Where would I be without Shazam?
I'd be without titles of songs,
names of artists,
forever yearning to hear the song,
I heard by chance,
What a sad predicament...
Shazam has allowed me to broaden my range of listening, by allowing me to have the titles of songs and names of artists of music I’ve heard in random places.
Many of my discoveries are at cafes and restaurants. Sometimes it's a song playing on a TV show.
One time it was a song blasting out of a car on the streets of LA.
Inevitably, I would be lost without my Shazam.
Shazam has been acquired by Apple last year for $400m. And since the acquisition, the two apps have become woven into one another. Making the songs found on Shazam seamlessly accessible on Apple Music.
Shazam was founded in 1999 by Christ Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Dhiraj Mukherjee and Avery Wang.
Going beyond the lattes & cappuccinos, there are so many other variations of espresso drinks now available.
Here are a few I have tried recently:
The Affogato: shot of espresso with vanilla ice cream.
The Cortado: shot of espresso with steamed milk.
The Gibraltar: shot of espresso with steamed milk, served in a Gibraltar glass. Just enough milk to balance out the acidity- much like the Cortado.
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it's been 22 days since my last podcast. there are a ton of reason it's taken me this long to come back but all that matters is that- i'm here, at the exact time and place i want to be.
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CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
up until now, i've been playing it safe; i've only been using ingredients that have been familiar to me- mostly korean ingredients that i grew up on. but as i walked down the produce aisle, i saw the freshest looking carrots and celery, lined up side-by-side, and thought- i must make chicken noodle soup.
the smallest thing can get me inspired; and when this happens, i have to see it to fruition.
i knew cooking chicken noodle soup would require me to come out of my comfort zone and use herbs.
and i was ready.
if i want to broaden my repertoire of food i can cook, i can’t not learn how to use herbs.
so i looked up a few recipes to see what herbs were used for chicken noodle soup and i was surprised to see how much it varied from recipe to recipe. one even said that you can put an herb of your choice.
however, i was looking for a specific flavor- the familiar flavor of a classic chicken noodle soup you can get at a new york diner.
i needed to use thyme.
i also purchased some bay leaves.
the soup wasn't the greatest but i finally cooked with herbs!
i didn't get lauren's stamp of approval but i don't think it was due to the misuse of the herbs. it just lacked overall flavor- which had more to do with the broth.
and i'd definitely use fresh thyme next time. the dry thyme didn't soften.
looking forward to the next herb challenge.
i walk alone
through these empty streets
all i remember
is a vision of you
i think alone in this
all i recall
is a memory of you
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growing up eating fresh mandoo (korean dumplings) is like- having hulu (google sophia vergara hulu commercial)- you can never go back to store bought.
unable to satisfy the void of my mandoo past, i decided to make my own. i've updated it with the use of cilantro & chicken but all the fundamentals have stayed the same. fresh ingredients- lovingly made by hand.
Ingredients for the Filling:
Add all ingredients for the filling into a large bowl and combine with your hands.
Take one dumpling wrapper and lightly dip half of one side in the egg wash.
Fill a tablespoon of filling in the middle.
Fold the wrapper in half, making sure to line up the egg washed half with the other half.
Gently seal the edges pushing downward, removing any air.
Bring large pot of water with a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium.
Stir the water, as you place the dumpling individually, in batches of 10.
Cook for 3 minutes or when the dumplings floats.
Remove gently with a strainer.
Enjoy as is or dip in light soy sauce.
I finally did it. I made kimchi.
It actually tastes good. And this is not my opinion alone, but shared by others who have tasted it.
There are so many variables and stages of the process that could go wrong. The ingredients could suck, the sauce imperfect, the brining insufficient, the fermentation interrupted by air or temperature... However, the stars were aligned and I was blessed by the kimchi gods. I have myself- a delicious bottle of kimchi.
MY RECIPE for KIMCHI
3 medium- large Napa cabbage
¾ cup coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons of sweet rice flour
4 x 4 sheet of kombu
1 dried shiitake mushroom
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 lb of Korean radish
1 cup of chopped green onion
½ cup of garlic
2 teaspoons of ginger
1 Korean pear
½ cup of fish sauce
½ cup of fermented baby shrimp
2 cups of Korean red pepper flake
Brining the cabbage:
Cut cabbage into quarter wedges. In a large basin put 10 cups of water and ¼ cup of salt. Dissolve the salt before submerging the cabbage in the salted water. Leave for 30 minutes.
Remove the cabbage from the basin. Set basin of salted water aside. Salt individual leaves of the cabbage with ½ cup of salt. Apply more salt to the stem part of the cabbage. Then re-submerge the cabbage back into the basin of salted water.
After 2 hours, check to see if the cabbage stem can bend without breaking. If not, leave the cabbage for another 30 minutes and repeat, until the stem part of the cabbage can bend without breaking.
Making the sauce:
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add the sheet of kombu and dried shiitake mushroom. Boil on medium for 15 minutes before removing the kombu and shiitake mushroom. Then add 2 tablespoons of sweet rice flour and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Whisk for 15 minutes or until it becomes thick. Cool in ice bath and set aside.
In a blender, add ½ cup of garlic, 2 teaspoons of ginger, 1 peeled onion, 1 peeled and cored Korean pear, ½ cup of fish sauce ½ cup of fermented baby shrimp.
Place purée into a bowl and add 2 cups of Korean red pepper flakes and the sweet rice porridge. Mix thoroughly.
Julienne the radish, chop the green onions and add to the sauce.
Applying the sauce on the cabbage:
Once the cabbage is fully wilted, strain the water and generously apply the sauce on every leaf. Place each quarter firmly down in the container.
Leave the container of kimchi in room temperature. Check daily to see if it is fermentated to your liking. Usually takes about 3-5 days. Use a ladle to press down on the cabbage, removing any trapped air and to help submerge the cabbage in the liquid that has formed. Refrigerate when the desired level of fermentation has been achieved.
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7 Kimchi Facts
i’m just going to do it- i’m going to make kimchi.
the fact that i’ve never made kimchi, may come as a surprise, since i’m korean (and of a certain age- 40).
the thing is, you get your kimchi from your mom or your local korean market.
koreans hold making kimchi as something sacred-not to be taken lightly; and also seen as labor intensive, so they are usually made in large batches.
however, i am inspired by the many non-koreans who fearlessly attempt to make kimchi.
my mother never taught me how to cook, let alone how to make kimchi. she never let me step foot into the kitchen.
aside from growing up eating kimchi, i don’t have any experience, any special recipes or any special ingredients.
i’m truly daunted by what i am about to do. it’s going to require all of my very limited culinary acumen.
follow up posts to come!
That’s all my 11 year old would drink, if she could.
More specifically, it’s what she would eat- the chewy tapioca balls on the bottom of the drink. She always asks for extra and spoons out the ones left over, after she finishes the tea.
Thanks to her- I am now an addict.
*Boba originated in Taiwan during the 1980’s.
**Just a few boba teas we’ve had recently. Click on pic for the business instagram pages (page for honey boba is not available).
I used to think classical recordings were all the same. Afterall, they are playing from sheet music that includes the exact note, count and musical articulation. But it turns out, a classical piece can be interpreted in different ways.
Take for example, these two interpretations of Chopin Opus 25 No. 5 in E Minor- one by and another by Lang Lang. They are distinctly different.
I liken it to an artist doing a cover on someone else’s song- except, with a cover, you know what the original song sounds like. With classical pieces, that predate recording, there is only the sheet music to go by. There is no way of knowing how the original composer of the music played it, no reference point.
Lang Lang and Vladimir Ashkenazy are not playing Chopin, they are playing their version of Chopin, since it is not possible to know how Chopin’s version sounded.
The sheet music is merely a guide; whoever is playing the piece can completely alter the mood.
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it’s not what you think. it’s not so much about my love for coffee but it’s the about how i obsess about how much to drink it & when to drink it.
am i drinking too much? is it too late to drink it?
if i drink on an empty stomach, though it seems to curb my appetite at first, hunger strikes out of nowhere. and i’m left to frantically find something to eat and/or gorging on food because the hunger doesn’t subside.
sometimes, if i drink too many cups throughout the day- my mind remains to wired to go to bed.
i absolutely love coffee- black, with cream, with cream and sugar, any which way- just depends on my mood and the taste of the coffee.
i love the act of drinking- while sitting in a cafe, walking in the park or while getting ready for the day every morning.
i’m obsessed with coffee.
i want to worry less and enjoy more.
obsession. both good and bad.
it's hard to believe there are only two months left in the year. i was just starting to settle into 2018...
as i look at the 2018 foomu27 playlist, i am reminded of the abundance of experiences i have had, through music. the fortunate happenstance of music via: radio, restaurants, cabs, friends, etc. and songs already in the glossary of my mind, awakened by an event or an emotion- has enhanced my daily life. shazam has been an amazing tool for when i need to place a title and an artist to music i can’t identify.
i hope you enjoy the playlist, as much as i have enjoyed putting it together.
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not all things start from the beginning; such as the case with my discovery of the food magazine- lucky peach.
i came across lucky peach during the summer of 2017, while spending some time (two months) in montreal.
the canadian equivalent of barnes and noble had them lined up by their register.
i quickly added the magazine to my pile of books and magazines for purchase, after browsing through it briefly, during my wait to checkout.
i was instantly hooked. i couldn't believe this kind of food magazine existed. it felt like a whole new world had opened up to me. a world in which a food magazine didn’t confine themselves to the ordinary but covered more than mere recipes and photos.
you first notice the design. it's visually different from any other food magazine. it’s filled with whimsical artwork and unique photography from cover to cover.
and then the writing- it reveals a deeper background of the food through original and intelligently written articles, essays and interviews.
there are also short fictional pieces; that have little or almost nothing to do with food. just great stories.
i was sad to discover the issue i picked up at the bookstore was their last. i was filled with regret for not having known about it earlier but soon find past issues on amazon. i end up ordering all the 24 issues available through amazon, except the first issue and some other issues that are unjustifiably inflated in price.
i savor each issue; like it’s my last. and read each one; like it’s my first.
so the lesson of the story is: go to book stores- you will find books and magazines that you wouldn't ordinarily be exposed to, and... it's always better late, than never.
*lucky peach was co-founded by writer peter meehan and restauranteur david chang. some of their contributing writers included the late anthony bourdain and jonathan gold.
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The Dave Chang Show. Such an insightful show on so much more than just food.
I listened to Part 1 and Part 2 of the show with Chef Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, who is opening her flagship location in Los Angleles tomorrow (7150 Melrose, off of La Brea in Fairfax).
Whereas, Christina Tosi's Chef's Table episode centered around her Milk Bar years, the podcast shares their memories of the early years together at Momofuku Noodle Bar.
I did not know Christina Tosi played such an integral part in building the foundation of Momofuku.
They speak of how much of their current success is a result of this special bond they have together, which is likened to being siblings. They are not afraid to say something the other may not want to hear. And through this honesty, they are able to raise each other up by both, celebrating their abilities and pointing out their flaws.
David Chang is not David Chang without Christina Tosi; Christina Tosi is not Christina Tosi without David Chang.
Everytime they open a new restaurant, the DNA of the two are imprinted.
Every new restaurant location, a culmination of their growth through and with each other.
David Chang must feel like a proud brother, when he sees what Christina Tosi as done, at her newest location.
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Listen to the episode with Christina Tosi.
And checkout her LA location.
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i gifted an elvis cd to an uncle once.
it was the greatest hits collection: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which was released september 24, 2002.
i was so happy to discover that he was listening to it in his car, years later, when he picked me up at the airport during a visit.
he has since left this earth.
i know that listening to elvis was a great departure from what he was listening to on a day-to-day basis. as a father, husband and an immigrant running a business, you get caught up in life and you stop hearing the music, never mind, having the space to think of going out to buy a cd.
so like most korean-americans, he listened to the korean radio, which provided local news and news from the motherland.
i like to believe the elvis cd brought him some joy- making his days a little brighter, reminding him of a past when appreciating music was not a luxury.
i listen to elvis in his remembrance today.
What does LA in LA Galbi stand for?
When the early Korean settlers came to Los Angeles- they found themselves without butcheries that cut short ribs in the traditional style (which was a chunk of meat on one cut rib called Galbi) and had to assimilate to eating it the way it was cut in the States (which was cut thinly in several ribs, as you see in the picture above).
It was cooked this way in Korean homes and restaurants in Los Angeles before Los Angeles became the highest populated city of Koreans outside of Korea. But as the demand for the traditional cut grew with the population growth, butchers/butcheries started adapting.
It is now more rare to find LA Galbi than Galbi in restaurants. Although, LA Galbi is preferred when cooking at home.
Then I found out there is another claim that LA comes from the name of the type of cut it is- Lateral Axis, which is a technical explanation.
However, they are both laterally cut making it an indistinguishable feature.
It is my conclusion then... that LA in LA Galbi stands for: Los Angeles.