Oh, and speaking of arbitrary, WHO IS THIS PERSON AND WHY IS HE SO AWESOME?
AND IN CHEGO NEWS…
The new menu’s out and about, but just know that there might be a few changes here and there in the next few weeks. Lord knows that Roy Chulo Choi’s been tinkering around w/in 48 hours of declaring that there would be fresh berries in the arugula salad (there no longer fresh berries in the arugula salad!!) and likes to play it by ear until everything feels pitch perfect.
You see that, my friends? For those of you who are wondering what “that” is, THAT is a generous kiss of honey comb bits in yogurt curd for the arugula salad.
IT IS UH-MAZING.
I’ve never EATEN honeycomb before. I always thought it was something included in the honey jars at the farmer’s markets to make their goods look all the fancier. BUT I WAS WRONG. AND IT IS DELICIOUS.
And, apparently beeswax has slight anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities which can benefit the body when ingested. But enough about touting the health benefits of beeswax — it’s just something that makes the arugula salad really fun to eat. There is the tartness of the lemon, fresh slices of nectarine and sour yogurt curd and these lovely chewy, sticky, honey-dripping bits of honey comb that make eating arugula a heavenly experience.
UNSUNG HERO OF THE DAY
For those of y’all who miss the 3PM meatballs, THIS IS THE THING TO EAT AND BE EATEN. As some of you know, Roy Chulo Choi’s been on something of a veggie kick lately and wanted to have a really similar flavor profile for the eggrolls that would be friendly with the herbivores.
Crispy, chewy, freshly-fried skins on the outside, juicy medley of mushrooms, tofu and chives on the inside. All w/ a little cuppa garlic soy fish sauce on the side. (For the herbivores, you might want to avoid the sauce cup on the side. But honestly, you don’t really need it. I like my mushroom eggrolls straight up.)
I’m kinda surprised they’re not more popular.
Also, in honor of Chuseok last Saturday, I bring you a non-Gangnam PSY.
Apparently he released this song just prior to the Olympics to act as a rallying cry — hence all the Korean-affiliated sports incorporated in the choreography. (I’m surprised I didn’t catch any archers, as that’s what Koreans most notably excel at in international sports.)
If you’re K.A. like myself, you’ll probably feel that usually latent-surge of national pride for a country you were never born in, that swelling upsurge of irrational emotion whenever the World Cup rolls around.
Like most things PSY, it’s fun, it’s upbeat, it hits all the right notes and DAMN, it’s smart.
Speaking of Korean things, I just watched a movie last Saturday called Gwanghae/Masquerade with a friend of mine at CGV, which is just about the only Korean movie theater that’s still standing in LA. The movie theater is located in this half-empty shopping center that I really hope survives!
Let’s face it. When it comes to overseas films and “ethnic” movie theaters — we’re usually talking about being crammed into a tiny little box of an un-airconditioned theater with sticky floors and that stale, oily food odor that’s been building over the decades.
CGV is different. While it’s not quite the Arclight experience, it comes pretty damn close. Like the movie theaters in Korea, you’re to pick your seating as soon as you purchase your tickets, so there’s no rushing into the theater as soon as it opens and waiting 30-45 minutes for the trailers to start playing in the interests of securing a good seat.
Speaking of seats, they are quite generous and have the flippy-arms, which I appreciate since I’m most comfortable sitting Indian-style when watching my movies. Also the screen’s pretty huge.
AND THEY PLAY THEIR MOVIES WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES. A big bonus, especially for those who aren’t particularly fluent in Korean.
Anyway, is the movie any good? YES. YES IT IS. But here’s the trailer so you can sorta see for yourselves:
My mini review?
It’s intense, sometimes broody, filled with mystery and intrigue — and yet, so much of the film is successfully punctuated by acts of physical comedy. I laughed, I cried and my heart was moved on several occasions. For me, personally, the ending was perfect. But I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Also, the cinematography is sumptuous. I am so glad I did not wait for it to come out onto DVD, because this is the kind of movie that needs to be enjoyed in a large enough movie theater to receive the full impact of the experience.
Oh, and because the shopping center is not 100% ideal as a location, your chances of getting great seats even 15 minutes before the movie are pretty high. A sad kind of lucky for you guys! Also, there’s free parking, a visually stunning Korean restaurant and a Paris Baguette inside to amuse yourselves with.
Here’s something to set the mood:
There is a
SHINS SHOW TONIGHT at the GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE
And you have a chance to get a grab at the pair tickets. There is also a
HEAD AND THE HEART show this FRIDAY
at the Wiltern that Live Nation’s been kind enough to gift y’all with, too.
WE HAVE OUR WINNERS
HOW DOTH ONE WIN THE SHINS TICKETS FOR TONIGHT?
As “The Simple Song” is the 9th Shins (ee hee. my lass name ess shin. ^___^) release — well, according to Wiki — may the 9th Shins commenter on the blog to name their favorite Shins album win a pair of tickets. However, to qualify, you must leave an email address and email me your contact info (phone number, email, etc.) to email@example.com. STEP 1: IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THE BLOG, NAME YOUR FAVORITE SHINS ALBUM
STEP 2: EMAIL ALICE@KOGIBBQ.COM YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION (first and last name, phone number, email address) TO BOTH QUALIFY AND ENSURE THAT YOU SHALL GET YOUR PAIR OF TICKETS FOR TONIGHT’S SHOW.
If I do not get your contact information, the pair of tickets will be given to the next person in line to gift me with their info. ::throws hands up:: Sorry, this is how this shall be done!
OTRA MOOD MUSICA:
SO HOW, PRAY TELL, DOTH ONE WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE HEAD AND THE HEART THIS FRIDAY 10/5 AT THE WILTERN?
Since “Lost in My Mind” is the 7th track on their album, may the 7th Head and The Heart commenter to name the bearded keyboardist (thank G for the internets!!) for The Head and The Heart (hint: first name starts with a K) in the comments section will win a pair of tickets for their show this Friday. STEP 1: IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THE BLOG, NAME THE BEARDED KEYBOARDIST FOR THE HEAD AND THE HEART.
STEP 2: EMAIL ALICE@KOGIBBQ.COM YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION (first and last name, phone number, email address) TO BOTH QUALIFY AND ENSURE THAT YOU SHALL GET YOUR PAIR OF TICKETS FOR THIS FRIDAY’S SHOW.
Very simple. Name it. Blurt it out the in the comments section. Follow up with an email. I don’t care if you’re 1st or 10th in line — if only one person sends me their contact info, the tickets are going to him/her, so just say a prayer, name the album/person and follow-through w/ an email. You just might win. (As much as I love giving presents away, I also have a diabolical compulsion to reward only those who passionately follow directions, no matter how seemingly arbitrary they appear.)
YAY! Congratulations to the winners!
Sorry suckers Thank you to all of you who took a chance at playing. ^____^ (( H U G ))
Love, tacos and free tickets,