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Friday, January 3, 2014

Experiencing L.A. - UCLA Gourmet Food Trucks

Gourmet Food Trucks, while not unique to Los Angeles, have definitely become part of the city, including the UCLA campus. 

Apparently the university allows (or allowed - these photos were taken a while back) four different food trucks on different days in the Court of Sciences. This is The Grilled Cheese Truck.

The Border Grill Truck. Although it was later in the day, both these trucks had customers waiting in line. And, yes, both these trucks have their own websites. 

Another view of the Grilled Cheese Truck. With bright colors and a fresh menu, these trucks have breathed new life into the standard taco truck. 

Here's a link to a previous post on my first experience of a gourmet food truck - just a few yards off campus in Westwood Village. 

These trucks were out and about while the Court of Sciences food court - a below ground fixture known as "The Bombshelter" - was undergoing a major renovation. That was three years ago. Time goes by fast: any Freshman in these photos are now Seniors; I'm curious if these trucks are still around. 

If you're visiting Los Angeles are REALLY want to find a gourmet food truck, you can't go wrong on Abott Kinney Blvd in Venice - or try this website to track down your favorite truck. 

UCLA's Court of Sciences is surrounded my MASSIVE research facilities, facility offices, and classrooms. The campus, which sits on 419 acres and is surrounded by some of the most expensive real estate in the nation, continues to go vertical. 

This walkway is normally packed with students heading to or from class. Not sure if it was the rain, or just later in the way, but the walkway was surprisingly empty. 

Immediately off the Court of Sciences is the incredible California NanoSystems Institute. 

This is one of the most amazing "unknown" buildings in Los Angeles and is absolutely worth seeing if you're any where near the UCLA campus. Here's a link to a re-post on the NanoSystems Institute, with more photos and additional information.

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