May 25, 2015
May 22, 2015
In the event that you haven't had this experience, I'll share what I've learned (so far) so you can enjoy it too. (Feel free to leave any other tips/info in the comments!)
The first part is easy, simply sit down and place your order. All the meats are likely to be good, but might I recommend bulgogi if you can't decide? It is Korean marinated beef full of flavor and a sure thing for your first time trying the cuisine.
After you place your order, an array of side dishes will be presented to you. Korean barbecue is all about the sides! These are known as banchan. This can include kimchi (the bright green and red dishes in the center-- fermented cabbage), stir-fried dried anchovies, vegetable pancakes, cucumbers, other fermented vegetables, dipping sauces, and many more depending on the restaurant. They are basically considered condiments and can also include lettuce (to wrap meat) and rice.
The vegetable pancakes (top center) were my favorite. I enjoyed some dishes more than others, but it was still fun experimenting with new tastes.
Originally we weren't sure of the cooking protocol, but we quickly got the hang of it. Our waitress started the meat for us, turned it, and then came over with meat scissors to help us cut up the large pieces halfway through the cooking. Ultimately it was our job to determine when to take the meat off the grill.
I think whether or not your waitress actually turns the meat can vary, but they will definitely start it. It is up to you to finish cooking it to perfection and not let it overcook!
Oh and don't forget a nice brew to compliment it all.
I am glad my first experience with Korean barbecue was in Koreatown! Los Angeles is such a wonderful food hub.
Chosun Galbee came highly recommended to us by a friend who has tried many Korean barbecue restaurants. It definitely lived up to the hype.
May 18, 2015
I can honestly say that my experience at Mardi Gras was nothing but positive. We were so lucky to have some local friends show us the ropes, but everyone we met was equally helpful and fun to be around. The parades themselves were VERY family friendly with tons of young kids catching beads, toys, and treats all around us.
We were lucky enough to experience parades over five days including the Krewe d'Etat, Krewe of Morpheus, Krewe of Endymion, Krewe of Mid-City, Krewe of Bacchus, Krewe of Zulu, and Krewe of Rex.
That was a pretty good haul for our first time on the parade circuit! I plan to write a little more in the future on the history of Mardi Gras and what to expect if you attend, but for now I hope you'll enjoy some fun photos of my experience at the parades. (We ended up with far more loot than we could EVER carry home!)