•January 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Thanks for visiting.
This blog was a documentation of my Korean experience. I moved to Seoul in early 2009 and stayed for just over three years. During that time I traveled, taught, wrote, documented, ate, appeared on TV/Radio… and best of all met my wife. I’d like to think I lived life to the fullest, gave the ROK everything I had, made a ton of friends and pissed a few people off. I was also plagiarized repeatedly. That’s success in my book.
We’re now back home in Portland, Oregon aka RIP CITY. Our Korean adopted Yorkshire Terrier is crazy as ever.
•April 2, 2012 • 1 Comment
No, I’m not talking about American red bag Doritos for 6,000 – 8,000 won, found in foreign food markets in Itaewon or in the foreign section of larger super markets.
I’m talking about 도리토스.
Produced under license by Lotte, I recently purchased Frito Lay Doritos brand chips in Korea, I’m assuming made in Korea. The only English on the bag, lost in a sea of Hangul, is the word “Doritos”.
The Nacho Cheese version didn’t taste like the Nacho Cheese Doritos we’re used to in America. The cheese flavor was similar to the Black Pepper Jack Doritos at home. With those chips there’s really not much of a black pepper kick, mostly just what Frito Lay thinks monterey jack cheese should taste like.
The Extreme Barbecue reminded me of most other Doritos flavors. Many of them taste too similar to fully distinguish. The difference here was that the flavor was a bit more subtle, not as overpowering as many of the other Doritos can be, with their homogenous palatability.
Something strange I came across while doing a little bit of internet research on Doritos: Many Doritos bloggers and self proclaimed Doritos aficionados recommend licking and sucking the flavor powder off the chips before consuming them, to get the full flavor of the chips. Nice mental image there.
•March 30, 2012 • 2 Comments
My friends at the Iron Mic Freestyle Session are having another fundraiser for the Angel House Orphanage. This time it’s at Genie Ultra Lounge in Itaewon on Saturday, April 7th.
Angel House helps disabled and special needs adults and children. This event is raising money for three of the kids who have recently been accepted into a school for children with special needs.
Last time they raised just over one million Korean Won. As that fundraiser was coming to a close, I wrote this piece that was featured in NEH Magazine, which gives background to how Iron Mic got its start, as well as the motivation behind what they do.
Since then, a few things have changed. The nature of jobs available to foreigners in Korea results in the transient culture which has influenced the regular lineup of contributors. That said, the idea has remained the same: Pretension free environment where anyone can sit back and listen, or choose to participate as much as you like.
The performances slated to take the stage at Genie Ultra Lounge for the fundraiser include:
2TAK and 6is – BEATBOX CREW
In addition to the performances, there will be the open mic freestyle cypher that Iron Mic is known for, including rhyming for dollars where a small donation gets you your own personal roast from a couple talented emcees. Also, Wilfred Lee will be on hand providing his caricature drawing services.
Come give some money to a good cause.