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Patchwork Costa Mesa Edible Edition

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After judging barbecue in Dana Point on Saturday, I headed over to SoCo to hang out with a friend at the Patchwork Edible festival. My first order of business --- find something cold and refreshing to drink. The peach chrysanthemum green tea from The Icebox (sister concept to Urban Pie), $4, fit the bill perfectly. Very delicious, and I'm stealing the flavor combo for making my own coolers.

Then a raspberry-ginger frozen fruit pop from the pushcart of Laguna Beach's Modern Pop. The claim to fame here is no added sugar, however the ingredient list includes agave. The taste's quite natural and the amount of ginger's quite strong in the balance. Yet, I felt that a little more sweetness would have made it seem less diluted.

If I'd been able to make myself eat any more meat, I had my eye on the Lao sausage sandwich from the Little Laos stand. Looking at the website now, apparently this was its debut. I adore Lao/Issan sausages and order them whenever I find them, so I hope someone can tell us about this one. It was topped with sliced tomatoes and green papaya salad on Cuban bread. Yeah, I know, posing it with chopsticks was weird. The owner was on break when I stopped by and the friends couldn't answer any of my questions.
http://littlelaos.wordpress.com/

While I didn't have room to ingest the many delectables on offer, I enjoyed walking around to get a sense of what's going on in the OC food world. This is a whole different side of Orange County than I've seen before. Who else was there and what did you find that was interesting?
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-l...

 
 
 
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  1. Darn! Wish I had gotten to this and wish we had this in L.A.

    Thanks for the great write up. The food scene in Orange County is looking up!

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    1. re: revets2

      Oh! I thought you were there too.

      The other great news we learned from one of the food vendors who's based in San Pedro is that Brouwerij West will be building its brewery in the CRAFTED marketplace at the Port of Los Angeles.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919773

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I wish. Wanted to get to the Fermented Soda lecture.