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Inland Empire Food Truck Festival

This weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the Inland Empire Food Truck Festival as Media (thanks, Ashley!).

My friend Josh got to come as Media, too — as my plus one! He refused, however, to wear his pass right side up.

Oh, well. Can’t win ’em all.

I was a big fan of this event. It had a great sense of community and there was definitely fun for all ages. They had a whole kids area, they had events, they had lots of food (of course), and there were bar areas. Fun for all.

There were so many trucks. Over 50, actually!

We perused the entire festival before stopping at our first truck, which was The Lime Truck.

Only Robyn, Josh and I waited in line for this one.

Robyn and I knew immediately that we needed to stop at this truck because one menu item caught both of our eyes: The Ultimate Taco.


This was actually my favorite thing that we tried all day.

It was Robyn’s, too. Eating picture!

Right after that, we met up with our friends Chris and Jason.

Our first stop all together: The LudoTruck.

Everybody got an assortment of things. All I was really aware of was that there were chicken balls.

Naturally, I spent the rest of my time in line texting my mother about it. As I’ve mentioned before, she cracks up at the word “balls.”

Balls in real life!

They were amazing. They explode in your mouth.

Yes, I did that on purpose.

More eating pictures!

We also got a Lavender Honey Biscuit.

It was… interesting. You could really taste the lavender. I wasn’t totally into that.

At this point, it was getting really hot. Naturally, we ventured over to the bar for some margaritas.

This probably makes me sound like a total lush (hurry, put on your surprise faces!), but they were so weak that I couldn’t even taste the alcohol. And then, I mean, really, what’s the point? Then it’s just empty sugar calories.

As opposed to empty alcohol calories.

Don’t worry about it.

At this point, we decided to take a little break from all of the food and sip our margaritas while watching some of the entertainment. Said entertainment included watching skateboarders and roller derby girls.

Soon after, it was time for ice cream! Coolhaus, to be specific.

I could have been adventurous and tried a truck I’d never experienced before, but then I saw this:

And really, it was all over from there.

It was good! It did, however, kind of just taste like coffee ice cream.

Josh got Bananas Foster on Peanut Butter cookies. Photo bomb!

It was epic.

Last up! Robyn and I had both noted the fish taco description at the Slapfish Truck on our way in and decided we needed to try it even though we were full.

It was good, but it wasn’t great. I was way more into my oh-so-necessary water.

Regret of the day: Not trying The Grilled Cheese Truck.

But, I’m sorry, that line was just too damn long all day.

Favorite picture of the day (and I’ll leave you here):

Hooray!

Rehab Days 3 & 4

Rest

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“Bieres de Champagne”

After hearing my friend Laura rave about Eagle Rock Brewery, I knew I had to check it out.

When I went to go do a little research on their website a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that they have a series called “Women’s Beer Forum,” which is a monthly event in which they host themed tastings and teach the crowd about the beers.

They had one last night with a theme of “Bieres de Champagne.”

My dates for the night: Kelley and Katherine!

One thing I like about Eagle Rock Brewery — the people there are true beer lovers. How do I know this? Because unless you knew about Eagle Rock Brewery, you wouldn’t be there — as in,  it’s not the type of place you just happen upon. It’s basically in an alley and it’s unmarked!

See what I mean?

Inside, you can find a fairly small tap room.

And then, a little further back from there, is the room where they held the Women’s Beer Forum.

It filled up quickly, but we grabbed seats in the front so we could get pictures like good little bloggers.

They gave us a handy-dandy guide…

… And we were off! They poured the tasters in the front and had us line up (okay, crowd around) to pick our glasses up.

First up: Deus (Brut des Flanders) from Brouwerij Bosteels, Belgium

“Chardonnay-like in color with notes of pear and cider in the nose and big spicey aromatics (cinnamon, cumin) and flavors; honey, light fruit, lemon grass, and baking spices. Champagne-like carbonation with a bone dry finish. 11.50% ABV.”

I liked this one a lot. I’d say it was my second favorite of the night. I could definitely taste the honey immediately and, when I paid attention, I could taste the cinnamon, too!

Here are Kelley and Katherine with the bottle:

After we all had our glasses in hand for each round, Ting, who ran the session, would tell us a little more about the beer we were tasting.

Next up: Maltose Falcons Brut from Woodland Hills, CA

“Brewed by members of the Maltos Falcons homebrew club. Comprised mostly of Belgian Pilsner malt with small portions of crystal and aromatic [malts], Styrian Golding and Saaz hops, fermented with Saison and Trappist yeast strains. 11.4% ABV.”

I liked this one too (let’s be honest, I like most beers), but I found it to be a little bit bitter.

Next up: Liefmans Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans, Belgium

“Bright, deep cherry red with a fine pink head. Sweet dark cherry-like aromatics with a tiny hint of tartness. As in the aroma, the flavor is dominated by big cherry sweetness with a touch of tartness to balance, essentially a highly carbonated interpretation of a Kriek. 6% ABV.”

I did not have high hopes for this one — especially when I smelled it and found the scent to be reminiscent of cough syrup. And, upon first sip, I didn’t like it all that much (but definitely thought it tasted a heck of a lot better than cough syrup!). However, as I kept drinking it, the beer actually really grew on me. It reminded me, however, more of cherry soda than it felt like a beer.

Blogger cheers!

Finally, the fourth beer was poured.

Last up: Malheur Brut Noir (Dark Brut) from Brouwerij de Landtsheer, Belgium

“Hazy brown with a billowing brown head, with hints of malt sweetness, ripe fruit (cherries, grapes) and chocolate in the nose. Strong notes of tart cherries, cotton candy, and a spicy fermentation character. Highly carbonated with a velvety mouthfeel. In some respects, a champagne version of a Belgian Quadrupel. 12.00% ABV.”

This was definitely my favorite of the night. It was such big beer with so much complexity of flavor and I felt like I tasted something different with every sip!

Before we left, I snapped a picture of the four bottles…


And, of course, ensured that we got a group shot!

And then, with grumbling bellies (at least, for Katherine and me) we headed outside to the Almoosal truck.

They had a special little menu just for Eagle Rock Brewery goers.

Katherine got the sandwich.

I got a chicken empanada.

And then, in the car, I ate not one, but two of Katherine’s amazing macaroons.

I only meant to have one, but I couldn’t help myself. Seriously, they are out of this world. You guys have to make them. They melt in your mouth.

Anyway, I had a really nice night trying new-to-me beers and hanging out with blogger friends, but boy oh boy was I pooped when I got home. I crashed immediately!

Have you ever heard of Bieres de Champagne? I never had before until last night!

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Clean Street Food (Plus Oats Giveaway Winners!)

I have a few things to get to today!

Firstly, I have the winners of my oats giveaway

Here are the TEN lucky Coach’s Oats winners!

  1. #18: Kate (What Kate Is Cooking)
  2. #6 Katrina
  3. #27 Tory
  4. #3 Claire
  5. #38 Ellen
  6. #21 Pam
  7. #35 Caitlin @ TPL
  8. #15 Catherine
  9. #20 Jennifer
  10. #22 Alexandra

If you’re one of the lucky winners, please email me (kaitlinwithhoney at gmail dot com). Thank you to everyone for entering! It was so fun to see so many comments – plus, I learned a lot of new ways to make oats. 🙂

Secondly, if you weren’t lucky enough to win this giveaway (or even if you were), head on over to Two Boos Who Eat to enter their CSN giveaway. 🙂

Thirdly, be proud of me – though I still had a yogurt bowl this morning, it was pretty different.

This is big.

I made this:

Into this:

It was alright, but honestly, there’s a reason I stick to what I like…  because it’s good! This yogurt was way too sugary-sweet. I missed my Chobani. I missed my berries, too.

Oh well. I tried.

The very exciting meal of the day was when we had a surprise (well, to me, at least) food truck at the office today. Now, you know I’ve been psyched about food trucks in the past, but I often find they make me feel sick. The name of this truck, alone, was enough to make me check out their menu.

The name? Clean Street Food.

One thing I was especially impressed about, before I even saw the truck, was that the chef, Jack, personally came into our office in the morning to pass out free samples.

That’s a guy that knows how to market his product! I thought it also showed a lot of pride in said product, which made me even more excited to try it.

I tried samples of the Marinated Steak, Vegan Chickpea Salad, and Grilled Pork. They were all great, but (despite really not being a red meat person), I was pretty quickly sold on the steak.

Check out all of the options, though:

I wanted to try everything! I think I might go for the Thai Chicken next time.

The real treat was when I went down to the truck and talked with Chef Jack for a little while. I told him about the blog (hi, Jack!) and about my clean eating philosophy, which led him to tell me all about his food and where it comes from.

(I’m an ass… I totally didn’t realize that I did not catch his face in the light at all. Whoops. Too bad, too. He’s cute.)

For instance, the steak on the sandwich I got was Australian tri-tip and the cows are range-fed. Very, very cool that Chef Jack cares about where his sources are from and how humane the conditions are.

This sandwich was awesome. The parmesan on the sandwich melted in my mouth, the bread was chewy and doughy (my favorite), and the entire thing was packed with flavor.

Oh, and the chickpea salad was also served on the side! I liked that touch.

The best news is, I don’t feel gross as I write this (usually, after food trucks, I do). It really is all clean food!

Big thumbs up to this truck.

I’ll definitely be looking out for them in the future. If you’re in LA, check them out! You can find them on twitter here, too.

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Food Commentary

Before I get to anything, I just want to thank you for all of your supportive comments in response to my post about rejecting a diet. It’s times like those when I remember just why I so love being a part of this community.

Alright, down to business. I’ve got a potentially controversial topic coming at you on this lovely Saturday morning. A little food for thought, if you will.

Har har har.

Do you think it’s appropriate to comment on other peoples’ food – specifically, how healthy it is?

Sometimes, when I’m eating something healthy – say, a salad for lunch, or a snack of carrots and almond butter, or an apple with cheese – someone will walk by and say something to the extent of, “Oh, how healthy!” Now, I know people don’t mean anything by these comments, but I’ll be honest – they really bug me sometimes. Hearing people comment on my food takes me back to my high school years when I constantly felt judged for my weight and, thus, everything that went into my mouth.

That makes sense, right?

Yesterday was an especially notable day on this matter. My office had a celebratory office lunch provided for us, consisting of In-N-Out burgers, fries and my favorite ice cream truck, Coolhaus.

People were psyched.

We were told about this lunch, of course, in advance. Naturally, almost nobody brought their lunches to work.

I mean, who turns down free food, right? Especially from southern California’s beloved In-N-Out Burger! Who would bring their own lunch?

Well, I did.

It wasn’t for any reason but that I don’t eat fast food, and that is for a reason. It doesn’t make me feel good. And not only that, but I honestly don’t really think it tastes that good.

Honest to blog (took that one from Juno), I preferred my salad.

Into the mix went:

  • bed of romaine
  • grilled chicken
  • baby heirloom tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • grated carrots
  • pomegranate seeds
  • walnuts
  • Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette

Anyway, I didn’t completely skimp on the free lunch. I got an ice cream!

I actually got to help in picking these flavors out, so I was pretty excited about them.

You’re supposed to get the ice cream sandwiched between two cookies, but I figured the ice cream was enough of a treat for me.  I am watching what I eat.

I got a cup with half Nutella Toasted Almond and half Salted Caramel.

So. Incredibly. Amazing.

Anyway, I didn’t end up eating outside. I actually ate upstairs at my desk, since I felt kind of weird eating my salad outside. I got nervous that eating my salad was going to inspire comments, and I didn’t want to get all defensive.

I was right. As I was eating my salad (at my desk), at least four people walked by and made comments about about it, and, naturally, I jumped to bad conclusions about their intentions. Why did people care? How does what I eat affect other people? I automatically assumed that it was as though people were disappointed in me, or thought I was depriving myself, or thought I was being judgmental about what they were eating… which, of course, I was not.

Anyway, that’s kind of all I have to say on the matter, but I’d really like to open this up for a little dialogue. What do you think about this? Am I entirely overreacting, or is it inappropriate to make comments about others’ food?

And, furthermore, has this ever happened to you? How has it made you feel?

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Begrudging Rest Day

As I write this, I am going back and forth between the blog post and my gchat because I am currently deeply analyzing the newest Harry Potter movie with my friend Andrew, a fellow Harry Potter (book series) fan. There is definitely something to be said for having friends with similar interests as you. Andrew and I both love the book series, both went to film school, and have many similar but also some vastly different views on the book series and how it could have been better portrayed on film.

Because I love the series, because I love Harry Potter so much, and because I’m really enjoying the intellectual discussion Andrew and I are having, I really feel the need to basically watch all of the movies in the next few days. Including watching the one in theaters… again.

This is how I work. Thank goodness Thanksgiving vacation is about to afford me some free time.

Anyway, I was smart this morning and begrudgingly (as in, only after calling my mom at 6am so she’d force me to be smart) decided not to go to the gym. A clicking knee, I realized, is probably not something to mess with.

I didn’t skip boot camp happily, but I skipped it. Life goes on.

So, rather than starting my day at the gym, I started the day with a bowl of overnight oats. However, I wasn’t so into them this morning. I found myself craving hot oatmeal instead. Maybe this dish is a summer one for me?

Into the mix (last night) went:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbs ground blueberry flax seed
  • dash Splenda
  • 2 dashes cinnamon

On top (this morning):

In other news, thanks to Katherine, I haven’t been able to stop listening to Kanye this afternoon. Anybody else loving this song?

I brought my own lunch today, but I kind of couldn’t help myself from passing it over when I learned we were being visited by a falafel food truck today.

You guys know how I love me some falafel.

Enter: the Yalla truck.

I got the Yalla (Classic), minus the onion salad. Gross. I hate raw onions.

It was definitely good, but it was also a very different presentation of falafel than I’m used to.  The actual falafel was great, as were the salads with it, but the pickled turnips were a bit much for me. Way too salty. I ended up taking them off after one bite.

Truth be told, though, I don’t think I like pickled anything.

Well, except pickles.

This was a good food truck experience because the pita was not only pretty healthy, but it was also totally filling. I felt great afterward, which is more than I can say for my experiences after eating from some other food trucks. I didn’t finish the entire pita, either (though I came close) and didn’t end up needing a snack today… which is kind of unheard of for me.

I always want a snack!

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Food (truck) Coma

I know I already told you about this morning’s breakfast, but I kind of want to also tell you about last night’s dinner.

Remember how I sexed up (yes, I said that) Annie’s Black Bean Vegetable Soup the other day?

I upped the ante last night by heating up the leftovers and adding a little shredded cheddar and a runny egg.

So. Good.

I kind of have a thing for runny eggs. I used to be so grossed out by them but now I get bummed out when my yolks cook through.

Speaking of being bummed out, I am so bummed out about boot camp. The new instructor for Fridays, while very nice, is not a good boot camp instructor. It would have been a fine strength training class but it entirely lacked the intensity that makes boot camp… well… boot camp!

I miss the old instructor. A lot. She was fantastic and made me work so hard. Given this new development, I’m actually considering switching gyms. I’m tired of losing good instructors in favor of crappy ones.

Anyway, it’s too bad that this morning’s workout was so completely blah, as I could have used an intense workout to at least begin to make up for today’s decadent lunch.

It was another food truck day at the office, and while I skip many of them, today’s truck was one of the trucks I’ve long wanted to try: The Vizzi Truck.

This truck boasts gourmet food like truffle popcorn and I thought it would be a shame not to order something from it.

I got the Heirloom Tomato Piadina.

It was good, but it. was. RICH.

Richer than I’m used to, especially since I make most of my own food.

I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t be eating from the truck again. My tummy hurt for hours after lunch. 😦

I was in a food (truck) coma for a while. Some stomach aches are almost worth it (like, at Thanksgiving, for instance), but this was not.

Happily, I felt all better (with a little help from Pepto) by the time Coffee Bean Friday came into play!

Capping off my posts for the day with another pumpkin reference, I’m excited to report that I had a Soy Pumpkin latte (with half the flavor).

Friday Morning Workout

5 minutes elliptical warmup

45 minutes not-hard-enough boot camp

35 minutes elliptical (30 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

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My New Bowl

I am embarrassingly excited about my new bowl.

I’m excited because it’s see-through. And because it’s new.

Hello, world, I am a food blogger.

In case you didn’t already figure it out (which would be a little worrisome), I had a SIAB this morning.

And it was awesome.

It was especially awesome because a) it was pretty much the only 100% healthy thing I’ve consumed all day and b) it was consumed after an amazing workout.

As predicted, my boot camp instructor totally called me out on missing Friday’s class (in a friendly and funny way, don’t worry)… but she knew I’d be back today and had planned, happily, for an incredibly butt-kicking workout this morning. And kick my butt, it did. We did three cycles of eight one-minute high-intensity exercises, with no rest time, followed by some ab work.

I’m getting tired just thinking about it again. And yet, I want more! I’m psyched for Friday.

I followed it with 35 minutes on the elliptical, per usual.

The smoothie afterward was so necessary.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • ~2/3 cup frozen berries (cherries, blackberries, & raspberries)

On top:

  • ~3/4 tbs warmed & drizzled coconut butter
  • handful Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

Soooo good.

Also, doesn’t the new bowl photograph nicely?

I certainly think so! There’s more where that came from, too. I may or may not have also picked up a few other items. 🙂

Lunch was less healthy, but oh-so-delicious.

Despite my lackluster experience with the truck last time, I decided to give it another shot since everyone else in the office seems to love it so much.

I’m glad I did.

I got the maple-braised pork crepe, which is totally not something I would normally order, but sounded great and had gotten rave reviews.

It was a good move. I am not sorry.

Not one bit.

Thank you to Hanna, who was not only my hand model but is also the birthday girl!

Happy birthday to Hanna!

Wednesday Morning Workout

5 minutes elliptical warm up

45 minute (butt-kicking) boot cmap

35 minutes elliptical (30 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

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