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First Meal in Seoul: Bibimbap – Food Porn Quicky

First day in Seoul? Nothing like some delicious $6 dolsot bibimbap! After we loaded up our luggage at the top of a very steep hill, we came back down for some much desired dinner.

Matt brought us to a fantastic place in Itaewon behind the main street – a local Korean joint. Probably one of the best (and cheapest) meals we had there. It also had my favorite banchan! Tiny dried sweetened stir-fried anchovies (myeollchi-bokkeum; 멸치볶음), bean sprouts, seaweed, kimchi (of course), and some others. All served with our meal and a tofu soup! YUM. My mouth is watering…

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Taiwanese Eats: Hsinchu Cheng Huang Temple Night Market

If you’ve heard anything about Taiwan, it’s probably something or other about it’s food. Let’s admit it… Taipei 101 was soon left in the dust as the world’s tallest building almost as soon as it became known. But, there is a ton of food in this small country. I’m going to start with Hsinchu’s Cheng Huang (City God) Temple Night Market – 城隍廟夜市!

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Street eats and night market from Hsinchu after the jump>>

Taiwanese Breakfast at Fu Hang Dou Jiang – A Must in Taipei!

Aiyaiyai – it has been several months since I’ve posted. I apologize. I’m going to blame the usual life-gets-busy excuses: travel, school, work, laziness, etc. But here’s a taste of one of those excuses!

Over the winter holidays, I spent a little over 3 weeks in Taiwan and Korea, mostly Taiwan for family stuff…. and eating.

Huashan Market – home of Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿. Have you ever heard of this place? Neither have I. Have you ever been to this place? Neither had I until my most recent trip to Taiwan!! Damn, it is delicious.

Fu Hang Dou Jiang in photos after the jump>>

Go Back in Time at Salt Lake City’s Speakeasy, Bodega

Ever since a trip to New York, my friend got me hooked on speakeasies. When there was news that Salt Lake City, itself, had it’s own speakeasy… well, I had to visit.

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Bodega is an unassuming hipster taco joint, where “The Rest” is a dimly lit restaurant serving higher end cuisine.

Experience Bodega with us after the jump>>

East Village NYC Noodle Hunt

After sprinting to the East Village, Cat and I arrived at Ippudo around 1:30pm only to find a two-hour wait ahead of us. The hostess warned us that there was a possibility we might not even get in before they closed. Tears were forming at the corner of my eye. I wasn’t going to have time to come back for ramen before I would leave New York! I needed ramen; there isn’t any deliciousness in Utah!

Well, we were starved and decided to head over to Xi’an Famous Foods for a snack. At the tiny joint with no open seating, we grabbed our “spicy and tingly beef with hand-ripped noodles” and scarfed down at the nearby tree planter box. De-lish… and spicy. And… it was raining. Lovely.

Xi'an Spicy and Tingly Beef with Hand-ripped Noodles

Hopeful, we returned to Ippudo, after grabbing some tapioca drinks, of course, and went to see the hostess again… There just might be a chance of getting in! We waiting patiently, sort of full, but still hungry for ramen. About 10-20 minutes later, we were in! Shiromaru Hakata Classic Ramen bowls for the both of us.

Shiromaru Classic Ramen

I added an onsen tamago.

Onsen tamago with Classic Ramen

No, we were hungry for that much after our snack, but boy, we had no problem finishing our bowls. So. Worth. It.

Kayaking the Hudson – Freebie Fun in NYC

Last month, I went kayaking on the Hudson!

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That’s the Hudson River in the Big Apple – New York City, eh. Thanks Downtown Boathouse! This group of volunteers offers free gear, kayaks and light instruction for those wanting to go for a quick paddle in New York City.

Cat and I walked west towards Pier 96 during the pleasant Sunday of Labor Day Weekend and were on the water in less than 10 minutes of arrival.

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Upon check-in, the kind Boathouse fella’ had us sign waivers, gave us a locker key for phones and any other things we didn’t want to haul or get wet, then pointed to the PFDs and the kayaks. We stuffed all our stuff in the lockers (hence, the low number of photos), dawned a life jacket and set off on a tandem kayak.

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It was a blast. If we had prepared for it, we would’ve brought an extra pair of pants to change into (as did the family who checked-in before us). See those wet marks? That’s how you dry your butts.

Granted, the harbor is an enclosed space. They don’t allow you to take the kayaks out past the buoys since the currents are stronger and there are lots of big boats (we saw one or two cruiseliners). So, a few circles in the harbor and we were ready to head back into the city and try to rush another Broadway Show. We were there about 30-45 minutes?

if you’re in NYC and want to tackle your hand at paddling, this is the perfect way to do it! Free rental, kind volunteers who are there to instruct if needed, and no commitment! Give ‘er a try, but note they do close when weather becomes un-fair. Check their site for hours and more info (they also have kayaking at other locations).

Salt Lake City Comic-Con 2013

Hot-diggity. Salt Lake! Who knew the number of geeks living in Utah? Earlier this month, Dan Farr Productions helped put on one of the most surprising turnouts of the year.

Over 50,000 tickets sold and numbers that hit 70,000 to 80,000 patrons is what the first Salt Lake Comic Convention pulled in. Ridiculous right? And now, there’s talks about another comic related event from Dan Farr Productions just before Sundance hits? Too much?

A Review and Photos of Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 >>