Louboutins to Lasorda…

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You’ve heard me claiming when it comes to food, I’d ditch my husband and wade through the ocean in my Louboutins in search of the next Stalker tale.  I’ve rambled on and on about those notable red-soled beauties, the “it” shoe among the fashion crowd, the ones for which I’d be willing to bungee-jump off the Golden Gate bridge to earn a lifetime supply.  Well, no need for bungee jumping quite yet and I didn’t have to blog for another Husband!  After meeting Stan Kasten, President of the Dodgers at a red-carpet event, this private eye was determined to see what all the fuss was about over a Dodger Dog.  Baseball and food are synonymous, so what’s a trip to the ballpark without a hotdog? I know what you’re thinking, The Food Stalker at a Baseball game – moi? Say it ain’t so!  The only sports I engage in are dashing up and down an aisle at a Barney’s sale! Before I knew it, there I was in my premium cushioned leather dugout seat, right next to Tommy Lasorda and just like Heidi Klum on Project Runway, I could hear the empire yelling ” You’re Out”!

The climate-controlled Dodger Dugout Club is one of the most exclusive VIP clubs in all of baseball and offers a delicious complimentary buffet and a full Martini Lounge complete with TV screens so you can dine inside without missing the game. ( And here I was thinking I’d have my fist full of peanuts, warm beer and gut-busting buckets of sinful buttered popcorn). Signature cocktails like the “Brooklyn Iced Tea” or the “Big Blue Margarita” are hot-wired for flavor.  After a couple of these, there’s no end to what you might ponder and you’ll forget all about those rising mid-afternoon temperatures outside. Carving stations had perfectly cooked ham, succulent roast turkey with apricot compote and grilled chicken. Beautiful vegetables hot off the grill including summertime sweet corn, mushrooms and tender asparagus. All I kept thinking was, am I really at a baseball game? Dining alfresco never tasted so good!

The Morrell Meat Company was the first to make Dodger Dogs, one of the most famous hot dogs in American sporting history. Originally called “the foot long dog”, even though it was only ten inches  ( yea, typical male mistake) the Dodger Dogs are still a big ticket item. It’s a no wonder, because they are lip smack’n good down to the very last bite. Although the Dodgers lost the game, The Food Stalker came out a winner by securing a game ball signed by Tommy Lasorda.  Trading my designer shoes was a small price to pay.

Thanks Stan Kasten for delectable Dodger experience…throw another dog on the Barbie, hold the catsup!

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  1. Robert Cassard

    July 17, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Dodger Dogs! Now dat’s some fine kwizeen! Glad to see the Stalker hitting the ballpark with the likes of Kasten and Lasorda!

  2. thefoodstalker

    July 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Robert, thanks a million for stopping by. Be sure to share this with son Eli as I know how much he loves the game…

  3. Bara

    July 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Love this story, especially the comment about “typical male mistake!” I felt like I was there enjoying the game with you, except you left us hanging: did the Dodgers win, too???

  4. Amanda

    July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I loved reading your experience at the Dodgers Stadium. You made everything sound so tasty. Looks like I’m going to have to make another appearance at the stadium and check out all the delicious items I missed.

  5. thefoodstalker

    July 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Amanda, I think you may have a career here, assistant camera gal AND getting those game-balls for signatures! Your beautiful smile makes any day special! xoxoox

With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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