Ddeok Guk Makes You One Year Older

Every year on Seollal/설날 (Korean Lunar New Year), Koreans eat ddeok guk/떡국, which is a rice cake soup.  While living in Korea, we would travel to Osan to my husband’s grandmother’s house where we would prepare special New Year’s foods for two days.  The main dish, and arguably the […]

A Friendly Relation-ship

As the new year dawns, for football fans 2013 marks the halfway point to the next World Cup to be held in Brazil. While Canada’s side has already been eliminated in embarrassing fashion, the Republic of Korea team seems to be well on course to qualify for its […]

The Owl of Minerva Mississauga

Just open as of March this year, the Owl of Minerva in Mississauga is the first of its franchise to branch into this side of the GTA. I’m not entirely sure there’s a Korean in Toronto who doesn’t know of this restaurant, but I sure think there’s a […]

How “Seoul” got her name

Have you ever wondered why Korea’s capital is called “Seoul”? Below is a very well-known story of how Seoul was found and how she first got her name. Not long after Taejo Lee Seong-gye founded the Joseon Dynasty in 1392, he ordered Muhagdaesa, a Buddhist monk and his […]

A princess bride rediscovered

What is it about queens and princesses that still somehow capture even grown-up women’s hearts in this day and age? It’s no surprise that we see pictures of a blissfully pregnant Kate Middleton currently gracing the cover of every celebrity-focused publication. Gossip magazines have been speculating on the name […]