Artisanal LA – Highlights for the Foodies!

25 Oct

Don’t read this post if you are hungry.  The sights on this page will surely intensify your pain!

Overwhelming amounts of yummy food were at the Artisanal LA event.  I’ll be honest.  I ate so much I was miserable.  The vendors all served these teeny tiny little tasters which seemed harmless…  yeah harmless until you eat about 200 of them.   There was just so much to sample.  Most of the bakers made sweets which didn’t help!

Here are some of my favorites I wanted to share with you.

The first is Tartist.  Just look at their presentation and their tarts.  Perfection.

Even their name and logo is flawless.  I had to take a picture of their logo.  I am sucker for good marketing.  What can I say, I love design…even if it is business related.

Chocovivo.

Chocovivo is stone ground chocolate.  And molded by hand.

Plush Puffs are marshmallows.  Homemade delicious marshmallows.  The special feature at Plush Puff’s booth was a small fire that allowed you to toast your marshmallow.  I toasted a caramel marshmallow and was in heaven! I don’t think I can ever eat store bought marshmallows again after tasting these homemade goodies.

Olive Revolution had a huge assortment of olive spreads and olive oils.  They were all wonderful and I tried just about everything they offered.  I love olives!!  They are located in Santa Barbara.  Olive Revolution encourages visits to their general store and they also offer tastings.  Santa Barbara isn’t that far from where I live so next time I am in the area, I will check them out.

Olive Revolution also had something I have never experienced before – Walnut Oil.  It was a huge surprise. I expected it to taste heavy and strong but it was just the opposite.  Very light with just the perfect hint of walnut.  I really loved this oil and was kicking myself later for not picking some up.

Good chocolate from Ococoa.  I liked the pistachio with chocolate and the peanut butter with chocolate.

Grass fed beef by Open Space Meats.  Perfect meat – natural good flavor without a lot of seasoning or marinade.

Salami by Fancifull.  This was incredible and I took some home.

Perishable Pickle Shop from Chicks with Knives.  Don’t you just love their name?

I also like their packaging, logo and label. Very good design.   They didn’t have any samples out when I went by so unfortunately I didn’t get to try these.

Seasonings from Cast Iron Gourmet.  I LOVE this seasoning organizer. I have something similar that goes on my wall.  Well it’s not a box like this but I use small metal containers very similar to these.  It’s a colored metal wall sheet purchased at iKea.   It allows me to stick my seasoning containers to it (the containers have magnets on the back).  I love it because all my seasonings are in sight and easy accessible on my wall.

But not all my seasonings can fit on the wall sheet so something like this box would be ideal to store the remainder. And it would look pretty on the counter.  This seasoning box was not for sale at Cast Iron Gourmet.  It was something they were using to display and sell their seasonings.  Hmmm…I may need to try to make something like this soon.

OK – I think this just might be my favorite new thing.  Coconut brittle.  Wow.  Butterfly Brittle made this delicious new invention.  What I love most is they sprinkled the coconut on top while the brittle was still setting.  The coconut is attached but not buried inside the brittle.

There were plenty of food vendors but only a few drink vendors.  Luckily I came across Bonadea’s aguas frescas to wash it all down.   I used to drink beverages like these everyday when we lived in Mexico.  I was glad to finally find some here.   Aguas frescas is Spanish for fresh cold waters and are a combination of fruits, cereals or seeds with sugar and water blended to make a beverage.

Bonadea makes their aguas frescas all natural and they do not use sugar.  They are instead sweetened with organic agave.

I don’t care for tamarind too much so I tried their Guava Berry flavor.  It was great!

Bakelab.  Yet another name and logo I love.  And they had great baked items.

Bakelab cookies.

And Bakelab coconut clouds.

Akasha had a huge assortment of spreads.  My favorite was the apricot barbecue sauce.

These Akasha rosemary parmesan crackers are absolutely the best crackers I have ever tasted in my life.

I just found out that Akasha has a restaurant.  I need to check this place out!

There was a lot of chocolate at Artisanal LA but Compartes was the prettiest.   They are so pretty you feel guilty messing them up.  I ate a homemade peanut butter nugget. They not only look pretty, they taste just as amazing.

Hell Fire Pepper Jelly from Jenkins Jellies.  They served it with cream cheese over crackers.  Wonderful flavor and not really hot.  Just a great blend of heat and sweet together.

Pretty sugar shapes made by Gourmet Sugar Co.   Organic sugar shaped into little figures perfect for tea or coffee lovers.  Gift ideas!  I have a cake and heart shapes shown here but they offer plenty of others like seashells and fleur de lys.

The end to a perfect day.  Coffee from Cafe de Leche.

Stumptown roasters was there as the supplier to Cafe de Leche.

It was one of the best cups of coffee I’ve had in a long time!

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6 Responses to “Artisanal LA – Highlights for the Foodies!”

  1. Angie & Carrie October 26, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    umm…hello Angie, I am going with you next year! How fun!!

  2. Mica November 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Thanks for the photo and the positive comments! Can I use your picture in our newsletter? I’ll give your blog the credit. Thanks!

    Mica – Open Space Meats

  3. Angie & Carrie November 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Mica – Of course! I have more pics of your booth and display if you want me to email them to you. Just send me your info to angie@221vision.com

  4. Jacques Rosol November 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    What a great post

  5. Kiesha Riech December 10, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Good internet site! I thoroughly enjoyed your content …very nicely written.

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