dessert

Favorite Boba Shops of 2014

Between 2013 and 2014, I think I may have gone overboard with my milk tea craze. In 2013, I discovered my love for milk tea after experiencing it in the 626 area aka San Gabriel Valley aka the home of milk tea.

You’re probably thinking, “What? You’re Asian. How is it that you JUST discovered your love for it?” Well, let’s see… I’ve tried homemade milk tea before at my friend’s house and I wasn’t too much of a fan of it back in high school. That was probably my first and last time ever trying milk tea specifically. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely tried boba drinks before like those fruity slushy ones but I wasn’t a fan of them at all.

Flash forward about 8 years later after my first real milk tea encounter, my life changed. Everything made sense now. I guess my tastebuds had changed but now I understood why people loved milk tea! I too was in love with it and just wanted more! Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I knew I had a problem but didn’t want to fix it. Anywhere I went especially after lunch or dinner with friends, I would do research to see if there were any boba shops nearby for dessert! I grew so curious how all the milk teas tasted at the various boba shops and enjoyed comparing the differences.

After countless boba adventures, this brings me to share with you my favorite boba spots of 2014 in no special order but alphabetically because I have OCD:

1. 7 Leaves

  • Yelp: 4 stars with 1144 reviews
  • Favorite drink: Jasmine Milk Tea
  • This is probably one of the more hip boba places to hang out at in Orange County because of their interior design. A lot of boba shops are more for to-go drinks but here, they want you to hang out with your friends and enjoy your drink!

2. Almond Haus

  • Yelp: 4 stars with 498 reviews
  • Favorite drink: Almond Milk Tea or Hazelnut Iced Coffee
  • One summer, I came here every week for three months in a row and they started to remember me. I know, it was a little embarrassing but the drinks were that good.

3. Cafe Brown 

  • Yelp: 4 stars with 85 reviews
  • Favorite drink: Golden Milk Tea
  • Hidden in the edge of Fullerton, they’re known for their Golden Milk Tea. Once you have a sip of it, you experience an eye opening golden moment. You will not see life the same afterwards.

4. Cha For Tea

  • Yelp: 3.5 stars with 1047 reviews
  • Favorite drink: Honey Green Milk Tea or Mango Green Tea
  • There’s great customer service as they are always willing to make all sorts of adjustments to your drink without additional costs. They’re usually more on the sweeter end compared to other places but there’s nothing wrong with anything being too sweet!

5. Champion Food Co.

  • Yelp: 4 stars with 140 reviews
  • Favorite drink: Milk Tea or Almond Milk Tea
  • This little mom and pop shop was probably the first boba shop that opened up in Irvine. I’d like to consider them the OG of boba in the bubble tea town of Irvine. The bobas here are affordable at $2.50 and it hits the spot!

6. Factory Tea Bar

  • Yelp: 4 stars with 950 reviews
  • Favorite drink: Honey Green Milk Tea or Nom Nom Milk Tea
  • I come here mainly for two reasons, the drinks and the ambiance. This is probably one of the biggest boba places I’ve been to where there’s a lot of tables and couches. Sometimes the place isn’t big enough that there’s a wait to get seated!

7. Ozero

  • Yelp: 4 stars with 529 reviews
  • Favorite drink: Brown Sugar Milk Tea
  • Located in the heart of Little Tokyo, this place is one of my go-to places when I’m in the area. The Brown Sugar Milk Tea is similar to the Cafe Brown’s Golden Milk Tea but it’s just a tad bit bolder and sweeter.

8. Tea Station

  • Yelp: 3.5 stars with 339 reviews
  • Favorite drink: House Special
  • There’s honestly something special about that House Special drink, hence the name. Tea Station is a little more on the pricey end for milk tea but hey, they won’t disappoint you!

I wish I could have given you a list of 10 of my favorite boba places because 10 is more of a wholesome number compared to 8. (This is the OCD in me.) Because I take milk tea pretty seriously, I just don’t think it’s right to add 2 mediocre boba shops just so I can list out 10. So there you go, 8 of my favorite boba places in 2014!

Do you have a favorite boba place in Orange County or LA County area that I didn’t list? If so, feel free to share it with me! Comment below or tweet me! If you end up checking out one of these places, take a picture of it on Instagram and hashtag TinaTalksToday!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Eat Pray Love Journey – Day 6 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

I woke up little before 5 in the morning to get ready for my next adventure. I washed up, packed up, and took some food from the continental breakfast room for to-go. Christian picked me up at 5:45am to take me to Bellair Shuttle station.

Huge thanks to Christian for waking up so early to drop me off! Thank you, thank you!

The shuttle was taking me from Bellingham to Seattle-Tacoma Airport. I thought about flying out of Bellingham to go to Minneapolis but it was about a hundred dollar difference. I was like nah-ah, not paying that much. Instead, I paid $37 for the shuttle to take me to Sea-Tac airport at 6am.

The bus ride was about 3.5 hours long in the rain. We made some stops to pick up more passengers. I felt that I chose a pretty good seat where I could get my own space and no one would sit next to me. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The bus was pretty empty with less than half the seats filled but somehow, some lady just had to sit next to me. She was harmless but I just wanted my space early in the morning. I’m usually a morning person and enjoy socializing but like I said, it was early. I ended up knocking out majority of the bus ride. At one point, I tried to stay awake but I failed to do so. My head just kept bobbing. I only knew one thing to keep me awake. Listen to K-pop.

I’m not a huge K-pop fan in general but there was this one K-pop singer who’s American and did a remix of a classic American song with a lot of swag that I really enjoyed. I knew this was going to keep me awake so I listened to it on repeat. Here’s Jay Park singing When A Man Loves A Woman by Michael Bolton:

After listening to it a few times, I was finally at Sea-Tac airport by 9:30am. I went over to Sun Country Airlines to check-in my baggage.

FYI: If you check-in online 1-24 hours before your departure with Sun Country Airlines, you can save $5 for your check-in baggage.

If you’re a SoCal native like myself, you may not know anything about Sun Country Airlines. I was hesitant about flying with them because one, I had never heard of it. Two, it was cheap that it was too good to be true. From Seattle to Minneapolis, it was only $74. Three, I read some bad reviews about this airline. Some compared it to Spirit. If you know about Spirit, you know that it’s not good.

As I was boarding my flight at 10:15am, I noticed that someone was sitting in my seat. I guess the passenger who was in my seat wanted to sit with her family since they were sitting in that same row. As I approached the passenger about the situation, a flight attendant came to the rescue and asked if I could sit somewhere else since there would be some empty seats on this flight. I stood in the back until everyone was seated. Next thing you know, I got the whole row to myself!

I knocked out pretty quickly on this 5 hour flight. I don’t remember much about my flight except missing the opportunity to get some water from the flight attendant. I got really thirsty after my nap.

I landed in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 3:20pm. My friend, Mark, picked me up from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The real adventure began from this point on.

I booked a room through AirBnB with a Chinese family. I thought it would be interesting to book a room at their house because I was curious about how they got to Minneapolis since there aren’t a lot of Asians in Minneapolis. The journalist side of me made me eager to learn their story. According to Wikipedia there’s only 4.9% of Asians in Minneapolis!

I texted the girl who I was communicating with from AirBnB that I was on my way to her house. She responded that her uncle should be home to let me in. So Mark dropped me off at the house. I rang the doorbell and an older Chinese lady opened the door. Immediately, she started talking to me in Chinese and pointed at Mark’s car.

Let me remind you that I am not Chinese. I’m Korean.

I was so caught off guard by the whole situation that there was definitely an awkward moment. I quickly told her that I wasn’t Chinese. She said, “Oh! Ok!” We both kind of laughed it off. I think she was trying to tell me that Mark should move his car to the driveway but I told her he wasn’t staying. So then she carried my luggage to my room and that was that.

I unpacked a little bit and then went to explore Minneapolis with Mark! He showed me around downtown Minneapolis and gave me a thorough history of it. The area reminded me of the cleaner and less congested version of Los Angeles.

We went to the Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis. It’s a spacious park to walk around or sit down and relax to enjoy the view.

Yelpers comment that it’s a great place to jog or grab some fresh air. When I was here, there was definitely fresh, cold, and crisp air. On top of that, it was so windy that my hair got all static-y and I had to tie my hair into a ponytail! Even though it was messing up my hair, I still enjoyed the Minnesotan weather!

I loved this park since I was able to see a bunch of autumn leaves. Apparently the week before my arrival, all the leaves were on the trees but majority of them were all on the ground by the time I got there.

Right next to the park is the Guthrie Theater. Yelpers love this place as it currently has 4.5 stars with more than 100 reviews. We didn’t watch anything here but walked around it. I highly suggest you to check out the beauty of this facility. They really know how to publicize and honor well-known entertainment figures from the past. These photographs make this theater like an outdoors kind of museum.

Here’s a better exterior view of the theater:

Aren’t those large photographs amazing? Do you see that rectangular portion of the building sticking out to the left? It’s actually a balcony at the end of it! The balcony is something to check out because it has a perfect view of the Mississippi River.

From one side of the balcony, you’ll see an iconic sign in Minneapolis, Gold Medal Flour.

This historical sign is the predecessor of General Mills, one of the largest food companies in America. There’s a lot of history about General Mills that dates far back as the late 1800s. This building is no longer a flour factory but it has turned into Mill City Museum that is opened to the public. With 51 reviews, Yelp gives the museum 4 out of 5 stars.

On the other side of the balcony, you’ll see an aerial view of Gold Medal Park that I visited earlier. There’s a trail that circles around the hill located to the left of the picture. The trails leads to the top of the hill where you can also see the Mississippi River!

It got pretty chilly hanging outside in the balcony but I loved it. I was enjoying every moment of the coldness because I knew that I wouldn’t ever experience that kind of weather in SoCal. Afterwards, we left the theater and walked closer to the Mississippi River where I had to get one last closer shot of it.

Seeing the Mississippi River was really something. It made me reflect on my elementary days when I opened up my blue history book. I remember looking at the US map and seeing how long the river stretched down from Minnesota to Louisiana. It was the one river you just could not forget because of how historical it was. I really never imagined that I would see it in real life but I sure did that day!

The walking and the cold weather made us hungry. So for dinner we went to The Freehouse. I would compare this restaurant to a hip and an upscale version of Yard House. They’re known for their brewery selection and the fusion of different cuisines for their entrees. I got the Pesto Pappardelle that had asparagus, spinach, tomato, and basil pesto for $12. I love pesto so this meal just hit the spot. I think pesto is one of those sauces that can do no wrong.

Though Yelp rates them 3.5 stars with 142 reviews, it wouldn’t hurt to give this place a try. The ambiance here is upbeat where everyone’s enjoying their time even if it’s busy and loud. I wouldn’t mind coming back here and getting the same thing or even trying some of their unique plates.

After dinner, we went to a Target Express in Dinkytown. What’s Target Express and is Dinkytown real? Target Express is a like a convenient store that is located near a university. This store in particular only carries products that are necessities for college students. And yes, Dinkytown real.

Did you know that the Target Headquarters is located in Minneapolis?

There was actually no real reason to check out this Target Express in Dinkytown but just to see something different from the norm!

To end the night, we went to one of Mark’s favorite spots, Izzy’s Ice Cream. It is literally right next Gold Medal Park. After a long walk around the park, it’s a great idea to treat yourself to some Izzy’s! This little ice cream parlor has 4.5 stars with 64 reviews on Yelp.

You know an ice cream shop is a keeper when they change their menu of flavors on a daily or weekly basis. Izzy’s has 150 different flavors but they always have 32 flavors available. For that time being, I got two of their most popular ones on a Kiddie + Izzy waffle cone for $4. It’s a little more on the pricey end for ice cream but keep in mind that these are some unique flavors. For the Kiddie, I got the Norwegian Chai and for my Izzy, I got the Salted Caramel.

Say what? Who or what is Kiddie and Izzy? Kiddie is the larger or normal scoop of the ice cream and Izzy is the smaller and cuter scoop that goes on top of the big one. Cute concept, huh?

Ever since I tried the Apple Pie ice cream from my trip to Bellingham, Washington, my life has changed. Just kidding, not my life but my ice cream life has changed. So going to Izzy in Minneapolis got me all excited. The Norwegian Chai had a subtle spice flavor to it. According to Izzy’s, “…norwegian chai is finely ground, sweet orbs of Norwegian cardamom toast.” The Salted Caramel had a light sweet and savory taste to it which was perfectly balanced.

For a short amount of time on my first day in Minneapolis, I feel like we accomplished a lot! Thanks Mark for picking me up at the airport and showing me around Minneapolis! What a great start to my Minnesotan trip!

Throwback Thursday: Gelato Paradiso

I’m throwing it back to the one of the real summer days! Weather here in sunny SoCal is slowly starting to get chilly and it’s nice because there’s less of that blazing sun burning our skin! On the other hand, I’m going to miss getting a tan and going for ice cream runs at night because of the heat!

One summer night, Elaine and I had to just get out of the house, get some fresh air and explore. So we drove over to Gelato Paradiso in Laguna Beach! When we got there, this small gelato shop was packed and had a long line going out the door! We stood in line for 15 or 20 minutes and finally treated ourselves to some gelato with their fresh homemade waffle cone!

For $4.75 I got a peach and chocolate chip gelato in a waffle cone. Elaine got the pistachio gelato in a waffle cone also! I highly recommend getting the waffle cone as it is constantly made fresh and it goes perfectly well with all the various gelato flavors. The flavors genuinely taste like what its supposed to be and it just hits the spot!

Yelp shows 4.5 stars with more than 350 reviews! With that kind of rating, you know you just have to check this place out!

Check out my Gelato Paradiso Tastemade appisode here!
Gelato Paradiso 2

Elaine, thanks for taking me to this hidden gem in Laguna Beach! I’m going to miss our spontaneous summer runs to Laguna Beach just like this night!

Spontaneous Road Trip: Day 2

We slept in pretty late the next day like up until 10AM. This was considered pretty late for us but we needed our full rest to recover from the day before. We began Yelping places to eat for breakfast. We found one nearby called Rose Donuts and Cafe in San Jose. It’s a popular donut shop that currently has 4.5 stars with almost 400 reviews. They’re known for making ginormous sized donuts! No joke!

Kat and I saw these two girls sharing one of those huge donuts. The ironic part about them eating was that they were in their workout clothes. I’m not sure if they were charging themselves up with a big donut before working out or if they were rewarding themselves with a donut after a good work out. I wish I had taken a picture of them eating in their gym clothes but I didn’t want to seem like a creeper.

We shared one of the popular items on the menu which was the breakfast burrito with a side of salsa. With one bite, we were quickly satisfied by the whole breakfast burrito experience. The hot eggs and meat really hit the spot.

Even though I was pretty full from the burrito, I had to pick up a donut just because I was born with a sweet tooth. I was pretty curious if there was anything special about the donuts here. I got a chocolate twist for a little less than a dollar! I was a little surprised how it was cheaper by 10 or 20 cents compared to Orange County! The donut shop near my house charges $1.10 for any twists! In addition to the affordable donut from Rose Donuts and Cafe, it was good! There was more fluff, bread, and chocolate on the donut than my usual experience from my neighborhood donut shop. There was a lot of bread and chocolate that I couldn’t eat it anymore after a few bites. I had to save it for later.

Anyways, enough about donuts! Actually, one more thing about donuts. If you didn’t know, I love donuts. I’m pretty passionate about them. It’s not even funny. Feel free to check out all my posts where I’ve mentioned Donuts!

After breakfast, we drove an hour up north to go to San Francisco! We parked in the underground structure of Union Square where we paid $5.50 for one hour! Only between the hours of noon and 3PM, they charge you $5.50 an hour! Ridiculous, huh? Luckily, Kat and I only spent one hour in San Francisco so we didn’t have to pay more than $5.50. San Francisco wasn’t exciting as we were expecting it to be. There wasn’t much to do in Union Square other than shop and shop some more. I recommend that you check out Union Square between November and December at night when all the holiday decorations are up.

We walked across the street to Macy’s and went to the top floor to take pictures of Union Square. It was nice to see Union Square in a panoramic view with all the fancy stores spread out.

Then we walked around the block and decided to ride the Cable Car for fun. The line for it was pretty long and we felt like we were wasting our time just standing there. So Kat started researching pretty quickly on what we should do instead. She found a place with street art and we agreed upon it immediately. We jumped out of the line and took some fake pictures on the cable car as if we had been on it.

Like I mentioned before, Union Square is a lot more entertaining during the holidays. There are a bunch of stores in the area but you can check them out at the mall by your house. One store you might want to check out since it’s only located only in several cities across the nation is Uniqlo. It’s a popular affordable clothing store that originated from Japan.

We drove over to the Mission District for some street art. Right when we got there, we learned something new thanks to smart phones and Google. We parked at a broken meter but we weren’t sure if it was legal to park there or not. So we looked it up online and it said that we were allowed to park there for free! The time limit of parking there is dependent on whatever it says in the meter originally. Basically, unlimited time.

As we were walking around, we found Philz Coffee, a popular coffee shop in Northern California that everyone raves about. They’re known for their popular Mint Mojito Iced Coffee.

Note to everyone: Talk to the barista behind the counter first to order your drink. Then go to the cashier to pay. There are signs to help direct you through this process of ordering. I was not paying attention at all to the signs. I was just so excited to be there that I paid first and then ordered. It was a little embarrassing. Also, keep in mind that your cold drink will be in a paper cup! Not in a clear plastic cup! When I got my drink, I completely forgot that they were all about that paper cup. I gave the barista a confused look saying that he must have made the wrong drink. He looked back at me weird and then I realized he was innocent.

I got my drink and sat down with Kat at a table. I had a sip of my Mint Mojito Iced Coffee and fell in love with it! The mint was somewhat subtle and was integrated so smoothly with the coffee itself. There was a creamy, sweet, and obviously a minty taste to it. There was a lot of flavors going on when I drank it but they all worked together really well!

As we were relaxing at the table, the people next to us said out loud, “Hey Phil!” I somehow knew it was Phil, the founder of Philz Coffee. I did a double take at Phil and it sure was him! He looked at me weird because I did this whole double take action, but he continued his conversation with his friends. At some point, I was tweeting Philz Coffee that Phil was sitting next to me. They tweeted back saying I should take a picture with him. Encouraged by their response, I had to interrupt his conversation with his friends to take a picture with him. So we did! He was so friendly about it!

He noticed that Kat wasn’t drinking anything so he went behind the counter and made one for her! We kept telling him that he didn’t have to but he just went at it! He made a Mint Mojito Iced Coffee out of love for Kat! We were both drinking and we started talking to him. We actually talked to him for awhile, probably 30 minutes long. It was so inspiring to hear his stories of how he came about with the business and the future prospects of it. This man had so much knowledge and experience about business that I’m sure he has inspired so many others.

After talking to him, this is how we felt.

We really couldn’t believe that we had a full on conversation with Phil from Philz Coffee!

So after that craziness happened, we were able to finally start walking around! Here are some pictures we took during our adventure in Mission District. Major photo credit to Kat for all of her creativity in taking these awesome pictures!
Talking behind someone's back.

It just made sense to point up. It just did.

It just made sense to point up. It just did.

 

We could’ve stayed in the area so much longer because we were having so much fun just taking pictures but we had to head back to San Jose for dinner with Stacy. We ate Pluto’s for some salad! Oh man, Kat and I were craving some greens in us! This place did the job. You can make your own customized salad here but you can also order sandwiches. It was so nice to eat something healthy for dinner! Thanks Stacy for joining us for dinner!

(Please ignore the fries by our salad. Don’t judge. Thank you.)

Santana Row is a nice fancy outdoorsy shopping center with more of the high end stores and restaurants. It reminds me a little bit of The Grove or The Americana at Brand in Los Angeles. It was good to just walk around Santana Row after eating those curly garlic fries and them sweet potato fries. (Don’t judge us!)

I’m not sure why but I like this picture that Kat took of me and Stacy talking to each other in front of Madewell. It’s a picture of two tall Asian girls talking to each other.

After a long day of walking around San Francisco and in Santana Row, we were ready to head back to Stacy’s place for some sleep. We had to rest up for a long drive back home the next day!

AFTERS Handcrafted Ice Cream

After three attempts to get Afters Handcrafted Ice Cream, I was finally able to get some! The first three times I went, the line was ridiculously long and my friends were not willing to wait.

My BFF, best foodie friend aka best frenemy friend aka Briana, and I went at an off hour like 3 or 4PM. The wait was about 15 to 20 minutes. The line was still out the door but not as bad as when it’s prime time like after dinner time.

If you’re not familiar with AFTERS, it’s basically an ice cream donut sandwich shop. They’re not just regular Dreyer’s ice cream but they’re uniquely flavored. For example some of their most popular ones include Almond Cookie, Cookie Butter, Cookie Monster, Jasmine Milk Tea, and Milk & Cereal.

Briana and I probably tried about 5 samples and they were all really good. We had a hard time deciding what to get. We both ended up getting two of the most popular ones on the menu.

I got the Cookie Monster with sprinkles in a milky bun. The first topping is free topping and as for the milky bun, it’s a few extra bucks. The milky bun is a regular glazed donut under a fancy name. In total, the ice cream sandwiched in the milky bun costs $5.40.

Briana got the Jasmine Milk Tea with the milky bun.

They were both really good! The Cookie Monster was just like the the cookies ‘n cream flavor. The Jasmine Milk Tea had the smooth and light flavor just like the boba drink.

BUT!

It was definitely an overkill with the sweets. I think my sugar level went up drastically after one bite. It gets pretty darn rich with the ice cream and donut together. It’s best if you get the ice cream alone because that in itself is heavy or go halfsies on the ice cream with milky bun.

You can just get the ice cream by itself in a bowl or cone. One scoop is $3.50, two scoops is $5, and three scoops is $6. The quality of the ice cream is uniquely handmade that it’s more on the pricey end.

Would I go here again? Eh, I wouldn’t go out of my way next time. I want to give it another chance just with ice cream by itself. No milky bun, please, no.

I’m glad that I was able to check this place out though. I was curious about it because everyone was posting it on social media! I can finally check this off my foodie list.

Thanks Briana for checking this place out with me during your short visit in SoCal! It’s always fun to try something new with you! I’m looking forward to more foodie adventures with you!

Old Vine Cafe

Though I’ve been to The Camp, located in Costa Mesa’s hipster area, a billion two times for Milk and Honey, The Black Market Bakery, or Umami Burger, for some odd reason, I never made the effort to check out other restaurants there. Old Vine Cafe was one I had yet to check out. Luckily, my friend, Hannah, was in town and was craving it. So Sunday afternoon, Catherine and I went to the Old Vine to meet up with Hannah. It’s a great place to check out because Yelp shows some solid reviews. This place has more than 1,200 reviews with 4 out of 5 stars.

It was surprisingly busy when we got there late afternoon! We waited for 30-45 minutes to get seated but the wait wasn’t actually too bad only because we were having an intense conversation! So time actually flew by pretty quickly.

Catherine and I shared the Pumpkin Spice French Toast with fruits and dried nuts.

I have to say that I loved it! The flavor of it wasn’t too heavy and the texture was almost soft like a pound cake. The French toast seemed more like a dessert than any sort of meal. It reminded me of the softer and sweeter version of the Asian brick toast. Downside about this French Toast was that it was more on the pricy end of about $15. It doesn’t hurt to try it once though!

Hannah got the Caramel Apple French toast. Now, her French toast looked like a masterpiece!

I wouldn’t mind going back just for that French Toast. Maybe I’ll actually try it in the morning rather than as a late afternoon lunch meal.

Thanks Mrs. Kim for coming all the way down to Orange County to hang out with me and Catherine! Please tell your hubby that we said thank you for treating us out! We were thankful for all the wisdom you shared with us! Can’t wait to learn more from you!

Honey Pig

My mom wanted to take me to a new restaurant that she found with her friend in Irvine. She couldn’t remember the name of it but knew where it was located. So we went to this Korean restaurant that she was raving about because of their stew. Once we got there, I realized it was Honey Pig! I knew Honey Pig had opened “recently” in Irvine but completely forgot about it.

Honey Pig is probably at least a year old. In the afternoon, they have a special lunch menu which is when my mom tried their stew. Unfortunately or fortunately, however you want to take it, when it’s dinner time the menu is all about grilling. So we weren’t able to try out their stew. Next time I will though!

Three big factors set Honey Pig different from other KBBQ restaurants.

One. Honey Pig is not AYCE aka All You Can Eat. They charge you by the plate of meat. Downside is that you’re definitely paying a little more at Honey Pig compared to Gen or Cham Sut Gol where it’s about $20-$25 for unlimited meat. There is a minimum requirement to order two plates of meat no matter how small or big your party may be.

Two. The grill at Honey Pig has an upside down cone shape where it’s slightly tilted so that the oil can be drained from grilling. Other restaurants just have a flat grill.

Three. Vegetables such as spicy bean sprouts, kimchi, and sweet potato are grilled. If you end up not finishing all those vegetables or even the meat, they will put rice on the grill to make fried rice with those leftover vegetables. With that, you have a second serving for dinner! They know how to make your food not go to waste!

This is how Honey Pig works:
1) Grill them vegetables first!

2) Add the meat.

3) Once the meat has been cooked, wrap it in lettuce or rice cake with the grilled vegetables.

4) Once you’re done eating the meat with the wraps, it’s fried rice time! You just eat right off the grill.

5) No food shall go to waste. Upon completion of eating everything, your grill should look pretty spotless.

Two people eating two plates of meat with overload of vegetables and to end it with fried rice is doable but almost painful. So painful that my mom and I went out for ice cream at Baskin Robins to ease the pain from overeating. Downside about Honey Pig is that they don’t provide any fruit or sweets afterwards like other KBBQ restaurants. So we headed to Baskin Robins which it ironically and probably subconsciously made us feel a lot better.

Now, would I go to Honey PIg again? Eh, probably not. It’s just too expensive because we ended up spending a little more than $45 and I don’t like to stuff myself like that. I really do like their concept of twisting the traditional KBBQ.

If you want more information about Honey Pig, check out their Yelp. It’s definitely a great place to check out once if you’ve never tried it before!

Thanks umma (mom in Korea) for taking me out to dinner!