Travel S. Korea: Seoul Lantern Festival 

Some more photos of the 2016 Seoul Lantern Festival! I hope you guys have enjoyed looking at these photos and maybe they have even inspired you to visit Korea someday. 

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Foodie Friday: 칼국수 

While 칼국수 (Kalguksu) is a summer food in South Korea, I love to eat it this time of year when it is getting colder! When I first tried Kalguksu it reminded me of chicken noodle soup, except replace the chicken with shrimp and octopus. It is very delicious! 

Travel Japan: Sanjūsangen-dō in Kyoto 

The last place my dad and I visited while in Kyoto was Sanjūsangen-dō.

Sanjūsangen-dō is a buddist temple and features one thousand life size statues called the Thousand Armed Kannon.  Before going inside we had to take off our shoes and we weren’t allowed to take any pictures of the inside. Along with the many statues, there was an alter where people could light candles and pray. It was interesting to see.

On the outside we were allowed to take pictures.

Travel Japan: Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto

This week has been a rough one for me as midterms have arrived. As I am sitting in the library attempting to study, I realize that a year ago this past weekend (Oct 14-16, 2016) was when I visited Japan for the first time. 

I was studying in South Korea but my dad was in Japan on business, so he brought me over for the weekend so we could explore Kyoto together 

One of the places we went was Kinkaku-ji, also known as The Golden Temple. There were many other tourists there, as well as groups of children taking tours with their schools.

Foodie Friday: 삼겹살

삼겹살 (samgyupsal) is a popular dish in Korea. The meat is fresh pork belly and it is grilled. It can be cooked in long or short strips. My friends and I would grill them long and then cut them when they were finished. It is grilled without any seasoning or marinated.

It is usually served with a variety of side dishes such as fried eggs, cabbage, dried anchovies, sweet potato, garlic, and onion. It is also comes with leaf lettuce, so you can wrap the meat and side dishes together. Gochujang is a red sauce you can add for a bit of spice.

My favorite way to eat with samgyupsal is with rice and doenjang jjigae (a type of stew).