One of the original food marathoners had Lakers tickets so we ran a pre-game food marathon. We’re gonna run another Lakers food marathon around the time they win the championship in June.
First stop was Nickel Diner for the much-hyped maple bacon doughnut.
We threw in a Nutella doughnut,
and chocolate peanut butter potato chip cake
to compliment the free red velvet doughnut holes.
We also split the 5th and Main (spicy bbq pork hash with eggs).
It was excessive to start a marathon but we couldn’t help ourselves. I hadn’t eaten all day, the desserts looked phenomenal and we’re dumb. Ultimately we didn’t need the Nutella doughnut, we took most of the cake to go and loved the spicy hash.
We ran around the corner to Cole’s for the second stop.
A lamb and goat cheese french dip
with bacon potato salad and atomic habañero pickles
were ordered and quickly devoured. Between the spicy mustard and spicy pickles Cole’s could have been on the Spiciest Food Marathon.
I’m glad we went with the neo-French dip because it was tasty and no one can mess with Philippes, so why try. The bacon potato salad wasn’t nearly as good as Top Chef Masters contestant, Ludo, used to make at Ludobites.
Wasting no time we walked over to Wurstkuche.
We added a member to the marathoning team at this point and ordered three sausages:
the Bockwurst with caramelized onions and spicy peppers, the Austin Blues with caramelized onions and sweet peppers and the duck and bacon with jalapeno peppers, sweet peppers and sauerkraut and Belgium fries.
We also had a trio of Manhattan Special sodas (Sarsaparilla, Vanilla Cream and Orange).
The Bockwurst was terrific, the others were ok. The sodas were very helpful.
I got a call that my dinner was actually starting earlier than I’d planned so I had to cut the marathon short. Instead of ordering food at Rivera
I just got a Smoke on the Water (scotch, raspberries, lemon, agave nectar)
The cocktail is another example of using an alcohol without any trace of that alcohol’s natural flavor. In this case it was scotch, a flavor I actually would have liked to taste more of in the drink. I recently experienced the same phenomenon at the Rosangel event at Malo- where a variety of cocktails were made using the signature Rasangel tequila without a trace of the typical tequila flavor.
Stay tuned for another Lakers food marathon in a few months…