For the record, I rocked Alex’s bridal shower today.
I say this only because I spent all week stressing about it, and hours prepping for it, and still on the way there today I was freaking out that I didn’t bring enough favors or my games would suck or whatever. But no, it went great, and everyone there was lovely and seemed to have a good time, and most importantly, I got to surprise my “sister” and bring a huge smile to her face.
So, reminder to self: you always worry about planning things for other people, but it’s usually/mostly needless. Chillaxathon!
And now, continuing with the Best of 2009 Challenge…
December 12 New food. You’re now in love with Lebanese food and you didn’t even know what it was in January of this year.
That’s an easy one. Korean food is a 2009 discovery for me, and it’s fabulous! Well, fine, I first tried it in 2008, but I didn’t realize how much I liked it until 2009. That counts, right?
Me and Andy’s fave in Cincinnati is Korea House, up in the Mason/Montgomery area. Might be a longer drive for some of y’all (especially my friends in TX lol, or Pseudo over in Hawaii!) and maybe a little pricier than some Asian places (although it’s definitely not expensive) but it is so, SO good.
For anyone who hasn’t tried Korean food yet, it’s not all kimchi and spicy-hot pickled stuff. Trust me. I don’t do spicy-hot. Or pickles.
My favorite two dishes are Kal-Bi, which are tender marinated beef short-ribs, and Dolsot Bibimbap, a delectable mix of rice, veggies, egg, and meat (beef or chicken) served in a hot stone bowl (which makes it crispy!). Another popular dish is Bulgogi, which is basically a slightly less awesome version of Kal-Bi.
A key element to any Korean meal is the array of side dishes that comes with (or before) your entreé. Yes, kimchi is usually one of them. But there are also yummy things like fruit salad (tart), pickled squid, steamed tofu, seasoned spinach, or my favorite, sweet potatoes (as in, potatoes that are sort of sweet, not the cousin-of-yams). Honestly, I know some of these things sound weird or look kind of… squidgy. But I recommend trying them all! (So long as they don’t have mushrooms, yuck.) Because many of the ones that seemed the grossest ended up being my faves. (There’s probably a good life lesson in that, huh?)
Crud, now I’m craving Korean food… Go have/try some for me, okay?!