I love me some good food and drinks. I like to stay in the know with the latest hotspots, and word on the street was that Korea Town was the place to be. Doesn't hurt that Anthony Bourdain likes it, as well. So, I recruited a friend and we drove up.
Night One. We checked into our Airbnb located across the street from the infamous LACMA lights. Sam was a fantastic host with incredible interior taste. Her apartment was adorable and fully equipped for a girls getaway. Click here to see her Airbnb listing.
After a few glasses of wine and a little dance sesh, we made our way to the Normandie Club in K-Town. I read great reviews online, and heard they were pretty serious about their craft cocktail game. They definitely delivered! Inside this dark little hipster hole was a cocktail haven, and every drink was full of booze-y, delicious goodness. I couldn't resist the temptation, and asked for a Ramos Gin Fizz [a drink most bartenders do not like making because its a lot of shaking and the cream is difficult to clean off their tins]. With a smile, our bartender crafted the creamsicle concoction to perfection. It was one of the best I'd ever tasted. Thank you kind sir!
Day two. We woke up and headed to breakfast at Urth Caffee. This little hotspot has stolen my heart since day one. Their green tea boba is out of this world. After people watching and scarfing down a delicious scramble, we headed to The Grove. Lots of shopping and more people watching occurred, then we made our way back to Beverly Hills. On Melrose lives a glorious vegan hotspot called Gracias Madre. All I can saw is FLAVOR!!! They do not mess around when it comes to their culinary art, and it is personally my favorite restaurant in LA [disclaimer, I am not even vegan]. The Purist margaritas were hitting the spot in that 90 degree heat as well. What comes after a food coma? NAP!
After our food and drink induced nap, we got dressed and headed to Mapo Chicken for some Dak Galbi [recommended by my friend]. She recently taught english in South Korea, and said that was one of her favorite dishes. We sat at a table with a hot skillet in the middle. No need to order because its one thing on the menu, DAK GALBI. They cook it all up right in front of you and boy is it good. Spicy cabbage, rice cake, sweet potato and chicken all stirred up and ready to be gobbled up. NOM NOM!
Our last stop of the night was Lock and Key. A speakeasy in Korea Town that is literally a wall of door knobs. The hostess walks you in and asks you to find the correct one that opens the door to the bar. Puzzling, but fun [I am proud to say that I found the secret door knob]! Once inside, we made our way to the outdoor patio. We ordered a round of Strawberry Mules, and listened to the DJ spin some RnB tune under sparkly lights. It was magical!
All in all, I'd say the trip was a success and we will definitely be returning to K-Town!