Within the past few months I’ve successfully satiated various comfort food cravings- from hummus, soy chicken nuggets and edamame; however, it’s the falafel that’s remained elusive. My deep-fried chickpea craving has become a delight gone unfulfilled. Thanks to Seoul Eats and their post, “Vegetarian restaurants in Seoul”, I finally got to cross falafels off my list (well, sorta…).
December Shoutouts to Published Writing and Top 100’s
I realize I’ve a bad habit of underestimating Daegu. These days, I’ve been discovering a small community and niche spots where I can get together with like-minded people for vegan food, art and yoga workouts.
Last night was another one of those nights of goodness at another Daegu dining spot which has me perked up to visiting more often. Nestled in one of the crazy offshoots of Daegu’s Bandwoldang dizzying maze, perched on the 4th floor of a building housing a Mr. Pizza, a restaurant (called New York) and a billiards room, sits Buy the Book Cafe.
Yesterday, South Korea’s Yeongpyeong Island was struck by a North Korean missile, killing 2 people and injuring 16. The hit list count was less that when North Korea sank a South Korean Naval ship this past March, resulting in 40 casualties; yet this recent news still makes South Koreans a bit nervous.
North Korea’s belligerent actions are begging attention and South Koreans aren’t certain Lee Myung Bak will know how to handle it in any way other than war.
Finding veggie foods when I’m traveling Korea is always a bit of a challenge. What are my top go-to Korean foods? It’s all gotten a bit too obvious and predictable in the way of boring. So thanks to yoga Megan, who recently enlightened me to two fresh and healthy vegetarian hiking foods that I can add to my palette!
I’ll be honest, I may be a tough cookie in certain regards to life, work and travel but this past Halloween weekend, there were some things I found scary:
1. Dressing up for Halloween:
There’s only one truly frightening thing about Halloween– the pressure to dress in a costume! Just call me spiritless — I was never the type to go all out for Halloween donning makeup and costumes. Just not. I did teach my students…
Apparently I haven’t picked up the Korean bug yet, despite the fact I’ve had oh, around 4-5 Korean colds this past year. I’m still coming down with colds, just as apparently even thought its fall and cool, I’m only now starting to encounter mosquitoes. Life sure surprises you when you live abroad.
Sometimes you’re better off not knowing what you’re eating and Korea is just a land of too much information. Why? The food is actually really delicious and many westerners will tell you so but getting it past the gates of your eyes won’t be easy. You might lose all desire to order anything more than a pizza!
I love experiencing natural highs! Dancing in a disco completely losing yourself in the sound, absorbing a powerful meditation of either silence or chant, connecting to your breath as you perform a juicy downwards dog or just plain exploring a new place on foot… I need this kind of rewarding past time where I can listen to the uncluttered spaces of my heartbeat and come home to myself. This workout-meditation medicine however, always changes with my environment and circumstance. Those things worked for me when I lived in New York but somehow living in Korea, either the opportunity to enjoy them is not there or