Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Celebrate EatingLA's 6th blogiversary Friday at Ricky's Fish Tacos

Thanks to CarolineonCrack, who celebrated her 5th blogiversary this week, I remembered that it's also EatingLA's 6th blogiversary this week. I'm celebrating with lunch Friday at Ricky's Fish Tacos from 12:30 - 2. There will be cupcakes, free fish tacos for the first 25 readers, friends and supporters, and muy special aguas frescas. Please come by Ricky's at 1400 N. Virgil and help celebrate six years of EatingLA, which I started to help people find good food in Silver Lake, the near-Eastside and beyond.
Ricky's Fish Tacos are at 1400 N. Virgil in Silver Lake
Here's what it was like back in 2004..
  • It was a time before there was Twitter, Yelp or Facebook, before there was EaterLA, before there were other blogs. Outside of Jonathan Gold and the L.A. Times, there was only Chowhound for more democratic discussion of restaurants.
  • Only the very brave ate at taco trucks. In fact, EatingLA didn't mention them until 2006, when I started frequenting the Taco Zone on Alvarado.
  • Gourmet cupcakes were unheard-of. When I first saw the fad mounting in 2005, I predicted it would soon die out. Wrong again. 
  • There was basically nowhere to get good craft beers that was closer than Father's Office or the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, and there was no such thing as mixology.
  • There was no Pinkberry, and frozen yogurt was thought to be a long-dead fad that would never be revived.
  • Some neighborhoods, like Echo Park and Atwater, had basically zero places to eat weren't old-timers that mostly seen better days. It was before The Park, Masa, Allston Yacht Club, Elf Cafe, LaMill, Intelligentsia, Pazzo Gelato, Forage, Canele, Local and a zillion others that have really livened up the eating scene.
Guess we've come a pretty long way...happy next decade!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Pat. You are an L.A. establishment now. Keep up the great work. [ramin]

glutster said...

to another 6 years! (at least!)

ha ha.

Colleen said...

Wow, Pat, what a great milestone! And pretty amazing to see how much things have changed in six years. I wish I could be there on Friday to celebrate with you, but I can't... let's make up for it later.

lynn said...

yippee!!! i've been reading your blog for years now and am psyched - will try to be there to celebrate with you.

Anonymous said...

"Only the very brave ate at taco trucks" ??
I know plenty of not so brave people who have been eating at taco trucks since at least the early 90's.

Daily Gluttony said...

Happy Blogiversary Pat! It was your blog, The Delicious Life, Monster Munching and the now defunct Low End Theory that inspired me to write my own blog...thanks for all the inspiration and great restaurant/food reporting over the last 6 years. Here's to many more!

P.S. So true about what it was like back in 2004. My how times have changed! :)

Nathan Hazard said...

Congrats Pat! Your humble passion has been an inspiration to many including myself. 6 years and counting!

Miles said...

yippy and congrats! and thank you for chronicling the changing times and ways we eat.

99 Cent Chef said...

BYOB? Congrats Pat!

Charles G Thompson said...

Congratulations, Pat, on a terrific 6 years of Eating L.A.!

Layne said...

Thanks Pat for hosting a delicious event and congratulation on six years, of what to my mind, is LA's best food blog.

L.A. Story said...

Oh man, I'm late to the party on this one, but congratulations, Pat! Cheers!