Apr 252014

2014-03-25 Raliegh trip 48 banner
Here are a few pictures from our trip to Raleigh in late March.


 Posted by on 25 Apr 2014
Apr 252014

2014-04-25 ANZAC Day 04 bannerWe attended the dawn ANZAC Day ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea. There was a huge turnout, between military officers, diplomats & other civilians from Australia & New Zealand, from other countries and of course from the Koreans. There’s a much larger A/NZ presence here than there was in India in the late 1990’s!

HE Bill Patterson, Ambassador of Australia and HE Patrick Rata, Ambassador of New Zealand, each said a few words. I thought that Patrick’s was particularly good.  Also, I was pleased and surprised to see the Turks represented there, including a reading of Atatürk’s Ode by Col. Salih Ataman, the Turkish Defense Attaché… We learn something about other countries’ relations every day!

Afterwards was an informal breakfast.  The Naval Attachés, bless them, offered a wee drop of rum to brace up the coffee for those who wanted it.


 Posted by on 25 Apr 2014
Apr 162014

ambassador_odonoghue_resizeAingeal was interviewed this morning (Wed 16-Apr-2014) on the local English-language station TBS eFM 101.3FM.

The interview is available on their website ( http://thismorning.iblug.com/index.jsp?cn=FP1335180N0104514 ), and I’ve also made a copy that you can listen to here:

or download (FLAC or MP3)


 Posted by on 16 Apr 2014
Apr 112014

2014-04-11 Scorched Baeksuk 01 banner

2014-04-11 Scorched Baeksuk 24Scorched Baeksuk of Seongbuk-dong (성북동 누룽지백슥) is a place that I’ve been meaning to go for some time. It’s at the very top of Seongbuk-ro, just where the road bifurcates (left, over the mountain to one side of Samcheong, or right up to Daesagwan-ro & the tunnel to the other side of Samcheong). Aside from large posters advertising jazz lately, What caught my eye was that it’s such a modern building. So was the Barley Tablet, come to think of it (and, come to think of it, I really need someone to check these weird Google Translate results). The interior was very nice, with (quite unusually) art on the walls!  A very pleasant place, and bright with those big windows.  BTW, Baeksuk is “a Korean culinary term referring to dishes made by boiling or steaming meat or fish to be cooked thoroughly without seasonings” according to Wikipedia.

2014-04-11 Scorched Baeksuk 09You sign in on a white-board, with your name, number of people and what you’re ordering from the short menu.  I was a little unclear on this, but a nice Korean lady explained (she later came to my table and said if I had any questions, just to come over & ask her; very nice!).  I ordered the Buckwheat Sujebi with short-necked clams (바지락 메밀수제비, Bajirak Memil Sujebi).  Sujebi is hand-torn flat noodles.

Not very good on the side dishes — sjust kimchee and radish kimchee.  But really good!  and boy was it spicy!  So not much to say there.  But the soup itself wsa excellent, good noodles & plenty of clams.  So we’ll give them a pass on the side dishes — it’s not their thing here.

2014-04-11 Scorched Baeksuk 15 closeup of Nurungji BaeksukBut I really need to come back with more people (say, with Aingeal and That Girl) to have the house specialty.  Everyone on the white board was ordering it, and the Korean lady said it is the house specialty, Nurungji Baeksuk 성북동 누룽지백숙 / 메밀전 (Boiled checked with burnt rice soup).

It’s a fair sized dish, with the chicken, the soup and the buckwheat pancake — the people sitting next to me had it, and it was certainly a good dish for 2 or 3 people.  S

Conclusion: Another dinner destination!

 Posted by on 11 Apr 2014