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South Korea Wins Baking World Cup

In February, a team of South Koreans won gold at the Bakery World Cup in France. Korea FM spoke with previous Baking World Cup gold medal winner & American team coach Jeff Yankellow & Louis Lesaffre Cup project manager Nadine Debailis to learn more about the competition & South Korea’s surprise victory.


Mission Improbable – The Trouble with Traveling to Improve your Country

From February to June 1787, with all of his necessities packed in a single trunk, Thomas Jefferson traveled “incognito” by coach, barge, and sometimes mule across most of France and Northern Italy. Reading the extensive diary he kept of the trip, one encounters many passages like the following.

In the boudoir at Chanteloup is an ingenious contrivance to hide the projecting steps of a staircase. Three steps were of necessity to project into the boudoir. They therefore made triangular steps, and, instead of resting on the floor as usual, they are made fast at their broad end to the stair door, swinging out and in with that. When shut, it runs them under the other steps. When open, it brings them out to their proper place.


3rd Largest Korean Diaspora Community in Western Europe is….

They say France is the 3rd largest Korean diaspora community, however, I wasn’t too impressed with what I found from the net.  I thought there’d at least be a small Korean town or a street that’s dedicated to the population (if you know one, please, let me know!), but I have yet to discover one.

What I DO know is at this moment, there are over 58 restaurants in Korea that is dedicated to French cuisine.  See the list and websites below if you want to take a stab at French cuisine in Korea.  Gangnam has over 20 restaurants alone.

The first contact of Franco-Korean relations


Defending the Lady’s Honor

by Mr. Motgol

Ha-bin was always a messy drunk. Every time she went out she got catastrophically hammered. British chick wasted. A weaving, incoherent puddle of babble and drool. But unlike a British chick, Ha-bin wasn’t tall and brawny, with ancient, boozy Viking blood pumping through her veins. Instead, she was a small Korean woman with zero natural tolerance for alcohol. As a result, every time she touched the stuff she turned into a chaotic wreck. You could set your watch to it.


Seorae Village – Little France in Seoul, South Korea

For our 1 year wedding anniversary, we went up to Seoul for a nice, relaxing weekend together. We decided to go to Seorae village in the Banpo neighborhood of Seoul. About 600 French expats live in this corner of the city, that is nicknamed Montmarte for its location on top of a hill. It includes a French school, some french brand name stores like L’Occitane, real bakeries, with REAL bread and REAL cheese!! By “real” I mean not Korean. There are lot of things that Korea gets right, but bread and cheese is NOT one of them!


만우절: “April Fool’s Day” in SK

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

This week’s photo challenge is about perspective.

Here we are in the French Countryside.

No, I can’t tell you about Spain, Italy or the splendor of the distant Swiss alps….well, because we haven’t gotten there yet. What I can tell you is that over the past week, Nicole and I have been engulfed in the marvelous serenity of the french countryside.

Yes, Paris was great. If you have cash, some star-tude and a frilly scarf, it’s the place…but if your taste is more visual, hitting cruise control on a rolling highway north of Bordeaux is paramount.


The World Famous (but all too infrequent) If I Had A Minute To Spare Global Caption Competition of Death and Love

Yes, it has been a while, but fortunately you may all rest easy, the World Famous If I Had A Minute To Spare  Global Caption Competition of Death and Love has returned, this time with a cherry on top. They cherry, you ask, is an  extra caption to be competitive about.

They’re at it again, those pesky Europeans, kissing in public. Benneton’s add compaign almost coming through here with a picture of Nicholas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel about to make their better halves a little upset.

So, if you could, a caption please:

 

As always, the winner of the competition will get a free subscription to If I Had A Minute To Spare and a pat on the back from me.

May the best caption win!!!


The World Famous (but all too infrequent) If I Had A Minute To Spare Global Caption Competition of Death and Love with a Cherry on Top

Yes, it has been a while, but fortunately you may all rest easy, the If I Had A Minute To Spare  Global Caption Competition of Love and Death has returned, this time with a cherry on top. They cherry, you ask, is an  extra caption to be competitive about.

We’ll be staying local – as in Ireland wise – with a picture that has graced the front page of both The Irish Times and The Irish Bindependent:

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are featured. Please provide a line:

 


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