During my first month in South Korea I had been searching for the perfect pair of chopsticks. I wanted my first pair of chopsticks to last me a lifetime and be a symbol that I have finally immersed myself into a culture unlike my own…a symbol of a new beginning.
While in Seoul, I spent some time in Insadong to do some shopping. As I was shopping I found a pair of chopsticks I liked, so I bought them! My first pair! Later that night, I made my way back home to Daejeon. It was a long night and I was tired, but as soon as I got home I regained my energy. Why? I became extremely excited because on my table was a note with a pair of chopsticks! My friend, whom had stayed with me for a few weeks, had left this thank you gift on my table before we left for Seoul! What a great surprise!
These chopsticks are, truly, my my first pair! The best thing about these chopsticks is that they were a gift from a dear friend of mine. These chopsticks will stay with me forever and always be cherished.
Thank you, David, for being a part of this new chapter in my life.
I did it! I finally had real ramen! I will never go back to the “fake” ramen made in the United States!
Have I eluded to the fact that I love topokki?…because I do! The great thing is that Koreans also love topokki, so they also made it into a snack! These round chip like snacks are covered in spicy topokki seasoning. Heaven in my mouth!
On my walk home there is this place right on the street that sells topokki, fish cake, and more meat. It is a great snack! These little guys make up some of the ingredients of the fish cake which marinating in the soup below! 🙂
I am so amazed with Daejeon’s subway station…it is extremely clean!
This is the street outside of my apartment. It is amazing how lively, yet peacefully calm at night.
Have I ever mentioned how much Koreans love their alcohol? Well, if I have not maybe this will give you an idea…
These are most of the drinks served at a Korean buffet. Among the coffee, hot chocolate, and soda dispensers is a beer tap! You can have an unlimited amount of beer anytime you want.
Don’t you want to scarf this down right now?!
Holy cow, this banana caramel nut ice cream waffle was amazing. Some of the coffee shops around here like to serve ice cream waffles. I know you can’t see it, but I promise there is a waffle under all of that ice cream and whipped cream!
Prior to moving to Daejeon, I have never heard of waffles a la mode. Now, I want this dessert all the time!
One thing that I absolutely love about the restaurants here is that most of them let you cook your own food! Every time I eat this type of meal I leave extremely satisfied. I also love looking and eating at the same time! 🙂
I absolutely love wine, so it is only natural that one of the first drinks I tried in South Korea was Magoli. This rice wine is a very popular dink in Korea. Additionally, when Korean’s go into a bar to order drinks it is the norm to always order food. For Magoli, the staple food is Pajeon…a vegetable pancake! This is one of the best combinations I have ever had! 🙂