Tag Archives: food

Korea’s past and present mingle at Mu-A

20 Sep

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

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

Happy Friday!

29 Jul

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

How to make deli-style dill pickles in your refrigerator

25 Jul

love pickles. There’s nothing like biting into a crunchy, briny spear with your sandwich or burger. Since I moved to South Korea, I’ve missed these deli-style dill pickles.

I’ve got nothing against Korean pickles but they’re a completely different flavor profile. Korean pickles Continue reading

Simple and fresh spaghetti sauce (no cans!)

23 May

I love that in South Korea there seems to be an emphasis on seasonal produce. Fruits and vegetables just taste better when they haven’t been plucked prematurely and shipped hundreds or thousands of miles.

I think it’s safe to say that spring is coming to an end for us here in Daegu. The days are warming up and summer is just around the corner. Farm stands seem to have popped up at every big intersection, and these days they’re selling beautiful red, ripe tomatoes!

I love cooking with tomatoes, so I wanted to share a super easy recipe for tomato spaghetti sauce. I used to use canned tomatoes for this recipe (and I probably will again in the off season), but 1) fresh tomatoes taste so much better!! and 2) canned tomatoes are actually a little more expensive here than at an American grocery store.

I’m going to walk you through how to make it and give you a little tour of our shoe box of a kitchen in South Korea. Enjoy! I’m off to have some leftovers. 🙂 Continue reading