Wow, life gets in the way sometimes!
After finishing my job, I flew to the East Coast to help my family move into a new house, and on top of all the stresses that come with moving, there was no wifi, so I couldn't update the blog. I've had to sneak out to the local library just to send emails from my laptop. I have truly suffered. But now there is wifi and I'm here!
I want to back up and talk about a food adventure I had in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. You might remember way back to the Festival of Books, where I played games at various tourism booths. One of those booths, which was dedicated to Taiwanese tourism, had a challenge for people to visit various Taiwanese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, hosted by the Culture Center of TECO in Los Angeles. At each restaurant, you would get a stamp, and then after five stamps you would get a prize.
I'll be honest. Before coming out to Los Angeles, you could fit my knowledge of Chinese food on a few fortune cookie slips. But the array of restaurants and cuisines has really opened my eyes and resulted in a lot of fun experiences.
For my stamp-collecting quest, I started at Lu's Garden, which specializes in rice porridge studded with sweet potato. You walk up to the register (and not unlike Chipotle) and them point to the assorted dishes in the buffet you would like. I was guided through my journey by my friend Shirley. The San Gabriel Valley is her stomping ground basically, and she probably stopped me from making a great fool of myself.
We ordered seasoned eggplant, sausage, dried fish and nuts sprinkled over vegetables and the salty crunch was great sprinkled over the porridge. We also ordered simmered meats and vegetables. Highly recommend. Would go again.
Lu's Garden though.. did not have the stamp. So they gave us the random paid stamp behind the register, and Shirley decided to photograph the journey... just in case the local cultural center hosting the contest decided to not give us a mug.
The great failing of this blog post is that there are no food photos. This is because I was too busy eating (and enjoying the food) to take pictures. But I hope you'll check out the Yelp links and see other people's pictures, and should you find yourself in the Los Angeles area, please take advantage of the amazing array of great Chinese and Taiwanese food.