Los Angeles attorney David Chan has eaten at more than 6,200 different Chinese restaurants, and he can prove it.
He studied accounting at UCLA and for about three decades he has kept track of each meal on an Excel spreadsheet with 6,297 entries.
Scrolling to the beginning of the spreadsheet takes you not just to Chan's first meal, but a time when the only Chinese food in Los Angeles was in Chinatown and less than 1% of the city's population was Asian.
Each entry in Chan's spreadsheet has just a few data points -- the name of the restaurant, the year he ate there, and the restaurant's address. Chan shared his spreadsheet with the Los Angeles Times Data Desk. Times reporter and programmer Anthony Pesce created a time-lapse map showing Chan's eating patterns over the years.