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Food = Love

So, kinda sad that no one wanted to share anything on my last post. Oh well… If anyone wants to now, go right ahead. I still want to hear!

Now onto other things.

Yup, it’s been a while since I last updated. Sorry about that. I’m here now, though, and I’m ready to rant, babble, gush, etc. Recently I had a birthday. *cue happy birthday music* It was pretty nifty. Turned into a sort of birthday week, really, because people’s schedules were all over the place. On the actual day of my birthday I celebrated by eating lots of good food and having desserts sort of forced on me — not that I’m complaining. A family member made me breakfast, then I went out with the grandparents for lunch and then out for dinner with a group. I know this might seem strange coming from a girl, but if you want you win my heart you’ve gotta go through my stomach. I won’t say no to the occasional piece of jewelry — not much of a jewelry wearer, though — or thingamajig but I like food the most.  And, well, books are up there too now that I think about it.

Speaking of food, I’ve been itching to try Korean food for a while and finally got one of my sisters and my mom to accompany me. This was the day after my birthday, but also another birthday meal so they granted me this one adventurous meal. Well, it was adventurous for them. They weren’t big fans. I personally scarfed down as much as I could, except for maybe the potato salad. That was probably the only side dish that they ate all of that I didn’t care much for. It was okay, it just happened to be on the bottom of the list for me.

I can’t remember the names of everything I had but I did order spicy Bulgogi. That came with soup, rice and daily side dishes. The side dishes were the potato salad, spicy fish cake Bokkeum (매운 어묵 볶음), and what I think was cucumber NaengGuk (오이 냉국). Those are pretty “tame” for American taste buds, but apparently not tame enough for my family members. Oh, and there was also Kimchi and Radish Kimchi. I was probably the only one that touched that more than once.

The final verdict on Kimchi? I like it. It seemed kind of fresh to me, though I’ve never had it before so I can’t tell what fresh really is. I liked the Radish Kimchi better, but both were good. Not as spicy as I thought it would be. All of it, actually, wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be and I even ordered the spicy Bulgogi.

I must sound crazy, rambling on about food, eh? You could say that I experience cultures through their food. Most of the places I want to visit are on my list because there’s something there I want to eat. And after trying a Korean restaurant here, I’m more than eager to visit South Korea in the future. I only wish that my family was more keen on the food. *sigh* I’m going to have to find someone else to join me for meals. My family is filled with picky eaters and when we go out to eat together it’s usually Italian or Mexican food.

Anyway, I finished up some work over the weekend and have been winding down from it this week. Got to say, I’m probably not going to do that kind of work for a while. It stresses me out too much, for some reason. Perhaps it’s the monotony of it. You’re basically writing the same thing over and over, and it really gets to me. I’d rather hit my head against the wall repeatedly than do that every day.

And thus ends my blog post. Birthdays, food, head banging. All in all a normal life here. See ya!

EAT. Sleep. Read. Write. Repeat.

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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Cooking, Life, Travel


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How to ruin a personal challenge

Travel, to answer that question, specifically with family. The past week has been filled with backseats crowded by pillows, fast food and time with family. It was good to be out of the house and out of town for a little and to see one of my sisters whom I haven’t seen since April.

Bad news — my personal writing challenge fell apart. I admit defeat on this one, but it makes me even more determined to succeed with Camp Nano, which is starting July 1st.

It’s difficult to write when half the time a 7 year old niece is vying for your attention or simply jumping on top of you while you’re trying to concentrate on something else. What’s even more distracting? A TV in my hotel room. It’s the first time I’ve had a bed to myself and an actual room to myself on a family trip. I was taking full advantage of it.

I did watch a new TLC series, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, for the very first time as a result. I remember reading a little about Irish Travelers while in a Folklore class, but I had never quite pictured what I saw on the one episode I watched. I’m aware that I’m not getting the full picture of the situation, but I was extremely intrigued by it. It made me want to see just how severe the prejudice is both in the UK and in the US. To put it simply, my inner anthropologist is rising to the surface.

On one hand, I know that people aren’t always nice to minorities and/or groups that stick out from the general norm. On the other hand, what I saw on this episode only told me of the prejudice against Travelers and didn’t in fact show me. In the episode I viewed the Travelers were gathering for the Appleby Horse Fair — now on my list of things to see in person — and the man the camera crew was following pointed out ‘no parking’ signs as well as the number of police officers there. I’m not convinced that had so much to do with the fact that they were Travelers or Gypsies, and rather more to do with the fact that when large crowds gather in a location annually, authority figures usually want to control the situation to limit mishaps. And, let’s face it, with the presence of alcohol there is always an impending “situation”, and few events are without alcohol.

I’m not saying that there weren’t some unjustified arrests by prejudice police officers, but I did get the impression that I was not seeing everything.

And, there I go babbling again. I hope I didn’t offend anyone. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in Life, Travel, Writing


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