Entries Tagged as 'korean'

Belly Q

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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I’m a fan of Chef Bill Kim‘s, having frequented his casual restaurants, Urban Belly and Belly Shack. I’d never been to his high end restaurant, Belly Q, so I was happy to check it out with Jess, Jen, Jill, and Kristin. We ordered a ton of stuff (below) and shared everything. Fantastic! Probably my favorite thing was the wagyu kalbi. But not as good as our family recipe, of course! :)

Here’s what we had:

Avocado Basil Hummus: Yogurt, Curry, Spiced Rice Puff
Brisket Buns: Braised Beef, Peppers, Onion
Double Smoked Bacon Pancake: Frisee, Kimchi

Roasted Tuna: Coconut Grits, Marinated Vegetables, Shrimp Dressing
Wagyu Korean Short Ribs: Carrots, Crispy Shallots
Tea Smoked Duck Breast: Chinese Broccoli, Steamed Buns

Sticky Rice: Dried Shrimp, Togarashi, Chinese Sausage, Mushrooms

Peanut Butter & Jelly Soft Serve: Peanut Butter Crunch, Huckleberry Jam 6
Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts: Vanilla Soft Serve, Huckleberry Jam

If you look close, you can see Chef Kim in this photo:

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A Visit From Jordan and Liz

August 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jordan and Liz came for a visit over the weekend. It had been about seven years since they visited Chicago. Dallas sees them sometimes when his work takes him to the Pacific Northwest, but I hadn’t seen Jordan and Liz since their wedding on Kauai. Makai was the perfect excuse to get them back out to Chicago for a visit!

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Makai with Aunty Liz and Uncle Jordan at The Radler

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Makai at The Radler

They arrived on a Thursday night. On Friday, Dallas and Jordan went golfing. On my way to work I directed Liz to all the shopping on Michigan Avenue and she was able to occupy herself for most of the day :). She loved the buildings and the river and the shopping and the architecture and everything. It’s so different from where they live, just north of Seattle. After daycare, Liz and I took Makai to play at Palmer Square. Then we met back up with Jordan and Dallas to have dinner at The Radler. As you can see, Makai is super happy to be back at his most frequented restaurant. :).

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Uncle Jordan and Aunty Liz with Makai

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Danny manning the grill.

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Makai eating Danny’s homemade pickles and his daddy’s kalbi.

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Still working on that kalbi!

On Saturday we headed out to Danny and Caroline’s new house in Riverside. Cory and Chris, who moved to Vail about three years ago, just happened to be in town so it was nice to get the family together while those we don’t see often were visiting. Danny smoked a ton of pork butt and Dallas grilled some kalbi ribs. I handed one to Makai and he shoved it right in his mouth, like a good Korean. Obviously he didn’t really bite off the meat and eat it, but he was really sucking the bones! I bet he can’t wait till he’s old enough to really get in there!

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Aunty Cory and her nephew Rory

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Cory, Rory, Edy, Tommy, Kenji, Aunty Laura

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Caroline and Rory

At the end of the month it’s Cory’s 40th birthday, so we celebrated ahead of time with tons of cake and cookies. Rory, Edy, Tommy, and Kenji were all there to help her blow out her candles.

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Makai at Parson’s

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I told them to give me the smallest size possible!

On Sunday Dallas and Jordan went golfing again. Liz and Makai and I went to the farmers market and then later on we all met up at Parson’s. It looked like it was going to rain, but luckily it didn’t . We ate a ton of chicken and Makai loved the bread and hush puppies. Afterwards we stopped at Tastee Freez for some treats! And then we all just chilled at home. Very early Monday morning Liz and Jordan had to head back home. I’m so glad they visited though and finally got to meet Makai! Such a fun weekend!

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Hawaii Day 13: Back to Kauai

June 16th, 2014 · No Comments

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We packed up our suitcase yet again and headed back to Kauai. We flew into Kauai, so we went back just for one night. Our vacation was really ending :(

I ran to Big Save for the last supplies for Makai and for a few things to add to the dinner we were having. Aunty Kathy and Uncle Dee came over for a bbq. We grilled up some leftover Korean ribs and had rice, kimchi, boiled peanuts, pickled onion, and a fresh salad that Aunty Kathy made. I remember the salad (with papaya seed dressing) tasted extra good. I hadn’t been eating my vegetables like I should! Aunty Kathy also made a homemade pie and I ate it with some macnut ice cream I’d bought at the store earlier.

The photo above is some beer that I got at Big Save. Big Braddah Primo. Extra refreshing on a hot night!

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