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Bits & Pieces

Bits & Pieces

Bits and pieces of the neighborhood on film. Hongdae & Sinchon :: Seoul


Piccata

Piccata

It all started at lunch last Friday. I spied a photo of pasta something with something sauce and CAPERS, slammed the menu shut and declared, “I am going to make chicken with lemon caper sauce tomorrow.” “Excellent, I have planned nothing,” declared Erik, inviting himself over. And so it was that I found myself hosting […]


at Corner

at Corner

One of the things I love most about Seoul are all the teeny tiny shops and their amazing merchandising and design. Everything is presented so beautifully, you want to buy everything in the place even if you can’t figure out what the hell they are actually peddling. at Corner near Sangsu Station in Hongdae is […]


Over and over and over again…

Over and over and over again…

Ever get in a rut? My tire is currently stuck in a skipping record of Japanese food. I don’t know what prompted it, but lately I cannot get enough of the whole izakaya, udon, Sanuki Bore, agedashi tofu, Lunch Set B, tempura sweet potato, soba noodle, miso, sashimi, gingko nuts on toothpicks thing. It could […]


The Sand

The Sand

I believe I’ve mentioned that I used to live in a cave in the remote corners of Seoul. Once or twice. I no longer live in a cave, and I now live in the exact opposite of remote. In fact, I live in the very center of perhaps the most vibrant part of Seoul. As […]


Tabletop

Tabletop

This weekend my kitchen table arrived, and with it, the burning desire to document everything I put on it. This weekend I put bread, jam, tea, tomato salad, homemade yogurt, kiwis, blank books, pens, hairclips, the iron, antihistamines and fresh ratatouille on my table. When I had tired of putting things on my table, I […]


Twilight

Twilight

I don’t spend nearly enough time in my apartment. I spend a disproportionate amount of time in a tall building downtown, where there are Lots of Things To Do. So when I have some quiet time, with quiet light, I take full advantage. It’s a long holiday weekend in Korea, already full with a stocked […]


Oops

Oops

In my defense, I spied them several weeks ago, sitting quietly in the window of a shop down the street. I was late to meet a friend, but I vowed to return and retrieve them. I realize this totals three new pairs of shoes in as many weeks. I realize that these shoes are not […]


On Deck

On Deck

On Deck this weekend: Wine, cheese. Rain. Therefore, couch + book. Paella & tapas in Hongdae. [Perhaps a flamenco lesson, as well.] Korean Rock-a-billy. [No, really.] A big fat lantern parade. Lomo Shop. I hope your weekend is really, really…


By popular demand…

By popular demand…

It’s really not important that one has furniture or an apartment of one’s own, for that matter, when one stumbles upon something that one knows will pull a whole room together when one has said room. I believe I’ve mentioned before that I previously lived in a cave in the netherregions of southeastern Seoul. It […]


Perfect Sunday

Perfect Sunday

The Perfect Sunday A Report by Stephanie Cornell Early morning run along the river to Okkervill River and Bon Iver Old men gathered in clusters playing MahJongg and Dominoes Small pig-tailed children bowing and waving “annyong” on the street Sweet, fragrant lilacs bursting everywhere Stumbling on the garden of a shrine, in full bloom Stumbling on yet another […]


Home

Home

Before I had furniture I had tchatchkes, breakfast, a view, a mismatched collection of books and a roll of Fuji 400H in my camera.


White Day

White Day

So there is this holiday in Korea called White Day. March 14th boys are expected to give chocolates to girls…apparently February 14th, or Valentine’s Day, girls are supposed to give candy to boys. So, today was our day. Since the only boys I know in Korea are ages 9-13, I did not receive any chocolates […]


To Market

To Market

Today I finally went to the huge open farmer’s market near my apartment. It was a bit like stepping back in time with old wooden carts and sellers crouched around fires to keep warm while trimming root vegetables. It was strange to feel like I was out in the middle of nowhere just steps from […]


Heavenly.

Heavenly.

You know those days that are absolutely perfect in their simplicity, in the tiny little moments, that when you get home you find yourself laying on the floor in your pajamas with wet hair smiling for no particular reason at all? Today was one of those days. First of all, teaching was a great pleasure […]