While I was coloring in the lines like an eager camp-bound 5th grader last night, I decided to show off my handiwork to
a few slackers some of my wonderful buddies who gladly pushed off very important Wednesday morning office work JUST FOR ME. ^^ My four man sample size suggests general US sentiment may begin with "fob shock" but will gradually soften into cute, happy thoughts. Results are not statistically significant so I welcome any additional feedback.
We came in 4th place, out of 20 teams. ^^ It wasn't a t-shirt design contest.
But it might have something to do with this.
Right... what you really want to see... food! I'm afraid it may be a little... familiar.
When they first mentioned grabbing a quick bite at a good sandwich place nearby... I didn't realize they were referring to Quiznos and it was too late to change my mind. ^^
I've officially visited Outback Steakhouse more times in Korea (twice) than in the States... come to think of it, have I ever been to one in the US? We went here b/c it's apparently a good place to study... meaning they don't kick you out after 3 1/2 hours of loitering. ^^ The pasta wasn't bad either.
And who knew that you could get your bread served with chocolate?! Y'all better try that in the US sometime. And if the waiter gives you a funny look, just say, "They do it in Korea!" Apparently, the bread is pretty popular here, and they'll happily package it up for you (with some butter) to go. Come to think of it, it really tastes like the stuff at The Cheesecake Factory.
Saved the best for last. It may not look all that appetizing, but this was my first time eating samgyetang (삼계탕), and it was pretty darn fun. It's like knocking open a pinata (in this case, a whole chicken) to find lots of little goodies (rice, chestnuts, garlic, dates, ginseng) stored inside.
Anyway, for you Bostonians, check out this NYT article - Frank Bruni has O Ya listed as a top 10 (non NY, non previously reviewed) restaurant, in the company of Guy Savoy. Now, according to Boston.com, O Ya has the power to make you cry, moan, and hold future booty callers to higher standards of satisfaction and imagination. So what are you waiting for?!