It’s really ironic that I almost missed out on the meal we considered to be one of our top 5 best meals of our entire Korea trip. This was definitely the best meal we had up to this point and we were in Korea for over a week. I was busy doing work and once in a while, I opted to stay home to edit vlogs or write blog entries. The thing about our line of work is that even when you’re on vacation, you’re never truly on vacation. You’re actually working all the time.
There was something I wanted to do ever since we landed in Korea… and that was to eat dinner at a convenience store! Wait…huh? That might sound funny to some, but the convenience stores in Korea are usually well-equipped for this sort of thing. It’s actually part of Korean culture, especially late at night. There are hot water containers, microwaves, and some kind of indoor or outdoor seating. When I went to Korea by myself over 10 years ago, I did this often since I was eating alone. I have fond memories of grabbing my snack and sitting by the window to people watch.
Because I’m a chef, people always ask me if I’m critiquing food as I eat it. The truth is that I don’t. The only time I do is when something tastes so exceptional that it perplexes me. Then I become radio silent and start chewing slowly. Inside my brain is a monkey on a computer taking down notes while I’m trying to break down why something is so delicious and why in the world I’m not making it already. This is the experience I had eating Korean Spicy Chicken Stir Fry (닭갈비).
In our second vlog of our Korea Trip video diary series, things get a little more personal. One of the main reasons we are here in Korea in the first place is to meet our newborn twin nephews. Joe’s brother’s family has been living in Korea for several years now, but this is our FIRST TIME visiting them! We’ve been staying at their place and taking care of our energetic niece while her parents are at the hospital and the post-natal care facility.
If you don’t follow us on social media, you probably have no clue that we’re in Korea right now! We were so swamped with work leading up to our trip that we didn’t have time to even announce it here on our blog or on our YouTube channels. In fact, we were so busy editing, rendering, and uploading videos up to the last minute that Joe had to pull an all-nighter, and we packed for our long trip at 3am, just a few hours before we boarded the plane!
We decided to use this trip as an opportunity to try our hand at daily vlogging. We’ll see how it goes. As of now, we can’t edit and upload a new video everyday, but we’re trying our best to at least document a little bit each day as a video diary series of our entire Korea trip. We’re staying with Joe’s brother’s family (who we’re visiting for the first time since they moved here), and Joe’s parents are visiting at the same time as well. We have a few family obligations to take care of first, but our activity should pick up soon.
We hope you stay tuned for our vlogs that we’ll try to post up regularly from Korea, and we hope you like them. It’s not easy working while on “vacation,” but that’s what we signed up for with this crazy YouTube life. We thought it would be nicer to share our experience while we’re still here rather than waiting to come back home to filter through countless mounds of footage. We just utilize our time late at night or early in the morning while everyone is asleep. The jet lag definitely gives us a leg up with that! To see what we’ve done so far, watch our first Korea Trip Vlog below:
I was asked by an organization called Crossing Borders to be one of the chefs cooking for a fundraising event in Chicago called, “Eat for North Korea.” They expected about 200 people to show up and 100% of the ticket sales would go directly towards providing aid to the North Korean refugees living in China. I think the concept that people were going to be eating for the starving people in North Korea was the perfect ironic marketing tool…so kudos Crossing Borders for coming up with that title! Read more