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Rye Post in Itaewon – Cooking up Some Juicy Beefcakes

Rye Post, a modern day example of culinary renaissance. First, Rye Post perfected the modern sandwich in the land known for kimchi and bibimbap. Now, for their most recent accomplishment: mastering the American cheeseburger. And a damn fine job they did. How to get there: Here is a link with pictures to get to Rye Post! […]

Motor City Pizza in Itaewon – The Best Thing to Come Out of Detroit Since Slim Shady

Slim summarizes my reaction when I tried Motor City for the first time last month in this infamous gif. So overwhelmed by pizza goodness, I couldn’t speak nor comprehend my whereabouts. Yeah, it’s pretty fucking amazing. Let’s dive right into it. How to get there: Motor City Pizza is right on the main strip, so it’s […]

A DerekvsLP Short Film – A Quick Tour of Gwanghwamun Square and Gyeongbokgung Palace

Take a quick tour of Gwanghwamun Square and Gyeongbokgung Palace with Soyoon Kim! Big thanks to Randall Riojas my talented photographer, video editor and friend. Enjoy!

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 […]