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Soyosan Mountain – Wonhyo Falls (원효폭포) and Jajaeam Temple (자재암): A Buddhist Retreat on One of Korea’s Most Sacred Mountains

The journey to Soyosan Mountain is a long one. The last stop on the Number 1 Line, ends at the outskirts of Dongducheon City, just outside of Seoul. Although it is a long journey, seeing open spaces with *gasps* farms and crops, and small buildings is a refreshing sight compared to the endless dominos of apartment […]

Linus Bama Style BBQ Reloaded – Get the RIIBBBSS!!

I’ve been meaning to do this post for awhile. Over the course of the last year, I have probably visited Linus about a half a dozen times. My last post was almost a year ago! So much has changed, so let’s dive in! Linus Bama Style BBQ was in my TOP 10 Restaurants of Itaewon! […]

Cuba – Top 10 Things to Bring Before you Go

Ahh Cuba. One of the few places left on the planet untouched by a McDonalds, Starbucks or KFC. Don’t forget the white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Truly one of the few unspoiled places left on this Earth. With the thawing of USA – Cuba relations, try to enjoy it while you can because it’s […]

Little India Seoul – Great Indian Food by the Mosque in Itaewon

Helloooooo!! It’s been a crazy two months since my last blog post. In that time, I have visited Boston, New York, Cuba and of course my home country, Canada. I’ll get to some of those destinations soon enough, but before discussing those shenanigans, I want write about Little India Seoul, one of the better Indian […]

Little Baja in Itaewon – Big Fish Tacos in a Tiny Tank

Summertime and the livin’s easy. Sublime is from California and Little Baja is from California. Today’s lesson: Lots of good things come from California. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, we are in the midst of a culinary revolution here in Itaewon. A little pop up joint that specializes in fish tacos […]

Belgrade in Itaewon – Serbians Really Like Their Meat

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Belgrade. I have never had Serbian food, but a quick Google search informed me that, well, damn there is a lot of meat involved in Serbian. Count me in. Belgrade is one of 50 restaurants profiled in Itaewon Eats 2015! Give it a download! How […]

Sugar Daddy in Itaewon Has Moved! Sweeter Menu and Bigger Spaces.

Sorry for the delay in this post, it’s been a whirlwind of a couple of days. Tip for all you parents out there: if you have an 18-month old a transpacific flight for nine hours, and then a transcontinental for five hours, stop for the night. Anyway, we are at home in Boston, devouring some […]

Itaewon Eats 2015 – 50 Restaurants profiled, Interviews with the top Itaewon Chefs/Owners and More!

So finally my secret project is complete! I have been working on Itaewon Eats, which is a book profiling some of the top restaurants in Itaewon. It also takes a look at the people who’ve helped make Itaewon into the cultural melting pot of Seoul. It’s been a journey, and I hope that you will […]

Manimal Mayhem – The Battle for Southern BBQ Supremacy Just Got A Little More Interesting

It’s a great Friday afternoon and I hope you are out there enjoy some nice weather, and after this post, hopefully a little southern BBQ as well. Manimal is the new kid on the block in the southern BBQ wars, which for now, has been complete domination by Linus BBQ. Well, now there is a little […]

The Cheonggyecheon – A Day and Night Pictorial

Day Photos by: Derek  Night Photos: Randall Riojas  In the heart of the city, the Cheonggyecheon is a cool breath of fresh air in the dense heat of the city. If you visit in May or November, lanterns line the stream in a sea of fire. Any other time of the year though, the stream is […]