Roasted Sparrow – On A Stick

Want a treat from the good ol' days when kids played outside and killed small animals with stones? Then it sounds like ChamSaeJip is for you! These restaurants aren't particularly common in Korea. In fact, many Koreans seem surprised to find out about these places. But I've been told by some older Koreans that grew... Continue Reading →

A House Fit for (the Portrait of) a King

If you visit the perfected state, Jeonju, one of the places you are likely to visit is Gyeonggijeon, a palace shrine built for, not a king, but his portrait. More specifically, it was built for King Tae-jo's portrait, the founder of the late Joseon Dynasty. Tae-jo, not his portrait. His portrait didn't found anything. Just... Continue Reading →

A Quick Trip to Jeonju (2014)

It's been a while since Jihye and I traveled around, so in February, while she had a break between school years, we decided to visit Jeonju. Why Jeonju? My number one reason was hanji. Beautiful, beautiful hanji. That's mulberry bark paper, the traditional paper used in Korea, for those not in the know. Oh, and... Continue Reading →

Engram – Stumbling Across Jeong Ui-Ji

Everyday, as we walk down the streets and live our lives, we form and reinforce memories of time, place, and things. A familiar scent can recall distant memories of childhood, or a song in a foreign land can make us think of our distant friends and family. Sometimes these memories feel locked deep, just waiting... Continue Reading →

Saturday, August 24th

The summer heat is slowly dying and Saturday explorations are becoming viable again.  Jihye and I have plans for the evening, but lunch is a good start. So after a morning of selling myself for fun and profit, we venture out on a beautiful Saturday to find food. After some discussion we decide to waltz... Continue Reading →

Sunday Afternoon in the Cafe SandPark

And no, it has nothing to do with Van Halen. Or Seurat's masterpiece, which you can see if you're in Chicago. Which I'm not. Though admittedly, both are cool and worth checking out. No, for Jihye's b-day we had a light lunch and coffee at a little cafe called Cafe SandPark in Hongdae. They didn't... Continue Reading →

Fried Food – Yoyomi style!

Want the guilt of eating fried street food with the convenience of an actual restaurant? As an added bonus lets say this mystical dream eatery only used fresh ingredients and doesn't reuse their cooking oil the next day. Well, if you're willing to make it out to Eunpyeong-gu (은평구) in the north-west part of Seoul, then... Continue Reading →

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