Dec. 3, 2009

3 Dec

10 am

1 bowl of Reese’s Puff’s

1:30 pm

Pollo a la Brasa

1/2 chicken

rice and beans

1 Diet Coke

I drove by this place on Tuesday and HAD to come to this venerable Peruvian chicken joint soon after. If you drive past the intersection of Western and 8th in Koreatown, you’ll notice this small, dumpy shack. It’s actually tough to spot, but it’s also impossible not to smell the burning wood and chicken that covers a 6-block radius. Being anywhere within that radius triggers an insatiable craving. The best way to find the location is to spot the car wash next door and the piles of logs that spill out of the shack, parking lot and the car wash itself. It’s all avocado wood and all destined for a giant spit roaster that produces a towering pillar of heat and smoke up in the air, slowly roasting whatever chicken is slowly spinning in it’s midst. The result is a bird infused with all the smoky flavor without losing any of it’s juiciness. It’s powerfully good. You can opt to embellish the chicken with a spicy aji sauce made out of Peruvian peppers, but it’s not necessary. You get two choice of sides, either soggy fries and salad or mushy rice paired with beans that are easily the best choice.

7:45 pm

12  pieces of mini veggie dumplings

1 can of Coke Zero

Store-bought this time.

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