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Baesangmyeon Neurin Maeul Brewery Tour – September 6th

 

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Date: Sunday, September 6th.

Time: 9am – 6.30pm

Place: Pocheon City, Gyeonggido.

What:  Transportation, Lecture, Guided Tour, Lunch, Unlimited Tastings


The Manjok (The 만족)

 

Registration for July 11th Meeting Open!!

Registration for June 20th Meeting Open!!!

Girls' Night Out, Hongdae Style



Nowhere else in Asia (or perhaps the world) does nightlife as well as Seoul, and although there's a party for everyone, there are a number of places designed especially for the entertainment of women. But we're not just talking buy-one-get-one-free drinks and half priced appetizers. Think more along the lines of cute guys in hard hats, sultry stage performances and plenty of places to pamper yourself.

So, round up your girlfriends, book your hair appointment, dig out that little black dress and dust off your dancing shoes. It's time for a girls' night out, Seoul style.

I'll be letting you in on all the places worth checking out around Seoul with your favorite ladies in this new monthly series, but first up is perhaps the city's most legendary nightlife district: Hongdae.

Booze Frog (술 개구리)

Name: Booze Frog (술 개구리)

Location: Hapjeong / Sangsu


Olsoo (얼쑤)

Name: Olsoo (얼쑤) Location: Hongdae Reviewed by: Mamas and Papas on January 10th 2015 Thoughts: Right in the middle of Hongdae: the thriving, bustling beating heart of Seoul’s nightlife, where students, tourists, party […]

Registration For May 23rd Meeting Open!!

Well Mamas & Papas, we have been doing this meeting thing for about three years now.  And that’s a lot of bars!  So whenever there is something new on the scene, we jump on it so others can explore.  Well there is  relatively new bar that has been receiving quite a bit of buzz lately that we couldn’t wait another second to try it out!


Where do you want your Neurin Maeul?

There’s nothing like sitting down to a really good meal, or hanging out in an awesome atmospheric bar and thinking ‘One thing would make this experience even better…good makgeolli.’ Well […]

Registration for 28th February Meeting Open!!

We’ve got an unusual one for you this weekend Mamas & Papas!  For anyone that has been to one of our meetings, one of the regular makgeollis we order is Seong Myeong Sub.  It’s a dry, chalky brew that is aspartame free and has a lot of character behind not just the brew but also the brewer.


2015 New Year Party @Muldwinda!!

 Happy New Year Mamas & Papas!


10 Things South Korea Does Faster

One of the first Korean words I learned after my arrival to the peninsula was bbali (빨리). Meaning "fast," it's a term used frequently and, in my opinion, perfectly summarizes the entire country in two syllables. After all, the nation rose from the ashes of the Korean War in a mere six decades to become one of the world's greatest economies. In general, Koreans do a lot of things fast. Here's 10 of them, in no particular order.

Transportation

A new year is dawning…

Work Hard, Play Harder

 

When it comes to countries with the best work-life balance, Korea is not exactly at the top of list. Compared to the international average of 1,765 hours, Koreans spend 2,090 hours at work per year; which amounts to approximately 8 additional 40-hour work weeks. They log long hours, and vacations are few and far between. As a result, less time is spent each day on activities devoted to personal health and well-being, family, and leisure.

That being said, when Koreans do finally get the chance to break away from their desks and let loose, they don’t hold back.  A typical night out with friends or co-workers often involves 5+ hours of non-stop food, merry conversation, and a grand finale of glorious singing, all of which is fluidly connected by an endless stream of alcohol. Think of it this way: if a bar crawl and an all-you-can-eat buffet had a baby and named it Karaoke, you’d have yourself a standard Korean night on the town.


Makgeolli Festival 2014

The weather is getting cooler and being outside is a pure joy, which means it’s the time of year for the annual makgeolli festival!  Every year in October, it’s a […]

Registration for September 27th Meeting Open!

Wow how time flies!!  Another meeting just around the corner, and this time we are heading to a place that has just about every makgeolli under the sun!  The location […]

Damotori ‘H’ – (다모토리 ‘ㅎ’) (Haebangcheon)

Name:  Damotori H (다모토리 ‘ㅎ’) Location:  Haebangcheon Reviewed by:  Mama Julia Thoughts:  Damotori is the staple makgeolli bar for the Haebangcheon and surrounding neighborhood.  It has a cozy and dark atmosphere, […]

Registration for September 6th Meeting Open!!

It’s amazing what can turn up when trawling Naver for new makgeolli places to try.  We stumbled apon this small (very small) but very white little makgeolli bar in Sindorim that seems to be serving up some interesting gems.  On the menu we spy a Meshil Wonju, as well as a host of the usual favorites including non-aspartame staples.


Nuruk Namu (누룩 나무)

Name: Nuruk Namu  (누룩 나무) Location: Insadong (By Anguk Station) Reviewed by: Mamas and Pappas on June 14th   Thoughts: Immediately around the corner and down the tiny alleyway in front of […]

Registration for August 16th Meeting Open!!

The location for this meeting has been on the books for over a year!!  We tried to visit last year but it was unexpectedly closed and we just haven’t tried since.  Helen’s Kitchen has a very good reputation for its makgeolli, food and atmosphere and it’s located not far from Coex near Samsung Station.  From what we have heard, Helen spent her early years in growing up in the US and after working for a multinational company decided to open a makgeolli bar.


July 5th Meeting Registration OPEN!!!

 

Time flies when you’re drinking makgeolli, and it’s already time for our next meeting! This meeting will be a little different from our regular meetings, as the location is quite small and features a round bar.  It’s a very intimate location and we could potentially be the only customers at the time, so we will be keeping numbers strictly small for this road test.


ZenKimchi Foodcast – Makgeolli, Korea’s Fizzy Brew

 

We are still playing catch-up here at MMPK headquarters, with a lot of new and exciting things in production.  A while back in May, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Joe McPherson, of ZenKimchi fame, for an episode of his Foodcast.  Of course the topic of the conversation was our beloved makgeolli, and despite chewing each other’s ears off for a good 40 minutes or so, I’m sure we could have gone on for much longer!  Every time I get chatting about makgeolli, Korean traditional liquor and the future of the industry, I realise just how much there is to know and how much more we have to learn.


Jeondae Gamdaek

Name: Jeondae Gamdaek (전대감댁)   Location: Gyeongbukgung (경북궁)   Reviewed by: Makgeolli Mamas and Papas on 12th April. Thoughts: Down the winding alleyway near Gyeongbukgung station, passing an intersting mix of traditional […]

Intro to Makgeolli Brewing Class May 10th!!!

We were so excited about last April’s enthusiasm for the class, we simply had to follow it up with another!  Actually this is the first class that will kick off […]

Nu Look Plus (누룩 프러스)

Name: Nu Look Plus (누룩 프러스).

Location: Myeong Dong


Daehan Soondubu Makgeolli Salon (대한순두부 막걸리 쌀롱)

Name: Daehan Soondubu Makgeolli Salon (대한 순두부 막걸리 쌀롱) Location: Gwangwhamun Reviewed by: Mamas and papas on March 1st, 2014 Thoughts:  In the basement of a commercial building, Daehan Soondubu is […]

DuDu (두두)

Name: DuDu (두두)

Location: Hyehwa


Ulysses S. Granted


Drink Much?

An article here from Euromonitor proclaims South Koreans the world’s heaviest drinkers, nearly doubling the amount of hard liquor Russians consume weekly.  Having lived here, I totally believe it.  Drinking,especially after work drinks with the boss and colleagues, is super-common here, and there is almost no stigma attached to public drunken behavior.  Last week, we rode the bus home next to two twenty-something women who were already pretty pickled–at nine o’clock at night. I don’t know how they had even been off  work long enough to get drunk, but they had managed somehow.  


St Patrick’s Day in Seoul, 2013

If you haven’t heard already, I’m chairman of the Irish Association of Korea, and every year around this time we organise a small get together. You might have heard of it, we call it Saint Patrick’s Day.

I won’t blether on too much about it as my brain is exhausted at the simplest mention of the event, however give this link a click and you’ll find all the info you need about the event.


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