As many Angelenos probably already know, Huell Howser died Sunday night at the age of 67. In memoriam, we thought we'd channel-surf through some episodes of Howser's KCET series California's Gold, which have covered myriad subjects over the course of the beloved reporter's long career — Howser only retired in November. Among the topics? Secret burger menus, fair food, ostrich omelets and plenty of old guys in the desert. Turn the page. Howser, a Tennessean who came to Southern California in 1981, will be deeply missed.
5. In-N-Out's secret menu:
Howser learns about the secret menu of In-N-Out. Official source. Exclusive interview. More fun with burgers at the chain's birthplace in Baldwin Park.
4. The Riverside Co. Fair + Date Festival:
Huell heads to Indio, where for more than 60 years the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival has celebrated dates. Fair food. Camel and ostrich races. The crowning of Queen Scheherazade and her court.
3. Juanita's and menudo:
Howser spends a day at Juanita's, where he finds out everything you ever wanted to know about menudo (tripe). A bowl of menudo at El Rancho Mexican restaurant in Colton.
2. Survival Food in L.A.:
Howser gets a lesson in survival food. Learn which weeds are good for salads, which taste better cooked, and which ones to stay away from.
1. Huell Howser visits the Bagdad Cafe:
Howser visits the Bagdad Cafe, location of the movie of the same name. Guest books. Burt Lancaster. Ostrich omelets. Lots of fun with old guys.