Chicago: My Favorite Place!

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My leg at the entrance to the spa

This past weekend, K and I went to our favorite place: Chicago!  We love going there because we get to go to the big Korean market called H-Mart, where there’s The Face Shop and other Korean chain stores, which I just get totally excited about.  H-Mart is great because it’s so inexpensive compared to our local Korean markets.  We also had 4 Groupons we purchased back in May for King Spa and Sauna, so it was half off for us.  The sauna is awesome. They have several dry saunas, including a sudatorium (traditional sauna which is VERy hot, like 257 degrees F), a wet sauna, baths, a theater to relax and watch movies on a screen, a meditation area, and a great place to buy Korean prepared food (like a restaurant, but it doesn’t have a name).  The food there is so good.  My favorite though is the pat-binsoo, which is a Korean shaved ice desert with fruit, sweet black beans, a bit of sugar, and milk. Here’s what it looks like if you’ve never seen it:

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We had so much fun and it was so relaxing. We needed that bit of us time before K’s semester starts again. We came back with lots of Korean food supplies and I got some things at The Face Shop.  All-in-all it was a great trip.

Now that we’ve been back for a few days, we’ve been eating nothing but Korean food. I learned to make jjajjangmyawn (Korean black noodles).  It’s my favorite Korean dish. Here’s how it turned out:

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It looked prettier before I mixed it, but I only remembered to take a picture afterward 😀

K was so impressed. He was so, so happy and that made me happy too.  I made it the next day too, but it was a bit too watery that time.  I’m still very proud of myself for trying.

We’ve had the perfect weather this summer. I mean literally perfect, even the weatherman says that. I’ve been very happy and in good health this summer and I think it’s because I’ve gotten so much sunshine.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your own successes! It’s good to be sharing with you.




18 thoughts on “Chicago: My Favorite Place!

  1. I’m not too familiar with South Korean culture except I know they value friendship and family very highly. Also, since I’ve been into Zen since middle school I’ve learned about their tradition which is more true to original Chan/Zen the Japanese tradition which has went down to a simple ‘just sitting’ which is basically ‘just sleeping.’ Investigating the hua tuo is a great concentration technique. All meditation techniques involve concentration be it mindfulness or concentration, b/c there is mindfulness in concentration and concentration in mindfulness. Glad you got to go there.

  2. I grew up in Chi. Loved it then, but our relationship is more complex now. Going back it’s like the river you can’t step in twice. When you’re with it all along, it’s one thing. When you come back periodically but regularly, it mixes ghosts with the living and can be quite disturbing. On the other hand, the food IS great.

  3. I get a kick out of the Korean you. So there’s an HMart there, too. That dish is Chinese-Korean. Usu. has MSG – rare that it doesn’t. You have to ask them to hold it, if they would. But yeah, it’s yum. I’ll be chkg out the skincare. My mom said, years back, something that made so much sense. That our skin didn’t respond well to American products because…we’re Korean! Only thing is, I can’t read/understand the list of ingredients in Korean…and K products are not big on disclosing all their info, either. :/ (But yeah, they work the bomb!)

    1. You are right that it is often made with MSG. I actually made this myself, so it’s MSG free 😀 It’s easier to make than I initially thought, it just took time and patience to get everything right, as I’ve found to be the case with most Korean food.

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