Korea in America

My second week back in the US I went to Wilmington, NC to visit my grandparents.  One morning, the TV was on and the Today show was advertising an upcoming clip on the “latest Asian cosmetic craze.”  I thought to myself, “I bet it’s BB cream,” and sure enough, it was.  Later that night, the news was on and they were talking about the outdoor gyms in China.  A clip floated up that could’ve been anywhere in Korea–adults working out on what looked like playground equipment.

On the Fourth of July, I went out for Korean food for lunch (it was a little salty but I enjoyed speaking some Korean with our ajumma server and have been back since) and after that, to the nearby grocery store where I discovered TONS of mandu, bbq eel, various rice cakes, fish cakes, pickled radish, kimchi, cold noodle soup mix, galbi marinades….

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Unlimited kimchi bar and soju place mats–where am I?!

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On my second visit to Koreana, David tends to the galbi, which you can cook at your table just like in the RoK 🙂

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Mom loves all banchan

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After all this, I’m left wondering if America always had this much Korea and I just didn’t notice or Korea is finding it’s popularity outside of the big cities.  This past weekend in DC, I even saw a take out bibimbap restaurant!  I’ll be on the look out for even more Korea in America.

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