Piaggio on Wheels: Tofu quesadilla


June 22: MIHO Cookout at Societe (San DIego)

MIHO Cookout at Societe
The fine folks from MIHO Gastrotruck have assembled an amazing menu for a casual, four-course meal. Feel free to arrive anywhere between 12PM and 4PM to get some belly timber, with the last plates of food being served at 5PM. There will be no formal service for food and beer, so you’ll be able to take your time with each course. And although the tasting room will remain open to the public, we cannot guarantee availability for walk-up guests.

The Offering:

Food: Fried local halibut on ripe banana toston with fresh pineapple salsa
Beer: Old World

Course 2
Food: Poached farm egg on toasted pumpernickel bread and passion fruit hollandaise sauce
Beer: Out West

Course 3
Food: Sharp cheddar, bacon and Pupil braised beef pie topped with grapefruit dressed micro greens
Beer: Out West

Course 4
Food: Spicy chocolate mousse with salty and crispy rice topped with the pugilist foam
Beer: Stygian

UPDATE 6/6/14: Just to clarify, the ticket price includes a Second Anniversary glass and the four paired beers poured into it.


Free Fun for All Ages!
Saturday, June 14, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Clover Park

On Saturday, June 14, the City of Santa Monica presents the 23rd annual Santa Monica Festival at Clover Park, connecting art, culture, food, sustainability, wellbeing, and transportation to daily living through an electrifying array of programs, activities, and vendors that will delight and entertain people of all ages. From do-it-yourself workshops and cooking demonstrations, to musical performances and a bicycle rodeo, the Festival invites Angelenos to see, taste, and experience one of the most innovative beach cities in the U.S., a national model for sustainability and cultural vitality. 

The following is a sampling of the festival’s offerings, all of which are free and require no reservations.

OCEAN STAGE: Enjoy music and dance performances starting with a lively drum circle kicking off the festival early at 10:30 a.m. Next up The Dust Bowl Cavaliers, a “seven-man, hot-damn” bluegrass band, will perform their own signature rockin’ bluegrass, traditional folk, and Americana sound followed by Antics, a hip-hop dance theater company, which will entertain with foot-stomping urban dance performances. The Voice of ONE Gospel Singers, will perform songs of peace, love and spirituality, followed by Titus Fotso with UniverSOUL Sound System, a modern blend of fast-paced dance beats and socially conscious lyrics. Las Cafeteras ends the day’s celebration with an energetic bilingual performance fusing Afro-Mexican, hip-hop, folk, and Native American sounds with a community-focused message.

FARMERS MARKET CULINARY STAGE: MC Laura Avery from the world famous Santa Monica Farmers Market will get things cooking with local chefs and culinary experts who will share their secrets to sourcing and preparing meals that are delicious, budget-friendly, and sustainable. Younger festivalgoers can join in the fun with Kids’ Kitchen with Kelly Dumke where they can participate in several nutrition-related presentations. Kids can also test their culinary skills during a kitchen tool quiz and simple recipe preparations. Participants can cool off with Shiho Yoshikawa of Sweet Rose Creamery, who will mix up whimsical, ice cream-based desserts made with fresh, local ingredients. Lastly, Chef Josie Le Balch of Josie Restaurant and former Josie alum Chef and TV personality Jill Davie, will battle it out to see who will reign as the Farmers Market Chef Challenge 2014 winner.  The chef’s test is to prepare a delicious and nutritious vegetarian meal that feeds a family of four for $15 or less utilizing seasonal produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market.  All chef participants are from Santa Monica-based businesses to promote the City’s Buy Local Santa Monica initiative.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION: Celebrate African-American heritage by commemorating the day the last slaves were freed in America in 1865 – nearly three years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. The celebration will include storytelling, exhibits, and other activities depicting the history of the anti-slavery and abolitionist movements, along with live music and dance throughout the afternoon, including the Blue Breeze Band, performing some of Motown’s most memorable songs, Jeane July’s Samba Samba, captivating the audience with its high-energy dances that fuse Afro-rhythms, Cuban Salsa, and pulsating rhythms of Rio de Janeiro for a booty shaking good time, The Voice of ONE Gospel Singers performing traditional gospel and contemporary sacred music, and Ray Brooks and the Blues Masters playing their distinct blues sound that spans five decades.

ACTIVE STAGE: Don’t just stand there—get moving! A variety of fun and active workshops will prove that fitness can be fun. Classes range from yoga and karate to festival favorite Zumba and world dance.  Active Santa Monica offers something for everyone, of all ages and abilities, as part of the City’s commitment to enhancing the community’s wellbeing through fitness and recreation.

FOOD TRUCKS & CARTS: Satisfy your appetite with more than a dozen food trucks, carts, and booths, including: Alili’s Fresh Fruit, Border Grill, Coolhaus, Farmer’s Belly, Gastrobus, India Jones, Hawaiian Delight, Let’s Be Frank, Linde’s Almonds, Luckdish, Mama’s Hot Tamales, Mandoline Grill, Pressed Juicery, Schmuck with a Truck, The Melt, The Urban Oven, Waffles de Liege, and Yalla.

MARKETPLACE: Guilt-free shopping, featuring earth-friendly, artistic wares, jewelry, and crafts from artisans, artists, and independent vendors–just in time for Father’s Day on June 15.

TOWN SQUARE: Meet the people committed to keeping Santa Monica safe, fun, and beautiful. Participating organizations include the American Red Cross, Santa Monica Fire Department, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Santa Monica Conservancy and many more.

FAMILY BIKE HUB: Get pedaling with the City’s Planning and Community Development Department. Bicycle skills and safety taught in a fun atmosphere with a helmet decorating workshop and a bike rodeo, a clinic to teach children the skills and precautions of bicycle riding. FREE bike valet is available on 25th Street at Ocean Park Boulevard.

WHEN:           Saturday, June 14, 2014, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE:         Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
COST:             The Santa Monica Festival is free of charge, and open to all. Parking and bike valet are also free.

INFO:             For more information visit www.smgov.net/festival.
Follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter. 
Free rides on the Big Blue Bus Route 8 only will be offered to festival participants. Go to the site to print ticket. Click to print coupon.
Also, Santa Monica Free Ride will offer free shuttle service between Main St. at Ocean Park Blvd. and the Festival. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
The Santa Monica Festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) and is produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS).
The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division brings the City’s art scene to life for residents and visitors each year by supporting engaging and accessible cultural events for all ages throughout the year. Cultural Affairs nurtures local arts organizations, promotes artist involvement in the community, manages the landmark Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and presents and produces innovative programs citywide at the Annenberg Community Beach House, the historic Miles Playhouse, 1450 Ocean and in the city’s parks, enriching Santa Monica’s reputation as an international cultural destination. For more info: smgov.net/arts
The Office of Sustainability and the Environment develops and implements Santa Monica’s sustainability policy initiatives to enhance our resources, prevent harm to the natural environment and human health, and benefit the social and economic well-being of the community, now and for future generations. OSE is proud to be a presenting partner of the Santa Monica Festival, the leading civic arts and sustainability event of the year. For more info: sustainablesm.org
Since founders Katie Bergin and Aaron Paley launched Community Arts Resources (CARS) in 1988, the company has been instrumental in utilizing the arts to bring communities together, reclaiming public spaces and cultivating awareness of local histories, cultural connections and creative resources. CARS designs, installs and oversees festivals and other events for the Getty, the cities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles, CicLAvia, and the California Endowment. It also consults for city governments, private developers and nonprofits on the uses of public space for cultural and artistic purposes, arranges artist-in-residence programs at local schools and develops unique marketing and outreach strategies for organizations and community groups. For more info: carsla.net/
 Festival sponsors include: SoCal Gas Company, SoCal Ford Dealers, Whole Foods Market, Geico, Big Blue Bus, and Santé Nuts.