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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #40 on: November 21, 2011, 11:29:47 AM »
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He may not be as big a name in Kpop as She Dragon and Top but Kim Tae Woo brings the swexy like no other Kpop boy probably because heís most definitely all man. If you couldnít tell just check out the facial hair. I havenít seen this much hair on the usual baby faced K pop sensations, ever!

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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #41 on: November 25, 2011, 06:40:08 AM »
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If youíre visiting Tokyo and youíve got the time then getting out of the city on a day trip is a must. The city is fabulous but thereís nothing like a great escape into the outlaying countryside to clear the lungs and get in touch with your more natural side.

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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #42 on: November 30, 2011, 08:47:44 AM »
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The new chain Coco Bruni takes the coffee cafe scene into the stratosphere. These folks have a definite angle. This isnít your fuzzy slippers and rollers kind of place where you can stroll inside in your jammies, plop down, and drink yourself awake with a mug of coffee. Instead Coco Bruni offers up a stylish black and white austerity with just a smidgen of whimsy.

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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #43 on: December 06, 2011, 09:27:35 AM »
http://kissmykimchi.com/2011/12/kmk-chan-bros-coffee.html/

To those that know Seoul know that coffee is king. To that end hundreds upon hundreds of coffee shops literally dot the streets sometimes even right next door to each other. Youíl have a Starbucks, Cafe Bene, Tom and Toms and even an Ediya coffee all within several yards of each other.

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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #44 on: December 19, 2011, 08:58:03 AM »
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When I think of Tokyo images of sky scraping towers, intricate knot twisting railways, and futuristic robots come to mind. So imagine my surprise when I discovered the twin emerald green oases of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Yoyogi park.  The two floral sanctuaries provide a welcome respite from the sometimes overbearing  steel and glass cage of the city.

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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #45 on: December 19, 2011, 09:04:19 AM »
http://kissmykimchi.com/2011/12/kmk-hungry-dog.html/

Hungry Dog is one of the latest arrivals to the HBC area. Itís the new incarnation of the former HBC bar which was a reincarnation of the HBC diner. This time around the spot has morphed into just what the neighborhood needed: another place to chow down.

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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #46 on: December 19, 2011, 01:20:09 PM »
nice blog! thinking of starting my own. keep it up

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« Reply #47 on: January 12, 2012, 12:14:53 PM »
Thanks for the kind words Omega!

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As the year closes out I decided to post a few long overdue accounts of the past couple of holidays. First up is Halloween. This year, like last year, I squandered my time dithering over what costume to put together only to race out at the last minute to the store to rummage through the left overs.


http://kissmykimchi.com/2011/12/kmk-thanksgiving-2011.html/
Hot on the heels of my 2011 Halloween post, I thought Iíd post about this yearís Thanksgiving. All in all it was a great event. Itís tough being away from family during holidays and once you add in the fact that youíre out of your home country it becomes doubly hard. So itís important to gather what comfort you can by finding a little taste of home and surrounding yourself with friends.


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Contrary to popular belief a burger is not just a burger. In the right hands a simple hamburger can be transformed into a thing of mouth watering beauty. I remember summer family reunions back home when my uncles and brothers would start up the grill and char some burgers that would be better than any fast food chainís best. Itís that hand made quality and deft personal touch that separate a simple quick and easy McDonalds hamburger from a savory and juicy burger form the heart. Iím happy to say that Iíve found a place in Itaewon that does just that. Itís called Est. 1894.

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In early December the folks at the Global Village sponsored a European Christmas Market. Since it was an out of the ordinary event that probably wouldnít happen again any time too soon I joined my friends on Saturday morning to take in the event. I didnít really know what to expect. I jumped in a taxi and headed over to the Hyewa area.


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New for 2012 is a transit pass for foreign tourists visiting Korea.

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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #48 on: April 04, 2012, 10:57:01 AM »
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Hip. Modern. Stylish. Those are the three words that sum up Hongdaeís El Bliss perfectly. Itís a lounge restaurant that brings a much needed grown up sensibilty to the wild child party scene vibe of Hongdae. The interior of El Bliss is sleek and sexy. Blacks and oranges combined with an edgy Asiatic influence makes one want to step inside looking oneís best.

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« Reply #49 on: April 05, 2012, 07:40:58 AM »
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Al Matto is one of the lastest new spots to arrive in HBC. Itís been a few months since it opened and Iíve been several times. Itís just up the road from Jacobyís next to DeExpresso Coffee. Itís a small intimate restaurant that does it best to maximize the space between the dining area, bar, and kitchen.

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« Reply #50 on: April 06, 2012, 11:58:35 AM »
http://kissmykimchi.com/2012/02/kmk-noodle-box.html/

Noodle box is as simple as it is straight forward: Noodles in a box. Forget take away and carry out, at noodle box you get your order in a little white carton no matter if youíre dining in or carrying away. Itís a clever conceit to get those much wanted bodies into seats, but no matter the gimmick a restaurant has got to deliver on the taste front if it expects to get repeat business and not just a novel one time visit.

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Re: Kiss My Kimchi: Surviving and Thriving in SOKO
« Reply #51 on: April 09, 2012, 09:20:18 AM »
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Language is the medium we use to share our thoughts with other people, more and more people are learning a foreign language in order to communicate with people from different countries who speak another language. To master a language, we need to focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking, and to be completely immersed in the language. Now there are many people around the world who are learning English as a Second Language, what should they do to learn English effectively?


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« Reply #52 on: April 10, 2012, 07:27:11 AM »
http://kissmykimchi.com/2012/04/kmk-bakers-table.html/

After the disappointment of Wing Bakery I didnít have much hope fora new bakery in the Itaewon area. Iím happy to say my sorrows have been wiped away with the arrival of The Bakers Table. Located right at the foot of the overhead walkway between HBC and Gyeongridan this European bakery fills a much needed niche: hearty home baked breads!

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« Reply #53 on: April 13, 2012, 07:40:51 AM »
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Lunar New Yearsí come and go but this time, this year, things were special for me because the big day coincided with my own birthday! So, Iíd always wanted to see the sunrise on Lunar New Yearís and somehow something always intervened to stop me. This year I wasnít having it. I was determined to make it happen.

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« Reply #54 on: April 16, 2012, 07:25:21 AM »
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Karl Lagerfeld has been a fashion Icon for decades. His significance to the industry cannot be underestimated. Heís been the lead designer or creative director behind some of the worldís leading brands such as Chanel, Fendi, Chloe and H&M. Even if you donít know his work his signature black suit, black tie, black shades, and shocking white hair canít be missed.

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« Reply #55 on: April 20, 2012, 01:31:42 PM »
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ďKimchi WarriorĒ our highly successful animated web-series was premiered at Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles on March 15.

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« Reply #56 on: April 25, 2012, 08:48:21 AM »
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While some cafes possess the heart and warmth of your grandmotherís living room Hackney exudes the sleek coolness of your gay uncleís den. Owner and proprietor Yum Yeong-il has imbued the place with a definite modern stark white, black, and gray palette. Itís a place to grab a bite to eat, and gossip with friends over coffee. Itís  not really a snuggle in a plush chair lost in your kindle kind of place.

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« Reply #57 on: April 30, 2012, 09:32:42 AM »
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The Dynamic Duo of electro  pop breezed into Seoul earlier this month on a world wide tour to party rock the earth. Tied together through their musical colloboration as well as close family ties DJs Redfoo and Skyblu have been sending out good feeling party vibes since their album party rock rocketed them to stardom

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« Reply #58 on: May 07, 2012, 08:37:12 AM »
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Phillies has been one of the mainstays of HBC since I can remember first coming to the area. Though Iíve only been a handfull of times itís a spot where both Koreans and Expats meet, greet, eat and drink excessively and often. For me itís a spot to catch up with friends and grab a quick bite. Though I must admit that the only thing I order off the menu are the burgers and the wings.

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« Reply #59 on: May 15, 2012, 09:19:13 AM »
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On March 28th Lady Gaga descended upon the citizens of Seoul like some intergalactic Madonna searching for her brood of little monsters. Of course the arrival of anything unfamiliar or foreign stirred up the hornets nest of angry ajummas on the lookout for a scapegoat. Lady Gaga took on the sins of every imagined ill afflicting Korean society by bringing her Born This Way concert to the land of the morning calm.