7 Tips To Eat Like A Beast At Your Next KBBQ Feast

7 Tips To Eat Like A Beast At Your Next KBBQ Feast

Be the team "ace" at your next visit to an AYCE (All You Can Eat) KBBQ.

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Like many college students living in Los Angeles, I'm a self-proclaimed Korean BBQ fanatic.

Whether you're a carnivore or not, KBBQ is arguably the best deal (money wise). Pay a flat rate of $18.99 (or $23.99 if you're feeling boujee for Premium) and you get unlimited plates of meat passed your way—not to mention side dishes, cheesy corn, spicy tofu soup, and free rice. You can go to celebrate the new year, a birthday, a first date (now that's an ideal dream date) or hang out with your friends, to pig out and enjoy a few boozy drinks before collapsing in bed from a major case of galbi-induced food coma.

Ever wonder how you could possibly get a better deal out of your money's worth? Here are some of my tips and recommendations to have your most thorough yet enjoying meal.

1. Pass on the rice 

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There's a reason why free bowls of rice are given out to you before you manage to cook your first round of bulgogi—to fill your tummy. A server that keeps refilling your rice knows that you'll be KO-ed after your third round. Not only is rice very inexpensive and easy to serve at restaurants, but it also prevents overly hungry customers from depleting their entire meat arsenal in the kitchen. So the next time you're served rice, set it aside for a while.

2. Avoid starchy banchan items

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Banchan, if you are unfamiliar, is the array of side dishes that are laid out in front of you. Look around and you'll see kimchi, glass noodles, potato salad, macaroni salad, fish cakes, rice paper…..notice a pattern? Starch, gluten, cream, and the usual suspect—rice. Most KBBQ's see the opportunity to exhaust you with an excessive amount of carbs and dairy. Same goes for cheesy corn or cheese fondue. Next time, avoid these items and go for pickled radishes, jalapeños or kimchi to clean your palate and wake up your taste buds

3. Start and end with brisket 

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Brisket is your standard thin-sliced meat option. A perfect way to start your meal, since it's not marinated and you can try out the different sauce options you're offered. Starting with something heavy or overly marinated (I call this an MSG bomb) is a rookie mistake. End with brisket to round out your meal and to avoid running to your fridge in the middle of the night for a liter of water.

Less marinate = Less dehydration.

4) Order several meat selections at once

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One of my personal KBBQ nightmares is to actually run out of things to cook when I'm extremely hungry and the waiters are too busy serving other tables.

So, my advice: Put in an order of three, maybe four different meat selections every time you order. Solves the problem like a charm. Not only will you never run empty-handed during your feast, but you also don't have to flag down someone in the middle of chewing.

5. Go with a large crowd

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Many KBBQ places will have special promotions during sporting games or campus events. Making a large reservation to watch a game will guarantee you better service from waiters and in some cases might help you get a group discount or free item. Just wear your UCLA sweaters and make sure the owner isn't a USC fan.

Case in point: I once went with my extended family (table of 10+) and the manager brought out free chicken wings for our table.

6. Ask for real Sesame Oil

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If you love sesame oil, you will love it on your galbi, guaranteed. Sadly, many KBBQ places dilute their sesame oil with veggie/canola oil to prevent customers from wasting it and also to avoid people from complaining about the strong odor. Next time, ask them to bring out a little dish of sesame oil for you to dip your meat in. It's totally free and for some places, highly recommended.

7. Take advantage of their soup options

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All KBBQ places will let you order either (or both) spicy tofu/kimchi or soybean soup along with a free steamed egg dish they give out. It's included in the regular menu option and commonly ignored. Next time, order these soups when it's time to start on your bowl of rice. It elevates your experience a notch and transitions your meal from stuffing meat in your mouth to fine Korean dining with soup, rice and side dishes.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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The Gillette Controversy: Should Companies Share Their Views?

"We Believe: The Best Men Can Be" by Gillette is about creating a conversation, whether you agree with the commercial or not.

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We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film) www.youtube.com

January 13, 2019, Gillette released a commercial that takes a new focus on their tagline "The Best a Man Can Get." The commercial weighs in on the Me Too movement and showcases different moments of toxic masculinity.

These moments include boys bullying another boy through cyberbullying, two young boys beating each other up while fathers are watching them saying that "boys will be boys", a set of a 1950s sitcom where a man grabs his maids butt to which the audience is encouraged to applause and laugh at his act, and a businessman laughing at his female colleague's statement and then says to the other male colleagues, "What I actually think she means…"

A voiceover in the ad says, "Is this the best a man can get? Is it? We can't hide from it, it's been going on far too long. We can't laugh it off, making the same old excuses. But something finally changed [implying the Me Too movement and people speaking up], and there will be no going back..."

The commercial then shifts to showing a man stepping in when another man tells a woman to smile, when a man stops another man from following a woman down the street, and video clips of men stopping fights and having two boys shake hands, as well as a father encouraging his daughter to say she is strong. There is also a moment when a father from the "boys will be boys" scene tells those kids fighting, "This is not how we treat each other."

The voiceover continues with "...Because we…We believe in the best in men. To say the right thing. To act the right way. Some already are, in ways big and small. But 'some' is not enough. Because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow."

This commercial sparked controversy with people saying that not all men show toxic masculinity, many people saying that this commercial is anti-male, and people saying they will now boycott Gillette and their partner company. Whereas others are praising the commercial with many saying that, if you're offended by this commercial, then that is why it was made.

But regardless of what you think of the commercial as a whole, the big topic of discussion is whether or not it is okay if companies should be political and put their two cents in through marketing.

I say yes.

I believe it is very okay for companies to express their thoughts and concerns about political and social issues through marketing. When the Me Too movement first came into the light, many people wanted Hollywood to stay out of politics/social issues. The public did not want to hear about the sexual harassment allegations throughout Hollywood, however, because of these celebrities bringing light to this issue more and more people, celebrity or not, are coming forward and speaking their truths.

More and more people are realizing the signs of harassment and speaking up before it can get worse. Society is more aware of these social issues because people with a platform are talking about it. Unfortunately, many people still do not want to listen to people with platforms, but having the conversation is important, so how else can we keep the conversation going?

That is where commercial and other forms of advertisements can come in. The commercial did exactly what it intended to do: to create a conversation. Talk shows like "The View" or "The Talk" are talking about, news outlets are talking about it, people on YouTube are talking about it, and here I am writing an Odyssey article related to the topic.

The commercial created conversation. It got people thinking about and discussing their concerns, their feelings about the idea of toxic masculinity, as well as how this commercial could or could not be the new wave of change. It is important to have conversations, as it is the only way for things to change and for people to see that how things used to be are not the way they should be now.

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