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Seoul meets Silver Spring

February 3, 2010

More snow? Are you kidding me?!

Just two days ago, I was thinking it was my last snow of the year. But oh no, there’s more (and another wave expected this weekend). We got 4″ overnight and it’s absolutely gorgeous outside. Right now, I’m watching the action at my backyard bird feeder — it’s a happening place!

My friend Jennifer was recently in the States from Korea. We worked together for about 9 months before she took a public school position — a better job although she thinks her English skills have deteriorated since our school was English immersion and in the public system, she speaks Korean and English. Whatever, Jennifer has still has almost accent-less English despite this being her first time in an English-speaking country.

Last time we saw each other was September at a Thai restaurant in Seoul.

Seoul, September 2009

It was so crazy seeing Jennifer in America. Crazy in a good way, of course! πŸ˜€

Since we’re both huge food lovers — part of the reason we bonded so much is our mutual love of all things delicious — I took her to Adega, an awesome wine bar in Silver Spring. This is one of my favorite places because it has a fresh menu and great mix of ingredients. Luckily, Jennifer liked it, too. πŸ˜‰

While eating, she started talking about the differences between American and Korean food. Jennifer loves American food but said, “I don’t know how everyone isn’t fat here. The food is SO good but so oily!”

Typical Korean meal -- and my personal fave -- bibimbap

That’s the complaint a lot of Koreans have about American food — that our meals are greasy and oily. It’s definitely something I recognize from eating out but I find it much easier to eat healthfully here than Korea.

Any restaurant in the US serves salad and soup, with lots of vegetarian options. In Korea, where restaurants tend to specialize (barbecue, chicken noodle soup, mandu) it’s harder to find a menu that will please everyone.

Well, except maybe Kimbap Heaven (κΉ€λ°₯천ꡭ). Yum!

Menu on the wall... who needs English?! πŸ˜‰

Wow, these old pictures bring back the memories. It still hasn’t sunk in that I LIVED in Korea for an entire year. And now that year is over.

Crazy, just crazy. But crazy good. (We also went for a short stroll through Whole Foods where the amount and variety of milk and cheese was a little overwhelming coming from Korean grocers.)

I’ve gotta ask: Have you tried Korean food? It’s definitely not as popular — or accessible — as other Asian cuisines. Chocolate lovers unite!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2010 9:56 am

    I love bibimbap! We have a Gyu-kaku here in Los Angeles and they have the best food. I haven’t had Korean food anywhere else but I think this is pretty authentic??

  2. February 3, 2010 9:57 am

    PS – No word from the Examiner. 😦

  3. February 3, 2010 12:57 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Korean food. I only in the last few years had Thai food and Middle Eastern food. I can’t wait to try it!

  4. February 3, 2010 1:14 pm

    I have to admit, I think the only real Korean food I’ve had was Korean barbeque. However, it was made by someone’s mom who was from Korea and it was DELICIOUS. I definitely want to try other dishes!

  5. February 3, 2010 3:00 pm

    I had kimchi for the first time this weekend, but it was at a Chinese restaurant, so I’m not sure that counts. However, there’s a vegan Korean place out here I’m DYING to try (

  6. louisianagrown permalink
    February 3, 2010 3:45 pm

    I’ve never tried Korean food, but I normally love all things Asian, so I can just imagine how delicious it would be. πŸ™‚

  7. Danielle permalink
    February 3, 2010 5:00 pm

    I love reading about these places that I live around πŸ˜€

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried Korean food but I would want to! (And I agree…our food is too oily)

  8. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce permalink
    February 3, 2010 7:07 pm

    such a weird feeling when you see people “out of their natural habitat,” you know? like in a different country or somewhere else that is a completely different setting than the one you’re used to seeing them in. great that your friend could come visit and you guys went for korean food! i grew up eating a lot of korean food (beef bulgogi, hello!) but i haven’t had it in a while. i should change that! how awesome that you lived in korea for a whole year!!!

  9. February 3, 2010 8:33 pm

    Goodness, the snow…it keeps coming! Haha! It does make the city look pretty though. Stay safe and warm!

    Haven’t had Korean food, but I’ve had different roommates from Vietnam, India, and Singapore, and they shared the most delicious dinners. Yum. Love different cuisines.

  10. February 3, 2010 9:22 pm

    What a nice visit with your friend! πŸ™‚ I’ve never tried Korean food.

  11. February 4, 2010 12:25 am

    I have never tried Korean – but I think I would love it! Thats so awesome you got to hang with your friend!

  12. February 4, 2010 8:13 am

    I actually am not sure if I’ve had Korean food so I’m guessing that would be a no – oh sad, I’ve got to get on that!

    • February 4, 2010 10:02 am

      I’d never tried it until the summer before I moved to Korea. Definitely not as popular as Thai or Chinese but worth checking out . πŸ™‚

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