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Michelin Guide Seoul: Why You Shouldn’t Rely On It

Two articles recently came out on Korea Exposé about Seoul's Michelin Red Guide. KÉ Interview: British Food Critic Roasts Michelin Guide on Seoul   What the British Food Critic Doesn’t Know The first interviews British critic Andy Hayler, who claims to...

Why I Won’t Open Another Restaurant In Korea

The copycat culture is getting more and more shameless. I knew of people coming over and taking pictures of the food, trying to take it apart. I remember back when people were doing that at Vatos when they first opened. Last year, after I left the BBQ Pub, a friend...

Where To Eat in Korea? Download Our New App.

Is there a reliable map of restaurants in Seoul? What bars have specials tonight? I'm visiting Seoul. What should I do there? Are there any good tours? How can I meet fellow Korean foodies in Korea? I've been working hard for the past few months on this, and now it's...

Has Korea’s E-Mart Policy Hurt More Than Helped?

Is E-Mart Killing The Economy? Korea's traditional grocery stores are struggling. They have been struggling for decades, since the first E-Mart "super-supermarket" opened in 1993. According to a recent article by Korea Exposé, between 2000 and 2011, for every one...

Beware Korean Food TV Scams

This was posted recently on Facebook: Hello, everyone! Namaste ^^; Today, I received a call from a big cable broadcasting company in our country. There is a kind of food broadcasting. They suggest to me that some famous entertainers come to our restaurant and take a...

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Salade a la dorade crue sauce coreenne

Cela fait un moment que l'Occident a découvert les mets de poisson cru. Depuis, nous avons vu tant de restaurants de sushi et cela proposant tous à peu près les mêmes choses. N'est-ce pas maintenant qu'il est temps de changer et varier le plaisir de cet ingrédients ?...

Salat hat roh Goldbrasse Koreanisch-Soße

Es ist schon eine Weile entdeckte Westen setzen roher Fisch. Seither haben wir so viele Sushi-Restaurants und dieses Angebot alle ziemlich genau die gleichen Dinge gesehen. Ist nicht das jetzt, es Zeit ist zu ändern und das Vergnügen, diese Zutaten variieren? Das...

Recipe: Kale Kimchi

Recently, I joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm affiliated with our local community college. Our CSA promises, "a share of whatever is ripe and ready to eat." That share recently included a small bunch of kale. Hubby is not a fan of kale, and I have...

Recipe: One Pot Soybean Sprout Rice

In addition to oodles of cold noodles in this sweltering heat, another life saver for meals at home has been one pot cooking dishes which also don't (or minimally) use open-flame gas ranges. Soybean Sprout Rice (Kongnamul Bap 콩나물밥) was one of my favorite simple dishes...

[Francais] Rosbif & Kimchi de concombre à la coriandre

Est un ensemble qui va bien avec l'été, léger, simple et élégant. On savoure le contraste entre le croquant du concombre et la tendresse juteuse de la chair, la verdure fraiche et la rose nue. De petits piques espiègles de piment rouge dans le baume douillet de...

Sunday Pork Roast Bossam

I'd been craving an old-fashioned Sunday Roast. I didn't care what meat. EJ saw that some giant cuts of pork were on sale. She bought two for W10,000. She said, though, that she wanted Bossam. I figured we could compromise. If David Chang can do a roast for Bossam, so...

8 Great Korean Restaurant Franchises (and bad ones)

There's something I'd say for Korea that I wouldn't say for America--there are some freakin' good restaurant franchises that I'd recommend even over independent restaurants. Their quality is consistently good. These would also be great brands to export. I'm leaving...

Why Naver is the Worst Food Blogging Platform

Outside of Korea, you may not have heard of Naver. Inside Korea, it dominates the internet. Seventy percent of it. It's like Google--but evil. A recent article came out on how Naver's business model is not to acquire innovative start-ups but to blatantly copy their...

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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...

Promoting Korean Food, Chapter 4: Y2Y Marketing

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...

Crispy Onions Rings made with SOJU!

One night, I noshed on a multi-hour old onion ring. It was still light and crispy. Not greasy. It came from our new little experiment that we’ve implemented at OK Burger on the Cheonggyecheon.

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...

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