Korea

Fall gently eases us into the dismal winter season with its beautiful ombre foliage, joyous harvest celebrations, and crisp hoodie weather...

October is almost over, but I’m still not ready for the cold. Every year I make a resolution to just get over my intolerance of frigid temperatures and long, dark days. “Marcella, be one with the cycles of nature!,” I tell myself. Live in the moment and accept that which you cannot control. These mantras have done little good.

So I’m posting pictures of my summer trip to Seoul, Korea, and maybe the memory of the scorching Korean sun and lack of central air will help me appreciate the impending chill.

This little fishy didn't stand a chance. Maybe if you weren't filled with ice cream and sweet red beans, I would have been a little nicer. 

This little fishy didn't stand a chance. Maybe if you weren't filled with ice cream and sweet red beans, I would have been a little nicer. 

After 14 hours of sitting on your ass in a cramped couch seat, nothing taste better than fried pork with sweet and sour sauce (탕수육), fried dumplings (만두), and noodles with black bean sauce (자장면)

After 14 hours of sitting on your ass in a cramped couch seat, nothing taste better than fried pork with sweet and sour sauce (탕수육), fried dumplings (만두), and noodles with black bean sauce (자장면)

These out door Korean markets are the best places to grab street food. 

These out door Korean markets are the best places to grab street food. 

Spicy rice cakes are a market staple. I have fond memories of those simmering caldrons of chewy rice cakes swimming in a sweet and spice sauce. 

Spicy rice cakes are a market staple. I have fond memories of those simmering caldrons of chewy rice cakes swimming in a sweet and spice sauce. 

Fish cakes ready for the eating 

Fish cakes ready for the eating 

Churros and milk soft serve!

Churros and milk soft serve!

Kwang Jang Market...blood sausage anyone? It was delicious!

Kwang Jang Market...blood sausage anyone? It was delicious!

A typical street market spread: blood sausage, spicy rice cakes, seaweed rice rolls. 

A typical street market spread: blood sausage, spicy rice cakes, seaweed rice rolls. 

These assorted batter-fried goodies had "hand taste" (손맛). This means your could taste the love of the person who prepared the dish in the food.  

These assorted batter-fried goodies had "hand taste" (손맛). This means your could taste the love of the person who prepared the dish in the food.  

This makgeoli is a world away from your standard grocery store variety. 사미인주 was my favorite among the recommendations of our resident makgeoli expert, Kimberly.  Thanks girl!

This makgeoli is a world away from your standard grocery store variety. 사미인주 was my favorite among the recommendations of our resident makgeoli expert, Kimberly.  Thanks girl!

This is the famous marinated raw crab, from Jim Mi restaurant in Seoul. I know it sounds (and looks) scary, but the crab is sweet and the bright orange roe is creamy. Mix it with rice - it's mind blowing. 

This is the famous marinated raw crab, from Jim Mi restaurant in Seoul. I know it sounds (and looks) scary, but the crab is sweet and the bright orange roe is creamy. Mix it with rice - it's mind blowing. 

This is the accompaniments for one order of crab!

This is the accompaniments for one order of crab!

Grilled meat is a must! 

Grilled meat is a must! 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Korean cold noodle soup. It's so refreshing in the summer

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Korean cold noodle soup. It's so refreshing in the summer

My first bowl of 해장국 (blood cake soup).  It was surprisingly good.  

My first bowl of 해장국 (blood cake soup).  It was surprisingly good.  

The end to any good Korean meal and to this post. Until next time!

The end to any good Korean meal and to this post. Until next time!