Kimchi + Bratwurst
Hey y’all! One of my fav gal pals Debbie had friends from NY, Sarah + Lisa visiting for the weekend. When Sarah + Lisa are in town, I’m down for a major hang out session! I heart Asian girls from NY!!!! They are a different breed! They talk street + they’re kind of mannish. First stop, Gonjiam in Korea town.
I love going to Korean restaurants with Debbie because, a)she orders in Korean + b)she always figures out the bill.
Korean uncle mafia.
Look!!! Sooooooo good!!!! Kimchi, savory pancakes, beef soup + rice!!! Very comfort food! Like a spicy hug for your tummy!!!
This was a heaping dish of pig’s feet, radish, cucumber, watercress, etc. I was not a huge fan, because I’m not accustomed to the chewy factor of the pigs ear. But, yo the girls scarfed it down till there was nothing but a few shards of carrot!!!! Oh, that’s another thing. Asian girls from NY can EAT!!!!
An offering in the parking lot of incense, watermelon + soju. http://www.yelp.com/biz/gonjiam-los-angeles
Afterwards, we stopped by the Korean market + these bananas were called, “Macho Bananas”. What the heck?! Macho bananas?! Hahahahaaaa!!! Only in Los Angeles. Oh + by the way, if you were wondering, you are correct – they were GIGANTIC.
That night, Debbie, Sarah, Lisa, Cristina + I headed to Alpine Village in Torrance for Oktoberfest. Last year, Debbie, Cristina + I made a pit stop at Alpine Village after the Lobster Festival (I LOVE A GOOD FESTIVAL) during the day + it was a jolly time. Night time was a completely different animal! It was PACKED!!!! Look at the prohibition list!!! You’d think we were going to a Suicidal Tendencies concert! Alpine Village is a little low rent + rough arount the edges, for the record. But that’s why we love it. The people watching is sensational!!!!
Success!!! We’re in!!! How cute are my friends, right?! Cristina is our honorary Asian.
The ever long beer lines. Huzzah!!!!!
Bier ist sehr gut, nicht wahr?
The cute The Haderlumpen & Udelhoevner Dorfmusikanten Oom Pah Pah band from Germany!!!
The MC of the band (in the red hat) looks a lot like this other guy I know….
We got our sausages, potatoes + saurkraut + there was absolutely no where to sit + people kept saying they were, “saving the spot”. Crisitna yelled, “You guys! Stop asking tables with girls! You have to find a table full of dudes!!!!” It worked! I used my powers of persuasion + said, “C’mon, look at these girls!” + voila! Dudes are such suckers!!!!!
The crowd at Alpine Village is the best part of it! I would say it is mostly Latino/Chicano. It’s so nice to see that they are so interested in their German heritage + their national drink! Everyone was so happy + having a really good time!! I loved the people that dressed up!
Oktoberfest is like Halloween, where girls get to have an excuse to dress slutty. I say, more power to you! Why the heck not?!
These peeps were from Eagle Rock + were veteran Oktoberfesters. Yes. She is wearing a beard. I asked her why + it was some over intellectualized statement about sexual confusion or somethinglikethat + she kind of lost me. But, they knew how to have a good time + were good Oktoberfest guides + teachers.
The guy at the switchboards was not amused.
There was a lot of beer raising + yelling throughout the night. I love screaming in German. Ja!!!!!!!!
At one point, the band took a break + Journey’s, “Don’t Stop Believing” came on + people were freaking out + singing along. This homie was not psyched. Totally straight faced.
After Journey, that’s when this guy Heino showed up + the crowd went temporarily insane!!!! Heino is a famous German pop singer from the 50’s-60’s, as my Oktoberfest guides told me. This guy was so amazing + hilarious!!! Like a straight, mod Karl Lagerfeld!!!!
I want to learn more about Heino!!!!! Obsession commence!!!
More beer raising.
We had such a fun night of yelling + dancing + yelling!!! Considering the rough crowd, everyone was really getting along, but as the night progressed, dudes were having too many “wobbly pops” as Jeff calls them. Crisitna + Lisa noticed things were starting to unravel at peaceful Alpine Village + their party alerts went on. They came back from the bathrooms in a rush saying, “Yo, things are getting bad out there! We saw a couple fights, let’s get out of here!!!”. You would’ve thought that we saw a knife fight, because we boned out of there so fast, we left a trail of dust, like road runner style.
Good call, ladies. Safety first!!! http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/
Aaaaaaah. The End.