One of the questions friends from home ask is: What do you eat?
The obvious answer is "Korean food," but for those of us who don't eat a ton of Korean food, what's a girl to do?
Eat out a lot. Seriously. I've always loved restaurants and dining out so, why not? We (me, Melissa and whomever we can coerce to go with us) go to a lot of restaurants -- every Monday night is Indian at Everest in Dongdaemun. Yum.
But occasionally I am forced to cook and the menu at Casa Erin never varies for two reasons:
1. Sheer laziness and lack of planning
2. The limited number of identifiable products at the local grocery store
Twice a month, I walk to Orange Mart and buy almost the same items:
Lunch: Scrambled eggs with tuna and broccoli
Dinner: Either grilled chicken salad, deliciously seasoned thanks to spices sent from the USA by my lovely mother, or plain and simple spaghetti.
Foods I miss being able to buy at an average/non-foreign grocery: black beans, cheese, whole wheat bread, skim milk, hummus and pita bread, baby carrots, Annie's macaroni & cheese, peppermint patties and good peanut butter.
Foods that are surprisingly better at Korean grocery stores: many organic foods are cheaper than in the US, especially chicken breasts and eggs with beautiful orange yolks -- healthier and more delicious -- although unfortunately according to this article, 88% of organic foods in Korea are fake.
I miss Whole Foods. Variety and being able to read food packaging = heaven.