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Eating Around Town: Vegan Food in Griffith Park, Umami Burger & More...

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To Live and Eat in LA celebrates the new vegan options at Trails Cafe in Griffith Park in Happy Trails to You! A Forest of Vegan Goodies. Especially exciting are the savory vegan pie, made-from-scratch cornbread and chili.

Gridskipper coins the phrase No Frills Watering Holes which sounds much classier than "dive bars". There are some of the usual favorites on their uber-cool map. We have spent many a lost night at Boardners, and everybody loves Big Wangs!

Today's Thrillist delves into the "fifth taste" known as umami, described as "savory/brothy/meaty taste" at South LaBrea's Umami Burger. We could go for the triple-pork burger right about now (ground pork shoulder, chorizo, and cobb smoked bacon).

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The Roadfood Digest reminds us not to miss the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in Indio, just outside of Los Angeles. In addition to all the dates you could ever eat in an entire lifetime, the event is hosting ostrich races, camel races, and an Arabian Nights Musical Pageant. The festival starts today and runs through the 22nd.