Restaurants

Charcoal-Grilled Chicken & Beer at Daejeon Tongdak

This is one place that I miss in Daejeon already. Chicken and beer is everyone’s favourite in Korea but from so many different varieties that I’ve tasted this place in Daejeon was surely one of a kind. Daejeon Tongdak, literally meaning Daejeon chicken, operates in its own building in Yuseong district of
Restaurants

Sariwon Noodles, the First Restaurant in Daejeon

Visiting old, traditional restaurant always excites me. I get to take a peek at the culture and history behind not only the food but the neighbourhood where the restaurant first settled in. My hometown Daejeon is situated in the center of South Korea and is more known as a transportation hub than
Homemade Life in Korea

Life in Korea: Kimchi Workshop

Another late posting as this happened back in November. One Saturday morning I invited over a few friends and we made kimchi from scratch – yes, we have officially done  gimjang.  Gimjang is an annual tradition for typical Korean family that seems to be dying these days like many other traditions.  Back in the
Life in Korea

[Hiking in Korea] Sikjangsan in Snow

Daejeon Hiking Group‘s February 2016 hiking took place in eastern part of the city.  Sikjangsan (식장산) is an easy access from public transit and has several hiking courses that are far from a challenge. Our group on Sunday had beginning hikers so it was a perfect opportunity to try out this neighborhood mountain.
Life in Korea

Gyeryongsan Winter Hiking

After a self-satisfying attempt at a winter hiking in Sutonggol, the hiking group’s next target was naturally the extension of our most recent achievement.  As I mentioned in previous post, Sutonggol Valley, although extremely convenient and popular hiking destination for locals, is a mere tip of a chain of peaks known as Gyeryongsan
Walk The Peninsula

Hanbok Street at Daejeon Jungang Market

If you are traveling to Korea, one place that I would recommend you to visit is a jaerae sijang (재래시장: traditional Korean marketplace).  Also known as jeontong sijang, the traditional markets are located throughout the peninsula and most of them are open to public year-around.  I personally enjoy shopping at sijang rather than
Restaurants

Wild Thistle Rice for Lunch at Say Department Store

I had a great lunch date with my beloved cousin this afternoon.  My cousin is a brand new mother of almost-hundred-days old baby girl.  It has been hard for her to get out of her apartment, but today she has spared some time for me as the baby is being looked after
Restaurants

Valentine's Day at Sung Sim Dang

If you have lived in Korea long enough then you might have noticed that concept of Valentine’s Day is slightly different here.  In Canada, a couple may exchange gifts or cards over a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day.  But here in Korea, February 14th is the day that girls present a gift
Restaurants

Grilled Bulgogi and Rice Wine at Damiwon

Sutong-gol (수통골) in Yuseong, Daejeon is one of my favorite places in the city.  The edge of Mt. Gyeryongsan (계룡산) offers number of great hiking courses.  After the hike you can enjoy a cup of coffee or have a tasty meal at one of the cafes or restaurants near the base of
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