Happy New Year

In the last decade, I believe my husband and I have been awake for the turn of the year once or twice. Most of the time we've gone to bed by 10pm, including the much hyped Y2K new years eve when we accidentally fell asleep on the couch watching the ball drop around the world.

Last night was no exception, [except] I awoke at 1:45 am by my crying daughter and didn't get back to sleep until 5:30 am. Let's just say I was celebrating on Pacific time. Happy New Year!

We did make a fun discovery yesterday evening when we went out for Chinese food, which seemed like a good meal for the last of the decade.  My husband wanted to try some place near our house on North Lamar.  We drove into the spot where he thought it was, which was actually a Korean strip mall with a grocery store, 2 restaurants and a karaoke place. It's between Brentwood and Justin Lane, on the west side of the street. No Chinese restaurant.

I should stop here with a side note:  when my husband and I were mere babes, 22 and 21 respectively, we lived in a dirt cheap apartment in Koreatown, Los Angeles. The majority of stores, bars and restaurants within walking distance were Korean. We once walked into a restaurant and were basically shooed out, with the owner shouting "This Korean food!  No American food!"

Let's just say it's an inside joke every time we see a Korean restaurant.  We've gone to Korea Gardens a lot across the street, but since they've gotten their sushi train it's just changed focus and not very fun anymore. We were up for finding a new place.

Wowza.  What a serendipitous event! The restaurant we chose was next door to the karaoke place and did not appear to have a name that was in English, otherwise I'd tell you it. It's a buffet place, which normally skeeves me out but this one looked tasty.  The owners could not have been more welcoming.  They had run out of barbecued pork short rib, and cooked up some more just for us. It was fan-freaking-tastic. Even my son who normally doesn't like meat loved it.  He was happy eating edamame for the most part.

Also on the buffet was beef bulgogi and a spicy pork bulgogi, plus other meat dishes that I was a little hesitant to try (due to my aversion to seafood).  And all the kim chi and other sides you'd care to eat (which for me was very little.  I'm not as adventurous as my husband).

Anyway, it was $10 a person, kids eat free. Make sure you go for dinner or on Saturday, when the buffet features the pork spare rib.

Ooh look, I found it on yelp here.