2.286 Gorgonzola Lasagna with Lobster

2.286

18 (Tue) October 2011

Gorgonzola Lasagna with Lobster

3.0

at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club

-Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea-

with meeting participants

2nd WHO Expert Consultation on Public Health Law (Day 2 of 3)

Another welcome dinner for the participants of the 2nd WHO Expert Consultation on Public Health Law, which is being held today and tomorrow.  The meeting is a follow-up to the one held in Manila back in May (see 2.120 Pork Goulash), this time hosted by Yonsei University Asian Institute for Bioethics & Health Law at the Yonsei University campus in Songdo, Incheon.

As for the venue, I never bothered to ask why the organizers arranged dinner at a golf club.   But all private golf clubs in Korea – catering to wealthy clientele who can afford to shell out hundreds of millions of won (hundreds of thousands of dollars) for a lifetime membership and millions of won (thousands of dollars) in annual fees and hundreds of thousands of won (hundreds of dollars) in green fees – feature kitchens offering premium quality eats to keep the golfers from going elsewhere for food after a round.

Tonight, the food was indeed pretty good all around.

Nevertheless, I’d wager that everyone in the room would rather have eaten Korean food at a local restaurant.

Grilled Prawn and Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Salad (3.0)
Roasted Halibut with Lemon Cream Sauce and Roasted Mushroom (3.0)

Astoundingly, this is the first time that I’ve had lobster since the inception of GMTD over 21 months ago.  That goes for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks in between.  Not that I was swimming with the lobsters before the launch, but I do enjoy them on occasion, so I’m surprised that it’s been so long.  Then again, lamb and duck are my favorites meats, but I seem to be eating them very infrequently these days as well.  I’m not very proactive in seeking out the things that I like to eat, and certain things don’t come by way of default in Korea.  Conversely, pork has always been the number one ingredient by appearance on the blog thus far, attributable to the prevalence of pork in the local diet, even though I’m not a huge fan; I probably ate pork maybe once a week while I was living in the States.

The twilight view from my room at the Sheraton Hotel.  Songdo is a newly developed district in the city of Incheon on the west coast, so new in fact that most of the streets and skyscrapers are still empty, making the town feel like the set of a science fiction movie.

(See also FOODS.)

(See also PLACES.)

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