I have been doing a lot of work with YouTube in LA these days. I’ve been there twice this year and will go once more in February 2014. Whenever I travel, I’m always interested in meeting my readers, listening to their stories, getting to know them, and if possible, taste their food!
The best way to do this is a potluck party, but organizing any kind of event takes time, and I’m very busy with my videos, website, and upcoming cookbook. So I was super-lucky that just before going to LA, my longtime reader Ashley emailed me: “Maangchi, I know you come to LA for your work, is there any event to have a meetup? I’d like to meet you!”
So I asked: “Ashley, can you organize the meetup for me?”
She said, “sure, I can!”
I arrived at her house at about 5 pm on Nov 9, one hour before the meetup would start. Mr. George Higgins and his son were already there, helping Ashley’s husband Jeff set up. What nice guys!
Soon people started arriving. They all came from different areas and they said traffic was bad, so it took some time for them to trickle in. Ashley set up beautiful white round tables with a candle light on each. Her husband was helping her all day. As the beautiful moon reflected on their pool, my readers arrived one by one to meet me and the other Korean food lovers.
We all got along really well, because of our common interest in Korean food. There was always something to talk about!
The food they brought was fantastic, every single dish was made with 100 percent TLC (Tender Loving Care). All of them are so full of passion for cooking!
A huge stainless steel pot filled with still-hot soup and wrapped in a cotton cloth to keep it from spilling. Spinach, mungbean sprouts, mapa tofu, japchae, kimchi, oijangajji muchim, kimchi fried rice, samgyeopsal gui (grilled pork belly), dessert, green poblano spaghetti, soup, salad, gimbap, galbijjim (braised beef short ribs and vegetables), what else?! I can’t remember all the dishes, but all I can say is that you can’t find this kind of best of best dishes anywhere else! Each dish was made with love and carried to the meetup with care.
Interesting people, best dishes, the most comfortable place, awesome hosts, and nice weather, what more do we need to make us happy?
Everyone had a great time, and I have to give a big thanks to our hosts Ashley and Jeff, who invited us into their lovely home. Without them, it would have been impossible to hold such a successful event. Thanks Ashley and Jeff!