The reality of Jonathan Gold’s impeding departure from the LA Weekly is starting to sting the paper’s staff. Especially since the reconstituted Weekly of the past few years has been built largely around food coverage. Squid Ink’s Amy Scattergood is going through her “5 Stages of Grief.” Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance: they’re all there. And they all seem to involve eating lots of spicy food and sausage.
Meanwhile, Weekly blogger Ali Trachta has taken a more New Orleans dirge-style approach to Gold’s loss–appropriate, given yesterday’s conclusion of the Mardi Gras season. Trachta dug up this hip-hop serenade of Gold and his annual 99 Essential Restaurants list by Conor Knighton.
Couldn’t be more right about the Oinkster. We had a Royale burger over the weekend and felt our health insurance premiums jump a few bucks with every bite.