Coachella – The Food

Well hello,

It’s been a while. Why? Because I was at Coachella. The modern day version of Woodstock. Only its held in Indio, California. Three glorious days of music surrounded by a horrendous 9 hour drive – there and back. This is my second year going and I loved just about every second of it. The moments I didn’t love were the ones when I was in the 102 degree heat with no shade and water that was hotter than I was. These moments were frequent, but I’m a champ and got through it.

I did however discover a trick last year that helped quench my thirst if my water supply was low – lollipops. Not only are the delicious but sucking on them wets your whistle AND gives you a little sugar boost. Like other music festivals, outside food and beverage wasn’t allowed but I was able to sweet talk security into letting me take a few suckers in. I asked really nicely and smiled a lot.

Now, as a food lover it pained me to limit myself to one full meal a day, but by the time we woke up at 9 a.m. it was already too hot to eat. Yes, I grew up in SoCal, but I have acclimated to S.F. weather therefore 80 degrees is already a little too hot for a full meal. I usually waited until about 8 p.m. before chowing down at the festival. This year, I was pleasantly surprised at the abundance of good. And fantastic looking food at that.

Last year I did the one meal a day thing and got hooked on a vegetarian wrap (meaning I got it all three days). This year, I was not about to do that again – so I tried something different every day. Also, the food court area looked a lot larger this year than last year as well. Maybe I’m wrong, but for arguments sake, let’s say it was bigger this year. I mean check out the list of vendors.

AVOCADO HOUSE (Breakfast place from Encino?)
BELLA LUNA COFFEE
BEN & JERRY’S
BOMBAY STATION (Vegan)
BORDER GRILL FOOD TRUCK (Mexican)
CA POP CULTURE
CLIFFHOUSE
COOLHAUS TRUCK (Ice Cream Sandwiches)
CREATIVE BLEND
DOUGH DOUGH’S (Malasadas aka Hawaiian Sugar Doughnuts)

EARTHLY DELIGHTS
PINKS HOT DOGS
FISHERMANS MARKET
FREEBIRDS (Burritos)
FULL OF LIFE FLATBREAD
GET SHAVED TRUCK (Hawaiian Shaved Ice)
GISELLE’S CATERING TRUCK (Burgers & Mexican Food)
GOURMET FAIRE (Corn dogs, gyros and the famous crab fries!)
GREASY WIENER FOOD TRUCK
GREEN TRUCK (Organic/Vegan Friendly)
HARRY’S SMOKEHOUSE (Oklahoma Style BBQ)
ICE OF PARADISE (Hawaiian Shaved Ice)
COYOTE CORNER / JAVAGOGO
JOHNNY MCGUIRE’S (Deli Sandwiches)
KOGI BBQ FOOD TRUCK
LAMRON BBQ
LAS CASUELAS (Mexican Food)
LEM N MAN (Lemonade)
LENO’S RICO TACO
LONGSHOT COFFEE
MR. CECILS (Ribs)
PENNYS CREATIVE CONCESSIONS
PEPPERS THAI
PIE FOR THE PEOPLE! (Pizza)
RUTH’S CHRIS (Steak)
S&R THAI
SHRIMP PIMP FOOD TRUCK
SPENCER MACKENZIE (Fish N Chips)
SPICY PIE (Pizza)
SWEET LEAF CAFÉ
TANTES (Falafel, Knish, Etc)
TEXIFORNIA TAMALES
THAI BBQ
THE EGGROLL PEOPLE
THE ORIGINAL BERRIE KABOB
TWO GUYS
WAFFLEMAN
WIKI WIKI KAU KAU

Such options!

Coachellians are very hungry people who don’t want to waste time interpreting what type of cuisine is being offered by some ambiguous restaurant name. The event planners of Coachella understand this. Which is why the nice big signs above each vendor looked like this

And this

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Germany, What I Ate

After seeing and experiencing the raw ingredients that many Munich local restaurants use in their food (Viktualienmarkt) it is really no shocker that the food is seriously to die for. I can honestly say there wasn’t one dish that I didn’t adore. The flavors are bold and the ingredients are fresh.

Not going to lie, I was a little apprehensive about my trip because as my favorite customer, Jim, explained you gain about a pound after every meal. Considering my wardrobe for the trip consisted of high waist Maxi skirts, skin tight leotards, and skinny jeans I seriously couldn’t afford to pack on the pounds abroad. I guess I didn’t take into consideration the fact that because the meals are so filling you don’t get hungry as often – thank God.

Not to mention my M.O. for the trip was to not waste carbs on anything but beer. And dessert. Mission accomplished.

I suppose I should backtrack a tad, I was lucky enough to be invited on this trip by my parents. My dad had business in Germany with the car company Audi and was taking my mom. My mom however didn’t want to gallivant around the country on her own so she wanted to take her “city-slicker” daughter along on all the day trips. She called and asked me 2 weeks before our scheduled departure if I could afford to take the time off school and work (and somehow manage to get a passport in time). My response, “uhhh is that even a question – of course I can come!”

The fam and I stayed at the Kempinski Hotel Airport (the hotel was attached to the airport by this gorgeous rainbow hallway)

Now, staying at the hotel had it’s perks, mainly the in house restaurant, Charles Lindbergh which I got to eat at almost every morning for breakfast. The breakfast buffet had every kind of meat and potato you could imagine, among other things.

On the first day I most of it. After a 14 hour flight, I was in desperate need of some fuel, can you really blame me?

Coffee, mango-papaya juice, bacon, sausage link, sausage patties, sauteed mushrooms, swiss cheese, tomato with melted cheese, fried egg, fresh mozzarella, blackberries, raspberries, lychee, and physalis. What a way to start the day.

What the hell is physalis? Cousin to the kumquat, its a bite-sized citrus explosion in your mouth. My waiter, Markus, told me a charming story about his friend who was in the mood for some syphilis because they were so good. Confused, Markus told his friend that syphilis was in fact not good, and that he probably didn’t want it. Turns out the friend actually was craving some physalis – personally I would have loved to see the outcome if this word mix up wasn’t cleared up. Is that bad?

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