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A Korean Winter Vacation, Day 5 – Galbi, Fortresses and Castles.


A trip to Korea cannot be complete without having some delicious galbi (marinated short ribs). And, apparently, Suwon, a city about an hour outside of Seoul, is famous for it! Off on the KTX train we went…


Off the train station, my friend Matt (who used to live in this city many moons ago) directed us towards the fortress that surrounds the city: Hawseong Fortress, a UNESCO venue.


We circled around South Gate, Paldamun, in the middle of the city to situate ourselves into some touring.

Our day trip into Suwon after the jump >>


A Korean Winter Vacation, Day 3 – Army Life Followed by Shopping

The very first thing I booked was our DMZ tour (technically my cousin booked our flights, so yep, very first thing!). Reading through multiple forums on TripAdvisor, I figured it was best to secure our spots on this very popular excursion.

I chose the USO/Koridoor tour from the rave reviews. I also wanted the US military experience. So, was it worth the $80 per person?

A day at the DMZ after the jump >>

A Korean Winter Vacation, Day 1 – Seoul

Taiwan, Taiwan, Taiwan… I’ve been there many times over the years of my life. So, I decided I needed a getaway trip while I was on the other side of the country. What better place to go then a place with friends? Hello, freezing-ass cold Korea!


Well, after we got in, we took the bus and headed up to my friend Matt’s house. Then, got some dinner!

The next day, we started off on our own….

Our first day in Seoul 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.


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>>

Engaging at Forage – Once Again…


My friends Michael and Runa recently got married in New York. However, before they did so, they came to Utah to see family and… of course…. dine at Forage. Here’s a quick recap of the night…

Food porn begins after the jump >>

An Oasis (Cafe) in the Desert…

A few weeks ago, we went to Oasis Cafe for Bryce’s birthday dinner. I had always been a bit hesitant to return here since I had found glass in my mashed potatoes my first visit.

However, the food was great. No glass! Warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start…


A tasting plate to whet the appetite…


Hummus, tapenade, caponata, cucumber noodles, and grilled carbs. The grilled ciabatta was awesome and the tapenade was probably my favorite. All was good, but I’m not sure it’d be a for-sure order every time.

Entrees! I had the salmon.


I will admit: I do not like raw tomatoes. Although these were grilled, every part of them except for that 1/2 centimeter on top was raw. I’m sure they were great for the tomato-loving kind, though. The honey-lavender polenta was what made me order this dish.. yum.

Bryce got the mushroom strozapretti.


These long funny-looking straw noodles are delicious. I might’ve liked his dish the best…

Alex got the wild mushroom risotto.


The egg on top looked enticing, but I can’t say the same for the scallions snaking their way through the risotto. No, I don’t love long stringy (and raw) scallions, but I do love their flavor. I didn’t try his dish but he cleaned it all up!

Kasumi got the eggplant parmesan risotto.

She cleaned up her plate as well. It looked really creamy.

Not too shabby, I’d say. I’d give it another go as I didn’t find any physical contaminants this time around, eh?

It was an Oasis in the desert… right next to a cute bookstore. We sat on outside (fantastic atmosphere) until it rained on us. So much for living in the desert…

Boiling Point – Taiwanese Hot Pot Dining

As with any trip to the Los Angeles area, I always make my friend, Brooke, dine with me. Utah is limited in its culturally diverse dining… So, based on recommendations, I forced Brooke (mostly by guilt) to bear the waitlist at Boiling PointGardena location.

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