LA was hit with another summer-y weekend, although not as hot as last weekend. Jeremy missed it all, jetting off to Chicago to
play lose some flag football games in the Pride Bowl.
Saturday morning I saw Independence Day: Resurgence, which was so disappointing that I didn’t really want to do much after that. So after running some errands I stayed back home, catching up on shows, working on my script, and working out.
Sunday was more adventurous, beginning with an early morning hike at Temescal.
It wasn’t too hot (it was only 8 a.m.) and the view was a little hazy, but I really just went for the nice workout and to work up my appetite for Smorgasburg LA.
Smorgasburg is a weekly food festival that started last weekend in LA (the original is in Williamsburg, hence the name). But since last weekend was so damn hot, I made plans to go for weekend number two with Heather, Scott and Michael, and Heather’s friend Kim.
Even though I parked in a stupid spot, the others were running late, so I explored the area on my own. I didn’t get too far when I saw Goa taco, which was one of the things I really wanted to try.
The line wasn’t too long and they had the meat roasting there for you to see, making it all too tempting.
So I bought a pork belly taco and then
ate devoured it by the entrance. It was everything I wanted it to be. I loved the paratha taco and the pork belly was great, even getting a few crunchy bits that added some nice texture. It’s something you’ve got to get if you come to Smorgasburg — which judging by the line later in the afternoon, others agree. Well worth the $9.
Heather and Michael and company arrived shortly thereafter and we wandered in. The crowds this early weren’t too bad, but the longer we stayed the more and more people came and the longer the lines got.Still we hit up Lobsterdamus next for some grilled lobster. By this time though pretty much all the tables were full (including in the beer area), so we walked all the way back to the entrance and sat on the curb in the only shade we could find. It made us joke, Smorgasburg LA with parking for 4000, and tables for 40. -_-
Michael and I shared a whole one ($20) and it was great. There was quite a bit of meat in each half, although the plastic utensils were worthless and we had nothing to crack the claws with. I guess that adds to the fun? The garlic noodles were also pretty good, although really, really oily. If you’re in the mood for lobster this definitely does the trick.
For round three we hit up Poke Alaea. It’s traditional poke seasoned with Hawaiian Alaea salt. It was pretty good (though I liked the poke we had at Little Meats better…) but they weigh out a decent serving making it worth the $10. Heather and Kim each got some pastrami from the booth next to it, while Scott ventured back to get a Bahn Mi.
For dessert we all knew we wanted some acai bowls from Amazebowls. Kim and I each got one served in the coconut shell ($8.50) and it was well worth it.
Besides looking great in photos the acai bowl was delicious, very similar to the one I had at Little Meats. There was nice crunch from granola and lots of fruit: strawberries, banana and blueberries. The edible flowers on top, while edible, did not taste good at all. They taste like how flowers smell with a little bit of grass in them. So that aside, it’s a definite must-get dish. Besides it’s a great way to cool down.
And then on the way out they hit up Donut Friend and Rucker’s Pies for some final sweets. I avoided the temptation, which was made easier knowing I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.
All in all Smorgasburg LA is a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out. What’s nice (besides the Walt Disney like parking structure) is that it’s every weekend so it shouldn’t be crazy like a one-weekend foodfest. What sucks is there’s not much shade and the tables get filled fast. Aside from that though the quality and variety of vendors is impressive and I’m excited to come back and try more.
As for the rest of my Sunday? When I got home I took a much needed nap and then cooked dinner for the week. Jeremys flight got delayed, so it’ll be a little bit of a late night, but worth it to have him back. 😉