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Our West Coast Road Trip, Part 1

September 15, 2015

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YASSS! Finally! We’ve been working on this video for ages. Our road trip around the US has resulted in over 500GB of footage, and sorting through it all, syncing it all with audio, and then finally putting together something kinda presentable has taken a really long time. We were able to post our Houston video and our Pizza video in the meanwhile, but, at long last, we finally have a video from our West Coast Road Trip. HOORAY!

You know, it’s so much footage that we had that when we looked over the entire video we were pretty happy about it, but then we realized that we forgot our favourite part of the trip altogether: when I called Martina a Creamy Bitch. HOW COULD WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT?! It’s so important! And I don’t even know why I did that. It didn’t make any sense at the time, but it’s kinda like Eyebrows on Fleek, in that when you’re saying it you think to yourself “WTF DID I JUST SAY?!” but then when you hear it over again you realize, yeah, yes that made sense. Hey Ducky! When it comes to donuts, don’t be a creamy bitch!

As for the video itself, the point of this road trip was, of course, to get to the locations we were having events in for our Meet Your Kimchi Tour, but we also wanted to use this opportunity to experience as much of Canada and the US as we could in the few weeks that we had. And, for us, when we go traveling, we want to experience the place not by going to landmarks or destinations or anything like that. I want to experience the world by eating it. And so we tried. We looked up well in advance some of the most recommended food places in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and ate with reckless abandon. We, errr, gained a lot of weight while doing so, but I like to think of ourselves as method actors, and we had to gain weight for our roles. Yeah? Does that make sense? You buying it? Probably not :D

Of course, we couldn’t go to all of the places we wanted to visit. Our stay in Portland was embarrassingly short. We only drove through it, and stopped at that one location to experience as many food trucks as possible, but we were pretty gutted that we couldn’t spend more time in Portland. We had a tight driving schedule to keep, and so we couldn’t do the Portland pilgrimage I’ve always wanted to do. We’ve, uhh, watched a bit too much Portlandia. We like it a lot. I really wanted to go around and experience Portland, more than just for its food trucks. Hopefully in another time!

Seattle was surprisingly awesome! I knew so little about it. Really, I just thought it was going to be all residential with a small downtown that were mostly offices. I don’t know why I thought that. I just never saw Seattle portrayed in a way that shows how thriving of a culture it actually is. Some of you might be thinking that this is obvious, but we know very little about the US. So we were very pleasantly surprised with all that we saw!

And Vancouver was a blast. You’ll see in the pictures we post when the picture post is done, but, wow: we went to some gorgeous parts of BC and made some of our favourite memories. We were also really lucky to be able to spend time with Rose who not only performed at our event, but also hung out with us a few times. And we also spent a lot of time with Ryan while we were there, you you might have seen ages ago at the Korean Game Cafe we went to ages ago. We haven’t seen him in a long time. It was just great feels to have everyone around. That’s kinda why we always talk about not being afraid of traveling for fear of losing your friends. You make new ones, good ones, and when they leave and you’re reunited again through some stroke of luck you’re so happy to see each other.

For those of you wondering how we brought the Eatyourkimchi Mobile over to the US, and how there were two of them rather than one, well, that’s because we didn’t bring over the Eatyourkimchi Mobile. The one we drive in Korea is a Kia Soul. The ones we had in the US were two of the new Kia Sorento. Meaning, we got new ones made just for the trip. Woohoo! We needed two rather than one because we had five people, eight pieces of check-in on luggage, four pieces of carry on, and a lot more. One car wouldn’t be enough. (Who’s the fifth person, you ask? Our good friend Brian, who is a professional driver in the US who we met in Korea a long time ago). So, let me just say big thanks to Brian for being an awesome driver for when we were exhausted after filming and being on stage, and also big thanks to Kia for being so awesome and letting us use their new cars! I never drove a car that big before, and I thought I was gonna be uncomfortable but it was a great experience!

Anyhow, part 2 is coming tomorrow! Plus some extra scenes that didn’t make the final cut. Then a pretty picture megapost! Well, we think the pictures are pretty, at least. Hopefully you’ll like them, too.

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  1. Simon’s expression is the sole reason why I immediately added that chowder place to my and my sister’s “Seattle: Must Visit” list. Plus, it’ll be perfect since we’ll be there during the Fall, so it’ll warm us up~

    4 years ago
  2. American food just wants to kill me. Sorry, I just can’t with American food.

    4 years ago
  3. Meg

    LOL I love how more than half of the food involved bacon in some way. In America we do love our Bacon Goodness. I need to stop watching your videos when I’m not eating, though. Cause I watch em and I immediately need food afterwords. I’m like Pavlov’s Dog.

    4 years ago
  4. My husband loves poutine! I think he’s only ever tried the kind with white gravy. I didn’t know that there were two kinds!

    4 years ago
  5. So the rolls of bread with the Ethiopian food are called Injera and they’re basically meant to be utensils. You tear off bits of bread, and grab the food with it.

    4 years ago
  6. Deep fried oreos are a staple food at the CNE – they even come in red velvet flavour

    4 years ago
  7. I am now craving eggs benedict all of a sudden… Too bad the more “creative” eggs benedicts are back on the island… I really want a crabcake benny…

    4 years ago
  8. I would like to offer my congratulations at not having heart attacks. I am truly impressed. How big were the food babies?

    4 years ago
  9. omg, food size is enormous O.o one that pancake i can eat all day

    4 years ago
  10. I love how Simon started saying the pledge of allegiance and Martina said “Don’t you dare.” xD lol

    4 years ago
  11. first, I have never seen anybody eat a whole hot dog in 1 bite before. good lord Simon!!!!!!!!!
    a restaurant that just serves biscuits and gravy? stealing that for my food truck.actually that would be idea #3 or#4.D id Soozee ever get any deep fried Oreo’s? Simon needs to learn how to share lol In America we can deep fry anything from butter to whiskey. you name it we fry it.

    4 years ago