Three new things I learned this week:
1. Beta fish do not seem to mind being pet by a 3 year old.
2. Beta fish do not die after being fed peanut butter.
3. Sadly, hamsters do die after eating jellybeans.
Things I Learned This Week
Three new things I learned this week:
Once In A Blue Moon
Date night this weekend: Once in a Blue Moon in Apgujeong, the Beverly Hills of Seoul. If you are on a budget, don't even consider going here. This is a place where you will want to dress up. Hubby wore a suit & I wore a sheik skirt with hot boots! The write ups for this sexy little jazz bar are fantastic. It is well know that this is one of the best jazz bars in Seoul. Every review was right on, the music was great, smooth jazz, not the crazy hyped up jazz. It was pricy, but the food was wonderful. Hubby and I had a 5 course meal & a bottle of wine.
My appetizer was not as good...it was pan fried foie gras. I was a bit hesitant when it said pan fried, but I thought I would give it a whirl anyway. It wasn't terribe, but I would not order it again. On a good note, the blueberry sauce & the little salad was heavenly!
Next up we had a salad, then wild mushroom soup, then a sorbet. Now the sorbet seemed a little out of place to us, but this is Korea and things are not always what one would expect. Not only was this sorbet out of place, but after the first bite it left us wondering just what flavor it really was. I tasted cinnamon & ginger, on the second bit it hit me....SWEET POTATO! Wow...I can honestly say that was a first for me. It wasn't sweet at all - more like an icy sweet potato. It wasn't bad either, just totally different.
For the main course I had lobster tail and halibut, both were equally delicious. I could eat food like this every night of the week!
Hubby had lamb chops in a blueberry sauce, and if you like lamb chops, you would LOVE these. Cooked to perfection. (Sorry, this picture isn't very good.)
So I must admit when we saw the dessert they brought out we both though it was a little odd, but then again, Korean's do love their waffles. There was even syrup on this waffle. Surprisingly, it was pretty damn tasty. Go figure.
As hubby and I sat and listened to the sweet sound of the jazz band playing in the background, we talked about how hard life in the states is going to be whenever we have to move back. We have been spoiled here in Seoul. What are we going to do for date night & are we going to have to hire a driver? I mean come on, you never have to worry about that here, cabs are plentiful! (Not that we have to worry about moving back for quite a while anyway.) We also talked about what a fabulous place this is. Once is a Blue Moon is one of those places where you want to take guest to, or go to for a special ocassion. Oh, check out this picture of the piano...isn't it beautiful? Check out the shine.
So, all in all this was a great night!
Big Crumb Coffee Cake
I was sitting here Thursday night thinking about making a coffee cake for Hubby's office. I always make the same ol' coffee cake. Don't get me wrong, it is good and all, but just a standard coffee cake. I wanted something with a swirl, so I started searching the internet when I ran across this one. Now, I have been a fan of the Smitten Kitchen for a while now, so when I saw this recipe on her website, I knew it would be good. I've adapted it just a bit, as I did not have rhubarb in the house. I couldn't decide on which fruit to put in this cake, blueberry or raspberry, so I just made one of each.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8x8 pan.
Pan-Grilled Thai Tuna Salad
This months Cooking Light magazine is right up my alley, it is chalked full of seafood recipes! Can you say YUMMY?!?! I got my March issue of Cooking Light on .... get this ....25 March!! AUGHHH, one of the only things I don't like about living in Korea, it takes FOREVER for my magazines to show up, and then I feel behind. Anyhow, on March 26th, I headed for the Noryangyin Fish Market to pick up some yellowfin tuna so I could make this delicious looking salad! So, here is where my adventure started....
Purchasing tuna from the lady with the pink apron! I just LOVE the pink apron! Check out the guy behind me, he is sneaking a feel of Boy 3's hair while I am not looking!! ;)
Check this big chunk of tuna out (just over 2 lbs)....only 30,000 won for this! That is about $22 USD, for sashimi grade yellow fin! OH BABY!
Isn't she pretty?
First, you salt & pepper this lovely lady, I like LOTS of fresh ground pepper. Heat your pan over med-high heat with about a half a tablespoon of olive oil, make sure you pan is nice and hot before you put your tuna in. Cook on all sides for about 2 minutes each, or until desired degree of doneness. I cooked mine for about 2 minutes on each side and it was perfect!
Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for a few minutes. Then slice against the grain into thin slices to top your salad with. My mouth is watering just looking at this!!
OK, OK, on to the salad portion:
Happy 80th Birthday Mom!!!
Happy Birthday Mom!
Drop & Shop!
Are you kidding me?" I ask the lady, but she didn't understand me. I continued speaking in English, but this time with hand gestures. "I can just put my kids in there... (pointing to my boys, then into the play area), and go shop?" (Again using hand motions showing I am going away.) The lady behind the counter is shaking her head yes. My eyes are as big as a bull frog waiting to catch his prey. The very nice lady that was going to take my children while I shopped then said "cell phone and names" and pointed to a piece of paper and 2 sticky circles for the boy's names. I'm in totally shock, thinking she must be misunderstanding me but I go with it anyway. I give her hubby's cell phone number write the boy’s names on the sticky circles, and put them on their backs. The very nice lady about to take my boys gives me a key and says, 4,000 for 2 hours. My head is swirling, as I am realizing we are getting to leave the boys in this play area for 2 hours while we shop!! YA-HOO!!! And the 4,000 won is for both boys...dude that is less than 2USD per child!! Again..."are you freaking kidding me"?!?!? I took the key, put their shoes in their locker, turned around and RAN to the escalator!
When we picked them up, we ask them if it was fun, Boy 3 said "NO!", my heart fell, then he said "It was SUPER DUPER FUN!!"
Moving to Yongsan
Just a random post for those of you moving to Yongsan this summer, or anytime really...
I can't help myself, I am a proud mom. Isn't he just adorable? And he looks so sweet...
In this picture he was about to jump off the top of this boat...notice the devilish look.
All the kids on this shoot....they all wanted to shoot Boy 2 as he was acting up, making them work longer & he just dropped a shoe in the water, so they all had to wait for someone had to fetch it out!
Just being himself....
Last week Girl modeled Burberry clothes for a magazine. Isn't she adorable?
Girl being silly. They told her to watch what he was doing.
I love this look and I am so glad I captured it on film, she gives this look to her dad (ok, and to me too), then she gets anything she wants.
They let her take home as many tulips as she could carry!
My favorite shot of the day....
This cake brings back very fond memories for me. I always think of my friend Tricia N. & our dinner club in Kansas each time I make it. Several years ago when we lived at Ft. Leavenworth, 5 of my friends got together and created a dinner club. Each person had a night, mine was Monday. Every Monday I would cook dinner for my family plus 4 other families, I would deliver dinner to the other 4 families each Monday night, then I was done cooking for the week. Every other night, Tuesday - Friday, dinner was delivered to my door by 5:30PM. This lasted for a year & boy was it fantastic...the only problem is our little group started trying to out do each other, our meals were DELICIOUS, but our bellies started growing. Finally we had to set another rule....no more desserts!!!
1 ¼ cup sugar, divided ¾ & ½ cups
Serve with vanilla ice cream! I make my own, but Kathie, feel free to buy Bluebell's homemade vanilla. ;) I'll make some for you when you visit in July!
Proud Army wife and mother to 4 wonderful children. I love to cook, travel, work out and scrapbook life’s adventures when I find the time. We just got orders & are heading back to the states in March 2010. I'm bummed that our time has been cut short, but proud of Hubby for the reason why.
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