March 26, 2017

Cultural Awareness: Korean drinking culture

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Push it to the limit! In Korea they truly push it to the limit when it comes to drinking. Strangely enough in Korea, drinking does not end when you reach your limit, in fact reaching your limit is only half the battle. Once at your limit you must continue to persevere and drink more while […]

South Korea: Chinatown and Wolmido, Incheon

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The Chinese seem to have an immeasurable ability to lay roots and prosper everywhere in the world, even in one of the most homogeneous societies on Earth: South Korea. I had the great pleasure of visiting Chinatown, Incheon and I can say without a second thought, it was a very eventful experience. I felt as […]

Korean food: Banchan (반찬)

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  More side dishes?!? Seriously, eating in Korea is an awesome adventure full of flavor, bright colors, a little heat to kick ya in the ass, and QUANTITY. Growing up in an Italian-American household, I can safely say that I have eaten larger quantities and better quality food than most people eat their whole lives, […]

Korean food: Beondegi (번데기)

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Just eat the bug! Beondegi (Korean: 번데기) is a real Korean treat if nothing else. When walking through small and large markets alike I always smell the juices of the silk worm larvae boiling in their cauldron. The smell of beondaegi is pungent, distinguished and memorable but surprisingly appealing. I know when I smell those brown […]

Korean Food: Tteokbokki (떡볶이)

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Food with a KICK! Tteokbokki, deokbokki or 떡볶이(Korean), is truly the quintessential Korean street food. I, myself, have it at least once a week on my break from work and always enjoy the spicy goodness. Tteokbokki is made with spicy red chili paste (gochujang), rice cake (duk), fish cake (eomok) and a group of typical seasonings […]

When in Rome…eat like a local!

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When traveling around the world or going to a unknown spot in your town, eating local food is a fantastic way to learn about a culture and people. My favorite way to understand a country, culture or person better is by sitting down and having a common meal with the locals. People everywhere have amazing […]

Most important words, phrases and language tools for traveling ANYWHERE!

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  Most important words, phrases and language tools for traveling ANYWHERE Language may quite possibly be the epitome of human evolution, unfortunately there just happens to be hundreds of different languages on Earth. Thankfully with the advent of globalization and subsequent greater inter-connectivity, English has become an almost universal, global language that is widely spoken […]

Korean food: Bosintang (보신탕)

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Apprehension, dismay, sadness, and excitement were a few of my emotions before I decided to eat bosintang (보신탕), or dog meat soup. Ever since I arrived in South Korea I have been waiting for the perfect moment to delve into this unique and taboo dish, well I leave in 2 weeks so I figured the […]

Korean food: Bibimbap (비빔밥)

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Beauty in variety! Bibimbap (비빔밥) is one of the most quintessential Korean dishes. The dish is popular all over Korea and now gaining popularity abroad. The dish is full of variety in both flavor and aesthetics. The combination of incredibly deep flavors and contrasting colors makes for a dish that is truly majestic. It is […]

Soju: cheap hell in a bottle

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Very soon upon arriving in South Korea I learned of the most evil substance know to man: soju. This intoxicating liquid lures you in with its speciously cheap price and dismissive green bottle, but be aware that this shit will straight put you on your ass. Soju is a intoxicating beverage that is consumed ubiquitously […]