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For Food, What's GOOD in Los Angeles?
- LA Weekly's pulitzer prize food critic, Jonathan Gold, is given props in "The Next Sushi" (pg. 70). Which food type will go from unknown to trendy? Gold predicts that Korean Bibimbap could be it: "[It] may someday be as popular among Californians as the pizza or the teriyaki stick."
- Here's one hardcore local foodies: "America's Tastiest Streets" (pg. 66) visits the most scrumptious and affordable streets in America. For Los Angeles, they choose a two and a half mile stretch of Sunset Blvd. from Silverlake Blvd. to approximately Normandie Ave. The claim we this stretch has "some of the best Asian fare in the country. And it's cheap." They feature Agra Cafe, Pho Cafe and Jitlada Thai (who we visited for our Thai Town series). Beyond Asian fare, they take on Alegria (Mexican) and the original Zankou Chicken (the latter two are both favorites of LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti).
Non-LA fact: Did you know Kraft owns Boca Burger, Pepsi owns Naked Juice, Coca-Cola owns Odwalla Juice, and Kellogg's owns Kashi, Gardenburger and Morningstar Farms? When "Buying Organic" (pg. 80), it's not so feel-good for some.And two for transportation...
- "Ghost Rider" (pg. 23) features the white spray-painted permanent Ghost Bikes of New York City. They are "sobering epitaphs for biers who've been hit or killed by automobiles." Why not feature Los Angeles? Oh wait, there's only one.
- In 1940, California opened its first freeway; in 1955, James Dean dies in a car accident on the 5-Freeway (after supposedly eating at the Tip's Coffee Shop in Castaic Junction); in 1908 the Ford Model T was 21 mpg, in 2005, the average mpg for a new car was 17.2 according to "Carland: A century of motoring in America" (pg. 32).
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