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10 Best Korean Chicken Joints

My rule of thumb is this. To tell a good chicken place, look at the people inside. If it’s full of beautiful young women taking selfies, likely isn’t good chicken. If it’s full of middle-aged men who look like life has kicked them in the teeth–GREAT CHICKEN!

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Impeachment, Robert Kelly, and Whoa F*&% Korea!

I arrived in Korea in 2004. I already had an interest in the country because of a couple courses in Korean history I took. The plan was to stay a year, but when that first year was up, I looked at all the change happening around me. This was a part of the world where...
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What Is Korean Buddhist Temple Cuisine?

A quick rundown of temple cuisine and eating meditation

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Happy New Year! Saehae bok manhi badeuseyo! 새해복많이받으세요 ^^

Happy YEAR OF THE ROOSTER from the ZenKimchi household. We're heading out to the in-laws in Gyeongju this weekend. Yea! Traffic! So there will be no food tours this weekend. Besides, from experience, most of the restaurants are closed anyway. BUT... We will run a...
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Coming to Seoul? Your plans aren’t complete without a full immersion food tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8HWwhF1RVQ Let's be honest. Compared to its neighbors, Seoul's sights are fine but are dwarfed. What makes world travelers come to Seoul and return is its culture. Its nightlife. Yet it's hard to navigate if you're new to the area....
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10 Best Korean Chicken Joints

My rule of thumb is this. To tell a good chicken place, look at the people inside. If it’s full of beautiful young women taking selfies, likely isn’t good chicken. If it’s full of middle-aged men who look like life has kicked them in the teeth–GREAT CHICKEN!

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 4: Y2Y Marketing

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Crispy Onions Rings made with SOJU!

One night, I noshed on a multi-hour old onion ring. It was still light and crispy. Not greasy. It came from our new little experiment that we’ve implemented at OK Burger on the Cheonggyecheon.

Behind-the-scenes with Anthony Bourdain, What Is It Like?

"Who's that old geezer?" Oh, Christ, not now. We were shooting the final shot with Anthony Bourdain before he returned to the hotel and jumped on a flight back to New York. He was sitting at a lonely street food cart in Gangnam--one of the few that hadn't been flipped...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 3: Common Myths About Foreigners

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 2: A Clash of Media Cultures

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 1: Know Your Market

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Intro: I’m Your Market

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

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10 Best Korean Chicken Joints

My rule of thumb is this. To tell a good chicken place, look at the people inside. If it’s full of beautiful young women taking selfies, likely isn’t good chicken. If it’s full of middle-aged men who look like life has kicked them in the teeth–GREAT CHICKEN!

10 unique souvenirs you should get in Seoul

One of the most stressful parts of traveling is getting souvenirs for friends, family, and office mates. I've lived in the Seoul area since 2004, and I've been a tour guide for a few years. In my own experience and through talking with tourists over the years, I've...

Michelin anounces first “Bib Gourmand” for Seoul

Leaders in Korean government and corporations have for years been trying to lure the Michelin Red Guide to Seoul. Just consider it another gold star for their sticker charts in their neverending quest for status, along with international sporting events, ads in Times...

Crispy Onions Rings made with SOJU!

One night, I noshed on a multi-hour old onion ring. It was still light and crispy. Not greasy. It came from our new little experiment that we’ve implemented at OK Burger on the Cheonggyecheon.

The Pancake Epidemic

“Come for the Stumptown Coffee; stay for the dangerously delicious pancakes.” (Jake R.)

WinK Kitchen & Taphouse

There aren’t many great American pubs south of the river, particularly near Gyodae. WinK is not only a good option, it’s worth a trip across the river.

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