It's Soju Cocktail Hour: The So-milk

Lighter and just a tad sweeter than vodka, rice-based soju lends itself well to mixing. Koreans usually drink soju solo, taking shots of it over a long, social meal. Sometimes, locals drop a soju shot into a glass of beer, creating what they call a so-mek. So for soju; mek for mekju, the Korean word for beer. Shane's drank a couple at the invitation of our school's head honcho. 

I have a weak stomach, not able to take it straight up. This reality, combined with soju's ridiculous inexpensiveness (about $1.00 for a sixteen ounce bottle), has led us to some sweet soju experimentation that we'll share with you in a series of posts. 

Busan Daytrippers New Year's Day Hike

This Saturday the Daytrippers will be taking a short hike to the top of Baekyangsan in Busan. We will begin at 10AM at the entrance to Children's Grand Park (a cheap taxi from Seomyeon) and we will finish around 2PM in the same place. It will be cold and windy at the top so wear what you would be comfortable to hike in at the bottom and carry an extra windproof layer. A liter of water and some snacks are also recommended. This is not a technical climb although it is mildly strenuous. Please RSVP and/or contact Joe with any questions at BusanDaytrippers on Facebook. 

A Foreigner Thanksgiving

Okay, so I’m a little behind the times.

Helping A Hangover: Prevention and Recovery

Koreans like to drink.
Soju, Tequila, Whiskey, Wine~ Pick your poison.
Unfortunately, there can be some negative side affects when you drink too much:
Bad Hangovers and a Red Face are two bad ones that come to mind.
This may not work for everyone, but here are some tips to prevent the horrible hangover, what do if you get a hangover, and how to prevent the dreaded Red Face while drinking.

    Review: O'ngo night dining tour

    UPDATE: This Saturday night only (June 4th), check out the night dining tour for a discount if you're an expat teacher. Contact Daniel Gray at seouleats at gmail dot com or 010-6661-7769.

    A short film about kites & hangovers

    See video

     f intensely hungover on Korean ale the best cure is....Kites!!

    Creative commons music: 'Ángel y Demonio' by 'Hangover After' 



    A Mighty Weekend

    It began with sushi.

    There's a terrific new sushi restaurant near my place. It's a Japanese chain and very cheap - most everything is only 1,500 won. The place is large and brightly lit, with four separate conveyor belts that carry all types of fishy goodness. Each table has its own touch screen, on which you order anything that you don't already see cruising by. The order is sent back to the kitchen, where the food or drink is then placed on a bullet train, which shoots it to your table on a track above the belt. It's all wacky Jappy and completely awesome. I want to go every day.

    Destination: St. Patrick's Day festival (2010)

    St. Paddy's Day was celebrated at Cheonggyecheon in downtown Seoul - and what a party it was. Although the mixture of Korean hip-hop (above), Korean acapella, traditional Korean music (a pungmul band), and Irish music was a bit quirky, the crowd stayed - and remained noisy until the exodus to Gangnam. More on that in awhile.

    Bad news for beer drinkers

    I don’t know if beer changes the smell of your sweat, although I do know it changes the smell of your breath.  One way or another, it attracts mosquitos:

    [researchers had] 43 men in Burkina Faso to drink either a locally brewed beer or tap water. They found that the mosquitoes were more attracted to the beer drinkers than the water drinkers.

    From Plos One, via Freakonomics.

    Tests need to be made to see if Rum and Coke has the same effect.  Or Gin and Tonic (that would be ironic, and poetic!).  Or, Soju!

    Life in Korea: health checks for all (except the Korean teachers, of course)

    So my school (Which Must Not Be Named - let's just call it a Large Adult Hagwon) has dictated decided that all foreign teachers must undergo a health check at their head office in Seoul. Not a huge deal to travel there - I walk by it some days while walking home - but it's the principle of the matter. What the school says, goes. They want to take your temperature every day when coming into work? They can do that. They want to fire you after you get the swine flu on vacation? Yep, they can do that too. They tell you to stay at home for a week after leaving the country - or saying you can't leave the country? They're doing it now. They want to get almost OCD about foreigners, whether they've left the country or not?

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