A few weeks ago we were talking with a few new friends on twitter when @twoOregonians came up with a brilliant idea. They decided to hold an online dinner party where other travelers could “meet”, enjoy some snacks, and get to know each other. We were asked to bring some dishes and relax in the company of new friends.
We’ve been exceptionally busy the past couple of weeks but couldn’t miss an opportunity like this. Consider us ‘fashionably late’ (but well worth it once you see what we brought). We can’t wait to meet everyone and share stories of travel and adventure.
Friends, foods, and table talk from travels around the world.
(To see how the party started, check out the #RTWdinnerparty page.)
Meet and Mingle.
Hello there! We’re Chris and Tawny, also known as Captain and Clark. Just incase you’re wondering, Chris actually is a certified sailing Captain and Tawny’s last name is Clark (creative, no?). We attended the same university but it wasn’t until a school sponsored trip to Tanzania that we met and inevitably fell in love (cue the ‘ahhhhs’). Since then we haven’t looked back. We shipped ourselves off to Korea where we planned to stay and teach English for six months. Six months turned into two amazing years and in May we returned home to Washington state.
Tawny is originally from Hawaii and aside from traveling she loves coffee, baby animals, cheese, touching things she shouldn’t, and checking things off her bucket list.
Chris hails from Washington state and as of July, he has officially been to all 50 of the U.S. states. Chris enjoys the open sea, things that go fast, pop music, extreme exploration, and dogsled teams.
Together we have one furry child who we love to death. His name is Ares and he is a doll-faced persian cat that we adopted from Korea. He has two different colored eyes, a mohawk, and the personality of a dog. We walk him on a leash and neither he, nor we, are ashamed of it.
We brought dessert! The perfect treat for this cool fall weather, we packed some fixings to make 호떡 (ho-dduk) and bungeobbang (붕어빵). Ho-what, you ask? Ho-dduk is a Korean treat that is traditionally served during the colder months. It’s basically a fried pancake stuffed with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon and crushed nuts. You serve it fresh off the griddle and the hot, gooey center makes you feel all warm inside. If you want to get crazy, you can even add a side of ice cream to your ho-dduk.
Bungeobbang is another treat for the colder seasons. Keeping with the breakfast-dessert theme, it’s best described as a stuffed waffle that comes in the shape of a fish. These waffle-fish can be filled with either red bean paste or a sweet cream. We prefer the cream ones but we brought some of each for our special party.
We hope you enjoy these sweet Korean treats!
Table Talk Updates on our recent travel(planning) escapades:
Not being able to sit still for long, we began planning the Maverick Expedition well before we returned from Korea. It’s a trip seven years in the making that started with one of our first conversations. To make a long story short, we’re basically becoming mailmen. Yes, it sounds a little weird, but this video might just explain it better than we can:
So there you have it. In a few months we’ll be taking off to hand deliver these letters to strangers across the globe. We are so excited to tell this tale of communication, discover new countries, and inevitably meet new friends. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring them to a few of our future dinner parties.
October 2011 #RTWdinnerparty link-up:
@twoOregonians (Main Dish) Pacific Northwest Grilled Salmon
@GQtrippin (Vietnamese Feast) Roasted Suckling Pig, Peking Duck, BBQ Spare Ribs, and more!
@luggageinhand (Dessert) Bougatsa: Greek Pastry
@backpackforever – (Side) Migas: Tex-Mex Specialty