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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Today’s Seoul Restaurant Buzz: Ramen, BBQ, and a GOOD Burger
Mar31

Today’s Seoul Restaurant Buzz: Ramen, BBQ, and a GOOD Burger

Here are some of the latest posts on our Facebook group Restaurant Buzz Seoul: GOOD Burger Pop-up @Bulldogs So, British pub Bulldogs is going to do a burger pop-up. And the word on the street is excited. Looks interesting. It’ll be Friday, April 4th starting at 6 p.m. Details here. Star Chef Returns A few years ago, the restaurant foreigners and Koreans raved about was a hard-to-find bistro in non-descript Dogok-dong. The...

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SPOILER ALERT: The Avengers at Kimbap Cheonguk
Mar20

SPOILER ALERT: The Avengers at Kimbap Cheonguk

“Good job, guys. Let’s just not come in tomorrow. Let’s just take a day. Have you ever tried kimbap? There’s a kimbap joint about two blocks from here. I don’t know what it is, but I wanna try it.” Seoul is going nuts over the Avengers 2 shooting that’s happening for the next few weeks. Kinda like a small town excited to have a Hollywood movie shooting there—SQUEEEE!!! Photoshops are...

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Banchan: Happy Samgyeopsal Day!
Mar03

Banchan: Happy Samgyeopsal Day!

Today’s March 3rd. Those threes (sam) mean it’s Samgyeopsal Day. It’s a good day to enjoy some Korean pork belly, if it hasn’t been all bought up following the week-long smoggy gift from China. Now for the Banchan! News Congratulations to Chef Im Jung Sik and his restaurant Jung Sik Dang. They were the first Korea restaurant to win in the S. Pelligrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014. They garnered Best...

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