4.161 HJ's Wedding Buffet Highlight: Beef Tenderloin Steak & Pine Mushroom in Red Wine Reduction Sauce Over Mixed Greens

-Cycle 4, Item 161-
15 (Sat) June 2013

HJ's Wedding Buffet Highlight: Beef Tenderloin Steak & Pine Mushroom in Red Wine Sauce Over Mixed Greens


at Korea National Diplomatic Academy

-Yangjae, Seoul-

with Wife, Dominic, Ian, Cho YM, Choi NC, Kim HS and his family, Kim JO, Lee SW, Sung MS

At long last, HJ got married.  Following the quasi-bachelor party a few weeks ago, I wrote about the suspiciously rushed circumstances of the wedding, shotgunned no doubt (see 4.137 Ziti Rigate with Shrimp in Cream Sauce).  Either way, we'll know in a few months.  Either way, congratulations!

The venue was at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, the training center for civil servants who want to be diplomats.  HJ's father was quite the hotshot, ending his career as the country's Ambassador to France, one of the top ten positions in the diplomatic corps.  In fact, I'm categorizing this meal as "French" in honor of the former ambassador's post (of course, red wine reduction is essentially French in technique).  Anyway, I've never seen so many guests waiting in line to offer their congratulations, like some kind of receiving queue at a royal ball.  

Fortunately, this made the event somewhat worthwhile.

Three types of booze and a bowl of janchi guksu.

The joyous occasion notwithstanding, and we did have a good time, the meal itself was a rather unpleasant experience.  For starters, it was a buffet, which I detest on general principle.  Even worse, I'd just eaten at a buffet the evening before (see 4.160 Hansik Buffet), making this first time having to suffer the indignity two days in a row (not counting hotel breakfast buffets on business trips).  Second, the buffet became a standing buffet because of guest overload.  I got evil glares from desperate people vying for a coveted seat as I took photos of my food rather than eating it right away and getting the fuck out.  And due to energy conservation measures mandating air conditioners in public facilities to be set at no lower than 24C, which actually ends up being closer to like 28C with actual human beings moving about the room, it was hot and humid.  Kinda like camping in a snowstorm, it was fun and miserable at the same time.    

Afterwards, we went to NC's bar for another round.  Sadly, the newlyweds weren't able to join us.  

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