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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90046, Hollywood

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The sign outside Red O Restaurant

Dear ——–,

The other week, Bryan and I decided to hit up Red O. We’d cheered on the endlessly cheerful Rick Bayliss during Top Chef Masters so we were happy he recently opened a new Los Angeles outpost. The decor was pretty cool: shabby chic meets hacienda (e.g., a mattress frame as room divider). We quite enjoyed the short rib tacos cooked in a cazuela and a falling-apart cochinita pibil, though I found the cochinita pibil slightly salty. We finished up with bunuelos and salted caramel ice cream for dessert. Our trip to Red O made us wonder what to think of ethnic cuisine made by people of other ethnicities. I’d probably suspect Chinese food made by non-Chinese people, but, then again, I happily gobble down dumplings at Din Tai Fung prepared by a Latino crew. And I don’t necessarily hate “popularizers” if they introduce a phenomenon something to a new group of people (e.g., Elvis). I guess the bottom line was that the Red O food was tasty. Even though L.A. is replete with more modestly priced Mexican places — many with splendid food — it was nice to try a different take.


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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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