The other sites can have Bastide, over at Eating L.A. we're all about Blood & Dumplings, a
"criminal and gastronomical excursion into the San Gabriel Valley" on Sat. Sept. 29 from the folks at Esotouric. Here's how they describe it:
Blood & Dumplings rolls through Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead and El Monte, revealing dozens of weird, forgotten crimes and oddities from the valley's past. Highlights include the lesbian couple whose bickering over spending cash resulted in one pumping the other full of downers until she died, the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents' house, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, Phil Spector's spooky castle and the little bar where James Ellroy's murdered mother Jean had her last drink. The tour includes a selection of dumplings from one of the San Gabriel Valley's best Chinese restaurants.
Also coming up soon is the Bukowski tour on Oct. 27 with a stop at Musso & Frank, natch, and of course, the Black Dahlia tour we mentioned last year with the special Black Dahlia-flavored gelato from Scoops.