Tavolata Sunday Feast

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Tavolata is an Italian restaurant owned by Ethan Stowell. I also like his other restaurant Anchovies and Olives. I also really want to go to Staple and Fancy one day. Basically I want to go to all his restaurants. And every month at Tavolata, they have a sunday feast. When me and my family when to Tavolata for a sunday feast, the feature was Duck.The sunday feast at Tavolata was like a pre-fixe. That means the chef picks the menu for you.There were three courses plus sides and dessert, so four courses total. It was a lot of food, my brother and I can eat a lot but we still had leftovers.

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 The first course was seared Foie Gras. Basically my favorite meat. I think this because it was also done very well it was also very tender but juicy.

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Next was Foie Gras Mousse on Crostini with Fried Duck Egg and Green Beans. we ate the whole platter (see the Before and After pictures below). This is my first time having fried duck egg. Obviously I liked it because it’s in my belly.

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The second course was Duck Confit with Gnocchi. I didin’t like the Gnocchi but I don’t like Gnocchi in general. Even when I was in Italy I didn’t really enjoy Gnocchi. Because I find Gnocchi too starchy and chewy. But I liked the Duck Confit part of the dish. 

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The main course….was a whole duck. The breast meat was juicy, unlike chicken. It was very tender and it was on the verge of being too salty but it also felt like it wasn’t salty enough. It came with a Braised Farro salad and Escaraole salad. The Farro was almost like a turnip. I didn’t really like the two salads because they were a little bit bitter. 

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Dessert was a Almond and Pear tart with caramel gelato. The crust of the tart was flaky but not dry. The pear filling tasted like real pears and the almonds gave it a good crunch. The gelato with caramel drizzle made the whole dish lighter so that it wasn’t too heavy. The dessert tasted yum yum. 

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The kitchen at Tavolata is open to the dining area, so you can see the chefs preparing food. But there’s also a room in the back because that’s where I saw them take the duck. I liked watching them cook. It was cool to see my food being prepared.

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I got to meet Chef Clevenger. He was funny and nice. We talked about food and food. My two favorite topics! I highly recommend Tavolata and I want to go back again. I want to go back to try the regular menu, I already know what I’m going to order….the spaghetti!!

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I wish that my mom hadn’t taken any pictures, then I can make her take me there again to get more pictures….wait am I thinking out loud!?

 

*pictures by my mom

Fremont BBQ Extravaganza Review

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On Sunday I went to the Fremont BBQ Extravaganza. It was a really hot day but not as hot as the day of the Food Truck Rodeo. We were going to dress my dog, Remy as a hot dog, but then we forgot. I think he was glad we forgot.

20130602_140751-00120130602_140630-001I sampled some BBQ sauce from Bluesman BBQ. There were samples of (from left to right) mild, sweet spice, spicy and smoking hot. I really liked the smoking hot, not just because it was spicy, but because it had more smokey, BBQ flavor and the spiciness added to the flavor.

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There was a long line for the BBQ sandwiches. But we finally got our sandwiches. Unfortunately they were all sold out of grilled corn. But they still had the meat and some salad. Hee hee…don’t tell my mom, but I didn’t eat any salad. There were four kinds of meat, but we only bought three kinds. We got pulled pork, BBQ chicken and brisket. The fourth kind of meat was pastrami. I wish we also got the pastrami.

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I liked them all. I can’t decide which one was the best. And they were probably the best BBQ I’ve ever had in my life. No offense to anyone….even better than my mom’s BBQ ribs (no offense mom).

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My dog Remy really liked the pulled pork too. Pulled pork is his favorite. All because of our family friend, Kit Wah who bribed Remy with pulled pork at Lake Shasta, last year, in order to teach him to swim.

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There were many teams there, competing for the BBQ competition. I got to try a few different samples. One time I got a chicken sample and when I was down to the last bite, I drenched the entire piece in hot sauce and popped it in my mouth. It tasted amazing.20130602_142022-00120130602_144301-001

20130602_144312-001The man from Dances with Smoke started his BBQ grill with a flame thrower!! Warning: this is for professionals ONLY!! Do NOT do this at home. And they had a whole pig.

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There was also a bagel toss competition from Seattle Bagel Bakery. You had to toss the bagels onto a ring. It was very difficult. I almost made it on the last try. But we got sample bagels and they were really delicious and loaded with flavor. I got blueberry and my brother got a pizza flavor. I am still dreaming about those bagels now! Even Remy who doesn’t usually like any carbs, loved the bagels.

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There was an amazing brass band called Tuba Luba. With some of the most amazing music I have ever heard. It was really upbeat and they sounded great. They are playing again at the Fremont Fair on June 23rd. I want to go to listen to them again.

 

 * Photos by my mom

Mobile Food Truck Rodeo

By TheJarrett818

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 On Sunday I went to the Mobile Food Truck Rodeo with my family. It really was a rodeo!! It was so crowded, we could barely walk.

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We had Cajun food from Jemil’s Food Truck. We had Gumbo and a Cajun sampler. I liked the white rice part of the sampler. I liked the flavor and the sausage. I didn’t like the Gumbo that much.

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We also had a pulled pork sandwich called a Porchetta Sandwich from Evolution Revolution Food Truck. I enjoyed the pulled pork with the combination of spinach. I think the combination was quite good. There were a lot of juices, but the meat was not too fatty. I enjoyed the combination of the dry meat with the juices in the sandwich. 

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The weather was really hot, a little uncomfortable, but near the water, it was breezy. It was too hot to stand in lines. The lines were too long. The food was good, but it was so difficult to get the food.So we gave up and went to Cold Stone Creamery for ice cream. I may not want to go back there next year if it is just as crowded.

*photos by my mom

Ramly Burger

By TheJarrett818

From Wikipedia: “The Ramly Burger, also known as the Burger Ramly, is a Malaysian burger created by Ramly Moknin popular in Malaysia

The Ramly Burger is distinctive from most other hamburgers due to the unique way in which the ingredients are served. Rather than the usual method of stacking the ingredients within the bun, the patty in the Ramly Burger is first covered with the desired condiments, then wrapped in a thin layer of egg”.

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In America, there is a restaurant, called Kedai Makan that serves the Ramly Burger, but only on Fri and Sat between 12am – 2:30am. A few weeks ago, I got to stay up late till 12am to go to get a Ramly Burger. We went downtown and parking was horrible, but we were finally able to find a parking spot and we sat outside while waiting for our burgers. Luckily I brought a book. My brother and I were already in our pajamas – Kevin and Alysson were surprised to see us up so late!! We told them that we were staying up to try their Ramly Burger as a midnight snack.

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The restaurant is take out only, so all the way home in the car, the smell of the burger was killing me. It’s definitely worth the wait. But in my opinion, if you want to bring out the flavor, get it with cheese. It’s only 25 cents more.

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The chili is extra spicy so be warned and have some milk ready. And napkins. It’s very messy…do NOT eat it in the car!

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Kevin makes the Ramly burger with a sweet chili slaw, an egg wrapped patty, Worcestershire sauce, onions, Maggi seasoning, and brown sauce on a grilled bun.

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It’s kind of hard to describe the flavor. But I enjoyed the blend of all of the ingredients. Even if I don’t like some of the ingredients, I like the mixture of all the different ingredients. I feel like it goes well together and was not hastily chosen. It’s spicy, a little salty and very juicy.

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 I forced my mom to go back to Kedai  Makan a second time because I told her that I needed to go there at least two times in order to write this review!!

 The bad parts about the burger is….that it’s only available at 12am – 2:30am and only available on Friday and Saturday nights. I wish it were available at more convenient times and almost every day.

 

*photos by my mom