Critic Burns Trendy Itaewon Restaurant via Epic Email
Mar06

Critic Burns Trendy Itaewon Restaurant via Epic Email

Background on this. An Itaewon restaurant wanted a local magazine to review it. After eating there, the reviewer sent this email in reply. I was given permission to re-post this. Names have been redacted. ¬†Hi XXXX, how are you?I’m writing concerning the status of the article about your restaurant. Let me preface it by saying thank you for the samples you provided and for your time.¬†Essentially, I’ve come to the conclusion...

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Review: Schneeballen Korea's Schneeball Cookies
Oct13

Review: Schneeballen Korea's Schneeball Cookies

Like any city, Seoul goes through seemingly random food trends and fads. Once such a trend hits, you’re bound to see the same food or dish almost everywhere from street food carts to even high end restaurants sometimes.   One such trend that has arrived in Seoul recently is a type of German cookie/pastry called schneeball. From what I’ve read online, this cookie is traditionally made by taking rolled out shortcrust...

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Gary Glen may know BBQ but…

He don’t know Korean BBQ. I don’t mean he was inaccurate. He wrote a piece that was culinarily and culturally ignorant from the history to the recipe. Gary (@GaryGlen) starts by explaining that Korean cuisine is highly influenced by China and Japan. There are some elements that are shared, including parts where Korea influenced its neighbors. But this again shows the tendency of clueless westerners (and even some...

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Leek Doughnuts from the W Seoul Walkerhill

I know over in America people are going nuts over Cronuts these days. I tell you, the oddball item that Chef Ciaran Hickey says is popular at the W Seoul Walkerhill is the Leek Doughnut. He sent me a box of them. Lovely packaging. These aren’t the doughnuts with the holes in them. Now, I was expecting them to be something that wasn’t obvious. Maybe they were savory doughnuts. Maybe the leeks weren’t that prominent....

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Jian at the Cat Cafe

This is one of those unique finds in Korea. Pet ownership is a relatively new concept, so some cafes have opened up that have cats for people to pet and play with. I took the family up into Seoul to Myeong-dong this past weekend to see an expat production of “The Wizard of Oz.” This was Jian’s first trip to Myeong-dong and EJ’s first time here in years. Part of this trip was to prove to EJ that Jian was old...

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Food Crime: VIPS' British Promotion

VIPS (pronounced, um, vips) is Korea’s version of Sizzler. It’s a chain steakhouse run by CJ Foodville that has been around since 1997. When I first came to Korea in 2004, it and Outback were the only places to get steak, really. Back then Outback was even better. But over the years Outback really slid in quality while VIPS made an effort to upgrade their restaurants. It was around 2008 and 2009 that they started putting...

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