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Nothing says romance like porking.

This year, like every other year, Michelle and I decided not to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We wanted to go to somewhere that wouldn’t be crowded or overpriced. We found it. Palsaik Samgyupsal Korean BBQ .

8 types of pork belly. Wine, original, ginger, garlic, herb, curry, miso, and hot.

This restaurants is brilliant just for serving a pork belly sampler, but even the design of the grill is well thought out. The grill is tilted at an angle and the fat runs off into a hole in the table but only after seasoning the kimchi.

The meal even comes with a seafood soup.

The hot soup is a must to make sure your system doesn’t get too clogged up with pork fat.

You might think gorging yourself with meat and smelling like smoke would not be conducive to love. Think again. You smell good enough to eat and you probably have already unbuttoned your pants on the car ride home.

Beer Belly: The Good Kind

I’ve put myself back onto a diet starting today. For the wedding and for a fun competition at work, I lost about thirty pounds last year. Since the wedding I’ve gained about fifteen of that back already. I can feel my body being sluggish.

I only have one rule about my diets. Never cut out beer or whiskey. That way if I drink a little too much one night and expel my dinner, it’s a drinking problem and not an eating disorder. Much more socially acceptable.

Knowing I would soon be on my low-calorie intake plan, I decided to check out Beer Belly, a craft beer bar. It’s a welcome addition to Koreatown where Hite is the standard beer and the cohesiveness of the community means everyone else follows suit. Not here though.

The beer selection is great from breweries all over Southern California, and I even found there is a brewery fifteen minutes from my home.

Since there were four of us visiting the place, we decided to go nuts and order lots of stuff from the menu.

Duck fat fries with rasberry aioli dipping sauce.

Artichoke chips with rosemary aioli.

Meatballs. Nothing mind-blowing about this particular dish, but it’s a good meatball. Sprinkling some cheese into the meatball mix might work out for this dish.

Beer Belly Grilled Cheese. This is the McGriddle v2.0.

Asparagus. I’m not a fan of vegetables in general, but I enjoyed this with the lightly sprinkled Parmesan cheese and vinaigrette.

Filet Mignon Steak Tartare. This was my favorite dish, nice subtle flavors

Smoked White Fish Mousse. My second favorite dish I tried. Whoever is in the kitchen is just matching up to my palette very well.

The menu will probably be evolving a little bit as Beer Belly finds its sweet spot, but they’re headed in the right direction. There are some light flavors that won’t over power the beer flavors, and then there are some greasy items that speak of comfort as much as beer does itself.

Not everything is on tap. Don’t forget to try some of the other beers they have in bottles. They’ve got some great selections in bottle form.

I was fortunate enough to get to try this beer at The Bruery when they had their release party. It’s definitely an acquired taste.

I liked this beer a lot. Hopped up Belgian.

After a night of beer, we decided to head out to King Taco, followed by this taco stand.

This is how you know it’s legit. There is a television showing the news in Spanish, and a box labeled “OUR BEST LARD.”

Diet is so on today.

Korean BBQ is a noodle, right?

Noodle Club has come back together after a summer off. From the suggestion of Michelle and one other member, we went to Corner Place Restaurant for some cold noodles. I know what you’re thinking. Cold noodles? That sounds like a terrible idea. I’m totally with you on that. I’m a big believer in hot food and cold beverages. I went into this meeting very skeptical.

Fortunately for me, while cold noodles are a star dish here at this restaurant, it’s still considered a side dish making way for the main event. Meat.

Raw beef is my new favorite noodle.

Mmm, smoky goodness.

The cold noodles. It’s good, very refreshing. This compliments the grilled meat well. While I would not want this as a dish by itself, it’s great with a heavier main dish. I have found a great exception to the hot meal, cold beverage rule.

While Noodle Club is serious business, we still like to have fun. See? We even made a volcano onion.

Ho Duk

After a meal in K-Town on Friday we decided to find a place that sells Ho Duk, which Michelle described as a sweet pancake. Apparently there aren’t a lot of places that sell this but Michelle knew. What’s this place called? I think it’s called that cart in the parking lot of the Korean market that sells those dessert pancakes. More specifically it’s in front of California Market on 5th Street and Western Avenue.

Here’s the cart. When the nice man in the cart tells you it’s hot, you best believe him.

This pastry tastes like a churro that you’d get from Disneyland but with less sugar, and you won’t have to bend over and take it in the butt from Mickey just to get this sugary treat. They’re only $1 each.