I’m alive, everyone, haha! I’ve just been busy with work. I’ve had to play catch-up after my spring holidays, and just as I was about to be caught up, I was told to go support a different programme for three weeks . . . so that has been crazy on my end. Amidst work, I’ve been keeping myself busy with my hobbies (video games and fanfics) and keeping up with my social life. Blogging has clearly taken a back seat, but I’m fine with it. I will blog when I want to, and I am here to write a new Recent Realities post. The last time I wrote for this column was back in September, so I’ve actually had a lot of happenings since, but I’ve chosen the best highlights in for this overdue post. Warning — there’s a lot of good food in this post!
Sometime last autumn, I was introduced to Ethiopian food for the first time. I fell in love with the vegetarian platter of injera and curried veggies. I never knew injera could be this good! I am so glad one of my friends found a place to try Ethiopian food nearby. Injera (think of it as a spongy, moist, flattened sourdough) is bloody awesome! This is only served in Club Zion on the weekend in Itaewon.
Plant is a vegan bakery and cafe that opened up several years ago in Itaewon. Recently, they opened up a larger place, and it has become one of my regular restaurants. I’m a big fan of their lentil veggie burrito bowl!
Cali Kitchen, one of my favourite gastropubs in Gyeongridan, did a Hawaiian BBQ event a couple of months ago, and I decided to try their platter out! I enjoyed their barbecued beef and their ramen coleslaw! Their spam musubi also made me happy.
My friend who introduced me to Ethiopian food also introduced me to dim sum at Western China in Hannam-dong! I made a return visit with another friend, and we had a great feast. I’m a big fan of this place’s spicy shrimp dumplings and their lotus leaf-wrapped chicken and glutinous rice.
After years or not visiting an Indian buffet, I went to one at a restaurant I’ve never been, and it was delicious! Chakraa in Hannam-dong has been around for years, but it took me forever to give them a try. I’m now a big fan of their butter chicken and paneer (great sauces!), and this buffet came with unlimited naan. Indian food is definitely a favourite of mine! I need to return to this buffet.
A couple of months ago, I decided to try my hands at pickle-making. I discovered it was really easy and all you need to do is chop the cucumbers, boil equal parts of water and vinegar, and pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers in a jar with whatever seasonings you prefer. For me, I just kept it simple and used garlic. It turned out quite well. It’s less salty than the commercial brands, and it makes for a good side dish or snack. I will do more pickling in the future, for sure!
My mum saw this Korean show of Korean celebrities cooking up meals in their homes, and one of them made this unusual concoction of bulgogi with curried udon. Mum was so intrigued by it that she tried making it. It was an interesting combination, but I think I’d rather have them separated! I do like curried udon now!
Last year, I bought a Kindle Voyage for a good price. This year, I bought a new second generation PlayStation Vita with a 64gb memory card for $8.43 — a $290.54 savings. I applied my gift card balance and some of my reward points to get this gadget at this price. I already have the first generation Vita, but I wanted another one as a back-up!
I didn’t make it to the Winter Olympics, but a friend did, and I asked her to bring me back a Soohorang! :D This white tiger plushie is too cute!
Finally, here’s a super rare selfie of Grumpy Bear and me! Grumpy Bear and Soohorang are getting along fabulously :3 As for me, I was carded in Guam (again) and was mistaken to be a high school student . . . and this selfie showed me why, haha! Guess it’s a good thing I am mistaken to be under 21 when I’m over 30!