Frank Mahony: Donuts, Burgers and Sushi
Donuts, Burgers and Sushi
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I was in Los Angeles and Hollywood recently, so I was "on the look out" for the stereotypical "LA" type Ė as in:
"Hey babe... No time to talk... I just got back in town and Iím at LAX. Iíve gotta meet my agent and weíre gonna jump on the 405 and head up to Hollywood to pitch our new project to some studio execs. Iíll call you later Ė we can grab sushi in Beverly Hills. "
In general, I think us Mid-westerners tend to think of LA people as: having a very Hollywood laden jargon-y superficial language, at the gym every day, more spiritual and definitely eating healthier than we do. Actually, I didnít see much of that stereotype but I didnít try to gain access to the underbelly - there is certainly a hidden city youíll never see. The chief export from the town is a weird amalgamation of culture, politics, fashion and entertainment subject to an even weirder international amalgamation of praise, scrutiny and disdain. I think people see what they want to see, especially if theyíre intimidated or in awe of a place. I saw an army of people and business to support the LA export product. I found the LA people I encountered to be very pleasant and attentive to a fat guy from Chicago.
Maybe they confused me with someone famous...
However, while driving around LA and Hollywood, I started to see one really unexpected trend:
Randyís Donuts, Winchelís Donuts, Yum Yum Donuts, Tasty Donuts, Tangís Donuts, Stanís Donuts, M & Mís Donuts, Spudnutís Donuts, Kindleís Donuts, Michellís Donuts, Mageeís Donuts, Grannyís Donuts, Donut King, Donut Time and so on...
In-N-Out Burger, Fatburger, Bobís Burgers, Astro Burger, Melís, Pinkís, Jimís, Dinoís, Tomboyís, Mollyís, Cassellís, Tommyís, Cisco Burger and so on...
FYI Ė they have a Portilloís that people drive from miles to get to.
I canít even count, spell or lookup the names of the all the sushi places I passed, but the only type of eating establishment as prevalent as the Donut and Burger places were the sushi places.
I did NOT see that many workout places, maybe two or three tops.
Over all, Iím not so sure anything is healthier in LA. I think they eat the same crap we do - maybe more Ė but they do a good job of pitching the city as health conscious.
I think if theyíre any thinner, itís because they may work harder to be "in shape" to be employable in a town where many people are involved in the entertainment business and also because itís always so damn hot that you sweat off all the donuts and burgers. They only healthy thing was, possibly, the sushi Ė but we have plenty of that here and I donít know of any dramatic weight loss related to sushi restaurants.
Overall, Iíd say youíd end up eating just as badly in LA as you do in Chicago. If they opened a few more places to get a decent hot dog or Italian Beef Ė I think they might have us beat.
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