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From here on the front lines, I can tell you my Korean coteachers are rather grim about the kimchi shortage. One told me today that kimchi is now more expensive than meat, which is a big problem in a culture that eats it with every meal (including breakfast for many of my students).
My school cafeteria has switched over entirely to radish kimchi for the time being, though I've heard that radish prices are starting to climb as more people do the same.

Kimchi Crisis: South Korea's Cabbage Shortage
10/7/10 09:51 AM

We pretty much only eat Macdonald's on the floor of a new apartment, it's sort of a tradition. When my parents used to help us move, we'd get pizza to feed everyone.

Moving Day Dinners: What Do You Eat After Moving In? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/21/10 06:05 PM

I hate bananas. I think it's a texture thing for the most part, but the smell is pretty awful too.

Seaweed, in pretty much any form, gacks me out. I'm teaching at public school in Korea and pretty much everything has seaweed floating in it or mixed in, so I end up eating a lot of food I would really rather not.

I have, however, learned to like eggs, slowly. As a child I hated pretty much every form of eggs, but slowly learned to like scrambled and omelettes. In university I worked my way up to fried and poached. Here in Korea I've learned that hardboiled quail eggs are delicious, though chicken eggs lack their yolk-to-white ratio.

What Foods Have You Tried To Like, But Just Can't?! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/15/10 11:29 PM

the old ladies in my neighbourhood (I'm in Korea atm) get together in community shacks and use giant plastic tubs during kimchi-making times. I was here for the laying down of the winter kimchi, which seemed to take a week or two of wheelbarrows of kimchi and daikon like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7754503@N08/4108694940/
In my area they apparently add rather a lot of seafood to the kimchi, and I can't say I like it as much as non-local kimchi that doesn't have cabbage-fermented squid in it.

My First Kimchi-Making Experience | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/6/10 07:06 PM

It reminds me a little of the Site of Reversible Destiny, a really strange art installation park I visited with my host family in Japan when I was 14... the pictures on the site don't do it justice. I really need to go back.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation | Apartment Therapy New York
4/25/10 12:38 AM

This is timely for me, as I'm battling some serious restrictions in my current place and am thinking of going the tent route to cover the hideous wallpaper (on the ceiling too!) that I can't remove, that is over concrete so I can't tack things over it. Does anyone have experience with this kind of installation? Would it encourage bugs to take up residence, having all the extra hidden space?

In Tents: The Napoleonic Origins of Tented RoomsRetrospect | Apartment Therapy New York
3/19/10 01:28 AM

My great aunt's kitchen, in Quebec City, actually has a niche above the sink for this very purpose. She has, as I remember, a beautiful little Mary in it; she's quite devout.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Meditation: The Kitchen Altar
10/25/09 10:53 AM

I've been teaching in Korea for almost two months now, and get school lunches every day. I would say one day out of three we have some variety of octopus or cuttlefish in our lunch. Usually this is in some sort of kimchi and tentacle soup, and I can't really get my tastebuds around it. I've had some interesting conversations with my coteachers about food and how limited a Western diet is - they find it hard to believe how many kinds of seafood and produce we just don't eat regularly.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ingredient Spotlight: Octopus
10/15/09 09:51 PM

Upon moving to Korea last month, my SO's Lenovo slate's dock died. It was hideous anyway, and the slate functions just fine without it, but he missed being able to sit it upright.

Solution: a tabletop easel. It even tilts the screen about the same amount as a laptop screen. It's an older model and uses a stylus, so when he's poking at it with the stylus it even looks like he's doing something artistic.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Easel as Television StandMetropolitan Home
10/9/09 10:15 PM

My husband and I moved to Korea a month ago and our (free) apartment is about this size. Luckily the paring down happened before we got here, but it's going to be a challenge to make it comfortable. Our current plan is to have our bed on the far side of the room from the door, and use a wardrobe (there's no closet) and a bookcase to divide the space so we can have an eating/living section, too.
The wallpaper, on the other hand, is kind of... well, it's a problem. And the floors.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Could You Do It? 175 Sq. Ft. Apartment For Sale in NYC New York Magazine
9/23/09 01:04 AM

These sounded like such a good idea, I sent my fiance out to pick up the closest ingredients available within walking distance to celebrate finishing up a stressful contract with the municipal government.
He came back with Jose Cuervo, President's Choice "Fizz-tastique" grapefruit soda (no name Fresca, basically), and some very acceptable limes. Upon experimenting, I'm omitting the salt, but the rest is pretty much fabulous (for being Cuervo).
Now I just have to nail down suppliers for the ingredients during my next contract - in South Korea!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Cocktail Recipe: The Paloma
7/10/09 07:39 PM

I love having windows open even with a noisy street, pigeons nesting under every window, and terrible music. I had a bad experience last summer, though - someone climbed our fire escape to smoke pot, and all the smoke drifted into the apartment. They pissed through the screen and ruined all the cookbooks on the sill - in retrospect, it's better that than the other two windows available to them (the bed through one, and the couch and a computer through the other) but we broke lease and moved to a nice third floor place where no one but us can get at our windows.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Outdoors In: Open Window Tips
6/2/09 06:58 AM

My current apartment is in the attic of a very old building in the middle of the downtown of a small student-heavy city, and this whole building is notorious as a party house, going back decades. Our landlord bought the place last year and is slowly redoing all the heavily abused apartment - ours was the first done. There's nothing specific in its history, but there are still needles in the eaves from drug use on the roof outside our windows... it's a gorgeous old Victorian and didn't deserve that at all.
A few apartments ago I was in a similarly weird old apartment, also with a sordid history of students, but it had an older history as a huge family house, and a long reputation of being haunted by a young girl. Our cats did shriek at the walls a lot, which they've never done before or since, and I did see a pair of stockinged feet running up the stairs when I was the only one home...

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Apartment Lore: Does Your Apartment Have a History?
1/31/09 05:23 PM

My roommates and I make a point of having a big breakfast together on Sundays - usually pancakes and bacon and potatoes, though there have been breakfast wraps (with fresh tortillas!) and latkes, among other things.
In the New Year we've expanded it to include another four friends, who come over for a massive feed as a prelude to our weekly Dungeons and Dragons game.
Nerdy, but delicious.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Project: Family Brunch!
1/18/09 12:33 AM

My fiance can't stand the flavour of lamb... will beef work just as well?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipe: Lamb Ragú
11/2/08 06:03 AM

My mother, an oatmeal enthusiast, knows a man who turns spurtles in his home shop from old orchard trees. They're pretty silly unitaskers to those of us who don't eat oatmeal every day, but it does get a lot of use at home!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Word of Mouth: Spurtle
10/29/08 06:51 PM

According to Agatha Christie (in a collection of short stories entitled "The Thirteen Problems", specifically "The Four Suspects"), here are some others...

Yellow Tulip - hopeless love
China Aster - I die of jealousy at your feet
purple orchid - I await your favours
Dahlia - treachery and misrepresentation

I've been looking for more information for a while - thank you :)

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Language of Flowers
10/24/08 05:54 AM

I just moved out of a mixed-use building. It was actually the quietest building I've ever lived in - we were above a yarn store and a high-end men's clothing store - and I loved being in the center of downtown, just ten second's stumble to the major bus hub.
(Unfortunately, our fire escape was an easily-accessed stairway at the end of a dark alley, close to bars, and people would frequently scale it while roaring drunk and wake us up in the middle of the night. It wasn't quite enough to get us to leave until someone actually peed through our kitchen window and ruined our entire cookbook collection.)
I'd happily live above stores again, though I don't know that I would want to live above a bar or restaurant - just living a block away from the major bars in town proved troublesome.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Living the Mixed Use Life
10/20/08 12:58 PM