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The Tao Of Taos

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico Americans of European ancestry imagine a trip to Taos, New Mexico should include browsing through the galleries and studios of the vibrant century-old artist community or a day of exceptional skiing at Taos Ski Valley, yet … Continue reading

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You Only Live Twice

Papoo’s Hot Dog Show/Umami Burger/Honeybaked Ham Burbank, California For over 60 years, The Hot Dog Show (later Papoo’s Hot Dog Show) stood its ground on a busy street corner diagonally across from the oldest Big Boy in the U.S. (both … Continue reading

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Top Of The Pops

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop Los Angeles CA Over the past several decades, “mom and pops” have fallen by the wayside, fated to the same grisly ending that Barnacle Bill warned The Fair Young Maiden about. When faced with impending doom … Continue reading

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You Can Call Me Al

Cassell’s Hamburgers Los Angeles, California In the never-ending battle for burger supremacy in Los Angeles, heavyweights such as Father’s Office, Umami Burger, Plan Check, and even In-N-Out duke it out over hot grills across the Southland; but if you were … Continue reading

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Old Spice

Papaya salad Mae Ting’s Coconut Cakes Los Angeles, California A row of carports tucked into a bamboo and umbrella-shaded corner of a parking lot in an industrial swath of Los Angeles is not the first place one would think to … Continue reading

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