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ZenKimchi in New York, part 1: Arrival

From September 18th to September 25th, I have been in New York. The reason was to give a presentation on Buddhist Temple Cuisine on the 20th. I’m posting my personal diary accounts of all the food and peeps. I hope you enjoy. This is the fourth time I’ve made...

Cute Dosirak Tale

Smithsonian.com has a precious essay by Anny Wohn about moving to the U.S. in 1979 and bringing her dosirak to school. My parents enrolled me at Public School 32 within ten days of our arrival in New York from Seoul. I ate my elaborate do-shi-rak at the school...

A Peek Inside the Secret British Embassy Pub

I had the privilege Friday evening to spend a short but glorious evening at the pub located in the basement of the British Embassy in Seoul. It’s closed to the public, but if you know someone you can get your name on the list. It’s only open on Fridays...

Adventures in Dining, or How to Nut Your Wine

I’m not a very good restaurant reviewer.  I think it’s because I worked in kitchens through college, and I study classic techniques and keep up with all the new-fangled stuff.  Gimmicky restaurants don’t dazzle me.  I see through the tricks and know...
Chuseok Memories

Chuseok Memories

To commemorate Chuseok, here’s a little something I wrote a couple of years ago for Seoul Magazine: What makes family holidays special?  Besides celebrating a certain event, they are markers for people to reflect on the past, relishing in dusty memories, and...

"Your Trash Smells Good"

Funny little things that make my entire day. I wanted to make a gumbo this weekend. It took all day today. I burned one roux and had to start all over again. It turned out pretty good in the end. I cleaned up the house to get ready for Eun Jeong to return from her...

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