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Del Mar Fall Food Truck Festival – Southern California Event

40 food trucks are expected, all in one location, with gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests at super prices (most items $4-$8). Some delicious participants include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, The Lime Truck, The Lobsta Truck, and Devilicious.

Del Mar Food Truck Festival

Let’s talk southern California food trucks. When I worked construction, don’t laugh, we used to call them roach coaches with love of course. BUt these kitchens on wheels have taken off and moved beyond basic sandwiches and burritos. Lobster, Italian dishes, and even vegan organic meals are coming off of these trucks. They have come a long way baby.

Today, November 22, 2014, the Del Mar Fair Grounds is hosting the Fall Food Truck Festival. You can come in to play the ponies and enjoy the food trucks all in the same place today! Can you say win? Food trucks of all stripes are coming down to show off what they have to offer.

When –
November 22, 2014
11:00AM – 4:30PM

Where –
Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014
Location: Seaside Concert Area, West of grandstand.

Bring your appetite on Saturday, as some of the tastiest food on wheels comes to Del Mar for the Fall Food Truck Festival. Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California as 40 food trucks are expected, all in one location, with gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests at super prices (most items $4-$8).

Participating trucks expected include fan favorites such as The Grilled Cheese Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, crabcakes911,The Lobsta Truck, and Devilicious! Entire truck list will be posted shortly.

Pair your food items with several cold brews on tap in the beer garden.

Free admission to the Food Truck area with paid racetrack admission. $6 for adults. Children under 18 are free — must be accompanied by parent or guardian. (DMTC)

I cannot wait to head on down to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to check out all of these food trucks. The best part is that if you find a truck you like from your area, you can also follow them on twitter. You can also hire them to cater events, parties and even weddings.

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Tiny Hamster Is Back with Friends For Thanksgiving

tiny hamster and his friends sit down to Thanksgiving dinner.  Wearing their best pilgrim hats, the friends enjoy a turkey dinner until there just is not any more.  How cute are they?

There is something new this year to be thankful for. Tiny Hamster is back and he brought friends for a Thanksgiving feast! I don’t care if you’re from Southern California or Kansas City, this video of Tiny Hamster  eating Thanksgiving dinner with his friends, including a very fluffy bunny, gives me the biggest smile of the day.  There is sure to be a Pinterest tutorial on how to make pilgrim hats for hamsters very soon thanks to this video.

HelloDenizen has done a great job with their Tiny Hamster videos. Tiny Hamster has already had his own pizza party, a birthday for his little friend, and even gone against the hot dog eating champ, but this one may be the sweetest of the videos. I did have to wonder, is that what I look like when I sit down with Dad Bee and have Thanksgiving? SHOVING slices of pie into my face until I just cannot hold anymore, maybe just one scoop of potatoes… with gravy. Please.

Yes this is what we look like at Thanksgiving dinner. We just do not want to admit it. Instead of hanging our heads in shame, we can watch a little furry party do what we do every and giggle.

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Sometimes Simple Is Best – My Perfect Weekend Lunch

Fall lunch in southern California fruit cheese smoked yellowtail and sparkling water

What comes to your mind when you think about your perfect lunch? A delicious over the top sandwich with steak fries, pizza from a tiny hole in the wall restaurant, or maybe even an elegant restaurant. For this southern California blogger, there are few things that I enjoy more as an afternoon meal than what I had yesterday afternoon.

I have heard it referred to as a poor man’s dinner, but that does not lessen my love for this simple meal. On a cutting board I set out sliced apples and oranges, a wedge of bleu cheese, crackers, and smoked yellow fin tuna. The fish was locally caught and we smoked it in our yard the day before. There was something about the tart of the cheese with the smoke of the fish that really play off each other well.

You could easily dress this up for a holiday party with friends. Use a wooden cutting board, a variety of cheeses and maybe some other dried meats to pair like salami. You can also add more seasonal or exotic fruits bringing this delicious meat and cheese plate up a few notches.

I had my lunch with soda water, a lime wedge and new favorite glass straw in a tall glass. But you could serve this with tea or cocktails if you are entertaining.

Do not be afraid of easy when you are serving food to friends. It can still look as elegant as you want it to be. It is all in the presentation.

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New Thanksgiving Recipe: CHIPOTLE CARROT SALAD

chipotle mayo recipe from just mayo

New Thanksgiving Recipes

There is nothing more predictable than Thanksgiving dinner.  Though very tasty it is usually this: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy.  Add in some green beans if you’re feeling festive.  But why not add something new to the Thanksgiving dinner?  This chipotle carrot salad recipe would also be a great addition onto the table for Thanksgiving.  The usually starch heavy Thanksgiving dinner can use a little more vegetable recipes if you ask me. While there is nothing on the table I don’t like during the holidays this new Thanksgiving recipe would add a nice spice to a usually mellow Thanksgiving dinner.   If you are looking to stay away questionable ingredients, you can start with the mayonnaise.  Just Mayo is non-GMO, gluten-free, soy free, dairy-free, lactose-free, and cholesterol-free. And once you get the mayo taken care of, throw some heat into it with chipotle!  POW!

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The Revival Of Colony Palms Hotel & Purple Palm Restaurant Palm Springs

The Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs

One of the endearing things about Palm Springs to this vintage Southern California girl is that it has a rich history while also being completely modern. Once again claiming its place in the Palm Springs scene is the Colony Palms Hotel, one of the old guard hidden gems, and it has gone through a complete revival.

Originally built in 1936 by reputed Purple Gang Mobster, Al Wertheimer, the Colony Palms Hotel was once a saloon, speakeasy and gambling house that later became a playground for Hollywood ICONS including Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Rita Hayworth. In 2007, the Colony Palms Hotel went through a complete renewal, getting the royal treatment in a collaboration with Los Angeles based Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. The Colony Palms has regained its nobility as a stunning four-star boutique hotel.

The colony palms hotel restaurant Purple Palm renewal
Not only did the hotel go through a renewal, but their restaurant, The Purple Palm Restaurant which was named after the original founder’s gang, has taken on a whole new life, thanks to a complete remodel and new head chef Greg Stillman. Inside of the beautiful courtyard of the Colony Palms Hotel, the restaurant design is full of the glamour of the 1930’s and 40’s when the Colony Palms was “the” place to be seen in Palm Springs. Amazing food, stunning decor, mountain views, and gracious service, it is absolutely wonderful.

Chef Greg Stillman in the Purple Palm restaurnt at the Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs
Chef Greg Stillman was charged with overhauling the menu for the Purple Palm restaurant, working with California producers and foragers to incorporate the fragrant fruits and fresh vegetables of each season into his dining experiences. In his new position as Executive Chef, Stillman will continue to work closely with the boutique property to craft and evolve the California cuisine for guests and locals alike.

Colony palms hotel palm springs purple palm dinner

Look at his food! It looks almost too good to eat. Chef Stillman’s experience mixing international cuisines really shines through while still respecting the regional ingredients.

Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs purple Palm Restaurant Remodel Bar

The Purple Palm Restaurant is an unexpected, but welcome added selection to the restaurant scene in Palm Springs. Everything seemed to be going more modern, flashy, midcentury (which I also love) but the surroundings and amazing food offered by the Purple Palm really sets itself apart as something unique and much needed.

To find out more about the Colony Palms Hotel, or to dine at the Purple Palm Restaurant visit colonypalmshotel.com.

Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
800-557-2187

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