Tag Archives: Korea

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

My stint in a Korean hospital

18 Jun

So there I was. In a Korean hospital bed in a Korean hospital room, the television set to a Korean drama which happened to be in the middle of an obligatory hospital scene.

Last week I was admitted to the hospital (for the first time in my life) for emergency gallbladder surgery. I’m okay now! On Monday I’ll be returning to work. I just wanted to share a few notes on my experience. Read on to learn about South Korea’s efficient, “no frills” approach to healthcare and the cultural hang-ups of being a patient in a foreign country. Continue reading

Homesick For Tomato Soup (Recipe)

17 Sep

The air is cool and crisp, the sky darkens a wee bit earlier, the trees are starting to show a tinge of color and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is blowing up my news feed. My favorite time of year has arrived in South Korea: IT’S FALL, PEOPLE!!

It rained all day today, but that didn’t keep us inside. This morning Chris and I strapped our dog Clark into his Chicago Bears sweater and walked to the grocery store so that we could buy ingredients for cheese toasties and tomato soup. It’s the ultimate comfort food on chilly, drizzly days like today: gooey melted cheese between two slices of toasted bread dipped in a bowl of bright, tangy tomato soup. YUM! Continue reading

han:sang: Bulgogi on Hash Browns and Other Fusion Food Curiosities

5 Sep

Fusion cuisine has been a trend in Korea long before I first moved here in 2012. Flavors from around the world have found a welcome home in downtown Daegu — Italian pizza and pasta, Japanese sushi, British fish and chips, Turkish kebabs, Indian curries, American burgers and more. I would dare say that Continue reading