LA FOOD | WINE

August 30, 2016

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There is something about food that brings people together. Whether it is the taste, the presentation, or deciphering that special ingredient, food is a vehicle for community. It is a time when people get together, share life stories, travels, hopes and dreams all over the course of a meal. Food just brings people together. Whether it is local or international, the phenomenon of great food has people willing to travel to get that savory bite and experience.

I had the amazing opportunity to attend the sixth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival this year with Lexus, the founding partner of Food & Wine. This event was hosted by renowned chef, Tyler Florence, in DLTA where I was able to taste from 30 remarkable chefs and 50 prominent wineries. The venue was stunning as we nibbled and sipped amongst the cityscape of the Broad, Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, The Music Center, and Grand Park. Surrounded by the extravagance of such celebrated food and wine, to the luxury Lexus vehicles that were available for viewing, I truly felt inspired. And adding to an already incredible night, De La Soul helped to enhance the festive and jovial ambiance with their energetic beats and lyrics.

Walking throughout the red carpeted venue, I was able to sample from California’s hottest restaurants and sip from many local wineries. My absolute favorite tasting hands down was from the host himself, chef Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern. His shrimp and grits just melted in my mouth. Pure and utter perfection. A close second was the freshly rolled pasta from Patina that was perfectly al dente and topped with crème fraiche. The most entertaining display came from Starry Kitchen, where chef Nguyen Tran served up crispy tofu balls in a banana suit and blowhorn. As far as wine goes, I had one too many to count, but I definitely enjoyed the rose sangria from Barcito, the private collection from Glenlivet, and the recently released Silveroak 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The food selection was phenomenal, but let’s not forget the desserts! They too were represented from Bree’s Cakes to Jon & Vinny’s Italian cookies. My personal favorite was the curried, sugar doughnut from ICDC which was fried to excellence with just the perfect hint of curry in the sugary topping. As a lover of ice cream, I also couldn’t pass up spending time at the Lexus lounge. There, in all one space, contained a variety of ice cream flavors from an adorable, vintage cart, adult ice cream floats from the fabulous Small Town Brewery bar, and delectable ice cream sandwiches from Sweet Lucie’s iconic blue truck. It was like my ice cream dreams had come true!

Despite the hours I spent tasting from booth to booth, there was still so much I didn’t get to enjoy. Fortunately these restaurants are located in California and I have the accessibility of simply getting into a car and driving to get my culinary food fix.

I came to the LA Food and Wine event knowing only my husband. Yet I left having met two friends – a stranger from the Bay Area and another blogger from Los Angeles. Two people who I not only exchanged phone numbers with, but exchanged pasts, present, and future plans with. That is the beauty of food. Regardless of culture, social economic status, or gender, we all need to eat. And when we eat, it tastes much better when it is shared.

Thank you to Lexus USA and the IW Group for allowing me this incredible culinary experience.

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85 comments

Mel August 30, 2016 at 7:08 pm

The food in your post look absolutely delicious!

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sharon August 30, 2016 at 7:17 pm

Aww, Christine! This looks like such an amazing event with great bites and nibbles. Food definitely brings people together 😀 Thanks for sharing, I am totally drooling right now lol. I also love the outfit you wore, it’s so stylish and chic. I hope you have an amazing evening <3, Sharon

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Bernice August 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Absolutely mouth watering food! And you looked fabulous on that red carpet. Looks like an amazing event!

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Thanks Bernice. The food was so delicious, I still am dreaming of it!

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molly August 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm

This looked like such a fun time! Your snaps were making me jealous AND hungry.

Xx
Molly
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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:27 pm

Hi Molly, it WAS a fun time! Sharing great food is always fun!

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Sharon Wu of Style Lullaby August 30, 2016 at 8:39 pm

That asymmetrical dress is to-die-for, and you look AMAZING on the red carpet girl! Loved following along your tasting adventures on IG stories hehe 🙂 xo, sharon

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:27 pm

Thanks Sharon! I wish I could share the food over stories so everyone could get a taste!

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Sister Tales August 30, 2016 at 8:43 pm

WOW, what an event! It’s beautiful! And the food is absolutely gorgeous…and you of course as well!
xoxo, simona and indre

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Thank you both! The presentation of the food was superb and the taste was even better! I am so grateful to Lexus for sharing the experience with me!

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Marie August 30, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Omg you looked amazing age the food….I wish I could’ve tasted it myself!

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dailykongfidence August 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm

Thanks Marie, I wish you could’ve tasted it with me too! You would loved it. But no worries, we can hit up these restaurants together!

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Susanne - Bag at you August 30, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Wow, the food looks exquisite!! And you look also stunning!! Thanks for sharing babe!! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

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Sofis August 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm

I had my first date with my boyfriend at LA food and wine restaurant… best way to catch a foodie, right? 😉 these pictures really brings back memories. Which I could have been there this year!

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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 8:33 am

Awww how cute! Eating is definitely one of my fav things to do and there are so many amazing restaurants in LA!

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Raysa Garcia August 30, 2016 at 10:01 pm

How awesome! It Looks like you had a good time. The food looks delicious. And you look divine in this white dress.
Xx, Raysa

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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 8:33 am

Thanks Raysa! It was so much fun doing what I love – eating!

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Thomas Falkenstedt August 31, 2016 at 1:02 am

Looks like an amazing event and you look stunning too! I love how you go to places not knowing anyone and then leave having a bunch of new friends with you. I’m like that myself as well! 😀
xoxo,
Thomas

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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 8:35 am

Thanks Thomas! Isn’t that the best? Sharing stories and meeting people over a common passion (food in this case), is always a guaranteed fun evening.

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Yuliya Oleynykova August 31, 2016 at 7:33 am

your dress is freaking awesome x
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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 8:41 am

Thank you Yuliya! I appreciate it!

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aurela August 31, 2016 at 10:46 am

Wow, such an amazing event. Looks so fab and I bet the food was delicious. You look stunning as always. Love the shoes!

Aurela xoxo

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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Thank you Aurela! It was a fabulous event and so yummy! Can’t wait to go again next year!

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Christina Braccia August 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm

This looks like so much fun! You rocked the red carpet, Christine!

xo, Christina
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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Thanks Christina you are so sweet! Hope you are having an amazing week!

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Adelina August 31, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Lovely Christine, this post is exceptionally written and beautifully composed with delicious images of food, celebrations, and style! I am so proud of your work and this post is making me HUNGRY (and I just had dinner)! Love always, Adelina

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dailykongfidence August 31, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Awww you are so sweet Adelina! Thank you for always being so supportive. Next time we need to go together!

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Lauren August 31, 2016 at 10:57 pm

omg this looks like so much fun! Great outfit too haha. Your posts always have the best writing too, always so impressed with you.

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Hi Lauren, yes it was so fun and so yummy! Aww, thanks for the compliments! xoxo!

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Katrina Fernandez September 1, 2016 at 2:56 am

Ohh my gosh! The food are so delicious and of course you are always look awesome. So beautiful just like a super model. I totally adore your style.

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xoxo, Katrina | Instagram: @katrinaisha

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm

You are so sweet, thank you. I love your style too Katrina!

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emily September 1, 2016 at 7:54 am

Omg! My mouth is watering at all that delicious looking food.. ESPECIALLY the ice cream! Sounds like my kind of place! You look amazing too, I love that dress!
x Emily
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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Yes, the food was to die for, I wanted to eat more and more. And who can resist dessert right? Thanks Emily and have a great weekend!

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Gina Diaz September 1, 2016 at 10:22 am

Amazing post!
xo, Gina

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Thanks Gina! Have a fabulous weekend dear!

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Katharine September 1, 2016 at 11:10 am

Fantastic event seems to be! great report. 🙂 kisses
Katharine-fashionisbeautiful

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Thank you Katharine, yes it was a delicious event!

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Heidi September 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

What an amazing event and stunning photography! Looks like you had a great time and so cool that you were able to meet some new and interesting people as well.

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Thank you Heidi! It was so fun and yes, I made two new friends that I will for sure keep in touch with!

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Aliya September 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm

What an amazing event & I love all of the wonderful photos you captured! Loving your look as well!! 🙂
XOXO, Aliya
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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Hi Aliya! Thank you so much. Have a great weekend love!

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Cece Lam September 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm

YES girl!! living up life. I LOVE this post!!!

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Cece, I gotta always feed this hungry belly!

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Sarah September 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

That food looks gorgeous! It’s so true, food does bring people together, I love how you can meet new people and find out new interests just by being curious and giving out happy vibes to people, food can is a common thread to start a conversation off (especially good food ) xx

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Totally agree Sarah! Food is a great common denominator and gives people so much to talk about!

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Joti September 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Food definitely brings people together! Can I just say, you’re rocking that red carpet!

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Yes, food is such a great way to bond isn’t it? Thank you so much Joti!

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Kandja Sylla September 2, 2016 at 1:07 am

I super envy you babe! The pics here made me wish I was there too. Food from remarkable chefs and wines from prominent wineries are perfect combo. You look fabulous as always. Thanks for sharing babe! xx

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Thanks Kandja, it was seriously the perfect venue and pairing of wine and food.

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Sophie September 2, 2016 at 3:14 am

How lovely. Must have been so much fun and your outfit is great as well.
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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Thank you Sophie! Have a fab weekend babe!

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Julia (The Velvet Runway) September 2, 2016 at 4:55 am

This sounds like an amazing event – what a great way to enjoy food and wine and meet new people! The food photos are really making my mouth water!
You are stunning as always and I love that dress!!
Julia x
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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Thank you Julia! It was a great night and the food was unbelievable!

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Adriana Boho September 2, 2016 at 8:21 am Reply
dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Thank you Adriana! xoxo!

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LINDSEY of THE NOMIS NICHE September 2, 2016 at 11:15 am

This looks like an amazing event – and I absolutely LOVE your outfit! Looks like you had a great time 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Lindsey
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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Awww thanks Lindsey! It was a blast and I can’t wait to go again next year!

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Ally September 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

I loved following along with your Insta-stories! You looked gorgeous! xo- ally

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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Ally, the stories were so useful to actually show you the food and have you right there with me! Wish you could taste it through your phone too. Haha.

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JASCHEN September 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

The food looks absolutely phenomenal!! And love love love that white dress! Such a special cut and so chic!

xoxo,
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dailykongfidence September 2, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Hi Jaschen! Thank you, I love an asymmetrical hem. The food was so tasty and love that I got to try from all different restaurants. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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Konstancja September 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

The food looks soooo delicious, I’m super jealous you got to try it all! 🙂 XO
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dailykongfidence September 3, 2016 at 10:43 pm

It was so yummy Konstancja!

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Nicole September 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm Reply
dailykongfidence September 3, 2016 at 10:44 pm

Thank you Nicole. It was definitely a nice evening and the food and Lexus vehicles made for a glamorous event.

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Jenn Hanft September 3, 2016 at 8:32 am

All of the food looks amazing! I hope you had a wonderful time! You looked stunning!!!! That dress is breathtakingly unique 🙂

XO Jenn
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dailykongfidence September 3, 2016 at 10:44 pm

Thanks Jenn, it was all delicious and yes, I had a fantastic time. Thank you!

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Monique September 3, 2016 at 9:06 am

Ohhh I really love the pictures, seems like you had a lot of fun and the food is so delicious!

Happy Saturday
Monique xx

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dailykongfidence September 3, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Hi Monique and thank you! I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

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Mandy Arisa September 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Christine you literally had me drooling at all your food pics oh my goodness!! You also look so so stunning in your outfit and those sexy heels might I add! Such a great share, much love from Sydney Australia!

X Mandy

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dailykongfidence September 3, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Thank you Mandy! I know the food in Australia is amazing too but LA has lots of fabulous hot spots and glad I was able to try some of them. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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Gabrielle September 3, 2016 at 8:01 pm

YES girl!! living up life. I LOVE this post!!!
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dailykongfidence September 3, 2016 at 10:49 pm

Thank you Gabrielle! If eating good food is living up the life then I definitely enjoy my life since I love to eat. =)

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Simona September 4, 2016 at 3:15 am

Aww everything looks fantastic!!! Love LA! <3
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dailykongfidence September 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Thank you Simona, I know, LA is so fun isn’t it!

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Mercy September 4, 2016 at 5:24 am

The food looks endlessly amazing. It must feel so nice to be part of it. Love your style girl!

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dailykongfidence September 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Hi Mercy! Yes, it was pretty endless as were the drinks. =) Thank you so much!

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vanessa September 4, 2016 at 5:45 am

your blog is soo good! i meant, beyond amazing

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dailykongfidence September 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Thank you Vanessa, you are too kind!

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Floortje September 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

The photos are amazing such as your looks!

Xx,

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dailykongfidence September 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Thank you for the sweet compliments!

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Adi September 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Looks like a lot of fun!! The food looks Amazing!
Adi xx
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dailykongfidence September 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Adi, the food WAS amazing. I can’t wait to try more!

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Hadasah October 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm

So pretty! Love everything about this look!
Much love, Hadasah
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dailykongfidence October 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Thank you so much Hadasah!

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