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What California’s Largest Fish Market Looks Like On Its Busiest Day

The San Pedro Fish Market and Restaurant is one of the most highly trafficked restaurant locations on the West Coast, seeing more than 20,000 visitors on weekends.

If you’ve ever been there, you already know that timing is everything. With only a few freeway entrances leading into the Port of Los Angeles, the West Coast’s largest fish market becomes overrun with traffic, creating long lines and an ocean of hungry people.

Still, the Kings of Fish, the family of principal owners of San Pedro’s legendary seafood market, are prepared to deal with the hoards of seafood hungry crowds that are willing to wait hours in line for a table.

Well, they would be if they were actually in the state.

With three members of the Kings Of Fish family more than 3,000 miles away from the sunny skies of San Pedro, the San Pedro Fish Market is tested on one of its busiest weekends, and actually needing to close the doors in order to accommodate the massive demand for shrimp trays and giant Coronas.

While Tommy “The Boss” Amalfitano, is trying to quell historically large crowds, his counterparts are “working” at the Boston Seafood Expo, trying to market a frozen seafood product.

But, by the looks of it, the Three Stooges of San Pedro can barely read the expo map to find their product booth and seem to be struggling after a long night in Boston.

While Tommy Sr. is over his head in clientele, he hopes the boys in Boston won’t let him down. But, being the veteran that he is, Tommy Sr. doesn’t believe anything until he sees it.  And on the busiest day at San Pedro Fish Market, all he sees are long lines — with his Kings of Fish nowhere in sight.

Tune in every Friday for a brand new episode of Kings Of Fi$h Season 3. Or, if you need to catch up on past episodes, or just to binge watch, all KOF episodes can be found on FOODBEASTYouTube and Facebook.

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Baseball Player Said He Thinks Mexican Food Is Better On The East Coast

The San Diego Padres had the privilege of hosting the 2016 MLB All-Star game at Petco Park, and the festivities kicked off  Monday, with everyone in high spirits for the Home Run Derby.

In the middle of the derby, San Diego Padre’s first baseman, Wil Myers, saw this as the perfect opportunity to talk about how much better he thinks Mexican food is on the East Coast — compared to the West Coast.

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Wil is from North Carolina, which is pretty far from Mexico, but just to tear apart his argument, in an interview with Union Tribune, he said he, “liked chipotle.”

Good for you, Wil. At least someone does. But, we have to draw the line. You sound crazy.

After seeing him beat around the bush when Yahoo Sports asked him to describe why East Coast Mexican food was “better,” it was clear he had no idea what he’s talking about and it was just what he “prefers.”

Perhaps he just “prefers” to spell his first name with one L instead of two. Seems pretty normal.

Of course, Twitter lost it’s mind over Wil’s comments:

Seriously, what is Wil thinking? Did he really think he could get away with saying the East Coast has better Mexican food than the West Coast — in Southern California? Even local Mexican restaurants were trolling Wil.

Wil, however, tried to defend himself after the flood of trolls probably drenched him in embarrassment — or confusion. He addressed his comments via Twitter, but still, it seems like he has no idea what he’s talking about. This might have made things worse. 

WillMyersBurritosNext time, just talk about baseball, Wil. Maybe that’s the reason your own brother threw a ball directly at you during the Home Run Derby. 

Wil did not come close to winning the Home Run Drby and finished the night with only 10 home runs — maybe eating all those California burritos slowed your swing down. 

Oh, yeah; Go Dodgers! 

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Cravings

West Coast Gets Rainbow Bagels And Here’s Where To Find Them

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New York bagel spot, The Bagel Store, has become the spot to hit after they announced the addition of a Rainbow Bagel.

While some are more than happy to hop on a plane to try this multi-colored novelty, others can probably hold off a bit until a similar version comes out in the West Coast.

Guess the wait’s over.

Southern California-based bagel shop, Bagels and Brew, has launched their own version of the rainbow bagel. While it’s set to make it’s debut Saturday, March 19, foodie DailyFoodFeed has already posted a preview of the upcoming item.

Can’t wait to snap some sexy pics of that thing. Bagels and Brew has three locations in SoCal: Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo.

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Health

High Toxin Levels Cause Hold On Crab Season In West Coast

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Bad news for crab lovers in the West Coast. The Associated Press reports that crab season has been delayed because dangerous toxin levels were found in the crustaceans along the coast of California, Oregon and Washington.

Elevated levels of domoic acid were discovered in the crabs, causing major concerns from health officials. The toxin is naturally produced by microscopic algae in the Pacific. When consumed by shellfish, it produces the domoic acid.

While domoic acid can usually be found in the crustaceans, the elevated levels are what’s causing concerns. Low concentrations are pretty harmless, however, highly-concentrated levels of the toxin can cause minor or severe illness and possibly even death.

Though crab season for the states has been delayed, officials say that it’s safe to eat the crabs currently sold in stores.

The delay will be in effect until health officials believe its finally safe to fish for crabs. When we do eat them, however, it’s best to avoid the fat in the back of the shell as well as the gut. Those areas are where the toxins accumulate.

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[NSFW] Comedian’s Hilarious Argument on Why Girls Should Order Salad on the First Date

According to Andrew Schulz, people who Instagram must always eat lukewarm food. You set up the shot, you watch the mayo drool drip off your sandwich and by the time you’re done getting the lighting right, you’re left with a soggy, skeetish mess.

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The host of MTV’s Guy CodeJobs That Don’t Suck and The Brilliant Idiots podcast phoned in from NY for a long-distance call with Foodbeast. We covered a lot of NSFW ground, including why it’s best to stick to “a nice salad” on the first date and why a $50 burger better make you orgasm.

He also gave us a breakdown on why Anthony Bourdain’s racial ambiguity is the secret behind the man’s success and explains why the West Coast kills the fast food game.

Here’s the full transcript while you listen along:

 

ANTHONY BOURDAIN IS RACIALLY AMBIGUOUS

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I know this might be a tough decision for you, but Anthony Bourdain or Eddie Huang?

Andrew
Oh man — I gotta go…with Anthony Bourdain.

C
[giggles]

A
I gotta go with Anthony Bourdain man, I fuck with Anthony. He’s been around the world. I know Eddie’s been doing the Fresh Off the Boat thing, but I mean Anthony’s the vet. That’s the OG of this traveling food game. Right there.

Also, Anthony has got this interesting look where can fit in like any country. Like he’s a white dude, but he’s racially ambiguous enough where like if you’re in Croatia, like “yeah he can be Croatian.”

If you’re in Lebanon, like “Yeah, he’s Lebanese, obviously, look at his face.”

I feel like there’s more safety with Anthony, he can just become one of the people.

C
The people that he meets on his shows automatically just feel comfortable around him.

A
Yeah he cause he looks like their cousin! No matter where he goes, he looks like someone’s cousin!

C
What if he goes to Asia though?

A
I promise you they got a cousin that looks just like him!

 

WEST COAST FAST FOOD > EAST COAST FAST FOOD

C
How does being born and bred change your perspective on food?

A
In New York we’re spoiled — there’s anything you want. I can go to a place that just makes french fries. I can go to get sushi. I can get Italian. You know it’s open ’till 4 in the morning, we’re so spoiled with food.

But here’s the thing, our fast food in New York is garbage. Your fast food game on the West Coast is crazy is compared to New York.

Like the In-N-Out, I love In-N-Out. I got an In-N-Out gift card in my wallet right now. And what else…I like Carl’s Jr., I fuck with Carl a lil bit.

East Coast our fast food is horrible.

 

A $50 Burger Better Make your Orgasm

C
Don’t you get so pissed off when you eat something and you’re like ohhh this that’s not bad, and then they hit you with a $50 tab for a small slice of steak.

A
You know what it is, price changes expectation. Cause if that shit didn’t cost $50 dollars, it’d taste good. There’s some countries where you can get a blowjob for $50. In Germany, that’s a first world country, you can get a blowjob for $50, probably less.

If you’re gonna charge $50 for a hamburger, that shit better make me at least kinda go [orgasm sound].

That shit better be good.

 

INSTAGRAMMERS ALWAYS EAT LUKEWARM FOOD

C
What are your thoughts on people that Instagram their food at the table, or for a living? For example, yesterday at lunch we got these really dank sandwiches just drooling with mustard and creamy sauce — and it was just photos for a good 3 minutes. And then we’re like OK OK, let’s actually eat before this gets cold.

A
Exactly, you just have lukewarm food all the time. That would be the shitty thing [laughs]. I’m whatever with it, I’m cool — it doesn’t bother me like the way it seems to bother some other people. Like why do girls always Instagram their brunch? I don’t know…I’ll put up with a brunch photo as long as you put up some bikini pics as well.

 

GIRLS, EAT A SALAD ON THE FIRST DATE

C
What is the hottest thing a girl can eat on a first date, and dick is not an option?

A
The hottest thing a girl can eat on the first date? Dick is not an option? I don’t even want a girl to eat my dick. Not eat my shit. Like I don’t want it to be ingested, I’d want her to maybe taste it.

You know what, I’d like a nice salad.

C
A salad? Really? What kinda salad?

A
Yeah salad. I’m not one of those dudes that’s like I LIKE A GIRL THAT CAN A EAT A WHOLE MEAL, THAT’S HOT

I like a nice salad, because if I’m gonna eat her ass later that night I don’t want to think about if she had macaroni or some shit that might come out of it. I like something nice and healthy, something that’s not gonna interrupt the sexual atmosphere that’s could happen later that night.

You know what’s sexy? Dessert too! Cause dessert gets all over your lips, gets on your mouth, and then you get to wipe it off her mouth. Or even better, shit gets on your mouth…and then she’s like ohh you got something, and you can pretend you don’t know how to clean your own mouth, ohh can you help me? Can you help me please?

C
(silence)

A
Why? What would you eat first date?

C
Everyone in the office makes fun of me, cause I’m obsessed with burgers and I eat like a child. Like, I get shit everywhere. It’s gonna be on my lap, it’s gonna be all over the table. I’m gonna be cleaning it and putting it under the plates so the waiter doesn’t judge me.

A
Oh shit — so you’re more worried about the waitress judging you than me? That’s offensive!

C
They’re dealing with — they’re touching my food, you know?

A
I’m touching you!

C
(giggles) Theoretically.

A
Theoretically. If it all went well — I just think neat. I think neat is good on the first date, and then after we love each other let’s just eat what we really want to eat. You can just dip your head into a bucket of BBQ sauce for all I care.

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Why Roscoe’s Packaged Food Provides Everything BUT Fried Chicken and Waffles

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Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, a mainstay in Southern California, is releasing a new line of products for retail in supermarkets across the country. Which is great, except for the fact that that the actual chicken and waffles aren’t for sale. What’s up with that?

Bert Muñoz, head retail product developer and marketing manager for the new Roscoe’s Home line, has already put macaroni and cheese, chicken chili mac, and southern collards on the menu. The items hit shelves last year, while plans for waffles, chili and rice, and gravy are still in the works. As for the fried chicken itself, Muñoz says “the number one challenge is making a product come out exactly like it is at the restaurant,”  which means that it might be a while before a #3 Herb’s Special is available in the freezer aisle.

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You’ve got to respect Muñoz for already making this much headway with Roscoe’s classics. And, let’s be real, we all know that nothing can beat chicken straight out of the frier, no matter how quickly it’s flash-frozen. I guess this just means I’ll have to take a trip to the west coast ASAP for some chicken, waffles, and of course, an In-n-Out burger, monkey style.

H/T Food Digital + PicThx Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

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Chipotle Expands ‘Sofritas’ Tofu Option to West Coast

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Back in February, Chipotle began testing a new shredded tofu option, “Sofritas,” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, the burrito chain expanded this new addition to the rest of California, and according to Businessweek, “Sofritas now account for 4 percent to 5 percent of sales in the state.”

Due to its success, Chipotle will offer the tofu option throughout the West Coast by the end of this month. The vegetarian-friendly filling is GMO-free and  features shredded tofu braised with tomatoes, poblano peppers and chipotle sauce. Customers will be able to add Sofritas to any of the chain’s burrito, taco and salad dishes.

Of course, the company hopes to attract both herbivores and carnivores alike. “This isn’t your typical tofu dish,” spokeswoman Danielle Winslow told Businessweek in an e-mail. Winslow added that the goal is to offer tofu options “good enough to have crossover appeal as well.”

H/T + PicThx Businessweek

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Drinking in LA vs Drinking in NYC [INFOGRAPHIC]

Or: twenty very solid reasons I probably should have gone to college on the east coast.

For those of you who don’t know, drinking in Southern California, where we so fortunately lack any efficient form of public transportation, is difficult. It’s more of a mission, really, involving not just going out and getting sh*tfaced, but also debating over who’ll be DD, stealing people’s keys and waking up, after your keys have been stolen, passed out and sprawled all over a stranger’s living room floor.

Finally, if you are one of the lucky ones who’ve managed to make it through a weekend headache-free, you’ll spend the next five days looking forward to next Friday, when you’ll do the whole thing over again.

Or we could all just wise up and move to New York and be done with all the nonsense. Whaddyasay?

via LAMag