A Year In, A World Away, The Great Adventure Continues....

One year ago today, Shane and I stood, electrified yet somber, optimistic yet intimidated, in the international terminal of O'Hare in Chicago. We'd said our lachrymose farewells to our families and most of our possessions were packed away in storage. We arrived.                                                                                      
And here we are today, living a damn good life

Top 5 Foods to Beat the Overseas Blues

Ok, so you’ve made it! You have gone through all the paperwork and hard work it takes to get yourself overseas and to the start of your new adventure!! You have been busily embracing the culture and it’s cuisine and enjoying every minute of it! The only thing is you are starting to miss home, just a little. You’re feeling slightly sad and depressed and can’t seem to get out of the funk. Well nothing creates or cures homesickness more quickly than food. It’s amazing how your diet, especially a new one, can impact your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and moods.

Gazpacho and Popcorn Cakes

It’s summer in Korea and tomatoes are everywhere! I love tomatoes but its way too hot to cook with them now so what better way to use them then to make this Spanish favorite, Gazpacho! This cold soup is delicious and hits the spot on a hot day, but I wanted something on the side to make this dish a little more filling. Something a little salty to go with that tomato flavor and something healthy. Then I remembered an episode of Top Chef that made Popcorn Cakes! It’s a perfect match.

Napoleon Dynamite Goes Raw

Anyone remember this Napoleon Dynamite video? Who knew he was making a case for the raw food movement?! Although I wouldn’t suggest drinking raw eggs, I think actually seeing them do so takes raw food to a whole new level and makes me gag a little! It’s up to you to decide if you want to be a part of that level or not…I choose not. However, I do think it’s important to explore raw food.

The raw food diet says that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked. If food is heated it should only be heated to 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit (some food can be heated to a higher temp without destroying its enzymes).

Goodbye Rainy Day Blues!

So, its been raining for the last 5 days here in South Korea and I’m starting to feel a little bummed to say the least. At first, it was a welcome break and an excuse to get a lot of work done, but now it’s just ridiculous! Here it is Tuesday morning and it’s grey, rainy and depressing outside. I wish the weather didn’t affect mood as much as it does. If you’re feeling this way too, don’t worry! Here are some tips on how to curb your raining day feeling!

First of all, put on some music! Pick out your favorite upbeat song (That’s right UPBEAT. In know all of my emo friends out there will struggle with this but trust me!) Turn up the volume, dance and sing along! Not only should this put you in a better mood, but if you do actually dance (and I do!) you’re sneakily (yeah, that’s a word) adding some cardio into your day. As you know this releases those excellent and much-needed endorphins to make you feel great fast!

Peace and Love from Busan: Version Shane.0

Homesickness from my point of view.

Peace and Love from Busan

To my faithful readers:

As you may have noticed, May and June have been rather, err, quiet here on Soju Cocktail. I must first say sorry for all the wasted clicks while you patiently waited for the next dispatch from sunny Busan. Second, let me tell you what's been going on that kept me from sharing all the goodness.

Top 5 de-stressing tips for expats!

I have been living and teaching English in South Korea for the last 15 months and though being here has it’s highlights I have definitely had my share of stress! Like everyone, I have dealt with stress and stressful situations before but this is the first time I have encountered this particular kind of stress. I think to understand it you need to be living in another country where you do not understand the language and are unfamiliar with the culture.

When I say “different kind of stress” what I mean is that my job is pretty mellow compared to what I was doing at home, I am essentially on a big adventure while here in Korea and should be enjoying every cultural difference and nuance…that is what I signed up for right? Not to mention, we as expats are getting a pretty good deal in terms of compensation, so why the need to de-stress?

Live from Busan!

The Amazing Race Daegu

Nothing says adventure like an Amazing Race scavenger hunt, so when opportunity knocked on our door in the form of Dianna and Bryan inviting us along, we went with it. Our team of four, Team Amuricah (said with a slow drawl), took on the city of Daegu, the third largest city in Korea, just a bit northwest of Busan. 

Seventeen teams competed, mostly all foreigners with a few native Koreans here and there. About six of us teams had never set foot in Daegu before-- including us. That would prove to be less of a disadvantage than you think it would. 

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