Burgers From Mother’s Office in Noksapyeong
Dec22

Burgers From Mother’s Office in Noksapyeong

I can’t tell you how much I love a good burger and fries. It’s my ultimate favorite “unhealthy” food and something I would undoubtedly include in my last meal list if I had the option.   So you can imagine just how excited I was to see a new burger joint opening up in my neighborhood but I was stunned when I saw its name. Mother’s Office.  Not only a blatant rip-off in name but concept as well of my...

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Cheogajip: North Korean Restaurant Featured in The Washington Post
Dec22

Cheogajip: North Korean Restaurant Featured in The Washington Post

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema posted his culinary highlights of 2013. Included was a lunch we had at the humble but divine Cheogajip. I credit Jennifer Flinn for telling me about this place. It’s really off the radar. As the article says, it’s basically run out of this North Korean family’s house near Yaksu Station, a little east of Itaewon. There’s not really a sign out front. Just a small menu...

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Review: Dick Blomster's Korean Diner, Guerneville, Calif.
Oct26

Review: Dick Blomster's Korean Diner, Guerneville, Calif.

Finding California wine country’s hottest new 한식 hanshik (Korean food) can be as challengingly fun as discovering next pinot noir wine sensation, but it’s equally well worth the effort. Dick Blomster’s Korean Diner, formerly known as Hi Five Korean/American Diner, began pleasantly piquing the palates of locals and visitors to the Russian River Valley winegrape-growing region of western Sonoma County an hour north of...

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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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