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Old Posted May 4, 2021, 5:21 PM
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Thanks for your comments, citywatch.


I beg to differ, however, on food looking similar throughout the country.

Here's a picture I took of a chicken breast salad in a neighboring state at the end of 2019; before clicking the link, think of the image you might have of a chicken breast salad, and then click the link: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...72c81f51_b.jpg

Aren't you like, 'WTF??' Look what they did to the chicken breast. And cheddar cheese?? What the hell?!? It's a mess.


And have you ever had Mexican food in Wisconsin? Here's a yelper's picture of "authentic" Mexican food in Wisconsin: https://s3-media0.fl.yelpcdn.com/bph...myCGHHzA/o.jpg

Look at those chips. And the yelper referred to that white stuff as "salsa blanca." What the fuck is that?? Like ranch dressing or something? Isn't it appalling?


I named this thread "My Los Ángeles." I post pictures of what I see in *MY* Los Ángeles. The food. The people. The landscapes. The art. Things I love and appreciate and connect with in my county. Things that stimulate my senses. My Los Ángeles.
What a pretentious post

I definitely find your people photos to be odd and intrusive. I don't mind the food pics, but it does come off like you're trying to boast about how worldly and cosmopolitan your tastes are. I'm not really sure what was wrong with the salad you posted, but I'm sure you could be served something similar at a greasy spoon type of place in LA.

40% of Milwaukee is Hispanic, be sure to tell them there's no authentic Mexican food in Wisconsin. Your post feels just like those periodic New York hit pieces on LA. Declaring it a vapid suburb pretending to be a city with no culture and shitty pizza. People who act like that are usually doing so out of insecurity.

I like seeing your photos of different LA neighborhoods, but this whole post was just gross.

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Old Posted May 5, 2021, 4:20 AM
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What a pretentious post

I definitely find your people photos to be odd and intrusive. I don't mind the food pics, but it does come off like you're trying to boast about how worldly and cosmopolitan your tastes are. I'm not really sure what was wrong with the salad you posted, but I'm sure you could be served something similar at a greasy spoon type of place in LA.

40% of Milwaukee is Hispanic, be sure to tell them there's no authentic Mexican food in Wisconsin. Your post feels just like those periodic New York hit pieces on LA. Declaring it a vapid suburb pretending to be a city with no culture and shitty pizza. People who act like that are usually doing so out of insecurity.

I like seeing your photos of different LA neighborhoods, but this whole post was just gross.
What's pretentious about it? I'm not putting on any pretenses; if you're implying that I'm putting on airs, I have no airs to put on. I rent an apartment and drive a Yaris. I don't start threads that say "How many countries have you been to?" or "I'm thinking of investing in/purchasing a fill-in-the-blank, but I need an opinion on blah-blah-blah." I don't post photos of LA to make it try to look as "urban" as the next "urban" city. I post fricking pictures of strip malls, but strip malls in surroundings I feel you don't see in most other American cities... strip malls I see all the time.

I was countering citywatch's "food looks the same everywhere in the US" (paraphrasing, I know), because it doesn't. I have indeed had Mexican food in Wisconsin. It's not the same. But the white sauce was a first for me, I'd never heard of it. I have since looked it up, and I'm sure even you will be surprised to learn what it's made of.

And you think I'm boasting that my tastes are worldly and cosmopolitan? This is food you can get in Los Angeles. And it's not even "fine dining." A lot of it is very affordable ethnic food in strip malls. This is food that you've been able to get in the LA area for decades, yet many people are apt to say that a city's food scene is defined by how many Michelin-rated restaurants it has, and LA has very few Michelin-rated restaurants I think.. I wouldn't know, I don't pay attention to that stuff. I just eat where I know the food tastes good.

And people post pics of crowd shots all the time; how are my pictures of people different? They're out in public view and know they're in public view. I guess my trying to showcase the food and people of LA has made a few people react badly? It's not like I took pictures of people taking a dump or something, and it's not like I took pictures of obese Walmart shoppers in electric wheelchairs with the goal of ridiculing them; now THAT'S rude.
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Old Posted May 5, 2021, 3:20 PM
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Well the quality of food does differ widely across the country and the world. It's one of the first things I notice when I travel, and something that I no longer take for granted. No need to get sensitive about that.

And I don't find these pictures to be "pretentious" at all. Quite the opposite. They're very down to earth - very few touristy places or skyline shots, just everyday images of life in the city. Actually, since I live here and I've seen all those places, I might find the food pics more interesting than the street scenes... but who knew people would get all up in their feelings over pictures of food

btw, just ignore citywatch. He's a well known troll who likes to post exploitative videos of ghetto tours and homeless encampments who now pretends to care about intrusiveness and privacy. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.
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Old Posted May 7, 2021, 2:04 AM
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I beg to differ, however, on food looking similar throughout the country.

Here's a picture I took of a chicken breast salad in a neighboring state at the end of 2019; before clicking the link, think of the image you might have of a chicken breast salad, and then click the link

Aren't you like, 'WTF??' Look what they did to the chicken breast. And cheddar cheese?? What the hell?!? It's a mess.

I named this thread "My Los Ángeles." I post pictures of what I see in *MY* Los Ángeles. The food. The people. The landscapes. The art. Things I love and appreciate and connect with in my county. Things that stimulate my senses. My Los Ángeles.

Yea, comparing & contrasting food like that I can get into....that provides a very interesting full context.

Your format of pics is actually the rule, not the exception, in most of the pictorial books I've seen at Barnes & Noble or other book stores. Professional photographers tend to like showing ppl or things that are animate & more personal vs mainly the inanimate & mainly public.

I tend to be the other way around....mainly because close ups of ppl pr things like food, inside of stores, don't allow me to as easily identify a place, inc LA. But I get why showing ppl in a setting is preferred by photographers, for the same reason that an empty area is less lively than a place bustling with pedestrians or shoppers.

In the yrs I've been going to dtla, I always come away feeling one way after seeing a lot of ppl out & about....by contrast, when I've gone there & the streets & sidewalks are sort of dead, I feel less good about dt.

But I'm so interested in seeing as many pics of dt & LA as possible, in terms of THE place, that when photos don't show that, I become disappointed. But I just have a different take on what images best reflect a city compared with what many professional photographers prefer.
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Old Posted May 7, 2021, 2:46 AM
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Yes, food is different in cities. Prentinous or not, I've noticed food in LA is "healthier" than most of the country, generally speaking. Even In and Out is a healthier option than Five Guys or something. But anyway, I don't think the food pics are weird. It's interesting.
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Old Posted May 7, 2021, 5:14 AM
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I like the food pics, and there is a long tradition of them here. Kingofthehill had some great food pics back in the day. On the other hand take anything Yelpers say about food with a grain of salt. A lot of Yelpers are morons. You can find real Mexican food in Milwaukee but those photos aren't it. And that chicken salad would be considered hack work in Minneapolis.

As a side note Chef isn't just my user name, I've also been a restaurant chef for decades, mostly in fine dining. It is not hard to find California transplants cooking in Midwestern cities. A lot of second generation Americans who's parents immigrated to California from Latin America or Asia are spreading out into the rest of the country in search of lower cost of living.

In general you can find good food in most big cities in the US these days, the fall off tends to be big cities vs small cities vs small towns.

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Thanks for the comments!

I'm glad you chimed in, Chef... because, I had a cheesecake today:

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It was pretty delicious. I'm sure you can appreciate a good cheesecake, and you probably make some pretty good cheesecakes yourself.

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It helps to get there early, before the crowd arrives at the more traditional dinner hour.


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^ The resolution on that cheesecake photo is amazing. I'm tempted to stick a fork in my screen... but I'll resist the urge.
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Just a few photos taken over the weekend of 5.15-5.16.2021.

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Random photos taken Sunday, 5.23.2021.


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The jacarandas are in bloom in my 'hood. Photos taken Thursday, 6.3.2021.


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Tag along with my partner and me to dinner. We wanted to check out a new restaurant that calls itself a cheesery.

El Chicano, a band from Los Angeles, singing "Sabor A Mi":
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We're definitely coming back to this place.
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Random photos taken around town, Sunday, 6.6.2021.

An Arizonan who likes Selena, I presume.

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I did a double-take when I saw this plate; North Carolina, First In Freedom? But they were a slave state?

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Come walk with my partner and me to dinner! Hump Day! 6.9.2021.

A block away from...

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...this place.

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Grüner veltliner.

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Trout almondine.

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Butterscotch budino.

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All very yummy.
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Random photos taken over the weekend of 6.12-13.2021.

My partner and I saw a movie in an actual theater, something we hadn't done in well over a year.

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Condensation trail at sunset over dinner.

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Olive oil cake for dessert...

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...which went well with Txakolina.

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Out and about, enjoying the beautiful weather, and eating across the city.

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Curry goat.

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My partner's pizza, which had salami, sausage, mushrooms, olives and bell peppers.

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I had a pistachio and mascarpone pizza.

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Napoleon for dessert.

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Italian sangria.

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