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Don-Don: Japanese Dining House

A Happy New Year Experience

I’m a huge fan of Japanese food. I must confess I also enjoy a whisky highball or three, especially on a special occasion. With this in mind, myself and my fiancé decided to make Don-Don our NYE restaurant of choice.

The first thing that struck us as we walked into Don-Don was the atmosphere. The place was buzzing pleasantly with a mixture of families, friends, and couples. We were promptly seated with a menu and told by the attentive staff that a table would be ready in 5 minutes.

We ordered right away, both opting for sets from the main menu. I went for the Beef, and my fiancé the Shabu-Shabu. Both meals came with rice, miso soup, pickled vegetables and, bizarrely, pasta. These side dishes were very welcome (pasta aside), but didn’t distract from the stars of the show.


Tap Houses in Busan

The original article (and the entire issue) can be read online at the following link and in HAPS Magazine (available at many fine watering holes throughout Busan right now).

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Leave Me Alone


Defending the Lady’s Honor

by Mr. Motgol

Ha-bin was always a messy drunk. Every time she went out she got catastrophically hammered. British chick wasted. A weaving, incoherent puddle of babble and drool. But unlike a British chick, Ha-bin wasn’t tall and brawny, with ancient, boozy Viking blood pumping through her veins. Instead, she was a small Korean woman with zero natural tolerance for alcohol. As a result, every time she touched the stuff she turned into a chaotic wreck. You could set your watch to it.


Nu Look Plus (누룩 프러스)

Name: Nu Look Plus (누룩 프러스).

Location: Myeong Dong


Cargo 127: Craft Beer and Pub Grub Perfection in Itaewon

One of the biggest culinary trends to hit South Korea over the past couple years is that of craft beer.  Subsequently, microbreweries and small gastropubs have been mushrooming throughout Seoul, particularly in the neighborhoods of Itaewon, Gyeongnidan and Haebangchon.

Each of these watering holes offers up their own specialties, all of which are nice alternatives of tasteless Cass, watery OB and the rest of Korea's substandard brews.  One of the best places to get in on the craft action is Cargo 127 in the heart of Itaewon.

sorry ware house is been shut down

warehouse is shut down now


Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival 대구 치맥 페스티벌

There are countless festivals for every season in Korea, but some of them stand out more than others. When I first heard that there was a chicken and beer festival I knew I had to go! We only live an hour by train from Daegu so we decided to make the trek and meet up with a few friends that we don’t get to see very often! Actually this video is what sold me on going. They even had a theme song and dance! How can you resist a summer day with cold beer, fried chicken, and silly dances?!


Beer Barkets (or “beer changgo” or “beer...





Beer Barkets (or “beer changgo” or “beer warehouse”) is a do-it-yourself beer pub trend that has become super popular in Korea. I love it.

You go in, you grab a table, and then you go get your own bottle of beer from a row of refrigerators. Prices are easily visible; it’s often arranged low to high. You open your own beer, have it at the table, and put the empty bottle in the basket at your table. Then, when you’re ready to leave, the cashier will ring up your empty bottles.

I love that no one is pressuring me to buy more drinks, and that I’m not forced to purchase 안주 (anju, a meal accompanying alcohol), which is usually required in Korean culture. This is an emerging trend in the last two years, and I’d like to see it expand.


Going Gluten-Free in Korea (I’m trying.)


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