Just last week, we gave all of our LA folks a heads up preview of the Gourmet 5 Year Old Party that went down this last Sunday, May 31st. When we caught wind of Drink.Eat.Play’s upcoming event, we knew we had to check it out. We were lucky to attend as two Foodie Correspondents on behalf of Foodbuzz. The idea behind the event was to offer all the good foods you remember and loved as a kid–a 5 year old kid. All the tasty comfort foods you can eat. Comfort food galore provided by some of LA’s most well known restaurants? Well, you already know that we were in like Flynn! Los Angeles is known as La La Land. A place where you think waif-like people walk around only eating grated carrot and alphalpha sprout salads. Well no! That’s not entirely true. There are a lot of regular folks out there who like to delve into a few of the more interesting dishes in life. Like us. Here’s a look at everything we ate:
When it was all over, we were definitely full from having tasted so many plates. But did we feel 100% comforted? Well, that’s to be argued. We were a bit disappointed in some of the platters in terms of their selection as a whole (Do foie gras and maguro taru-taru count as comfort foods?) and also the taste. The macaroni and cheese lacked in flavor, the apple lentil soup was strong on curry and short on apple, and the penne pasta did not stand out from any other pasta in terms of its sauce or herbs. Eating cold chicken tacos with ketchup on them was odd to the tongue, and the squishy foie gras did not please the palate in the least. Of the savory dishes, there were only a small few that passed the test. The sloppy joes were flavorful with a nice, tangy sauce. The butternut squash ravioli’s sauce was a bit too creamy, but the filling was pleasantly sweet, smooth and worked well with the walnuts. The chicken yakitori was tender and flavorful, and the maguro spicy taru-taru was fresh and delicious, although the rice cake underneath had a slightly stale texture.
The desserts won for the afternoon though. The cake pops were fun to eat bite by bite, with pina colada coming out on top out of the two. It was fruity and sweet, and the coconut added a nice texture. The s’more pop had nothing s’more about it. Yes, it was chocolate (rich and deep chocolate), and it seemed to be coated in chopped graham cracker, but there was no marshmallow. Perhaps we just didn’t see it? As for our absolute favorite taste test of the day, it was the gelato hands down. If we lived any closer to Hermosa Beach, we’d be in Paciugo every day to get our fix of sea salt caramel and pannacotta! They were totally amazing and utterly worth the second trip to the stand for another cup. If the stuff was sold in grocery stores, the freezer would be stocked! The flavors offered in the store have us jonesing for more, so that will surely be on the list of ‘must eats’ this summer. If you’re in SoCal, check out Paciugo!
All in all, it was an afternoon of taste testing galore, and we’re psyched to have been given the opportunity to check out the event thanks to Foodbuzz. Although the Gourmet 5 Year Old Party did not offer the best of eats for a five year old (or a twenty-five year old), there were some nibbles that we won’t forget. We shouldn’t eat dessert before dinner, but we would do so any day for a Frosting Forever cake pop or Paciugo’s gelato!