(626) Foodettes

Covering the food scene in the San Gabriel Valley.
The second annual Oktoberfest is coming back to the Santa Anita Racetrack on September 27th, opening day at the races! The event will take place all over the infield to bring you a day full of German indulgences! Go dressed in your best lederhosen and receive FREE admission to the beer garden! 

They’ll be Infield beer garden, Dog Haus serving up sausages in the VIP area and …


o   Traditional German music from the Bavarian Wunderband
o   Live music following the Wunderband from the Spazmatics and special guest Boogie Knights
o   Competitive alphorn blowing
o   Stein holding contests
o   Dachshund Racing
o   Costume contest
o   Live horse racing all day to kick off Opening Weekend

General Admission $10

General package $25
·         Beer Garden & Concert Admission
·         2 drink  voucher for Beer, Water, or Soda
·         1 authentic German pretzel
·         Souvenir Oktoberfest Stein
·         Daily racing program and wagering tip sheet
The event is from Saturday, September  27th from 11 am-5 pm at the Santa Anita Race Track. 

The second annual Oktoberfest is coming back to the Santa Anita Racetrack on September 27th, opening day at the races! The event will take place all over the infield to bring you a day full of German indulgences! Go dressed in your best lederhosen and receive FREE admission to the beer garden! 

They’ll be Infield beer garden, Dog Haus serving up sausages in the VIP area and …

o   Traditional German music from the Bavarian Wunderband

o   Live music following the Wunderband from the Spazmatics and special guest Boogie Knights

o   Competitive alphorn blowing

o   Stein holding contests

o   Dachshund Racing

o   Costume contest

o   Live horse racing all day to kick off Opening Weekend

General Admission $10

General package $25

·         Beer Garden & Concert Admission

·         2 drink  voucher for Beer, Water, or Soda

·         1 authentic German pretzel

·         Souvenir Oktoberfest Stein

·         Daily racing program and wagering tip sheet

The event is from Saturday, September  27th from 11 am-5 pm at the Santa Anita Race Track. 

Tailgate in style with Lawry’s Catering Tailgates at any USC or UCLA home football game at the Rose Bowl! Full open bar that’s all you can drink and all you can eat prime rib and other tasty dishes for only $75! 

Details here.

Ahi Poke with Uni, Alcoholic Macarons, Shark Tacos, Banh Mi Pork Belly Tacos, etc, the last 626 Night Market of the year at Santa Anita Race Track opened to a great start! To find out more, check out Kristie’s Instagram. She’s live tweeting and Instagramming her meals! 

Mama Musubi will be serving limited servings of their Ahi Poke Uni ‘Taco’ at this weekend’s 626 Night Market. Here’s what else to look forward to at this weekend’s night market! Uni all day, everyday! For more unique dishes that will be at the night market, click here: http://www.kristiehang.com/what-to-eat-at-this-weekends-626-night-market/

Mid-Autumn Festival is Monday! Luckily, I’ve put together a guide to help you find the most unique mooncakes for the occasion. Check out my article on LAist here: http://laist.com/2014/09/05/5_places_to_find_unique_modern.php

-Kristie 

Godiva has been one of the mainstream companies at the forefront of incorporating Asian traditions to their company. The chocolatier has a new limited edition fruit and tea infused mooncake collection released specially for Mid-Autumn Festival. Godiva’s mooncakes are not actually mooncakes, but rather unique chocolates shaped and inspired by the traditional delicacy with a twist. 

The centerpiece of the Godiva’s limited edition collection is a large dark chocolate mooncake shell filled with crunchy grapefruit mousse, hints of lemongrass and vanilla, and topped with black-tea infused chocolate ganache. Other unique mooncake flavors in the collection include a dark chocolate with ginger-spiced mandarin orange mousse, milk chocolate filled with goji berry mousse, a grapefruit black tea crunch, and a lychee green tea crunch.  Best part is, you can buy the mooncakes as a set or individually at Godiva.

You can pick a Mid-Autumn set up at your local Godiva boutique or online at: http://www.godiva.com.

We had a great time visiting the Sriracha Factory during chili grinding season to see how the hot sauce is made from beginning to end! Check out Kristie’s site for behind the scenes video and more footage!

Pho Hai Phong in El Monte has one of the best chicken phos you can get. The chicken is extremely fresh. You can truly taste the difference. You have to choice  whether to have your chicken with bones or boneless. I personally prefer boneless because it makes it much easier to eat. They do give less chicken if you order it boneless though.

There’s sides of delicious ginger sauce for you to mix a sauce to your desires. Pho Hai Phong’s chicken rice is also very tasty. It’s very similar to a Hainan Chicken Rice, but Vietnamese style. The rice is what they call ‘you fan’, which is flavored rice. You can’t go wrong with anything chicken here. 

The staff speaks Cantonese, Vietnamese, and English. 

My only compliant would be that if you order to go, they are extremely stingy with their ginger sauce. They charge an additional .75 cents for sauce and they don’t even give very much. My tip would be to eat there and then scoop extra sauce to go since it’s unlimited while you dine!

  • 10990 Lower Azusa Rd
    El Monte, CA 91731

Happy Eatings!

Starting today until September 30th, The Habit is debuting a new spicy Hatch Chile Charburger. Jalapeño & yellow hatch chilies all over. The Habit  consistently makes one of the best burgers around town. Here’s how they describe their new burger:

    “Based on the popularity of jalapeño and yellow chiles available in our condiment bar, we’ve been getting a message from our guests,” observed Russ Bendel, the Habit’s CEO. “They want to spice it up with more flavor and we’re listening. The sales of Hatch chiles have skyrocketed in the last few years, especially in our markets in California, Arizona and Utah, so the timing seems perfect to launch a new limited-time version of the Charburger.”  A roasted, whole, peeled Hatch green chile is grilled and then placed on top of a char-grilled fresh beef patty, which is layered with melted cheese, shredded lettuce, fresh tomato and served on a toasted bun lightly spread with mayonnaise. An additional layer of flavor is added by a new salsa created by the Habit’s Vice President of Food & Beverage, Chef Adam Baird, expressly for the Hatch Chile Charburger launch.  Fire-roasted tomatoes, chipotle and Hatch chile purée, fresh cilantro, lime juice, garlic and cumin are blended to a chunky texture and added to the burger build

To find the nearest Habit Burger near you, click here. 

If you’re thinking about going to this weekend’s 626 Night Market, then you should definitely check out my guide on LA Weekly for which booths you must stop by!

http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/2014/08/14/5-tasty-reasons-to-hit-up-the-next-626-night-market?showFullText=true

See you at the night market!