Last month I worked at a summer school program and I didn’t take lunch because I had these expectations that this college in Los Angeles would have many ethnic restaurants around.
There was a pizzeria, a sushi restaurant and………..Taco Bell.
It was Taco Bell fused with KFC, so customers could order fried chicken and liquid cheese (no by itself, but as an integral component of many Taco Bell dishes).
Okay, i was in Long Beach and the lunch situation was grim. I didn’t have much time so I went into the Taco Bell-KFC hybrid.
Taco Bell was something I dreamt about during my sojourn in Singapore.
The fantasy version of Taco Bell is much better than the sad truth.
The chalupa sounded promising.
In lieu of a taco shell a fluffy pita-like bread substance was used. The pale iceberg lettuce and tomato chunks made this a healthy lunch.
The meat was the traditional Grade D beef used by Taco Bell chefs for ages.
The jalapeños were the soft olive colored pickled ones that cost $2 for two quarts.
Sadly the cheese wasn’t liquid.
The Doritos taco was pretty good. I devoured it before I even thought about blogging this elegant repast.
Adding to the ambience were dirty tables and filthy floors.
On my way to the FYF Festival I stopped off at Dog Haus, a restaurant apparently specializing in hot dogs.
On this beef hot dog were fried onions, tomato slices, avocados and a spicy basil aioli.
The toasted bun was decent bread.
It was good, albeit messy.
I went to the FYF Fest to see MGMT and they put on a good show. I bought a ticket from a scalper for $200. Ouch!
Oysters are one of my favorite animals to eat. Raw is best, but fried can be very good, too. I was showing a former student around downtown and I suggested Grand Central Market for lunch.
It was delicious and very greasy! I loved it. I love the salty marine flavor of the oysters contrasting with the crunchy batter. The house fried potatoes were served with a red pepper rouille. I couldn’t finish it.
The seafood stall is now called Prawn. The time I went before it was called Bomb. I’m not sure if the stall was rebranded or was replaced. In any case, the Oyster Po Boy was excellent.
I haven’t updated this blog in ages. I have been writing, at least.
In late May I had a job interview which went well as I got that job. After the interview I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which was nearby.
The cafeteria has good food! This pork cutlet, served with polenta, fried rice (double order of carbs, I know. I was the first customer and I was too hungry to wait for their vegetables to be cooked. There were peas and carrots in the rice) and a lemon butter sauce was the best cafeteria meal I’ve had in many many moons.
I barely touched the rice, but I devoured the crispy cutlet and the creamy polenta.
The LACMA has a surprisingly good collection. I’d never heard much about it prior, but having visited the place I would highly recommend it.
What compelled me to go, other than my love of museums was this piece from ancient Bactria, in what is now Afghanistan.
It is 3,500 to 4,000 years old.
There’s a small but interesting collection of antiquities. The impressionist collection is impressive.