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The Red Dragon Diaries and JPD Does ROK Do Live Octopus

Oh, memories.

Pop over to Tom Gates’ “The Red Dragon Diaries” where he has posted the video of our first (and last?) taste of “San-nak-ji,” or live octopus, a popular raw seafood treat for soju-swilling diners in Busan, South Korea.

Footnote: after we’d finished filming, a group of middle-aged folks sat behind Tom and ordered some food, including their own plate of live octopus, which they gleefully began to tear into without much hesitation. Hey, someone’s enjoying it!


Toolbox (툴박스) 2nd is absolutely best burger place in Korea. I...















Toolbox (툴박스) 2nd is absolutely best burger place in Korea. I even fantasize about traveling to Ulsan just to experience one more bun and patty combination.


Frozen Friday: Korean Ice Cream Tasting! #2

This time we taste a famous Korean ice cream bar – the 돼지 바 Dwegi Bar! Is it good?! Why would they call it a pig bar? We have no idea!

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Tim Tam SLAM!

We take on the Tim Tam Slam Challenge! Strange and delicious.

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Julio Mexican Cuisine in Gangnam, Seoul has the best Mexican...









Julio Mexican Cuisine in Gangnam, Seoul has the best Mexican food in Korea. I would argue that it’s some of the best Mexican food I’ve had anywhere. Every time I’ve gone, they’ve been really busy, and I usually have to wait at least ten minutes to be seated —but it’s so worth it.  The food is just amazing, and the service is on point. The tacos are definitely my favorite.


Frozen Friday: Korean Ice Cream Tasting! #1

It’s Summer! It’s hot! So we’re bringing you Frozen Fridays! A weekly Korean Ice Cream taste test! Yay!

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Saint Augustin Thai Restaurant

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Saint Augustin Restaurant Review 

 

Thailand…

When I think of Thailand I think of Paradise. I think of Escaping a dreary Seoul winter. I think of  Lazy days spent lounging on white sand beaches, sipping fresh coconuts topped off with Sang Som, riding elephants, and discovering some of the most stunning views I could ever dream of. But above and beyond, when I think of Thailand I think of their dynamite food!


10 Things About Korea…

So I won’t be along here much longer, so I thought I’d give this a shot. There’s plenty about Korea that I’m going to miss, without a doubt, and then there’s a fair amount of things I won’t miss about Korea. It would be fair to say the same about anywhere, of course. So here […]

It’s just THAT good.

 

After a long day’s work, all I want to do is eat something wholesome. Not chocolate or ice cream but actual food.

I remember coming home late at night and stuffing my face with a homemade sandwich like nobody’s business.

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I’d be in the middle of this sandwich and milk, enjoying what a sandwich has to offer at 11pm at night, when I felt something was missing…

Like how Aussies love their vegemite and toast,


Why the interest grew

 

I’ve never been really interested about my Korean background, so it’s still funny that I now am dedicating part of my life to create a network of kyopos all around the world.

When I went to Korea, I always found that native Koreans were fascinated and interested in my because my American accent was, well, American.  I never understood this awe they felt for me until I met a British-Korean for the first time.  It was jaw dropping.

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My little brain couldn’t even comprehend what was going on, but something started inside of me and I wanted more of it.


Just a year old, Cantina (캔티나) is easily becoming a regular...











Just a year old, Cantina (캔티나) is easily becoming a regular restaurant and hangout for those that live in Cheonan, foreigners and Koreans alike. It’s the only Mexican restaurant and bar in town, located in Buldang-dong (불당동). 


My favorite place to eat pizza in Cheonan was Sinore (시뇨레) Pizza...







My favorite place to eat pizza in Cheonan was Sinore (시뇨레) Pizza in Ssangyong-dong (쌍용동). It was real oven-baked Italian style pizza, either thin crust or deep dish, with no random Korean toppings (e.g. corn, sweet potato, or shrimp).

Directions: Walk down the alley across the street from Lotte Mart, between the Holic and the bank. Take a right at YuNa Hair Leader, walk past Mammoth and Angel-N-Us. It will be on your left.


First 48 hours in Korea

One of my favorite restaurants in Cheonan, South Korea is a hot...





One of my favorite restaurants in Cheonan, South Korea is a hot tofu soup restaurant called LA 북창동순두부. I think it’s a chain that you can find in other cities, so if you see it elsewhere, you should check it out. The restaurant has the traditional Korean soup in different variations such as dumplings, curry, etc. for up to 8,000₩.

You can find this restaurant in downtown Cheonan, in the Yawoori area. There is a map on the Foursquare page.


Buddha’s Birthday at 반야사

 

The nearest Buddhist temple to our place is just across the road. In fact I pass it every time I go to work. It’s small and hidden up a small hill behind ample tree cover. In fact you’d miss it completely if it were for the multicoloured lanterns which line the street from early April, lanterns which are of course in anticipation of today, Buddha’s Birthday.


Seoul’s Filipino Market

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Happy Market Monday, where the first Monday of each month we highlight a different market in Seoul!

 

One of my favorite trips I’ve taken in Asia would have to be the Philippines. Whenever I am struck with memories of the trip I can’t refrain from grinning ear to ear. The friendly people, out of this world beaches and amazing food are just some of the things I love about the place!

 


One of my favorite places to eat in Cheonan is the ramen...









One of my favorite places to eat in Cheonan is the ramen restaurant, 멘야마쯔리. The service is excellent, the prices are reasonable, and it’s a fun place to go to with friends. They have two ramen choices, regular for 5,500₩ and spicy curry for 7,000₩. They have non-ramen choices, such as gyoza and fried rice, as well.


While in Daejeon, I found the best restaurant to eat 칼국수...


Cheongnyangni Market

 Introducing Market Monday where on the first Monday of each month Seoulmates will be highlighting a different market located in Seoul!  First up is…

 Cheongnyangni Market

(청량리시장/ Cheongnyangni Shijang)


Bob Burger: Korea’s Rice Burger

When I was teaching in Deokso, which is nearly two hours away from where I live, I barely had time to prepare my lunch at home, so I would usually grab a bite to eat during my break time or buy some food to go. I would either get two different flavors of 삼각김밥 (samgak gimbap or triangle-shaped rice) or those four-layered sandwiches in the convenience store that had weird flavors but, nevertheless, tasted good. They would be enough to keep my stomach from growling for an hour or two, but not for the entire five or six hours that I was working.


Bob Burger: Korea’s Rice Burger

When I was teaching in Deokso, which is nearly two hours away from where I live, I barely had time to prepare my lunch at home, so I would usually grab a bite to eat during my break time or buy some food to go. I would either get two different flavors of 삼각김밥 (samgak gimbap or triangle-shaped rice) or those four-layered sandwiches in the convenience store that had weird flavors but, nevertheless, tasted good. They would be enough to keep my stomach from growling for an hour or two, but not for the entire five or six hours that I was working.


This is Why Koreans Are THINNER Than Americans

You’re probably wondering whether or not you want to travel to a country like Korea to teach English. If you do decide, you’re probably going to wonder about things like bills, transportation, how to open a bank account, how much Korean will you need to speak, what kind of guys and girls to Korean girls and guys like, and everything else.

Oh, and food.

What is the food like?  Is it really spicy?  Are there choices for vegetarians?  I’ve heard them all. But there is one thing I don’t hear of a whole lot that is related to food in a round about way. “Will I gain weight or get skinny?”

The truth of the matter is that traveling to Korea has an element of stress for everyone. It’s more for some than others, but it’s there. In fact, I had someone in my orientation class who never made it to the teaching part. They just turned around and went home.

And what happens to most people when they get stressed? They EAT!

The degrees to which each of us eat under pressure varies widely. However, as Americans or westerners, we have a tenancy to eat like, well, an American or westerner. There within lies the problem.

There are differences between the indigenous foods here in Korea compared to back home. In America we love processed foods, MSG, artificial sweeteners, fat, salt…everything that tastes good. But you want to know something? So do Koreans. There are snack shops, bakeries, fast food joints, fried chicken joints, pizza joints and burger joints EVERYWHERE. It’s all here. Even though Korean’s “big size” at McDonald’s is basically the standard size back home, you can still get Double Quarter Pounders with cheese.

However, the average Korean has a far smaller circumference than the average American. Why?

Many people have had many opinions on this, but here I share what I’ve noticed and what I believe is the core reason for unnecessary weight gain or obesity in America. It also explains why it isn’t rampant in Korea, though it is beginning to rear it’s ugly head.

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Dear Korea #116

..comes great hilarity. That last night might be a little confusing to those who don’t read the comic from the site. Oh well!

So this has totally happened to my poor guy on multiple occasions. Every older man he runs into tries to feed him something that will help him and his “man power”, which I assume means male vitality. This is something we experienced fairly often in Japan as well. What I find particularly hilarious is how shameless they are with advertising such a thing. I guess I’ve never found it socially acceptable to shout “EAT THIS! IT WILL RAISE YOUR SPERM COUNT!” in a public setting. It’s been almost four years, and I’m still trying to figure out what is and isn’t okay to say around people here.


Cherry Blossom Lattes

There are a few things you can rely on being able to find almost anywhere on Earth these days. Wherever you are, it’s a good bet that there is a McDonald’s, and at least one form of Coca Cola. It’s also a good bet that you aren’t too awfully far from a Starbucks. With more than 17,000 stores around the world, it’s pretty easy to find one!

Starbucks has special drinks for different holidays, seasons, and occasions. Some people, let’s call them Starbucks aficionados, really enjoy these things and go as far as to track when each seasonal drink comes out! There are a few that show up every year, but there are also some special drinks that appear for a limited time and then are gone forever.


Play Coffee/플레이 커피 in Gwangju

This little café was introduced to us by our good friend H. It is situated in a side street in Gwangju’s dong-gu, where you wouldn’t expect to find a cute building housing a café that serves fresh coffee, tea, mojitos, and homemade cakes.  The interior is playful and features toys, cute lamps and seats.  It also has a small classroom that teaches people how to make cake and rooftop seating. When you enter the café, you will be greeted by their friendly staff, adorable furry friend and a giant Lego doll.


March Madness

by Pablo Harris

010 or 051. All calls he ever received here always began with these prefixes. So when 006-180-9951-0299 flashed on the vibrating LG in his palm, he didn’t quite know what to think. 006 followed by eleven other digits he didn’t recognize? It  must be from abroad. Thinking the worst, he was expecting to hear some tragic news from back home. Why else would anyone call direct from the US to the ROK?

“Excuse me, I got to take this, Babe,” pardoning himself before stepping through the heady smoke of grilled flesh and cigarettes and the maze of low-lying tables to the door.

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“Hello?”


For Those Hard to Find Expat Food Items

Some stuff is just hard to get over here.  Like biscuit mix or enchilada sauce.  And other stuff is insanely expensive in Korea–like multivitamins.  Add to this the logistical (and potentially financial) nightmare of having stuff shipped from your home country, and your food situation can start looking pretty bleak, especially if you live in a small town that doesn’t have a lot of retail options.

If you’re not already using it, let me recommend iHerb.  This website has hands-down the best prices on vitamins if you’re an expat living in Korea.  They also have a wide array of health and beauty products and food items that can be tough to find in Korea.  We order stuff like quinoa, wheat bran, enchilada sauce (by Frontera–it’s amazing), and vitamins from them.  Shipping costs about $4.00 to anywhere in Korea, and delivery is fast.  If you’re stateside, the prices are still great on a  lot of items and shipping on stuff over $20 is free.  


I thought it was fish cake!

Nothing new seems to be coming out of Korea in terms of queer news, so I decided to translate this old article. It is hilarious. In case you don't know what 어묵 is, it is that fish cake you often see in Korea.

ANOTHER EXPAT BLOG?


Hiking in Hanboks to Samseonggung Shrine 삼성궁

Roadtrippin!

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We took advantage of the beautiful weather one Saturday to head down to Jeolla-do, the south-west area of Korea. The fog seeped back into the mountains, the air smelled like dirt and trees, we moved through highways and roads that would leave us southbound. We were pleasantly surprised to find a persimmon farm.


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