Hoshi, an Izakaya

Hoshi, an Izakaya
Tweet     Eric “Rosie” Rosenblad having his first live octopus (sannakji) Hoshi is an izakaya located in Ingye-dong in Suwon. Rosie and I discovered it totally by accident. An Indian restaurant opened up in the area and we went searching for it. Unluckily for us, we found it. Heinous food–pricey as well–and we didn’t ...

Xoco Atelier in Suwon

Xoco Atelier in Suwon
Tweet     CLOSED, and I am very sad.     I love hot chocolate. Not the Swiss Miss instant cocoa of childhood, nor a huge glob of Hershey’s syrup stirred into milk and then heated in a microwave. I love real hot chocolate,  the kind made with hunks of choco and frothily foamed until it ...

John Cook Deli, Avenue France, Suwon

John Cook Deli, Avenue France, Suwon
Tweet   A few of the things American immigrant workers miss from home are diners, barbecue, and cured meat. If you laid out a buffet for five hundred chefs, the first thing that would disappear would be the cured meat. Delicious parts of animals, laid out and cured until the spices and herbs extract every ...

Din Tai Fung at Suwon’s Lotte Mall

Din Tai Fung at Suwon's Lotte Mall
Tweet   Lotte Mall in Suwon boasts the largest shopping strip in southern Gyeonggi-do and, coupled with AK Plaza that connects to Suwon Station, makes a formidable shopping and dining presence in the between Seoul and Busan since none of the other cities have a huge shopping sprawl as this one. I’m not too familiar ...

Vesuvio 485

Vesuvio 485
Tweet Vesuvio 485, a stylish boutique pizza joint, knocks out Neapolitan-style pizzas in a newish neighborhood of Yeongtong-gu, Suwon. The owner proudly displays an Italian certification in the front glass display. I make pizza often at home so I only leave the house for someone who has an oven that goes up to a jillion ...

Paid to Play, As Well As Not Play

Paid to Play, As Well As Not Play
Tweet       Dropped into Road King in Cheongju a while back and chatted with Soonwoo, the owner. I mentioned how it has been a while since I’ve played in his bar. He said “Why don’t you come back and play New Year’s Eve?” I said that the cost of traveling so often is ...

The Haunting of a Korean University Dormitory

The Haunting of a Korean University Dormitory
Tweet In 1999 at a small rural university in South Korea, two women, seniors Kang Jihyun and Lee Soyeon died in their dorm rooms. They were each discovered dead by their roommates. They both died in their sleep. Both women had complained of sleeplessness and nightmares. Jihyun even reported that there was a man on campus ...

Japanese Food in Korea: Tokyo Domburi House

Japanese Food in Korea: Tokyo Domburi House
Tweet       I love domburi, katsudon in particular, so I am pretty stoked that this chain store opened up in Daejeon. Tokyo Domburi house in Dunsan dong, a half a block from City Hall station delivers domburi up at a reasonable price.   Domburi is simply a bowl of rice with a topping. Katsudon is a breaded and fried pork ...

Playing with CK

Playing with CK
Tweet   CK is a superb pianist that I have had the pleasure of playing with a couple of times. I play solo acoustic often but hardly ever get the opportunity to play standards, let alone with players of this caliber. The gig was at the Navy Club on Yongsan base in Seoul. At the gig, I ...

Macchinetta Morning

Macchinetta Morning
Tweet I rarely use my macchinetta and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the putting it together, taking it apart, cleaning, resetting the grinder–I don’t think any of that should be a barrier but it appears like it is so because I love the coffee it makes but hardly brew a batch at home. This ...