Project 3…

Welcome to week 3 of my “One Year To Happiness” journey!  I may have been a tiny bit ambitious in the first two weeks, having taken on fairly large, and labor intensive projects.  To put it mildly, this Mama’s exhausted.  Sure, I have created lovely spaces to relax and regroup, and I have prepared my home to welcome guests, and that feels great.  But this week, I am going to be a little less physical with my efforts, and attempt to open myself to new things and experiences. 

One of the things I love most in the world is food.  Because of that, I have also had to learn to love exercise, because I do not love muumuus.  In any case, today I took my new houseguest and we went to the Super H Mart to shop for groceries.  I absolutely love this store.  It is an ethnic grocery store and has aisles and aisles of spices, sauces, noodles, candies, snacks and drinks from all over the world.  Every ten feet you hear a different language, and most trips, I buy stuff having no idea what the package contains, because there is no English on the label!  It’s one of the areas of my very careful life where I allow some wiggle room for operating outside of the rules. 

For week 3’s project, I have decided to explore my love of food and drink and explore and experience some small treat each day.  I know that some days, the treat will be one I have had before and just not allowed myself to have for a while.   But on other days, I think I’d like to try things I”ve never had before.  Like today, when I ate at the Super H Mart’s “Korean Restaurant.”

There are several restaurants in the Mart that are arranged like a food court in the mall.  I have never eaten there because the food is very authentic.   By that I mean that the proprietors are native Koreans and while the menu has pictures of the dishes, I still had very little idea what I was ordering.  But I figured, Hey, it probably won’t kill me.  So we ordered and received a beautiful table full of meats, vegatables and soups that we had no hope of finishing.

I had a few things I had never had before that were delish!  Fried tofu!  That was great.  But I also had kimchi for the first time, which is surprising since my first roommate in college was from Korea.  Anyway, I did not like the kimchi.  I won’t be having that again, but I can rest easy, knowing that I won’t wonder for the rest of my life if I was missing out on something delicious.  I was not.

Following dinner we went shopping and bought several sauces in hopes that we can recreate some wonderful meals at home.  We also bought a spice pack that will create a wonderful soup from the Phillippeans that M.A. brought me when I came home from the hospital.  I told her that teaching me to make it was a requirement to stay here!  Can’t wait to learn that one.

So for the rest of the week, I am going to continue this foodie quest and let you in on the results.  I hope I find some new and exciting things to eat and drink!

Gastro wishes!