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2nd Issue of Epicourageous

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Due to overwhelming popularity here is Epicourageous: Adventures in Food Land #2. Enjoy. Dan

1st Issue! Epicourageous comic

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This one is the special limited edition that is limited to 500 copies. They'll be like collector's items and stuff. You know...print out a copy and save it for your kids and you'll be able to pay their way through college. Anyway, I am the proud owner of epicourageous.com and as soon as I figure out how to use it, I'm going to turn it into an awesome food blog. Thanks for visiting! Dan

Steak in an Icecream Cone

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My friend Matt and I went to Myeongdong yesterday and our first stop was to have steak in an ice cream cone at a little place called Balena. It's off the Myeongdong main drag- off from California Wow. It is about Is it fusion? Is it ground breaking? It's basically spaghetti in an ice cream cone. Sorry I'm posting this in a hurry. Live octopus today.

A Walkthrough of a Korean Traditional Market

This is near Jongro 5-ga near Cheongaechoen river. Lots of really good food. I recommend the "Son Calguksu"-hand made noodle soup. It is really nice on a cold day and the noodles are like fresh pasta but with a lighter texture.

A Week's Worth of Groceries from around the World.

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Check this out! This photo article has pictures of families with a week's worth of groceries. I found it quite enlightening. Check it out. Thanks Nicole!

I went to Toque last night

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It was really good food. I recommend the chili. I'll write something more in detail soon. Toque is near Hangangjin station across from some public school. If you are coming down from Itaewon, it's on the right hand side. Now interestingly there is a new dessert/cafe/gallery? building next door. It is very nice looking place, but in a space capsule/cafeteria/futuristic way. Are desserts the food of the future? I don't know, but they sure seem to think so. The desserts looked fabulous, but I've found that most desserts do in Korea. I'm thinking of adding this to the dessert tour I have planned for next Sunday night. Dan

Jokbal Pig's Feet

Carol and I went over to Banshin Market and across the road we found all these street food places. We ate some Calguksu- Korean Noodle Soup and then I decided to be brave and eat some Pig's Feet. It was...not for me. It was overly chewy and I'm NOT a foot man, so the very thought of it turned my stomach for days after. The meat was cold and it came with the bosam sauce- you know with tiny shrimp and spices.

Sulfur Duck Roasted in Mud

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Say what! Behind the Express Bus terminal in Seoul, next to the Marriot Hotel, there is a Nolboo restaurant that serves "Sulfur Duck Roasted in Mud." It is called the 놀부 유화오리 진홁구이. At this restaurant you get duck that's fed sulfur and then stuffed with sticky brown rice, black rice, sweet potato, beans, ginko, dae-chu (it's a Korean plum), deer antler!, ginseng, licorice, angelica, and who knows what else. The reasoning behind the sulfur is: the direct contact with sulfur is a dangerous substance for all mammals other than ducks. I can't really explain it. Here's what I got from another blog, "According to a widely believed oriental medical theory, sulfur can be super healthy for human body. It is because, as the theory goes, ducks’ bodies produce a lot of good elements that counteract the effects of sulfur, which neutralize in human bodies as well as working against polluting elements." Yeah, I don't know. It sounds a wee bit like fan deat

New word: Epicourageous

Epicourageous: Foodies that are willing to put their taste buds, their sanity, and their health on the line to discover new flavors and cuisine. These brave souls will eat anything from pickled pufferfish liver, clotted pig's blood soup (Haejung guk), dog, bugs, etc. They are also willing to experiment with their cuisine like matching flavors that shouldn't jive. Are you willing to try cottage cheese and pumpkin pie? Or how about red onion, peanut butter and sirachi red pepper sauce? Are you epicourageous? I am^^ (p.s. except for the dog thing, I love my Hubble and I couldn't eat a member of his species.)

Deadlines

I'll be back in a couple of days with some new posts, but I'm got a couple of deadlines I have to hit.

Bo-sam in New York City is a high class delicacy

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Check out the blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything Robin is cute as a button and her pictures are absolutely scintillating. The following link talks about her birthday celebration at Momofuku, a restaurant that has been popping up on my radar. The chef, Michael Chang is a Korean American who is singlehandedly taking Korean Cuisine to the forefront. He's hip, he's innovative, he's skilled, but most importantly- HE KNOWS HOW TO MARKET THE FOOD! Calling Bo-saam, Saam or giving it the euphemism: "the Asian Burrito," is enough to entice the masses. Also, his restaurant sounds Japanese, so it piques the interests of the epicurious The guy is loved by the New York Times, as seen here . It's getting to the point where he could take a hamburger, throw some kimchi on it and sell it for 25 dollars as the Weiguk Burger (The irony being, it's not really Weiguk.) Here's an interview with Michael Chang (The guy has to learn to take better pictures.^^) So here'

Omakasi

If you go to a reputable sushi restaurant and want to put your trust in your sushi chef then say, "omakasi": I am in your hands.

Nutrients

According to one of my student's essays, "the three most important nutrients are carbohydrate, grease and the meat." Of note, my student didn't make up this fact, he had translated this word for word from his Korean health textbook.

Seoul City Improv

Tim Tam Slam

Definition: A Tim Tam is an Australian Awesome Chocolate Covered Biscuit. The Tim Tam Slam is taking the biscuit, turning it into Definition: A Tim Tam is an Australian Awesome Chocolate Covered Biscuit. The Tim Tam Slam is taking the biscuit, turning it into a straw and then sucking coffee through it until the biscuit becomes a gooey confection fit for the gods.

Aussie Shop Korea

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Map to the Aussie Shop Veggie Burger- Falafel Seafood platter...apparently made with the best chips ever Lemon & Passionfruit Cheesecake Pie Floater Lamingtons The Aussie Shop is the king of the hill in Itaewon. Tony's exuberance is contagious, the setting sublime, and the food- as I learned tonight- is fair dinkum: 100% authentic. I've had the meat pie there after a night of being sloshed and it was heaven. The crust was flaky and the meat savory. And they've got Tim Tams! I'm going to do the Tim Tam Slam tomorrow. Pics to follow. GO TO THE AUSSIE SHOP! www.aussieshopkorea.com (02) 790-0793 Dan

Damn the Internet is fast!

Everyone has homework. Check out ZenKimchi and Seoul Steves These are two great Foodie and Korea News websites. Thanks for the plug, Dan

Zelen Wine Party

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Wine Party Invitation. Sorry...price is now 25,000. Dress Posh. And wear something silver. A small piece of jewelry doesn't count.

Facebook anyone?

Join my food group in facebook. There are lots of pictures and it's where the creme de la creme of the Epicurious reside(Or something haughty like that^^). The group's name is Epicurious in Seoul

I Dream of Turkey

This the article I wrote for Eloquence Magazine. You can get the full color version with mouth watering photos all around Seoul. I Dream of Turkey by Daniel Gray dining@eloquence.co.kr I have dreams of the days after Thanksgiving. That first turkey sandwich is the Venus de Milo of sandwiches. I like to go with a toasted baguette cut in half with mayonnaise seasoned with plenty of black pepper on one side and cranberry sauce on the other. Then a layer of stuffing is spackled on top of the mayonnaise and pieces of shredded turkey heaped on top of that. If it is all white meat, then a little gravy is needed, if dark-nothing. Yes, I know that it is an American holiday, but everyone has to admit- turkey tastes good. And leftovers macgyvered into a sandwich, taste great! So how do we get our turkey fix in Korea? Don’t worry, my friends, I know the way. Option 1: DIY (Do it yourself). Haddon House near Oksu station has frozen turkeys and all the fixings for you to make your very

Pristine Beauty in a Culinary Event

Until November 30 Pristine Beauty in a Culinary Event For the entire month of November the Sky Lounge on the 30th Floor, of the COEX InterContinental Hotel plays host to the culinary creations of New Zealand as orchestrated by the country 's lamb and beef ambassador Chef Damon McGinniss. This promotion will feature green lip mussel & monkfish fritters, duck liver & bacon terrine with Pinot noir jelly, beef fillet and pressed, spice crusted New Zealand lamb shoulder. The cost for the lunch buffet with salad buffet and one glass of wine is 30,000 won, dinner set menus range from W45,000 for three courses to W110,000 won for seven courses while a dinner set with two glasses of wine is priced at W95,000 won. VAT and service charge are not included. 3430-8630.

Thanksgiving

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Grand InterContinental Seoul In celebration of Thanksgiving, the Grand InterContinental Seoul has planned an event at the Grand Kitchen Deli that will allow you to enjoy the day in your own way. The Grand Kitchen Deli (B1) has whole turkeys (6kg/8kg) with all the trimmings (including vegetables and delicious sauce) available for take-out sale to patrons who place orders at least one day in advance. This oven-cooked turkey is available until the end of December and the prices are 160,000 won and 180,000 won. (VAT is not included.) 02-559-7653

Zelen Wine Party

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November 16 Sexy People + Fine Wines + Bulgarian Food= Zelen. The forever-affable Soojin will be hosting the hippest wine party in Itaewon. Spend the evening at Zelen trying a variety of different wines and feast on a wonderful spread of Bulgarian cuisine. A live saxophonist will be there to serenade the ‘epicurious.’ Semi-formal dress code. W23,000. 749-0600.

Can you say food porn?

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Chef Meili tonight was the best meal that I've had in a VERY LONG Time. It was a three course meal and I can't say enough. I mean I had an adrenaline rush and I almost teared up when I started eating the dessert. Everyone must go! You must go! You must GO. Check out the pics. Dan

CHEF MEILI YOU MUST GO THIS WEEKEND

Everyone must go to Chef Meili this weekend. It is the most amazing food ever. Pics to follow. November 9-11 Chef Meili welcomes guest chef Fredi Mossler Jr., 3rd year apprentice to Karl and Rudi Obauer of the Restaurant Obauer in Werfen, Austria. The Restaurant Obauer is arguably most prestigious establishment in Austria and has garnered 2 "Michelin Stars," 4 Toques from "Gault Millau," and 5 Stars from "Ala Carte." Fredi will be serving up Austrian delicacies with a modern flair. Some featured dishes will be Veal Carpaccio with Horseradish Foam, Boletto Mushroom Cream Soup with Fillet of Smoked Trout, and Pumpkin Seed Croquette Parfait. Prices range from W26,500 to W34,500. A 3 course set menu set menu will cost W38,000. 797-3820.

Puzzling Pieces

This is my follow-up article to the one in the November issue of Groove Magazine. It has also been picked up for an adoption network magazine. I'm writing again! Yeah...Everyone keep your fingers crossed. Dream Pictures might pick up my animation story. More news will follow next week. Dan Puzzling Pieces Our reunion would have been booed on Korean national television. There was no cautious approach, no quivering lips, no torrent of tears as parent and child embrace. Nope. My mind was utterly blank and I had the goofiest smile on my face. I didn't know the etiquette for meeting a birth parent, so I half stretched out my hand. Luckily, she grabbed my hand and then she embraced me as I tried to figure out what to do with my other arm. It wasn't epic: it was more like 'nice to see you again.' Two weeks prior to meeting my mother I had requested my adoption agency, Holt, to start a search. Thankfully, they keep remarkably good records and two le

November Dining Events in Seoul, Korea

I know I haven't been blogging, but I've been really busy with getting stuff together for hard copy magazines. Here are some of the November dining events. I'll be at some of them too. Dan November 9-11 Chef Meili welcomes guest chef Fredi Mossler Jr., 3rd year apprentice to Karl and Rudi Obauer of the Restaurant Obauer in Werfen, Austria. The Restaurant Obauer is arguably most prestigious establishment in Austria and has garnered 2 "Michelin Stars," 4 Toques from "Gault Millau," and 5 Stars from "Ala Carte." Fredi will be serving up Austrian delicacies with a modern flair. Some featured dishes will be Veal Carpaccio with Horseradish Foam, Boletto Mushroom Cream Soup with Fillet of Smoked Trout, and Pumpkin Seed Croquette Parfait. Prices range from W26,500 to W34,500. A 3 course set menu set menu will cost W38,000. 797-3820 November 22 through 25 Food Expo Sextet. The Coex Convention will be having six different food related fair

Manhwa 100 a collection of Korean Comics.

Manhwa 100 pages 1-24 manhwa100 1-24p Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Culture General Art comics manhwa This is a book of 100 Korean Manhwas. Manhwas are the Korean version of comic books. I would say they are like Japanese Mangas, but the style of writing and art are quite different. This is an early draft of a book that I helped work on. The final book had a very limited print run and I would really like to help get this work out for fans of Korean comics so here it is. Manhwa100- Boy's Comic Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Culture General Art A Collection of Korean Comics. In this section there is information on Dooly th

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