Woomi Dakgalbi, Chuncheon, Korea
Oct25

Woomi Dakgalbi, Chuncheon, Korea

Woomi is an old-school 닭갈비 dakgalbi restaurant that has been in the mountain lakeside city of 춘천 Chuncheon, South Korea, since 1970. This was the Chuncheon dakgalbi I remember from my teaching English in the city in 1997. That was before the 2002 Korean TV drama 겨울연가 Gyeoun Yeonga (Winter Sonata) turned the sites used for filming into a foreign tourism magnet as well as the 2005 closure of the U.S. Army’s Camp Page carried the...

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Visiting Jackey's Seafood at Jagalchi Market, Busan
Aug23

Visiting Jackey's Seafood at Jagalchi Market, Busan

If you visit Busan 부산 and skip Jagalchi Shijang (Market) 자갈치시장, you haven’t really visited Busan at all. The market opened in 1924 and gets its name from the nearby pebble beach—jagal 자갈 means pebble or gravel. In other words, Pebble Beach, Calif., is not the only famous pebble beach in the world. On a mid-May visit to Busan, Hubby and I had snacked our way through  ssiat hotteok 씨앗호떡 and  mandu 만두 stands in Busan International...

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Review: Kokoro Bento, Bukchon Village, Seoul
Aug21

Review: Kokoro Bento, Bukchon Village, Seoul

On our first full day in Seoul on a 10-day trip to Korea in mid-May, hubby and I spent a good part of the afternoon wandering the streets and alleys of Bukchon Hanok village. My goal was to find the 한옥 hanok (traditional Korean house) featured in the Korean TV drama Personal Taste (개인의 취향). And I also found personally intriguing tastes in an unexpected place. After all that meandering, mostly uphill, I worked up quite an appetite. As...

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Daejon: Three lessons from a hotel breakfast
Jun17

Daejon: Three lessons from a hotel breakfast

My first destination on a mid-May 10-day tour of Korea was the city of 대전 Daejeon, more than two hours south of the Incheon airport by express bus. View of downtown Daejeon as we entered near dusk on the express bus from Incheon airport. (credit: Jeff Quackenbush) I had never been to Daejon before, so I did a little research about this city’s reputation. Many of my Korean friends and acquaintances gave me literal and virtual...

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Travel Tips (Mistakes) We've Learned When Traveling to America with Kids

We just got to my dad’s house in Denver last night after a grueling 28 hours of flying and layovers. This is my wife and daughter’s first time in America. I’ve done this trip a few times, but this is the first time I’ve traveled with a child. I’ve learned a few things over the years and a lot of things on this trip–mostly mistakes that I would like to post so that others won’t go through what...

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Restaurant: Danji, New York
Sep28

Restaurant: Danji, New York

The gritty Irish-American roots of the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City are giving way to a more eclectic food scene and home to Chef Hooni Kim’s Danji restaurant, which is America’s only Michelin-rated Korean restaurant. This was the second Korean restaurant I dragged my family into during a recent brief trip to the East Coast. This time I included my grandmother-in-law, who has never eaten Korean food. One of...

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