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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90042, Highland Park


Truffle grilled cheese on fluffy bread (brioche?)

Dear ——–,

We took it easy on New Year’s Eve. Geoff and Steven were visiting L.A. and we decided to get an early bird dinner at the York, a gastropub in Highland Park. I’m always up for going there because they have crisp pear cider on tap. We hit the dairy hard even though I’ve been dealing with a late-blooming bout of lactose intolerance. (Thank goodness I brought Lactaid pills!) We ordered truffle grilled cheese, pulled pork quesadillas and a salad with strawberries and goat cheese. We retired to our place for a rowdy game night. Geoff showed impressive inventions knowledge in Trivial Pursuit with the very exact and correct answers of “rotating brush” and “self-heating can.” Bryan successfully got me to say boogers in Taboo by explaining, “These are the green rectangular things that sometimes come out of the middle of your face.” The funniest part was Geoff’s futile attempt to get Steven to say diskette. Steven had already said disk, so Geoff told him, “Smurf is to Smurfette as disk is to?” Steven was puzzled: “Disk drive?” At midnight, we toasted the new year with a sparkling Vouvray.


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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

3 thoughts on “90042, Highland Park

  1. That is hilarious. The disk drive answer, that is. Oh man, gastropub. I’m going to have to go on a food frenzy when I get back home…

    • I think Steven thought Geoff was comparing male to female, so if disk was male, then disk drive must be the female counterpart! Yes, let’s have a food fest when you come back to LA!!

  2. Oh, I was totally thinking that a disk fits in a disk drive…and therefore, the other analogy…well, maybe I read too much into this. Yay! Food fest!

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