Friday, July 3, 2015

Gluten Free Korean Food

Mason slept for 11 hours straight last night, which means that I slept for 8 hours straight, which means that I actually feel like a sane person this morning and have the bandwidth for blogging!


I have been dying to tell you guys about our meal this past weekend at one of my favorite local spots – luckily pictures don’t expire!

Sometimes I feel so lucky with the amount of restaurants I’m able to safely eat at, that I have to pinch myself. The “Triangle” of NC (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) is seriously a safe haven for gluten free folks, and this past weekend the Ravelli clan hit up one of our absolute faves in Raleigh: Kimbap.

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That’s right, baby’s first bibimbap!

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Well, he didn’t get to actually taste anything, but he loved the environment and he behaved so well while Mommy and Daddy indulged. Kimbap has an open kitchen concept, so you can watch the chefs prepare the food. Mason of course loved this – and he loved the chopsticks! Parrish and I LOVED the food!

We started with the Gluten Free Veggie Dumplings:

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So freakin’ good. I could seriously eat 20 of these and be perfectly happy. 

Next, I enjoyed a seasonal special:

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Spring Soup Cup – it was a super delicious aromatic broth filled with their house made tofu, tons of mushrooms, carrots, and fresh spring onions. So good!

For Parrish’s meal, he ordered the Make Your Own Wraps with Pork Belly….Mason Month 5 097

Because PORK BELLY you guys – needs no explanation. Duh. It was delicious.

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I of course ordered the bibimbap with beef bulgogi because it is the tastiest dish in the world. Crispy rice topped with seasonal veggies, beef, and a sunny side up egg -

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it is the definition of Umami. I wish I had put my hand in the photo above so you could see how GIANT that bowl is. It’s a huge serving and I ATE IT ALL.

I wish I could say #breastfeeding and that’s why I pigged out at Kimbap, but I’ve actually always eaten like a champ there – it’s just so good!

Most of their ingredients are purchased from local farms, including the meat and the eggs. If you’ve ever eaten a fresh, local egg then you already know – yes, you can taste a difference, fresh are so much better!

Thank you Kimbap for another amazing meal. My only complaint is that you don’t have a location within walking distance of my house in Durham.

So plan your trip friends! A long weekend would be a good amount of time for a gluten free foodie feast – book your tickets and let me know, I’ll meet you at Kimbap!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dear Mason, A Reflection on 5 Months

Dear Mason,

Once again, I’m posting my letter to you a few days late and really, that will most likely become a trend because life with you is busy, busy, BUSY. This past month you have continued to grow and develop and it has been such a joy to see your personality start to shine through – you are a sweet, snuggly, funny baby who is pretty  much constantly smiling!


And if you’re not smiling, it’s because you have something in your mouth – whether it be your hand, a toy, a friend, or Mommy and Daddy!


But your fingers are the best!



Your hands are pretty much always covered in a coating of drool because you can’t keep your hands out of your mouth! Some days we think you might be teething….other days we think you might just really like the taste of your own finger. But whatever it is, you love it!

Towards the middle of the month, you also discovered a new love: your toes!


In fact, you’re just becoming more aware of your little roll-y body in general. You’re now rolling over from your back to your belly. Just a few days before your 5 month birthday, you started rolling over a lot! Diaper changes are going to be interesting.

You’ve also become more aware of your fur brother and sister. While Hazel doesn’t actually get close enough for you to touch, Max loves to take risks and is constantly coming over to give you kisses.

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And you have started to reach out for him. He is super soft and fluffy, but we’ve already had to have discussions about the proper way to play with our pets. ‘Gentle’ is a pretty popular word right now. Gentle with Max and gentle with Mommy!

You have started attacking my face with kisses, and sometimes those kisses are a bit rough. You just get so excited! Even your toys have gotten hit by the kiss attacks, Raggedy Ann especially.

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But that’s just a part of your happy personality. You are a tiny ham, and love being the center of attention.

You have also discovered a love for the exersaucer this month. You have always loved to stand – new friends always comment on how strong your legs are and you love having help to use them. So the exersaucer is the best.


However, nothing is more fun to you than being naked. You LOVE being naked.

You really come alive when we change your diaper, babbling away and giggling. And if your clothes come over during that diaper change, you would much rather us just leave them off. Which is fine with us because you are so soft and roll-y – it’s hard not to snuggle you up when you don’t have clothes on.


Your trifecta of happiness: Naked + Outside + Being with Mom & Dad. That is your absolute fave. You just love being outside!


Even with the summer heat, you would always rather be outside. So Mommy and Daddy bought you a little battery operated fan – that way you can stay outside for as long as you want!

We celebrated your first Father’s Day outside the womb, and we had a fun day showing Dad how special he is. Aunt Joan and Cousin Ella helped us make him a sweet gift:


and we treated him to a Food Truck Rodeo that afternoon.

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Daddy loves Food Trucks, but even more, Daddy loves you!

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Another big event this past month was introducing you to solid foods!


We had a feeling that you were ready to start trying new foods when we realized you were watching us eat! We started with oat cereal and you loved it! I ground up gluten free rolled oats and mixed it with a bit of breastmilk once it was cooked. You were skeptical at first:


but you warmed up quickly. You even started whining in between bites and opening your mouth really wide when you saw the spoon. We hope to try some baby led weaning with you, but for now you seem pretty happy with the spoon. You didn’t even thrust any of the cereal out of your mouth with your tongue – you gobbled it up!


Oh Mason, the past 5 months have seriously been the funnest ever! They definitely fly by a little too quickly, but we are so happy for every moment we get to spend with you.

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You are our best buddy and we can’t wait to see what the next month brings.

Happy 5 Month Birthday Mason!


16 weeks, 20 weeks

Past Letters to Mason:

One Month

Two Months

Three Months

Four Months