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Deputy Editor, Southern Living Magazine. Digital and social media girl who learned everything with a pen and a reporter's notebook. Mom. Florida native celebrating all things kitsch, accidental Birminghamian. Is probably getting back from somewhere or heading somewhere. Knows: Elvis, journalism, pop culture, Southern artisans and emerging neighborhoods, vintage clothes, pugs, Yacht Rock. 

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Secrets of Bibimbap and Sequins: Here We Go, 36


I've lived in Birmingham for so long and never eaten at the New Korean Barbecue Restaurant until this week. How did I get there? Two New Yorkers (well, one technically lives in New Jersey) invited me. 

That's me and Dan Kohler (Renegade Kitchen) as we unironically took photos of our food for Instagram, and photos of us taking photos of our food. How meta. 

He and sweet David Spadora (who took the above Instagram photo) are starring in "Legally Blonde: The Musical" which is here in Birmingham for just a few more short days. He and Stephanie Instagramming it up:


Dan and David are fabulous and we would be friends if they lived here. I still think we'll be friends even though they don't live here. The point is, I'm thankful for:

1) Twitter, that let us stalk reach out to sweet Dan after we saw "Legally Blonde" because we knew we had to meet him. (Yes, I've taken on the role normally played by Rosemary V. Shaw: friend to all musical theater people!) 

2)Dan and David's openness to hang out with complete strangers and introduce us to an incredible restaurant, where Dan showed us how to get to the carmelized rice at the bottom of the bowl of bibimbap. Delicious. A former member of the Blue Man Group, Dan also gave us a fascinating tutorial on how to affix sequins to one's face. His best quote about a recent application was: "It took an hour and forty five minutes and a bottle of wine." Brilliant.

3)The moment where, in the New Korean Barbecue Restaurant, I looked up and was so thankful for wonderful new friends. And old ones.  And for a short break from the computer, where I've been spending a lot of time lately. (Not complaining. In fact working on something really exciting. But it feels good to stretch.)

I'm 35 for less than an hour. A few days ago, I started writing a big, deep post about my birthday using a metaphor about an injury I got working out last weekend. (Who aggravates and old trapeze-induced rotator cuff issue using five pound weights at Body Pump? Me!)

But instead of getting all dramatic about this year being one of tearing muscle and rebuilding (eww, that was a bad metaphor), the things I'm letting go of (lots, some of which I wrote about in my post about turning 35), and the things I am adding (few but meaningful), I will say this:

This year will be about taking the time to go for the carmelized rice at the bottom of the bowl. 

And maybe, just maybe, adding some sequins to my face. 

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Reader Comments (3)

Happy birthday! Excellent post and I have to check out that restaurant. Great reminder to be thankful and this reminds me to get back on my mission of building new and stronger friendships.
August 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjavacia
If you liked this you should try the Vietnamese noodles places. We love them and can't find good Vietnamese in Miami so we make it a point when we visit Birmingham.
August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGables girl
Let's face it: Our lives are awesome.
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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