FINALLY!!! I. CAN. SURVIVE!!!
Alright, now before I get too ahead of myself, I should explain how this gaping hole in my stomach was finally filled to burst last Saturday.
It’s because my parents drove up to visit me!! For an early birthday celebration! YAYY!!! TIME TO BASK IN THE TENDER LOVING CARE OF MY MOMMY AND MY DADDY!!!
And that’s exactly what I did. It was soo good to be able to bask in the love of my parents after going almost a month without seeing them. And of course they brought up tons of food, both of the snacking and the Korean variety.
The weather was beautiful that day, so we ended up tailgating it out in one of the student parking lots.
When my mom asked me what kind of food I wanted to eat that day, all I told her was, “Umma, can you make me some plain, everyday food that I would eat at any given mealtime?” I just wanted to eat was the kind of the food that I’d eat on a normal day at home. And that’s exactly the food that my mom made.
You know the saying, “You never know what you have until it’s gone?” SO TRUE FOR MOM’S HOMEMADE FOOD. Even though this was all pretty standard, basic stuff, it tasted so gooood. Everything tasted so RIGHT. Don’t get me wrong, the food at Hamilton is excellent, but sometimes you really do need that homecooked meal.
After our totally Asian tailgate, my parents and I went to the Clinton Cider Mill – one of the few attractions in the tiny village of Clinton.
I didn’t really know what to expect because I’ve never been to a cider mill before. But a lot of the upperclassmen had recommended this place, so I thought it’d be a nice spot to go to when my parents were in town. AND I’M SO GLAD I WENT BECAUSE IT WAS A SUPER AWESOME EXPERIENCE :D
Once we walked in to the mill, we were greeted by a huge red that took up nearly the entire store. Turns out that this was the cider press, and we were lucky enough to have gone in when it was actually making cider.
PRETTY COOL, HUH?
Yeah, my parents and I thought so too – this was totally different from any of the stuff we’ve ever experienced. So being the total touristy Asian we are, we oohed and aahed over everything while standing in line to order.
As we got closer and closer to the counter, the enticing smell of cider doughnuts grew ever. So. Stronger.
These doughnuts are actually legendary on campus. So of course we had to get one.
I really like the hot, mulled cider. Appley (but not in that Mott’s apple-concentrate kind of way) and hot, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. MMM.
We were foolish not to get the cinnamon-sugar coated doughnut. Because it would’ve raised this cakey, cider-y ring o’ dough to a WHOLE ‘NUTHER LEVEL. Ah, well next time.
We chillaxed for a bit at the cider mill, enjoying our doughnut and cider, and eating some of the pumpkin bread my parents brought me.
Then I took one last picture of my dad with the old-fashioned cider-press..
And we went off for a drive. The weather was amazing and the scenery gorgeous.
But you know, there’s really nothing to do in rural central New York because it tends to be all farmland. So after a short drive, we headed back to the school where a bunch of Korean kids were getting together for a Korean-style barbecue dinner. See, I’m not the only one who absolutely NEEDS Korean food like this.
My friend’s parents came too, so we were able to put together a pretty decent spread.
Hmm… Maybe “pretty decent” is an understatement..
After everything was cooked, the plates were washed, and the table set, we were all ready to EAT.
And so the feasting began.
Alright I’ll admit, there were a lot of leftovers. And I limited myself to the tofu, the grilled veggies, and the leftover banchan from our lunch. But it felt really good to get out of the dining halls and eat in a family setting, you know?
And so that concludes my day of Korean fooding! It seemed like a lot at the time, but I think it’s barely enough to tide me over until fall break – WHICH STARTS TOMORROW!!!
I am so, so, SO excited to be going home. I’m gonna wake up in my own BED, look out my own WINDOW, eat my mom’s food in my HOUSE. Ah. These next 28 hours cannot possibly go by fast enough.
And alright, I’ll admit that I’ve been falling behind (once again) on the blogging front. It’s hard, you know! And the photos have been starting to pile up again… But fear not, I’ll get through them during fall break!
So the next time I’ll be posting will probably be from my room (!) – see you guys then~ :D