Bibimbap in K-town

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Last night I picked Dan up from his office down town and we grabbed a quick bite from this amazing little spot in Korea town. This place was SO authentic, it completely brought me back to living in Korea the summer of my Junior year in college. At the time I was a pescatarian (ate fish but no meat) and that made it extremely difficult to find Korean dishes I could actually eat. Enter, bibimbap. This dish is served in a thick, heavy cast iron cowl that is actually heated under intense flames. It’s made of rice and veggies like shiitake mushrooms, carrots, sprouts, zucchini, broccolini, and typically has a raw egg cracked on top (although I went without the egg last night to stick on my vegan diet). The best part about the dish is that the bowl is so hot, that it crisps the rice at the bottom and, when you mix everything together, it cooks the veggies for you and keep your meal warm the entire time you’re eating it. It’s so damn good.

Another fun experience you receive when dinning in a Korean establishment is all of the little “appetizers” they bring out before your meal even arrives. Last night’s pre-meal goodies included seaweed soup, kimchi, pickled bean sprouts and various others shown below:

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I’m not entirely sure what most of the menu said, or what any of the signs in the restaurant meant, but that made our dinning experience all the more authentic! We even remembered how to say “Thank you” in Korean, which really surprised our server (who was also probably the owner and the chef!)

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About Caley Alyssa

As a D-1 collegiate athlete with a background in nutrition and anatomy, and an internship with a naturopathic center for healing, I found myself wanting to help people achieve healthier, happier lives. I quickly came to realize that I wanted to work with preventative therapeutic methods promoting active, energetic lifestyles rather then focusing on treatment centered around prescription drugs and the increasingly paramount “band-aid” mindset. In 2006, I moved to San Francisco and began to study yoga completing a 200 hour training with Yoga Tree. From there I've studied with Shiva Rea and obtained a certification to work with children and at risk youth. In 2010, my quest to bring health and happiness to others lead me to enroll with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York to become a holistic health coach. Currently, I live in LA and am training with Dharma Mittra to obtain my 500 hour yoga certification. I love to share my lifelong journey of finding balance, wellness and happiness in all aspects of life!
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