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Hey guise!

If you missed this week’s LiveChat, it was awesome! We didn’t have technical difficulties! We’re so happy! And we had a lot of fun filled packages that we opened this week. Special thanks to:

Lauren from Texas
Annette from Sweden (thanks for the socks!)
Laurence from Lithuania

Importantly, Lauren: we just checked your video, but it cut out at 1 minute. It’s all black and soundless from then on out. The first part was lovely and moved me to tears. Thank you. I wish we could have seen the rest of it. And you made Leigh very happy today

Also, because we’ve fallen behind on our live chats, we had to open some packages off camera because we’re worried things are going to start melting in the summer heat. So a big thank you to the following wonderful people:

Nicoll living in Australia AKA the EYK Dictionary MASTERMIND: You wonderful guy, you! We opened your package as soon as it arrived…hahahah couldn’t wait! Leigh actually screamed when she saw the Violet Crumbles and ran away with them like a crazy person. :D I will fight her for them. Thank you so much for yet another package. *hand hearts about the head and BILASA style sprout dancing*

Marianne (from Germany) living in Austria: Whoa this package would have melted into a a solid box of chocolate if we didn’t open this in time. Also, I read the NO HOGGING THE GOODIES to Simon out loud but he ate a box anyways.

Yen from Singapore: thank you so much for the awesome necklace!!! I hope you saw that I wore it in the live chat!

Kayliegh from Texas: Thank you the drawing and awesome glass and bandana! I’m sure you’ll see me wearing them in upcoming videos!

Kristina from Czech Repblic: OMG the package smelt so good because of all the soap! Thank you! Although I can’t read Czech we used our noses to divide the soap according to your letter. YAAAAA!!!!

Yohanna from Estonia: What an adorable card! I’m so sorry that this was a Christmas packaged *sobs* but the chocolate was still delicious.

HirOnyx from Singapore: You lovely woman you. Thank you for the storyboard clapper! We seriously need one. We checked out your Facebook page, Motion Graphics Artist WOOT WOOT!

Ash and Adora (the lovely kitten) Michigan: Dreamcatchers for the whole EYK Crew! Thank you so much! Did you make them yourselves? They look very delicate and homemade and they made them here in perfect condition! Say hello to your fiancé for us.

GREEN REGION NASTY POWER PARTY!!!

Sandara from Illinois: GO GREEN NASTIES!!! Say hi to Tish and Sharon for us too! The green M&Ms are now gone. Hahah!

The Hester Family from Illinois (Todd, Deron, Andrew, Tish): Juliet…OH! Great SHINee name for a city! :D

Jamie from Minnesota: LOVE the Facebook banner! Did you seriously draw it yourself? We’re going to need to make a jar filled with green M&Ms and gum balls cause Green Region is rocking the studio! Hahah!

Amanda from New Zealand: That L&P chocolate was amazing! I didn’t expect the popping candy because I didn’t read the packaging in advance…party in my mouth.

Yeah! So that’s it for this week! Hope you all had as much fun as we did. Make sure you check us out on SBSPopAsia tonight at 7PM, Australian Eastern Standard Time. We’re nervous! Let us know if we sound alright. Otherwise, make sure you click on this pretty button here so you don’t miss out on any of our LiveChats!

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  1. Another Los Angeles area native here, and I hope I’m not too late:

    Step 1: After arriving via LAX, ask anyone where the nearest In N Out is (i.e. the guy at the rental car place). Unless you intend to wait, and simply ask someone on the street in your vicinity, because they will usually know precisely where. They are open from 10:30am until sometime after midnight.

    Step 2: Order a double double and a 4×4 animal style (Simon is a big boy) to sate your appetite. Then order shakes and/or drinks, and some measure of fries to complete the meal. French fries are delicious all on their own.

    This of course solves your initial dilemma, but similar principles can be applied in every region.

    Wherever you specifically are, ask where the nearest Mexican restaurant is. If someone says Del Taco or Taco Bell, ignore them and ask someone else. There is always a local Mexican restaurant or taco hut nearby (possibly food truck, but that’s is more of a downtown thing with limited timing). Unfortunately, instructions beyond that are limited as you will need to know a little Spanish in most cases, unless you don’t have a preferred meat by which to stick into a tortilla. Traditional carne asada is probably the ideal choice, however, so that may be your best bet.

    Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles is another fun choice, but their locations are somewhat limited, and I have too little experience with them I’m afraid. Ignore the chains that others named like Chipotle, Johnny Rockets, El Pollo Loco, or anything of that nature. There is plenty of better food.

    I’m probably forgetting something important here, but I’ll second some of the other suggestions to head on down to the Getty museum, the beach (Huntington Beach has a nice main street, Santa Monica has the best Pier), and Griffith Observatory only if you have a guide to show you how to get there (otherwise you will get lost eternally). I’d also suggest Universal Citywalk, because it’s full of fun stores and some great restaurants. You just head to Universal Studios and where you enter is Universal Citywalk.

    There is an endless supply of everything you can possibly imagine in L.A.!

  2. Caitlin Burrows

    You could do a FAP FAP where you compare a burger from In-N-Out and Five Guys Burgers and Fries (there’s no secret menu at Five Guys).

  3. Caitlin Burrows

    Keith Sweat’s Twisted features Kut Klose and Pretty Russ. (I like Simon’s old-school R&B, too!)

  4. I’ve lived in charleston , sc my entire life and I hate grits (they’re a bit like polenta for you guys that have never had them) chicken and waffles is totally awesome sauce though. I believe Roscoe’s is the famous west coast chain

  5. Christina

    COME TO BOILING CRAB! How much you love coco curry is like how much I love boiling crab. They that with crack or something. They have coco curry here in irvine too! Have dim sum too! So much to do, ride the free hot air balloon! Go to wine country! SURF! Btw, do many people surf in Korea?

  6. So cal is awesome! We cant wait to get back there in a couple months…..Our fav things to do in LA is, go to Disneylnd (we enjoy it more than our kids), Getty Museum, eat at in-n-out, eat Mexican food (must be in a small family owned restaurant, no chains), if your there on a Tuesday night, go to Rage in west Hollywood for an amazing drag show, go to venice beach (don’t get in the water), eat at neptunes net, take a drive along the pacific coast highway, go and look at Hollywood blvd, just because.

  7. irritablevowel
    irritablevowel

    I’m not from L.A. but I know the one thing to do is eat at a food truck. Kogi is the most famous (as the one that started the food truck craze in the first place), and still ranks at the top of all of the food truck ranking articles out there. I think LudoTruck after that? I do know there are times when they gather all together so that you can pop from one to another. I spend a lot of time reading about food. :-)

  8. Simon and Martina, SBS replayed your radio show tonight and it was awesome. I thought you guys did really well, definitely natural radio talent :)

    I really liked the combination of k pop discussion and stories about Korea in general. It flowed really well. I’m not sure if you guys choose the music, but I liked the song choices too (Orange Caramel – yay!) The only improvement I would suggest is more Spudgy and Meemers!

  9. If you can swing it, come and visit San Diego! Fabulous (and legit) Mexican food + beaches. PLURAL. La Jolla Shores, The Cove, Windansea, Mission Beach. La Jolla Shores and Mission Beach are fantastic for lounging all day. The Cove is home to sea lions and the nearby Children’s Pool has been taken over by cute, shapeless seals. Wildlife! Speaking of animals–the Zoo is pretty great. Want to surf? CHECK. Want to try out paragliding? YEP WE GOT THAT TOO. I mean. Sounds like a vacation to me.

    Rubicon Deli in Pacific Beach makes my favorite sandwich in the entire world. If you’re in town, make it a point to stop there and bring your lunch for a picnic on the beach.

    (Do I sound like I am really digging San Diego? Yes? Good. I’m pretty fond of my hometown!)

  10. Kyung Lee-Green

    In-N-Out is a definite yes. My favorite is the double-double animal style. The milkshakes are pretty good.

    However, if you are on a low-card diet, you could do the cheeseburger – protein style, but it doesn’t taste as good. If you’re vegan, you can actually order a grilled cheese.

    Chipotle is tasty but not true Mexican food in any way, but you won’t get the runs so you might want to check it out. Panda Express is not real Chinese food. And it’s not even good Americanized Chinese food.

    If you want good Chinese food, drive over to Alhambra. There’s a Din Tai Fung over there. So good!!!

    If you want excellent Indian food, drive down to Artesia, Pioneer Avenue has a ton of Indian restaurants. It’s considered the Little India area. I have personally eaten at Ashoka and it’s great for buffet style. If you’re looking more for snacks like chaat and sweets, then try Jay Bharat or Standard Sweets & Snacks.

    If you want decent Korean food, there’s always Koreatown in downtown LA. Garden Grove also has decent Korean, a little less expensive. Korean food in Koreatown is also quite expensive. I love Gen for all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. But there’s a ton of quite good AYCE Korean BBQ.

    Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles is really good. So yummy, definitely worth it. Bruxies has waffles, but it’s like the McDonalds of chix and waffles. The best grits I’ve ever had is at a place in Arizona, of course that does you no good since you’re not going there, so might as well the grits at Roscoe’s. They’re decent.

    Lucille’s is a chain and it’s okay, not great. However, I think they have really good fried green tomatoes, grits, and greens. They’re kind of expensive, but you can buy gift cards at Costco for Lucille’s and you’ll get $100 worth of food for $80. Their BBQ (American-style) is okay. I really like the sides there.

    Oh, you should definitely check out the Costcos in U.S. if you get a chance. So much stuff.

    So many food trucks, and so many are quite good. You’ll just have to see if you can to a food truck roundup so you can get the most bang for your buck. Speaking of which, they can be quite expensive for what it is.

    Vietnamese, once again I’d go down to Garden Grove. There’s a whole section over there where you can get excellent pho. I like Pho 79, but there’s tons of pho places that are quite good.

    My absolute favorite Mexican is a place called Hole Mole. The al pastor taco is the bomb. And their salsas are so good. The lemon peppers are dangerous. They’re quite inexpensive and so good. If you must do Taco Tuesday in California, I highly recommend Hole Mole. Unfortunately they’re only in Long Beach and Orange County.

    But there is a Roscoe’s Chix and Waffle in Long Beach, so you could hit up Roscoe’s and Hole Mole both of those on the same day.

    Then you could do Little India in Artesia and pho in Garden Grove as well as Korean food in Garden Grove.

    Oh, you might also want to try Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I highly recommend the glazed when they’re hot. If they’re not hot, get a dozen and microwave them. They just sort of collapse in your mouth.

    Also, if you want to not have terrible stomach problems because of all the different foods you’re eating and you’ll be able to cook, you might want to check out Trader Joe’s so you’ll be able to make some food for yourself. Depending on how long you’re traveling, you probably don’t want to eat out all the time. Whole Foods is nice, but very expensive. I feel Trader Joe is better and more representative of California life-style.

    Anyhoo, I hope you guys have a great trip to L.A.

    P.S. There’s Coco Curry here too.

  11. glad to know that you guise DO NEED a clapper. i saw you guise doing the clap in your road trip bloopers video, so i figured maybe you need a clapper lol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9ZS5dF3dZE

  12. I’m from the east coast (Virginia) but I have family in Southern California. If you plan to rent a car, Pacific Coast Highway is a beautiful drive. Also the Danish town of Solvang is very lovely and quaint. It’s a tourist area but I love the shops and architecture. It’s roughly 130 miles northwest of LA. There’s also Venice Beach which many people, including my sister, love, but I find it to be gritty. Whatever you do, avoid that crazy LA rush hour traffic if you can…what a nightmare.

  13. Sarah Kim

    You HAVE to go to San Diego!!!! BESST MEXICAN FOOD EVVVAAARRRRRR!!!!! And Bubble tea (or BOBA<3)!!!! There's this place called Lollicup and there are quite a few in Irvine, OC. I don't know, boba is just REALLY addicting 0.o… they have like chicken nugget things(i really don't know what they call them) and like potato swirly things on sticks;) In Lake Forest, Orange County, there is pastrami burger place called The Hat. Honestly, i prefer The Hat rather than In-N-Out cause the burgers are like 5x meatier and every thing comes in large portions(perfect for food loving people like you guys;)). The Hat is fattening but is SOOOOOOO GOOD xD hope you guys eat a lot and see a lot when you're in Cali;) Cali Nasties can't wait to see you guys strolling on the beach:) (probably dancing to kpop and embarrassing yourselves as usual)

  14. Damariz Ceballos

    I guess it depends on where you go and when… i can only think about Old Town Monrovia (I’ve been there so many times)… On Friday from 5pm-9pm there is a Farmer’s Market with a bunch of little trinkets and food like burgers, chicken and what not… and if that’s not possible it’s right next to a hiking trail right next to it where sometimes you see deers. (PS Try the Rum Cake if they’re selling it… but only if you like sweet things)

  15. Jazmin Borda

    You should look for a Peruvian restaurant and have some Rocoto relleno (its very very spicy) and try some Ceviche!!!!

  16. As a Cali native and one who’s lived in the OC, in LA and San Bernardino counties, I can’t even begin to say what you should see first. Let me try to make a short list now:

    1) visit the Huntington Library, it’s a beautiful place with delightful gardens and interesting gallery exhibits that change periodically. http://www.huntington.org/

    2) Definitely try to get to the Getty Villa which is different than the Getty Center which is also a good place to visit! I usually go every summer, and spend hours at each place. http://www.getty.edu/visit/

    3) Go to the Griffith Park Observatory! I think it’s reopened now after it was being remodeled and stuff so I’m also looking forward to going back to see what changes were made. DON’T go on mondays they are definitely closed on that day. http://www.griffithobs.org/

    4) If you like to geek out on space stuff a good place to visit would be the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) – you have to reserve your spot for the visitor tours. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/tours/views/

    5) If you like to explore bookstore’s but not the typical commercial bookstore I recommend you go to The Last Bookstore which has a whole floor dedicated to books that cost you just 1 dollar though of course there are pricier books too. I love the old books feel since I’ve always found secondhand books to be exciting and wondered what the previous owners were like.
    http://lastbookstorela.com/

    6) If you like hiking there are trails that will lead you near the Hollywood sign though you won’t actually get to go right up to it.- It’s off limits to everybody.

    7) feel like seeing the place where one of the largest fossil hauls was found? visit the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park (featured in My Girl 2)

    8) If you’re missing Korea at this point you can visit the Korean Bell of Friendship at Angel’s Gate Park in the San Pedro community of Los Angeles..

    9) Interested in old trains? Visit Griffith Park and Southern Railroad and ride their miniature Travel Town railroad. http://www.griffithparktrainrides.com/

    10) Beaches? the Orange County area has wonderful beaches, my recommendations: Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point. My favourite is Crystal Cove State Park which has easy access to beaches and hiking areas.

    Note:
    I KNOW that in Cali everybody and their mother swears by In-n-out, but I really don’t like it, and when I have gone the lines are crazy (even at night!) because of it’s popularity; I’ve never really understood the hype though (maybe because I’m not really big on burgers)

  17. marianne kollipost

    Oooooh, my package did not make it live? :( so saaaaad now…
    XD just kidding. Hope you guise like all the good chocolate. Bad Simon for hogging. BAD! Share the eatable love! (>.<)v good that it did not melt. I was so worried.^^
    Love you guise, hope I can someday drink a nice cuppa tea in your café. <3

  18. Oh my goodness you are coming to LA! There are a ton of things to see, do, and eat while you visit. Definitely eat at In-N-Out and get something off their “secret” menu: http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/03/the-in-n-out-survival-guide-we-ate-every-single-item-on-the-secret-menu.html …Also, go to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Hollywood but go early as there is usually a long ass wait later in the day and on weekends. But you MUST eat from a taco truck. Doesn’t matter where, if you find one, have an authentic Mexican taco!

    And please, please, PLEASE don’t go to Johnny Rockets or Chick-Fil-A or Bubba Gump’s or Chipotle. Those are all fast food chains which you can get anywhere else in the US. Don’t come to LA to say you ate at Johnny Rockets; In-N-Out is probably the only fast food place that is unique. Experience the other food options LA has to offer.

    You guys are going to be on the Westside (Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice)…check out the pier in SM and see all the hippies/artists in Venice! Experience people shilling out medical Marijuana cards for only $20! haha. If you have a chance check out other parts of LA as well: Downtown, K-Town (Koreatown), Little Tokyo, Silverlake/Echo Park, Hollywood (but the parts that aren’t touristy), Mid-Wilshire, etc, etc! Honestly there is way too much to see and LA is more of lots of little cities congealed into one huge city. Each area has their own uniqueness and something about them. AND THERE’S SO MANY FOOD OPTIONS.

    VidCon is in Orange County aka OC. And it’s by Disneyland; vastly different from the LA vibe. There isn’t much to do around that area since it’s catered to tourists visiting Disneyland (which hiked their prices) but if you’re able to move out of that area definitely explore the beaches: Huntington Beach, Corona Del Mar Beach, Newport Beach are some nice ones in the area. Also, OC has a huuuuuge Vietnamese community in Westminster/Garden Grove. Go there if you want some really good Viet food – I recommend Brodard their Pho, Bun Bo Hue, Banh Xeo, and Nem Nuong are what they’re known for: http://www.yelp.com/biz/brodard-restaurant-garden-grove

    Ahhh!! Some more LA guides to help:

    http://la.eater.com
    http://laist.com

    Will you be holding a meetup? :)

  19. I had to stop the video just to write this comment. I’m from South Carolina and instant grits are gross in my opinion. You need to have real grits made on the stove.

    Also, I agree that Texas is considered southern, but not as southern as the south-east of the US.

  20. destatikai

    Ahhhhh! As a Southern California native, I HAVE to put my 2 cents about food and IN-N-OUT into this!
    If you’re going to Malibu for your anniversary, I would highly recommend Paradise Cove in Malibu. It’s quite popular, and is a restaurant right on the beach, so you could have a lovely view with a delicious meal. I would really, really advise making reservations well in advance (you can reserve online – Beach Cafe Reservations at the top of the page, or call in.). The seafood is to die for. Be warned, it’s a bit pricey, but the portions are huge and the place is beautiful for celebrating an occasion of some sort. You can also walk along Malibu beach and the pier.

    If you’re heading into LA, there are tons, TONS, of places you can go to eat. LA is literally the melting pot of cuisines for whatever you’re craving. If you’re craving mexican food, forget Chipotle! Not at all authentic, I’m sure you already know that. You need to look for the smaller places. As there are plenty, you can try using Yelp online to find the closest, or I’m sure fellow LA Youtubers all have their favorite mexican place to go to. You definitely want to go to places where the menu items have their original spanish names! And of course in LA there are pockets of Asian neighborhoods with their own particular cuisine. Torrance has both Japanese (Mitsuwa marketplace has a small restaurant with authentic style RAMEN!), Korean, and even Chinese places. If you’re heading to downtown LA, check Little Tokyo, Chinatown, even try Filipino food in Little Manila. Plenty of options and really too many places to list!

    Now, about In-and-Out… this you definitely shouldn’t miss out on if you haven’t had it before. There are 3 basic burgers on the In-N-Out menu: regular burger, cheeseburger, or double double which has 2 patties and 2 slices of cheese. You can expand any of these burgers by 1 patty and 1 slice of cheese up to a 4×4 (4 patties with 4 slices of cheese). All of these burgers come standard with lettuce, tomato, and their own twist on thousand island dressing, along with your choice of regular sliced onion or grilled onion (you have to tell them if you want it grilled!)

    The “secret menu” is easy! Order a burger “animal style” and it’ll come with extra dressing, grilled onion, pickles, and mustard fried to the meat patty. Order french fries “animal style” and your fries will come topped with dressing, grilled onion, and cheese (my favorite!). You can order your patties “mustard side down” to have it mustard fried, or even your fries “well done” meaning extra crispy. “Protein style” means no bun, just the burger and toppings in a bunch of lettuce, and “the Flying Dutchman” means just a patty and cheese, no bun or toppings. Finally, you can not only order a strawberry, vanilla, or chocolate shake; you can order any combination of the 3, whether in pairs or all 3 (neapolitan style). My personal order is always: cheeseburger with grilled onions, animal style fries, and a strawberry shake. :D

    And for those who have not heard of In-N-Out, it started as exclusive to California, but since then has expanded to Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. It’s like the White Castle burger chain of the East Coast, or (so I’ve heard) the Tim Horton’s to Canadian natives.

    …And I’m done with this long post. Hope I helped somewhat, with In-N-Out at least, hehe. ^^;;

  21. Beckah-Roo

    As a fellow Texan I need to clear something up… my mom/ family always says pecan is a tree/ pie and a Pee can is what you throw out in the morning.. that’s true southern definition for ya on how to pronounce it ^.^

  22. Lily Snape

    As an American living overseas for so long..I have no idea about this In-and-Out burger secret menu…Leigh (or someone…) can you explain? What if I find one in an airport somewhere in The States and don’t know what to order! *horror*

  23. Tanner Wilson

    Are you guys doing anything fun or special for the FIFA World Cup this summer?

  24. I always miss these! Well actually, I caught one once, I just don’t remember what time it was. =( What time do you normally do these UK time? Or, just Korea time and I’ll work it out. =) Also, will you do another live chat while watching a K-drama?

  25. Jessica May

    So this isn’t quite related to the live chat, but I just listened to your show on SBS PopAsia and it was so cool! It’s like EYK + radio = 2 of my favorite things merged together <3 Plus the broadcasting is at 11am where I live, so it's a perfect start for my day! (And also another good excuse for procrastinating^^)

    I was just wondering though: in case we couldn't listen to it live for some reason, is there a place where we can listen to the show afterwards?

    Of to watching the live chat now~

  26. Suiyoubii

    I couldn’t stop staring at Leigh and Soo Zee playing the game in the background whenever they were visible xD
    Also I’m with you Martina, I CANNOT take naps, once I’m awake, I’m awake until its time to go to sleep again D: I’m also more of a morning/day time person, I like the brightness of the time of day when humans are supposed to be awake. Whenever I try to stay up past 1am, I always get too tired and falling asleep wherever I am

  27. just curious though, how many fan packages do you guys still haven opened that’s stacked away somewhere deep in the black hole?

  28. hiddentwilight

    Yay! I’m glad everyone liked the package as much as I’d hoped. And everything made it without breakage! I’m sorry to hear that dropbox is being a jerk. I’m in the process of uploading the video to google drive. Hopefully that will cooperate

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