A Dinner Party

Remember these people?

I last saw Mark’s father a few days before I went to Korea, when we went to Lake Itasca. I saw his mother the night before I went to Korea when we all went out to Mexican food together.

Mark’s parents are in town and last night Good Man and I had Mark’s family over for dinner.

Saturday evening I’d asked Mark if they wanted a lasagna dinner or Korean, and he texted back that it was unanimously Korean. So Good Man and I sat down and planned a menu.

Yesterday morning we woke up and discovered the water was out. Aigo! What were we going to do? I ended up calling the emergency line to ask when the water was going to be turned on (a waste of time, for the record). Finally we left the house to return library books/use a restroom. As we were leaving we discovered a note on the main entrance (which was not there when I’d called!) about how the water would be out until 3 pm. Luckily, when we got home around 1:30, it was back on. Amen, because we really needed to do dishes, and we certainly needed the water to cook!

We had 닭갈비 (dalk kalbi), 잡채 (japchae), 파전 (pajeon, Korean pizza with scallions, onions, mushrooms, Chinese chives, and red finger peppers) with a dipping sauce, 깍두기 (daikon kimchi) and rice, of course. We had some 백세주 (100 Benefits Liquor) along with beer, water, tea, coffee, and soda to drink. And for dessert, we went against the typical Korean dessert of fruit and got 빼빼로 (Pepero) sticks.

Mark’s parents, Mark, Good Man and I ate and ate and chatted. Mark’s Lover had been called into work but was able to show up right after we’d finished eating, which was great because we had a ton of food left!

The dinner was really enjoyable and I’m so, so glad that we (read: mostly I with a few “stir fry this!” commands to Good Man) made all of the food. But man, cooking in our narrow kitchen with only two pots, one of which had to be dedicated to rice…

Normally (read: pre-Korea), if I invited people over to my house, it was cleaning that took the longest. This time it wasn’t the cleaning that was time-consuming; it was the cooking. We left the office the mess than it normally is, but the main living areas and bathroom only needed light touch-up jobs and a quick vacuuming. Nice.

It was also nice that Mark’s parents were totally understanding of the fact that we sat on the floor to eat. We don’t have six chairs in our house. Ha!

(ETA: Mark’s Mother also managed to get her hands on a Casio EW-K2000 electronic Korean dictionary for free. Since she has no use for it, she passed it on to us. Now I have two. Sweet! Always nice to have a backup of an expensive, yet very useful tool.)