3rd Annual Super Sloppy Chili Cheese Dogs _ Los Angeles Marathon

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It’s become a celebration for me whenever an event closes the streets of Los Angeles. To some, any closure is a nuisance and hindrance to their LA commute - even on a Sunday.  But for me, these events bring out some of the most creative collateral projects and experiments, such as the LA Marathon Crash Race or danceLAvia. The rarity and enormity of closing an entire street in Los Angeles is such a feat that some of the projects take on an equally outrageous - yet poignant - spin. One such project is the Stupid Company’s annual Super Sloppy Chili Cheese Dogs

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For the past 2 years, good buddies Alex and JP have been feeding the tired and exhausted runners of the LA Marathon - at mile 3 in Echo Park.  And what better energy food than Chili Cheese Dogs.  You have your protein, your carbs, and your dairy, all essential to a successful marathon running experience.  I finally was able to partake in the experience this year, and thoroughly enjoyed the sloppy experience.  It’s in this urban laboratory of Los Angeles and the community who actively engage with it that makes me love this city so much.

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Sunset Bouleard in Echo Park after the marathon.

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Sunset Junction

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The Echo Park Bike Posse’s LA Marathon Crash Race after-party.

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Farewell Travis & Margaret _ Silver Lake

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Good buddies Travis and Margaret are moving to Oakland.  A sad occasion, since I’ve known Travis since 2002.  So for their going away party, Travis baked a lot of stuff for his guests.  Typical.

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Safe travels, friends!

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3rd Annual Churros for Chanukkah _ Mr. Churro, Olvera St.

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It was three years ago that I dislocated my knee.  And I remember this because it was while on the 1st Annual Churros for Chanukkah event in Echo Park with Tannaz and Daniela that I took my tumble.  Two years later, the tradition is still alive and well.  This year, like last, we ventured over to Mr. Churro on Olvera St. in Downtown LA for condensed milk and custard filled churros!

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Why Churros for Chanukkah, you might be wondering?  I’ll leave it up to co-conspirator Tannaz to explain it from her blog:

"And I’m here today to talk about a crucial movement that began way back in 2011.  It started with a simple inquiry:  Echo Park resident Daniela wanted to celebrate Hanukkah with the fried-in-oil foods that are traditional for the holiday, but didn’t want to stink up her apartment with the frying.  So she asked Mr. Gold— Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer laureate of Los Angeles, that is — in his eponymous column, where she could find good churros. He of course picked up the cultural significance of her genius idea, “a pastry that layers the mandatory Hanukkah use-of-oil motif with contemporary Los Angeles pluralism.”  Churros for Hanukkah had begun.”

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Happy Birthday, Anthony _ Silver Lake, CA

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It wouldn’t be a birthday party in LA without a TACO STAND in the backyard.

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The one and only.

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It wouldn’t be a Filipino birthday party without a GRILLED PIG on the dining table.  Lechon.  Scissors & aunties not included.

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Crawfish Boil _ Solano Canyon

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Good buddies Gretchen, Daveed, Ashley, and Will hosted an LA / La. style Crawfish Boil, complete with a Crawfish Derby!

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A-Frame: All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Picnic

Visited Roy Choi’s A-Frame in Culver City.  Aside from the great interiors, we went for the all-you-can-eat Krispy Buttermilk Friend Chicken, with bottomless Hite.

The restaurant is a renovated IHOP with it’s iconic A-frame roof.  Knibb Design designed the interior with curved wood, sandblasted ceilings, lots of light, and benches.

Overall, it was pretty good.  Except when Donald got sick, and threw it all up.  The risk you take. 

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Burger Week @ The Oinkster _ Eagle Rock

The Oinkster, a “slow fast food” restaurant in Eagle Rock, rolled out their 2nd annual Burger Week, their own take on original american burgers.

Monday: Red Castle Sliders (White Castle Cheeseburgers)

Tuesday: 2 x 4 Piggy-Style (I-N-Out’s 2 x 4 Animal-Style)

Wednesday: Northeast Bacon Cheeseburger (Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger)

Thursday: Grill Em’ All Takeover (The Behemoth, Waste ‘Em All, Molly Hatchet)

Friday: Sourdough Josh (Jack in the Box’s Sourdough Jack)

Saturday: Pork Adobo Burger

Sunday: The Big Max (McDonald’s Big Mac)

I was able to complete 3 out of the 7 days: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.  w/ Graham Keegan, Rachel Klein, Donald Urquidez, and Kevin Biggers. It hurt.

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Dodger Stadium

Something’s new at Dodger Stadium.  And it’s not just the change of ownership.  5 new “Extreme Loaded Dogs”:
(1) The Heater, a normal Dodger Dog topped with Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese slaw; 
(2) The Frito Pie Dog, topped with chili, cheese and Fritos; 
(3) the Big Kid Dog, coated with Mac and Cheese & Fritos; 
(4) the Doyer Dog, a vaguely racist-sounding variety with nacho cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes and onions; 
(5) the Tailgate Dog, a hot dog under a pile of beans, BBQ sauce, and potato salad.

I got the Tailgate Dog.  And an order of Garlic Fries.  Along with the views, this is why I love Dodger Stadium.

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Blossom _ Silver Lake

Visited Blossom’s new location in Sunset Junction, Silver Lake.  Not only does it have an upstairs portion with stripped down interiors, kitchen, and seating, but it also has an equally interesting space in the basement, which has more seating and a bar.  There are also terrariums fed by skylights from the sidewalk on Sunset Blvd above! 

I had the egg-noodle dish Mi Trung Thit Kho: three chunks of braised pork belly and a seasoned boiled egg.

photo (and sign design) by Victoria Vu of Paper & Type

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Rachel’s Klein’s Birthday

Celebrated Rachel’s birthday with a traditional food-centric gathering at the Manzanita House.  On the menu: Apple Cider Donuts, Pork Chili, Cornbread, Nutella Bacon Rice Krispies, Potato Gratin, Cabbage Salad, Bacon Brussels Sprouts & Asparagus, and Bacon Baked Beans.

Leaning tower of cornbread.

Glazed Donut by Amy Kim.

Flowers from Silver Lake Farms.

My favorite, w/ Victoria.

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