Korea’s past and present mingle at Mu-A

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Jong-ro, the neighborhood located northwest of Banwoldang Subway Station in downtown Daegu, is an interesting intersection of old and new. The buildings are older and the streets are quieter, removed from the blaring music, cell phone shops and cosmetic stores of Dongseong-ro. The area is home to an Oriental medicine market dating back to the Joseon dynasty and shops selling traditional Korean rice cakes as well as ultramodern department stores, cafes and Japanese restaurants frequented by young patrons.

A few blocks north of Donga Department Store is Mu-A, a hansik restaurant and dessert café that reflects Jong-ro’s unique feel. Mu-A’s design is undeniably modern, but its source of influence is unmistakably rooted in tradition. Continue reading

A week’s worth of lunches: Delivery food in South Korea

9 Aug Mandu: fried dumplings filled with pork, tofu, vegetables and noodles
Side dish: kimchi radish and pickled radish

Hey guys! How’s your week going? I’m excited to be wrapping up summer classes this week. I’m so ready to be done teaching six days a week, and my students and I are looking forward to a little break!

The best thing about working longer hours is the food! Lunch is provided during camp, so my boss orders something different every day for delivery and the teachers eat together between our morning and afternoon classes. Here’s what a week’s worth of lunches looks like. Continue reading

Our happy, dog hair-covered life: What it’s like to have a “big” dog in South Korea

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A lot of our friends and family members have asked us how our dog, Clark, has liked living in South Korea, so I thought I’d write a post about what it’s like to live abroad with our pet. Continue reading

Happy Friday!

29 Jul Mask packs from Tony Moly (1,000 won) ©2016 Bridgett Hernandez

What are you guys up to this weekend? I have to teach a couple classes, but I’m looking forward to a little fun and relaxation after a busy and very hot and humid week. There are a couple movies we’d like to see, and on Sunday, we’re going to Suseong Lake to celebrate a friend’s birthday over burgers and beer. I will also very likely spend a great deal of time holed up in our air-conditioned bedroom eating ice cream and reading this page turner.🙂

Here are a few things to help you unwind and stay cool this weekend. Continue reading

The Unofficial Guide to the 2016 Daegu Chimac Festival

28 Jul Chicken on a stick ©2016 Bridgett Hernandez

The 2016 Daegu Chimac Festival kicked off Wednesday night at Duryu Park and continues throughout the weekend. Despite the July heat, festival-goers filled Duryu Ballpark for the opening ceremony of the five-day celebration which featured K-pop performances.

What is Chimac?

Daegu has a reputation in South Korea for its notoriously hot summers, but these days its claim to fame seems to be chicken and beer. Continue reading