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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Carnivorous Plants Video

Here is an interesting time-lapse video about carnivorous plants (I'm going to show it to students next week, so this post is partly a reminder for me . . .)

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/383907/when-plants-attack-a-time-lapse/

Making Soup

Today was a soup-making day, but I went into super-healthy mode; I keep reading about kale as a super food, so, since I found it at E-mart, I decided to add it, plus my other healthy ingredients, some of which you can see here (I am adding, as an after-note, that the ingredients are for 2 large pots of soup):


 I call it 'acorn squash' but it tends to get call 'pumpkin' here



Yes, I do use a lot of garlic; not only is it healthy but I am of the opinion that garlic in Korea is far less potent than garlic in America (one measurement is this: when I handle garlic directly with my fingers in Korea, the smell goes away in an hour or two; when I do the same thing in the U.S., it takes 2-3 days)



I cook the pumpkin/squash in the microwave before adding it to the soup



Kale, spinach. celery, tomatoes . . .


Dried zucchini . . . very nice texture (not mushy like the fresh stuff)



The finished products: chicken soup and salmon soup; tofu (the squeezable tube kind) was added at the end as an ingredient and to help cool the soup down.  (Missing in the pics are the carrots, 2 kinds of mushrooms, sweet potatoes, spices, and  . . . no onions today, because the two I had saved were not in good condition.)

Indian Restaurant -- Beomgye

I ate at an Indian restaurant in Beomgye today that a co-worker recommended.  It was good!




The menu offers a large variety of Indian dishes (6 or 7 different kinds of naan, for example, and more mutton choices) and is also a bit cheaper than the Kinza restaurants in Sanbon and Pyeongchon (though I like them too).

The name is Swoyam Bhu (수엠부).  If you take subway exit 2 in Beomgye and walk straight about 25 meters the restaurant is in a building on your right, 3rd floor.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Namul Restaurant

This namul (나물; seasoned/prepared vegetables) restaurant in Ansan (Jungang/중앙 station area) is quite good.  They have 3 set menu choices, priced at 9,000W, 12,000W, and 13,000W.  Since all I had eaten for breakfast was a banana, I opted for the 13,000 W option (I think the lower priced option doesn't include fish or 더덕, the root of a flowering plant, considered a health food).


Yapche (sweet potato noodles with vegetables, served as an appetizer at this restaurant)--yummy!



The two oval dishes on the right middle are the fish and 더덕 (the root dish, on the far right)



The rice is put into the large bowls to make bibimbap (비빔밥), rice mixed with vegetables and red pepper sauce (and, at this place, sesame oil), using the vegetables on the round serving dish on the left middle; so, rice, vegetables, oil, and hot sauce go into the bowl and then it is mixed with a spoon and eaten with the spoon--delicious!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Student Santa Pics/Posters






As you might notice, several female students asked if they could make "girl Santas".  I said, "Of course you can.  It's your picture . . . do what you want!"

More Signage

Interesting:



Maybe "Attention: Slippery!"?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Ottogi Teriyaki Chicken

The outside has a nice picture:


but the inside is not like that at all.  I wish I had taken a picture of the shriveled bits of meat that the Ottogi (오뚜기) company chooses to call 'chicken', let alone 'meat'.  Those desiccated bits of stuff should not be on sale--they taste nothing like chicken!--and the company should be heavily fined for false advertising.

Shame on you, Ottogi! Stop misleading consumers!

English Signage

Most of the English that I see on signs in the Seoul area is fairly good, but sometimes you just stop in puzzlement at some of the advertising slogans; for example:



(No doubt there where some Koreans wondering why a foreigner was taking a picture of this; then again, today is so cold and I was bundled up so much  maybe they couldn't tell I was a foreigner, just a strange photographer.)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Animated History

Interesting 'animated' history . . .

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-william-harvey-misunderstood-genius-human-anatomy-180953682/

Lunch Pics

Lunch today was at a Vietnamese restaurant:

The full spread

Dip some rice paper in the hot water

Place it on your plate and top it up with meat/veggies/sauce, roll it up, and eat!

(The other pics didn't come out--sorry!--but I think many people have had this type of meal; if you haven't then you should!)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Short Film: "Rabbit and Deer"

Here's an amazingly creative short animation (about 16 minutes) called "Rabbit and Deer:

http://www.shortoftheweek.com/?s=Attila%20Bert%C3%B3ti

It is very family-friendly!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Kinza Lunch Picture for 12/13/14

I ate at an Indian restaurant (Kinza) in Pyeongchon, same owners/menu as the one in Sanbon.  The one in Pyeongchon is very close to the subway station.


That's Chicken Marsala (curry) on the left and Tandoori Chicken Salad on the right.

Very good!

The place is running a lunch special (10,000 per person, I think) now since they have only been open a month and need to attract customers--so please visit it! (The owners are Indian and very nice people.)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Short PSA/Film about Elephant Poaching

A nicely-made, attention-grabbing visual text:

http://time.com/3617282/kathryn-bigelow-last-days/

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Soup Sunday

One pot of fish soup (salmon) and one pot of chicken soup--healthy, tasty, and a nice variety (cause you can't buy anything like this in Korea!).


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Visiting a Doctor

I have been sick for the last week, or maybe I should say 'getting sicker', for what started out as the signs of a cold turned into evidence of a sinus infection (which is what happens to me once or twice a year--hard to avoid when students are sneezing and coughing within the confines of small classrooms).

Anyway, in my apartment building there is a doctor's office (or several, but one doctor is an E.N.T. specialist whom I have seen a few times before).

I went there yesterday but the office was closed--very disappointing as I knew I needed to start taking antibiotics.

I visited the office again today and was rewarded for my early showing by being their first patient--I didn't have to wait at all (sometimes it can be 30-40 minutes).

The doctor confirmed my sinus infection by sticking a small tube-like camera up my nose (not enjoyable, though seeing the pics on the monitor next to my head was interesting, if a bit disgusting (mucus: up close!) . . . just remember to obey the orders of "Don't move!", otherwise pain will ensue).

To wrap up, I saw the doc, got my medicine at the pharmacy next door, paid slightly less than $10 (for everything), and returned to my apt. in 15 minutes.

That's one thing I like about living in Korea.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

2 Short Films

"A Morning Stroll" : the beginning is kid-friendly, but the ending is probably not
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Bl-QWZ2WU


"My Mom is an Airplane!": a family animation
http://vimeo.com/70678953