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Wednesday, 7 December 2022

2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Match 23 - SPAIN ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Restaurant facade on Sunset Blvd.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ SPAIN (23 of 32)
06 December 2022 Match 23: Morocco 0:0 Spain
๐Ÿ“ 33 Taps, Silver Lake

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท


Since Barcelona supporters from Los Angeles to Catalonia often have no interest in supporting the national team of Spain, the group to look for that does is Real Madrid. The club based in the Spanish capital have plenty of support here in Southern California, completely packing out gigantic Tom's Watch Bar downtown during their recent Champions League final with lines wrapping around the block.

The previous two group stage parties were held at Golden Road Brewing, but this round of 16 showdown with Morocco had to be moved to 33 Taps because of its earlier start time. Those occasions were much more well-attended, but a straggle of about 10 Spanish fans came to cheer on their team against Morocco. After watching Spain fail to really fight back against Japan in their final group stage match, it appeared they preferred this matchup on the "easy" side of the bracket. Would it come back to haunt them?

A bull was brought by a Spain fan for good luck

The low attendance seemed to show that Spanish fans may have already been looking ahead to their quarterfinal matchup on the weekend, not thinking rising early or taking off work on this Tuesday was all that necessary seeing has how they were expected to beat Morocco. Spain squandered a few chances and even glanced a post in the dying seconds, but Morocco never seemed over-matched and deserved the draw.

The penalty shootout that came after thirty minutes of extra time was farcical, with Spain unable to put any of their three chances past the Moroccan keeper and flailing out of the tournament in spectacular fashion. Finally an upset in the round of 16 made for more fun, but unfortunately not for this group, who have not been able to relive the magic of the amazing run Spain went on from 2008 to 2012.

A small turnout at 33 Taps enjoys the match

Fans take a photo together

Previous/other articles featuring cuisine of Spain:

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

 
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

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Monday, 5 December 2022

2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Match 22 - Sร‰Nร‰GAL ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Facade of Aziz Gallerie in Leimert Park
Building well-known from We Got Y'all in Insecure.

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Sร‰Nร‰GAL (22 of 32)
04 December 2022 Match 22: England 3:0 Sรฉnรฉgal
๐Ÿ“ Aziz Gallerie, Leimert Park

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท


Sรฉnรฉgal came into the 2022 cup as the highest ranked team from Africa and some very high hopes resting on them from back home. They are one of only three nations from the continent to make the tournament's quarterfinals along with Ghana and Cameroon, eventually losing to Turkey for a spot in the semifinals in Japan during the 2002 World Cup. Many wrote them off when their best player Sadio Manรฉ was injured just before the start of the tournament, but they have still showed well.

In Los Angeles the community is not very large and unfortunately does not have a place of its own where you can find food and culture, but sometimes during big matches when their schedules allow, many Senegalese come to the Aziz Gallerie in Leimert Park to celebrate their Lions of Teranga. The nation's first three group stage matches were all on weekdays at ridiculous times, but their round of 16 matchup against England (more lions, only three though) was perfectly placed on a Sunday at 11:00.

Three fans in the front row with jerseys and flags

The group is small, but they prepared a feast of all types with bags of freshly baked bread and plenty to stuff inside of the rolls. The gallery smelled like Sรฉnรฉgal and boiling milk, preferred over water for mixing in instant coffee. Rows of seating were set up, but most of the biggest fans took the first row and calmed their nerves by chatting and joking together.

The match remained scoreless until the 38th minute, when the England goal that seemed to be inevitable finally happened. Another one in the last minute of the half was the dagger that made the crowd put their heads in their hands. A few nibbles during halftime and some time to recover from that shock got a few of the group cheering again, shouting to everyone else that the comeback was possible.

Fans hold the flag for a photo

Unfortunately Sรฉnรฉgal finally missed their star attacker Manรฉ in this match and just never found the threat to get back in the contest. A third England goal made the game that much more difficult, and by that time people started being thankful for each other's company rather than holding their wishes on a positive ending in the match.

The result was the third of four in the round of 16 that saw a European side knock off a nation from the rest of the world. The last World Cup that had a winner from outside of that continent was 2002 when Sรฉnรฉgal made the quarterfinals and Brazil won it all in Japan on the back of two (original) Ronaldo goals.

Nervous fans stand to watch the match

Fans watch in the front row

Four fans flex for the camera in their Sรฉnรฉgal clothes

Some Aziz Gallerie prints from a recent show opening

Previous/other articles featuring cuisine of Sรฉnรฉgal:
None :(
 
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ

 
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

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Sunday, 4 December 2022

2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Match 21 - SWITZERLAND ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Swiss flags hung on door and window of bar

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ SWITZERLAND (21 of 32)
02 December 2022 Match 21: Serbia 2:3 Switzerland
๐Ÿ“ Joxer Daly's, Culver City

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

Up to this point in the tournament, the combination of some ridiculous start times and a relatively small Swiss footprint in Los Angeles meant that the Swiss were hard to find for the World Cup. But their third match started at 11:00 and their tournament hopes were riding on the result. This allowed the Swiss Consulate the chance to organize an event and those that wanted to join them headed back to Joxer Daly's in Culver City, home also to Danish and Belgian fans, who were now both out of the tournament.

The organizers arrived well before kickoff to deck out the bar with Swiss flags on practically every surface. Some of these even greeted people on the outside as they arrived at the bar, declaring Joxer Daly's Swiss territory for the afternoon. Three Cameroonians and a half dozen Brazilians were there to watch the other match, but the rest of the crowd was fully behind the Swiss.

Swiss fans in red all watch the match

While this Irish pub has very serviceable food, it is unfortunate not to have melting raclette being shaved off onto warm bread or fondue on every table, but it was still a good, and red, crowd. The match itself was entertaining, a back and forth affair that saw both nations take leads in the first half before going into the locker room at 2:2 for halftime.

A quick second half score for Switzerland send the crowd into ecstasy and was the last of the match, putting the Swiss into the final 16 and a date with Group H winners Portugal. At the final whistle the entire bar stood up and jumped and cheered, hugged each other, and looked ahead to what might be in the next round.

The crowd watches the match with high intensity

Swiss fans celebrate the final whistle in front of television screens

A Swiss fan in a hat the shape of a football enjoys the match amongst the crowd

Previous/other articles featuring cuisine of Switzerland:
None :(

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

 
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

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Saturday, 3 December 2022

2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Match 20 - GHANA ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Exterior of Ponia's Palace

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ GHANA (20 of 32)
02 December 2022 Match 20: Ghana 0:2 Uruguay
๐Ÿ“ Ponia's Palace, Palmdale

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท


On the 75 minute or so trip up to Palmdale a light rain was falling, wreaking havoc on southbound lanes of the 5 and the 14 as Antelope Valley residents made their way to work. Thankfully the northbound highways were free and clear and arrival for the 07:00 kickoff was not delayed. The Black Stars still had a shot to qualify for the knockout round, but they would have to beat their old nemesis Uruguay to get there.

The owners and their son were the only people to leave the house early for football on this day unfortunately, but being with them made the journey up so worth it. After a first half that saw Ghana disjointed and Uruguay suddenly find form and take a two goal lead, they got much more vocal in the second half and did their very best to urge on their country all the way from Southern California.

The family who runs Ponia's Palace all sit and watch the match

No more goals would come in the second half, but not for a lack of trying by the team or many words (shouts) of wisdom from Ponia's proprietors. Ghana would bow out of the tournament in the group stage, but would have some delight after South Korea took the lead on Portugal in the other match and suddenly Uruguay needed one more goal to advance.

Ghana, even though they were going for their own goals, would not allow it, and scenes of delight from back home showed pretty clearly how much they still held that 2010 Luis Suarez handball in their collective conscious. Back in Palmdale, unfortunately the kitchen was not open but the owners graciously brought out some snacks during the match. If you are thinking of trying Ghanaian food, do not hesitate to make your way here for some of the most ambitious West African cooking in the country.

The owners are too nervous to sit and watch the match


Previous/other articles featuring cuisine of Ghana:

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ

 
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

I COULD USE YOUR HELP
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Friday, 2 December 2022

2022 FIFA World Cup Qater Match 19 - JAPAN ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Exterior of Miyako Hybrid Hotel

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต JAPAN (19 of 32)
01 December 2022 Match 19: Japan 2:1 Spain
๐Ÿ“ Ise-shima, Torrance

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท


Now that Japan has qualified for the knockout rounds, beating international powerhouses Germany and Spain along the way, it is a bit sad that there has not been a big watch party organized by and for the large Japanese community in Los Angeles. Some of the usual suspects like Far Bar in Little Tokyo figured all the matches were much to early to open, and the restaurant inside Torrance's Miyako Hybrid Hotel was firm each of the half dozen times some annoying World Cup enthusiast called to see if they were opening just 30 minutes before their usual schedule to accommodate kickoff time.

Shout-out to wonderful Torrance staple Yorkshire Square Brewing, a spot with great hand-pulled cask ales and customers who fly from San Francisco in their private jets to join Leeds United fans on weekends. They opened for quite a few World Cup matches and despite not having England or USA on the schedule on this day, were open well before kickoff. In 2018, decent crowds of Japanese from nearby made their way here according to the owner, but on this day there was just a smattering of non-affiliated fans.

A Japan Airlines flight crew, several businessmen, and others watch the match

Halftime came about 15 minutes after Ise-shima opened in the hotel, so the short three minute drive over was made to see what was happening. The match was on both of the TVs in the bar and lounge area, and a few people had sat to enjoy lunch and had their attention captured. The hotel is used by Japan Airlines to put up their crews, so some were headed out back to the airport and others were arriving after their international flights.

One crew in particular seemed surprised beyond belief when they entered the lounge while their rooms were still being prepared and saw that Japan had taken the lead on Spain. From that point on, the restaurant was the place to be in all of Southern California to cheer on the Samurai Blue. Businessmen were postponing their meetings and the crews were not interested in going back to their rooms at all.

The bar and lounge area is full of flight attendants, businessmen, and restaurant staff interested in the match

A hushed and controlled Japanese audience turned into a surprisingly rambunctious crew, one businessman even leaving his seat for a round of high fives after the second Japanese goal was scored. It was an agonizing last 40 minutes and then an additional seven extra for stoppage time. Japan fought for their World Cup lives and held Spain from scoring again.

In doing so, they moved on to the final 16 while winning the group. Japan will face Croatia in the round of 16, a match that starts at 07:00 Pacific Time, which just so happens to be the time the breakfast buffet opens at the hotel restaurant.

Three Japan Airlines flight attendants at the bar watch the match

Three Japan Airlines Flight attendants watch the match closely

Two businessmen at the bar watch the game

Previous/other articles featuring cuisine of Japan:

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

 
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

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2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Match 18(b) - PORTUGAL ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

Exterior of Artesia Divino Espirito Santo

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น PORTUGAL (18 of 32)
28 November 2022 Match 18(b): Portugal 2:0 Uruguay
๐Ÿ“ Artesia Divino Espirito Santo, Artesia

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท


Full disclosure, because of the first week sickness that kept me out of commission for two days, I lost 7 planned events and it was a real setback. To begin to make up for it, I watched the two halves of this match at separate places (see previous article for Uruguay). A short twenty minute drive meant that barely any of the match had to be sacrificed.

Upon arrival at the D.E.S., the crowd had moved mostly outside during halftime of a fairly boring scoreless draw. Men discussed the failures of the team to score with their drinks and cigarettes while children ran around the courtyard and others stared into their phones. More rounds of drinks were purchased before the second half kicked off, and everybody took the seat they had for the first half.

Inside the grounds, the entrance to the sports bar

The sports bar/private club on the grounds is normally a fairly sleepy affair, but holds such a history with all the photographs, plaques, and trophies that surround the room. It makes watching a match here even more fun than when they screen events outdoors in the courtyard. Drinks are cheap, spirits are high, and a wide array of the Portuguese diaspora and Portuguese Americans come to party together.

It did not take long for Portugal to take the lead on lackluster Uruguay in the second half, to the delight of the partisan crowd. A second via an extra time penalty shot put the match, and the opponents, down for the count. Everybody got to leave happy on this day, as Portugal claimed top spot in the group barring some major surprises on matchday 3.

Portugal fans watch the match intensely

Fans celebrate a Portugal goal

A stand selling Portugal merchandise set up outside the sports bar

Previous/other articles featuring cuisine of Portugal:

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

 
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

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Wednesday, 30 November 2022

2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Match 18(a) - URUGUAY ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ

The front of the restaurant as seen from State College Blvd.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ NATION (17 of 32)
28 November 2022 Match 18(a): Portugal 2:0 Uruguay
๐Ÿ“ El Gaucho Meat Market, Anaheim

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท


While the Argentinian community in Southern California is thriving and quite large, the Uruguayan folks are very small in number. There is no restaurant that focuses exclusively on the food of this tiny nation, but in the know eaters in Orange County have two options at their disposable. Both are Argentinian meat markets by the look of things, but their Uruguayan owners/chefs sneak delicious foods of their country in the mix.

At El Gaucho Meat Market in Anaheim (the other is Puerto Madero in Santa Ana), the first hint is that the Uruguayan flag flies first in a row of three on the logo that also includes the USA and Argentina. The markets themselves are filled with plenty of products from Argentina, but also include those of Uruguay and many from other South American countries.

Fans stand for and sing the national anthem of Uruguay, surrounded by the stadium painting in the dining room

El Gaucho also has an obvious passion for football, with a full color and very detailed stadium painted around the dining room. It only adds to the experience when fans come here to eat and watch matches on the weekend, or at even bigger times like these. The flags of every Central American, South American, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation fly proudly alongside those of Uruguay and Argentina.

Many fans arrived after kickoff, frantically finding a spot in the back lot and running in to miss as little action as possible. Those that had planned ahead ordered food and ate before the match started, standing and singing their national anthem as it came on TV. Adorned in the light blue of La Celeste or the Uruguay flag itself, hopes were high at the start.

Chivito sandwich

And what types of foods did they order, you say? Quite an array, but there were at least a few chivitos (above), the sandwich Uruguay can call all its own despite the cuisines of the two countries having a lot of similarities. The unmistakable national dish of Uruguay, the chivito is an always impressive stack of foods caught between bread.

There is steak, and ham, and bacon with an array of olives and other vegetables that all fall in your lap if you are not careful. Truthfully it was the highlight of the day, as Uruguay seemed as uninspired as ever somehow and basically gave the match to Portugal. Uruguay has it all to do now, needing only a win against Ghana in the third match on Friday and a little help from Portugal in not letting South Korea beat them.


Previous/other articles featuring cuisine of Uruguay:

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ

 
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

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