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Odaesan National Park – Guryong Falls, Manmulsang and Geumgangsa Temple

Odaesan National Park, on the east coast of South Korea, near the city of Gangneung is not the most famous of national parks in the ROK, but has the potential to be one of the more rewarding hikes in Korea, especially if you are a novice hiker. As the summer slowly fades into autumn, the […]

Ring the Alarms! Firebell in Gangnam is Smoking!

Hope the summer is treating you well! My family has left me by myself for a few weeks and heading back to the land of red, white and blue, so that means a little more free time to write and explore the Korea. Last week, I finally decided to go head down south of the […]

Mix and Malt in Hyehwa – Cocktails and Comfort Food

Let’s write two today. First a little shoutout to the love of my life Jill. She has recently been promoted at work and has signed a three year contract at her school! I am so proud of her, so why not celebrate with a little Western comfort food and cocktails in Hyehwa? Choo Choo! All […]

Canucks in Itaewon – Stupid Name. Mediocre Food. Big TV.

Let’s get this review out of the way. As you can probably tell by the title, Canucks in Itaewon didn’t quite meet my expectations. So let’s make this as quick and as painless as possible. What’s in a name?: So when I first walked by Canucks back in February, it was called “Maple House”. When I […]

The Original Pancake House in Itaewon – Fried Chicken and Waffles?? Oh My…

Three months… My deepest apologies. Life with two kids under three is a time-consuming task .As well, I started a new job that takes up a lot of time. Alas, I found a little time to hit up The Original Pancake House in Itaewon for brunch with the love of my life (not pancakes). Rumors […]

McPherson’s Pub Soft Opening – Making Bama BBQ Goodness in Mokdong

Edit: In March 2016, Joe McPherson was no longer associated with McPherson’s Pub. Please note that this review may not reflect the current menu at McPherson’s.  So on Thursday, I was lucky enough to be invited to a soft opening of McPherson’s Pub in Mokdong, just outside of Omokgyo station. For those who don’t know, […]

Gino’s New York Pizza in Itaewon: Pies-A-Plenty

If you ever ask the question: Should I eat pizza after a full meal? And answered yes. Congrats! You are well on your way to becoming a food blogger. After consuming half of the ocean at Little Baja, RN and I decided to walk up the small hill leading into Itaewon from Gyeongridan and grab […]

Havana Cuba in a Flash – Sunwing Vacations Day Tour

In the dead of winter, reminiscing over the warmer days of the year can boost the spirits. Cuba. Just the name evokes thoughts of intrigue, curiosity and for a few enmity. However, no one can deny the beauty and history of the city. Jill and I booked our tour through the Sunwing representative in our […]

Broncos vs Panthers: Super Bowl Sunday 2016 in Seoul

My God, has it really been one year since Pete Carroll had the brain fart of the decade and blew the game for the Seahawks? This year’s matchup pits the old (Peyton “Omaha!” Manning )vs the young (Cam “It was a donation” Newton) and frankly, I think it’s not even going to be close. (More […]

Namu (나무) Kids Cafe in Hagye: Fun for the Younger Kids

It’s cold outside.. Like really cold. So what does that mean? Kids Cafes.. sigh.. Lots and lots of kids cafes. However, on the bright side, you can let your kids burn off some steam in a warm, cozy and safe environment. Namu (which means “tree” in Korean) is a great little kids cafe near Hagye […]