Tomorrow I’m making the long journey home to Texas for a two month long visit. I am so incredibly excited to see my friends and family. I am very lucky in that I get to travel home pretty frequently compared to most (about every 8-9 months), but it’s still hard to be away from “home” and the people I love for such long periods of time. Living abroad definitely takes its toll on a person.
This year I get to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years with my family, spend a long weekend in NYC with my best friend, see Justin Timberlake in concert and celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday with him. Pretty amazing, right?
As well as missing people (who are definitely my top priority), I also miss other comforts of home… FOOD! Korean food is excellent and I have been making sure to fill up on it before my long trip home, but the food in Texas is hard to beat. Here are the top 5 things I’m looking forward to eating when I’m home.
1. Mexican Food (Tex-Mex)
We have tried numerous “Mexican” restaurants in Korea, but none of them come close to satisfy my craving for real, authentic Tex-Mex. And there’s also the drive-thru variety… Taco Bueno is calling my name!
2. Sweet Tea
I don’t know if this actually counts as a food, but I don’t care. I love the stuff! But don’t even try to add lemon. That’s not my cup of tea! (Yes, I’m ashamed for the terrible pun, but #sorrynotsorry)
Korea’s sandwich game is seriously lacking. Even though Subway is blowing up throughout the country, I still feel there is a major void when it comes to American-style sandwiches. Every time I go back to the States I crave Jimmy John’s and I am really looking forward to eating there while I’m home.
4. Chinese Buffets
You may find this funny that I live in East Asia and crave Chinese food, but it’s true. Korea has Koreanized Chinese food, but I miss Americanized Chinese. Fried rice, chow mein, egg rolls… all the good stuff!
5. Mom’s Fried Chicken
There’s nothing like my mom’s cooking and her fried chicken is pretty awesome! Mom, if you’re reading this then please consider this my official plea to get you to make this for me while you’re in town. I can’t wait to sit down to a home-cooked family meal with my loved ones.
Going home is terrible for my waistline. This time around I better become friends with the gym!