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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90013, Downtown Los Angeles

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These were only the semi-exotic sausages

Dear ——–,

Ja-Shin and Jeff were the real daredevils on our trip to Wurstkuche, a foodie beer garden in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles. They pronounced the rattlesnake sausage good eating, but wrinkled their noses while pondering the alligator. I tried a forkful and said, “It tastes a little of the sea.” It was highly spiced, but pungent. It took several good swigs of cider to wash the taste out of my mouth. Call me chicken, but I was a lot happier with the less exotic mango-jalapeno wiener and the double-dipped fries with chipotle ketchup. I think there’s a reason certain foods aren’t that popular. Wurstkuche was a great place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, though. The servers were friendly and patrons shared long tables covered in brown paper. Everybody lingered. It was definitely Bryan’s kind of place — he’ll never get tired of sausage, mustard and beer. Outside, I realized I’d eaten at a cafe down the block and picked up an oversized photo from a printer nearby. Los Angeles can feel pretty disjointed because you’re usually driving from point to point, so it was nice to connect the dots.

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Author: postmarkhere

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!

One thought on “90013, Downtown Los Angeles

  1. I love that place. Yeah, mango jalapeno is what I usually got too…mmmm…

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