Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1)

Oh my goodness.  In the time that I have been studying for my exam, lots of new, exciting things have been happening on the blog.  Not this one, but The Episodic Eater.  First of all, there's a new redesign, so check it out!  Second of all, I had lots of food over the past month and a half.  Yes, I haven't posted one of my weekly wrap-ups since May 30th, so I had to split up the food fun into two posts.  Lastly, I started being recognized as a member of the media via food blogging, so that means more events and tastings.  Yay!

So anyways, I don't want you to miss a moment on The Episodic Eater, so here is Part 1 of the food fun.  :)


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!




Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


This restaurant is one of the busiest restaurants filled with locals, so you can imagine how wonderful the pasta is!  Take a peek here.


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Spago (Beverly Hills, CA)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck began serving wonderful food at his Spago restaurants over 30 years ago, and I remember many amazing brunches and dinners here over the years.  We had an amazing dinner for my mom's birthday, but I had my first really big blogging fail here...



Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Slater's 50/50 (Southern California)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


The Slater's 50/50 chain has their famous 50/50 patty made with 50% beef and 50% bacon, but they had so many amazing items on their menu.  I have LOTS of pictures because my huge party ordered so many awesome dishes!


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!




Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I was invited to preview many of the new restaurants and others coming soon in the new Anaheim Packing House.  I am super excited about so many of these restaurants, and the design inside is absolutely drool-worthy.


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Oh yeah, and the food and drinks are all amazing too!  They also have a wonderful food vendors, including a butcher with unusual and hard-to-find meats, etc.


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Candle Light Bakery (Norwalk, CA)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


My friend brought me some wonderful treats from Candle Light Bakery for my birthday!


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Lee's Sandwiches (Western U.S.)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


For my birthday lunch, I grabbed a quick lunch with my friend, complete with green cupcakes!


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



La Boulange (Los Angeles, CA)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Ooh, another preview!  I had the chance to try out tastings from the new La Boulange restaurant before it opened.  It was fantastic and I brought home just a few pastries for a midnight snack...


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



The Sycamore Kitchen (Los Angeles, CA)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Oh wow.  I tried out The Sycamore Kitchen that was on my "To Eat" list for a really, really long time.  Why didn't I try it sooner?  Really, you must see this post and put the restaurant on your own list.


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



fōnuts (Los Angeles, CA)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I previously tried fōnuts pre-blog, but I decided to go back and try a ton of their offerings.  See all of the flavors and my favorite picks!


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



The Belvedere (Beverly Hills, CA)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


For Father's Day, my dad chose The Belvedere!  Besides the awesome entrees, there was a dessert buffet.  Yep, you read that right!  See ALL of the desserts on the blog for some major dessert inspiration.  :)


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Z'Tejas (Costa Mesa, CA)

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I was happy to take a study break and taste the new Z'Tejas summer menu.  I loved the crab cakes above, and I'm definitely going to order another of their delish summer cocktails next time!


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Bistango (Irvine, CA)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Yet another summer menu unveiling, this time at Bistango!  So much amazing food, and gorgeous too.  :)


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Il Fornaio (Irvine, CA)

Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I just love Il Fornaio for its fresh pasta and breads, so it's always a winner.  :)


Wrap-Up: Food Fun! (Part 1) on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I hope you're not too hungry after all of those delicious photos.  If you can stand it, click on each link to see the whole meal from start to finish.  And remember, that's just Part 1!  Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2.  :)


Are you hungry yet?  ;)




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