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February 25, 2008

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The Oscars take on a new meaning when you’ve recently walked past the place where they are held, not to mention the striking screen writers HQ in West Hollywood, which I passed on the bus! This years’ winners certainly seem to have been pre-scripted more than ever, though the films seem like they deserved the awards (I have only seen one so far). Now the awards have been, I can leave LA behind for a while. My final post from there then.

A nighttime taxi ride to Koreatown brought us to the low bungalow that’s housed El Cholo since 1927. It has been family-run for five generations, and old family photos and menus line the walls. The days of 35¢ chile con carne are long gone but the food still more than delivers.

This LA classic claims to have popularized Mexican food, introducing burritos and tacos to America (and then the world!). The celebrity diners were convinced, with signed photos of Ronald Reagan, Bing Crosby and Keifer Sutherland (I left my number with the bartender for the next time he comes in).

The classic and (surprisingly) the pomegranate-variant frozen margaritas we had hit just the spot after a long day at work. So did the sophisticated mains of blue corn chicken enchiladas and my tres tacos al carbon, served with guacamole, rice and beans. Still so many dishes I would have loved to try (including their green corn tamales apparently straight from heaven), but there were too many other restaurants still to test and I ran out of time… it’ll have to be next time!


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