Great Farmer’s Market Food ~ Oceanside and Leucadia

So, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the food at farmers markets. While I love small independent food vendors offering ethnically diverse cuisine, in a venue that allows them to do so without the investment required by a food truck or restaurant, I still expect value for my money and want true authenticity. A lot of times the quantity and quality of food does not justify the price and the “authenticity” can be debatable.

Luckily enough there are a few that produce great authentic food at a good value. These are two of my favorites.

Ed’s Filipino Cuisine

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Ed’s sets up their stall Thursday mornings from From 9am till 1pm at the Oceanside Morning Farmer’s Market on Pier View Way. They really are not in full swing till around 9:30 or 10 due to them cooking everything on site, which makes it worth the wait.

I have a very high standard for Filipino food. My brother-in-law is Filipino, so I have been spoiled with great home-made Filipino dishes at large family occasions like holidays and birthday parties for years. Ed’s is the only place I have found that comes close to what my extended family can throw down. (and I have searched long and far).

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$9 Lunch ~ Lumpia (2 pork, 1 beef, 1 vegetable), Pancit, and a pork skewer.

Lumpia are very near and dear to my heart. They are time-consuming to make, like tamales, and good ones deserve respect. One of the keys is a light flaky crust, deep-fried just enough so it has a beautiful crunch and crumbles a bit like a great baguettte when you bite into it. Ed’s lumpia do this perfectly. Way too many lumpia I have tried just mimic egg rolls in texture making them, well, egg rolls. I do wish the sauce had more vinegar and was less sweet, but these are some of the best lumpia out there IMO.

The pork skewers are perfectly charred and full of flavor. I really like the marinade he uses and his charcoal hibachi grill gives the meat a nice, flavorful sear. The pancit is great and does not need any additional soy sauce or flavoring, bulking up the meal to provide a filling authentic Filipino lunch.

Second on my list is Arepas Papachon at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market, hosted Sundays at 185 Union Street from 10 till 2 in Encinitas. If you have not been to the Leucadia Farmer’s Market, it is really nice, especially for produce.

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Arepas Papachon ~ The arepas are formed and cooked to order, so it is a good idea to place your order and have a look around at some of the other stalls as it takes about 10 minutes.

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Pulled pork arepas plate , black beans, and plantains.

The arepa is sliced down the middle so you can stuff the pork inside. The first time I ordered this I thought the portion was a bit small but it ended up being very filling. Everything is very flavorful. The pork is nice and moist, the dough is hearty without being dense, and the black beans and sweet plantains round out a nice Venezuelan brunch.

So, those would be my top two food places I would recommend if someone asked me “what are some good food choices at the local farmers markets?”

I would also highly suggest stopping by Cheryl’s Caramels at the Oceanside Sunset Market for local hand-made candies and Doh! at Leucadia’s or Carlsbad’s markets for great vegan cookie dough.

Oceanside Farmer’s Market

Pier View Way, Oceanside

(Corner of Pier View and Mission)

9am till 1pm

Leucadia Farmers Market

185 Union Street, Encinitas

( Paul Eick Elementary School)

10am till 2pm

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Oceanside Sunset Market ~ Vendor Spotlight and Picture Essay

Having been a volunteer with Mainstreet Oceanside for about a Year and a half now, I know how much work goes into running the Thursday Markets. There are two the smaller more produce driven morning market and the night “Sunset Market” which features more of a street fair environment with live music, artists, and food. I have been to two over the last month or so and the crowd volume has picked up for the summer.

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Pretty much this crowded the whole time. I love these two ladies in the second pic…I’m not taking pictures of you get over it, my camera was over my head “say anything boom box style” snapping crowd pics.

Now there are about 180 vendors for the markets and i would say 80% if not more are food vendors. That is a lot. Not all are good and not all are authentic. I will mention three here that are worth your time.

First is Shwings ~ New style Sushi and wings who i have mentioned before. Having been around for 7 weeks now it is nice to see them settled in and upping their game.

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The Shwings menu offerings.

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Chicken with pickled watermelon foreground and Bacon Avocado roll in the back.

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Bacon &Avocado roll…great plating

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Right next door to Shwings is flamin’ Salmon.

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Hence the name. I had talked with the Owner / Chef about temp control and how the fish does not get dried out..his answer 20 years experience doing this in Germany.

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Good stuff.

So the real reason I went down was to talk with Cheryl of Cheryl’s caramels

Cheryl hand makes her candy here in Oceanside in small artisanal batches. They are Gluten, nut, chemical, and preservative free. She makes 9 flavors ranging from Old Fashioned Caramel to Ginger Bread and Raspberry.

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Cheryl at her booth.

She used to work in the corporate world doing graphic design and marketing,. you can tell her booth screams vintage quality candy. She is also a great person and passionate about her product. The visuals draw you in and she sets the hook and reels you in with her personality.

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Went home with the “Old Fashioned” caramels. Perfect melt in your mouth rich flavor.

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Cheryl and some writer hack:)

There will be more about Cheryl and her product soon, also I heard good things about the Perogies near by and did not get a chance to check them out and want to hit up Olivia’s Kitchen for some African food (I love goat and it is hard to find)

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The market at Sunsetish.

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Shwings

Flamin’ salmon

Cheryl’s Caramels

 

 

 

 

Chef Interview with Beau Bonham of The Truffle Trike

Chef Beau Bonham ~ Truffle Trike

Chef Beau Bonham runs The Truffle Trike, an elegant wood and metal trike that can be seen at restaurants and events throughout North County selling Beau’s custom gourmet truffles. I had the chance to ask Beau some questions about being a Chef and operating a food business in North County. He provided some great heartfelt answers.

 

 

 

 

 

Describe your style as a Chef in a few sentences.  

I believe that knowing where your food comes from, and a healthy respect for the process of preparation can go a long way in our overall appreciation. New trends and flavor combinations are fun and exciting, but we seem to be constantly chasing the shock factor and trying to push the envelope of culinary experience, while possibly losing sight of the joy in simplicity. One thing I learned in culinary school was that before using any machines, taking any short-cuts, or expanding on existing ideas, we needed to be able to produce the desired product according to traditional methods in order to better understand it’s development. I have embraced that, and consider myself a bit of a traditionalist. There is a certain nuance that comes with doing things by hand. It is indeed that secret ingredient, that love that our grandparents spoke of, that makes our food so special. It allows for our true enjoyment, as well as bodily and soulful nourishment.

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Truffle Trike Oceanside

The Truffle Trike is a gourmet food cart based in Oceanside, CA selling hand-made chocolate truffles. It sets up shop at restaurants, breweries, businesses, and special events throughout San Diego County and can be tracked via its facebook page.

Truffle Trike Chef Beau Bonham

The Truffle Trike is the brain child of Chef Beau Bonham who started the concept earlier this year. Beau is a So. Cal native. Born in San Diego, and grew up in Vista and Oceanside, having family ties there dating back to the late 1940’s. A graduate of the CCA in baking and pastry, where he later taught intro to baking as an assistant instructor, ee later worked as Pastry Chef for the original Whole Foods in SF, Henry’s Farmers Market, and Petite Madeline before Setting out on his own journey to make his mark as a Pastry Chef and Chocolatier and using the Truffle Trike as a springboard, conversation starter, networking tool, exercise machine, and fun business idea!

Truffle Trike Truffle Selection

The cart boasts a rotating menu of flavor combinations.

Truffle Trike Truffles

Truffles (left to right) ~ Champagne, deep vanilla, hoisin & sesame, blueberry & thyme, and spiced honey.

Truffle Trike Two Truffles

Truffle Trike Truffle Blueberry and Thyme

Truffle Trike Truffle Filling

If you come across the Truffle Trike, or better yet track it down via Facebook, spend some time talking to Chef Beau. You’ll learn a lot about the art of chocolate and food in general, plus you get some really great truffles.

* note ~ Having recently visited Dallman Fine Chocolates while in San Diego and picking up a box of their truffles, I would say these are the same calibre. The Dallman truffles have a thinner, crisper chocolate coating while the Truffle Trike’s are more soft and creamy. Both are top quality in their ingredients and flavor.

Truffle Trike
Through out San Diego County
(especially North County)

Chef: Beau Bonham

Cuisine: Gourmet Truffles

Truffle Trike Facebook