Are There Any Actual Oranges in This Gelatin?

Jello

Jello

I recently spent an unfortunate twenty-four hour period in the hospital, but that’s not interesting. Instead, I’d like to address one of the “food” items on my clear liquid diet. The so-called food was orange gelatin. Normally, I would say Jello and other gelatin products are fairly benign. After all, that’s why they serve them in hospitals, right? So I ate some of the orange gelatin and I dropped a tiny piece on my hand. And it stained. In the two seconds it took me to get a napkin and wipe it off, it stained my knuckle orange. Later, when I was finally able to brush my teeth, the entire inside of my mouth was orange. What on earth are they putting in that gelatin? Nothing natural that’s for sure. Should hospitals be serving food with so much dye in them that they stain whatever they touch? Was I mistakenly fed something meant for someone needing contrast dye for an MRI? I don’t know, but it was disturbing. For future reference, keep an eye on the Jello.

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Seoul Bistro

Bibimbap

Bibimbap

Yesterday afternoon, I had an impromptu lunch at Seoul Bistro, a new restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia. I went to 3900 Pickett Road to go to Saba, a Yemeni restaurant that The Washingtonian recommended. Unfortunately, Saba doesn’t offer takeout, and I didn’t have time to eat in, so Saba will have to wait until next week. As it turns out though, Seoul Bistro, which has been open only a week, was delicious. Seoul Bistro is a storefront restaurant with a few tables, but looks primarily about takeout. The decorations weren’t done when I went in, but they were working on them while I was there. It’s a little sparse right now, but the food was excellent and I appreciated that the take out packaging was earth friendly and easily recycled. Andrew was very nice and asked if I had any questions about the menu. I didn’t, but I appreciated the offer. I ordered the spicy pork, which came with a side of sweet pickled daikon radish to balance the heat and it was very nicely done. The menu isn’t large but if everything is done as well as the spicy pork then they should have no problem garnering a following. They also have a refrigerated takeout section with gallon buckets of kimchee and other items, including mung bean porridge for hospital patients. How great is that? So if you’re in Fairfax City looking for something good to eat, check out Seoul Bistro.

*Photo by rakratchada torsap courtesy of Free Digital Photos.