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Best Brunch Spots Near USC

By Shivam Goyal

It is no secret that one of the primary ways to fit into the LA lifestyle is to step up your brunch game. LA offers some of the best places for brunch that I’ve seen throughout my travels across the world. I have pointed out a few of these places below.

Cliffs Edge – 3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Cliff’s Edge offers one of the nicest patios in Los Angeles (Great place for a date!). Their eloquent greenery along with lights and two levels seating make this place a go-to brunch place in the silver lake area. The menu offers a wide variety of brunch options including different flavors of mimosas, and one of the best French toasts I’ve ever had.

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Grand Central Market317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Grand Central Market is in close proximity to USC and has many great options to choose from. This option is more informal and allows you to try different types of brunch foods including falafel based dishes and LA-famous Egg Slut (which serves eggs in a variety of different ways). Beyond brunch, Grand Central Market is also a great option for lunch and dinner as well.

Study Hall2827 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Study Hall is located only a few blocks from campus. This American –style diner offers TV’s to watch sports, as well as great breakfast burritos for brunch on the weekends. This non-traditional eatery doesn’t have a fixed brunch menu so you can order any item at any time of the day.

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A Bite of Culture – Food as a Reflection of the People

By Emily Kim

Every country has its own unique cuisine. This is why, often enough, one of the first questions we ask someone who has returned from a trip is, “How was the food?” More than visiting a country’s famous sites and attractions, I like to travel to new places to try their food. Throughout my life, I have realized that food is so much more than delicious substances that fill one’s stomach. Rather, just like language, music, or any other aspect of culture, food can reveal so much about the country from which it originates. Three cultures (and therefore food) have dominated my life and, together, they have defined my identity. Allow me to explain.

Whenever I return to America after travelling, I am always shocked by the enormous portion sizes. Everything is unnecessarily huge! In addition, there are always so many choices on the menu that it is hard to decide just what to order. On top of all the choices, there are also so many sides as well! Salad, soup, and fries, just to name a few. There are so many elements, but they are all clearly separate entities. And while this nature of American food may be overwhelming at times, I think it sheds light on various aspects of American culture. We Americans like things big and feel constrained by limitations. It also reveals our individualistic nature as well; we like the power to choose and respect the boundaries we establish between things like work and play, friends and acquaintances. Lastly, one cannot forget the diversity of American cuisine. In the States, you can find authentic food from everywhere! This is only fitting, for America is a melting pot, home to people from all over the world.

Korean food also reveals so much about the Korean culture, the culture of my ethnicity. In a traditional Korean meal there are usually one or two main dishes accompanied by numerous side dishes. Instead of each person ordering their own dish, the whole party will share all of the food on the table; it is too much for one person to enjoy all by him or herself. This manner of eating reveals the communal nature of Korean culture. There is great emphasis on generosity and hospitality, and one of the biggest ways this is expressed is through food! Korean food can also be very interesting and creative. On the streets of Korea, you will find traditional foods transformed and adapted into dishes you would never expect. Take the french fry battered corn-dog or bulgogi pizza for example. It mixes old with new, often producing a combination that makes both even better. This reflects a progressive side to Korean culture and its emphasis on innovation.

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626 Night Market

By Bryan Lee

Here in SoCal, we hold the largest Asian-themed night market in the U.S, the 626 Market! For those of you who are unfamiliar with night markets, these immersive events contain numerous vendors that serve a assortment of food, with our very own numbering upwards of 250 vendors! From traditional asian street food to fusion-styled treats that are familiar to the Angeleno palette. Not only that, the 626 Market offers local vendors outside of food, like various art and entertainment. The locations change too, with markets popping up in Arcadia, K-Town, Orange County, and more!  

Photo by Frédéric Poirot on Flickr

If you’ve come from Taiwan, you’ll feel right at home here, and even if you haven’t, you’ll be able to experience and enjoy something completely new and exciting! This is a place to eat a lot of amazing food, to immerse yourself in traditional Asian culture, to learn more about local businesses and artists, and ultimately to have a great time. The night market has a lot to offer and is definitely a great place to visit with your friends or family!

Photo by Frédéric Poirot on Flickr
Photo by Frédéric Poirot on Flickr

Here is the website to check out locations, as well as the dates that each location is hosting 626: http://www.626nightmarket.com/

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Bryan Lee is a senior in the animation program at USC! He was born and raised in Southern California so he knows a lot about the culture and lifestyle here on the west coast. Bryan enjoys a lot of things like Italian food, music/concerts, and all types of movies and tv shows. As an animator, his favorite hobbies are to draw and just to talk about art, however, he also enjoys a lot of hiking, basketball, and many other kinds of sports. Bryan also has had experience as a Taekwondo instructor and referee, an art teacher, and working at the 626 Night market near here in Arcadia.