Andre Ethier: L.A. Dodger, Food Blogger

20080917-ethier.jpgWe somehow missed this last week, and I kick myself for that because it's such a cool story. The Wall Street Journal has a charming feature on L.A. Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier and his nascent food blog.

Mr. Ethier knows where to find the best throat-meat tacos in Los Angeles, the juiciest Salvadoran papusas and the city's tastiest Romanian chicken stew. He waxes poetic about the pinto beans in his native Arizona, where they're often pureed with cream and lard. "Here they want you to taste the bean, not the lard, which is... different."

In June, Mr. Ethier began snapping pictures of the dishes at some of his favorite restaurants and posting them on a blog he calls Dining With 'Dre.

Ethier visits restaurants both upscale and homey, drafting his blog posts on his iPhone when he has spare time. He cites the blog Feasting in Phoenix (he was born and raised in that city) as a template for his own and tells the Journal that the food thing began as a way to keep his mind off the pressure of baseball.

Also cute: He and his wife even bought their own gyro-making rotisserie for a party they threw. [Tip o' the hat to Tom B.!]