Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Mailbag: Questions, Comments, and check out this new blog

Dear Readers,

These weeks have been pretty fun and exciting. The culinary tours that we have been planning have been going very well and we've had a lot of great response from them. However, since my energy has been focused there, I feel that I've neglected your letters and comments. Sorry.

First of all, how do you feel about the new site design? Google in Drafts made it possible and I really like the program. It's simple, so even a computer idiot like me can design a great looking site. Also, if you look to the left, there is a listing of all the different restaurants that I've reviewed, so it's easier to find what you want to eat.

Now on to letters:
Have a friend who is staying at the Renaissance Hotel.  Want to take
him out to dinner tonight.  Any recommendations for a fun restaurant in
that area?  Flexible on the type of food, Asian or Western would both


Dear Ed,

If you are going to be in Gangnam then I recommend you head over to the Express Bus Terminal, just down from the Marriot Hotel. Here you can find Sura-on. It's a royal court cuisine restaurant with show and at least a 15 course meal. The prices aren't bad either the small course costs 35,000 and they go up from there. Here's a video I did of the place:


Also, right down the street from there is a Roasted Duck Restauraunt. It's called Nolboo Roasted Duck.

Also, in Gangnam, there is a Barbecue Restaurant called Sariwon. They have the best Bulgogi in Korea: http://www.sariwon.co.kr/

As for western food, I recommend Mercado in Hakdong for Brazilian, Lugo for Italian, Nolita for Italian, and Bono Bono Seafood Buffet for Japanese. And you can't go wrong with Star Chef in Maebang.
Hello Daniel!

I really need your advise ..only if you have time for it of cause.

I know you have Iphone (you've showed me:) And I have thought that I cannt cuz I'm a foreigner here. But then I've stumbled across this wed side with renting an Iphone offer.

For a bit less then 100$ a month they giving I phone with 200 min and some other things included. Do you think it's a good deal? How much do you pay for your Iphone plan monthly?
Just really need an advice on it, would be really thankful on your feed back :)
http://www.blitzcom.co.kr/iphone-rental.html -Natalie
Dear Natalie,

Most people pay 100,000 a month for 300 minutes and 1 gig of Wibro usage. It's not a bad deal and I might think about getting it myself.


Hey Daniel, love what you have been up to with Seoul Eats. It took long enough but I followed in your footsteps and started a NYC food blog with my friend from University. If you get a chance to check it out sometime it'd be an honor. Let me know if you ever visit NYC and want to grab a bite to eat.

Dear Steve,

The site looks great and I'm totally envious that you get to eat in the greatest food city in the world. Here's the link folks, be sure to check it out. http://lawandfood.blogspot.com/

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RE: Andong Jjimddak Cooking Class

I wish I was there to attend :(  Flor
Dear Friends:

My name is Marie Frenette, and I am an editor at the Korea Tourism Organization.  I was recently made aware of YooWoon Jeon, a 19 year old boy at the Yonsei Severence Hospital in Seoul who desperately needs our help.  He has just been diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. He has had his first round of anti cancer therapy and has been seeing very little improvement.  His white blood cells are incredibly low.  In order to maintain them, he requires two packs of blood a day.  And in two weeks, when he goes for his second round of anti cancer treatment, he will require 6 packs of platelet, from 6 different donors. This is expected to continue every 3 weeks for about 6 months.

The main obstacle to YooWoons recovery is that he has a type of blood that is very rare in Korea (B rh NEGATIVE) but a little more common in other countries. And that is where the Expat Community could make a powerful difference in helping YooWoon recover.

I, myself, am B rh negative, so I quickly contacted YooWoons father, JeongWoo (Jay) and donated blood.  But I realized that if I just leave it at that, my contribution would not be enough to help save YooWoon.  And that is how I came to write this letter to you. 

I would like to call all members of the Expat Community to come together and help YooWoon out.  If you are B-, please consider donating your blood. If you are not, please spread the word far and wide.

To assist in this, I have created a facebook event called Save a 19 year old Korean boy.  Even if you are not B-, please select attending as a show of support, and then consider inviting all your friends.  It is a very powerful way to spread information.

Here is a link to the facebook group:

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or even have an idea of how you might be able to contribute, please contact me at 010-6801-0731 or marie.frenette@gmail.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message and please pass it on to your friends.

Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center
hi dan,

hope all's going well.  congrats on being in 10's top ten blogs. ^_^

terrence bae, a friend of mine from nyc (korean american) recently
opened a wine bar-dessert cafe in taehangno near hyehwa station.
he's an ex-owner of a fabulous and successful wine bar in new york
city's lower east side called "jadis".

i really recommend checking out "the office", not because the owner's
a friend but because it's simple, classy, and unpretentious -- a
modern oasis in an otherwise overly trendified neighborhood.