I'm Kat, and it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance via Bravo's newest series, Eat, Drink, Love.
I am psyched to be included in such a talented group of women in Los Angeles' culinary circuit. In the seven years I've resided in Los Angeles (by way of New York), the food scene has really exploded, and it's such an exciting time to be living here and involved with the restaurant industry. It's hard to believe that a decade ago there was no Kogi, Picca, Animal, Gjelina -- and the national recognition these restaurants and their respective chefs have received is a testament to L.A.'s noteworthy and relevant culinary scene. I should also mention that L.A. has some of the best ethnic food in the US. Aside from incredibly fresh sushi (Yamakase, Nozawa Bar, Hiko, Sushi Park), San Gabriel Valley has some of the best, if not THE BEST, regional Chinese in the country. I love hole-in-the-wall hidden gem type dining, and last week I dropped by Chendgu Taste in Alhambra for an exceptional Szechuan meal. If you're in L.A., this one is a worthy detour (order the cumin lamb and mung bean "noodles" -- I posted some photos from my meal on Instagram). Anyway, later in the season you'll see some more of my favorite San Gabriel Valley haunts.
For the most part, my job in L.A. consists of writing during the day and dining out at night. Serving as the Editor of Eater LA requires me to be very social, and the reason I regularly frequent restaurants is because those dining experiences afford me the opportunity to meet restaurant folk, and through casual conversation I learn about upcoming hospitality projects. It's pretty straightforward. Go out, shoot the breeze, score restaurant/bar/lounge scoops. I also believe it's important to be friendly and disarming. According to Wikipedia, " … people receive more help when they smile. " Just saying!
In Episode 1, some of my friendly tactics are misconstrued, and it makes me sad to see someone I thought was a friend speak negatively about me and say things that are not true. But, if you keep watching the rest of the season, you'll see the truth revealed. So bear with me!