Friday, October 24, 2014

[SEATTLE BYTES] I Took A Food Tour in Seattle. Bean Lives in Seattle!

Next week, I will be posting up my food adventures from the Indie hub of Seattle, Washington. For those of you fellow food travelers, hopefully this helps plan out the menu for your future vacation. I know this blog is called FooodisGoood, but I incorporate personal tidbits to give the site a bit more warmth and spunk. "Good times are nothing if you can't share it with your loved ones. " -- C-Swizzle

With that being said, I attempted to link my Seattle Food Tour with Kevin & Bean from KROQ's morning show since Bean Baxter lives in Seattle. Yes, I tried a little too hard...but with good intention. I wanted to share the live on-air interview I did as a guest on the show. All I want is that you get a little crackle off my fan girling. 

Side tidbit: I had this deja vu moment taking me back to watching a Conan Interview of Mindy Kaling. Mindy had interned at the Conan show and told herself that one day she would be featured as a guest on the show. Mission accomplished, Mindy! 

Well funny thing is, I used to be a little ol' assistant at a radio station by the dials of 97.1, and I would have the Mindy interview on my mind. I, too, told myself I would one day be an on-air guest on one of the shows. It was a silly thought. I left my radio job earlier this year, how could I ever accomplish the "Mindy Mission" now. 

But, lo and bold...



Enjoy my interview as the "Taylor Swift Fan Girl." (Aired October 23, 2014 aka one day after my birthday).

Being mentioned in the same tweet as Dr. Drew #bucketlist
Tune in next week for a post of actual BITES not bytes ;)

--C.H.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Taylor Swift's Freshly Baked Homemade Cookies

I really wanted to take one of the freshly baked cookies my homie, T-Swizzle, was passing around at her house and stuff it into my...into my....

Well, I guess the problem was there was no way to stash away the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie I had just personally been offered from a tray held by Miss Swift herself...so I savored the image in my mind (and stomach). I know I can't help being biased, but honestly I have never tasted the most amazing cookies in my life. The texture possessed such a heavenly moist factor. The chocolate morsels oozed joyously out of the tender midsection, drizzling onto my fingers. At this point I freaked out, worried that I would accidentally stain one of Tay's fluffy pillows when I sat back down on the floor of her living room. Living room? What?

Yes, between gawking at her presence and previewing her highly anticipated new "pure pop" album, Taylor baked cookies for her 30+ guests in her quaint, little abode during an intermission. I was one of those very blessed fans. No, I am not lucky. Luck is random, luck is winning contests, lucky runs out. I'd much rather be blessed because it's more abundant and it means the Big Man up there is gracefully watching over you. 

For those of you wondering, I was picked out by Taylor strictly through the process of social media stalking. (I wonder if she has ever been on this blog?!). Maybe this poster I had brought to the Red Tour last year caught her eye?

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And so, I was contacted through Twitter and asked to meet in a secret location. From there, we were to be chauffeured in limousine buses to another undisclosed location. The catch was that we could not bring anyone and we most definitely could not bring our little iPhones. We finally filed out of the bus into the patio of Taylor's house. Sushi, pizza, appetizers, and refreshments were provided. Through the window we spotted an MTV Award and..could it be...a shiny, golden Grammy? Once we refueled a bit, the excitement rushed again as we were escorted into the house. The rest was history as I cried and fainted in utter shock. JUST KIDDING. I did nothing of that sort because I was just trying to convince myself I wasn't hallucinating. I used her bathroom! I pet her new cat, Olivia! I held her Grammy! I got to tell her, "Thank you for the best 22nd birthday present when your Red Album released the same day as Kendrick Lamar's and you wrote the song '22'."

Seriously though, never in my wildest dreams would this have been a possibility in my reality. In addition to all that, last Friday, I had the opportunity to see Taylor along with an all-star lineup of artists perform at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Vegas. As if things couldn't get any better, I got to sit front row at The Ellen Show yesterday (taping will be aired today, Sept 23). I would say my weekend went pretty well.

To give you a brief insight, I have actually been having a rough two weeks (eg. The water pipes in my house have malfunctioned, so I have been showering at the gym...don't take water accessibility for granted!). Prior to 2014, I had lost both grandmothers and my uncle within a short time span. While my family was facing financial difficulties, I decided to put my career dreams on hold in order to help out since the industry I want to pursue doesn't compensate very well. Somehow through it all, I kept my chin up and drew strength from my faith. At the end of the day, I am so in awe of life. It's easy to be thankful when you're life is going good, but true gratitude is when you find abundant blessings even in the storms of life



...AND THAT'S HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES.

--C.H.

"With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:26  

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Ice Cream Bucket Challenge #20DaysofICECREAM

FooodisGoood has participated in our own version of the #IceBucketChallenge. 

Join us in raising awareness and donations for Compassion International. The original #IceBucketChallenge has recently received a lot of advocacy, so I thought to broaden the awareness spectrum towards a charity I have been supporting for a long time.

So if anyone is going to criticize the waste of water & ice cream...sometimes it's important to sacrifice for the greater good! (Disclaimer: All materials in this film were recycled and reused, or too old to use.)

And as Taylor Swift says, "The haters gonna hate, hate, hate...but we just gotta shake it off." 


I nominate anyone who is reading this post. Cheers!


--C.H.

For more info on Compassion visit www.compassion.com
Advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. 

[Day 15] Colorful Delights: Frostbites #20DaysofICECREAM


Frostbites offers Italian ice with a twist of frozen custard. You can mix any of the many flavors that the store carries with your choice of vanilla or chocolate swirl. If the line is not too long, the associates will advise you with the most popular combinations.

I must have tried more than ten combinations and found that the "sour gummy worm" was the best mix with the right amount of tanginess, sweetness, and refreshment. To get this combination ask for strawberry lemonade, green apple, watermelon, and blue raspberry.

Sorbet shakes, sorbet sodas, and sweet crepes are also options you can try here.

Sour Gummy Worm (Left), Cherry/Mango/Strawberry Lemonade (Right)


For more info:

Frostbites
Crepes & Frozen Delights
Various Locations in
Cerritos, Chino Hills, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Long Beach, Riverside


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Who Says McDonald's Isn't Hip Enough?

From a happy meal box shaped building, an actual plane you can dine in, or even a McDonald's that is literally in the middle of the dessert....these locations won't ever compare to your local McDs around the corner!

CHECK IT OUT on YAHOO:
The 15 Craziest McDonald's

This McDs was converted from an old financial institution in Norway
*Photo Credit: Yahoo News

Friday, August 15, 2014

[Day 14] How To Churn Ice Cream With Your Bicycle: Peddler's Creamery #20DaysofICECREAM

Sometimes there aren't enough words to explain things. Seriously, I do not know how people lived before YouTube. So without further adieu, here is how Peddler's Creamery harnesses the power of a bicycle (with some type of sophisticated contraption system) and to produce ice cream...

video

So I didn't actually churn ice cream in the video, but if you do want to try it out Peddler's does allow customers to bike for their ice cream at certain times slots in the day. Apparently you need to pedal for about 20 minutes at 15 mph, resulting in one batch of ice cream. By the way, your help in churning ice cream for Peddler's profit will not go in vain. You will be rewarded, too. Depending on the how many batches you churn, you can receive free ice cream and prizes. For more details check out the Peddler's Club.
"After churning 3 batches, you get to play rock, paper, scissors with one of our employees and if you win you get another scoop free" --Peddler's Club Rewards
The on-the-go bike used for events
This sign points to your destination


Now, the process for concocting this ice cream may seem extensive, but I can attest that Peddler's Creamery has one of the best ice creams during my #20DaysofICECREAM. They boast vegan and organic ingredients within their biodegradable cups.

Notable flavors include Pancake Batter, Mexican Chocolate, Honey Lavender, Snikerdoodle, Kumquat, Strawberry Basil

We ate KBBQ after this.



I apologize for the lack of flavor details in this post. This really is an ice cream shop I would go back to again, but I was just so amazed by the bicycling process that I ended up just enthralled at the simple yet ingenious idea of it all!

--C.H.




Peddler's Creamery
458 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

[Day 13] The Exotic Flavors of Mashti Malone #20DaysofICECREAM

No preservatives
No eggs
No refined sugar
No corn syrup
No trans fat
No artificial flavor
No artificial color...

...That's a lot of no's. 

Don't be fooled, though, because Mashti Malone ice cream is jam packed full of zest. Check out their selection of wildly aromatic based ice cream flavors:
Menu taken from Mashti Malone
Just to let you know, LA has some of the best ice cream shops, but the search for parking is an absolute nightmare and journey in itself. However, for being about a block away from the heart of Hollywood, Mashti Malone offers a free parking lot. Another plus in my book.
Rosewater Saffron w/Pistachios on a "Malone"
Herbal Snow & Mango
The rosewater saffron is probably Mashti's most popular flavor. Although the sound of saffron may scare you, it is actually pretty tame compared to the other stuff. My personal favorite was the herbal snow. Now that has a freaky frangrance flavor, but I just really liked it. There are a couple other off menu flavors as well such as the lavender which actually wasn't too strong in fragrance. Order your ice cream on top of a mashti or malone. A mashti is made out of waffle cone. The malone is some kind of super fried and glazed dough. Warning: The malone is intensely sweet. Think of an overly cooked doughnut/churro soaked in sweetness.

Mr. Mashti Malone (that's not actually the owner's name but humor me) walked my ice cream eating team out of the shop and even chatted with us about his ice cream ventures. Apparently a new Mashti Malone will soon be opening up in Glendale. You can also find Mashti Malone products sold in Whole Foods Markets.

--C.H.


Mashti Malone's Ice Cream
1525 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046