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No Love for LA Food Blogs

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We proudly count ourselves among the ranks of hard core epicureans and “nerds in pajamas” who Laurie Winer describes in today’s LA Times. LAist cheers the exposure given to some choice food blogs (forgive us for perpetuating the obsessive and cliquish blogger stereotype), despite the author’s limited tolerance for a significant amount of musings found within the blogosphere. The article highlights a rundown of select culinary/gastronomy/cooking sites that range from the overly solipsistic to heartening surprise success stories. Given our appetite for all things tasty and delightful, both in the worlds of edibles and the written word, we’re big fans of these blogs, yet were disappointed that the article didn’t refer to nary an LA site. Our favorites, such as Eating LA (which was hip to the current and hopefully here-to-stay gelato trend that’s also chronicled in the today’s Times [Fu$%#*@! Calendar Live! registration required]), and Franklin Avenue’s Rate-A-Restaurant series merit mentions.

The piece offers both a look at food-specific content and blogs in general, with a limited respect and tolerance for non-pros. Winer notes, "When a good writer chronicles his life, it is art. When an amateur feels the need to chronicle his life by listing what he made or ate for dinner each night, often the best that can be said is that it's touching." The blogs that she most admires, including Julie Powell’s brilliant Julie-Julia Project, bad things, Chocolate & Zucchini via France, and the NYC-based Food Section, are not rooted in our town but provide some terrific story telling and/or universally useful information.

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We’re left with the impression that maybe there just aren’t as many LA-based blogs dedicated to food and drink as there truly should be, given the overwhelming immensity of offerings in this city. (Message boards like Chowhound.com, columns in local periodicals, and online guides don’t count).

Is this indeed the case, or is LAist missing some great stuff out there?

Photo of the Original Farmers Market via The Food Section.