My old school friend Ben Osher, who used to run art zine Beautiful Decay, has since transitioned his career path from publishing to food, now a BOH (Back of House) Chef at Nobu. Yesterday, we decided to create a grand home cooked meal. There’s Ben in his home kitchen, check the professional floormats!

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Obviously Ben is white. The irony of this meal was a white guy cooked an all-out Korean meal for a Korean aka me! Step 1 always, get the rice going..

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Step 2 was already done, get the short ribs in the pressure cooker. You’ll see soon.

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Then we took an unexpected stroll to the community garden right around the corner on Hollywood/Curson. The city needs more of these. Open sesame..

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Got to his plot. Use them scissors Ben!

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His plot is primarily populated with peppers. The alpha pepper Habanero, yes!

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Red Jalapeno. They turn this color when you let them go past green. You’d think they’re spicier, but actually they turn sweeter when red..

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Ever wonder where the Chinese got inspiration for their lanterns? A tomato pops out of this..

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Purple basil..

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Back to the kitchen. Washing the freshly-picked produce..

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To hold over our hungry tummies until the short ribs were ready, we made ‘been-dae-dok’, what most non-Koreans will call kim-chee pancakes..

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Checking on the beef, looking fall-off-the-bone tender!

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The rest is in our tummies! Thank you Ben Osher, magazines are dead anyway.