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Made in LA – Golden Road Brewing

Last weekend I hung out with my friend and colleague Nicole at the Made in LA event put on by Golden Road Brewing. I met Nicole at work. We hit it off training together for three weeks as we boarded on with a new company and, not surprisingly, we are both from New Mexico; well, she more than I on account she was raised there but I consider myself from New Mexico too since it’s home to my patronage, heritage, culture and

“la familia y todo”,

as we say back home.

Nicole’s professional background is the food business and she’s a damn monster at it. In fact, the highlight of my time training with her was learning how vast, complicated, unstable and beautiful produce is and what a chef, like Nicole, can do with it. She’s a mom, too, which is part of the reason why she changed roles in the industry recently, switching from chef to produce peddler, selling big time restaurants and big time chefs the prime and precious ingredients about which the town talks.

Anyway, last weekend she invited me hang and dine at two restaurants at which she was former sous chef and with a rock show to follow at Golden Road Brewing.

Our first stop was La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena. It’s a historic spot on the Del Mar strip, directly adjacent to the Del Mar train station that commuted the likes of gilded age stars and affluent high society members. I arrived early to the joint, so I sipped on a delightfully refreshing sangria twist made with grapes and citrus notes. Nicole arrived shortly thereafter and she slanged the dinner talk, meeting and greeting everyone who worked there, who still love her despite her getting the hell out of dodge for new opportunity and experience. It also happened to be the joint’s green Hatch chile roast day, so we celebrated accordingly with some stuffed chiles with walnuts sprinkled on top – scrumptious!
We talked about life, work and the weird things we have learned so far on our different life journeys and then headed next door for The Luggage Room – another joint Nicole used to run and where we enjoyed green chile pizza, dates wrapped in bacon, pistachio ice cream, cocktails I cannot remember the names of and red wine. We laughed and enjoyed each other’s company and filled our bellies with the savoriness of The Luggage Room magic and eventually closed up shop to make way for the show.
We arrived at Golden Road Brewing Made in LA where we drank amber ales, micheladas and grooved all night long to Dorothy, a badass female rockstar from Los Angeles and, later, some instrumental turntable tunes by JRocc, a DJ, also, from Los Angeles.
We had a fantastic time at Made in LA, us girls, Nicole dressed to the nines looking like she was

“ready to attend some funeral”

as she put it and I looking like a country bumpkin with my denim shorts and oversized button up linen blouse. We were a cute combo despite our polarized looks and we brought the energy until midnight when we realized we were pooped and it was time to go. That kinda of night owl thing just gets harder the older you get, although we damn well try our darnedest.

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