Adventure Time with DKI – Asian American Expo
Written by Ji
Adventure is out there! That’s pretty much my motto. I saw an advertisement on Facebook for the Asian American Expo and decided to click the link. It’s an expo that that brings together different Asian countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year. How could I not go? I love festivals. Not to mention the websites states there are three different food courts and over 1,000 vendors. I decided to take my parents with me because there will be giveaways at this event, and I needed help obtaining all the free things we can get. Why? Because it’s fun and who doesn’t need another free tote bag, that they will forget to bring to the grocery store and end up paying another 10 cents for a recyclable bag. Just me?
When we arrived to the event, it was a sensory overload. You are overwhelmed with the smell of food, hear different types traditional music, and visually, the magnitude of this expo is off the charts. They had an anime section with a ton of cosplayers, they had a section for food, skincare, items for the house, the list just goes on. For the purpose of this article, I will stick to Korean Food and Skincare.
Let’s talk about Skincare! There were familiar booths, brands I’ve seen, brands I’ve never heard of and brands I’ve been dying to try. It was a one stop shop for all your needs for Korean Skincare. I was not able to take pictures of all the amazing skincare booths. This place was packed with people who did not appreciate me being in their way, while I was trying to take a picture. But I was able to take a picture of three booths where I purchased few products to try out for BeautiFriday. My first stop was the MEMEBOX booth.
I bought the ELIZAVECCA Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. Sadly, I could not buy more from this booth since it was cash only. So I decided I would come back after checking out the rest of the convention. The next booth I hit up was The Korean Beauty Candy’s Cosmetic Store.
At this booth, I was tempted to buy the skincare sets in the picture. I love sample sets. They aren’t cheap and will cost $30 and up depending on the brand, but it’s still a good deal. I don’t buy full size unless I know I will like the product. At this location, I bought Dr. Jart+ face mask. I normally get these at Sephora but I couldn’t help but buy a few here since they priced it below Sephora cost. The last booth caught me by surprise. It was located outside by one of the food courts. I honestly passed by this booth over and over again and didn’t realize it was a Korean Skincare booth. I was too busy looking for something to eat to notice this booth. It only caught my attention when I was pushed into this booth due to the heavy traffic.
At the Meng Meng Da Shop booth, I bought a few JayJun face masks, a product I have never tried before but read some great reviews regarding the brand. When I was finally done, I went back to look for food.
This was not a good day for my diet. Not only did I NOT choose healthier choices but I also exceeded my calorie count by a lot. My first delicious entrée was from Seoul Sausage Co. I had the Korean BBQ Beef Burger. Where’s the picture of my yumtastic meal? I did not take any. I was starving at this point, and when my order was ready, I was basically trying to walk and eat to my next location. Which wasn’t easy, because this burger was messy. But let it be known, I am not a quitter! I successfully and messily ate my entrée to my next location.
And this was my next location! Luckily, I finished my burger by the time I hit up the Miister Potato booth. From here I got the iconic spiral potato and the very flavorful grilled squid. And I know what you’re thinking. Ji took a picture, right? No, I didn’t. But, how could I? One hand was holding my potato and the other one the squid. I mean I could hold both in one hand but I didn’t think about that till after. When I’m hungry, I don’t think properly. Please forgive me. Next convention/expo, I will take better pictures.
After eating, I decided it would be officially safe to visit the food market. I don’t go to the grocery store hungry. If I do, I end up spending more than I should on products I don’t need. The food building was one of the busiest buildings at the expo. There were a lot of people trying to get free samples and trying to make deals with the vendor. Getting around this area and trying to take pictures was not an easy task. But I did my best and got a few pictures.
This booth was packed. I wanted to buy one of the BBQ seasonings but I kept getting pushed to the next booth. Maybe next time.
I had to take a quick picture of this booth. Who doesn’t want a picture of one of the best rice cookers. It has nothing to do with the handsome oppa on the banner.
I found a whole booth selling Master Kim Byeong Man’s Seaweed. Yum!
There were an abundance of booth selling many different types of ramen at the expo. I bought a few from this booth because sometimes I’m too lazy to use my own bowl. Sometimes, I just want to add water, wait 3 minutes and eat. I don’t have to worry about doing dishes after.
The last picture I took was of the LOTTE booth. They had different types of Pepero, Choco Pies, and Milkis. I decided to purchase the long skinny box of Pepero for $1. I thought it was going to be one big, long Pepero but instead of one, there were three medium size one. Similar to the ones they use for the Pepero game in variety shows. I kinda want to play that game with my new purchase. But sadly, I don’t have anyone to play with.
Would I go here again?
Yes! There were so many booths filled with food, samples, skincare, giveaways and the entertainment was amazing. There was so much to do and learn. This is would be a great experience to go solo or with a family or friends. I would recommend this expo to anyone. But be warned, there are a lot of people at this event, if you want to avoid the crowds, go when it first opens.
Event website: http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/home/index