My second day in Los Angeles was all about family, especially my cousin CH who graduated from high school!!! It was so interesting to see what a high school graduation is like these days... Hint: they have a designated #hashtag for the event! I ran around taking photos and had a blast. SO proud of the graduate.
After the ceremony, we met up with my grandparents and we had an Italian meal at Trastavere in Hollywood. It was weird eating a non-Korean meal with this side of my family, but the fresh pasta did not disappoint. Sissy even ordered seconds! We also took some photos with the Hollywood sign in the background. You can barely make it out, but it was good to have a family reunion of sorts in such a cool place.
Once we headed back to Koreatown, I had to get more boba. This time, I hit up It's Boba Time, and when I IGed a pic it ended up on their screens at the second location I hit up! I didn't like what I got this time as much as the caramel drink at Tea Pop, and the franchises seem a little inconsistent in terms of offering, but tasty nonetheless and refreshing as the temperature rose.
|It's Boba Time|
And then, FINALLY, at the end of the day, I got my hands on some kalbi... We had a great family dinner at BCD Tofu House in Koreatown, and the fact that the place is open 24 hours made me want to eat there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. YUM YUM YUM. Delicious. I wish the portions were bigger (I prefer all-you-can-eat) but we wanted to go someplace that had something for everyone, and everyone likes something different in a big group.
Family dinners like this are cacophonous, but in the best way. It allows us to catch up, eat, and love on each other. I don't know if it is just Korean culture or my family, but we don't ask, "Hello, how are you?" We say, "Hello, have you eaten?" My second day in LA was as delicious as my first, and it was nonstop for sure. We also went out after dinner for my family's favorite Korean ice cream dessert, patbingsu, at a quirky place called Cafe Scent that is like a combination coffee and flower design shop.
It's so nice to spend time with family that I don't get to see very often. It makes it all the more special!