2012 Makgeolli Festival (우리술대축제)

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2012 Makgeolli Festival (우리술대축제)

Posted October 13, 2012 by Aaron

If this year's Makgeolli Fest is even half as good as last year's, it is not to be missed! There were dozens of booths all offering free samples of makgeolli in the hopes that you'll buy. It's like wine tasting, except all in one place and all free. However, the site is mostly Korean (and some of the English bits aren't so great), so I thought I'd translate parts of it and add a bit of explanation based on last year's experience.

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Donburi (돈부리)

Donburi (돈부리)

There are lots of things on the menu, mostly okay, but just skip past it all and go straight for the salmon dishes!

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In-N-Out in Seoul!

In-N-Out in Seoul!

When I heard that In-N-Out was coming to Seoul, I wondered if it could really be true. Well, it was, but just for one day. One glorious day!

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麵屋 三代目/멘야 산다이메 (Menya Sandaime)

麵屋 三代目/멘야 산다이메 (Menya Sandaime)

This is my current favorite ramen place, the perfect way to beat the winter cold.

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A Taste of Hawaii

A Taste of Hawaii

Hawaii is often described as a cultural melting pot, and nowhere is this more evident than in the vast array of traditional and fusion food in Honolulu, where Annie and I have spent most of our lives. We visited Honolulu for two weeks in November 2011, and over those weeks, we revisited our old favorites and found some new ones, including a few food trucks. We also made sure to fill up on a things that are expensive or difficult to find in Seoul, yet plentiful in Hawaii (like sushi and pie).

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콩나물밥 (Soybean Sprout Rice)

콩나물밥 (Soybean Sprout Rice)

A simple Korean comfort food that you can make in your rice cooker. It's a bit like bibimbap, except that the ingredients are cooked together, so the vegetable and meat flavors actually infuse the rice.

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Vatos Urban Tacos

Vatos Urban Tacos

This just-opened taqueria is my new favorite, featuring incredible tacos at great prices, paired with excellent drinks. Located in Itaewon, it is bit of a trek for us, but it is worth it! As a bonus, for those of you still struggling with ordering in Korean, you can definitely use English here.

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Eating our way through San Francisco

Eating our way through San Francisco

We didn't forget! Here's the promised blog post on our food adventures in San Francisco. Better late than never!

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Time for a little vacation!

We have been posting continuously like clockwork since April! But sadly, there will be no restaurant review today, and indeed, for most of this month we will be on hiatus.

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Seafood Dynamite Casserole

Seafood Dynamite Casserole

We tried something called "Sushi Pizza" at a Japanese fusion restaurant in Hawaii years ago. We really loved this dish and made our own version at home. But over time, I realized that the nori (Japanese seaweed) lining the bottom sometimes made it difficult to serve and eat... and thus the casserole version was born!

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울트라麺 (Ultramen)

울트라麺 (Ultramen)

Wintry winds got you down? A hot bowl of ramen will warm you right up.

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Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

Sadly, we still can't find reasonably-priced ricotta cheese to make real lasagna, but this Tex-Mex version is just enough to keep the cravings at bay.

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캘리포니아피자키친 강남점 (California Pizza Kitchen)

캘리포니아피자키친 강남점 (California Pizza Kitchen)

Oh CPK, what happened to you? CPK Korea is not nearly as good as CPK in the U.S., but there are still some bright spots. Read on to find out.

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Thai Red Curry with Shrimp

Thai Red Curry with Shrimp

I missed the Thai curries we used to enjoy in the U.S., but in Korea, restaurants charge a lot just because they are made with imported products. So I decided to make my own!

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