Places to Eat in LA :)

People often ask me what to eat in LA so I figured I’d make a list of all my faves. I’ve added each place’s Yelp page — I will note that a lot of these don’t have that great of ratings on Yelp lol but I am passionate about them and would take my friends there (and they would enjoy them too loll) 🙂 so take that however you wish.

  • First of all, of course you must eat IN-N-OUT b/c it is a STAPLE of LA life
  • Noshi Sushi on Hobart and Beverly, note it’s cash only and closed on Mondays – get spicy scallop sushi, spicy tuna roll (but don’t expect it to be like any spicy tuna roll you’ve had before cuz it’s very different! but delicious!), and stuff off their specials :]
  • Thai Original BBQ (fave location is the one in Glendale) – so I think they have the typical popular thai dishes here (i.e. pad thai, pad see ew), but I’ve never tried those cuz this place is most delicious for its Thai style BBQ! I always get S8 (sate beef plate) 😀
  • El Taurino (Mexican fast food) – tortas and tostadas with RED SAUCE (fiery spicy like halal guys red sauce haha)
  • Mario’s (Peruvian) – lomo saltado + GREEN sauce 🙂
  • Lazy Daisy Beverly Hills (healthy) – I love getting the turkey avocado wrap and asking for their chipotle sauce with it. They also have an AMAZING BREAKFAST BURRITO, and their burgers are also really good!
  • School Food (Korean school lunch-like snack-ish food) – fave items include the kimbap with squid ink in it, carbonara ddukbokgi and gil guh ri ddukbokgi (this latter one is mad spicy!!!). free unlimited refills of odeng soup broth 🙂
  • Cafe Korobokgur on 8th and Hobart, get “Mega Ddukbokgi”
  • Curry House (Japanese curry and katsus), multiple locations – corn potage, chicken katsu, omelette rice, and they also have surprisingly good pastas!
  • Sushi Gen in Little Tokyo – amazing lunch special, super fresh tasting fish (was $15 last I tried but maybe has gone up since inflation)
  • Daikokuya (Japanese ramen) in both Little Tokyo and Sawtelle (West LA) – combos are really good (i.e. tuna bowl, fried rice, gyu don)
  • Furaibo (Japanese comfort food) on Sawtelle
  • Din Tai Fung (soup dumplings) in Arcadia, also Glendale (& prob bunch of locations by now)
  • Panda Inn (Chinese) – original restaurant in Glendale before they made Panda Express! If you know me you know I love Panda Express so… ya. Panda Inn is pretty diff though, nothing similar on menu. but delicious! I liked the Pasadena location b/c the Glendale one is temp closed until Feb 2018
  • Raffi’s (Armenian) in Glendale
  • Zankou Chicken (Armenian fast food) – several locations, I used to always go to the one by my high school in Glendale 🙂
  • Wako Donkasu in Koreatown (2 locations)
  • Mapo Galbi (Korean chicken ribs) – dak galbi!
  • Boiling Crab – several locations including Koreatown and Alhambra
  • Kang Hodong Baekjung (Korean BBQ) on 6th and Kenmore in Chapman Plaza, Koreatown, get the Pork Combo! (new locations in the OC and such too)
  • M Grill (Brazilian BBQ) on Wilshire and Western in Koreatown

and I am sad to learn that my fave pho place, which was in Alhambra, closed.. but you basically have to have a bowl of pho in LA. You can go anywhere for the most part.

Non-restaurants but other faves:

  • Porto’s Bakery (original bakery in Glendale, but other locations) – cheese rolls, potato balls, tres leches cake, yassss
  • Blockheads Shavery on Sawtelle – Taiwanese shaved ice :), can free valet park (just tip) in the parking lot to the left of the establishment
  • Sul & Beans – Korean shaved ice
  • and my friend is opening a soft serve ice cream place in Ktown in May so I’ll update this to add that b/c it’s gonna be booomb 🙂 here’s a preview

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions or comments! 🙂



My mother and father were and still are the hardest working people I’ve ever known. They emigrated from South Korea and somehow missed LA only to end up in Chicago. More on my parents in a later post. A few years later, I breathed my first breath of air and I knew then and there that I had BIG plans. While I grew up, I had many things that made me happy: pokemon cards, friends, a bike, working limbs, and my hair. The world revolved around me and my happiness would devour the world.

That is until I ended up in a pharmacy.


Now, I’m not trying to bash on pharmacists. I’m not trying to give the pharmacy world a bad rep. It just… wasn’t for me. I went to pharmacy school early, after three years of undergraduate school. As far as I know, pharmacy and nursing school don’t require a bachelor’s degree, as long as you completed the pre-requisite classes, you can apply (if it changed, that’s how it was when I applied). I was graciously accepted and decided to jump on a career path that would kickstart my world. My parents were happy (and that was the most important thing to me at the time) and I was happy. In my mind, I’d be out of school after four more years and be set. I met so many people that would forever have places in my heart and cherished every moment. After graduation, my wife and I moved to Manhattan to work. I didn’t like NYC at first but after a while, it’s charm grows on you.

I loved meeting new people, listening to stories, and sharing laughs with my coworkers. What I didn’t like was being a pharmacist. I worked for a year and a half and thought that maybe it would grow on me but nope. Not a chance.

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Joyce was very supportive and encouraging when I brought up the thought of a career switch. I had expected her to tell me to be reasonable. I couldn’t have been any more excited about the potential change. I know I had gone through so much schooling just to be a pharmacist but it just wasn’t for me. The only problem was… I didn’t know what else to do…

One day, Joyce was on her flight back from LA when she sat next to a gentleman that was working on his computer. She asked what he was working on and he told her that he worked at a pharmaceutical company as a coder (or developer). That’s when Joyce thought that I would be a great coder! She brought the idea to me and I started to look into it to see if it would be something I’d be interested in.

I spoke with my friend Vinit who is a developer and he encouraged the idea. His hype and love for coding really had me serious about doing it. I searched the internet about the different types of coding bootcamps and eventually, through lots of research, ended up applying to //Flatiron School. I was accepted and now I’m learning so much. I absolutely love it and it makes me so much happier. Thank you Joyce!!!

I also have a technical blog on the side that I work on while attending Flatiron: 

Check it out if you’re interested in some of the things that I’m learning!

All in all, I’m really happy about my journey to become a developer. The people that I met in my coding bootcamp are amazing individuals and are all in the same boat as me. Everyone is looking to switch careers and because of the intense workload that we’re going through, we’ve become close friends within 3 weeks of school. More to come later!



Growing up with 2 brothers, I have had my fair share of video game interestedness. The earliest game I can remember is this like old school 80s looking volleyball game they used to always play with their friends. And super mario of course.

My brother Joe confirmed it was Super Spike V’Ball on NES. Lol to the I ❤ NY signs in the bg!

Near the end of elementary (for me), my brothers (adults in their mid-to-late 20s at this point) and their friends were into the SEGA Dreamcast (and, not a v-game but, WWF, WWE, The Rock, etc). I remember being super into Super Puzzle Fighter (which, happily, we have on our PS3 today so I still play from time to time!).

Then came Counter-Strike. My brothers would throw LAN parties in our garage. And this is before laptops. I remember seeing up to 10 desktops in our garage at one point with all my keun oppa’s church students playing CS together. Naturally (or maybe not), I got into it too, and at some point I think I joined a clan. Lolll. I remember spraypainting my webcam picture onto the ground and walls of de_dust. HAHA.

ANYWAY fast forward to high school when I no longer lived with my bros, I think I was pretty much over video games, or they just didn’t really cross my mind. Aside from a short stint of playing L4D2 for maybe 1 month in college, and I guess your recreational facebook games (which I don’t really count), I never played games again.

Or so I thought. Enter Peter Kim, gamer (and coder? haha sounds pretty cool. VIRTUAL yo~ (i’m using that like “RADICAL yo~”)). At first I thought it was a turn-off that he played so many games. But then he eventually sucked me back into gaming too. Ughhh.

So since we’ve met, we’ve had obsessions with Killer Queen, Super Puzzle Fighter, Ni no Kuni, Don’t Starve (& Don’t Starve Together), Tricky Towers, This War of Mine, and as of late, Overcooked. Let’s not forget his long, ongoing relationship with Overwatch.

BUT OVERCOOKED IS REALLY FUN!! It’s basically a team game where you’re racing against the clock (and often the map itself) to fulfill the endless stream of orders. Completing one order entails gathering the ingredients, chopping them, cooking them (in a pot/on a pan), putting them together on plates, sending them out, and washing the dirty dish to have your next clean plate on which you’ll do all the above all over again. It’s not for the easily flustered or overwhelmed, but definitely so much fun for ones who love multi-tasking, efficiency, strategy, and intensity (i.e. me and Peter).

The upper left shows your orders and their necessary ingredients. The bottom right is the ultimate timer. Each order has its own time limit as well though, and the earlier you submit the order, the higher tip you receive. The bottom left is the score. In the above image, you see that the kitchen got split in half and the upper left pan has meat on it with a red triangle with an exclamation point inside. This pan has been left unattended and none of the cooks are able to get to it right now b/c of the temporarily split kitchen. The longer you leave it on, the faster that red triangle beeps and flashes until eventually the range catches on fire. You have officially OVERCOOKED that meat. Ha ha! Then you need to get the fire extinguisher (here, on the right side by the outgoing orders area) and extinguish the fire before it spreads all over your kitchen.

I’m sure eventually we will move on to another game, as we have in the past, but for now, I really enjoy this game. 🙂

2nd Anniversary~

2 days ago we celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary (now entering the 3rd year of marriage~). It was lowkey cuz we’re an old married couple now! 😉 Peter had school til 6 but rushed up after and we had Pure Thai. It’s one of the many delicious Thai restaurants on 9th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen, but I think Pure Thai is the most unique. I love their pad thai, pad kee mao, and papaya salad (which can get super spicy!). The biggest downside is they don’t have any curries ;( but the things they do have are delicious so it’s all good!

We aren’t really big celebrators – never made a big deal of birthdays, anniversaries, or even holidays (though Peter did make V-day pretty special this year by cooking special breakfast and dinner!). So just eating out anywhere is celebratory enough for us 🙂

Last year, on our first anniversary, we did try to make it more “special”. On the weekend, we went up to check out the Met Cloisters, starting with brunch at Indian Road Cafe. The food was delicious and the view from the Cloisters was beautiful. Unforch it was quite chilly at the Cloisters so not many plants were alive (I hear it’s really pretty in the spring/summer), but we still saw interesting things on display and the cloisters itself were nice to see.


We look way taller than we are. Angles, ya’ll!

Then, on our actual anniversary day, there was a surprise waiting for me at my desk when I got back to my office from lunch!

It was really surprising and quite special 🙂 that evening, we had dinner at one of my fave fine dining places in the city, Marea. Absolutely love their seared scallops (but everything I’ve tried there – and I’ve tried many things through work – was exquisite).


Later that week, at home group, we were sharing our highs and lows. Peter went before me. He said “hmmm… my life is pretty standard… pretty boring… nothing interesting.. no highs or lows.” Then it was my turn and I was like, “Well, for me, my high was OUR ANNIVERSARY…” to which everyone responded with violent laughter and Peter was incredibly embarrassed at having forgotten such occasion. Hahaha! That man has terrible memory. 😦

Anyway, this year, Peter continued the – dare I say, tradition? – and sent flowers again! Beautiful! I was surprised once again 🙂 I thought the note was the sweetest.


p.s. my middle name is not Eggy; it’s a nickname Peter gave me – you can ask me why in private. :o)


Sitting pretty on the windowsill.

At dinner, we exchanged cards (which we did last year as well — that is definitely a tradition we are going to continue!) and devoured the food. We were also thankful that God gave us the best possible seats at the restaurant – b/c usually you’re crammed elbow to elbow with other tables’ parties, but we got a big wide table! He always looks out for us! 🙂


Peter’s hair has grown a lot in a year! I don’t like it but everyone else does. Same with his current…fake…nose ring… ;/ anywho..

Marriage has been really fun. It’s so awesome to have a literal life partner, someone to tackle all of life with and dream into the future with. I can’t really say that it’s been hard, though don’t get me wrong; there are definitely challenges that come our way and disagreements that we have. But at the end of the day, we are on the same team and have each other’s backs, and laugh through life together. We trust one another to have our best interests at heart and challenge / press the other when they are out of line or should reconsider their action or POV. It really feels like Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” So very thankful! God is too good to us.

Here’s to many more annies! 🙂

JAPAN 2017: Overview

OHIO~! (“good morning” in Japanese is spelled “ohayo” by romanization, but it sounds the same as Ohio the state so~)

This will be the first of a series of posts covering our trip in Japan! I don’t want to do a general summary of the things we did b/c it’d be a disservice to them, so I am going to break down by days or cities.

Last Nov, we went on vacation with my parents and Peter’s parents to the Philippines and Korea. While we were there, my mom expressed how it’s been her lifelong wish to go to Japan. Peter emphatically stated that it has been his also, and that we shall all go together. [Peter’s parents were not interested in going, mainly b/c Peter’s paternal grandmother lived through the Japanese occupation in Korea after WWII so Peter’s dad is a bit, bitter, for lack of a better word.]

We didn’t know when we’d be going, but with the fast turn of events at the beginning of this year, with Peter getting into bootcamp, quitting his job, etc., and my parents being available as well, we bought tickets just 3 or 4 wks before our departure (with points! yay free flights!) and started getting super excited for Japan! I asked my older brothers if they wanted to split the airfare for our parents from Manila and they said yes~ whoo! So they paid for my parents’ flights. Peter and I took care of the housing/transportation/food. *FAMILY TEAMWORK!* 😀

We met up my parents Mar. 1 at Narita Airport in Tokyo. Always so happy whenever I get to reunite with my parents. I suppose I’ll need to do a post about them being missionaries in the Philippines sometime =p but yea, since we live in different countries, I usually only see them once, twice if lucky, a year. So anyway, the reunion was lovely~. We spent the first 2 nights in Tokyo at an airbnb in Ikebukuro, then headed to Kyoto on the shinkansen (bullet train). We slept at a hotel there for 2 nights, and on the evening of the 5th day, my parents went back to Manila.

Peter and I headed to Osaka, where we spent one night at another airbnb, then took the shinkansen back up to Tokyo. We spent 2 more nights in Tokyo and on our 8th day, after busting a mission to find Mizuki from Terrace House (lol) we were airport-bound. After a 20 hour layover in Hong Kong, we flew back to the US.

I’ll cover this trip in detail over the next series of posts, followed by a final reflection at the end. We’ll also be making a video of all the vlogging we did on our Akaso, but not sure that’ll be done any time soon. Anyway–stay tuned! 🙂

And we shall teach rock n’ roll to the world.

Yesterday was Family Day 2017 at my firm. Last year, it was at the Big Apple Circus. This year, we got to see School of Rock the musical on Broadway. It was rockin’! 🙂


I really appreciate a lot of things about my firm, and Family Day is one example of such things. All employees of the firm (i.e. not just the lawyers) are invited on Family Day and are guaranteed at least one ticket for a guest of their choosing, and if I’m not mistaken, tickets for all their children. Most people show up with their spouse and 8 kids (lol), though plenty of people also bring significant others, siblings, parents, aunts/uncles, etc. You can also request extra tickets on standby if there are tickets left over after the initial tickets are distributed. Whatever the event is, we rent out the entire venue and there are usually free snacks/food/drinks.

This year, I requested one ticket for Peter and one for an extra guest. We initially invited Peter’s former pharm-tech from DR, who we’ve been trying to help out and mentor, but she had to cancel last minute due to some personal issues. The show was to start at 1 and we had church right before from 11-12, so we thought we could ask someone at church if they want to join us. Turns out our doctor friend from home group was happy to come, though we had to convince her for a good 3 minutes that it’s fine if she had to leave at any point b/c she was on call for work. I was praying throughout the show that she wouldn’t get called so she can have a restful Sabbath, and sure enough, she was able to stay the whole show (and didn’t get called for the rest of the day — which she says happens almost never!). Prayer is powerful ya’ll. 😀


The show was awesome. It was funny, inspiring, touching (esp regarding parent/child relations), and most of the time we were all just in AWE of how good the child actors were – at acting, dancing, singing, and playing instruments literally like rockstars. If only I could have recorded and shared the solos – the electric guitarist and drummer were out of this world. [Yay!! Thanks to the internet I’ve found links of their work!] I can’t imagine how good they’ll be as they mature if they’re already playing like world-class musicians at age 12 or so. So impressive. Also, Summer Hathaway was played by an Asian child actress Olivia Chun and she was absolutely adorable and amazing! I felt so proud of her and all the children and could only imagine how proud their parents must feel. Overall – I highly recommend watching this musical!

I was happy to have brought our friend because, as a hospital employee, she said they don’t even have holiday parties, so she was really happy and surprised that the show and all the snacks/drinks inside were free :). I am certainly grateful and proud of my firm in always finding ways to appreciate its employees and hope to never take these things for granted.

Cincy, our first trip.

So the very first trip we took together as a couple was to Cincinnati, just 2 weeks after we started officially dating in Jan of 2014 🙂 Peter was always very proactive and eager to do things together, even from when we first met and were just friends (for example, he took me to swim at Lake Michigan for my first time just 2 weeks after we met).

As soon as we were “official”, he asked if I wanted to take a road trip somewhere nearby IL, and having never been anywhere in the Midwest, I was totes downsies. For a number of reasons, we landed on Cincinnati, Ohio. I had a friend studying there in med school (shout-out to my comrade Short Rib!) who graciously allowed us to stay at her place, so all we had to do was drive down. [Oh and with me being the crazy type A trip planner back then (my philosophy’s since changed – will post about that later), I planned every minute of the trip of course. To be fair, it turned out to be good & worth it for this trip.]

The drive was quite memorable b/c not only was it my first time driving in legit snow, there was a SNOW STORM. LOL. I don’t know how we survived that. Peter drove the first half, then we switched, whereafter it just started dumping snow like there was no tomorrow. I thought I might possibly die on that highway that night. But with lots of prayers and a few hours later, at last, we made it.


When we arrived that night, we had Skyline Chili, which Cincy is famous for. The chili was delicious! Then we went to this cool bar called Famous Neon’s Unplugged (though apparently they’re now closed, but planning to relocate?). I remember Peter did a British accent pretending to be a stranger hitting on me and said, “Excuse me miss, I couldn’t help but notice you were the most beautiful person in this room,” or something along those lines. Haha! We ended the night at Japp’s, a swanky bar that’s apparently been in biz since 1879.

The next morning, we went to Crossroads (a huge mega church, it was crazy!) then Taste of Belgium for waffles with some friends. We ordered a bunch of things and tried bites of all of them. Delish.

Then, Peter and I went to Krohn Conservatory and had a lot of natural fun with nature.

There are some odd looking things in nature.


See what I did there? *chuckle*

After that, we stopped by Eden Park, a hilltop where you could see a very old clock and a nice view.


We found a frozen pond and walked on it! It was really cold, but we were warm from young love. HAHA *barf*

Dinner was at Incline Public House, a gastropub with American fare and a stunning view of Cincy. We went around dusk and saw the cityscape change as the day dwindled into night. [Look for the building that says “Cincinnati” on it! Cool!] The boon-e-gees (atmosphere, vibez) were real nice up there. Props.


When we got back to my friend’s place, she said that another really fun Cincy thing to do is gamble at the casinos. Peter had never gambled before! So of course we went. Fun night! I think we won a little bit of money, maybe $30, and were happy with it. I think my friend won $100? So the entertainment was free / a gain! Win/win!

The next day was Monday, our last day in Cincy. We started with a visit to Carew Tower, which has a 360 degree observation deck with the highest viewpoint in the city. I guess we were all about them views back then lol. We enjoyed the view and had a nice little photoshoot. *laughing emoji*

Lunch was at Ambar India Restaurant (we LOOOVEEEE Indian food). I recall it being a win.

Finally, we had to go to Graeter’s as no trip to Cincy is complete without some world class ice cream! Peter and I shared a cup and incidentally fought over who could finish the ice cream. We are piggies.


It was a really great trip, where we got to do a lot of the fun local things but also a good amount of touristy things. Hope this post is helpful if you find yourself going to Cincy! 🙂