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5/23/12


A NIGHT IN K-TOWN// New old friends + Ham Ji Park

5/23/12
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I've grown really fond of K-Town over the past two years. We are usually there on Sundays for church (I have probably eaten more all you can eat Korean BBQ in the past two years than my whole life combined!)  Taylor and I even had our wedding ceremony in the area, and the time these two took me to Wi Spa, will be always be an unforgettable memory. 

Walking around K-Town is a really interesting experience.  You can see the shift in demographics over time just by looking at the eclectic mix of architecture.   Nestled in between the high rise office buildings of the 1950's and the historic New York style apartments of the roaring 20's which once housed  Hollywood's elites, the Academy Awards, numerous presidents and even Queen Elizabeth II, are the vibrant and bustling Korean shops, restaurants, and community buildings that give this area its undeniable charm.

We met up with our new old friends Char and Johan.  (Later I'll try link you to their wedding website, they have the cutest engagement story, and the fact that these too have movie star good looks doesn't hurt either! Taylor has the link in his email, but I can't get it yet because we're both at work right now....don't worry i'm  writing this on my lunch break right now I promise! ) We call them our new old friends because we've known them for a while, but never actually hung out with them in a  more intimate setting like a double date.  We are so glad we finally did because these two are so down to earth and generous, we had such a great time with them!  I also got to learn more about Johan's clothing company 3sixteen and one of his local stores in LA, Self Edge Denim.  If you (or maybe your dad, since Father's day is coming up!) are a fashion savvy man with impeccable taste who knows how to appreciate every stitch, detail and thread of fabric that goes into high quality clothing, be sure to check them out!  It will save you a plane ticket to Japan, since you actually can't find the stuff they carry anywhere else in the country!

They took us to Ham Ji Park, rumored to be the best bbq pork in the nation.  Sooooo good! But don't take our word for it, you can ask Chef Roy Choi (known most for his infamous Kogi truck) who took Anthony Bourdain there on his tour of LA for the food network show, the Layover. Siiiiiiigh, writing this  is making me depressed that I am eating leftover pasta for lunch right now...

Also, here are some really blurry grainy pictures of downtown at night taken from the car window on the way home. I love how the city looks at night. That spot on the 110 going into downtown could arguably be my favorite part of the city.  It's actually really sad that my favorite spot is inside a car, I will probably eventually  need to find a more legitimate favorite spot.  But anyway, one of these days I'm going to try to take a real picture!

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3 comments:

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Melody you have a blog!!! I found it through Ruby, Haha! You probably went viral LOL.

OMG, your pics are great! You're such a talented gal :) Thanks for inspiring me.

Glad the post was helpful, that's what I prayed for. And, yeah, Helen should come back, with her hubby :0

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nice pictures!

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Sha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your architecture shots are beautiful! And omg I looovee korean food, I always say if I had to live on one cuisine only I would easily pick korean food. Jaeyuk bokkeum is my ultimate faaaavveee (a pork belly stir fry spicy EPICNESS).

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