Pairing up a food event with a marathon is a brilliant idea. Before any race, runners are told to “carb up” so while eager racers grabbed their swag and marathon info; they also had any opportunity to sample the best of what OC restaurants had to offer along with a celebrity chef challenge, live music, and free flowing booze. Weather held up for the two day taste fest.
I took the opportunity to attend Saturday afternoon with my food loving fanatic friend Anne Marie of the OC Weekly. After walking around and taking in the scene, I knew I wanted a hearty bowl of pasta and perhaps that’s because I was channeling my dormant running side and suddenly feeling nostalgic. My choice for the afternoon was the arrabiata pasta from Antonello’s . The small bowl was enough to satiate my craving for pasta and make me feel like a runner again and part of the race even though I wasn’t running. The rest of the day was spent cheering on our chef friends Raya Belna and Michael Harris as they competed in the celebrity chef challenge, and then fabulously topped off with a scoop (for my +1) and a cone (for me) of Lola’s Cookie Monster ice cream. Fashioned after my favorite Cookies and cream, the Cookie Monster goes a bit further with an addition of chocolate chips and graham crackers. It was an amazing way to end the day at the OC Tastefest.