Summertime... Friend or Foe?

Ahh, it's summer time again. Hot days, sweaty smelly gym, hot days. I'm not fond of summer weather at all. How will I get through it this year?

Things that I love about summer... The smell of ripe peaches and nectarines at the farmer's market. Cool, ripe watermelons to chomp down. Concord grapes (Koreans love 'em!). Outdoor concerts and festivals. Barbeques and beer. And one of the greatest annual LA summer rituasl... treks to the Hollywood Bowl.

My food preparations for the Hollywood Bowl have become more and more casual and informal with each concert. But not in a bad way. The first meal I remember packing up for pre-concert picnicing was...

=Eryka Badu=
Grilled Flank
Grill-Steamed Veges
Whole lotta work. I was grillin and preparing this all day during the hot summer and packed it up in huge foil containers for over 10 people or so. I would definitely recommend myself not to do this again. An evenly distributed pot-luck is best for these events.

An improved menu for the next year:
Roasted Vege and Goat Cheese on Baguette
Prosciutto, Parmesan & Arugula on Baguette
Spinach Salad with Roquefort and Pistachios

And this year:

=David Byrne and Arcade Fire=
French Ham and Swiss on Croissant
Coconut Macaroons
Lambic Framboise
Cider (Normandy)

=Basement Jaxx=
Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil
French Baguette
Parmesan and Pecorino
Chateauneuf de Pape Bordeaux

**This antipasto mix was very informal and finger foody. But at the same time we got to our seats right before the show started. In which case most of the surrounding seats will be filled, meaning nowhere to put down all the lil containers holding the delicious antipasto-y things.

I conclude sandwiches are best for clean up and packing. And also bring enough alcohol! I cannot emphasize this enough. Where else will you be able to bring in your own food and alcohol? Plus cheapest bottle of wine is $21. But if you are planning to get there a bit early to picnic and can happily sprawl out over few rows, bring it on baby.

And if none of these options sound appealing take-out is also a great choice. No dishes, no work during the heat and fast. Actuallly that sounds awesome. Where should I take-out from next time?


Santos said...

hi yoony! there used to be a bunch of restaurants that would pack special picnic baskets for the bowl, but i think the only one who might still do it is the daily grill. i remember some of them being so elaborate, it was a great splurge because some of them got so inventive, and there was always some little treat hidden away. i heard that some of the hollywood+highland restaurants offer picnic baskets, too, but i'm sure they'd overcharge.
i recommend dim sum from the empress pavilion takeout, roast beef or lamb french dip sandwiches from philippe, cuban-style sandwiches and guava and cream cheese pastries from cafe tropical, or vietnamese banh mi sandwiches from kp deli.

yoony said...

all those sound great. thanks santos!