Friday, November 23, 2012

Gold Rings and Korea Tour Day 5



I have a theory about Black Friday. I am relatively certain that it was invented as reciprocity for Thanksgiving Day football. See, there are two types of people. There are the people spend their entire holiday making gigantic piles of delicious food and soda enhanced juice (who doesn't add sprite to cranberry juice on Thanksgiving?) and then watching it turn to crumbs and smears on the tablecloth over the course of a single afternoon.

And then there are the people that congregate in groups outside, and as far away from the actual work as possible. And they recreate. And then they eat. And then they sleep. And then they eat more. And they call it a tradition. You know, because if it's a tradition, you can't argue with it. And they think they've won. But what they don't realize... is that those other people, those dish-washing, food-making, name card-placing people are spending their entire day secretly planning their Black Friday strategy.

And when they get out there in the crowded courts of Black Friday -- they are going to dominate. And they are going to get that black sweater and that hand blender before anyone else. And then they are going to go home and pass out because they were up at 2am standing in line for a ridiculously long time in a ridiculously light-weight jacket even though it is ridiculously dark and cold. The end. Let's make cookies.

 1. Bake cookies. Try not to eat them before decorating.
2. Outline with thick black icing and a #2 tip. Let it dry for 30 minutes or so.
3. Flood with white icing and let it dry overnight.
4. Flip an icing couple upside down and trace the inside with a yellow food color marker.

5. Using a #3 tip and 20 second dark gold icing, pipe over the circles, but leave a small gap in one side for the ribbon to exit.
6. Add some little triangles to the bow area. Don't connect them. Let them dry for an hour or so.
7. Add a ribbon with a big ol' tip and the crimson icing. I used a #6 tip, but any of the big ones will do. Let it dry for another hour.
8. Drop a small square of icing between the bows for the knot... and you are done. Go ahead and take another nap.



KOREA TOUR DAY 5

Downtown Daegu is... busy. In the morning the brick paved roads are full of delivery trucks navigating the narrow streets. At night, the high-end shops are lit up like Christmas lights beckoning to the masses.

The signs and displays are busy. Every color is represented and every inch of spare space is filled with eye catching signs and advertisements of all shapes and sizes.

We went downtown in the late afternoon before the entire night population arrived. (Because, let's be honest, with 3 children... "night time entertainment" means that one of my children is ill and watching Disney movies at 11pm.)

The buildings downtown are relatively short. Most of them are only 2 or 3 stories tall. But the narrow alleys that run between these brick streets make up for any lost space.

There are hundreds of restaurants down there. (And by hundreds, I mean... at least 43.) Also, it was very cold and I should have brought a coat. If you were maybe thinking about coming with me next time, you should be aware of that.
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