Archive for March, 2010

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More Soup Notes.

March 28, 2010

“Lately my blog has become soup-themed.”

“April, your life has become soup-themed.”

My friends and I went to this place that serves all you can eat/drink goulash, bread, and coffee for 2,500 (or 3,500? Does it matter?) won in Hongdae (near the park, the same alley that has Gio Cat Cafe). It is aptly titled Goulash and Bread, or G & B for you brief folks out there. Pretty good. Pretty worth it. And it puts a warm drop of happiness in your belly.

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Jigae What? Jigae Who?

March 21, 2010

Sorry. I’m so sorry. I said I wouldn’t title a post that and I did because I just couldn’t help myself.

Anyway, so there’s this called Yellow Dust. It’s this dust/sand from the desert in China that blows away because of deforestation. It sucks. My sinuses are enraged. I keep wanting to cough up a lump in my throat that I’m pretty sure consists of phelgm, Gobi Desert sand, and burnt cigarette particles. Apologies for the imagery.

But all the dryness and the sickness has me craving for one thing: kimchi jigae. Oh kimchi jigae. A perfect, yet deceptively simple combination of kimchi, water, anchovy, pork, and magic that cures any ill. My favorite place is currently 남 산 킴치 지개 or Namsan Kimchi Jigae (which, coincidentally is not in Namsan, but near Noksapyeong Station, right next to Thunder Burger). As you may have gathered, this small joint adorned only with plastic stools, faux wooden tables, and star signatures is the best kind of restaurant; that is a restaurant where you are asked not what you would like to order, but how many you would like to order. They only do kimchi jigae, and by golly, they do it well. Also! As an added bonus! Unlimited rice! Because if you’re like me, you eat your jigae on top of your bap, and then get anxious over running out before you’re finished.

Err, I may have gone there for lunch AND dinner today.

And it was delicious. I feel a lot better.

Also I took a trip to my favorite vintage boutique– 구 ㅈㅔ or “Gu Juh” in Itaewon (Exit 4 walk towards Noksapyeong, it is on the second floor above Victory Silk, look for the pink sign with the illustration of the hairy man in his underwear, no I don’t know why). Unlike some of the vintage stores in Hongdae, the prices are actually pretty reasonable (around 20 for a no-name brand, up to 50 for some old designer dresses)– and you can find cute dresses imported from Japan there.  Lately, I have been buying white dresses in anticipation of spring, in revolt of winter. Oh when will you be warm but not so hot, Korea? When will that day be?

I do realize that my love of white dresses and kimchi jigae may cause trouble later on, but for now…

Pretty good day. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a hoht-bang (a cinnamony bread pocket thing). Hoht-bbang man, why were you not in front of DD’s today? Why have you forsaken us?

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Boy Band Member + Cheesy Talent Show + Heavy Machinery =

March 16, 2010

This.

Normally this would go under my tumblr, but I’ve been lazy lately…. and I will make exceptions for Jo Kwon.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Boy Band Member + Cheesy Talent Show …“, posted with vodpod

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Lately…

March 16, 2010

Went to the Bling Night Flea Market at Platoon, which is this three story building made up of shipping crates; market was this-would-be-against-a-fire-code-in-the-US crowded, had to swim through hipsters to buy a pair of shoes.

Went to a show at the Ssamzie Space, which featured 3rd Line Butterfly, a kickass female fronted rock band. A friend of mine remarked during the show that she wanted to grow out her bangs to hide behind, and learn to play the electric guitar. I concurred.

Went to an opening at the Nam June Paik Center in Yongin. It was alright. They had ham and cheese sandwiches and cookies.

So what’s the verdict, guys? Am I a cool kid now?

Don’t answer that.

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WTF

March 10, 2010

Winter in Seoul has this way of pretending to walk away, turning around, and then running back at you with a hard slap to the face.

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The Indigenous Creatures of Hongdae, Part 2: Cat Cafes!

March 10, 2010

As I’ve said, I’m taking a short blogging hiatus (or not, depending), so I’m letting a couple friends guest-blog! Also, I wouldn’t have written this review anyway, since I am allergic to cats. Though, I actually have been to Sand Cat, briefly.

This post is by my friend and cat-lover extraordinare, Hope! 🙂

Gio Cat – The E-Mart of Cat Cafes

At first glance, Gio Cat in Hongdae, is what every crazy cat lady in training dreams of.  There are a plethora of cats strolling around, laying on people’s laps, hiding, and sleeping on the giant jungle gym.  I was giddy with excitement at the prospect of hanging out with so many of my favorite creatures. First step, order coffee.  That’s when I learned the first hard truth about Gio Cat: entrance to the cafe costs 8,000 won per person.  This also covers one coffee or tea, so i feel that this fee is somewhat justified seeing as they do have to feed and care for so many cats.  When we were seated, we got a laminate describing each cat’s story.  There were almost 40 felines in total.  A cat lover’s dream come true?  Not quite.  There may be close to 40 cats in this cafe, but there may have been just as many women vying for the cats’ attention.  Mind you, my visits were on the weekends. So, the second cold hard truth that i recognized: competition.   I thought I had an edge seeing as I have my own two cats at home.  I’ve always seen myself as a cat love professional.  Apparently there are more of us out there than I realized.  I noticed that some of the badly dressed cafe patrons seemed to have an edge over others (read: me), when the third hard truth dawned on me: cat love ain’t free (at gio cat, anyway).  these women weren’t badly dressed.  They were all wearing the same grey, over sized rental skirts that must’ve been laced with cat nip or the essence of tuna.  Those lucky enough to don these magical skirts were the belles of the cat ball.  So overall, if you are interested in a “hands on” cat petting and hugging experience this may not be the best place to go.  it’s more of a place to be a cat spectator.  Kind of like going to a basketball game.  You can watch, but you can’t really run out to the court and play.  On the other hand, if you are in the market for a lady friend this place is teeming with college girls giddy from overdosing on cat cuteness.  Gio cat, I give you a C+

Sand Cat Cafe

The Sand Cat Cafe is a mellow little cafe that’s easy to miss admist the construction surrounding the building.  In contrast to Gio Cat, there are only a handful of cats at this tasteful and cozy cafe.  What the cafe lacks in quantity, they more than make up for in quality.  the two siamese cats are very playful and friendly.  They were eager to climb onto our table to play and get to know each new patron.  we were told that the beautiful white cat (who was a bit standoffish) had 4 week old kittens.  The owner was kind enough to bring them out and let us hold them in the palm of our hands.  To review, the pluses at the sand cat cafe: the owner and staff are warm, they serve wine and beer (unlike the dry Gio Cat Cafe), the setting is quiet enough to read or study, there is no entrance fee, and the cats actually come to you to play.  I will continue to frequent the Sand Cat Cafe, but I can never compare the company of these cats with that of my own.  molly and reiko are the best company and I honestly have to say that their room is the coolest cat hangout in Seoul.  I bet Gio Cats and Sand Cats don’t wear hanboks on Chuseok =(^.^)=

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March 9, 2010

Taken from the top of the Art Department @ Hongik University.

My friend Gala is visiting from Los Angeles, stay tuned for updates and possibly a site redesign.