By Sirinya The Intern

I wanted to let y’all know that my boyfriend Juan and I will be taking transit from our respective homes in the Valley and Santa Monica to join the throngs of people who will be attending the first ever Korean BBQ Festival & Cookoff in Koreatown.

Organized by the Korean American Coalition, a K-town based community development non-profit, the KBBQ will include an actual cook-off (complete with folks like food critics, politicians, and the LA Fire Department chief serving as judges), lots of food vendors, and DJ DENKYM providing music. 

The whole thing is running from at least 12 to 8, complete with an after-party at R-Bar, which is kind of annoying since they require a password to get inside (don’t worry, I’ll tell you that it is ALL YOU CAN EAT). 

The festivities are taking place in the parking lot the Summit on Sixth Building @ Vermont. Obviously, you should take transit: it is proximate to the Vermont/Wilshire Red Line subway station; the 720 line on Wilshire; the 204 and 754 on Vermont Ave; the 16 on 6th street; and the 66/366 on 8th street. 

And yesssssss, Metro is on Google Transit, so try entering your home address and the destination into the trip planner: www.maps.google.com. (Note Big Blue and Culver City are not on Google Transit, so if you live near bus lines served by those agencies, you will need to try using the Metro Trip Planner.)

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Schedule: 

* 2:00 pm – YELP AYCE CHALLENGE featuring MYSTERY INGREDIENT

* 3:30 pm – COOKING DEMO “How to Marinate Korean BBQ” by Monica Yang, resident chef at Good Samaritan Hospital

* 5:00 pm – COOK-OFF Competition
* 6:30 pm – Awards ceremony 
* 8:00 – 10:00 pm – YELP AFTER PARTY @ R Bar

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How am I, one of your green commuters, getting there?

1) Xooting/hitching ride from parents from home to the Woodman station of the Orange Line.

2) Orange Line bus rapid line –> Red Line subway –> Gold Line light rail for a doctor’s appointment

3) Back to Gold/Red, exit at Wilshire/Vermont, and follow the smell of delicious bulgogi to my destination. (Seriously, that is my plan.)

And thank you UCLA Transportation for my GoMetro TAP pass, because you enable me to afford both commuting to work and having quality of life.