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Review: BURGERMINE – People’s Favorite Burgers

17 Nov

So, this last week, I was craving a burger for my cheat day ‘treat’, and of course I didn’t want to waste my cheat day on a tasteless meat patty and anemic toppings from one of the local fast food joints.  Who would?

Instead, I did some Googling and decided to head to Haebangchon (or HBC, as the locals tend to call it).  Just west of Itaewon, HBC has a high foreign population, but not quite as inflated prices as the main Itaewon street by the station.  To get there, you’ve got to come to Noksapyeong Station on Line 6 and walk out exit 2.  After a few hundred meters up the sidewalk, you’ll see a fork in the road, with the left-hand side street heading up a hill, and a shop with a lot of giant kimchi pots outside on the corner.  Walk up the hill until you’ve passed a couple of side streets on your right, and another tasty pub called Phillies on a corner on your left.  BURGERMINE is nearly across from Phillies. You’ll see some painted renditions of spraycans with Campbell’s labels and various popular characters on the concrete strip beneath the patio.

What makes BURGERMINE special is the concept–it’s a DIY burger bar.  You walk in, and for 18,000 KRW you have 90 minutes, during which you can order as many beef, chicken, or veggie patties as you want, cooked at your request and retrieved via a buzzer system, along with apparently endless plates of fresh-cooked french fries and free soda refills at the fountain.  The beef patties are quite thick and tasty, grilled well without being overcooked.  I liked the chicken breast as well–it came to me bearing noticeable, delicious grill-marks without being leathery or tough.  As for the veggie burgers… I don’t know how they rate, I was too full after a burger, a chicken breast, and picking off three plates of (chili) fries to be tempted into trying one for myself.

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Review: FELL+COLE Gastronomic Ice Cream in Seoul

23 Jun

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This morning, I found myself musing on the combination of bacon and maple sugar.  I’d heard of an ice cream flavor incorporating bacon, and could imagine that actually turning out quite good, so one whim led to another, and googling led me (with camera in hand and a taste-testing buddy in tow) to a little artisanal mostly-organic ice cream shop in Seoul called FELL + COLE, after a couple of streets in San Francisco, where the owner was inspired in the first place.

 

 

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TGIF

8 Feb

Today was a scattered sort of day. I’ve had a new recipe in mind to try out, but no chance to give it a fair shot until the weekend, so today I ended up revisiting two previous recipes to restock my freezer and burn off excess energy, chickpea falafel and rum double chocolate microwave brownies (made with kahlua instead of rum, this time).

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tgif002Sunday happens to be 설날 (Seollal, or Lunar New Year), and a major holiday here. Three day weekends are awesome, right?

Check back for a sweet-and-spicy chicken stir fry, sometime in the next couple of days.  Happy Year of the Snake, everyone!

Minted Lamb Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce

25 Aug


The funny part is, I actually thought I was going to have time on Fridays to review recipes. Somehow, between shopping for the ingredients (before work), working, getting home at 9 PM, and having a friend over to polish off the last of the drunken chicken (and that bottle of Chardonnay) it got to be 2 AM, there were videogames involved, and I realized it just wasn’t happening.  So, I started in on it this morning, instead. Reviews may have to be a flexible weekend thing for me, it seems!

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An addiction…

17 Aug

I have this little problem, see.

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