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Barmingo: Cocktails and Chinese in Hannam-dong

I keep telling myself I won’t go more than a couple of days without updating this blog, but things just keep not working out that way. This time, I’ve gotten sidetracked by photography. I started out a few months back as worse than the average casual photographer. I used to be infamous among my friends for taking terrible, blurry photos, and photography is definitely what eats up most of my time in keeping this blog. Recently, a friend mentioned that she would be willing to sell me her Nikon for a song since she’s looking to upgrade. My current DSLR is worse than useless, but I’ve been putting off replacing it until I can justify the cost. A year ago, when I started to think seriously about figuring out how to take photos, shelling out for a new DSLR would’ve been akin to finger-painting with oil paints.


Sincheon Sweetness: A Day Off

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Children’s Day and Cinco de Drinko fall on the same day in Korea.  Coincidence?  Perhaps, but I’d rather just use this time of year as an excuse to have a marvelous margarita.  The majority of my friends actually got a 4-day weekend this year!  Alas, I am still working Friday, but got a bit of a mid-week repose having Thursday off.  I wanted to spend the day recuperating from the activities of the week (it’s exhausting running around teaching this many classes to this many teeny tiny ones!), but the sun was out in full force and I had to make the most of the day.


If you ever find yourself especially sleepy in Korea, a...







If you ever find yourself especially sleepy in Korea, a jjimjilbang (찜질방) is a good place to go for a few hours. We went to Dragon Hill Spa (드래곤힐스파) the last time we were in Seoul to soak in hot water and slumber on the floor.

On weekends, it’s 14,000₩ for day (5:00 am - 8:00 pm) or night (8:00 pm - 5:00 am). Lots of variety in rooms (e.g. all temperatures, including an ice room and a salt room) and baths (e.g. ginseng and medicinal water). 


Food Trucks Compete At Seoul Night Market In Yeouido Han River Park

The Seoul Night Market opened earlier this month with a competition to choose which foods trucks will have permanents spots at the Yeouido Han River Park through the end of October. Korea FM attended the competition & spoke with one of the judges, A Fat Girl’s Food Guide writer Gemma Wardle, as well as food truck owners & customers who attended the event.


Burger Bang in Bukchon

Yesterday my friend and I were supposed to meet at Arario for lunch, and meet at Arario for lunch we did, but about an hour after we had planned to. AWL Fridays are tending, so far, to not really go as planned, because the museum restaurants finish lunch service at 2, and — although the websites and signs out front don’t say so — then take a break. We arrived at 2 on the dot and were promptly turned away.

Luckily, my friend, being the master of Seoul north of the river that she is, knew of a place just around the corner.


Haap: Traditional Korean Dessert Cafe in Cheongdam


Jindo: Puppies, Pink Cherry Blossoms, and the Parting of the Sea

cropped-20160409_063036.jpgWe had seen the sea parting once, not knowing it would part two more times again by sundown.  Some of us (self included) were a little worried about getting seasick on the boat out to Modo Island, so instead of braving the sea we actually ended up having a leisurely morning getting ready (after a well-deserved, post-parting nap!) before heading down the cherry-blossom lined paths and street over to the festival.


Registration for April 30th Meeting Open!!

Phew, where did that month go?! It’s already the very end of April and that means our monthly tasting meeting is happening this Saturday the 30th! For this meeting we […]

Chung Mi Shim Hanu Restaurant in Cheongdam


Juban: Revamped Traditional Korean Alcohol in Seochon


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