Stay Hungry My Friends
By Dan Bayliss
Some people eat to live, but I live to eat. Cheesy, but especially true for me. A semester observing the inner workings of Hollywood make me realize there are a lot of lunch meetings, A LOT. While some may say that’s mixing business with pleasure, I just consider it a double serving of the latter. There’s a lot that one can take from experiencing this city’s foods and applying it as real life advice.
When I landed in Los Angeles, the first thing I did was type In-N-Out Burger in my GPS and hightail it to the drive thru. I was starving and needed a sure thing, so I headed straight for the Domain of the Double-Double. As the only edible wonder of the world, it tasted better than I remembered. The first piece of advice: go with your gut.
But there’s more to Los Angeles’ culinary prowess than a legendary burger chain. Every nook and cranny, from the Valley to Venice beach, provides you with a plethora of palate-pleasing places. From Lamb schwarma wraps to stuffed peppers to baby back ribs, there’s a spot for it if you look hard enough.Which brings me to point number two: if you want something in this city, go find it and enjoy it.
I’ve experimented branched out, trying foods that I dare not ask the ingredients of, and I’ve settled for what I know and love. To me, some foods (like burgers) are better enjoyed on the merit of the meat without all the fixins and trimmins. But when I go to a Middle Eastern restaurant, I throw caution to the wind and pile unknown treats on my plate. Without knowing what a food is, let alone how to pronounce it, usually it works in my favor. Which means: Don’t afraid to be bold and try new things, you never know what you may inspire you.
There are many more quips I could throw in about my love for grub and the entertainment industry, but I can only assume you’re salivating at this point. There’s far too many eateries and far too little time left in the semester to try them out, and there’s still so much I have to learn about the business I’m dying to work in.
Guess I’ll have to just move out here and keep pushing forward, one bite at a time.