My wife and I were hungry so we went to check out Eat.Pizza. It is right on cheongychon stream and they are doing pizzas like Apple Gorgonzola, Quattro formaggi and such. It’s a budget pizza place that starts at 5,800 a slice. It’s like Trevia Pizzeria in Itaewon but not as good. The crust was crisp but the dough wasn’t fully cooked. Toppings were alright but pizza that is fully cooked is just meh. I told them and they said that is the way it is. That’s their style. Uncooked dough should be anyone’s style. Sigh.
My little bar that is hidden in the Insadong area has been doing well these days. I was worried for a while since we did pick a somewhat hard to find location. However, those are the types of places I like so my friend Patrick and I decided to go for it. If it is hard to find, it has a sense of exclusivity, right? Plus with the internet you can find everything (this we found out is only partly true.) Anyway, our bar isn’t really competing with others and we’re really the only western bar in the Insadong area. So…if you are staying at the Ibis Insadong, Fraser Suites, or many of the other hotels in the Jongno area- ours is a good option to get a beer and a cocktail. One of the challenges of running a local, neighborhood bar is getting the word out. In the short time we have been open (we opened August 2013) we have been in several magazines and many websites. We also are highly ranked on the website tripadvisor. We have been featured in a number of western blogs as well. That is all fine and good but those things don’t have much affect on our business. We have found the most effective marketing has been
Today after discussing what sort of life insurance I should get and filling out a thousand forms I went with friends and my wife to Jibaein. This is a famous place for Chinese Food by Yeouiddo Station.
The interior is in traditional (and in my opinion, gaudy) Chinese style with columns, marble and gilded gold.
The courses are famous here and so are the noodles. One point though, when we asked our waitress if the noodles were handmade, she wouldn’t give us a straight answer.
We decided to just get noodles, dumplings, and fried rice here today. I can’t say it was anything special. The noodles were store bought and I think the dumplings as well since the skin fell apart too easily. The fried rice was good but not really fried rice- it was Korean rice that was stir fried with oil and veggies. I mean for 7-9 thousand won, it wasn’t bad for a meal but nothing direct from the corner Chinese store. The black sauce for the noodles were fine but it wouldn’t inspire me to come and spend 50-200 dollars ok a full course meal. The best place is still the place in Itaewon with the beef and tomato noodles I talked about before.
I just got back from Jeonju taking in the sights, sounds, smells and many tastes. It is my favorite food city in Korea. If you have a chance to go I would recommend it. You have to go to the Hanok village, go eat great bibimbap and drink rice beer. It is only 3 hours away. Continue reading
I wanted to give a shoutout to all the wonderful guests I have had a chance to meet in Korea that have joined me and my team at O’ngo Food Communications (www.ongofood.com). Since 2011 we have done food tours (and my waistline has paid for it). In the past month we had had a chance to meet many families, individuals and groups to Korea. Thank you all! Our new Korean Pub Crawl is getting popular these days.