I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to food. I can appreciate a delicious and well-prepared meal like the rest of them but between the "eat to live" and "live to eat" camps. I'd say I eat to live...until our recent move to the suburbs. While in the city, we took for granted that restaurants with the utmost fresh ingredients were a dime a dozen; that we could eat Thai food from Thai town, Chinese food from Chinatown, Korean food from Koreatown (oh, you get the picture) all within a 5 mile radius. But most of all, we simply miss, trying new food. I know there are plenty of fantastic restaurants in our new area, but the suburbs so heavily spotted with fast food and chain restaurants made us lose hope before we even started...which is why Street Food Tuesday was perfect.
Belly BombZ: Bomb Dust Fries with Parmesan + Garlic & Thyme Fries
Belly BombZ: Mom's Recipe Wings
It starts with the food. There's a plethora of good eats to choose from and everything sounded delicious. We were thrilled to be trying new fare and leaving much untasted gives us good reason to do it again. There were also numerous dessert trucks to choose from including froyo, baked goods, crepes and shaved snow. But in the end, what takes this experience from good to great is the atmosphere...
It feels like camping but without packing to be in the woods or having to go unshowered. It has the benefits of being outdoors and having to come up with unconventional ways to keep the kids entertained, without ipads and television. You're roughing it just enough to ignore the fact that your kids' hands may not be as clean as they should be or that watermelon juice is dripping down the front of their shirt. It may seem odd at first that you're camped in front of a Home Depot but the group next to you is doing the same thing and there's a camaraderie.
Mike and I are settling into the area and discovering that the suburbs have a lot more to offer than we gave it credit. And to capture the moment, a picture with all of us in it made possible by this little setup.
If you don't see what I'm talking about it, look again :) I love having a group photo with everyone in it and extra happy that everyone's looking (a rarity when you have young kids)! It was remote controlled and awesome! Thankful to my friend for coming prepared.
In other Ahn-goings, Zane just turned one. We threw him a Superhero-themed, traditional Korean first birthday called a dol. (See Zoe's here.) It's unreal to me how quickly the first year passes and how distinct his personality has become. I'll be sharing pictures in upcoming posts.
p.s. Photo Credit for photos no. 3, 5, and 8 to D.C. Thank you!