SheKnows: A Food Staycation in Los Angeles: Hanjip, Sushi Roku & Yalla


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A version of this article called Three Places I love to eat if you are visiting Los Angeles was first published on SheKnows.

At this time of year, there are so many voices calling for our dollars — gifts, family responsibilities, bills and our goals for vacation. If you aspire to travel more, start by exploring your neighborhood. In Los Angeles, we can experience many parts of the world with our local choices. This anonymous travel quote tells us: “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.” Lately, I have had many requests about where to dine in Los Angeles, I want to share some new favorites with you that will make you feel like you left home and might inspire you for where to travel in the future!

1. Hanjip is a Korean BBQ in Culver City. I loved the large banquet tables, the 30-day-aged tomahawk steak and meeting celebrity chef Chris Oh. I visited Seoul, South Korea when I worked for Princess Cruises and I cannot wait to go back. I love that they give you a scissors and chopsticks at dinner. When you visit Hanjip, think about which cities you want to visit on your trip to South Korea, the home of Gangnam Style!

2. Sushi Roku has several locations in Los Angeles. I went recently with travel writer David Lang in Santa Monica on Ocean Avenue with a view of the Pacific. We tasted a new special with bigeye tuna and the yellowtail sashimi, and I had my favorite, a bento box with teriyaki and tempura. While sushi found in America may be different than what you might have in someone’s home in Japan, you can imagine you are strolling along the lanes of Kyoto or Osaka while tempting your taste buds with Sushi Roku‘s latest creations. My personal favorite tasty delight in Japan was red bean paste in mochi which you can find in a Japanese market on Sawtelle.

3. Yalla Mediterranean is a new fast casual restaurant in Burbank. A mix of food from Greece, Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Tunisia and Egypt, the food definitely reminded me of what I ate in October in Israel. Choose between a wrap, a salad or a plate and then select a protein like falafel, chicken or salmon and add sides, toppings and spreads. The food is fresh, tasty, colorful and good for you! Yalla has made a commitment to 100 percent compostable packaging, napkins, straws, utensils and cups and uses salvaged wood decor. They want to leave “the smallest possible footprint while still delivering the tastiest, healthiest food around.”

I hope your taste buds are as tempted as your wanderlust! Please let me know your favorite restaurants that remind you of a visit to another land.

Find more of my trips and tales on my website, We Said Go Travel, or my YouTube Channel. Thanks and Happy Holidays! Lisa Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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