Happy belated New Year friends! We did a ton of traveling yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to post. Here’s what we’ve been up to since coming back from Vegas…
Sunday – Ava’s One Year Celebration!
On Sunday we went to church and then attended Mike’s cousin’s baby’s first birthday celebration, which is a big deal in Korean culture and is called a dol. Ava is the first of the next generation, so this was an even bigger deal for our family. We ate lots of delicious Korean food and took a million pictures of Ava, who looked so adorable in her hanbok (traditional Korean outfit)!
One of the traditions at a dol is that a few items are placed in front of a baby, like thread, a calligraphy set, money, etc. Whatever item the baby picks is supposed to predict the baby’s future – for example, if the baby picks money, he/she will be rich; the calligraphy set indicates he/she will become a scholar, the thread indicates long life. Ava picked the thread!
After several days of constant travel, we got a break on Monday :) Mike, E and I signed up for a free week of hot yoga at Core Power Yoga and went to the Level 2 class, which was hotter than any hot yoga class I’ve been to before. We went through the poses quickly and were sweating buckets by the end! I’ll do a post about CPY later with more pictures – this is my favorite hot yoga studio so far!Hot yoga was followed by lunch :) We got Vietnamese sandwiches from Lee’s – their bread is the best and their veggies sooo fresh and crunchy.
Lunch was followed by Yogurtland. I’m a little worried about how much weight I could gain if we move to the west coast…We relaxed a little back at home, and then…dinner. Mom, E and I decided to try out a trendy new place in K-town called Palsaik, which means 8 colors. This place specializes in a certain cut of pork, and they marinate the pork in all sorts of marinades! We opted for the dinner set, which comes with 8 types of marinated pork, seafood stew, rice, side dishes, and fried rice at the end. So good! My favorite pork was the spicy one we ate at the very end. Each cut is grilled for you at your table, and we enjoyed trying out each flavor and picking our favorites!
Wednesday – New Year’s!
The new year is also a big deal in Korean culture; it’s the day you eat rice cake soup (I think the shape of the rice cake symbolizes the new moon, since we used to go by the lunar calendar) and visit your elders to pay your respects, for which children get money in return. We first drove down to San Diego to visit with Mike’s mom’s side of the family for lunch…
And then back up to LA to see Mike’s dad’s side of the family for dinner, where we got to see Ava again!It was a lot of driving, but it was wonderful to be able to see all the cousins and uncles and aunts and grandparents. It’s a wonderful tradition in Korean culture.
Okay, battery is dying on the laptop so I’m signing off for today. More food pics coming tomorrow – we’re trying lots of new-to-us restaurants this trip and finding new favorites :) I’ll have to put together a list of our favorite places to eat in LA soon.
Happy New Year!