Highland Manor Hotel

I thought I had done well to find two vintage signs to photograph in the Chicago area last month, and then one night, on the way from Elmhurst to Wheaton, we drove by the Highland Manor Motel. Of course it was on the wrong side of the road, so I had to turn around and go back to photograph it, but it was worth it…this is a great example of the style of  vintage signs that I love!

Malloy’s

In addition to the sign at Mack’s Golden Pheasant, there was one other vintage sign I knew I wanted to photograph when we traveled north last month…the sign at Malloy’s Liquors in Glen Ellyn:

I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a liquor store sign before, but this particular one stood out in my memory. I could just say it’s because it was on the way to the grocery store we went to when I was a child (which is true), and I saw it a lot, but I also remember it because sometimes my dad would go there, and they always gave me a Dum-Dums Pop when I went with him!

The Linnean House–February

It was cold, but very bright and clear, outside the Linnean House when we visited this morning!

Mack’s Golden Pheasant

When we decided to go up to the Chicagoland area last month for Frosty Faustings, I decided I needed to do some research and find at least one cool vintage sign to photograph. Pretty much the first thing that popped up when Googling was Mack’s Golden Pheasant, a restaurant on North Avenue in Elmhurst. The sign is just the kind I’m always looking for:

I was kind of amused to discover this place, because it turns out I drove by it regularly when I was in college. My interest in all things retro hadn’t manifested itself yet, though, so I guess I never really noticed it!

2017-18 School Year–Week Twenty

While this was a normal school week for us, I have to admit that we spent most of the week looking forward to the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and our first experience with Korean food. We did manage to work that into school, though, so at least we kept busy while we waited!

In addition to learning a bit about the history of Korea, and some of the current challenges that peninsula faces, I also came up with a reading list to help us learn about Korea. We especially enjoyed reading some Korean folk tales this week…you can learn a lot about a country by seeing how they tried to explain things! We also made shield kites, after learning about what an anticipated event kite-flying is in Korea, especially for the Lunar New Year, which occurs next week. They’re not exactly sky-worthy, but they look really cool. And we identified all of the different cities who have hosted the Winter Olympics since they began in 1924. Trying to label that many European cities on a fairly small map was quite a challenge!

We did all of our regular schoolwork, too, but nothing was particularly notable. Next week, though, we’re celebrating our “official” 100th day of school!

A Korean Feast for the Opening Ceremonies

The Opening Ceremonies of any Olympics are always reason for a feast!

I have been so excited all week, because I have been planning a Korean dinner to celebrate PyeongChang 2018. I spent a lot of time looking through the Korean cookbook I purchased just for this occasion, and choosing the things I wanted to cook for our Korean feast. When I finally came up with the menu, I realized there were quite a few ingredients in the meal that were new to us:

I had fun cooking all of the various components of our dinner…especially those that required me to work on my wok skills:

We had sweet potato starch noodles with stir-fried vegetables and beef (japchae), panfried tofu with spicy seasoning sauce (dububuchim-yangnyeomjang), and kimchi. I made everything except the kimchi, and originally, I had planned to make that, too, but I think I’ve watched too much Food Network, and it scared me a little!

It was a delicious dinner, and to my surprise, everyone enjoyed the tofu, which was probably the most foreign item on the menu!

For dessert, I had planned to make panfried sweet rice cakes with edible flowers (hwajeon) to go with the pear punch (baesuk) that has been steeping in the fridge all week. When I couldn’t find the necessary edible flowers, I bought a package of Korean rice cookies instead. But then Ladybug and I decided that mint leaves might work instead of the flowers, and you know what? They were delicious!

We had a really fun time trying out some very new-to-us Korean foods, and not only did I love cooking some new foods,  I was pleased with how much everyone enjoyed the things I made. We have a few other fun foods to try during the Olympics…I hope they’re as popular as tonight’s dinner!

Chickadee Thursday

Chickadee has really been enjoying all the Korean folk tales we’ve been reading this week in anticipation of the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics!