Celebrating 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event

Did you know that  nearly 90 percent of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 BILLION pounds being harvested annually – basically, if California were a country, it would be the world’s largest producer of strawberries!

I recently attended the 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event and learned about the process of growing, cooking and  celebrating life with strawberries.    We enjoyed over 30 different appetizers and entrees made with fresh California Strawberries and toured a California Strawberries farm.  All our strawberry inspired recipes can be easily made at home.

California Strawberries Beach Side

We started off the festivities with a beachside gathering with strawberry appetizers and main dishes.  We had grilled salmon with fresh strawberry mango salsa , strawberry salad with berry dressing, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake.  Two of my favorites dishes were the strawberry gazpacho and strawberry mango salsa.  The gazpacho was light and delightfully sweet.  I also couldn’t resist getting second and third servings of the Mango Salsa with tortilla chips.

 

 

California Strawberries Farm Tour

The following day we headed out to a California Strawberries Farm for a hands on tour of a family owned and operated Strawberry Farm.   We walked through the strawberry fields, learned how to properly pick strawberries, touched and smelled the soil with our bare hands and ate fresh strawberries. We also learned about the hard work, discipline and dedication involved in farming Strawberries.

There are more than 400 strawberry farmers in California, many from multi-generational farming families who grow both conventional and organic strawberries. California grows more organic strawberries than any other place in the world.

Terry & Will Terry (L-R) - Father & Son - Terry Berries Strawberry Farmers

Our favorite multi-generational strawberry farm is Terry Berries Farm, the farm we toured.   Edgar Terry an Oxnard native and farmer was raised by a family that has farmed in Ventura, California since 1890. A fourth generation Californian, Edgar wanted to be a farmer since he was a child.   Edgar runs his family owned business, Terry Farms, Inc., alongside his wife of 29 years, Martha, who handles HR for the company. His son, William, handles the day-to-day farming activities, while his daughter manages employee compliance, hiring and food safety. Edgar’s brother runs the machine shop.  In addition to growing strawberries on 200 acres since 2002, Edgar grows a variety of crops, including celery, peppers, cilantro and spinach on about 2,000 acres of land.

 

California Strawberries Culinary Event

After our California Strawberries Farm tour we celebrated with more Strawberry inspired recipes.  Our specially prepared menu highlights the nutritional benefits and creatively prepared recipe ideas for  cooking with strawberries:

We enjoyed fresh herbs in farms cheese with stuffed strawberries rolled in pecan bacon.  Yes! Bacon.  These yummy appetizers were very savory.  The lacinto kale salad with strawberries, red grapes, spicy candied pecan & blue cheese was my favorite entree.

After enjoying the mountain views  for a couple minutes we enjoyed our next course, grilled chicken tacos with savory strawberry serrano, fire roasted corn, red onions, avocado salsa with ancho cheese.   We also savored a peanut butter, strawberry jam and bacon Kobe slider with waffle fries and strawberry ketchup.  The strawberry ketchup was delicious!

We ended our culinary experience with a strawberry shortcake popsicle and strawberries and ice cream.   It was truly one of the most amazing culinary experiences I have ever attended.  My palette is still dancing!

California Strawberries Nutritional FUN facts

  • Superfruit: 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange. Low in sugar, with only about 50 calories, strawberries are a great source of fiber, folate and potassium.
  • Stay smart with strawberries: According to a recent study, eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years!
  • Good for your heart: Potassium found in strawberries can help control blood pressure and fight strokes. Plus, antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals in strawberries have been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels.

 

The next time you buy and eat strawberries, I hope you remember my California Strawberries tour and consider creating nutritional strawberry inspired recipes to celebrate life. Make sure to visit California Strawberries for strawberry recipe ideas & additional tips.

I’m very thankful to California Strawberries for the opportunity to tour a California Strawberries farm and the Terry Family for sharing their love and passion for farming strawberries.

 

 

Disclosure:  I was invited by California Strawberries to tour a California Strawberries Farm.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Question:  What is your favorite strawberry inspired recipe?

OC Dining: Tour de​ France Dinners at P​inot Provence​

In honor of the 100th Tour De France, Pinot Provence will be serving a luxurious four-course prix fixe dinner menu on Wednesdays July 10 & July 17 from 6:30pm-9:00pm.  Chef Alfonso Ramirez has prepared a sophisticated menu to transport patrons to the countryside of France.

French wine pairings are also available.  Experience Pinot Provence, the ultimate French dining destination in Costa Mesa, for one of the most celebrated sporting events.  

 

The experience is also reasonably priced at $70 for the four-course meal and $100 with wine pairing.

   

MENU

First

Tomato Gazpacho, Dungeness Crab Beignet, Heirloom Tomato, Basil Pistou

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Chateau de St. Martin Rose 2012

Second

Seared Scallops, Parsley Gremolata, Basil Scented Jus

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Domain Cherrier et Fils Sancerre 2011

Third

Roasted Duck Breast, Celery Root Purée, Summer Squash, Duck Liver Jus

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Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas 2011

Fourth

Summer Peach Tartin, Brown Butter Crumble, Lavender Chantilly, Tonka Bean Gelato

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Chateau Grand-Jurga Sauternes 2007

 


Inland Empire Events: #TourDeFork Food Tasting At Victoria Gardens

Bring your family for a spectacular time of food tasting & fun under the sky in Inland Empire. The 1st annual Tour de Fork will be held at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.   I will be attending the first annual  event with the young adults in our family and look forward to tasting the menus of local restaurants in the Inland Empire.  I am so excited to have a food tasting event in Inland Empire.

We’re looking forward to tasting the menus of the participating restaurants, especially Crepes de Paris.  We’re also excited to meet the special guest restaurants and taste their delicious cuisine. As a local Inland Empire resident of 18 years, we typically have had to go out of town to San Diego, OC or Los Angeles for tasting events.  Tour de Fork organized this special event for the IE community to bring food tasting to the area and support local nonprofits.   The event will benefit the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce, Discover IE and Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation.

BONUS! As an added value and a thank you for registering with DiscoverIE, each registered guest will receive a FREE DiscoverIE Swag Bag full of goodies from our DiscoverIE partners! Bags will be distributed during check-in.

We’re looking forward to attending Tour de Fork and look forward to seeing you there!

Event:
1st Annual Tour de Fork

Event Details:
21 and older ONLY. Purchase $50 in advance ONLY.  All tickets must be purchased prior to event.

BUY TICKETS:
Purchase Tickets to 1st Annual Tour de Fork

Date/Time:
Thursday, June 20th 6-8pm

Participating Restaurants:

Corner Bakery

California Pizza Kitchen

Crepes de Paris

Johnny Rockets

King’s Fish House

T.G.I. Friday’s

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Slater’s 50/50

Special Guest Restaurants:

Antonino Italian Restaurant and Bar

Haandi Indian Cuisine

Aria Restaurant and Lounge

Magic Lamp Inn Steakhouse

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received a complimentary ticket from Tour de Fork organizers.   All opinions are my own.

Events: Celebrating Latin Culture, Music and Food With Sabor De Lujo #VidaLexus

Lexus invited me to the Sabor de Lujo event in Los Angeles which paired some of L.A.’s favorite Latin food, art & music.     The annual Lexus event,  created a unique culinary experience that recognized Latino culture, delicious latin folavors  from around the world and live art.  The event also showcased some of the foods of Mexico, Peru and Argentina with restaurants such as Diablo Taco, Ushuaia Argentinian Steak House, Mas Malo, and Qusqo.   There’s no better way to celebrate Los Angeles night life than a satisfying evening in the heart of LA with art, music, food and desserts.  It’s great to see Lexus supporting the arts scene in Los Angeles.

Guests also had the opportunity to experience the Lexus art project,  “Art Galleries & Back Alleys,” an inspirational art piece that carries the signature styles of internationally renowned aerosol artist Jaime “Vyal” Reyes and award-winning iconic artist Patssi Valdez.  The masterpiece was created using Lexus CT 200h as a canvas to convey a story about art, innovation, and modern luxury.

The event also featured a special live mural experience, where aerosol artist Jaime “Vyal” Reyes created an art piece that will serve as an extension to “Art Galleries & Back Alleys.”  The finished work of art embodies the spirit of the Latino art culture.  A breath taking masterpiece!

Lexus also debuted a sneak peek at the redesigned 2014 Lexus IS 350  luxury vehicle with an App Suite and launch apps like Bing, Pandora, and Yelp.


One of the highlights of the evening was the Candy station and dessert bar created by the Hollywood Candy Girls.

The candy station included delicious Hispanic candies & treats that included Dulce de leche, Mangos with chile, Sugared Pineapples,  Arcoiris cookies and more mouthwatering treats.

Latin Music and entertainment was provided by the beautiful and talented Los Angeles DJ Lezlee.

For an additional look at life’s luxuries, visit www.vidalexus.com or check out #VidaLexus hashtag on Twitter.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Lexus.  However, All opinions expressed are my own.

The Milk Truck comes to California! #Positivismo

When I was little the milk man actually would come to our home and deliver milk.  We lived in a small community near the border. There was also a dairy farm in the area and they would deliver milk door to door.  Times have really changed over the years. However,  we received wonderful news a couple of weeks ago that the milk truck was headed to one of our fellow Positivity Ambassadors neighborhood to share the benefits of milk with her community.

As many of you have been following along a glass of milk before bedtime makes for a good night’s sleep.  In an effort to help remind parents to give their children milk before bedtime, the California Milk Processor Board’s Milk Truck visited  fellow Positivity Ambassador Presley’s Pantry last week. More than 50 of Presley Pantry’s family, friends and neighbors joined the festivities as the Milk Truck made its way through her East Los Angeles neighborhood. Everyone had a blast as sang along to the “Ya es hora de ir a la cama” song, while they enjoyed flavored milk.

The idea of the milk truck was developed around the popular tradition of drinking a glass of milk before bedtime. As the milk truck made its way through the  neighborhood, it played the “Ya es hora de ir a la cama” song in an effort to remind parents to send their kids to bed early with a bedtime story and a glass of milk.   The video reminded me a lot of my childhood.  This type of “bedtime ritual” can help parents make sure that their children sleep better while creating special, loving moments between parent and child. capture.

 

It was wonderful memory for the parents and especially for the kids!   Here’s is a glimpse of what all the families experienced.  Sing a long everyone!

 

If you have children, please visit www.otroscuentos.com to download a collection of bedtime stories to read with your children when you give them milk tonight.

Follow The Master of the Glass Half Full on Facebook and Twitter.   Visit the “Maestro del Vaso Medio Lleno” website at: http://www.elmaestrodelvasomediolleno.com.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Support Mimi’s #PowerOfPink Campaign and Win (2) $25 Gift Certificates

I had the opportunity to attend the Mimi’s Cafe Power of Pink launch earlier this month.   Mimi’s Cafe partnered  with National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to launch the Mimi’s   Power of Pink campaign in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It was a surreal moment to be a part of the event.

The festivites were kicked off with an announcement by CEO President advising that at the very moment the event started all 145 Mimi’s locations were raising awareness in support of NBCF’s mission to safe lifes through early detection and providing FREE mammograms for women in need. Influential Bloggers and writers from the surrounding community also participated to support the launch.

Special Guest, Janelle Hail, Founder and CEO of National Breast Cancer Foundation also shared her personal story about Breast Cancer which inspired her to launch the foundation.

 

During the month of October 2012 when you donate $1 you’ll receive a leaf to inscribe your name or the name of a loved one and hang on the Giving Tree. The Giving Tree stands as a symbol of Hope for survivors and patrons that supports the fight against breast cancer.  Donate $5 and you’ll also receive a leaf lapel pin.  As a thank you for your donation, you will receive up to $30 in Mimi’s savings.   Mimi’s will also donate a percentage of the sales on selected items.

I had the opportunity to donate $5 to support the cause and inscribed the names of dear loved ones that are currently fighting personal battles with cancer and a friend who survived the disease at a young age.

Make sure to visit Mimi’s during the month of October and support this wonderful cause.  Stay connected to Mimi’s on Twitter at @Mimis_Cafe or follow the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mimiscafe.

 

 

Giveaway

In honor of Mimi’s partnership with the Nationa Breast Cancer Foundation, Mimi’s will graciously provide one of my readers with (2) Mimi’s $25 Gift Certificates.  Please follow the instructions to enter to win:

 

 

Vamos! Feria de Los Moles – The Largest Food Festival in the USA!

I’m really excited to be attending the Feria de Los Moles at La Placita Olvera in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 7, 2012.  The feast will be filled with flavor and several restaurants from the area.  I’m looking forward to sampling the flavors of the Moles and meeting Doña Kaelita grandmother of the Feria de Los Moles founder Pedro Ramos, whose Mole recipe served him as an inspiration to create this wonderful event.  I hope you’ll find to join this historic event during Hispanic Heritage month.

This year’s Feria de Los Moles Puebla vs. Oaxaca introduces Ms. Mole a wonderful opportunity offered to a young girl from Southern California to represent the food tradition by sporting a dress decorated with the ingredients of the mole dish.

 

 

Event Details

Feria de Los Moles

Location: La Placita Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA

Date:  Sunday, October 7, 2012

Time:  10am-7am

 

 5th Annual Feria de Los Moles participating restaurants and vendors 2012:

Delicias Poblanas (Puebla)

Elenitas Moles (Puebla)

Goyos Nieves ( Ice Cream) (Puebla)

JJJ Burritos (Oaxaca)

Juan’s Restaurant

Juquila Restaurant (Oaxaca)

Mole De San Miguel Xaltepec (Puebla)

Mole Doña Kaelita (Puebla)

Mole Doña Socorro (Puebla)

Mole Santa María Nenetzinla (Puebla)

Sabores De Oaxaca (Oaxaca)

Saby’s Café (Oaxaca)

Tacos Manzano (Oaxaca)

Tatiana’s Catering (Oaxaca)

 

 

 

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I just love to share good eats and good food in SoCal.

 

Buen Provecho!

Win 2 Tickets to LA Times THE TASTE 2012 With Unlimited Food, Wine & Fun #TasteLA

I’m super excited about The LA Times “THE TASTE” 2012 on September 1-3, 2012.  I attended the event last year and tasted the best appetizers, food and desserts.  My taste buds are still dancing!  I was also  introduced to Watermelon Lemonade among other things.

This years event will showcase Los Angeles Top Restaurants, Cooking and Mixology Demos, Wine Seminars, Star Chefs, world renowned Food Critic panel discussions & more.  If you’re looking for ideas for Labor day weekend make sure to make time for THE TASTE and consider making it a weekend celebration!

I’m looking forward to going again this year.  LA Times “THE TASTE” 2012 is truly going to be a foodies paradise.

The Taste of LA 2011

For more information about the program schedule, chef lineup and current list of participating restaurants for all 5 Labor Day weekend events check http://www.latimes.com/thetaste.

For more information about LA Times The Taste event, please follow the live tweets at @TasteofLA or “Like” Taste of LA on Facebook.  Follow the conversation via #tastela hashtag on Twitter.

 

The Delicious Details:

Event:  LA Times THE TASTE 2012

Dates:  September 1-3, 2012

Location:  Paramount Pictures Studios

Cost:  $50-$100 per event *

*Promotions:

If you’re an LA Times member you can receive a 20% discount on individual THE TASTE tickets.  There is also an Early-bird ticket offer, $50 per event, ends on Monday, August 6.  Event prices increase after August 6, Register now! 

Giveaway:

To celebrate the LA Times THE TASTE 2nd annual Food & Wine Festival, The Taste has provided two lucky Tech Food Life Blog readers a pair of tickets for any of the Taste  events.  You and your guest can attend Field to Fork, Cocktail Confidential, Flavors of LA, Dinner & Drinks or the Labor Day Picnic compliments of Taste of LA.  The  all inclusive ticket includes unlimited beer, wine, spirits and food tastings, plus access to all wine seminars and cooking demonstrations for you and a guest (value $100-$200).  We are offering this giveaway to 2 lucky winners.


Disclosure:  This giveaway is open to to US entries only. 18 and up. This is not a sponsored post.  I did receive Media passes to facilitate review of the event. All opinions are my own.

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