It's true. After 18+ years in the City of Angeles, it's time to move on.
Los Angeles has taught me much about culture, food, life, myself-- as have my 13+ years' on Chowhound Los Angeles.
Like so many others who first found their way to the early days of Chowhound, in the early days of the internet-- before food-as-hobby was a socially accepted practice, I was driven by a deep curiosity of discovering other cultures through food. I learned so many things from the resident 'hounds-- many of which don't post much anymore. Jerome, Das Ubergeek, Prof Salt, ipsedixit, Thi N, streetgourmetLA. I remember chatting on Chowhound with Jonathan Gold, who posted under his real name, because he could. Chowhound was a niche hobby for food and culture freaks; nobody cared except us. And for so many years, it was home.
Like many other long time posters and residents of LA, your life changes over the course of a decade or two. My interest in discovering cultures through food, and using LA as my means to that end during those long stretches when I couldn't afford to travel, led me to explore the San Gabriel Valley. I'd never had a particular interest in visiting Asia or learning to speak Chinese, until I started learning about the food. Then I met my wife (who is from Taiwan), and the rest is history. (Our first date was at the dearly departed Tung Lai Shun at the Great Mall of China back in 2004.) She unlocked the culinary mysteries of the San Gabriel Valley to me, and now we've traveled through SE Asia, China and S Korea, and taken many trips to Taiwan. I'm living the international life that I could only have dreamed about when I first started posting in ~2002.
I've got 3 weeks left in Los Angeles, before moving up to Portland for a new job and a new life with my darling 老婆. The Chinese food up there is unequivocally wretched, so I'll need to make a few more visits to SGV before we leave, without a doubt.
My question to you is, if you had three weeks left in Los Angeles, where would you go? What speaks of being quintessentially Los Angeles?
Off the top of my head:
Los 5 Puntos
There's so many more.
So long, and thanks for all the fish