Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Los Angeles Tofu Festival
Some of the day's offerings.
This photo would have been better, but I had to shoot around someone who just would NOT move...
My kind of event. Lots and lots of tofu and mostly vegetarian. A place where tofu is the star, not a dirty word.
The Los Angeles Tofu Festival kicks off Nisei Week in Little Tokyo (also known as J-Town) downtown Los Angeles. The event is a benefit for the Japanese Service Center. It is about 50 booths selling tofu-based or soy-based food items, plus entertainment and vendors. This year's theme was "Tofuzilla," so of course I had to buy the t-shirt.
Me, Mr. Snackish and food-loving vegetarian friend Martha met to take in the festival. It was a nice warm day, not blistering hot. We even got a little breeze a few times.
We walked around and sampled the food. We didn't have anything amazingly good, but a good time was had by all.
Smoked tofu salad with lemongrass was pretty good.
These folks were having a great time making onigiri sushi.
This guy was eating something that I didn't get to try, but looked great - really fresh tofu with strawberries, strawberry-orange sauce and sliced almonds.
2 creative items - tofu chili in a bread bowl and tofu spam musubi, a Hawaiian treat.
Dessert - red bean paste in a tofu crust.