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Jian at the Cat Cafe

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...
Food Crime: VIPS’ British Promotion

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...
Kimchi Beer?

Kimchi Beer?

I guess kimchi is really catching on now. The Korea Times has posted a story on two brewers, one from Ontario and the other from Philadelpia, who have incorporated kimchi into making one of their beers. How did this idea come about? Jimmy McMillan from Philadelphia:...
Bulgogi Spaghetti Sauce?

Bulgogi Spaghetti Sauce?

Ottogi’s Fresco, the general jarred spaghetti brand for Korea, recently introduced a Bulgogi flavor. As you can see, it’s “Beef 12%!” I’m not a big fan of jarred spaghetti sauces, especially ones with meat, but I had to try this. Yes,...
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