I'm a 20 year old college student going to USC and living in Downtown LA. I don't have much money, but I do like to go out to dinner quite a bit, and am willing to spend a reasonable amount on good food. I also love to cook and am a recent vegetarian, so I'm having a lot of fun with that. I think I have the "potential" to be quite a foodie, but how do I start on that path if I don't have much money?
Also, are there any chocolate or cheese tasting options that don't include alcohol, or do I just have to wait a year to do that?