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June 1, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

EATING LIBERALLY — JUNE 2007 EDITION....Just a reminder: our impromptu Los Angeles get-together at the Farmer's Market is still on. If you're an LA blogger, commenter, or reader, feel free to drop by. Here are the details:

Where: Farmer's Market, 3rd and Fairfax (directions here)
Meeting Place: The upstairs seating area above Magee's Kitchen
When: Sunday at noon

Feel free to come early, come late, stay as long as you want, and leave whenever you need to. Everyone is welcome.

You're on your own for food. Just grab something you like and then come upstairs. I'll be getting barbecue from my usual place, but there are plenty of other places to choose from. A directory is here.

Parking note for those not familiar with the Farmer's Market: there's an outdoor parking lot next to the Farmer's Market, but it's usually full. However, an outdoor mall called The Grove is attached to the Farmer's Market on the east, and it has an enormous parking structure that doesn't fill up until late afternoon (map here). The Farmer's Market merchants won't validate parking tickets from the structure, but it's free for the first hour and only a couple of bucks for two additional hours. Your best bet is to park there and then follow the trolley tracks to the Farmer's Market. It's only a hundred yards or so.

A map of the Farmer's Market is below.

Kevin Drum 7:02 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (22)

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Posted by: pontificator on June 1, 2007 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

So will the adorable Al be there?

Posted by: h on June 1, 2007 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

So will the adorable Al be there?


He will be sitting next to the sallow fat fellow that reeks like rotten eggs.

Posted by: ROTFLMLiberalAO on June 1, 2007 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Since you will be in the vicinity, read some Baudrillard, then stop in at the American Girl store at The Grove next door.

Posted by: none on June 1, 2007 at 9:24 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds like fun and a good way to celebrate my Dad's birthday (albeit he's been dead since 1992. However, the commute from Maryland is just too long. Have great time every one.

Posted by: Mazurka on June 1, 2007 at 10:51 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

No, I will not dine with you. I will not be a party to your liberalism.

Besides, I don't eat what you people eat. I don't eat the vegetarian falfafel and the humus and your fried afterbirth... don't eat the tofu burgers and the soy milk balls... I do prayer before meals, not yogi... don't eat the sprouts and the granola bars and the wheat germ.

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Posted by: fyreflye on June 2, 2007 at 12:57 AM | PERMALINK

Since you will be in the vicinity, read some Baudrillard, then stop in at the American Girl store at The Grove next door.

Nicely done.

Sweet baby Jesus I hate the Grove. Man. I mean, the shopping mall in its original form is nostalgic--it's an attempt to reproduce the European market village or the American town square in a closed, secure environment--but the Grove takes this to ridiculous heights of kitsch.

The Farmers Market is a 1930s variation on this--it is, after all, a food court surrounded by surface parking that turns its back on the street--but it doesn't stink nearly as much of simulacrum.

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Posted by: Mike on June 2, 2007 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Just returned from a 'burban Chicago farmer's market. Lotsa asparagus, rhubarb, and $6/quart strawberries. And of course the fresh donuts.

Posted by: Disputo on June 2, 2007 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

Who is organizing the LA Blogger get-together on Sunday June 3?

There's at least two other events going on at around that time ...

The Center for Health Justice Pioneer Awards and Garden Party and the Booked LA Merriam-Webster Abridged dictionary fundraiser...

Posted by: Mad Professah on June 2, 2007 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

I will be there, along with a couple other Kossacks to whom I mentioned this.

I remember loving the Farmer's Market when I first visited LA before I lived here, and then I remember going back and looking at The Grove and thinking, "This looks like Satan just threw up."

Posted by: dday on June 2, 2007 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

I'm so jealous I could fly to LA, I'm not kidding.

It's a terrific idea. If you're in LA, go. Just go, for the love of baby jesus. I'd give a great to deal eat with liberals and Kevin Drum in a California summer.

Y'all be good. That Domino is a bad ass cat, man.

Posted by: paradox on June 2, 2007 at 11:21 PM | PERMALINK

Summer? The 10-day forecast doesn't have us higher than 75. LA might as well be San Francisco these days.

Posted by: treetop on June 3, 2007 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

sorry to have missed it. I have been in the past and enjoyed it. Kevin, thanks for organizing the low-key opportunity for face to face get togethers.

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