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If Americans consider themselves connoisseurs of coffee, with a caffeine fix seemingly available on every corner, a journey across Seoul shows that South Korea has more than caught up. One of the world’s biggest retail markets is now perhaps its most competitive coffee turf.

At least 100 academies across the country train baristas — and the unemployed can get the government to subsidize their training. Coffee shops offer valet parking, and some will even deliver cups of coffee to nearby homes.

Behind much of this Asian coffee boom, and uniquely positioned to benefit from it, is the company known stateside for the slogan “America runs on Dunkin’.”

“It’s more than just coffee’s a big deal, or people are into coffee. It is a phenomenon… . It’s a freaking phenomenon,” said Stan Frankenthaler, Dunkin’s executive chef and vice president of production innovation. “It’s more intense than New York by far — the competitiveness, the saturation. You think you’re going to see a lot of coffee shops on one block, and there’s four times more than you even think. It’s incredible.”

From Massachusetts to Seoul, Dunkin’ Donuts finds new markets as coffee craze sweeps Asia - World - The Boston Globe

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The Los Angeles Flower Market is a massive wholesale flower and plant market open to the public for a token fee. It anchors the much larger Flower District, which is filled with (yup) flower shops of every size and possibility. Most of the shops were originally opened by Jews and Italians; these days Koreans and Mexicans run the show. #losangeles #la #travel (at The Original Los Angeles Flower Market)

The Los Angeles Flower Market is a massive wholesale flower and plant market open to the public for a token fee. It anchors the much larger Flower District, which is filled with (yup) flower shops of every size and possibility. Most of the shops were originally opened by Jews and Italians; these days Koreans and Mexicans run the show. #losangeles #la #travel (at The Original Los Angeles Flower Market)

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LA, LA

It’s been three weeks since I moved to Los Angeles from NYC. Love this city, and the amount that I love it surprises me a lot. It’s a very different beast from New York, but it’s an amazing place that never ceases to positively surprise me.

A few quick notes:

1. LA seems like it would be a positively awful place to live in your twenties.

2. LA seems like a great place to live if you are under 21 or over 30.

3. All the cliches about LA traffic are true. However, noone gives enough notice about the asshats who don’t use turn signals/text while they drive/do their nails behind the wheel.

4. The city and its suburbs are full of amazing ethnic neighborhoods with crazy amazing restaurants/shops/sights that can’t really be spotted from the street. Foursquare and Yelp are your off-the-beaten track friends.

5. Much better live music than NYC. Smaller bands can actually find venues to play in. Freaky.

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Notes From The Desert

Staying in Lancaster, California - Capital of the high desert. Here working on a very exciting story I’ll have more about soon… but it turns out the hotel I’m staying in held their Grand Opening party today. With a Luau theme. As I pull into the parking lot, there are leis for everyone and hula dancers in front of the reception desk. And catered Hawaiian bbq. And a ribbon cutting with a giant novelty scissor and a State Senator.

This is a strange and wonderful life. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

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When Your City Disappears

My newest story for @medium is up. Check it out.

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