I don’t know about you, but I’m emotionally exhausted from all of the Sturm und Drang that’s taken place on Kimchi Mamas this past week. Not that I don’t fully support the new asshole rippings administered quite deftly by certain KMs to certain commenters and to a certain peninsula-based mom-blogger whose name rhymes with Snatie Groper; it’s just that I’m tired of reading vitriolic rants and am in the mood for something a bit more tepid and tame. Cute, even! So, today I bring you a mishmash of things Korean that make me smile:
Why, oh why would someone package and sell Kimchi Drink? All you have to do is drain the jar after you’ve finished the cabbage and voila –FREE kimchi juice can be yours! I am a passionate lover of kimchi, but this shit looks fuckin’ repugnant!
The Jindo Gae: the Original Kimchi Dog. As an Akita/Siberian Husky owner, I was immediately attracted to this adorable little hound because of its perky ears, bright triangular eyes, curly tail, and fierce and feisty temperament. Originally bred to fight and guard, the Jindo is a heartbreakingly loyal friend who makes an excellent pet if one has the patience to train it properly. Don't you just want to curl up with one of them right now?
Awww, isn’t this the cutest damn thing you ever did see? (Okay, I must admit that the dog is cuter!) I have a similar Korean doll at home – I got it when I was in single digits from a Seoul relative – but now it sits on my bedroom shelf gathering dust. My 3-yr-old is intrigued with the doll, but I won’t let her play with it because it’s full of pins and sharp edges. It’s more the kind of thing you keep on the shelf and look at rather than take to bed with you.
Does anyone remember playing with Hanafuda cards as a kid? (My mom says they’re called “Hwatu” in Korean.) I have vague memories of playing a matching game with these cards, but don't remember the details. (Info on how to play hanafuda are included in the above link.) For some reason, I was reminded of Hanafuda cards for the first time in, like, thirty years and decided to order a set from EBay. Halmoni was delighted to see these cards again, and recalled that she had played with them with her grandmother as a small child. And, I am delighted to see my daughter learning first-hand, about Korean culture from her Halmoni!
Have a great weekend, everyone!