Monday, May 3, 2010

Cheese Pleese

Last month, the eight annual Grilled Cheese Invitational took place in downtown LA. I was so upset last year when I found out about this magical grilled cheese fest after it happened. So imagine my excitement when Best Man emailed Mr. FGD the link to the event and asked if we wanted to go.


Mr. FGD and I both spend a lot of our lives in traffic, so Mr. FGD decided to buy train tickets to get us up to LA so we wouldn't have to sit in weekend-parking-lot traffic into LA and we could party it up grilled-cheese style (e.g., major hardcore partying) without having to worry about driving. Which meant, I finally got to play around with my camera at the San Juan train station. Yay!

Fortunately, there are a lot of signs around to tell you where you are, just in case you get derailed.

It's also a great place to photograph your stellar pedicure.

I couldn't figure out why this weird sidewalk was lower than everything else. Oh well. Best not to mess up my pedicure anyway.

Elizabeth Arden would have totally been excited by this door. (Wait a minute, anyone know if Elizabeth Arden tests on animals? If so, fuck right off Elizabeth! If not, let's carry on.)

Palestinian cactus:

And nothing but blue, blue sky...

And then the train arrived, and we were off!

I could barely contain myself. I had dreamed about this day.

Oh cheese, how I love thee.

There were quite a few variations to choose from, but I was way too hyper to take photos of the goods most of the time.

The grilled cheese sandwiches?


The crowds?

So, so dreadful.

It seems that we were not the only ones who thought grilled cheese fest would be magical. The place was packed. Lines for grilled cheese halves from each of the vendors were up to an hour. AN HOUR. Totally not worth it. The sandwiches were amazical, but I have a pretty phenom chef at home who could whip up a salivation-worthy grilled cheese at home. And the beer garden was totally separate from the cheese party! You couldn't even grab a beer and then go stand in line and wait for grilled cheeser.

It was totally annoying, and yes, really cheesy.

16 Comments, shout outs, and other gold diggin' love:

weezermonkey said...

Yay and boo! Sounds deliciously annoying.

Bev said... anticlimactic! Sounds like Disneyland for grownups. Those grilled cheeses did look amazing, though.

Ams said...

I freaking NEED to live in California... seriously... I MUST LIVE THERE!
Okay, now that that is done and over with. An hour? No beer? What the eff?

10yearstogether said...

I love the pictures! Good call on the train. I've taken the Pacific Surfliner before and it was a super smooth ride. How fun to go to a grilled cheese event but yeah ITA, i hate those stupid crowds.

wan said...

your pictures are fabby.

waiting in hour-long lines for grilled cheese, not so much :/

Nanette said...

I've always wanted to attend but had heard similar stories about the super long lines from friends who went.

Ann Marie said...

Great pictures!

Not so great grilled cheese fest; boo!

dapotato said...

fun photos! yay cheese! yay cheese bus! boo crowds.

ssinca said...

so jealousE you went to the cheese fest! so not jealousE about the ridiculous wait, that is so OOC!!

Tameka said...

I can't believe there is a fest solely dedicated to grilled cheese and I wasn't aware of it! I'm sad it was so anticlimactic though. On the bright side...totally cute toes!

Serendipite said...

Love, love, love the photos! I seriously contemplated hitting the Grilled Cheese festival, but now I am glad I did not because I personally hate people. And crowds. And lines. I guess I'll continue to make my own creations at home, where it's safe!

Winnie said...

So jealous that you went to the grilled cheese festival! I would have hated waiting in line though. The pictures are fab!

Anonymous said...

OMG. Grilled cheese is one of my all time fave foods. However, I hate crowds.

Did you eat any really weird or wild concoctions?

Insomniac said...

Love the pics! I skipped this years Grilled Cheese Festival after going to the one last year. The lines were insane. People were crowded around tables with their arms outstretched like Dickensian orphans. Grilled cheeses kinda have to be made in small batches, so the chefs couldn't make a ton at a time. Painful.

Although they had some real cool grilled cheese sandwiches, I only got like two samples. It blew. And it was held in this dustbowl of a park.

They really should cap the admission (I'd even pay more) and do it right.

amber said...

Booo to those crazy long lines. :( On the upside, your pedicure is fabulous!

Natrix said...

Great photos. Looked like fun!!

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