Sunday, June 19, 2016

Change Comes Slowly

When I left Barrow last week, the upper corner of the phone said Astac 3G. When I arrived on Friday, it said AT&T 4G. A huge difference in data speed. Before, it was almost unusable. Now it works as good as or better than WiFi. This has been a long time coming and really needed.

Another change is that Osaka', my favorite Japanese restaurant located here in Barrow, added a bunch of photo menu entrees that aren't listed in the menu. The owners are Korean and it made sense to add some Korean dishes to the menu. Especially since they were making it for themselves anyway. The owner commented that having pictures are a better option to a traditional menu as it could be easily changed.

On Saturday evening, I tried the kimchi stew, spicy. Very tasty and made from their home-made kimchi, tofu and pork belly. Delicious with a bowl of rice on the side as well as the miso soup that is served with just about everything. They even have bibimbap, one of my favorite Korean dishes.

Anyway, I'm sitting in the airport again waiting for my flight back to Fairbanks with the laptop tethered to the phone. It's kind of overcast and foggy and was hoping that the flight wouldn't be cancelled. It wasn't as it just arrived from Pruhdoe Bay. 

11 comments:

Unknown said...

Mmm, now you're talking! Korean is one of my favorite cuisines: I always have such a hard time choosing between bulgogi combo and bibimbap combo. Fortunately, both come with spicy tofu soup and, of course, the banchan--so either is a big win.

That ought to help make Barrow trips more tolerable, though... Do you mind the Barrow trips, or are they mostly pleasurable and interesting?

SonjaM said...

Oh, I am all for Korean. Looks tasty. And It's so easy to veganize. Alas, there is no place nearby. Asian food options are very limited in our neck of the woods.

Trobairitz said...

Better service and additional food options. Soon you'll want to move to Barrow......

RichardM said...

Unfortunately, no banchan provided at this restaurant. But the entree was really good. If I minded the Barrow trips, I would never have submitted a proposal...

RichardM said...

Many of the restaurants in Barrow are owned by Koreans and have at least a few items on the menu mixed in with whatever else they chose to offer.

RichardM said...

I don't think that's going to happen...

redlegsrides said...

4G in Barrow, you have to love that, given how much time you seem to spend up there these day of "retirement".....

Artie & Leinen's Grand Adventure said...

Richard isn't moving to Barrow if he still wants me in his life!

Artie & Leinen's Grand Adventure said...

He came back from Barrow yesterday at 1:05, flew today to Anchorage for a one day meeting. Leaving Wednesday for the Reunion, at least I will be with him then. Well, I drive the car and he drives the Ural..........no, I can't ride in the Ural because I will be driving with food and 2 passengers.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

We are envious of your communication speeds Richard.....someday maybe!

RichardM said...

Really!? Just about everywhere I've been recently that had decent Verizon or AT&T 4G or better blows away their offering in Barrow… But it's better now than it was.