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.
Not surprising to you, I took a few photos...this was Hubby's appetizer. I don't remember the name of it, but it was scallops with an orange sauce. The scallops were cooked perfectly. (I have personally been having a hard time cooking scallops, so I was impressed - I really think it has more to do with the type of scallop I am buying here, and not really my technique, but that is another story for another time.)
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!
OH, WAIT....it is 2AM...I wake up sweating and feel like someone just punched me in the stomach. CRAP, do I have to puke? CRAP, CRAP, CRAP!!! I jump out of bed holding my stomach, run to the bathroom and make it just in time to barf my guts out!! Not 30 minutes later, Hubby is right behind me! NO FREAKING WAY...we have food poisoning!!! Now, I eat on the streets here in Seoul ALL THE TIME and I have never felt the least bit bad. We go to a swanky little uptown joint, spend a wad of cash and feel like death warmed over! WTF?! So, we are both puking all night...Hubby has to be up by 6:30AM to catch a flight to Tokyo! Poor guy. He said he was sick on the plane several times. I was lucky, I got to stay home in the comfort of my own bed, and use my own toilet to puke in, I couldn't imagine being stuck on an airplane feeling the way I felt. Earlier today I got an email from hubby and he said he still feels bad today (Monday). Thankfully I was better by Sunday night, but you should have seen my house...the kids were all still in their pj's because they had to fend for themselves, and since Boy 1 is off grounding all he did was make sure his siblings had bags of chips and boxes of cereal in between rounds of war craft on the computer. Need I say more?