Dance Master’s Delight

8 08 2009

So we were just on vacation for eleven days wherein we did nothing much, hung around, drank coffee, chilled, read books, and intended every day to catch up on posting, uploading pictures, and generally keeping our fan up to date on the goings-on of our final days here in Korea.  Alas, we never did.  Because we were too busy not doing anything productive whatsoever.

On another note, Hillstate, the giant construction project located directly across the street from our apartment, is officially almost complete. This is due largely to the efforts of the diligent construction workers that like to start every day of the week (and weekends!) at 7 am by dropping 1 or 2 scaffolding pipes on the ground ever 10 to 20 seconds for 2 hours before taking a well earned break.

The signal that construction is nearly complete? The first delivery of kimchi refrigerators.

Keeping your kimchi fresh.

Keeping your kimchi fresh.

From LG in a variety of colors to suit your lifestyle--the new Dios Built-In.

From LG in a variety of colors to suit your lifestyle--the new Dios Built-In.

A view of a section of Hillstate including scaffolding pipes.

A view of a section of Hillstate including scaffolding pipes.





Health Food!

18 07 2009

Most days, one kid or another’s mom drops off some sort of food for the teachers. Most of the time it’s a sugary sweet treat, but this week somebody cared enough to bring us health food. With vitamins even!

*Non-nutrative food varnish and flavor enhancer may increase risk of heart disease, rectal leakage, and space madness.

*Non-nutrative food varnish and flavor enhancer may increase risk of heart disease, rectal leakage, and space madness.





The Refreshing Taste of Pine

31 05 2009

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Last week I went to the store to pick up something bubbly. Right next to the grape pop that I was looking for, there were a few cans of this stuff sitting there and looking lonely. So I bought one.

“Since there are so few on the shelf, maybe beverages infused with the taste of pine needles are delicious,” I thought.

After a few days sitting in the fridge, we decided to crack it open. The slightly greenish liquid appeared innocuous, but its scent reminded us less of a forest breeze, and more of Pinesol. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much what it tasted like, too. Not that we’ve tasted a lot of Pinesol. Maybe it is an acquired taste.





Attention

22 03 2009

Cream of Coconut is not Coconut Milk.





Eating a Persimmon

13 01 2009
Not a tomato.

Not a tomato.

This is a persimmon.  We hadn’t seen too many of these things before we came to Korea and neither of us had ever tried one. When we got one in a fruit basket from one of our students as a gift for Chuseok, we didn’t really know what to make of it. The thing was rock hard, but it looked ripe, so we tried eating it. The pulp of the fruit looked like coffee grounds, had a horrible gritty texture, and tasted like nothing.

Undeterred, we got some help from our friendly local organic grocer and ended up with this jewel:

A ripe persimmon.

A ripe persimmon.

Apparently, this particular variety of persimmon is not actually good to eat until it feels more or less like a water balloon. The insides of this one were sparkling orange, had the texture of smooth custard, and tasted kind of like a not too sweet vanilla pudding. Very tasty and incredibly messy.

Sticky and sweet.

Sticky and sweet.

Gooey.

Gooey.





Aaaaah, Brewskies

12 01 2009
A delicious and nutritious bevvie we call "My Other Lover."

A delicious and nutritious bevvie we call "My Other Lover."

It's good in bed, too.

It's good in bed, too.

These are oldies but goodies (greaties?) of our first homebrewed beer.  It was a stout and it was delicious and we miss it something awful.  We miss the rug we detroyed in the process of making this little darling, too.

Here’s a picture advertising the beer we have the most immediate access to here in Korea.  I’m pretty sure “Tok” means “pee-pee flavored.”

"Fresh" in this case means "made yesterday and has no possible chance of having any flavor."

"Fresh" in this case means "made yesterday and has no possible chance of having any flavor."





A Great Weekend

13 11 2008

Last Saturday we were shopping in Seoul and heard these guys playing:

and did some sight-seeing which was cute pretty:

cute

fall colo

fall persimmon tree

And then dinner in Jookers which was downright yummers, complete with salad, pizza, and a glass of wine. No pig’s bladder tonight, people!!!

Sorrento's

And finally a ride in this, which was great because there’s no better way to end the day than by saying “F*%k you” to poor people:

ferrari