Taste of Adams Avenue

This is a monster of a pictorial post.  I loved making photographs of our Sunday afternoon and capturing our time there and all the wonderful food we saw and ate.  And I hope I make you hungry.

On Sunday afternoon, Scott, Skylar and I went to the Taste of Adams Avenue

Neighborhood restaurants serve sample-sized portions of something from their menu and festival go’ers walk up and down the street, sampling, tasting, and getting their cards punched at the 30 restaurants or so that were participating.

Needless to say, elastic pants are a good thing.  We ate so.much.food and probably only punched our cards at 10 restaurants, maybe even less.


Some of the portions were like mini-meals, not just “samples”.

Let’s break the day down by ethnic cuisine.

Thai: a spicy vegetable curry, rice, and a fried wonton

Skylar loved the wonton!  Fried dough, cmon.  Good stuff.

Vietnamese: Spicy chicken, black bean & basil tofu, mixed brown rice, and a fried sesame ball

And I taught Skylar how to hold food for the camera.

Hold it still, don’t create shadows on the food, open palm, don’t shake.

Her little 4 year old hand did great, right?

The sesame ball was awesome.

Sweet dough, that’s been fried, and filled with some kind of sweet-ish paste.  <– How could that not be wonderful.

Italian: Margherita pizza with basil

Perhaps my favorite images of the day are these three pizza images.

Shooting directly on top of wood with natural lighting in the restaurant.  Loved it.

I wanted to make pictures of pizza all day!

And perhaps Skylar’s favorite food of the day.

She wanted to eat pieces of pizza all day.

Mexican: Beef tacos with spicy sauce, onions, and lime juice.

Mediterranean: Hummus, a yogurt-ish sauce, naan/pita bread, chicken, and veggies

Skylar’s in heaven with pita bread, naan, hummus. 

Ice Cream is its own category. So much ice cream! 

And there were more places we didn’t even make it to that were serving ice cream!

Ice Cream #1: A Mexican ice cream shop.  Pick two flavors.  

Raspberry + Cookies & Cream.  This was not a “sample”. This was a full-on bowl of ice cream!

We hated it.  Kidding.

Ice Cream #2: Viva Pops.  Some vegan flavors.

It was a key lime sorbet-like treat.

Scott, who I would not desribe as a key lime guy at all, said this was the best thing he ate all day.

Better than pizza, tacos, or anything else.  That’s high praise.

And Skylar loved hers, too.  I cannot eat ice cream and I don’t even like anything ice cream related. It gives me a horrible stomachache so I didn’t try the Viva Pops.

I want to have Vanilla Banana Avocado “Ice Cream” instead!   I know I’m safe with what I make in my own kitchen!

Ice Cream #3: Softserve with vegan options

Ice Cream #4: if you count these ice cream-ish Starbucks drinks

I like that picture.

Skylar liked the actual drink better than I did.

Start ’em young on Starbucks, right?

We had a great day of family fun!

Lovely weather: 75F, sunny, no humidity, no bugs, no big crowds, no parking hassles.

And we enjoyed eating our way up and down Adams Avenue.

Skylar’s favorite(s) of the day: pizza and ice cream

My favorite of the day: the sesame ball

Scott’s favorite of the day: the key lime Viva Pop on a stick

We can’t wait to do it again!

Thanks to Marisa at McFarlane Promotions for our tickets.

And I ran into Amanda, who won my Taste of Adams Avenue Giveaway, but neither of us remembered to take photos!  We were clearly in a food coma.

From my last post, Pretty Salt, it sounds like many of you have tried pink Himalayan salt.

And there are some serious salt lovers, too.  Not me, I’ll stick with sweets over salts.


1. Have you ever been to a Tasting Festival?

I love these types of events, because for $20 to $30 bucks (sometimes less, sometimes more), you can get more food than you could ever eat.

You get a diverse selection of food from whatever an Italian restaurant chooses to serve to whatever the Mexican restaurant dishes up.  Can you see what incredible diversity in food there is in just a couple city block span here?  Another reason why I love San Diego.

I have done tons of events like this in the past and they are always so much fun.

The last one I went to was the Greek Festival a couple weeks ago.

And I have also done plenty of pub crawls in my former life.  Same concept, but with alcohol.  You can  “sample” and “taste” drinks from many establishments.  And the stories are always epic from pub crawls.

2. Is there diversity in the food in your area or neighborhood?

I grew up in rural Minnesota.  There wasn’t much diversity in the meat, potatoes, and tuna casseroles that were found in the corn fields my “neighborhood”.   Boy, how times have changed and I am happy that Skylar loves trying all types of foods!

She’s 4 and she was a bottomless pit and loved sampling it all!

3. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

If you’re just catching up on posts from over the weekend, here are mine since Friday:

Have a great week!

73 comments on “Taste of Adams Avenue”

  1. Ahh I would have ‘hated’ that ‘sample’ size ice cream too! ;D I have to say you take some beautiful photos!! And I know I’ve said this before but Skylar is such a cutie! :) You look like you had a lovely family day!

  2. It looks like you and your family had a wonderful time!! I would love to go to a tasting festival!!!

  3. DROOL! I shouldn’t have looked at this before breakfast. Now I want to eat everything, and think my oatmeal is just going to be lame after your amazing taste adventures!

  4. That looks like such an amazing afternoon! I’ve been to a few tasting events- most notably the NYC Veg Expo and the chocolate show. Both were absolutely AMAZING! Here in PA there’s not too much diversity, but in New York…well, it’s New York. Tons of diversity, and I love it!

    Best part of my weekend….spending lots of time with several groups of high school friends. Love them so much!

  5. That looks like a blast!!

    I’ve never been to a tasting festival, but I’d like to! There is one in the fall in my city, I think!

    I live in a diverse city, so the food options tend to follow suit. I love trying new things! For being so small, it’s pretty awesome for vegan dining too.

    Best thing I did over the weekend? Beach and Whole Foods hot bar. Hands down.

  6. That looks like a dream day to me! Everything looks AMAZING, Averie. You are such a talented photographer. I love traveling along with you as you joyfully discover this new passion of yours. And I agree, those pizza shots are out of this world! Pictures on wood are always so lovely. See, the problem with me is that I am NOT passionate about photography, just cooking and eating. So, I have to force myself to spend time on the photos for my blog. I should just get you to fly over here and be my professional shutterbug! xox

    • your pics are always soooo beautiful though! seriously, if that’s what your “not caring too much about it” pics look like…if you did begin to care, you’d be a professional in like… a week b/c your pics ROCK!!!!

      shooting on wood, the best. love it.


  7. Awesome photos! Loved “sharing” your tasting experience with you. My best tasting experience was in May during the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – some of the best restaurants in town participated, it was amazing.

    Sadly, we live in the suburbs of Atlanta, so there are mostly chain restaurants around us. There’s usually an annual Taste of.. event for the area that we live in, but places like Outback and Chick-Fil-A were there last year… so, yeah.

    Looks like it was red bean paste inside that sesame ball. Those things ARE amazing. Love them. Bets thing I ate this weekend were some Peach Blackberry Mini Pies that I made both Saturday and Sunday. Nom nom nom…

    • I remember your posts about the ATL Food & Wine festival. I was reading them from Aruba and we were exchanging emails about F & L in Aug :)

      And I lived in NC and then in Myrtle Beach SC and Outback and Chick-Fil-A and Bojangles and Cracker Barrel were pretty much all she wrote. And Nascar cafe :)

      Red bean paste, yes! thank you!

  8. YUM! I love events like this where you get to taste a little (or a lot ;)) of so many awesome foods. I’ve never had a sesame ball – that looks amazing. Glad y’all had fun- cute pics!

  9. That looks like so much fun! Philadelphia has a food festival, but you have to pay individually. Like the “samples” you had, they’re so big that I’m full after three or four, but it’s still good fun. I used to live in Astoria, Queens. It’s the mecca for diverse food. I miss the bagels, Columbian plate, Greek tzatziki and Mexican tacos. So good! A few months ago my boyfriend and I went back and got all the street food off our old corner. We were stuffed and it was delicious. I guess every day is like a food festival in Astoria!

  10. These are all beautiful photos and it looks like you had an amazing time!

    I spent most of my weekend at Comfest, a local, community festival (as the name implies!) Lots of love, good music, and laughter.

  11. How fun. You know that pizza is what called my name though ;-)

  12. Oh my gosh, I LOVE things like this!!! It looks like SUCH a fun way to spend the day!

  13. that sesame ball looks amazing!!!!

  14. Awesome photos. And the icecream looks so delicious. My favorite is black currant. Feel like having one right now! :)

  15. That looks like so much fun. I’ve never been to a tasting festival, but I’d love to try it.

  16. I have never been to anything that huge – just smallish ones. I don’t think I’ll be going to any in this little town either, but maybe someday I can make a trip out of it. All of your photos are gorgeous.

    Skylar’s hair is so LONG!!! And of course her favorites are pizza and ice cream- she’s a smart 4 year old. :)

  17. Ah, these kinds of events are what dreams are made of! I would choose a $20-40 ticket to a “tasting event” over $20-40 worth of a restaurant meal almost any day of the week (unless I was truly craving something). It’s like the ultimate sampler platter, only you get to stroll around while trying things!!

    In my opinion, that can’t be beat.

  18. The pictures of the pizza are easily my favorite of the bunch. Natural lighting can go a very long way with pictures. Also, sometimes a good old paper napkin can do a better job at capturing the moment and mood than a perfectly ironed cloth napkin. In those pictures it’s all about the quick grab and go slice of pizza, which is told through the slightly greasy napkin beneath it. Love it!!!

  19. ALL those foods look SO interesting and fun!!

    What a fun day of food!!

  20. I’ve never been to a festival like that but it sounds AMAZING! Looks like you feasted on some amazing treats, too! The best thing I did all weekend? Spend some quality time with my mother – took her to get a massage and facial and spent Sunday afternoon watching a movie with her. I love family time! :)

  21. I. Am. Super. Jealous!. Sounds so fun! Such delicious food with family! Skylar is too precious! SHe has the sweetest smile :)

  22. Taste of Chicago is currently happening here in Chicago. I don’t know if I’ll make it this year, but they always have some good eats! There is a LOT of diversity in the food around here. I don’t know of any foods you CAN’T find in Chicago – guess that’s a perk of living in a big city. Best thing I ate this weekend was a vegan scone from Bleeding Heart Bakery.

    • omg I love the taste of chicago. it’s about 20x bigger than this event i was at, easily. the parking and crowds and grease are a bit much :) but there IS so much diversity. when i used to live in chicago (all over the city, lincoln park, gold coast, wrigleyville, etc) i used to go every year!

  23. Wow. Everything looks so amazingly tasty! I wish we had things like that here! Thanks for getting my tummy rumblin’ I’ve been waiting all morning! Time for some pancakes…

  24. We don’t have things like this where I live :( I mean probably in downtown Houston but I live in like the suburbs lol so we don’t have anything like that. It seems really cool though and a great way to spend the day with family! maybe I’ll look into it and see if we have any coming up downtown :) Good date day for me and the boy ha!

  25. I’ve always wondered whether or not jin deui (Chinese sesame balls) are vegan – they bring back delicious childhood memories! I do remember buying them in Singapore a few months back, and the lady selling them said they were veg friendly.

    What a fun food fest!

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