Seoul Food: Trench Town Caribbean Restaurant in Itaewon

Trench Town Caribbean Restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul, Korea Opened on April 28, Caribbean BBQ arrived in Seoul at Trench Town restaurant in Itaewon.  They claim to “serve the best pimento smoked jerk chicken, ribs, lamb chops and massive tiger shrimp”.  Coming from Toronto (home of “The Real Jerk”), I had been missing these flavours.  Yaman in…

Seoulcialite Staycations: Vantage Value Hotel Worldwide High End Suwon

I’m always amazed by how small Seoul can feel for such a massive city.  While Co-Pilot lives on a military base in Korea, his cousin and her boyfriend live live and teach in Suwon!  Suwon is technically part of the Seoul subway system.  Since they’re leaving to go back to the States soon, we wanted to…

Seoulcialites: Dr. Tony Garrett, Kiwi Chamber

Saturday May 20th (in Seoul) and Saturday June 3rd (in Busan) the Kiwi Chamber will be hosting its well-known New Zealand Wine Festival!  In advance of this special event, get to know a little about Dr. Tony Garrett, Chairman of The Kiwi Chamber (aka the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce). What originally brought you to…

Vineworks Korea

Anyone who knows me well knows I have a fondness for wine.  My personal perspective on wine is that the best bottle is quite simply the one you enjoy.  I seem to have found a kindred spirit in Ian Ashworth, Founder and Proprietor of Vineworks Korea! Vineworks Korea Vineworks Korea has been going strong for…

Hanbok in a Hanok: 학인당 Hakindang Guesthouse

Hakindang Hanok Guesthouse in Beautiful Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do! Super duper Korean cuteness! What do you think the guy on the left is supposed to be? // #travel • • • • • • • • • • • • #ig_travel #travelphotography #travelpics #travelsnaps #travelphotos #instapassport #passportready #travelingram #travelblog #travelblogger #solotravel #globalnomad #travellife #traveltheworld #globetrotter #traveladdict #traveldiaries…

Seoulfood: Braai Republic Itaewon

For a long time I’ve wanted to share a magical little place in Itaewon (Seoul) called Braai Republic.  Introduced to me by he who mustn’t be named back in May, I’ve now been to the restaurant at least 6 or 7 times.  This South African spot is fairly unassuming, and unless you knew where to go…

Seoul Staycations: Hotel Maui DDM

As an English Teacher living in Korea, my lodgings aren’t exactly where or what I thought they’d be at 29.  When I was invited for a Seoul Staycation at the Hotel Maui DDM (Dongdaemun) I leaped at the opportunity.  Want to get in on the action?  There’s a special discount for mentioning The Toronto Seoulcialite.  Scroll…

Seoulcialite Day at the Races – Seoul EVENT

I must admit, I do love spending the day with all the pretty little horses!  This weekend (Sunday Fun-day September 11th, 2016) Let’s Run Seoul and the Korean Racing Authority present the Korea Cup 2016.  This event invitation, extended exclusively to foreigners in Korea (Waygooks, rejoice!), means free entry into this international event!  Jockeys from…

…and they’re off (-track Horse Racing at Walkerhill)

Let’s Run: A case where going “Off Track” is a good thing.

The new facilities at the Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, which opened Friday June 3rd, 2016, are clean and quiet. This is a far cry from what I would have imagined having been to some of the casinos throughout Asia. A few juicy details to note before jumping into the nitty-gritty.

Candidly Kate: Where to Teach in Korea

In a country the size of Indiana, you would think that the two largest cities would have similar lifestyles. After spending a year in Busan I thought I have conquered Korea enough to hit the capital. Could I have been more wrong?

The Bucket List: Round II

On Saturday I participated in a press tour organized by the municipality of Seoul in collaboration with the Korean Food Foundation. Seoul Bloggers and Photographers went for a meet, greet, walking tour of the old city, and lunch. I’m so incredibly honoured to have been invited. We had a wonderful day with a great tour guide and I managed to cross off even more places I had been hoping to visit. Having lived in Korea for a year, I’d like to present Round II of my Bucket List, this edition being all Seoul. As I’ve already managed to visit many of the places on my initial list, I’ll give a little information and/or an opinion on each, and then list the remainder at the end. One thing’s for sure – it’s never a dull time living in Seoul!

Jogyesa Temple – Lotus Lantern Weekend Part ii

Korean couples love to get dressed up and wander around the old, traditional towns, as well as the Palaces and the Temples. All this was amplified by the hoopla of Buddha’s Birthday Weekend which has been celebrated as a festival since the Unified Silla era over 1,300 years ago. Yep – he gets the whole weekend, the festival, the parade, and all the beautiful lantern displays at nearly every temple the month leading up to his birthday and for for many, the weeks beyond (at Jogyesa they’ll be around until May 22nd). I guess it’s like leaving your Christmas lights up on your front porch all year long, just a lot less honky-tonk and a lot more beautiful!