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Seaweed Soup on My Mother's Birthday

February 23rd was my mother’s birthday.  Like a surprise gift, my sister flew in from Toronto just in time for celebration and for the first time in many years all four of our family members have gathered at our childhood home in Daejeon.  It felt nice and a little sad at the same time as I
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Got What It Takes to Love Cheong-Guk-Jang?

Living in Korea, you might have not yet tried cheonggukjang but I am sure you have smelled it.  Cheong-guk-jang (청국장: fast-fermented bean paste) looks similar to dwenjang (된장: fermented bean paste) but we all admit that it smells hell of a lot stronger.  Even some native Koreans do not enjoy cheonggukjang due
Walk The Peninsula

Hanbok Street at Daejeon Jungang Market

If you are traveling to Korea, one place that I would recommend you to visit is a jaerae sijang (재래시장: traditional Korean marketplace).  Also known as jeontong sijang, the traditional markets are located throughout the peninsula and most of them are open to public year-around.  I personally enjoy shopping at sijang rather than
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Making Holiday Foods: Skewered Beef and Vegetables

After the harsh labor on Lunar New Year’s Day I passed out and slept through most of the day on February 20th.  Now I understand why there is such thing called myoung-jeol who-yoo-jeung (명절후유증: holiday aftereffects) in Korea.  In the past, holiday celebrations were held in much larger scale and women who
Life in Korea

Korean Lunar New Year at Our Home

For our family, the morning of February 19, 2015 has actually started few days before.  The preparation for Lunar New Year takes great deal of time and energy.  The house needed to be fresh and clean for the guests and so many kinds of food needed to be made for traditional Lunar
Life in Korea

2015 Happy Lunar New Year

February 19, 2015 It’s the new year Year of the cheong-yang (blue sheep) Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Sae-hae-bok-ma-ni-ba-du-sae-yo
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Wild Thistle Rice for Lunch at Say Department Store

I had a great lunch date with my beloved cousin this afternoon.  My cousin is a brand new mother of almost-hundred-days old baby girl.  It has been hard for her to get out of her apartment, but today she has spared some time for me as the baby is being looked after
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Spring is Here (Almost). Try Seasoned Shepherd's Purse.

In Korea, you may realize that winter has passed by the change of your dinner menu.  As the springtime comes, Koreans enjoy consuming bom-na-mul (봄나물: wild spring herbs) such as naeng-i (냉이: shepherd’s purse), dal-lae (달래: wild chive), sook (쑥: mugwort), and so on.  Koreans believe that foods that are in season are the
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Valentine's Day at Sung Sim Dang

If you have lived in Korea long enough then you might have noticed that concept of Valentine’s Day is slightly different here.  In Canada, a couple may exchange gifts or cards over a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day.  But here in Korea, February 14th is the day that girls present a gift
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Grilled Bulgogi and Rice Wine at Damiwon

Sutong-gol (수통골) in Yuseong, Daejeon is one of my favorite places in the city.  The edge of Mt. Gyeryongsan (계룡산) offers number of great hiking courses.  After the hike you can enjoy a cup of coffee or have a tasty meal at one of the cafes or restaurants near the base of
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