Two Food Truck Events You Should Know About: Antojitos de mi Abuelita at Street Food Mondays, Cast Iron Gourmet & Frysmith at Black Boar Bar

Antojitos de mi Abuelita

Everyone knows Los Angeles is a wonderful place to eat, with unmatched culinary diversity – and mobility – found anywhere else in the world. Fortunately, there are two food events happening today and tomorrow with focuses on food trucks – O.G. and nouveau – that bring you their goods in a special setting for one night only. If I weren’t out of town, I’d personally attend these two events. Instead, you’ll have to go in my place, represent and see what they’re all about.

One is brought to you by the celebrated return of Street Food Mondays, curated by Bill Esparza (Street Gourmet LA) and Evan Kleiman (owner of Angeli Caffe). Antojitos de mi Abuelita, a food truck representing Mexico City-style antojitos, or masa-based “little whims,” will be serving up “Comida corrida,” or a 3-course meal for only $28.

The other is a collaboration between Cast Iron Gourmet and Frysmith food truck – more on that after the jump.

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Street Food Mondays at Test Kitchen Features Mariscos Chente’s

Pescado Zarandeado (Snook)

Street Food Monday is back. And for tonight’s installment, it has relocated to Test Kitchen in West LA. This one is especially exciting because contemporary Sinaloan and Nayaritan cuisine from Mariscos Chente’s will be served in anticipation of the opening of a future location. Sergio Penuelas, who was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa has over 15 years experience cooking Nayaritan cuisine.

Tonight’s guests will get to enjoy his Pescado Zarandeado. Snook is butterflied and cooked over a mesquite grill. It’s a deliciously tender preparation incorporating chile and garlic. And here’s the full menu of what you can be expecting tonight – all for $35:

Ceviche de Cameron
  1. Tostaditas(3): Ceviche de Camaron, Pate de Marlin, Aguachile Rojo
  2. Albondigas de Camaron: Soup with shrimp balls
  3. Taco Gobernador: Shrimp taco with cheese
  4. Mignon de Camaron: Grilled shrimp fillet
  5. Pescado Zarandeado: Grilled whole fish served family style
  6. Capirotada: Mexican bread pudding

So be sure to make your online reservation ASAP. Tonight is a great chance to get a real taste of Sinaloan and Nayaritan food. I had a visit recently to their Inglewood location, which is owned by Connie Cossio and which I can’t sing enough praises about. I would definitely attend tonight if I weren’t out of town right now!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

6 – 10:30 PM

Reservations available online only

Test Kitchen
9575 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Street Food Monday Returns: Sri Lankan Priyani Ceylon Café Presents Hoppers

String Hoppers With Pork Curry, Coconut Sambola and Dal Curry | Photo credit to PleasurePalate.com

Bill Esparza and Evan Kleiman’s Street Food Mondays at Angeli Caffe are back with a vengeance. And next Monday, they’ll be presenting Priyani Ceylon Cafe’s string hoppers. This is a limited engagement, unfortunately because Priyani has actually shut down recently due to bad location and unfavorable lease terms.

Never had Sri Lankan food? Wondering what to expect in a hopper? String hoppers are paddies made of rice noodles while hoppers are thin pancakes made from fermented rice flour. Egg hoppers instead are made with the same rice flour, however with the addition of egg in the batter. Other items from the former Priyani Cafe will also be featured.

Menu

Appetizer
$4 One fish cutlet (croquette) and a beef roll

Hoppers
$5.50 Five String Hoppers (rice noodle patties) with sime sambal (spicy condiment)
$3 Plain Hopper (thin fermented pancake) with choice of sime sambal or a *curry
$3.50 Egg Hopper (fermented pancake with egg) with choice of sime sambal or a
*curry

*Curries: choice of mutton or chicken

Priyani Favorites
$6.50 Chicken Biryani( Rice mold with chicken, eggplant, hard-boiled egg, and
cashews)
$8 Lampreis (chicken curry,shrimp sambal, fish cutlet, sime sambal, and a green
banana curry wrapped in a banana leaf)

Dessert
$4 Wattalapam (Sri Lankan flan)

Extras
$1.50 Additional condiment of a curry or sambal

Beer and wine will be available for sale

Fortunately, if you’ve never had Sri Lankan food, this will be your chance. Hop on over to Angeli Caffe for your taste of the action. It’s extremely affordable and much of the street food community will be in tow to support.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

5 PM – 10 PM

Angeli Caffé
7274 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.936.9086

Street Food Mondays: Ricky’s Fish Tacos at Angeli Caffe

Ricky's Fish Tacos | Photo credit: Cathy Danh of GastronomyBlog.com

I can get behind a series that features a different street food every week. Thankfully, Evan Kleiman and Bill Esparza of StreetGourmetLA are bringing exactly that to Evan’s Angeli Caffe on Melrose every Monday. Next Monday kicks off with Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos. His tacos and his stand set-up have been notorious for being delicious and available only at Sunset Junction on the weekends.

The story of Ricky himself is remarkable in that he’s from a family of mechanics who have serviced the cars of Baja fishermen – with payment coming in the form of abalone, oysters, pismo clams and fish. True Baja flavors will be yours to the tune of $3 per shrimp or fish taco on Monday night at Angeli – and you’d be remiss to pass this opportunity up!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

6 – 10 PM

$3 per taco

Ricky’s Fish Tacos at Angeli Caffe
7274 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.936.9086