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It’s been an age since I actually visited Tartine, but I did want to make a post about it, since there still doesn’t seem much information about it online in English. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a proud owner of the Tartine cookbook, and that the detailed instructions I found inside helped me finally master bread, which I had been trying to do for nearly a decade. I still highly recommend it for anyone who wants to make decent homemade bread but who just can’t seem to get it right. Maybe one day I’ll do a post on how I hacked my toaster oven to produce crusty, bakery-style loaves, but that’s for another time.
Anyway, the point is, I’ve never visited the original Tartine, which was opened in San Francisco in 2002 by Chard Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt, but I’ve heard a lot about it. In 2008, Robertson and Prueitt were named the best pastry chefs in America by the James Beard Foundation, but the real drive behind their bakery has always been the bread.
There’s plenty of good pastry to be found in Seoul these days, but bread is still a bit tricky, so I was really excited to hear Tartine would be opening a branch here in the neighborhood next to mine at the beginning of 2018. Robertson even traveled here to coach the team of 30 local bakers and make sure the Seoul branch was up to snuff. The Seoul staff also made a trip to the original Tartine in San Francisco to train before the Hannam-dong store opened.
When the place first opened, people were lining up around the back and dropping as much as 500 thousand won ($500) at a time on bread and pastries, so I waited a solid four or five months to drop by, hoping the hubbub would die down. But the place was still hopping when I went, even though I was there in the early afternoon on a weekday, so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a seat and enjoy some of the eat-in menu items I was most curious about.
I hopped in the line that looped around out the front door and bought a bag full of pastries and bread to take home instead. I have to say, I went there for the bread, but I was lured in by the tarts, which looked incredible. They were pretty good — I won’t knock them — but for me, as I said, the draw of Tartine is the bread, and in retrospect, I wish I had stuck to my guns and devoted the money I spent on tarts on more bread instead.
The prices are mental. There’s not getting around that, but that’s pretty much what’s to be expected of an American bakery here in Seoul, especially one that’s known for being pretentiously priced even in the US (anarchists threw rocks through the San Francisco branch’s windows during the 2012 May Day workers’ protest while shouting “Yuppies out!” just to give you an idea). You may pay as much as 20,000 won ($20) for a loaf of bread, which is why I’m not exactly dashing over there every Saturday morning to walk out with a bag of the good stuff. But it’s definitely worth a try.
The bread tastes like bread, rather than tasting of nothing, which is something that’s difficult to find even in the US unless you’re in a bigger city. But just as big of a deal is the texture. It’s easy enough to find a baguette in Seoul, but much harder to find one that is an actual baguette, and not just shaped like one, with the kind of rustic crust and crumb that Tartine’s baguettes have.
The tarts have a nice balance of flavor, as compared to some of the tarts you find here in Seoul, which can be overwhelmingly sweet, in my opinion. You can also get some unique flavors that are hard to find elsewhere, like banana pudding and lemon tart. The croissants and other pastries were not on the level with what you can get in Europe, but I’ve found that most other pastry here is either essentially not even pastry or, at some of the European chains, way, way too greasy. I thought Tartine’s struck a nice balance.
I’m most excited to go back and try their dine-in menu, though. They had some interesting looking options, and a quick glance around the place at the plates of the people who were lucky enough to get a table had me intrigued. I will report back once I’ve had a chance to try that side of things.
Overall, Tartine was a little too pricey to be a regular thing for me, but it would definitely do the trick for when I’m just craving the real thing. They more recently opened a coffee and toast bar within the Ryse Hotel in Hongdae, but I haven’t been with. The website says you can get pastries and coffee at the coffee bar, or have a full meal made with Tartine bread at the toast bar.
서울 용산구 한남대로18길 22
22 Hannamdaero 18-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Tel. 02 792 2423
Coffee and Toast Bar at the Ryse Hotel
서울 마포구 양화로 130
130 Yanghwaro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Tel. 02 324 6400
Coffee Bar: Monday-Sunday 7am-9pm
Toast Bar: Monday-Sunday 10am-12am
Click here for the website.
Freelance writer and editor. American in Seoul. I write about Korean food. I blog about all food. Last year I wrote a monthly column about traveling to different places around the country to explore Korean ingredients and cuisine. This ignited my interest in local foods and cooking, which I blog about regularly now. I also blog restaurant and cafe recommendations, recipes and some background and history about Korean food.
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I was going to do this the traditional way where I tell you about all the amazing work that I have done and wow you all with the places I’ve been and the things that I have done.
However, I realized that my purpose here or better yet, the reason that you are here is because of my photos. I just want to take you through a year of my photography (explaining as I go) with more photos than words.
This was the first series that I shot in 2018 and strangely one that will have a big impact in 2019
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics were a high point of the year for me. Not only did I get a chance to work for Visa and Flixel and lead some of the best photographers in country but I also got to enjoy the games as well.
This was a great time out as I had been working a lot on the event side of the olympics. I finally got a chance to see Team Canada play and it was great.
After the Olympics I lead the first “international” Flixel in Seoul. It was a great way to introduce cinemagraphs to local creatives.
This was the group shot. It was a little sketchy as there was a massive protest going on outside the front gate of the palace but I am glad everyone enjoyed themselves.
Shortly before my 40th birthday I got out for some photos at a local hot spot. Orangdae is one of the place on the photographers map out here. You will see tons of similar shots on instagram.
Spring is always beautiful in Korea. I set out this year to document the blossoms as much as I could. Not to mention get a few cinemagraphs as well.
In May, I took a trip to Fukuoka, Japan a place that I love to visit. Also one of the places that visited when I first started into the world of photography.
This was one of my favorite photos. After this I met one of the festival organizers. It was total chance that I came across these performers.
Love this area in Fukuoka. I believe this is the Nakasu district and it is typically a lively area at night. It also reminds me of my first years here in Asia. I can still remember walking alongside the waterway when I first came here in 2003.
These are Ema boards and are typically sold at Japanese Shinto shrines. For me the are one of the many symbols of my time in Japan. When I look at this shot I can almost hear the gentle clack of the boards when the wind blows through them.
I remember stumbling across this temple with my late friend Dave Harvey. Ever since that day I wander back when I am in Fukuoka and remember that amazing time.
Towards the end of May was Buddha’s Birthday. This year I set out to try and improve on some fairly standard shots. Here at Beomosa, they were setting up for a huge festival. The human element here shows both sides of the celebration.
During this time of year I try to really experiment and get some different shots. Here I wanted to make use of the blue our and the lights along with the shadow of the temple.
You can’t shoot a Buddha’s Birthday without getting this kind of shot. It just shows how beautiful the celebration is and just how many lanterns there are!
This year also marked a bit of a new era for me. I bought a drone and really started to enjoy aerial photography. Once I got over the fear of crashing!
This was the field where I cut my teeth in the world of sports photography. I remember how awesome it felt to on the pitch watching the action from closer than anyone else except for the other photogs and the players.
The summer was VERY in Korea and I remember the heat while taking this shot. Fortunately, in Korea you are never too far away from a cafe and an iced americano.
I love the straight down shots a lot. This one is one of my favs. From the lines and the workers to the pop of green. It is just something that I could not have shot while standing on the ground.
During the summer I took some time off and visited family in Canada. This was the first time in a long time that I went home with my wife.
This is a grain elevator just outside of my hometown. It is sort of an icon of the Canadian prairies and the older I get, the more I appreciate them.
I was pretty lucky to get to stay up at Clear Lake for a night with my wife. It was her first time to be in such a wild place. For me it was long overdue.
Soon after we travelled to Whistler, BC. This place is filled with fond memories. I spent a summer here working and I also tinkered with film photography back in the day here as well. If I ever retire, I will relocated here.
One of the cooler things that we did was get tickets to Vallea Lumina, a multimedia hike through the woods. It was a really great experience and they allow tripods!
When I lived in Whistler, I used to walk down this path pretty much every day. I don’t know why but it always intrigued me and I was happy to walk down it again with my wife.
Pink Muhly grass was all the rage in Korea. Thousands of people would stroll through this patch in Gyeongju. I did my best photoshop wizardry to remove all the people from this shot.
A drone is an awesome tool for getting shots like this from above. What I find funny is that I was not so nervous about the park officials but rather the kids running towards me screaming “drrroooooooooone!!! iddddaaaaa!” Which is basically saying “there’s a drone!!!” and then I get surrounded by kids telling what they want the drone to do.
This was a shot that I have been wanting to get for some time. Without the use of a drone, I am afraid that I would not have been able to achieve it. Not to mention that this area has now become my go-to spot for fall colours in Korea.
Beomosa is a great place and one that I regularly go to when I want to just clear my head. This shot is a short but steep hike up to a hermitage that overlooks the main temple grounds. It was stunning this past fall.
This was one of the shots that I mentioned in a previous article. It really stands out as a top shot for this past year. I also really enjoyed just being here in this streambed hearing the sounds of nature all around me.
Pete DeMarco came back to Korea for a it and it was great to finally grab a coffee with him and chat. He also set up a small photowalk and we all managed to get some cool shots from the evening. I also got to meet a few photographers that I had only met online previously.
This shot was one that was completely by accident. I run another community website as well and I had set out to grab some shots of the downtown area decorated for Christmas. As I walked there, the sky popped with colour. It was amazing to see so many people stop and admire the colours.
The view from our new apartment on Christmas morning. This was a great way to start our Christmas and perfect way to wrap up the year. Thank you all for making it this far. I hope that you enjoyed the images.
I also want to take this time to thank everyone for their help and support over this past year. I sincerely thank you for all the love, comments, and feedback. I hope that 2019 is a great year. If you are ever in Korea or in Ulsan, give me a shout. I would love to show you around and take some photos.
Here are three superficial TEFL course standards.
How is accreditation superficial?
Well, you may assume that accreditation is a marker of quality, but why is that? Is it because it has been vetted by a 3rd party and deemed sufficiant? Probably, but what do you know about that accrediting party?
Seriously what do you know about that accreditation agency? Do you know anymore about them than you do the TEFL course provider?
If you are starting to catch my driff accreditation goes on behind the scenes. Is accreditation more valuable to you than a review? Or is it the same? They are kinda similar in a way, but accreditation costs money.
How do you feel about paid reviews? Well, accreditation is a paid review hopefully done by someone who knows something.
Here are some facts about accreditation.
- It does not guarantee educational quality.
- It undermines institutional autonomy.
- It "often" contributes to overpriced education.
- It is mostly a secret process.
- It involves an exchange of money.
Some of these ideas are taken from ACTA's pdf called Why accreditation doesn't work. I put the word "often" in quotes as you can apparently buy accredited TEFL courses on Groupon for $8-90.
Here are some other points in regards to TEFL accreditation:
- There is not "one" overarching body for accreditation in TEFL. In fact I found 23 different TEFL accrediting bodies. That suggests that they are just an extension of the TEFL industry. And as already mentioned accreditation costs money, hmmmmmm.
- There are some fake TEFL accreditations. And it's easy to fake too. You just build a website, add an official looking name use words like "excellence", "reputation", "assessment", etc. Then create an acronym for it like SLP or ACCT and before you know it you might have a business.
Is there any value to accreditation?
Maybe some are more "reputable" than others. Maybe there are some pioneers for accreditation, but that just seems to contradict the purpose of accreditation.
Why try to get someone's (an accreditors) opinion whom you know nothing about on a course that you know nothing about?
I took two different TEFL/TESOL courses that were accredited. One in-class prior to teaching in Taiwan and another just to see what a cheap course on Groupon was like and how it compared to the ones I had created. I didn't think neither one of them was any good for preparing me for what I did.
Sure I might have learned a little, but these were just general TEFL courses. And that's the thing with accreditation. It's there to make courses fit within "their" standards whatever those standards may be.
You really have to think about who is doing the accreditation. Do you know what they did? Do you know anything about them? Did you know that they were paid money to accredit that business?
"...they are in bed with the people they regulate..." - Douglas Barlow
That's why accreditation is a superficial standard. There is so much we don't know about "them".
2. TEFL course "hours"
It is the case in a course like CELTA that there are actual classroom "hours". For example, a CELTA course is typically 4 weeks and includes 8 hours a day, 5 days a week of instruction so they can say it's a 120 hour course.
And there are some other courses out there like that and then there are the imitators.
There are a lot of courses out there that are not like that. The first course I took gave me what they said was a 60 hour certificate after 2 days in a classroom. That's right 2 days which might have been around 7 hours a day.
And after those 2 days they gave me a certificate that didn't actually say anything about the "hours".
Then there was a take home part of the course which was basically studying English grammar and teaching theory. After I completed that I would supposedly get my 120 hour certificate, however I never did as it was completely boring and I left for Taiwan.
There I soon learned that studying English grammar and teaching theory wasn't very helpful for teaching English to kids.
I haven't even told you about online courses.
There are basically two kinds of online courses: asynchronous and synchronous courses. One holds classes at a certain time and the other is basically an open course where you work on it when you want which is basically like all of the online TEFL courses that I have ever seen.
So the whole "hour" thing is basically a lie when it comes to online TEFL courses. For example, earlier I mentioned that I tryed out a Groupon course to see what I would get for my money. It was a 120 hour course and guess how long it took me to complete?
That's right and it's not just me or that course. Take a look at some of these comments that I found on Reddit.
"I believe the course I'm taking is considered a 120 hour course, but I feel like I'm FLYING through it. I've been at it for 3 days in my free time, maybe for a maximum of 7 or 8 hours, and I'm supposedly already 60% finished. Note that this course has no in-person classroom component." - curryo
"I took that same course back when I was going to need it (just for appearances, obviously), and I similarly finished it in a couple hours." - Jeyoc
"I can’t recall the exact number of hours put in, but it was far less than 160. I put in a few 2-3 hour sessions over the span of 7-10 days." - wjfitzy
Check out this article on TEFL course hours.
3. "Internationally recognized"
Quite a few courses claim to be "internationally recognized" which is basically an empty blanket statement without much meaning. There is no stamp that grants this status.
I mean it might give you a feeling of security and certainty, but it's actually just a house of cards most of the time. Sure there is the chance that some school out there has heard of that TEFL course provider, but most of the time they haven't.
It really depends on the school.
Think of it like this...
How recognized is your degree? I mean what promises came with your degree? It's regionally recognized? Did it guarantee you a job where you live?
In the end
TEFL courses try to look so official as if they are like colleges. But they are not. And even colleges are failing to fulfill their promises. Maybe most TEFL courses are just an extension of the education lie.
Some courses out there might be more reputable, such as a CELTA. But in some places like in East Asia I'd say it is not actually that popular amongst schools.
There are lots of imitators out there all selling the same story about how official, accredited and internationally recognized they are.
Chicken feet?! I'd heard that Korea sold chicken feet many years ago as a popular snack - served spicy - but didn't know it was actually a "thing" that young people enjoyed... until my good friend 소영 told me it was one of her favorite foods! I couldn't believe it. So since I'd never tried it and wasn't even sure what to expect, I told her we should go eat it together and make a video about it.
What should I try next with 소영? Would you ever try chicken feet?
It’s the wee hours of a Saturday morning, and I’m already regretting letting that last cup of coffee in the evening get the best of me — it’s so hard to resist a hot cup of something after dark when it’s this cold, but tea just feels so anemic, unless I go to great lengths to turn it into a latte-type thing that’s really just a counterfeit version of what I really want — a fucking cup of coffee.
I am determined to get back to blogging on the regular this coming year, and I think it just might be possible. I’ll still be doing a lot of paid writing work, which takes the wind out of the old sails a bit — the last thing I want to do after a day spent tapping away on my laptop to pay the bills is continue to tap away on my laptop for the hell of it. But I’m starting to realize that wasn’t the main part of my previous job that really put a damper on blogging for me. It was the constant, unending contact with other people — being on call 24/7 and sending and receiving dozens of messages a day.
The internet is awash with, uh, memes? — I think is the right word — and articles about introverts these days, another lovely side effect of the weird subculture Tumblr has become — everyone’s an introvert, now. But the one thing that really rings true for me is the concept of energy output versus input. While most people may not think of sitting down to write as an active form of communication, I find that my ability to do so is severely disrupted by what, to me, feels like an excessive outflow of social energy.
On top of that, in the time since my sporadically interrupted, unofficial hiatus from blogging began, the whole practice seems to have become hogtied to social media. I just can’t be bothered. I don’t even post on my private Facebook anymore, and Instagram, I kind of get, because that at least involves photos — a different medium — but if I have anything that’s really worth saying, won’t I need as much space as a blog post allows? And if I’m going to say anything that long, shouldn’t I do the world a favor and put it in my own space, where people have to intentionally seek it out, rather than bull-horning it into unsuspecting people’s timelines? And if it what I have to say can fit in a few respectable lines, does it really need to be broadcast to the world? Probably not. Why does Twitter even exist? I haven’t stopped asking myself that question for over a decade now.
I realize blogging is dying, because no one wants to invest that much time in someone else’s life anymore, but to me, that’s counterintuitive, because if I don’t want to invest that much time in someone else’s life, I sure as fuck don’t want spend time flicking through their every brief and fleeting thought.
I know I was born outdated, but getting nearer my mid-30s is really driving the point home. I don’t know that I really have a point, which is the thing about making the decision to open a ‘new post’ window at 3am, but a series of strange, insomnia-fueled clicks on Google led me back to the source — Livejournal, if you can believe that — and somehow, I just became nostalgic for the days before blogging was a business and everything on the internet was sponsored. And, in some ways, the days before I felt so guarded about every little thing I posted online.
For me, for the writing I do that doesn’t earn me one red cent, the most satisfying outcome is to get to the truth of something. But we seem to be living in a world that’s become painfully how-to, or worse — aspirational. I don’t altogether mind writing something that explains what I already know, but I vastly prefer the kind of writing that teaches me something instead.
You know. Whatever. I got a degree in poetry in the 21st century, and most days I don’t regret it. Not paying any attention to what I should be doing has served me fairly well in life so far, or at least I’ve been relatively satisfied with the outcome. I’m going to make chocolate babka in the morning(ish), so maybe I’ll do a post then about something that could actually be useful to someone. Until then, well, I guess I’ll just apologize for not being able to compress this all down to 140 characters.
I don’t want to make this another DIY Photography-style, post where I pop a youtube video in a post and then add a couple of sentences about what I think. Instead, I am going to use the video as a point of reference for a larger topic.
Peter McKinnon dropped his latest video yesterday and it is everything you’d expect from the guy who forever changed photography-youtube videos. To be honest, I feel that the man deserves his own show on Netflix.
However, the point I want to explore is something that he talks about in the video. I would say that every photographer has that one shot that they are dreaming about getting. That one shot that pushes them to get up so early. That drives them to invest time and money into a craft that in some cases rarely pays off.
With 2019 only days away, I want everyone to sit back, watch the video, and think about what your bucket shot is. Before you get jaded and think “oh yeah I could get that shot if I was paid by Canon and stayed for free at a posh hotel…” just take a moment to think about that one shot.
If you take a step back from this video and look at what Peter really did, you see that you can do the same. He didn’t fly to some exotic location and get special access thanks to his youtube stardom. All he did was make time to get the shot that he wanted, when the time was right.
Again, what Peter McKinnon did was nothing extraordinary. He simply took the time to get the photo that he has always wanted to get. That is it. This is what every photographer can and should do.
Moving Forward to 2019
This is a lesson that we all can learn from. For me, I have always wanted to photograph the Dubai cityscapes. To me, there is nothing cooler than seeing this city from the air or the edge of a tall building.
This is the ultimate bucket shot for me and is the one that my friend Peter DeMarco has shot a number of times. This is a place that I will photograph at some point, I am making sure of it. One of Peter DeMarco’s most recent shots is just so far out of this world and it drives me to save a little more money each month and be a little nicer to my wife so that she let’s me go lol!
What I would suggest is to create a list of the photographs that you have in the back of your head. The ones that you know you want to get and keep working at ticking off those shots.
The other thing is to prepare for those shots as well. Meaning, practice getting the shots in your immediate area. Learn about the techniques used to create the images that you want. Reach out to the photographers whose photos emulate the one that you want to create. See what they did. What advice can they give?
It may take me years to get to Dubai. When I do, I don’t want to screw it up. That means that I have time to work on the skills that I need. I have time to improve, to reach out to photographers who shoot in Dubai to find the best places and times to shoot. Build those relationships.
The bottomline is that you need to make time for your photography. You need to prepare for the bucket shots that you have in your mind. They will be more rewarding when you grow as a photographer to achieve them.
Sure, it may be easier for some but that is just life and you have to work with what you got. So in 2019, try to get one step closer to your own bucket shot. Think of the ways that you can improve, the places you can go and the people that you can talk to to get your bucket shot.
When learning a new language, even if you aren’t attempting to reach full fluency, there are pieces of vocabulary that absolutely should be learned. The word ‘where’ is one such word. Learning how to say ‘where’ in Korean will open so many doors to more vocabulary.
Today’s lesson will focus on how to say ‘where’ in Korean. Not only will it be explained to you briefly, you will be shown a lot of examples of the word in use. It is an easy word to learn and to remember, but also so important. Now, where shall we start?
‘Where’ in Korean
The word for where in Korean is 어디 (eodi). Its most typical variations are 어디에 (eodie), 어디로 (eodiro) and 어디에서 (eodieseo). 어디에 is used when no movement happens. 어디로 is typically used for future tense. And 어디에서 is usually the one used for past tense.
Additionally, the words 어디서나 (eodiseona) and 어디엔가 (eodienka) mean ‘anywhere’ in Korean. Similarly, the word ‘wherever’ translates to 어디에나 (eodiena) and 어디든지 (eodideunji) in Korean. You can use these words, especially 어디든지, quite interchangeably. Lastly, 어디나 (eodina) is one way to say ‘everywhere’ in Korean.
Associations for ‘Where’ in Korean
To remember 어디 we can use an image of the dog character from the Garfield comic strip, Odie.
So to remember ‘where’ in Korean tell yourself the story: “No one knows where Odie is!” 어디
A word of caution about Romanization
While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.
After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?
어디에서 오셨어요? (eodieseo osyeosseoyo?)
Where are you from?
어디 사세요? (eodi saseyo?)
Where do you live?
실례하지만, 지하철역은 어디 있으세요? (sillyehajiman, jihacheolyeokeun eodi isseuseyo?)
Excuse me, where is the subway station?
여행을 어디로 갈거에요? (yeohaengeul eodiro galgeoeyo?)
Where will you go for vacation?
어디가 아파요? (eodiga aphayo?)
Where does it hurt?
그런 것은 어디서나 찾을 수 있어요. (geureon geoseun eodiseona chajeul su isseoyo.)
You can find things like that anywhere.
그 카페는 어디쪽 있어? (geu khapheneun eodijjok isseo?)
Where is that cafe located at?
내가 어디까지 이야기를 했지? (naega eodikkaji iyagireul haettji?)
Where was I?
발리에 있었을때 어디 가봤어? (Ballie isseosseulddae eodi gabwasseo?)
Where did you visit while in Bali?
어디서 볼까? (eodiseo bolkka?)
Where shall we meet?
어디에 가도 너를 생각할게. (eodie gado neoreul saengakhalke.)
Wherever I go, I’ll think of you.
So now that you know how to say ‘where’ in Korean, what phrase would you like to learn next? Let us know in the comments below!
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This is the abridged version of the live stream Korean class about the connectors ~고, ~지만, and ~은/ㄴ데.