May 19, 2010

The LA “Street Food” Scene: Chasing Gourmet Food Trucks & the Most Unbelievable Italian Gelato Ever

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

After our larger-than-life sized breakfasts at The Griddle Cafe and quick stop at the Farmers Market in LA (where I wanted to sample one of everything), we were ready for- what else? Lunch, of course!

We hopped in the limo & grabbed our phones where we checked the latest Tweets from popular gourmet food trucks to track down their lunchtime location.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Our guide to experiencing the LA “street food” scene was Sarah, owner of a little site you may have heard of, TasteSpotting.com (!!!) and TheDeliciousLife.com

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Sarah is so sweet, super adorable, and I’m so glad we got to meet her! She helped Bertolli plan our itinerary for the day, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! I loved every single experience she planned for us.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Pat

With Sarah’s help, we found a block on the Miracle Mile with nine different food trucks parked all in a line- and more were on the way!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Mandy, Jenny, Amanda, Jenny, & Briana

Our first stop was the World Fare “bustaurant”, a double decker bus with the roof removed, complete with stairs leading to rooftop access & open air, upper deck dining.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Shelisa

Finally, all the lovely ladies from our trip in one group pic! :) 5 food bloggers, 4 lucky winners, and our delightful hostess from Bertolli.

From left to right (see if you can follow along here with me): Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti (Claudia’s winner), Briana @ Blisstree.com, Jaclyn @ Bertolli, Claudia @ Journey of an Italian Cook, Shelisa @ Big2Beautiful.com, Mandy @ Gourmet Mom on the Go (Jenny’s winner), Amanda (that’s me!), Brittney @ Just Call me B! (Briana’s winner), Jenny @ Picky Palate, and Jenny (my winner).

Got that? :)

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Briana

Enjoying the view of Hollywood Hills, the Miracle Mile, fabulous food & charming company atop the World Fare busTAURANT.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo of Chef Andi via Jenny

WorldFare’s specialty is Bunny Chow, a slang term for a kind of South African street food. We sampled just about one of everything on the menu!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli! Photos via Jenny & Briana

Short rib, chicken curry, BBQ pork, & vegetarian chili bunny chow.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli! Photos via Jenny & Briana

Teriyaki Flank Steak with tempura mushrooms, Truffle mac & cheese balls, and (not pictured) Strawberry basil lemonade & lemon orange tea.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Red velvet cupcakes photo via via Mandy

Then my favorites… The desserts! Red velvet cupcakes, brownies, & chocolate chip cookies.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo on right via Briana

Butterscotch bread pudding with butterscotch Pot de crème (loved this!!)

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Shelisa

After we had thoroughly stuffed ourselves at World Fare, it was time to move on to the next truck!

The Shrimp Guys: here we sampled the garlic butter shrimp, coconut lime shrimp, spicy coconut lime shrimp & spicy garlic butter shrimp.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Shelisa

Next Truck: The Flying Pig and their delicious duck confit taco.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Brittney

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Then… We tried the Gogi beef & spicy chicken tacos from Lee’s Philly Gogi Truck. Outstanding!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

I’ve never seen such a collection of easily accessible, exotic, gourmet meals to-go, all utilizing fresh, local ingredients. How awesome. Gourmet trucks, do you think you’ll be traveling to Alabama anytime soon? :)

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Outside of Scoops, Photo via Brittney

The next location on our whirlwind tour of LA was an unforgettable Italian gelato shop, Scoops.  If you are in the area, you must, must, must go here. If you’ve never heard of it, you might just walk on past it. It’s a tiny little shop, it doesn’t have a webpage, Twitter, or Facebook, but every day the Korean art-house chef, Tai Kim, makes 18 new flavors of sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurt and ice cream from the most unbelievable combinations.

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!

Everything sounded so fantastically tempting- I sampled a scoop of 7 different flavors: brown bread, salty caramel, salty chocolate, black truffles, vanilla coffee marscapone cheese, guinness chocolate, and ricotta marsala Oreo. There’s no way to choose a favorite. They were all simply incredible. Light, smooth, creamy and delicious- I ate every. last. bite. All 7 scoops. Easily. Heaven!

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photos via Pat

Other flavors that were available for us that day were blueberry plum wine, pistachio jasmine, Thai iced tea, goat cheese basil, banana coconut, apricot tiramisu, and lavender honey (Jenny’s favorite!)

Into the Heart of LA | My Trip to Beverly Hills via Bertolli!
Photo via Mandy

As we were leaving, the sweet Mr. Kim blushed and told us everything was on the house for our group of beautiful ladies! So sweet! We couldn’t stop smiling.

Next!

Just one more stop on our tour of LA before we met Rocco!! Tomorrow I’ll post about our visit to The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, where we sample 3 different types of cheese and guess which milk they were made from: goat, cow, or sheep! Then: Our wine tasting and “small bites” dinner with Rocco at the Four Seasons.

Thanks for looking! :)



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28 Comments






1
Jenny Flake May 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Love it girl!! I posted mine last night, I could look at our photos all day!!!

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Robin May 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I am really enjoying living this adventure vicariously through your recaps of it. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Chrissy May 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Looks like a lot of fun, and Amanda, you always look so adorable! :)

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Bryann May 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm

looks sooooo yummy!! Looked like you gals had such a blast! Thanks for sharing!

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Victoria May 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm

You’re making me looking like a bad Californian! I live about 40 minutes away from all of this, and I’ve never been! It’s on my bucket list now – especially that gelato shop!!

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Nancy Wyatt May 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Amazing! Thanks for sharing! And you all are so beautiful and thin for foodies ;)
*hugs from conroe, tx!

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Mary Cardini- Anderson May 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I enjoyed looking at all of your photos. Every thing looks so delicious.

Mary

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kathy May 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm

OMGosh, I’m a former Angelino, born & raised and boy am I missing my native land after seeing the photos. Those are old stompin’ grounds for me. If you’re not home yet, hit Pinks Hot Dogs for me. Trust me you will love it! Looks like I don’t need to say, “Have a Great Time Girls.” Hugs from East Texas, Kathy

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Debi May 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Everything looks so FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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marie May 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I really love cats and dogs so can you please update your pictures of your pets??? And i love all your pictures and your scrapbooking i scrapbook to.

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Clare May 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Amanda, everyone looks super cute, I am super jealous, and the food look amazing… I think I have to find that road with the lunch trucks….amazing!

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alayne May 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I LOVE your dress! So adorable!

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julie b. May 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

What a fun trip! I’m enjoying your recap of events.
Love your camera strap…I have one just like it! =)
Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey with us.

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Suburban Sweetheart May 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Everything about this borders on unbelievable – good thing you have pictures to prove it. THIS IS SO COOL! Lucky, lucky ladies.

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Lynn May 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I am so excited girl! Can’t wait to hear what comes next. This sounds like the trip of a lifetime. I bet it was fast and furious. I am so happy for you….you are quickly becoming a world famous blogger!!!

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Lisette aka Liszha May 20, 2010 at 1:34 am

An asian guy in an italian icecream shop! How fusion is that?

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Pat May 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

I love your photo collages, too Amanda! It’s a good way to apck ina lot of photos to one post. I wish I ahd soem of that food in front of me again ..it was soooo good!

♥ Pat

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Briana May 20, 2010 at 11:23 am
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Travis Schmidt May 20, 2010 at 11:45 am

We love your food pics, please can you send me copies to upload to Flickr and our Facebook Fan Page, They are amazing!

Thank you for posting and the support.

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Claudia May 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

The photo collages sing of the experience. Thanks for the visit and I cannot wait to see what you do next.

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Barb in FL May 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

What a fun time you’re having. Enjoying the adventure through your posts…can’t wait to see whats next!

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Becky May 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm

What a beautiful group of ladies. Looks like you are having lots of delightful tasty treats. Can’t wait to see more of your trip. Thanks for sharing, Becky

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Morgan May 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Omg! You are gorgeous & it looks like you had an amazing time! I absolutely,posilutely love your blog! Never,never,ever, delete your blog. It keeps me sane,lol. But honestly, I LOVE your blog! Go girl!

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toni May 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

oh wow, coming to ur blog always makes me hungry!…;) always a good and interesting read!

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Lindsey May 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’m loving the pictures, it looks like you girls had a blast! Where did you get your adorable camera strap?

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Nancy May 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I just happened to stumble onto your blogspots and website. You are amazing. I am in awe of your talent! Thanks for sharing. I am very new and remedial at all of this.

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