On February 11, 2015, I had the pleasure of hosting some of my mama frens for a Korean Valentines themed lunch at our Inman Park home, and it was one of the loveliest things, ever. I cooked up some spicy Korean foods and we combined some sweet treats from our favorite local bakeries.
Almost a year ago, we had the inaugural meeting for our misfit crew of “Seoul Sistas,” and I could gush all day over these smart, sassy, funny, and loving Korean ladies in our tiny, but rad community.
Most Koreans can’t stomach the cost of living in town, especially since for the price of a home in the city of Atlanta, one can purchase a mansion in the suburbs. And so, I’d say it takes a special breed to give up the space, and adventure to these here parts. Given the rarity, it should be no surprise that we were instantly kindred spirits.
We bond like sticky rice over talks of our kids (each of us has rendered 2-3 bebes, age 4 to 13), all things Korean, love for our funky and eclectic neighborhood, pretty much no subject is off limits…and oh, the jokes. My face hurts from smiling and laughing so much with this gang.
Though I tried to wrangle up our whole group of five, due to unforeseen circumstances, two could not make it. But Jami, Katherine, and I managed to eat and gab enough for all of 30307!
Yes, it was a Valentines event, but it could have been just another gathering celebrating all our faves. Although we occasionally field trip it to the ‘burbs to eat at Korean restos, this time we kept it all kinds of local.
I picked up some fresh, pasture raised, country style pork ribs at (the best) Whole Foods Ponce, which I braised with Kimchi, whipped up a simple omelette side dish (banchan), and included some roasted seaweed (kim) and sweet brown rice to round out the family style meal. Of course, this is a sparse table for the true, hardcore Korean cook, but quite the effort for little ‘ole me. 🙂
We had a lil’ contest to vote on our favorite local bakery treat, and Jami won the prize for bringing a delicious lemon iced butter pound cake from Parish, just steps away from my front door. It was so moist and glazed with a perfect, citrus icing!
How cute is Jami showing off her winnings, a hat from The Little Tart Bakeshop?
I also bought these precious, heart sablés as favors from The Little Tart Bakeshop, which happens to be just a short walk down the street at Krog Street Market. They are crisp, buttery, sweet and savory and melt-in-yo-mouth delicious!
It was a grand celebration of love: for one another, hot and spicy Korean, our community, and Atlanta-made goodies!
Stay tuned for part II, in which I share the quick and easy recipes from our meal (hint, I used a pressure cooker for the ribs!).