I work out at a YMCA on Sawtelle, at a five-block section of West LA which is full of Asian (mostly Japanese) restaurants and clothing shops and so forth. Some restaurants stay forever, while other spaces have businesses come and go in a constantly shifting rotation.

They now have Seoul Sausage, featuring kalbi sausage, tasting, yes, like kalbi and served with kimchi "slaw," and also (no, I won't try it) kalbi sausage poutine. Also Korean corn silk tea, which is like barley tea but even better: earthy but delicate, with an intense corn flavor, but not sweet.

On Saturdays, after I lift weights, I walk to the Japanese market and buy a cold bottled barley tea and a cooked-to-order okonomiyaki from the vendors outside, with their steel grill to cook the savory pancakes with shredded cabbage and two strips of bacon, topped with two sauces and a handful of dried bonito flakes.

Yesterday I checked out a new ramen restaurant. (That makes six in five blocks.) It had a printed sign posted on a podium outside, which began, "Some time ago, we died at a very popular restaurant in Tokyo." It went on to explain how that restaurant had inspired them to open one in LA.

You may have figured this out already, but I was baffled. I wondered if "to die" was an overly literal translation of some Japanese idiom - perhaps related to the old-fashioned English "to die," meaning, "to have an orgasm."

Then I saw the same sign in the restaurant's window, with a small alteration. In ball-point pen, a carat and the letter "n" had been inserted in the appropriate place over "died."
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From: [personal profile] oyceter

... I need to come visit again. Is the new ramen place different from the one we ate at with CB?
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From: [personal profile] oyceter

If I had to die, I would definitely want to do it around good food.

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From: [personal profile] vom_marlowe

I would totally try kalbi poutine. TOTALLY. Mmmmmmm, poutine. Mmmmm, kalbi.
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From: [personal profile] owlectomy

Oh my.

I might actually take a break from vegetarianism to try kalbi sausage poutine.
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey

I didn't know that one can get okonomiyaki near the market! *makes note*
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From: [personal profile] vass

Not le petit mort but le petit dejeuner!

At first glance I actually read 'dined' not 'died', both in your subject header and in the entry. It took a second look for me to see the problem.
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From: [personal profile] kore

It had a printed sign posted on a podium outside, which began, "Some time ago, we died at a very popular restaurant in Tokyo."

WTF, is this a chain? Because there's a restaurant with a sign with that same wording (I didn't notice if there's a typo) on Broadway here.

From: [identity profile] idiosyncreant.livejournal.com

This is a delightful story. That is all. :)
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From: [personal profile] elialshadowpine

Great, now I have a plotbunny for a ghost dying at a restaurant longing to open his own.... LOL.

From: [identity profile] tibicina.livejournal.com

As a note: I also highly recommend Seoul Tofu which is right across the street from there (in that little strip mall on the corner.)

(And on the higher ticket end of things, I was sad that it looked like Orris was gone last time I was over there. But then, I don't get over there nearly as often as I used to.)

From: [identity profile] oracne.livejournal.com

Ooh, I have not had corn silk tea. Must check at our local Korean market.

From: [identity profile] lady-ganesh.livejournal.com

kalbi sausage poutine

...why won't you try this it sounds like heaven

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