George Takei in Korea. Oh My!
May29

George Takei in Korea. Oh My!

George Takei and his husband Brad are touring Korea and Japan to promote the musical Allegiance, about the American interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and to promote LGBT rights. My friend, the extremely handsome Walter Foreman, interviewed him on TBS eFM for a broadcast this weekend. I woke up early in the morning and trekked into the city to watch. It was a great talk. I sat next to Brad, and we discussed the trip...

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What if U.S. Cities were in South Korea?
May22

What if U.S. Cities were in South Korea?

On a whim, I broke out ye olde Wikipedia and took down the population numbers for U.S. and South Korean cities. I matched them as closely as I could and plotted them out on a map. This is the result. I don’t know if it means anything to anyone, but it was a fun little exercise. GD Star...

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Fundraiser Events to Commemorate Expat, Help Grieving Family
Apr20

Fundraiser Events to Commemorate Expat, Help Grieving Family

Seoul’s long-term expat community was saddened recently by the sudden and tragic death of one of its members. Alexander Rene Boutilier (“Lex” to his friends, “Rene” to his family), was killed in a head on collision between his motorbike and a taxi after midnight on Friday, 4th April, while riding home on the elevated road between Geumhwa and Sajik Tunnels. Lex (45) had lived in Korea since 2001, first in Gwangju (South Jeolla...

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The Rise of the Sandwich… and Ghosts?
Apr04

The Rise of the Sandwich… and Ghosts?

The cover story in the April issue of Groove is about the rise of sandwiches in Seoul (p. 36). Any expat here has experienced that odd creature that is the Korean sandwich. It’s where sandwich art goes to die. Ham, cheese, and strawberries. BLT with tartar sauce. Today, I saw at Paris Croissant a new fish sandwich that had a fried fish fillet, lettuce, tartar sauce, and… sweet bulgogi sauce. It’s like Korean sandwich...

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Avengers Cancels Seoul Shoot. Moves to Japan.
Apr01

Avengers Cancels Seoul Shoot. Moves to Japan.

This was our April Fool’s joke for 2014 It’s over, so don’t take it seriously. After local complaints that letting “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” film in Seoul did not entitle citizens to find out plot spoilers, and after finding a dead body floating under the bridge where they were filming, director Joss Whedon has decided to pack up and move the production to Japan. “Um, this wasn’t quite...

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Premium Kimbap?
Mar31

Premium Kimbap?

Food trends in Seoul these days tend to center around foreign cuisine. I was happy to find that we are finding new innovations with Korean food in the humble kimbap. This one is long overdue. Kimbap is almost but not quite like a sushi maki roll but filled with meats, pickled radishes, and fresh vegetables. The choices for kimbap have been limited in most places, generally regular, cheese, canned tuna, kimchi, and beef. Sometimes you...

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