Holy Mole!

Ξ November 10th, 2009 | → Comments Off | ∇ 90041, Food, Highland Park, Night Life, The Arts |

WWJE? (What Would Jesus Eat?)

WWJE? (What Would Jesus Eat?)

So they don’t actually serve molé at this truck parked outside of El Super, but they do promise the “Taco Naco” (which roughly translates as Tacky Taco).  The truck has decent food, but this isn’t a food review.  I’m just having some fun with photoshop and a camera.  Enjoy.


Highland Park Food Watch

Ξ November 9th, 2009 | → Comments Off | ∇ 90042, Food, Highland Park |

Thanks to another reader submission, we caught this great interview with John Nese, owner of Galco’s.  I’m not normally a soda drinker, but I have to admit that the cucumber soda and the rose petal soda are excellent.

We also ran into another review for Metro Balderas.  This chilango eatery continues to impress pork lovers and the Jonathan Gold entourage.


Northeast Los Angeles’ Bike Plan

Ξ November 4th, 2009 | → Comments Off | ∇ 90041, 90042, 90065, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Politics |

In the past, we’ve lobbied that readers submit stories to us as a preventative against the occasional digital doldrums our blog runs into.  In this case, the Bike Oven was nice enough to send us a press release concerning a meeting tomorrow at Ramona Hall about the Los Angeles Bike Plan.  I write this with the hopes that it will encourage others to submit us stories of note.  Also, I don’t want to muddy the waters and pretend to have done work that we didn’t do.  (Not that any media outlets would simply go to press with unresearched press releases…)

Gas prices are up, we’re fat, and with the exception of a few neighborhoods (like ours) Los Angeles has expansive flat areas ideal for commuting on bicycles.  Of course the biking infrastructure in our city largely consists of a few painted lines that sometimes take you where you want to go.  Worse still are drivers who range from oblivious to homicidal.

Fortunately, some Angelenos see the unsustainability in the endless widening of streets and building of freeways.  The Los Angeles Bike Plan is an exhaustive study of existing bike infrastructure, and identifies potential improvements that might serve to better connect a city that can seem so balkanized by our massive freeway system.  Northeast Los Angeles looks to gain little of note with on exception:  The current bike lane in the Arroyo Seco that stretches from York to Avenue 52 would be extended south to connect with the Los Angeles River and continue as far south as San Pedro (think of it as the 110 for bicycles).  Besides this intriguing possibility, our area is most likely to receive a modest increase in bike lanes denoted by simple signage and/or lane stripes.

One issue I would like to see solved is Metro’s current bike policy that really discourages commuting via bicycle and bus/rail.  Buses only accommodate two bikes at a time while the rail system’s rules prohibit bikes in the cars during commuting hours in the directions most people need to go. (Towards downtown in the morning, and away in the afternoon.)  I’ve been told that 6-7 miles is as far as most people are likely to commute via bicycle on a regular basis.  For those of us who work farther away, being able to get downtown or to Hollywood with our bikes would be a very tempting alternative to sitting in traffic.


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