We had our first guests in the new house this weekend. My parents, little brother, and sister-in-law were in town for a VW show (my dad and brother were in old car heaven).
I can’t tell you what a difference it was to have guests in the new house versus the old one. There was just so much more space to comfortably fit 6 people (and two dogs). I’m actually excited to have more guests stay with us in the future. We just need to work on filling the extra rooms with real furniture as opposed to air mattresses…
The weekend was pretty quiet. While the boys played at the VW show on Saturday, my mom, sister-in-law and I did a little shopping and caught a matinee – The Best of Me. I recently finished reading The Best of Me, and, honestly, it wasn’t my favorite Nicholas Sparks novel. I found the storyline too similar to The Notebook, only The Notebook had more heart to it. I had higher hopes for the movie, but it failed to impress me. Besides wanting to rip James Marsden’s clothes off the entire film (did I just say that out loud?), I thought the actors overacted and it was too cheesy. Meh.
On Saturday night, we tried Korean BBQ for the first time.
My dad and Derek drove by a Korean BBQ place when he visited in April and ever since then my dad has been bugging us to go. I had no idea what to expect, but I’m always up for trying new and different foods. We dined at RICE, which is an Asian food market/restaurant off of Hillsborough. It’s a very quaint place with circle grills in the middle of their tables.
The servers were very friendly and took pity on us rookies. Between the six of us, we had two orders of fried rice, a stir fry dish, pork belly, and two orders of Galbi (marinated short ribs). We ordered, and then the servers brought leaves of lettuce, an assortment of side dishes/topping, sauces, and rice. We were all starving, so we immediately dug in, creating lettuce wraps using the rice and presented toppings. I think we may have been eating a little too ravenously because the server appeared somewhere around my second or third wrap and reminded our table to take it easy since we still had meat on its way. Whoops.
Before the meat was brought out, the grill was filled with a basket of hot coal and topped with what resembled a metal hub cab. The meat arrived with a set of tongs and a pair of kitchen scissors. The server silently placed the meat on the grill and then quickly disappeared.
From there, we just kept flipping the meat, not sure how to cut or serve the meat once it was finished. Eventually the server reappeared, gave us a look of pity (it was clear we had no idea what we were doing), and started cutting the meat with the scissors. Oh, got it.
We were better with the next rounds of meat and eventually got the hang of it. Everything was delicious, but the Galbi (marinated short ribs) was my favorite. And the best part about having the restaurant attached to an Asian food market, is we were able to all purchase a bottle of the Korean BBQ marinade on our way out. I have big plans for you.
I wouldn’t eat at RICE every weekend (our meals were a little $$), but the experience definitely made for a fun night. I’ll be back.
What’s the last new restaurant you tried?