The key new thing here is the red bean ice cream. I have actually been to this same Korean bathhouse before. But as I am still recovering from my respiratory infection, I couldn’t take on an major outdoor or other really adventuresome adventure this week. Saunas, hot stones, and whirlpools were much more my speed – and definitely the best birthday present for my friend Kari, who I knew would love it. The spa is in shopping mall and goes by the innocuous name Spa World, but once inside, it definitely has a modern, Korean feel (all signs are dual Korean and English). Stone walls, big bathing areas (same sex only), and 7 different hot saunas, ranging from salt-covered walls, to lying on marbles, to clay walls, to beautiful amethyst crystals. There are also chill baths and chill rooms. For the rest phase, there is a giant floor area with mats, where families hang out, people lie down and take a nap, or others read. Big cushy chairs are just outside a really good Korean restaurant. All of which I had tried before (though Kari hadn’t). About 40% of the folks there today were Koreans, Korean-Americans of all ages, but it also was a very diverse mix of folks. It was a very nice day.
But I still needed to “try something new this week;” it was the last day of the week, and I had been too sick to do anything before (or too busy with work.) I had thought about going to an old mill in a park in DC that I’ve never been in; it was going to be a quick stop on my way home. But then I saw on the menu bibibig, an ice cream bar made with red beans.
It was very good, yet weird. Too weird, even though I kept snacking on it. It tasted sweet and milky, and yes, like, red beans. It was not something I had ever seen before. And not something I will ever have again. But it was interesting to try.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t take pictures inside the spa. (I snuck the ice cream bar into the locker area to take a relatively bad picture of it there.) You’ll just have to see the website for views of the various saunas, etc. The amethyst room (temperature 156 deg Fahrenheit), was very lovely. I wish the website had a picture of the the chill room – where the walls were made of ice crystals.
Next week, I’ll be touring 4 different cities in Oklahoma (for work), and have plans to see at least one of a list of things. I’m not sure what it will be yet, but I am hoping for the Blue Whale of Catoosa.
Til next week!