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Happy Meals: Honeybaked Hams Toluca Lake

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Happy Meals, a new semi-regular series where I, an LA native, revisit places I ate as a kid, indulge in food and nostalgia, and see what’s changed and what hasn’t.

When I was a kid, we lived near Lake Hollywood, so Honeybaked was about three minutes from our house. My earliest memories of the place was picking up sams there and heading to the beach.

I developed my beach taste on the east coast. Sub sandwich beaches, they had tiny jewel-pebbles, rivulets down to the water, jetties and tide pools alive with schools of green-gold minnows. There were crabs and clams, mussels and horseshoe crabs, tiny hermit crabs and periwinkles. Some days, the water so calm, that even as you swam, it looks like pale, pale blue glass, rippling gently out in front of you. You could ride a Sunfish (which in my memory is little better than a surfboard with a sail) way out and still look down and see the sand on the bottom, rippled by the waves and currents.