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Farmers Burger 2, Nampo-dong, Busan

Bing Su! 빙수 Famous Korean Dessert!

Every season in Korea brings delicious treats specific to the weather. One of my favorite ways to cool off in the summer is to eat Bing su! Bing su is basically shaved ice with a topping, usually fruit. The “normal” bing su is Pat Bing Su, which is Red bean shaved ice! Red bean is used a lot in desserts in Korea, and I think it’s safe to say that most foreigners here are NOT the biggest fans of red bean. I can eat a little bit of it, but not usually the huge mound they pile on top of the shaved ice!

I prefer the variety of other toppings they offer, like mango, strawberry and sometimes green tea! With Koreans I’d say the most popular bing su is red bean and green tea, usually with dduk (rice cake) on top! My favorite bingsu I’ve had this summer was Cafe Pascucci’s berry banana bing su. Delicious!


Bite Me: Misozoonistic Advertising

At what point in the slaughtering process do animals go from sentient beings to cuisine? Is it when they appear in front of us on a plate? Or when the muscles, still twitching, are hacked off from the carcass? Perhaps it’s the moment when the bolt shatters through the skull and burst through the panic stricken eyes of the restrained cow? Or maybe, it’s as soon as they splash on the floor in a mess of limbs and afterbirth? It’s a philosophical conundrum I’m totally unqualified to answer.


Alcohol Alternatives. Or, the ‘ICing’ on the Fried Fish

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8 p.m. Classes have been over an hour. We’re back to our normal schedules at my hagwon now that the kids are back in school. I’ve graded some papers, kibitzed with the other foreign teacher, got the approval for two days off in October from my boss that will give me a five-day chunk to visit friends in Japan and now it was time to head home.

But first, I decided to stop into the little mart (for anyone not in Korea, pretty much any place that sells any thing is called a mart here. Not supermarket, though that is used. But even a supermarket would be a mart. Just roll with it) next to my school to pick up a couple things, as at the time I thought I’d make a tuna fish sandwich for dinner (I ended up eating some fried fish, but that’s not the point).


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. :)


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