Sep 2019

68 Hours in New Orleans: Laissez les bons temps rouler

New Orleans

The Astronomer and I traveled to New Orleans together this past July. After dropping off June with her grandparents in Birmingham, we made the five-hour drive through Mississippi and spent 68 hours eating, drinking, and exploring the city. While we missed our little lady during our time apart, it was quite lovely to revel without worrying about nap times and such.

French Quarter, New Orleans

Since it was my first trip to New Orleans, I focused the itinerary mostly on the city’s incredible dining institutions. Folks have been eating well here since practically forever, so it was important on my inaugural visit to get a sense of the city’s rich culinary history. I can’t wait to explore newer establishments, especially the Vietnamese food scene, on another trip.

Central Grocery – French Quarter

Central Grocery - New Orleans

We arrived in the late afternoon and stopped into Central Grocery in the French Quarter for one of its famous muffuletta sandwiches. I have had my share of mediocre Italian sandwiches, as well as expertly made ones, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. (more…)

Sep 2019

L.A. County Fair 2019: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Belly, Unicorn Elote, and more

LA County Fair 2019

A sweaty day spent at the L.A. County Fair is one of my favorite summertime rituals (see previous shenanigans: hereherehere, and here). There’s something about cruising the expansive grounds, perusing blue ribbons, cheering on the pig races, and indulging in deep-fried delights that never ever gets old. This year, my best friend from college Liana traveled from Hawaii to check out the festivities along with The Astronomer, June, and me.

LA County Fair 2019

We started the day with a peaceful ride on the Ferris wheel. June was too short to ride it last year, but she met the height requirements this time around.

LA County Fair 2019

Following the ride, we got down to business. The truest gastronomic pleasure at the fair is found at Juicy’s. Crisp, golden, and measuring over a foot tall, the jumbo corndog never fails to turn a few heads and totally satisfy.

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Sep 2019

Meanwhile, at Eater Los Angeles…

Proof Bakery - Atwater Village

Here are a few of the features and stories that I have been working on over at Eater Los Angeles: weird, wonderful, and under-the-radar restaurant openings, a love letter to layer cakes, a long distance dedication to composed restaurant desserts, getting to know Little Saigon, pie pie pie, a soulful Japanese rice balls shop, guts guts guts, a Vietnamese restaurant guide, and the thrill of covering Santa Monica City Council meetings.