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The Sticks: Bringing Korean Food to the Country

The Sticks!
Wow! I can't believe it's been almost a year since I've posted here! Life happens fast. Ha! It's been an incredible year for many reasons, but I am just going to pick up where we left off. I had asked my family over a year ago if Ryan could come to Virginia with us, which meant MANY things. The high-level summary of that statement meant that Ryan would be meeting and spending a week with my extended family, going to Grandma's house and sharing in all my childhood memories, and leaving NYC to spend a WEEK in the country! So much can be said about the conversations that ensued and the unspoken thoughts and memories that were created, but I'm just going to share the highlights here...as I'm still processing much of the other stuff anyway. It truly was a TON of FUN! To give a bit more context, Ryan (Mr. Urbanite in the flesh) has never spent so much vacation time in an area such as this. After what became a 10-hour drive into the night (supposed to be 8) from NYC complete with a gorgeous lightning show, we knew we had made it when Ryan slammed on the breaks to stop for the cutest FAMILY of deer (yes, mom and 2 children) taking their sweet time to cross the ridiculous, nausea-inducing, winding roads.

Very similar in taste to dwaeji gukbap (돼지국밥), pork and pig...





Very similar in taste to dwaeji gukbap (돼지국밥), pork and pig stomach soup (섞어탕반) shares the same broth but has some more chewy bits. I feel like I’m in the foreigner minority, but hot soup on a hot day is my jam.


Many people eat the Korean pork barbecue, samgyeopsal (삼겹살). The...



Many people eat the Korean pork barbecue, samgyeopsal (삼겹살). The literal meaning is “three (sam; 삼) layered (gyeop; 겹) flesh (sal; 살)”, referring to what appears to be three layers that are visible in the meat.

This night, I ate ogyeopsal (오겹살), which means it has five layers. I actually don’t think it looks too different from samgyeopsal, but yes, I think it might be more delicious. Somehow it tasted like butter, even though the meat is not seasoned.


Dear Korea #094 - How Do You Like Them Apples?

 

Happy Monday! I’m sure the majority of you living in Korea might be busy on vacation right now, but for those of you that aren’t, I hope you dig the new comic!

Maybe it’s because it’s hot out, but I’m learning very quickly just how quickly fruit can go bad when it’s out of the fridge. Even when I keep my produce chilled, nothing seems to last very long. Some people have told me that this is because of how organic things are around here. I guess that would make sense, seeing how most of the stuff I buy happens to be from local farmers. Still, it makes things very sad and stinky when I’m gifted with a box of apples that won’t last much longer than a couple of days.


Fukuoka, Japan Day 2

Day 2 in Fukuoka was our only full day, and we definitely made the most of it! I want to note that it was EXTREMELY hot and humid during our time there, much more so than in Korea. You hear us complaining about it a lot in the video, but we had a fantastic day. This is one of my favorite vlog/follow us around videos! These photos are just a snippet of our time there.

Check out our entire Flickr set from Japan HERE.


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Started off the morning as anyone should. A brewery tour! Our hostel booked it for us and gave us great directions!


Fukuoka, Japan Day 1

This summer vacation we wanted to get out of Korea for a few days and didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I still had NEVER been to Japan, so we decided now was the time! :D We had a great 3 days in Fukuoka, and wanted to share our trip through photos and videos. We ate the famously delicious Hakata ramen, saw old castle ruins, and took the Asahi Brewery tour! We can’t wait to go back again, we were surprised at how easy it was to go to Fukuoka by boat! We will have another blog post soon about how to travel there by boat, so be on the look out for that. :)


Once Schneeball pastries came upon my radar, I started seeing...





Once Schneeball pastries came upon my radar, I started seeing them everywhere. Street food carts, department stores, subway stores, my students’ grubby hands, etc. Everywhere.

It’s a German dessert made by taking rolled out shortcrust dough and cutting out strips. The strips are arranged over a stick into the shape of a ball, deep fried and then commonly dusted with confectioner’s sugar. One breaks the pastries into little bits with a wooden hammer or mallet.

I have no idea what the original tastes like, but I especially enjoy the Korean version. I like all the fancy flavors, such as cinnamon, white chocolate, or green tea. They’re sweet and crunchy, and make for a very fantastic drinking snack.


One of my favorite Korean foods is spicy rice cake, or...


Summer Holiday!

After 5 long months of working hard, it's finally our Summer Holidays!!

The whole English department celebrated on Monday night with some tasty sushi and soju at a restaurant in Haeundae, followed by some drinks in Jangsan. As I explained before about work nights out here in Korea, everybody had a great time eating lots of food and playing drinking games. I felt very bad for the teachers who had to be in school the next day.
End of term work night out

Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival 대구 치맥 페스티벌

There are countless festivals for every season in Korea, but some of them stand out more than others. When I first heard that there was a chicken and beer festival I knew I had to go! We only live an hour by train from Daegu so we decided to make the trek and meet up with a few friends that we don’t get to see very often! Actually this video is what sold me on going. They even had a theme song and dance! How can you resist a summer day with cold beer, fried chicken, and silly dances?!


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