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On Our Radar: Roy Choi’s L.A. Son

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Roy Choi makes amazing food.  I’ve had the pleasure of eating it, meeting him several times, and am very excited to read his book, L.A. Son.  My friend Amy over at Backyard Bite has a review, and I was particularly moved while listening to this interview with Evan Kleiman where he described his relationship with addiction and Asian culture:

"I was addicted to drugs, I was addicted to drugs and gambling.  And alcohol…I don’t drink anymore because if I have a drop of it I’ll just go down that rabbit’s hole…I can’t control my compulsions.  So when I did fall down to rock bottom, the food was always there.  You know, I could see the disappointment and the pain in my parents’ eyes but what are you gonna do?  You’re kid’s on the ground, you know - you feed them, you pick them up…it’s an Asian thing…it’s a weird, complex relationship that families have in Asian culture, like they create such a narrow path for you to succeed and to live, and there’s so much guilt and expectation and it’s like trying to jump into a thimble of water from 10 stories high, and you have no opportunity to miss.  But then, no matter how far you fail, they don’t just kick you outa the house.  They’ll always be there for you."  

- Lynn

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Parts Unknown

I’m right by K-town, but rarely eat there - partially because my husband’s a vegetarian, but mostly because I am not Korean.  For some reason, when it comes to food + culture (specifically Asian ones), I am shy about exploration.  I’m perfectly comfortable asking a million questions at a Taco Stand, Ethiopian restaurant, or Russian Deli.  But when I’m sitting down to a bowl of Ramen, Pho, or Naengmyeon, I point and slurp quietly.

Maybe this has to do with the fact that I can “pass” and don’t want to make a spectacle of myself by asking too many questions.  

This area is the subject of Anthony Bourdain’s latest episode of his new CNN show, Parts Unknown.  I was pleased to see my favorite chef, Roy Choi, as one of his Ambassadors.

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Artist David Choe also played tour guide - when they stopped at Sizzler, I felt an immediate connection.  I, too, grew up going to these and related to his memories of feeling a “need” to get your money’s worth from the buffet.

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Of course, my favorite part of the episode was when they went to Myung In Dumplings - the same place I went to celebrate the launch of this blog!  

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Did you see the episode?  Do you relate?  (Can you recommend some Koreatown places to visit?)

- Lynn 

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