“콩 심은데 콩나고, 팥 심은데 팥난다.” – Korean proverb

Other than the Little Osaka on Sawtelle, there aren’t many places to get decent Asian food on the Westside. All the good restaurants are way over in Monterey Park and Alhambra. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Koreatown Galleria is actually (without traffic) less than a 20 minute drive from my apartment. I’m used to getting my (Chinese) groceries from 99 Ranch. While wandering through the aisles of the Korean market I found I couldn’t appreciate all the imported goodness due to my lack of experience with Korean cuisine. However, I did pick up some kimchi, shrimp chips, and seaweed for my friend’s Korean bbq game night.

Also got some cheap produce for myself. Decided to try a chameh (korean melon) for the first time.

And a snack for later. The sesame was tasty, but really heavy. Glad it came in a tiny juice box.

Oh yeah, about the Korean proverb, it basically translates to “Beans come out from where beans are planted, and padd (red beans) come out from where red beans are planted.” In other words, you can judge people by their surroundings.

Just as I was typing this, my whole room savagely shook due to an earthquake. Pretty freaky. My heart’s still pounding. So glad that I’m still awake even though it’s 3:30 a.m. The last time an earthquake happened while I was sleeping I ended up having a terrible nightmare. *Big deep breath* Well, I love California. How do you judge a person who has chosen to live in a part of the world where everything around you could literally collapse at a moment’s notice?

“Happiness comes in all colors of the rainbow!” – Hello Kitty

I have a crazy sweet tooth, it’s a wonder I don’t have more cavities. For the past two years I’ve made it my mission to try every frozen yogurt store in SoCal. Twirl has a large selection of gummy candy plus chunks of red velvet cake with extra cream cheese frosting. Cherry On Top has dividers to keep your yogurt flavors from melting into a gooey mess in your cup. And the Yogurt Stop is a sexy (check out their logo) way to cool off after a night of clubbing in WeHo. But even with the numerous choices in LA, somehow I always end up at Yogurtland, the Starbucks of frozen yogurt chains.  Their flavors aren’t particularly fantastic, for actual digestible fro-yo I prefer Pinkberry, so for me it’s all about the toppings and easy accessibility. And Hello Kitty cuteness!!

Sanrio merchandise extends past spoons and cups, you can also get key chains, buttons, tote bags, T-shirts and coin purses featuring Little Twin Stars, Tuxedo Sam, Badtz-Maru etc. I snagged an extra (“free”) yogurt cup because it featured San Francisco. And now it doubles as my makeup holder.

It’s a nice improvement from the plastic ziploc bag I was using before.