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Breakfast of an extended sleepover

18 Jul

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What was in it? In the hash there was potatoes, bell pepper, onion, cheddar sausages and bacon.
Scrambled eggs, avocado and toast.

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Adventures in South Korea: Mexican Food in Gangwondo

16 Jul

This is something new I’m trying out. I have been in South Korea for for a year and some change and I have come to appreciate that there is a lot of diversity in food back home. So for those of you like me crave a burrito but are not near Seoul I have searched out places in other provinces.
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We start with Golondrina a Mexican/Peruvian restaurant in Gangneung (Golondrina Restaurant). They are mostly about the Mexican food though I have been promised Peruvian food for the Week of Peruvian Independence day. So all of you who are near watch out!DSC_0248[1]

I have had the chicken taco which was really well seasoned and even though it was in a flour tortilla you still got a bit of the street taco feel.

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Nacho! because why would you order anything else really. This had all the bits you were missing after some time away from tex-mex.

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I apologize for this picture we forgot I was taking pictures and savagely attacked this poor Atun con Chipotle (Chipotle tuna salad).
Other dishes I ate without thinking of taking a picture and therefore deserve a minute of silence are: The house burrito (it never stood a chance), The cheese taquitos (they were made with corn tortillas and had fresh pico de gallo)

Anyway have a good time wherever you are and may good restaurants find you.

Adventures in South Korea: Dakgalbi street

9 May

So May 5th is Children’s day in South Korea and as a teacher I benefited from kids not going to school on children’s day. I took this opportunity to go to Chuncheon a two hour bus ride away from Samcheok. Chuncheon is the place where Nami Island is located (I was unable to go this time because it rained), it is also the place where dakgalbi was first ever made (if you have been to Korea and have not tried dakgalbi you have been robbed of an awesome gastronomic experience).
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This is one side of dakgalbi street (it is actually more like an alley, but it is filled with dakgalbi restaurants so we will let them be a street). I would like to point out that right next to this sign is the entrance to a large underground shopping center that people should experience.

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There is a map of all the restaurant available and well we only tried three this time but we will go back.

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Also they like to have chicken themed things which why-not just take a picture with it all.

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The first place was a different type of dakgalbi i have never tried before and by looking at the picture you will notice the difference. This type of dakgalby is just chicken marinated in (an impossibly good) sauce (how do they make it I would like to know the secret to this sauce) and grilled over coals just like bulgogy.

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As side dishes you have a greens salad of sorts which contains green onions, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and other herbs (I just don’t know the names of them in English or Korean to be honest).

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Lettuce is provided to wrap the chicken you grill and cut (with scissors) and other things like your salad, kimchi, radishes, garlic, and gochujan sauce (it is given with almost any type of grilled food here and I am not entirely sure on the romanized spelling of it). What ever you put in your lettuce wrap depends on the place you go to because side dishes will always change.

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These are thinly sliced picked radishes and are an acquired taste but you won’t know until you try them won’t you?

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While that was not the dakgalbi we were expecting it was good and for only 11,000 won it is well worth going to try it.

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this the other end of the street and there are many advertisements for following festivals in Chuncheon, which include puppet and mime festivals (look them up).

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We also found a desert place near the street. it is a waffle on a stick with icream and whip cream on it and it is delicious for 3,500 won you get two waffles on a stick for an extra 1000 won you get four (your call from then on).

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Chuncheon is also the site of the very first super popular drama, Winter Sonata which launched Korean dramas as the leading dramas to watch in South east Asia and all over the world (just look at crunchy roll or drama fever most of them will be Korean dramas).

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SO that is that on Korean Dramas back to the food!

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Second dakgalbi place, this time it was more like we had experience before. The cabage, dok (rice cakes), sweet potato, sesame leaves and chicken in the awesome sauce cooked right in front of you.

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Sorry for the food porn.

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The side dishes inchoded kimchi, cold radish vinegar soup?, garlic, gochujan, and lettuce.

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at the end of the first part when you eat the chicken and the vegetables you leave some of it behind and order noodles or rice. We went for cheesy rice because it is always a good choice.

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and it was the best ever.

The next day a dakgalbi restaurant had this and I just had to go in it.(woomi dakgalbi).

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is a hungry nerd’s dream!

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They are also dakgalbi purist so no cheese here but the sauce has a ginger feel to it so if you like ginger come here.

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next after circling a couple time because we got too full of dakgalbi we found an ice cream fish place!

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They take a fish shaped cone and fill it with ice cream and fruit. Try it!

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Adventures in South Korea: Gangneung and much food

20 Apr

So this time I went to Gangneung for a Waygook farmers’ market (which was more like a potluck the those who brought no food had to pay for the food). Among the awesome food was pulled pork, which was amazing.

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The market which is organized by the owner of So Zac’s cafe every year (I think).

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If you are in the the Gangwondo area around spring time look it up on facebook (because that is what people do in this portion of time) and support those who put a lot of work into the food they sell.

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Next you move to the coffee mile (which is basically a stretch of coffee shops along the Gangwondo coast).

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Here you can find a guest house where the bunk beds are shown through the windows. It might be cool to stay there or it might be better to stay at a place with blinds to sleep in late. The following are pictures of the cafes along the way (which if you have a large party on a sunny day, good luck finding a place to sit down and enjoy coffee).

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This is a beautiful strawberry tart that tasted as good at it looks.

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Then a couple of blocks away from the coffee mile is a place by the beach where I was told great hamburgers were sold (for a reasonable price too, the most expensive burger was about 8,000 won).

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However somehow the day turned from fun sunny warm day to pre-scary movie about killing sirens.

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But that did not stop a nearly wed Korean couple from taking pictures and hitting the groom on the bottom  of his foot (according to some other Koreans that saw us looking at the whole scene weirdly, told us).

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Yup not sure what is going on here.

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More scary mist and such.

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And finally the warmth of an over crowded tiny burger shop.

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With weird decorations that does not really make sense if you know English or have previous experience in dinners…

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This is  the address I think (to be honest I was starving so most of this was just a blur until I was able to obtain nourishment).

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And then finally the food arrived!

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The burger above was the bacon mozzarella burger.

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The one above was is the mozzarella spicy burger and below is the regular spicy burger.

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All was right with the world because the burger was awesome.

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In another note, in my almost seven months in this country I had never come across a married couple cab. Another one was spotted in downtown Gangneoung so it is a thing.

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Also in Downtown Gangneoung is the Teddy Bear Cafe. As it’s name says it is a cafe full of Teddy Bears (large ones small ones, some that tell you to be with them forever and you can chose the tone of creepiness you want to give that voice inside your head).

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Next up is Maggeoli or rice wine found in Korea. The most common way to drink maggeoli is with cider (a lemon lime soda here). In this maggeoli bar we found fruit flavored maggeoli (if you have an issue with texture I recommend staying with the traditional way to drink it. In severe cases of texture things stay away from maggeoli).

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So moral of this story, there is no such thing as much dessert, teddy bears can be supper creepy if they are six feet tall and the weather has taken vengeance on them, and always be aware of your texture tolerance for drinks.

Adventures in South Korea Japan Edition :Kyoto

7 Apr

So while living in South Korea is fun and is full of adventures and cultural experiences, there is one thing I am mainly angry about and that is that Korea lacks an understanding of Brunch or breakfast as I have come to know it. Which is why as soon as I saw that a brunch place was near my guest house in Kyoto I took my chances and ate there.

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After an amazing brunch I headed to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the shrine of a thousand gates (and much walking).

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The messenger of the god that this shrine was build for is a fox. And that is why there are so many fox statues around the shrine. The foxes are all dressed up also because of the New Year.  Each object the foxes carry is specific to a message the god wants to send (but you can look that up if you are interested).

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The gates are meant to be good for businesses which is why there are so many (they have definitely passes the thousand gate mark). The gates take you all the way up the mountain and the down through a cemetery where people who really benefited from putting up a gate now rest (because it is expensive).

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Here is the beginning of the cemetery (I did not make it all the way up the mountain because we had other places to go. However all of it was beautiful and kept that old time influence with the modern life that we know Japan for (there were automatic sliding door that looked like traditional door in the little shops selling things by the monks of the shrine.

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There will no doubt be more gates added to the trail but for now I like the colors and the contrast with the mountain.

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Next in the day was Toji, everyone was dressed up and I really enjoyed seeing the people in Komonos go by.

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Again the temple was in a mountain/hill which meant a nice but tiring walk (again).

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This Shrine was more commercial than Fushimi because it had restaurants and more things were being sold much closer to the shrine.

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If you do travel here make sure to get the Sesame ice cream ( I loved it as you can tell because I only remembered to take the picture after half the ice cream was gone).

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While getting all the way to the top may be difficult it is totally worth it because the view makes it so.

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Again, sadly doe to y timing all renovations were being done to the pagoda due to the coming new year.

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However the structures I was able to see were lovely and made up for most of it.

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Remember comfortable shoes are very important!

Adventures in South Korea: Itaewon, Seoul

2 Aug

Vacation time started and the original plan was to go to Seoul and just check it out (well I took a detour when I ended up in the same bus as two other teachers). Once we arrived at the station Dongsu station we walked a bout a block to find the train station. If you are in going to visit Seoul I would recommend getting a transit card if you have not already gotten one (I did not because I do not need to take buses in Samcheok unless you count the occasional inter city bus once a moth or so). If not sure cabs are usually available and are not super expensive specially if shared between people. 

Itaewon is a wonderful place full of ethnic food you don’t really get anywhere else in South Korea and bars that have perfect the visual art of drinks. 

First stop Bermuda (triangle), if you are into it their gin and tonics are amazing, the specialize in mojitos (which come in many flavors) but all of their drinks have this great visual appeal that matches the flavor of the drink. I enjoyed a well made white Russian.

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Second on the list is Sherlock Holmes, one of the people in my group was British so we figured this was a great idea. They play Sherlock in their couch area which are covered in union jack blankets. They have board games along with a selection of U.K. imported beers. I personally witnessed a spirited game of checkers (unfortunately it did not do so well due to inebriation assisted amnesia regarding the rules of the game) while enjoying a great rum and coke.

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Finally on the list was an Italian style restaurant of which name I have forgotten since we just added wine to the rest of the alcohol we had consumed. This one in particular was really and was discounted from 45,000 won to 29,000 won. This Spanish wine was a great ending to the day and it was accompanied by cheese! If you have not yet experienced the cheese situation in South Korea is not entirely great. There is cheese but it is expensive as most of it has to be imported or processed. So a cheese platter that came with saltine crackers and a few pieces of bread was like heaven. They do make their pizzas with puff pastry which does not make for very good pizza but the wine and cheese is great.  

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Go wild on Itaewon and find your favorite back home food (even if it is a bit pricier than you would get it at home the comfort is worth it). 

Because I wanted to eat like an adult again.

19 Jul

Ok so this may be a more regular thing then previously planned (I made food for myself again). So a new friend had some bell peppers she was no longer going to use and I thought of a recipe for them. Long story short we are here again.

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What I used: Bell pepper (red have the best flavor for this dish plus you get the color), green onions (the reason green bell peppers don’t work so well), Soy sauce, chicken (I used dark meat of the chicken, and well here in Samcheok they cut up the entire chicken  in small pieces) oil (just a bit to cook the chicken) and sesame oil (this can be left out if you don’t have it). First you brown the chicken in a pan (or you can just use the sauce pan or pot you would be using to make the entire thing because I did but you can choose to be fancy and clean more things later). Then you lower the heat and add in the bell peppers because they are hardy and will take longer to cook (cut the bell pepper btw, in any shape you want be creative!). Once you feel the moment is right and you start seeing that the bell peppers are beginning to cook add about half a cup (or less, there are no real measurements here, let’s be honest) to the pot or pan you are using. Finally when you start to see that the soy sauce is boiling you can add the green onions (if you are not sure that your chicken is cooked all the way add a quarter cup of water and let it reduce for a bit) then just leave the heat on long enough for your onions to die a bit. Enjoy over white rice (or brown rice, because you are the person eating it and no one else but you can determine how you will enjoy your food. Also add salt if you feel like it needs to but the soy sauce can actually be salty enough but you know your food.) and there you have fed yourself like and adult human!