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Impeachment, Robert Kelly, and Whoa F*&% Korea!

I arrived in Korea in 2004. I already had an interest in the country because of a couple courses in Korean history I took. The plan was to stay a year, but when that first year was up, I looked at all the change happening around me. This was a part of the world where...

2016. Crappy Year. Maybe.

Everyone's talking about how 2016 was such a bad year. I agree with that. In my personal/professional life, I didn't have a great year as well. I've been silent about some of these stories because it's taken me a long time to process them. I'll go ahead and get them...

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Where Progressivism has failed (and where it will win)

People are still wrapping their heads around the Trump win. Yes, Clinton won the popular vote, but even that was by a razor thin margin. How did Trump get so many votes? And from the constituencies that usually go blue? Hispanics? African-Americans? Women? Before you...

Broke my back–literally

WARNING: Graphic photos ahead. Not to be perused while eating. It's already been a, well, challenging year. I've had two life-learning experiences in running restaurants in Korea. I'll go into details about those later. My consolation was that my tour business started...

Serving Customers in Korean

I felt that as I'm a partner in this restaurant, I should learn as many parts of the business as possible. I've learned every station in the kitchen, and I'm pretty good at each except the grill. I also run the barbecue program. Now that we have enough cooks in our...

Running a Restaurant in Seoul

It's been quite a year so far. Anyone who's been following me on social media or on Restaurant Buzz Seoul likely has heard the drama behind what's been going on. I don't really want to go into it because, well, it's bad form, and it's going to take a while for the...

11 Years… and…

I woke up at four this morning. TV show. The date "February 6, 2015" popped up. "I know this is significant for some reason." It took me a while. Then I realized this was my Koreaversary. 11 years in Korea today. If you're not an expat, it's hard to comprehend. Go...

Goals. 2015.

If you're reading this, you're reading one of my personal posts. Last year, for the 10th birthday of the blog, I combined all ZenKimchi blogs into one, including the original personal one. I kinda hide these off to the side. But I still feel compelled to write diary...

Moved In

It's early morning in Gimpo. I'm first struck by how amazingly quiet it is. I'm equally struck by how noisy our old place was. True, we now have the occasional jet flying overhead. Someone in another building, maybe another apartment complex, is practicing violin--and...

Time to Move On

I sit here in my bedroom on a cool summer night. The mountain breeze gently flows through the screen. Sometimes I hear the sounds of one of the four Buddhist temples nearby. The stream is still rushing from the recent rains. I'm going to miss this. We are moving...

Taste of London, Day 8: That’s a Wrap

I awoke early to pack. I wasn't sure what I'd be doing in the evening. And I wanted to see how everything would fit into my suitcase. All my glass jars I wrapped in dirty laundry. I think my suitcase is a bit heavy. I hope not too heavy. We got to the venue a bit...

Taste of London, Day 7: Big Saturday

It was packed. Even more, it was the warmest day I'd ever spent in the UK. I guess it was also the day they decided to start following rules. I went to the exhibitors' entrance like I had every day, and the guard wouldn't let me in with my press pass. He told me to...

Taste of London, Day 6: Finally Tasting London

Yes, I finally started going around and tasting things. I bought some crowns, the currency for the festival, got a guide with a list of all the restaurants and their dishes, and made a plan. First, I had to get a beer. Got an IPA from the Chapel Down booth. I must...

Taste of London, Day 5: This is How You Promote Korean Food

Update if you care: I got the shoe issue settled. They're being delivered this morning. Today was the first full day of Taste of London. I took the tube up to Regent's Park and made my way to the exhibitors' entrance. I took a wrong turn and ended up in the utilities...

Taste of London, Day 4: And So It Begins

Slept through breakfast. No matter. It gave me an excuse to go to the Charles Holden pub next door for lunch. Had a bitter and watched the end of a rugby game. I ordered the sausage and mash, which came with onions reduced in red wine. Oh, it was a lovely lunch. But...

Taste of London, Day 3: Can’t Escape Korea!

Tuesday was my only fully free day. Thus it was the only day to get some shopping done and to visit my high school friend Jason, who lives and works in London. Here's a traveler's tip. When traveling abroad, some of the best souvenir shopping can be done in a local...

Taste of London, Day 2: Orientation

I woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning. My journalist friend Evan Ramstad mentioned I was quoted in a New York Times piece about hongeo. That interview happened a few months ago, but I thought it was shelved because the Sewol accident occurred soon after. I...

Taste of London, Day 1: Arrival

I'm getting better at this travel thing. Everything was packed well, organized, with no problem. It's a system I've been honing since I did that Arirang travel show in 2011. Back then I had to travel once or twice a week, so I developed a checklist Google Doc that...

Month of Death. Is it over yet?

It's been a rough month. The Sewol tragedy has been heavy on everyone. My first year in Korea, I taught a kindergarten in Ansan, the town where the students on the ferry came from. They would be high school age by now. I doubt any of them were on that boat because the...

Lex’s Final Night

Someone in the Korea Bloggers group suggested a meet up at this new pub restaurant, Little Cuba, last Friday. I haven't had a Cuban sandwich in a decade, and I wanted to meet some new people, so I decided to show up. We all met at Sinchon Station and walked the long...

Goals. 2013. 2014.

Another year. But not just another year. February 6, 2014 will mark my tenth Koreaversary. 10 years in Korea! Ten years ago from right now, I had just gotten my passport. I had scrambled to get the paper version of my diploma, for which I had to pay a long overdue...

Waterland

There's an indoor waterpark at Anyang Art Park. It's been sporadically open over the years. It looks like it got new owners and was christened Anyang Waterland this past June, complete with Disney fonts. I wanted to have some type of swimming experience with Jian....

Hmm… SNL

In the middle of listening to this audio book on the history of Saturday Night Live. It's the best book I've gotten lately from my Audible account. It's gotten me even more to reflect on  my personal history with the show. I've also been listening to the Nerdist and...

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...

Catching Up

Now that the pop-up is done, along with the big string of tours and showing around the team from Men's Health, I'm catching up on my work. But that's also distracting me from working on the business. I want to get more brochures out, but I have no time. I have a new...

Can't win for winning

You ever just have one of those days–weeks–when it feels like everyone’s turned against you?

Woke up this morning to another freakin’ troll leaving a nasty comment on the blog, this time about how I screwed up the Korea episode of “Bizarre Foods.”

Yeah, it was all me. (eye roll)

Super Productive Day

I think I've been on a high because of the Google ads finally working. I've been doing this business officially for six months. It has barely made any money so far, though I can see the money on the horizon. Google ads and I have had a tumultuous relationship. A long...

Scatter

I really don't write here much anymore. I really should. I've been mostly concentrating on Jian's blog for personal stuff. Hat Dave called me last night. He'd been fired from his new teaching job. He had only recently returned to Korea after a year-and-a-half absence....

11/11/11

Weird. I never thought this day would come. When I was eight years old (1982), we had to start using notebooks. Each day our teacher had us write the day in our notebook like this: 10/14/82. It was then that I started thinking about patterns in dates. And since the...

Loopholios

Slept in late today. I dreamed that I was doing a one-off Morning Special show with Nemo on a Saturday on location somewhere. We had no scripts, so we improvised until the show ended at 10 o'clock. When I woke up, it was 10 o'clock. Much of the day I wrote. I'm trying...

I’ll Be Sore Tomorrow

I got up around 3 a.m. because I just couldn't go back to sleep knowing I had to be up at 3:50. I washed up and wandered around in my temple clothes. At 3:49 I could hear the beating of the gourd and a procession of monastic voices floating out of the darkness. It was...

The Travel Host

It's coming full circle. Is that the right use of that phrase? Watching Anthony Bourdain's "A Cook's Tour" inspired me to go ahead and move to Asia. I always said he had the dream job as a travel host. Now I'm one. Yeah, it's not The Travel Channel. It's Arirang. But...

Feelin’ a need for propane and propane accessories

It's strange. I've had an unusual bout of homesickness lately. It started with a trip to Memphis King Barbecue with my friend Mike from Alabama (Jasper). I then went on websites looking at restaurant menus in and around Fairhope. Now I'm watching King of the Hill....

A Little Privatized

I've decided to password protect some of my more personal posts. If you want a password you can ask me on Facebook. But I have to know you first.

The Last Post?

I just got an unexpected gig at EBS Radio as one of the hosts of their flagship show "Morning Special." During discussions of how the show and web site is set up, they said they'd link to ZenKimchi. It occurred to me that I'm getting more and more public with the...

Korean Post-partum Traditions

I think I've been a bit of an arrogant asshole. My initial feelings of being the only person who knew how to take care of a baby conditioned me to believe that everything Koreans were saying were silly superstitions. I have since changed the word superstition to...

Thankful Day

I can hear all my parenting comrades gloating. Yes, we're dealing with the all-nighters with Jian now. She was up from 2 to 8 in the morning. Poor EJ has been stressed. The helper ajumma was anything but. It feels like I'm the only person in this country who knows...

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