7:47 AM The Monster wakes up with a dull hangover and a growling stomach.
8:52 AM He begins to pull himself together for the Gold Standard. This day-long event features over fifty fantastic area restaurants along with wonderful wineries all curated by the food impresario himself, Mr. Jonathan Gold.
10:42 AM Whole Foods stop for breakfast. Today this entails a piece of cardboard dry key lime pie and pulled, smoked chicken.
11:33. AM Arrive and stand in the VIP line which is already huge.
12:07 PM The line starts moving.
12:13 PM First bite from Sotto.
12:14 PM Mozza.
12:15 PM Already pouring sweat. My lord it is a sauna.
12:16 PM A Frame and Chego.
12:19 PM Avocado mac ‘n cheese from the California avocado growers.
12:21 PM Wish there were more tables in the shade. Need a seat.
12:24 PM Drago Centro, MB Post, Short Cake.
12:27 PM Loteria.
12:28 PM Ringing wet.
12:29 PM Mayura. (Techical difficulties with the camera so no pictures of Mayura’s food. Instead, here is the map of India for your edification.)
12:32 PM Bludso’s, Lukshon.
12:35 PM Stomach beginning to reach maximum density.
12:36 PM Starry Kitchen, Upstairs 2.
12:40 PM First sighting of the man himself, Mr. Jonathan Gold, rocking suspenders.
12:52 PM Jitlada, Providence, Kobawoo House.
12:56 PM Last food before VIP ends and the masses enter. Meals by Genet, Baco Mercat.
1:00 PM It’s so crowded. Already.
1:14 PM Stuck in a wedge of humanity and might start crying.
1:19 PM Bulgarini.
1:22 PM Little Doms.
12:24 PM At this juncture the extreme heat, crowds and logic dictate The Monster stop eating and start napping.
1:17 PM Nap. Ah.