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Jiro-cho

Jiro-cho

I want to talk to you about sushi. Not your everyday breakfast sushi. I don’t want to talk about the standard sushi/udon lunch set sushi, and I certainly don’t want to talk about magical, touched-by-angels sushi. I want to talk to you about the experience of sushi in Japan. I know many of you think […]


The Hardest Part

The Hardest Part

It is safe to say I spent the better part of my first six months in Seoul alone. Yes, there were co-workers, there were several dozens of nine-to-thirteen year olds, there was a German visitor, and there was Wayne. It wasn’t until a fateful summer evening when I attended my first Flickr in Seoul gathering […]


Ten Things I Will Miss About Korea

Ten Things I Will Miss About Korea

I’ve been composing this list for quite awhile, as I’ve known since last November that 2010 would be my final year in Korea. The fact that I’m moving to Japan automatically eliminates some items from the list – bowing, no tipping, polite customer service, pigtailed children – as those all remain in plentiful supply across […]


Café Source

Café Source

Yes, I promised you four year retrospectives and sappy, sentimental, eye-roll-worthy nostalgic interludes. I claimed it is how I roll, and I promise you, it is. But you see, after four years there are some 10,000 + photographs through which I must sort. There is also the making of arrangements, the packing, the selling of […]


Around the Neighborhood

Around the Neighborhood

I’m spending a lot of time at and near home these days. Rather than exploring the places I’ve yet to visit, I’m a bit more keen on soaking up as much as I can before I leave of the normal everyday that has been my life here in Seoul. Running along the river, coffee from […]


Friday Night Delights

Friday Night Delights

For me, summer doesn’t begin until that first fried clam plate. And if I happen to be landlocked in a city


Bookworm

Bookworm

Madelyne is my little bookworm. It is a quality I admire in an individual, especially a seven-year-old. She was prodded repeatedly to “put down the book and join the conversation,”


I Wrote This 25 Hours Ago

I Wrote This 25 Hours Ago

On Thursday, we left Okinawa and returned to Seoul, where I had just enough time to repack my bags, do a little shopping, and have a really nice weekend with friends. I am writing to you from Tokyo’s Narita Airport, awaiting my flight to Boston. It’s another old school summer vacation for me and a […]


It was that sort of day

It was that sort of day

Morning.


What I Talk About When I Talk About Eating

What I Talk About When I Talk About Eating

No discussion of Singapore would be complete without talking about the food. As diverse as the people themselves, the food in Singapore is a vast array of Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Chinese cuisine, with a sprinkling of colonial England. Coconuts, curries, spicy rice dishes, duck, satay, fish ball noodles and fresh fruits are just a […]


Café

Café

The Coffee Lab in Hongdae serves fresh roasted beans, a mean affogato and a perfectly quiet Sunday morning.


Fifty Things

Fifty Things

I love lists. I always have. So while enjoying a perfectly simple holiday-birthday weekend, I was quietly concocting a way of sharing some of my favorite bits of the last year. A Little Miss Year in Pictures, if you will. And then the Queen of List-Making, the irreplaceable Andrea, made this list. And it made […]


Evening

Evening

Sinchon Rotary :: Seoul, Korea December 2009


Charcuterie

Charcuterie

Kojimachi Butcher Shop :: Tokyo, Japan Agfa Vista 400


Rain on Saturday

Rain on Saturday

A little taste of autumn blew through Tokyo on Saturday. A little rain, a book, some movies, a long run around the palace. I was only missing a fireplace and some socks. Another Bicycle on Film, Agfa Vista 400


Izakaya

Izakaya

Izakaya are traditional Japanese pubs, often small and intimate, cozy and comfortable. Drinks are served with small dishes that are shared with your table. My first authentic izakaya experience in Tokyo was with two Frenchmen at a spectacular and sophisticated hole in the wall in Ebisu. Literally. We walked up to a wall, they pushed […]


Display

Display

One of my very favorite things on earth is a good display. A shop window, a well-merchandised table, a refrigerated case. It makes me go ga-ga in the same way that my other strange preoccupations — paper goods, things in miniature, ginger anything — make me swoon. As far as presentation goes, Japan basically kicks […]


Filums, je pense que oui

Filums, je pense que oui

Two Saturdays ago, I spent a perfectly wonderful day with my friend Philippe, a Parisian I met during my first year in Seoul who has been living in Tokyo for the last two years. It was, sadly, his last day in Tokyo, as news of my arrival prompted him to move to Shanghai. Not really. […]


Octopus Hot Dogs and So On

Octopus Hot Dogs and So On

Wednesday evening, my friends Meera and Ross rescued me from what otherwise would have been another steamy night with a series of graphs, flowcharts and charts explaining How the Internet Works. Thank you, Meera and Ross. Thank you from the depths of my soul. As part of her yearly quest home to Singapore, Meera was […]


A few favorites

A few favorites

A few favorite things during my first week: Bicycles Mornings on the patio Miso baked halibut with genmai and seaweed soup for lunch ($8) Powerpoint (Actually, no. But it owns me. OWNS ME!) The vast selection of convenience store puddings and custards French shows on Japanese TV (the only ones I understand) The flower shop […]


Third Time’s a Charm

Third Time’s a Charm

As if I do not have enough to do this week, I decided Sunday was the opportune moment to cook dinner for my girlfriends. Given my monstrous to do list, I wanted to keep it small and simple, so I prepared a menu of dishes I’ve committed to memory. My favorite way to eat in […]


Chocolates, polaroids, hot hot heat and a guitar named Karen

Chocolates, polaroids, hot hot heat and a guitar named Karen

As of late, life has been of the variety in which one does not know if one is coming or going. While there are presently some rather large question marks in front of me and the juggling act is reaching epic proportions, I am fairly certain of a few things. It is difficult to wince […]


I have a question

I have a question

If, say, you were to stumble upon some fresh radishes at the market behind your apartment, and you happened to chop them up with japanese cucumbers and your favorite Korean green that you still don’t know the name of…if you squeezed a lemon over it and drizzled some good, chilled olive oil over it and […]


One morning, last November…

One morning, last November…

One Saturday morning last November, after inadvertently closing down Baby Guinness the night before, Youngdoo and I slept late and then meandered our way down Namsan Mountain, through the winding streets of Haebangchon, in search of hamburgers. Along the way we stumbled on a tiny little shop with ddeokbokki steaming in the window. For $1, […]