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99 THINGS

So last week, Jonathan Gold published his list of 99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die. When I saw this, a flash of inspiration struck me, because to be perfectly honest, I've had a hard time keeping this blog going. *checks date of last post--yep*

I still enjoy it, and I love eating and cooking and drinking and taking pictures of food, but somehow something happened that I never actually thought would be--I now get paid, as my job, to write things and I spend a whole lot of my time writing things for money. That doesn't make me enjoy writing any less, especially since writing for fun is a lot more enjoyable than the stuff I normally have to write. However, when you've just spent 6-8 hours in a row writing stuff, what you want to do is plop in front of the TV or game or do some reading instead of writing. I just get kind of ... tired of it.

So I've been thinking what I've been wanting is a project-something I would want to do anyway but that would give me enough incentive to continue and see it through and would give me lots of material to write about. And folks, I think this is it. Seeing as how I'm not getting any farther away from death, I should probably start eating these things now - just in case. So I'm going to make my way through this list and try to experience what Mr. Gold wishes we all could experience.

Now for some rules. First off, not all of these things will be easy, desirable, or even possible for me to eat, and certainly not in order. So I am choosing my own order, and I'm starting with the things that are easiest for me to get (and that I most want to eat). I will work my way up to the challenging ones and will do by best to bravely snarf down even the wriggliest creatures. I reserve the right, however, to decide that there is a substitution that I believe is even more worthy of being eaten before death, because I do have my own opinions. And, for example, if I'm going to get pizza I've wanted to try for years, I'm not going to have eggplant on it, since I don't like eggplant. So there. Anyway, I am setting out the entire list below, which I will update with links as I have them. I'll put it on the side so you can come pore over it whenever you like.

THE LIST:

1. Fugu (Urasawa, 218 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills)
2. Goat’s milk gelato (Bulgarini Gelato, 749 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena. (626) 791-6174)
3. Romanesco cauliflower (Weiser family farms)
4. San nak ji (Masan, 2851 W. Olympic Blvd., Koreatown. (213) 388-3314)
5. Sherry Yard’s Kaiserschmarren (Spago, 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 385-0880)
6. Tito’s old school tacos (Tito's Tacos, 11222 Washington Place, Culver City. (310) 391-5780)
7. Luna oysters
8. Sesame cream puffs (Pâtisserie Chantilly, 2383 Lomita Blvd., No. 104, Lomita. (310) 257-9454)
9. Vietnamese spring rolls (Golden Deli, 815 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel. (626) 308-0803)
10. Hot pastrami (Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant, 704 S. Alvarado St., L.A. (213) 483-8050)
11. Bone marrow flan (Cut, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-8500)
12. Little flower sea salt caramels
13. Spicy lobster (Newport Seafood, 518 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel. (626) 289-5998)
14. New style sashimi (Matsuhisa, 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills. ( 310) 659-9639)
15. Gnocchi (Angeli Caffe, 7274 Melrose Ave., L.A. (323) 936-9086)
16. Lechon (Eva’s Lechon, 4252 W. Third St., L.A. (213) 383-3179)
17. Tortillas (Rivera, 1050 S. Flower St., dwntwn. (213) 749-1460)
18. Apple pie and eel (Wa Sushi, 1106 N. La Cienega Blvd., No. 201, W. Hlywd. (310) 854-7285)
19. Sausage and eggplant pizza (Casa Bianca, 1650 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock. (323) 256-9617)
20. Huarache de cabeza (El Huarache Azteca #1, 5225 York Blvd., Highland Park. (323) 478-9572)
21. Kalbi taco (Kogi)
22. Lamb tongue sandwich (Canary, 1942 Westwood Blvd., Wstwd. (310) 470-1312)
23. L.A. Street dog (Fab Dogs, 6747 Tampa Ave., Reseda. (818) 344-4336)
24. Hollenbeck burrito (El Tepeyac Café, 812 N. Evergreen Ave., City Terrace. (323) 268-1960)
25. Whatever Lou tells you to drink (Lou, 724 Vine St., Hlywd. (323) 962-6369)
26. Pain au chocolat (Anisette Brasserie, 225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 395-3200)
27. Paleron with kumquats and cream of wheat (Lazy Ox Canteen, 241 S. San Pedro St., dwntwn. (213) 626-5299)
28. Welsh rarebit (Musso & Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 467-7788)
29. Flautas (Ciro's, 705 N. Evergreen St., E.L.A. (323) 269-5104)
30. Dill fries (The Gorbals, in the Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., dwntwn. (213) 488-3408)
31. Fish kidneys (Jitlada, 5233 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 667-9809)
32. Chicharrones de queso (Lotería Grill, 6627 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 465-2500)
33. Corn chowder (Ivy, 113 N. Robertson Blvd., L.A. (310) 274-8303)
34. French dip (Philippe's, 1001 N. Alameda St., L.A. (213) 628-3781)
35. French dip (Cole's, 118 E. Sixth St., L.A. (213) 622-4090)
36. Birria (El Parian, 1528 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. (213) 386-7361)
37. Country white bread (La Brea Bakery, 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. (323) 939-6813)
38. Hot dog on a stick
39. Sizzling catfish (Chinois, 2709 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-9025)
40. Hickoryburger (Apple Pan, 10801 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. (310) 475-3585)
41. Hearth-baked bagel (Brooklyn Bagel Bakery, 2217 Beverly Blvd., L.A. (213) 413-4114)
42. Vegetables en papillote (Palate, 933 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 662-9463)
43. Quinoa with edamame (Akasha, 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 845-1700)
44. Strawberry donut (Donut Man, 915 E. Route 66, Glendora. (626) 335-9111)
45. Chili (Chili John's, 2018 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. (818) 846-3611)
46. Beef roll (101 Noodle Express, 1025 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 446-8855. Also at 1408 Valley Blvd., Alhambra. (626) 300-8654)
47. Eva Solo-brewed Coffee (La Mill, 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 663-4441)
48. Oki dog (Oki Dog, 5056 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. (323) 938-4369)
49. Cheeseburger (Comme Ça, 8479 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd. (323) 782-1178)
50. Saffron silk ice cream (Saffron Spot, 18744 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia. (562) 809-4554)
51. Yellow fish fried with hair seaweed (Giang Nan, 306 N. Garfield Ave., No. A-12, Monterey Park. (626) 573-3421)
52. Mozza pizza (Pizzeria Mozza, 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A. (323) 297-0101)
53. Pork pump (Shanghai Xiao Chi, 828 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra. (626) 588-2284)
54. Knife cut noodles (JTYH Restaurant, 9425 Valley Blvd., Rosemead. (626) 442-8999)
55. Soon Tofu (Beverly Soon Tofu Restaurant, 2717 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. (213) 380-1113)
56. Pho bac (Pho Minh, 9646 E. Garvey Ave., No. 108, South El Monte. (626) 448-8807)
57. Pig candy (Bigmista, Sun. at Atwater farmers market; Tues. & Sat. at Torrance farmers market; Thurs. at El Segundo farmers market. Menus, hours and preordering info at bigmista.com)
58. Egg salad sandwich (Euro Pane, 950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (818) 577-1828)
59. Cha chiang mein (Mandarin House, 3074 W. Eighth St., Koreatown. (213) 386-8976)
60. Oyster po’ boy (Little Dom's, 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz. (323) 661-0055)
61. Cheese enchiladas from lady who hangs out near @BreedStScene (twitter)
62. Al Bap (A-Won, 913½ S. Vermont Ave., Koreatown. (213) 389-6764)
63. Brandt beef (HOWS Supermarket)
64. Krakatoa-blend coffee (Beans sold at Surfas, and through monkeyandson.com.)
65. Potato tacos (El Atacor #11, 2622 N. Figueroa St., L.A. (323) 441-8477)
66. Thali (Rajdhani, 18525 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia. (562) 402-9102)
67. Ludo’s fried chicken (ludolefebvre.com.)
68. Prime rib (Lawry's, 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 652-2827.)
69. Grilled prime rib (Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. (323) 938-1447)
70. Seviche (Mo-Chica, in Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., L.A. (213) 747-2141)I
71. Banh mi (Mr. Baguette, several locations, including 400 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park (626-282-9966) and 8702 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead (626-288-9166)
72. Foie gras and biscuits and gravy (Animal, 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. (323) 782-9225)
73. Panuchos (Chichen Itza, in Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., L.A. (213) 741-1075)
74. Pad thai (Krua Thai, 13130 Sherman Way, N. Hlywd. (818) 759-7998)
75. Ancient ginger soup (Noodle Island, 800 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel. (626) 293-8839)
76. Mcgrath’s rainbow chard (mcgrathfamilyfarm.com)
77. Green corn tamales (Border Grill, 1445 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 451-1655)
78. Burrito (Lupe's #2, 4642 E. Third St., L.A. 323-266-6881)
79. Chicken Pot Pie (Good Girl Dinette, 110 N. Avenue 56, Highland Park. (323) 257-8980)
80. Harry’s seascape strawberries
81. Squid with piquillo peppers and pig’s ear (Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A. (323) 460-4170)
82. Corned beef hash (The Grill on the Alley, 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 276-0615)
83. Salmon sashimi (Kiriko, 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., No. 102, W.L.A. (310) 478-7769)
84. Maple bacon donut (Nickel Diner, 524 S. Main St., dwntwn. (213) 623-8301)
85. Godmother (Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery, 1517 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 395-8279)
86. Soup dumplings (Din Tai Fung, 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 574-7068)
87. Plain doughnut (Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts, Farmers Market, Third & Fairfax, L.A. (323) 933-8929)
88. Hot dog (Let's Be Frank, Helms Ave., between Venice and Washington boulevards, Culver City)
89. Doro wot (Meals by Genet, 1053 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A. (323) 938-9304)
90. Boat noodles (Sapp Coffee Shop, 5183 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 665-1035)
91. Brisket (Bludso's B-B-Q, 811 S. Long Beach Blvd., Compton. (310) 637-1342)
92. L.A. Galbi (Park's BBQ, 955 S. Vermont Ave., Koreatown. (213) 380-1717)
93. Hot almond milk in pastry (Capital Seafood Restaurant, 755 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park. (626) 282-3318)
94. Sashimi (Kiyokawa, 265 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 358-1900)
95. Chongqing fried chicken (Chung King, 1000 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel. (626) 286-0298)
96. Peruvian roast chicken (Pollo a la Brasa, 764 S. Western Ave., Koreatown. (213) 382-4090)
97. Sprats (Natraliart, 3426 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. (323) 732-8865)
98. Lobster roll (Hungry Cat, 1535 N. Vine St., Hlywd. (323) 462-2155)
99. Maple bacon biscuits (Huckleberry, 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 451-2311)

4 comments:

I'd move 92 higher ;)

Like this idea!

said by glayla at 6:08 AM Delete

hehe ... well this is his order, not mine! I have already started, and the first two will be numbers 87 and 52. I have a feeling the galbi won't be too far down though. ;)

said by KT at 9:46 AM Delete

Wow! I can not imagine how long it will take to go through that list. There are too many things on it that I would not be motivated to find. Can't wait to read your progress on this project. Sounds like a challenge but a fun plan.

said by Glick & Haupt Law Office at 3:05 PM Delete

hehe ... well this is his order, not mine! I have already started, and the first two will be numbers 87 and 52. I have a feeling the galbi won't be too far down though. ;)

said by tom at 11:00 AM Delete

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