, Rollingsushivan was nice to warm me up with a cup of green tea.

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Santa Anita: Lobsta Truck, Naanstop, Tapaboy, Sweets Truck, Dante fried chicken

Many bloggers and media are calling this event a “disaster” because of the long lines, and trucks running out of food around 1:30 pm.  I can only agree if Santa Anita purposely oversold on tickets just to make a profit, and with no regard for the foodies.  To defend Santa Anita, they were not expecting this kind of success.  Plus, this was their first event.  Do not discount an event because they were “too successful for their own good”. 

Had this been empty and lacking customers, would the same bloggers call this a “success”?? No, I’m guessing the label would have been “pathetic”.

First Annual Food Truck Festival
Lobsta Truck
Two trucks had a line at 11:00 am.
The Grilled Cheese Truck and this one… the Lobsta Truck
The Lobsta Roll
Japanese TV media was there covering the festival

Chunk n Chip with the Grandstand in the background before the crowd

Chicken tandoori Naanwich by Naanstop

The Spam and the Tapa handroll from Tapaboy

Cupcake shots from Sweets Truck
Dante’s Fried Chicken w/ cabbage salad and coconut biscuit

Samosa from Dosa Truck

The lines for all the trucks were super long by noon
The festival was a success but should have limited tickets
The view of the Festival from the Grandstand (on the other side of the racetrack)
Checking out the horses before the race
The horses going to the Starting Gate
The Starting Gate
We left at 2:30,and the lines for the trucks were still long

The Santa anita food festival was a hit! Lucky for me (a veteran truck chaser) I knew I had to arrive early to get the goodies. The Lobster truck was my “must have” target, and even though I arrived at 11 am, there was a line (along with Grilled cheese truck).

While I waited in line, Martin went to new truck Naanstop for the Naanwich Tandoori Chicken, two handrolls from the Tapaboy truck,  and Cupcake shots from the Sweets Truck. 

After I got my Lobster, I ran to Dante’s Fried chicken just as he was just opening up, and ordered his chicken with cabbage & almond salad. While waiting for my order, a lady next to me showed me her Samosa from Dosatruck.

After I picked up my chicken, I looked up to find that every truck had outrageously long lines. We found a table, ate our food, and then ended up going to the Grand Stand, bet on some ponies before calling it a day.

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Jan 29, Santa Anita Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival at Santa Anita
Sat. Jan 29, 2011 at 11:30am – 4:00pm
Santa Anita Park Infield
285 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007 View Map

As an incentive to purchase the $12.00 ticket online, all tickets reserved by noon on January 27th will include FREE parking. Just show the parking pass included with your printable ticket to the parking staff.
Dine and drink with the most popular food trucks in the county while the excitement of the thoroughbred racing encircles you, literally! Experience the magnificent beauty of historic Santa Anita Park. Thrilling races every half-hour and handicapping experts to help you to go home a winner.

Live music and a great “Pony Park” with activities for the kids. Don’t miss this unique event!

16 Gourmet Food Trucks plus Wine Tent and Gastropub
For More Info, Call (800) 574-6401
For tickets, click here
Use coupon code MVP for $2 off entry to the races and food truck festival

Scheduled to participate: Border Grill, Grilled Cheese, South Philly Experience, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Canters, Nana Queens, Dosa, Brian’s Comfort Truck, Dogtown Dogs, Knockout Tacos, Yatta, Dante Fried Chicken, No Reservations, Takosher, Don Chow Tacos, The Sweets Truck, Chunkn’ Chips and Barbies Q

Enter to WIN tickets!  Click here

Fullerton: Shortstopbbq, Barcelona, Morsels, Spudrunners

Dessert Shot from Morsels
Smoked turkey over creamed corn from Shortstop
Bacon wrapped dates from Barcelona on the Go

Chili Fries from Spudrunners

It’s Thursday! Chuckwagon at Carter Lanes! Sometimes ordering off the menu does not provide the best food photo. Take my Smoked turkey over creamed corn from Shortstop Bbq. Its very tasty but visually bland.

I added Bacon wrapped dates from Barcelona onthego and a Banana cream dessert shot from Morsels.

My friend Allen went to Spudrunners and got the Chili fries. I have taken photos from this truck of other people’s food… I really need to personally try the spuds!

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