Robb Ellis is leaving us for greener pastures in Indianapolis. He'll be the weeknight meteorologist at WISH-TV. We'll certainly miss him in North Carolina, but we're so happy for his new adventure! Make sure you say goodbye for now on his Facebook page.
We had a blast cooking dukbokki, which is a Korean street food made up of rice cakes and spicy pepper paste. It actually doesn't taste that spicy when it's cooked. Our friend Linda affectionately calls it "duck boogie", and though the pronunciation is close... trust me, it's super delicious!
My sister, Hyun Jeong, gave me her recipe, but I adapted it a bit for what I thought would be more appealing to the Western masses. Instead of making a kelp-anchovy broth, I just used vegetable broth. And, I didn't use as many fish cakes. Of course, if you are a fan of the fishy-fare, then you can check out the recipe and the alternatives here. Special thanks to Meg Johnson for cooking along with me! She knew a lot about dukbokki!
The best tip? Hyun Jeong says sprinkle it with cheese! I thought it sounded weird, but when I added mozzarella, it was like heaven in my mouth.
We had a few technical problems in the beginning, so we had to start over in a new hangout... hopefully you can catch up from here:
Girl Scouts are learning that Camp Pretty Pond is closing after nearly 65 years. The news came as a shock to many who felt the camp was a rite of passage for many girls and young women in Southeastern North Carolina. The camp has been bought, and some of the girl scouts we talked with say they were disrespected in the process.
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We were in a Google Plus hangout when we heard the news, and some of the people learning the news shared their thoughts and memories. The closest Girl Scout camp is about two hours away from the Wilmington area.
There are lots of great deals this week at Harris Teeter because of the store's Super Doubles promotion. Coupons up to $2 will be doubled!
More: Get the coupons, see what other people are getting for free or cheap
I have been taking a break from couponing, but the deals have been so good that I had to come out of semi-retirement. So. The deals below I got with printable coupons - everything but the guacamole for free. The guac cost about 79-cents with coupons.
I'm making popular Korean street fare this Sunday at 6 p.m. EST. I'm making dukbokki... which is a spicy Korean rice cake dish! I've adapted my sister's recipe to for my taste, swapping out anchovy-kelp broth for vegetable broth.
Here's the recipe
Join me on YouTube this Sunday! More details coming.
I have never seen so many people get excited to join a Google Plus hangout. The lovely Maria Quiban from Fox LA got to sit down with Kevin Bacon from The Following.
Read: The Internet's Kevin Bacon Effect
A couple of things here. Kevin Bacon said he loves St. Louis - he was just there for the Mardi Gras Pet Parade. As a Missouri girl, that's pretty exciting. Also, he talks about how he prepares for his role as Ryan Harding. And... my friend Kim gave me a shoutout!
This is one example of how Google Plus hangouts can be used to engage viewers. Pretty neat-o.
Join us everynight at 10 p.m.! We're still the only local news station on the East Coast pumping our livestream over YouTube.
"God, I will die for these children." - Pastor Lee Jong Rak
I just had to share this documentary called The Drop Box. I watched it and I cried. I watched it again, and I cried again. I guess I like torturing myself because I watched it about 10 more times and continued sobbing... and that was just from watching the trailer.
The documentary is scheduled to be out later in 2013.
Brian Ivie is behind the project, which has already won a couple of film festivals. It tells the story of a Korean pastor who built a wooden drop box at his home to help save orphaned babies. The documentary looks at abandonment in Korea and across the globe.
Molly Holt is the first person you see in the trailer. For those of us who have a connection to Holt International or Korean adoption, you have an immediate reaction to seeing and hearing her. I was honored to have lunch with Molly in Korea in 1998 and to see her again at the International Forum in Washington, D.C. in 2011. She is an amazing woman-- one who has devoted her life to people like me. If only I could contribute to the world as much as she has. Oy. Grab some Kleenex and watch this trailer a couple of times.
As I write this, Linsanity the Movie has one more day left in its Kickstarter campaign. The documentary tells a great story of an unlikely sports hero. It was shown at Sundance and has had great reviews. I cannot WAIT.
But to me, there's another reason why I think this documentary is important... and it may impact the way people write about Asian Americans in the future.
If you don't remember #Linsanity and the media controversies that surrounded it, click here. I don't want to rehash it.
The Asian American Journalists Association put some writers on blast for using words like "deceptively quick" to describe Jeremy Lin. There we so many stereotypes used... it was almost unbelievable. Why couldn't an Asian American man be quick? As Angry Asian Man blogger Phil Yu has said, everything is racist but not everything is racist.
Anyway, check it out! It looks like the doc will have a wide appeal, not just to Asian Americans or basketball lovers. Good storytelling in the works here.
Harlem Shake v26 News Edition
"We wanted to dance on the desks, but we didn’t want to disrupt the entire newsroom" - WECT Communities
The Harlem Shake is ridiculous and it's trending. So, this is how we spent about 15 minutes of our free time after our afternoon news meeting. We do like to have fun around here on occasion, you know.
Here were our #HarlemShake inspirations:
Amazon and CBS Corp. just made the announcement that there’s a content licensing agreement for Under the Dome. The agreement establishes an SVOD, an in-season, online subscription-video-on-demand kind of service.
Amazon Prime members will have unlimited access to series episodes four days after the broadcast at no additional cost and will be available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video.
Under the Dome takes place in a small New England town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by transparent dome. It’s based off Stephen King’s best-selling 2009 novel.
MORE: Production set up in Wilmington
Brad Beale, the Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon, says it’s exciting to add a current season major network TV series to the PIV library. It “enables us to increase our exclusive selection of great TV shows and give customers access how, when and where they want to watch it.”
WATCH: Super Bowl commercial for Under the Dome
The TV series is based on a Stephen King novel and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. The series has set up production in Wilmington, NC, and it will premiere on CBS in June.
Just last week, Amazon announced that Prime Instant Video will soon become the exclusive online subscription home for PBS’ hit show Downton Abbey. The PIV video library now claims to have more than 36,000 movies and TV episodes.