(Pure Cheesecake has some super unique recipes)
Mmm…I can’t stop thinking about all the delicious food I tasted at last Friday’s “PAIRINGS” event at Siren Studios. Savor Los Angeles and Parallel Lines put together an outstanding array of some of LA’s best food vendors and restaurants serving their favorite food pairings. I have been to a couple of these restaurants before, but many of the food vendors were completely new to me. Being a food junkie, I am always up for trying something new and the vendors did not disappoint. From cheesecakes to pandan chickens, Savor LA was a culinary feast to end all culinary feasts. (Smashed potatoes, after the jump.)
(Some of the ingredients that go in to Cast Iron Gourmet’s infamous Couch Mix)
(The Couch Mix was so good, I had to pick up some to take home)
I started with Pure Cheesecake. Typically when I think of cheesecake, I think of sweet cake. Pure Cheesecake opened my eyes to a new world of cheesecake. They literally make “pure cheese” cake. My favorite was the gorgonzola cheese with pistachio and pear.
Next up was Cast Iron Gourmet. I could not get enough of the “Couch Mix.” Chef/owner Rashida Purifoy cures her own bacon, carmelizes it, and adds it to a mix of seasonal dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate. It’s the best combination of salty, sweet, crispy, meaty goodness I think I’ve ever had. Malo/Mas Malo must have been really good because they ran out of food half way through the event, before I had even arrived.
(Starry Kitchen’s pandan chicken and Pandan flan)
I feel so uncultured because I had never tried pandan Chicken from Starry Kitchen. Oh boy! The flavor locked inside the screwpine leaf was incredible. I’m definitely going to pay them a visit soon.
(Smashed potatoes by Bangers & Smashed)
Super cool lady, Jill Flomenhoft from Bangers & Smashed served up some sausages with her famous “smashed potatoes.” She takes mashed potatoes to a whole new level. With choices like lemon artichoke parmesan, smashing lavender, sour cherry blossom, wasabi miso shiso, I could eat mashed potatoes every night of the week.
(The Farm’s brownie bites and watermelon gazpacho shrimp shooters)
I always walk past The Farm of Beverly Hills when I’m at The Grove but never stop to eat because I’m always in a rush and it’s so crowded. After a little taste, I see what all the hype is about. The Farm had a really interesting shooter of watermelon gazpacho shrimp. Plus, the brownie bites were so rich and moist, at the end of the night I actually saw a guy sneaking a whole plate of them in a napkin to take home!
(If you love dark chocolate, you’ll love Auntie Fruf’s Ahhsome Fudge. To die for!)
(Ingredients to create your own cocktail with Veev)
Veev had a really cool setup where you could create your own cocktail in a jar using their Acai spirit and any combination of blackberries, mint, basil, cucumber, sage, raspberries, and lemon. FYI: Veev is the world’s first Acai spirit, which is pretty cool!
(A look at the pop-up shop)
(Zhena Gypsy Tea was sampling their new tea coconut chai. Love their tea!)
(Found these really cool cork cases from Studio Artecnica)
(James Jams & Treat’s rosemary lemonade concentrate)