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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90005, Koreatown

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Korean grilled meat fantasia

Dear ——–,

When I saw the motto of the 2nd annual Korean Barbecue Cook-Off was “Let’s Meat!” I thought it would be a perfect place to take my visiting cousin Jonny. Some lines were already long when we got to the festival around 2 p.m.,though they weren’t at all the booths I expected. (For example, Park’s BBQ, a popular Koreantown spot, actually had no line at all.) We decided to get some spicy pork bulgogi and rice to tide us over while standing in lines that snaked around the parking lot hosting the event. The Kalbi Burger, with angus beef marinated in Korean spices, dressed greens and cheese, was the surprising find of the day. We also watched bartenders mix original soju drinks for a cocktail competition. The best concept was the “June Gloom Doom,” named after the gray early summer mornings when Koreatown partyers are usually heading home. But I actually wanted to drink the one that involved macerated cherries, yuzu and sesame leaf. We gave up on waiting for the winner to be announced and finished up our snacking with a red velvet cupcake from the Sprinkles truck. Best cupcake I’ve had in a long time.

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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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