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Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 2: A Clash of Media Cultures

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 1: Know Your Market

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Promoting Korean Food, Intro: I’m Your Market

A few years ago I was asked to write a small book on promoting Korean food. I finished the manuscript, but it never got published. The publisher ended up going out of business. Here is the old manuscript for your enjoyment, posted in segments. Keep in mind that...

Three kinds of bulgogi

Over at Sorae Bulgogi in Soraemaul we tried three types of VERY traditional bulgogi. The Eonyang Bulgogi comes from the southeast near Ulsan. It's thin slices of been mixed with garlic and sesame oil and pounded like hell. It's squeezed and massaged and eventually...

Paris Baguette and the Soft Bigotry of Exoticism

You may have heard the news. Korean bakery Paris Baguette has opened in Paris. This was quite the ballsy move. Immediately those who know Paris Baguette inside its home territory predicted its inevitable doom. Yet I'm going to go against the odds and predict that it...

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...

The Donkaseu of Depression

I don't have a pic of this. Didn't expect it to be picture worthy. I thought I'd try this place near my office in Insa-dong advertising "Wang Donkaseu," which is a king-sized pork cutlet. It had been on my list of things to try for lunch. The first sign of bad things...

12 Myths About Korean Food

As Korean food has gotten more popular, I read articles and recipes from international and even Korean outlets that perpetuate myths that need to be punched out of existence. Here are a few.

Recipe: Beef Soondubu Jjigae (순두부 찌개)

I've been fortunate enough that this current winter has thankfully been the mildest I've had in Korea yet. But we're still talking negative double digit temps here on some nights so it's no surprise I've been craving a lot of hearty and warm dishes for dinner lately....

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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...

10 unique souvenirs you should get in Seoul

One of the most stressful parts of traveling is getting souvenirs for friends, family, and office mates. I've lived in the Seoul area since 2004, and I've been a tour guide for a few years. In my own experience and through talking with tourists over the years, I've...

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...

My Controversial Michelin Guide Piece in Vogue Korea

You may have heard that I and a lot in the Seoul food community are not happy with the new Michelin Guide for Seoul. It so obviously reeks of either corruption or lack of experience with Korean cuisine and the Seoul restaurant market. Vogue Korea asked me to write a...

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...

Proof that the Seoul Michelin Guide is corrupt to the bone?

The first starred restaurants for the first Michelin Seoul Red Guide have been announced. HT to Thierry Berno for this. 3 stars 라연 Rayeon 가온 Gaon 2 stars Pierre Gagnaire 곳간 Gotgan 권숙수 Kwon Suk Su 1 star Zero Complex 정식당 Jung Sik Dang Mingles Votre Maison Soigné...

Michelin anounces first “Bib Gourmand” for Seoul

Leaders in Korean government and corporations have for years been trying to lure the Michelin Red Guide to Seoul. Just consider it another gold star for their sticker charts in their neverending quest for status, along with international sporting events, ads in Times...

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...

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