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Galbi BiBimBop

There is a sign in the window of Hodori that says, “Ring bell, then run away really fast. Hodori (baby tiger) needs exercise.” A sense of humor at a Korean restaurant? Yes, and on top of that, they are open 24 hours a day everyday; this is one of those options after clubbing or partying that actually serves decent food.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, many Korean places give non-Koreans a hostile attitude or very bad service, but Hodori is a fair and equal treatment kind of place no matter your heritage or nationality (this means that they are slow to everyone, not just non-Asians). Another plus is the bright pictures of food above the counter to help you decide what you want, and they even have an abbreviated English description below the Korean menu descriptions to let you know what your dish will include.

As in all Korean restaurants, there are sides that come with every dish, and here that means a nice seaweed soup, slightly sweet kim chee, spicy pickled radish, gelatinous rice flour, bean sprouts, potato salad, and steamed rice. Most dishes are between $7-14, and very generous, so you won’t have to break your piggy bank to feed yourself here.

We had the thinly pounded and nicely crunchy fried pork cutlet, served with a shredded cabbage salad, the tender and medium rare Galbi, served over raw onions, and the pictured, sizzling hot, vegetable laden, Galbi BiBimBop. Everything was good, (nothing was great) but the place was clean, the choices varied, and although the service was very slow and a bit lackadaisical, it was nice and never rude.

Rather than a 3am early morning breakfast at one of those chains that serve greasy eggs, why not try Hodori for some good Korean food instead?

Galbi BiBimBop

There is a sign in the window of Hodori that says, “Ring bell, then run away really fast. Hodori (baby tiger) needs exercise.” A sense of humor at a Korean restaurant? Yes, and on top of that, they are open 24 hours a day everyday; this is one of those options after clubbing or partying that actually serves decent food.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, many Korean places give non-Koreans a hostile attitude or very bad service, but Hodori is a fair and equal treatment kind of place no matter your heritage or nationality (this means that they are slow to everyone, not just non-Asians). Another plus is the bright pictures of food above the counter to help you decide what you want, and they even have an abbreviated English description below the Korean menu descriptions to let you know what your dish will include.

As in all Korean restaurants, there are sides that come with every dish, and here that means a nice seaweed soup, slightly sweet kim chee, spicy pickled radish, gelatinous rice flour, bean sprouts, potato salad, and steamed rice. Most dishes are between $7-14, and very generous, so you won’t have to break your piggy bank to feed yourself here.

We had the thinly pounded and nicely crunchy fried pork cutlet, served with a shredded cabbage salad, the tender and medium rare Galbi, served over raw onions, and the pictured, sizzling hot, vegetable laden, Galbi BiBimBop. Everything was good, (nothing was great) but the place was clean, the choices varied, and although the service was very slow and a bit lackadaisical, it was nice and never rude.

Rather than a 3am early morning breakfast at one of those chains that serve greasy eggs, why not try Hodori for some good Korean food instead?

Galbi BiBimBop

There is a sign in the window of Hodori that says, “Ring bell, then run away really fast. Hodori (baby tiger) needs exercise.” A sense of humor at a Korean restaurant? Yes, and on top of that, they are open 24 hours a day everyday; this is one of those options after clubbing or partying that actually serves decent food.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, many Korean places give non-Koreans a hostile attitude or very bad service, but Hodori is a fair and equal treatment kind of place no matter your heritage or nationality (this means that they are slow to everyone, not just non-Asians). Another plus is the bright pictures of food above the counter to help you decide what you want, and they even have an abbreviated English description below the Korean menu descriptions to let you know what your dish will include.

As in all Korean restaurants, there are sides that come with every dish, and here that means a nice seaweed soup, slightly sweet kim chee, spicy pickled radish, gelatinous rice flour, bean sprouts, potato salad, and steamed rice. Most dishes are between $7-14, and very generous, so you won’t have to break your piggy bank to feed yourself here.

We had the thinly pounded and nicely crunchy fried pork cutlet, served with a shredded cabbage salad, the tender and medium rare Galbi, served over raw onions, and the pictured, sizzling hot, vegetable laden, Galbi BiBimBop. Everything was good, (nothing was great) but the place was clean, the choices varied, and although the service was very slow and a bit lackadaisical, it was nice and never rude.

Rather than a 3am early morning breakfast at one of those chains that serve greasy eggs, why not try Hodori for some good Korean food instead?

>My friends Shelly and Paul are getting married in a few months and they registered with Honey Fund to literally fund their honey moon to Tahiti. It’s a great free way to register for gifts or money for a wedding.

Using the Honey Fund makes it more personal than simply sending the couple a check or some cash because each item or excursion they would like is itemized; a romantic dinner, a boat trip to another island, scooter rentals, a show, even the plane tickets, are all listed as gift items. The fund even makes it possible to buy just a portion of a big ticket item (like the plane fare), so you can contribute as little or as much as you would like without paying for the entire item. At “checkout” you can either pay through Paypal or print out a gift receipt and enclose your check or cash with the receipt showing what you have bought the couple.

Of course the Honey Fund also allows the usual gift registry at brand name stores like Crate and Barrel where tangible items are listed and you can buy them (and have them shipped) for the couple. But as my friends said in their announcement, there isn’t much they need now or can fit into their small place, so helping them fund their Honeymoon would be much more practical (and fun).

Having been to Bora Bora alone, I know it is much better to travel there as a couple, and it’s even better to travel there on a honeymoon with all expenses paid.

My friends Shelly and Paul are getting married in a few months and they registered with Honey Fund to literally fund their honey moon to Tahiti. It’s a great free way to register for gifts or money for a wedding.

Using the Honey Fund makes it more personal than simply sending the couple a check or some cash because each item or excursion they would like is itemized; a romantic dinner, a boat trip to another island, scooter rentals, a show, even the plane tickets, are all listed as gift items. The fund even makes it possible to buy just a portion of a big ticket item (like the plane fare), so you can contribute as little or as much as you would like without paying for the entire item. At “checkout” you can either pay through Paypal or print out a gift receipt and enclose your check or cash with the receipt showing what you have bought the couple.

Of course the Honey Fund also allows the usual gift registry at brand name stores like Crate and Barrel where tangible items are listed and you can buy them (and have them shipped) for the couple. But as my friends said in their announcement, there isn’t much they need now or can fit into their small place, so helping them fund their Honeymoon would be much more practical (and fun).

Having been to Bora Bora alone, I know it is much better to travel there as a couple, and it’s even better to travel there on a honeymoon with all expenses paid.

>With so many airlines offering discounts, it is nice to compare all the offers in one place, especially for super premium economy and business class fare discounts which could end up costing the same or less than a regular economy fare at Etravelbids. They offer discounts on resorts like Club Med, cruises like Crystal Cruises, and tickets to events like the Kentucky Derby. I found a special at the Four Seasons on Maui which includes 5 nights and a $500 airfare credit for only $1179 per person (based on double occupancy). You can customize your trip on their website with specific preferred airlines or hotels and they will list a few competitors so you can choose your favorite or maybe change your mind based on the quotes you get.

For something closer to home, the Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ, is offering a special price of $399 per night which includes 3 gourmet meals a day and a $125 spa service or golf round credit per day of your stay. Miraval has been consistently voted the #1 spa in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, with 400 acres, an Olympic lap pool, a tri-level pool with cascading waterfalls, accupressure stone walk and whirlpool, state-of-the-art equipment including Cybex and Woodway machines, treadmills, life cycles, Stair Masters and free weights, and 20 minutes away, access to the Golf Club at Vistoso, an 18-hole, par 72, Tom Weiskopf-designed course playing to 6,905 yards.

Once you get to your destination, try Google Transit to get around using public transportation; you can even send the directions directly to your mobile phone!

With so many airlines offering discounts, it is nice to compare all the offers in one place, especially for super premium economy and business class fare discounts which could end up costing the same or less than a regular economy fare at Etravelbids. They offer discounts on resorts like Club Med, cruises like Crystal Cruises, and tickets to events like the Kentucky Derby. I found a special at the Four Seasons on Maui which includes 5 nights and a $500 airfare credit for only $1179 per person (based on double occupancy). You can customize your trip on their website with specific preferred airlines or hotels and they will list a few competitors so you can choose your favorite or maybe change your mind based on the quotes you get.

For something closer to home, the Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ, is offering a special price of $399 per night which includes 3 gourmet meals a day and a $125 spa service or golf round credit per day of your stay. Miraval has been consistently voted the #1 spa in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, with 400 acres, an Olympic lap pool, a tri-level pool with cascading waterfalls, accupressure stone walk and whirlpool, state-of-the-art equipment including Cybex and Woodway machines, treadmills, life cycles, Stair Masters and free weights, and 20 minutes away, access to the Golf Club at Vistoso, an 18-hole, par 72, Tom Weiskopf-designed course playing to 6,905 yards.

Once you get to your destination, try Google Transit to get around using public transportation; you can even send the directions directly to your mobile phone!


My friends got stuck in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport for 5 hours today after missing a connecting flight. After taking the shuttle around the airport (which took 45 minutes), they discovered the Xpress Spa and spent some time enjoying a manicure, pedicure, and a massage while they waited for their next flight. Delays during air travel are never convenient, but getting pampered while you wait can make it more pleasurable and both my friends were in a much better mood after their spa stopover.

Xpress Spa is to spa services, what Starbucks is to coffee houses; they are in 27 airport locations around the world from Amsterdam to San Francisco, with ten locations in JFK and La Guardia (NYC) alone. Six more are scheduled to open this year, mostly on the East coast.

Prices are very reasonable with time allotments ranging from a 10 minute foot massage for $25, to a 60 minute full body massage for $120. You can get facials, waxing services, gel and silk nails,and specialties like a 100% collagen hydrating mask, or an organic Ginseng and Spirulina mask.

If you travel frequently, sign up for their Membership program to earn points and get special offers, including a $25 birthday gift certificate. Even if you don’t travel frequently, you can use your gift to purchase a candle, soap or eyemask from their online store.

You may actually want your next flight to be delayed, at least long enough to refresh your body at the nearest Xpress Spa.


My friends got stuck in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport for 5 hours today after missing a connecting flight. After taking the shuttle around the airport (which took 45 minutes), they discovered the Xpress Spa and spent some time enjoying a manicure, pedicure, and a massage while they waited for their next flight. Delays during air travel are never convenient, but getting pampered while you wait can make it more pleasurable and both my friends were in a much better mood after their spa stopover.

Xpress Spa is to spa services, what Starbucks is to coffee houses; they are in 27 airport locations around the world from Amsterdam to San Francisco, with ten locations in JFK and La Guardia (NYC) alone. Six more are scheduled to open this year, mostly on the East coast.

Prices are very reasonable with time allotments ranging from a 10 minute foot massage for $25, to a 60 minute full body massage for $120. You can get facials, waxing services, gel and silk nails,and specialties like a 100% collagen hydrating mask, or an organic Ginseng and Spirulina mask.

If you travel frequently, sign up for their Membership program to earn points and get special offers, including a $25 birthday gift certificate. Even if you don’t travel frequently, you can use your gift to purchase a candle, soap or eyemask from their online store.

You may actually want your next flight to be delayed, at least long enough to refresh your body at the nearest Xpress Spa.


My friends got stuck in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport for 5 hours today after missing a connecting flight. After taking the shuttle around the airport (which took 45 minutes), they discovered the Xpress Spa and spent some time enjoying a manicure, pedicure, and a massage while they waited for their next flight. Delays during air travel are never convenient, but getting pampered while you wait can make it more pleasurable and both my friends were in a much better mood after their spa stopover.

Xpress Spa is to spa services, what Starbucks is to coffee houses; they are in 27 airport locations around the world from Amsterdam to San Francisco, with ten locations in JFK and La Guardia (NYC) alone. Six more are scheduled to open this year, mostly on the East coast.

Prices are very reasonable with time allotments ranging from a 10 minute foot massage for $25, to a 60 minute full body massage for $120. You can get facials, waxing services, gel and silk nails,and specialties like a 100% collagen hydrating mask, or an organic Ginseng and Spirulina mask.

If you travel frequently, sign up for their Membership program to earn points and get special offers, including a $25 birthday gift certificate. Even if you don’t travel frequently, you can use your gift to purchase a candle, soap or eyemask from their online store.

You may actually want your next flight to be delayed, at least long enough to refresh your body at the nearest Xpress Spa.

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