Korean food

5 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Korea in Autumn

I can feel it. There’s a crispness in the air that hints fall is near. So close, in fact, that the first hints of autumn colors can be seen streaking the mostly verdant leaves that canopy the green spaces of Seoul. The aroma of roasting chestnuts permeates the busy streets downtown. Sweaters take over the …

An Impromptu Hike on Dobongsan

“Serendipity.  Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.” – Lawrence Block Earlier this week, I felt the need to get out my apartment and take advantage of the beautiful weather.  A friend had told me about …

The Colors of Korea: Orange

Orange may not be the first color that comes to mind when thinking of Korea.  In fact, the more obvious icons that represent the nation exclude orange all together.  It isn’t until one looks beyond the surface that the color’s significance in the country’s culture and history becomes apparent. Autumn Leaves Fall is arguably the …

Gross or Great? 8 of Korea’s Most Bizarre Foods

Every country has its fair share of… “delicacies”… and Korea is no exception. While some of the country’s dishes are downright scary (both in appearance and taste), others are just unfamiliar concepts to the Western palate that work surprisingly well. Nevertheless, they are all components of Korea’s rich cultural and gastronomic heritage that should not …

Six Things You Need for a Korean Picnic

Is the weather not glorious right now?! In sunshine like this, I refuse to be inside for any longer than I absolutely have to. This includes for meals. In fact, one of my favorite things to do in this weather is picnic. And with all the great green spaces the city has to offer (like …

A “Zen”-Course Lunch at Barugongyang Buddhist Temple Food Restaurant in Insadong

Barugongyang offers up authentic Buddhist temple cuisine using only fresh, local ingredients. Read on for my personal review of the restaurant’s peaceful atmosphere and thoughtful course meals. It’s only been fairly recently that we’ve learned how eating greener and cleaner rather than focusing on calorie and fat counts can positively affect the health of our …

Tong-in Market Dosirak Cafe: The Ultimate Korean Lunch Box

When I was in elementary school, I refused to anything that the school cafeteria spit out. I was an extremely picky eater and because of this, my mom had no choice but to prepare a lunch box for me everyday. I would get so excited to see what she had packed at lunch time: a …

Min’s Kitchen: Contemporary Korean Cuisine at its Finest

Korean cuisine, like the country itself, is fast evolving. Breaking away from the traditional focus on fermented dishes and pungent spices, contemporary Korean cuisine takes a lighter approach. It uses a variety of Western cooking and plating techniques, and is more delicate with the seasoning to allow the flavor profiles of the incorporated ingredients to …

A Taste of Korea’s Modern Cuisine at Poom Seoul

I wouldn’t call myself a foodie. I don’t use pretentious adjectives to describe lettuce. I don’t pontificate about the ingredients of the barbecue sauce on my pulled pork sandwich, or the perfect picking season for truffles. That being said, I DO appreciate good food and value quality, fresh ingredients. Sometimes to an unhealthy extent (which you …