Currently, I am in a coffee shop in Nashville with my sister. She is "working." Sometimes when she is "working," she is talking to the coffee shop girl about Egypt and/or bagels.
It's different being in the U.S.A, specifically Nashville. There are trees and grasses and places like Whole Foods where entire sections of entire aisles are marked with gluten-free stickers and you can even buy gluten-free bread and, yes, bagels. In Seoul, there are very few trees or grasses and no Whole Foods. There is very little vegan cheese, either. Alas.
Also, in Nashville, there are places like Matteo's which make delicious pizzas, both with and without gluten. They even have gluten-free desserts.
I'm afraid I'm getting a bit spoiled. Alas, alas.
Will have to buy a toaster oven in Seoul. And make things like this and this and spoil myself by means of effort.
In other food-related news, the other night the family of me went out to eat at a tapas restaurant called ChaChah. It's owned and executed by Arnold Myint, who you might have seen in Top Chef D.C. His parents run a restaurant/grocery, the International Market and Restaurant, across the street from ChaChah.
Here are pictures.
Pork belly smoked in house with apple butter. Earl Grey cured salmon. Chorizo. Mahon. Herbed chevre ball.
Papas Bravas (fried potatoes) with a nice bit of aioli, a dressing of garlic and olive oil and, in this case, something that makes it that color.
Mushrooms with garlic.
Fried calimari in the foreground. Some lamb skewers with cilantro-yogurt sauce in the background. Also, sister.
Smoked red pepper bisque with coconut milk and yum.
Sister makes brother look weird.
Brother makes sister look blurry.
Bar and ghost.
Spicy, somewhat Spanish, chocolate sauce and, what you don't see, is the house-made marshmallow and graham cracker.
Pumpkin Crema Catalonia, a pumpkin creme brulee with maple-whipped chevre and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) sprinkled on top.
It was all quite delicious and I thought I took more pictures but apparently I was eating and forgot.
Happy Nashville, readers.