Tag Archives: Koreatown

Caffe Bene opens in Koreatown, LA

I’m a coffee fanatic who loves coffee & tea cafes with a good ambiance. I’m excited to share that Caffe Bene, aka Korean Starbucks, has opened up its first branch in Ktown, LA. When I traveled to Korea last year, I went into one of the Caffe Benes and I really enjoyed the interior design of the place. Part of the decor reminded me of a modern library – wooden shelves and part wooden ceiling hangs over the seating area. There are outdoor seatings where you can mingle with your friends or enjoy your latte with your dog.

I ordered a iced latte, which was a little bit milky to the taste. They serve LA’s früute tart shop’s mini desserts to pair with your beverage. Try a Sea Salt Caramel Tart with your cup of joe or tea. 🙂

Caffe Bene Iced Latte
Caffe Bene Interior
Caffe Bene Outdoor
Caffe Bene Früute Cookies
Enjoying my Latte

Jjam Ppong Nara | Late Night Korean Chinese Venture

After getting a very worthwhile Thai Massage at Serene, we needed to fill our tummies with something fulfilling…Perhaps, a guilty pleasure meal that will satisfy the palate but haunt the conscious of those calorie counters.

We tried Jjam Ppong Nara (짬뽕나라), a Korean Chinese noodle specialty house. For those new to Korean Chinese cuisine, Jammppong (짬뽕) is a spicy noodle soup flavored with chili, vegetables, seafood and meat. The best part was being able to eat half Jjamppong noodles and half Tang Su Yuk, which is sweet and sour pork. Altho this dish can be made from pork or beef, I prefer pork to suit my taste. I enjoyed the portions — right amount of the noodles and soup to pair with the sweet and sourness of the deep fried pork.

Although I felt guilty for this late night venture, I really enjoyed it.

Go check out Jjamppong Nara if you’re near  7th & Vermont in Koreatown, LA.

Korean Chinese Noodles
Jjamppong Nara | Half Jjamppong + half Tangsooyuk