As a veteran of Korea for many years, I know how to get through the holidays. Yes, they celebrate Christmas in Korea but it is a bit different than in some western countries. You have probably made quite a few friends in Korea and you might feel obligated to get everyone a gift, but what you get people depends on your relationship with the person or group. Keep in mind that Korea is very group oriented so if you might have to get gifts for everyone rather than 1 person.
Hey Seoul Eaters,
Recently, I got to hang out with my buddy Keith Kim of Seoulistic and we did a video on some of my favorite hotteok places in Korea. It was a fun shoot and we even got to meet a dancing hotteok guy. Watch the video to find out about some food history and how to find my favorite hotteok places around the Insadong, Jongno area.
Itaewon is rapidly changing. The foreign chefs and owners that made it what it is today are getting pushed out by franchises and new restaurants that are looking to cash in on the popularity of Itaewon. So I have a lot of respect for the foreign owned restaurants that have survived. Especially one of the classiest and the finest restaurants in the area: casAntonio.
I was lucky to meet Trevor and Kim from Gurus Explorer while they were in Seoul and we explored some of my favorite places in Korea to dine and drink. Watch this video to see what they ate. You’ll love their reaction to squirming live octopus.
Published on Oct 31, 2013
Story Title: Seoul’s Ultimate Food Tour
Broadcast Date: 2nd November 2013
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane & Kim Syrus
To truly get to know a country you have to try the local cuisine and what better what to do this then by taking a food tour.
Dear Seoul Eats Readers,
Ever since I was young I have wanted to own a restaurant of my own where I could host guests, chat with them about life, the world, and the comical. I used to do this in the past in my various apartments but since the size of most Korean apartments are quite small, I decided to save up and start a beer bistro in Korea. I decided to put a query out on facebook and my friend Patrick said that he wanted to start a bistro as well so we partnered up and then started. We originally wanted to do a British Pub concept and serve meat pies and black stout stews. Testing these out for a while, it didn’t quite work and our Korean guests said they were too…greasy. So we changed the concept and went for calzones. These did ok, but then we decided to offer pizzas and calzones because who doesn’t love pizzas. This is a starter restaurant for me. It is a hobby and my passion. I am very proud of our team, our food, and our drinks. It’s a cozy little bar over by Insadong near my other company and my home. I would like to invite old friends, new friends, readers of Seoul Eats, and travellers to my bar. Also, if you mention you saw this post on Seoul Eats Blog. The password is: Rebel Decatur (that’s my porn star name…you know you take the name of your first pet and the name of the first road you lived on) and we’ll give you 10% off your bill.