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What I Ate in Damyang


While in Damyang I did my best to eat the local specialities. If you recall I was treated to some bamboo bread on my first arrival. After I ventured through the bamboo forest I was hot and wanted something to eat. So I walked around the city area of the town and found a mul naengmyeon restaurant (물 냉면).

Hummus Heaven at High Street Market

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“You look like you could use an almond milk coffee smoothie with real mint chocolate bits,” the man behind the counter caught me off-guard as I stood at the entrance of the store wide-eyed and drooling. “I can make it for you now and you can enjoy it while you shop.” I nodded, unable to verbalize my gratitude. “Did he just read my mind?” I thought. Maybe he did, or maybe he just saw me for the sucker that I am, regardless, the drink was beyond amazing and I couldn’t help but make a few annoying slurping sounds with my straw as I managed to enjoy each bit of the almond milk deliciousness as I browsed all that High Street Market had to offer.


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Forget everything I said in that last post, Dominos is in the house.


5 Awesomely Awesome Things: Nampo Edition

This weekend I went down to Nampo-Dong with one of my co-workers for some shopping, cupcakes, and reminiscing through my old stomping grounds.  So today’s Awesomely Awesome Things is inspired by the trip.

1. My Old Korean Home! 
           I loved living on Yeongdo!  I had never lived on an island before and I really got a good one.   Yes there were times I wished I lived closer to more popular parts of town, but for my first year in Korea, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.  While I didn’t end  up going over to the island this weekend, I did go up to the rooftop garden/skydeck at the Lotte Department Store down in Nampo-dong and got to see my apartment, my old school, and my mountain.


Slow and Healthy: Slobbie Restaurant in Hongdae

I recently found myself in Hongdae with my friend at a vegetarian (yet had meat options) kind of restaurant. My friend has been staying with me these past few weeks as she is in between jobs and needs a place to crash. Her stay has been helpful towards some fun nights.

Anyways, she is a vegetarian and I figured why not find a suitable restaurant for her while she tags along with me to Hongdae for a haircut.

The Japanese Need to Teach the World How to Cook...

... mushrooms and octopus. 

I was really excited to try 'real' Japanese food on my trip, and I had heard great things about it from friends of mine who had been to Japan before. 

It wasn't all foreign to me since there's quite a bit of Japanese food and influence in what Koreans eat, but it was so much better.  The ramen shops were absolutely delicious, the dumplings were fabulous, most everything I ate was amazing. 

One thing Koreans have adopted is the Tonkatsu, or fried pork cutlet and I had the best one I've ever eaten while in Japan.  It also came with these fried potato cakes which were heavenly, super dangerous, and thankfully live far away from me.

The Japanese Need to Teach the World How to Cook…

… mushrooms and octopus.

I was really excited to try ‘real’ Japanese food on my trip, and I had heard great things about it from friends of mine who had been to Japan before.

It wasn’t all foreign to me since there’s quite a bit of Japanese food and influence in what Koreans eat, but it was so much better.  The ramen shops were absolutely delicious, the dumplings were fabulous, most everything I ate was amazing.

One thing Koreans have adopted is the Tonkatsu, or fried pork cutlet and I had the best one I’ve ever eaten while in Japan.  It also came with these fried potato cakes which were heavenly, super dangerous, and thankfully live far away from me.


Gay Friends in Seoul Meetup #3: Dalk Gabli in Hyehwa

From the gay short film Just Friends
The third event for Gay Friends in Seoul is this Thursday at 7 pm.

ColdStone busts your diet, jinja?!

(Jinja means really in Korean)

This morning I will have you know, I forcefully made myself head down to the high school track below my window. (I stare at it every day but never move from my rear in front of the computer)

I ran and walked the track. I did an ab workout, a few yoga poses and did my headstand in the middle of the field. It was fun. It felt good.

Then, I came inside and made my daily Green slush (I don’t have a juicer, so I blend everything… a green apple, a cucumber, a slice of peach, some ginger and bok choy)


People who Inspire

I have officially been sucked in to a Bloggers life. Every morning I wake up, make my coffee and jump straight to my reader. I scan through all my topics and browse all of these amazing ideas, incredible places, tons of opinions and well just get lost in how diverse and inspiring everyone is.


Cooking on a Sunday Night

Before I write about what I made this weekend, I want to ask all of you reading this to PLEASE send me your favorite cupcake recipe with a great fluffy frosting. I am dying to make cupcakes!!! (and eat them) But please no crazy ingredients, I live in South Korea and not everything is as easy to find.

XOXOXO

Man you must think, she makes a lot of bread. Every Sunday we are out of Bread. Adam eats a lot of it :)


Seeking NON-Touristy Recommendations… Please Help!

We are travellers, not tourists. A ticket in our future always bubbles our blood in excitement!

Adam needs to renew his visa in September and instead taking the hydrofoil over to Japan like he did last time, I mentioned taking a trip. We have been in Asia now for 6 months and not traveled (I know, can you believe it?!?!)


Costco Busan!

There was a time in my life where the thought of making a day trip to Costco would have been met with a laugh and a face smack. But, those days are gone….long gone…so gone in fact that Nicole and I actually left a beach party early just so we knew we would have enough time to slowly peruse each and every aisle of the wholesale shopping uberstore.

Located not far from centum city but in a very odd backstreet part of town, the Costco logo drew nearer to us on our cabby’s gps and so did our excitement…no really, its not fluff, we were amped. Look, i’m legit amped here.


cooking fever

I have absolutely no idea why I am on this constant cooking fit. It is very unlike me and I am really digging it :)

This week I work the day shift and am home by 6. I immediately go to the fridge, check my interest and get cracking on recipes I have pinned for later. (Some of them also come from wordpress blogs I have been following.

Last night I settled for some Baba Ganoush, Pineapple Quesadillas and Stuffed Jalapeños. When making all of this it really helps me to use up the veggies we get at the market (it’s never just 1 or 2 onions. It’s more like here’s 10 for 2 dollars)

Adam also picked up this awesome new blender last night so I had to give it a try.

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Veggie cleanout

As I have mentioned before, veggies in SOK ate super inexpensive if you shop at the markets. You can get so much more your money. But the trick is that you have to figure out how to eat it all before it goes bad. Sometimes this entails eating tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This morning I decided to make zucchini tots. I found the recipe via Pinterest, but of course I can’t follow a recipe and had to alter it.


Holy “Energy Balls” from Kansas!

Getting packages is always nice but its pretty much awesome when you get one while abroad from friends and family back home. Today I received a “welcome back to Busan” care package from Nicole’s best friend Nicole and her husband Nick in Kansas. A very thoughtful combo of ingredients was included for me to make my own “Energy Balls” from scratch. She also included some taco seasoning, which as many of us Soko dwellers know is not an easy find.

The healthy recipe is pictured below for those who have a sudden hankering for balls….Energy Balls. Thanks again guys, you are most excellent!


Morning Chuckle



Just a little funny for this Wednesday morning.

Adam and I were researching how much food to give Eunee (we can’t really read the back of the Royal Canin Mini Starter Puppy Food, it’s in Korean)

upon finding it sold on a European site (On the actual Royal Canin site it has been edited to be PC and says mother), we read the details and both had a nice immature laugh.

 


An herb garden with a great view

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Living in a studio apartment (one room here in Korea) calls for desperate measures if you want to have a garden. I can enviously see from our window the homes below with full blown veggie gardens growing on roofs. Unfortunately, I have been limited to a few herbs I have found at the store or have been given.

I have a little rosemary, some basil, some strawberries (which aren’t growing at all) and 2 things of coriander which I believe is also cilantro.

The rosemary will not grow…it is a little brown and a little green…

The basil grows somewhat and I have already used it a few times when cooking.

The coriander has finally started to grow.

The strawberries…nada. (maybe it is the wrong season.


What is Good About Korea?

Recently, I have posted some negative blogs about Korea, complaining on an array of subjects such as family, morals, Korean men, the treatment of animals, etc.  It is therefore possible that I am leaving some of my readers with the impression that it is all bad and I would rather be back in my own country and as quickly as possible.  This is not the case and I hope I am generally quite balanced with my judgments about Korea because the truth is when weighing up a life in England with a life in Korea the scales are quite evenly balanced.

Top seven Vegetarian food in Korea

Here you will find the top vegetarian food of korea http://kojeblogger.blogspot.kr/2012/07/top-7-vegetarian-food-in-south-ko...

Anniversary….Macaroni, DIY Desk…

Our Vows:

 I take you to be my partner; to have and to hold, from this day forward. I give to you my unending love and devotion. I promise to be true to you, to cherish you, and to share my thoughts, hopes, and dreams with you. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, my best friend. I will love you forever. 
I take you to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, and I will love and honor you all the days of my life. 

Today is our 2 year anniversary. At 2 pm, 2 years ago, Adam was Kayaking through the Gulf of Thailand and Nicole was sitting by the pool painting my nails getting ready for our elopement.


Weekend Muffin Tops

Waking up a few hours before Adam, I was able to try out a recipe for Chocolate Chunk Muffins that I have been eyeing all week. I hadn’t looked at the ingredients in advance, but I do have basic baking “stuff” in the house.

The Ingredients


Definitely Not Martha Stewart, but I try

This morning, being my only day off of the week, I got up early and set off to attempt some of my Pinterest recipes I have been “pinning” for the last few weeks. Adam was sound asleep.So, around 7 am I popped up and headed into our kitchen (just steps away from our bed).


Death Anniversaries in Korea - 기제

This month I had the pleasure (or the misfortune) of experiencing a traditional death anniversary with my wife's family here in Korea.  Basically what happens is this: every year on the death of a close family member the family comes together to remember them and make offerings to their spirit in the form of lots of food and drink.

Usually, the women do all the preparing of food, set it up, and clean everything up at the end while the men just sit around eating the food and drinking alcohol around one table.  On another table, food and drink is presented artistically around a picture of the dead family member, or if there is no picture a possession of theirs or a note.  Once everything is in place, relatives of the deceased then take turns in bowing three times at regular intervals to the table, alcohol is poured into a bowl and spoons are placed inside bowls of rice and other dishes so that the spirit can eat if they choose to.

Income and Expenses of an ESL Teacher in South Korea

Before I came to Korea, I always wondered what the real financial situation would be like.  I heard varying stories, but by and large I always heard that people could live cheaply and save some money.  Now that I'm closing out my first year I can actually speak to what income and expenses for the average ESL teacher will be like.  I also made a 2 part video on my Youtube Channel that also breaks down the basics of what my own personal finances are like.
 

Your Income:


The Charlie Brown Cafe


The Complete Peanuts Collections

During our initial exploration of the Pusan National University neighborhood, in the north of Busan, we happened upon a strange cultural landmark: the Charlie Brown Cafe. Dedicated to all things Peanuts, this coffee house provides stressed-out college kids the chance to escape into a simpler world.


Jagalchi Fish Market


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The largest fish market in South Korea is found in downtown Busan, next to the busy shopping area of Nampo-dong and adjacent to the Lotte Aqua Mall. That it occupies such a valuable, central location speaks to how important the fish trade has always been to the city.


Soju Haiku


Order Soju Online

Are more than one haiku called haiki? I don’t think so, but I’m too drunk on soju to really care. Imo, another bottle, please! And you might want a few, too, before reading my haiku. (Is more than one bottle of soju called soji?)


Teaching English in South Korea - what is it REALLY like?

I am closing in on my one year mark teaching English in South Korea.  It's mid June (2012) now, and the contract year will end in August (2012).  While I've been here, I've tried to capture many of the moments on camera, video, YouTube, Facebook, blog, etc for friends, family and the virtual world to enjoy.  However, it's impossible to get it all.  It's also impossible to really convey the true experience in terms of my actual, real life.  Day to day.  Good weather, bad weather.  Ups and downs.  All the in betweens that can't come across in a video or picture.  A lot of people are like I was before I came here.  Wondering what to expect.  Will they love it, hate it?  Want to get back on the plane.  Everyone receives the experience differently.  This is how my first year was.

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A New, Exciting, EXOTIC Experience of a Lifetime!

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