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My first birthday in Korea...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, January 18, 2013, In : Travels in South Korea 

A few years ago a good friend of mine told me that odd numbers are sexy, especially when it comes to your age.  

Sooooo, here's to turning 35!


 

 
So my super awesome friends Seo Yun and Jeyong surprised me with a beautiful cake from Paris Baguette and a waffle loaded with strawberries (Yay FRUIT!!!!).  This is actually very apropos and reminded me of when I was a little girl and I'd beg my grandma to make me a strawberry shortcake.  I'd sit in front of a 3-tiered masterpiece coated with a thick ...

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Christmas and after...

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, December 31, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 
Ava, Jonah, and Michelle playing Uno and Ishmael, Jordan, and Nina playing the "I've Never..." drinking game
 
 Christmas was lovely, regardless of the lack of family.  I ended up extending an invitation to all my Yecheon friends and inviting them over for roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, and various desserts... as well as a Dirty Santa gift exchange party.  

165,360 Korean Won worth of beef.  It comes out to almost $159 US dollars
 
 The beef was Korean and was outstanding (you should have see...
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Yo American Men! Why haven't you thought of this???

Posted by Ava Larkin on Thursday, November 29, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 



The other night oppa took Jeyong, Lee, Jordan, and me out to dinner for fresh BBQ'd eel.  First of all, I have to say the Japanese Unagi have NOTHING on how the Koreans serve eel up.  Seriously... KILLER!  Each of us were served at least half an eel, cut into bite sized morsals, baked to a crisp mouth-melting perfection and then drizzled with a light sweet plum sauce.  Yes.... yum. 

Afterwards, oppa took us to a traditional Korean tea house where we had a variety of delicious herbal...


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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Korea Japanese American Guam style

Posted by Ava Larkin on Friday, November 23, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

 Confused much?  Cuz I am LOL.  Actually, my Korean friend Mr. Choi asked to go out on another date and so, we rounded up Jeyong (One of my Korean male friends that speaks great English and I hang out with all the time) and Lee (my soju drinking buddy/partner in crime/sister in another life) and headed for Andong.  As most of you know I have a love for speed and things that go fast.  So, having been moseying around the countryside at speeds that would make my grandma wanna pull out her shotgu...
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Links for making Gochujang (고추장) and Soybean Paste

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, November 5, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 
In the even you can't find them, you can make them.  But, I highly recommend ordering on the internet instead.  Gochujang is THAT good ^^.

Gochujang Recipe


Doenjang (Soybean Paste) Recipe


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Ava's Oyster Stew with a Korean Kick (Recipe)

Posted by Ava Larkin on Monday, November 5, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 


Ok, so this weekend I stayed in Yecheon and relaxed (sort of).  Instead of galavanting all around SoKo I decided to keep it local and cook up some "Western" food for my friends.  Saturday night I made Fettuccine Alfredo with mushrooms and marinated pan-seared chicken, which turned out good.  This is somewhat difficult to pull off here, since buying enough cheese for a pizza costs almost as much as your heating bill!!!  But, where there's a will there's an A-va. 

Last night I decided to not ...


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Fireworks In Yecheon

Posted by Ava Larkin on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 

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Brilliance has a name....

Posted by Ava Larkin on Saturday, August 25, 2012, In : Travels in South Korea 
And it's KUDZU NOODLES!!!!


We didn't think of this because...?!?!?

Here are pics of some of the meals I've made for myself.  Contrary to my belief that I could never enjoy Kimchi again (long story), I am thoroughly enjoying it and it has become a staple at every meal. 


Rice with Gogi, seasoned black beans, dried and
marinated anchovies, and kimchi



Saturday morning breakfast of champions:  kimchi
ramyun with gogi, egg, and more kimchi


I'll write more about Friday later... time to get back to lesson...

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Ava Larkin


Ava Larkin Artist, Sculptor, Singer, Language Freak, Motorcycle Enthusiast, and about everything in between... currently teaching English in South Korea. http://motojezebelle.tumblr.com/