Latin Food Fest 2018

What a weekend!

This Saturday I enjoyed an afternoon of Latin food and music from all over southern California, including tons of delicious wines and sangrias, and more than one type of tequila (hiccup). I got a little sunburned, but it’s a small price to pay to enjoy all the bites and drinks I want for three hours, while partying at the Embarcadero Marina Park.

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It was a beautiful day, and the sangria was flowing like … wine.

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Most of the vendors were drink companies, so the few that were food had pretty long lines. Luckily they were all delicious, so who can complain? I really loved the bacon-wrapped hot dog con todo (with everything)…

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… and the Sheraton’s sample of marinated pork loin, savory sourdough bread pudding, house salsa roja and pineapple mostarda:

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There were many other fine offerings, like this fancy short rib appetizer:

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… potatoes with three “Mojo sauces” from Driana (Chef Adriana from the Food Network):

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… this gorgeous ceviche …

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…this amazing beef tartare from Born and Raised

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and even this simple classic from Northgate Market: the humble carnitas street taco.

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Definitely some honorable mentions go to the Gallo Pinto (beans and rice)…

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… the Brazilian torta …

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and the Peruvian steak:

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The annual event is about $27-40 per person (depending on when you buy tickets) without VIP. The general admission lasts from noon-3 p.m., which is plenty of time to sample everything at least once.

I’ll definitely be back next year!

 

 

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Paradise in a sip and a taste

My first guest post! My fellow Tennessee State University alumna Stacey Diltz is the President and CEO of StaceyWines.com, and a resident expert on the most delicious and popular wines. She was kind enough to let us in on her favorite new pairing!

Frost Bitten Ice Riesling

At a recent Food & Wine experience in Atlanta, I discovered paradise … in a sip and a taste.  

I am not usually a fan of creamy cheese, or as I used to call it, “soft cheese.” But as my palate developed in wine appreciation, so did my palate in cuisine. Frost Bitten Ice Riesling is made in the style of an ice wine with a hint of acidity that is common amongst Rieslings; but Ice Wine is a bit sweeter due to crushing the grapes after they are frozen. Soft cheese and a sweet icy wine are a perfect pair.

 

The sweetness and acidity matched perfectly with Secret Des Lys cheese and Epoisses cheese from French Cheese Club umbrella and also the Le Roule Garlic & Herb cheese log. The Secret Des Lys cheese is a triple-cream cheese with a fluffy texture and a buttery sweet taste. The Award winning Epoisses is a soft cheese washed with Marc De Bourgogne. The paste is richly flavorful.

 

Lastly, the Le Roule Garlic & Herb cheese is simply delightful. Rich and bursting with garlic flavor, it balances perfectly with the apricot, peach and acidity profile of Frost Bitten Ice Riesling. Truly a winning match!