I have returned

I got back from my weekend excursion, and boy am I going to sleep well tonight! I went to Santa Barbara and LA. In LA we toured around the fabric district (yes, Silvia, you were right about that), Little Tokyo, the Korean part of town, etc. I only took a couple of photos, for some reason, and here they are:

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That’s a small corner of Michael Levine, an amazing fabric store in the fabric district of LA. It was so overwhelming that I only managed to buy a couple zippers and some webbing! The fabric and garment districts are very lively and energetic, so it was quite fun to wander around and soak it all in.
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There’s Thuy and Que in some random store that had tons of ribbon and webbing and such. I would like a room just like that.
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Dinner at Soon Tofu (I think that’s what it was called). The tofu dish (the small pot in the upper left-hand corner) comes out bubbling and boiling like some crazy lava flow! I’m not that familiar with Korean food, but this was really tasty. The big bowl is bibimbap.

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16 Responses to I have returned

  1. maia says:

    Note to self:
    Must try Korean food!

  2. molly says:

    Looks great! I really like Korean food. Maybe a trip to Korea should be in my future…

  3. Silvia says:

    Aw man, that’s heaven! Fabric, trim and yummy food! I’d need a lay down too. Hope you had fun.

  4. tyreiko says:

    I was just in LA this weekend too! Could you tell me the general area where that ribbon store was? My gosh, I *have* to go there next time! thx! -t

  5. Reid says:

    Hi Mariko,
    That bubbling hot pot looks like soon dubu chiggae which is a soft tofu stew. I haven’t had it in a while, but I think it’s really yummy! That huge bowl of bi bim bap looks yummy as well! =P

  6. Gina says:

    Oh…I’m drooling at the thought of Korean food.

  7. katey says:

    Oh all that ribbon. You walked into heaven, you lucky duck.

  8. Emily says:

    Mmmm, now I wants me some bibimbap. Yummy!

  9. Andrea says:

    More webbing? Didn’t you just have a divestiture of webbing season? or at least a must-not-hoard-webbing time?

  10. Oiyi says:

    I love bibimbap, but the one that is served hot in a hot stone pot.

  11. Gee says:

    Oh that ribbon place would be heaven/dangerous.
    My favorite Korean food is the barbeque that is done with flanken ribs. It’s marinated in sesame oil, sesame seeds, soy sauce, sugar, chili and green onion. I just turned into Pavlov’s dog.

  12. emy says:

    That fabric place is heaven!

  13. Mary-Heather says:

    Oh, I heart Michael Levine’s! I live in Los Feliz- just a few quick subway stops from the Downtown Fashion district- and one of my very favorite ways to spend a day off is to wander Maple street. I have totally been in that ribbon store, too! Bohemian Crystal (just down the street from M Levine’s) is an incredible place to go for beads, too. How fun!

  14. jill says:

    okay, so i’ve never posted here, but i love your blog and sometime recently you were rhapsodizing about a japanese dollar store in SF… i was happy to find a kindred spirit in loving those places! I used to frequent one in NYC on grand street, which i loooved, and so when i moved to LA last month i was determined to track one down. well, have i got a tip for your next trip to Los Angeles, if you don’t already know about it…. There is an *amazing* one in Torrance, on Hawthorne, just beyond the del amo fashion mall (or whatever it’s called – it’s a big ol’ mall). It’s an hour from my place on the westside, but totally worth the drive on the 405. i found it by asking the woman at the $1 store in little tokyo (which is decidedly disappointing, in my opinion) if they had any other stores, and lo and behold. they sell everything – gardening stuff, craft supplies, tons of great stationery stuff, you name it. i highly recommend planning it into your next LA trip! and thanks for the post on the fabric stores… now i have a new place to check out.

  15. Kathy says:

    Michael Levine’s is fabric heaven. So much to see, so many incredible bargains! The Garment District is something to see in person if you get a chance. It’s easy to hit overload, but worth going at least once.

  16. LadyLinoleum says:

    Michael Levine’s is my home away from home. I drop whole paychecks there regularly.

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