Happy New Year: Korean Style

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I know we're a week in, but -- Happy New Year everybody! How has the first week of 2012 been treating you? I can't complain too much, because on NYE, the husband and I made a discovery -- a new Korean market, in our hood. Actually, it's a few hoods down, but still close. Let me back up and say, I was the one who first laid eyes on the market. On that day, too busy running errands, I couldn't explore, but I assumed it was Korean, made a mental note and moved on with my day. Then, on NYE, I took the husband back to explore.

It was love at first sight. The market is small, but it has all the necessities AND a fish/meat counter (where they tell you where the fish comes from!) AND a little kitchen where they prepare Korean goodies which they then sell. We stocked up on a lot of Korean food, with a plan to have it on New Year's day and officially declared (to ourselves) that 2012 will be the year of Korean!

I guess you can call that a resolution, but I don't like the sound of that. I prefer goals. Because really, I don't need these things to get "resolved", but, it would be great if they got done. So, here's some goals the husband and I set for 2012.

1) More Korean
2) More hiking (I've invested in a pair of hiking pants, so now I feel obligated)
3) More "deep" cleaning (thanks to The Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart)
4) More dinner parties

All doable and fun, except I'll be struggling with #2, but I'll deal with complaining. I am an excellent hiking complainer.

So here's to a healthy New Year dear readers, hope it's a good one!
 Jumbo shrimp marinated in pepper paste, garlic, scallion, ginger and sesame oil.
Similar marinate for the pork, but we also added pepper flakes, onions, sesame seeds, soy sauce, sugar and rice vinegar.
The spread included bulgogi and spicy pork over stir fried vegetables, shrimp, cucumber and cabbage kimchi, spinach, sprouts, seafood pancakes and rice. Notice the husband's cute table setting?

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