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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90041, Eagle Rock

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Food truck convention!

Dear ——–,

We heard the Kogi Taco Truck was on its way, so we rushed out to the intersection of Eagle Rock and York. When we got there, we saw three other food trucks parked on the same block: King Kone (ice cream), Rambo Tacos (regular Mexican tacos) and Komodo (mostly-Asian, slightly-Mexican gourmet food). Why would they park so close to Kogi, the undisputed king of food trucks? Wouldn’t one just suck away business from the competitors? Turns out, it as an ingenious idea. While we were committed to getting short-rib tacos at Kogi, the line was so long we got hungry during the wait. (Was it long because the Kogi founder was just named one of the best new chefs of 2009 that day?) I ended up buying a basket of truffle fries from Komodo to tide us over. I guess the effect was like ending up (unconsciously) in the jewelry district downtown or a mall food court. You know you’re going to buy something and you find yourself in a place where you have a lot of choices for the same kind of thing. Next time, I wouldn’t mind if Kogi met up with the dosa and cupcake trucks!

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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!

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