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Korean Alcohol: 7 Drinks You Need to Try!

When you think of Korea, what do you think of? K-Pop, kimchi, and Korean barbeque? What about alcohol? Korea is home to a wide variety of interesting (and delicious!) alcoholic concoctions that make enjoying a night out drinking with friends anything but boring.

Put down the beer, and read on for a list of must-try Korean alcoholic beverages that you should incorporate into your next evening out! Bottoms up!

 


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.


Galbi Jjim: Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs

 

Galbi jjim: Korean soy sauce braised beef short ribs.


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.


Chung Mi Shim Hanu Restaurant in Cheongdam


Dal Thai

Thai cuisine is amazing. Everyone knows that. The spicy yet refreshing blend of spices, the creamy flavor of coconut milk, and the fresh pop of flash fried vegetables add up to make an enchanting mix. When done right…. and it isn’t easy to do right. So it was myself and three friends headed up the hill towards Dalmaji, with a heady mixture of excitement and trepidation.


Donkas Deopbap: Korean Pork Cutlet and Rice Bowl


Top Korean Coffee Shops in Korea

Let’s talk coffee. Not only is it the magical elixir that somehow makes getting out of bed slightly less painful – it’s also one of the world’s most purchased beverages, and there is no shortage of coffee shops to get your daily fix!

Korea’s coffee scene has exploded over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. New cafes seem to open on a daily basis, and they all claim to have the best cup of coffee.

How do you know where to begin? Use this article to help you navigate the world of caffeine – whether you’re seeking the best latte, the frothiest cappuccino, or the boldest iced coffee, the shops below will certainly have something for you. Read on for our recommendations, and be sure to give us your feedback in the comments below!


Taste the Peninsula's Best Brews at the Great Korean Beer Festival 2016

Craft beer has been on the rise in the food scene for several years now here in South Korea. These tasty brews, which boast distinct, individual characteristics, are slowly replacing their watery counterparts (cough Hite, cough Cass) that have dominated the beer market over the past few decades.

In the past, one had to go all the way to Itaewon and its surrounding areas to get a taste of craft brews (which may or may not be one of the reasons I moved there), but fortunately, as craft beer has become more mainstream, even general supermarkets keep certain varieties in stock.

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