Oh, what a journey it was! I have visited many places around the world and few left a permanent memory and influence in my way of seeing the world.
Our recent escapade to the vibrant land of South Korea was like a symphony of flavors, a feast for the senses, and a captivating exploration of how food intertwines with life and people itself. In Korea, food isn't just sustenance; it's a journey of the soul, a celebration of harmony, and a testament to the art of patience in communion and trust.
We embarked on this adventure with no goals, just letting our preferences and curiosity take the lead. We adopted the philosophy of the yes-man, getting ready for any adventure that was proposed in front of us. We also wanted to uncover the unique and exquisite flavors that South Korea has to offer, and to experience firsthand the passionate love affair between Koreans and their food. But our adventure didn't stop at food alone; we ventured into the heart of coffee culture, visiting over 20 specialty coffee shops that left us with a newfound appreciation for the art of brewing, as well as the interesting history of Korea.
From the bustling streets of Seoul to the coastal charm of Busan and the historical depths of Gyeongju, our journey took us to every corner of this remarkable country, where every city had its own culinary tale to tell.
So, join us as we dive into a tale that's as savory as it is enlightening, exploring why we chose Korea as our culinary adventure, uncovering the passionate love affair between Koreans and their food, and savoring the unique appreciation for coffee that we discovered in Seoul, Busan, and Gyeongju.
It Always Starts with the People: The Love Story Between Koreans and Food
Imagine a dining table that resembles a vibrant party, brimming with an array of colors and flavors – that's the essence of Korean cuisine. Koreans cherish communal dining, and it's a beautiful tradition we had the pleasure of experiencing firsthand. At the heart of Korean meals is an assortment of delectable side dishes that turn every dining experience into a shared celebration.
Korean culture places immense value on sharing, and this extends to their food. It's a philosophy that turns even the simplest meal into a moment of connection and togetherness. As we delved into this world of communal dining, we discovered that good flavors are a lot like good things in life – they both take time to develop and appreciate fully.
Beyond the conventional senses of taste, this style of eating offers a new perspective on how food can be appreciated. It's yet another layer to the rich tapestry of Korean cuisine that we couldn't wait to share with you. So, let's continue our flavorful adventure through the captivating world of Korean food, where every bite is an experience, and every sensation is a revelation.
In this blog post, we invite you to journey with us through various culinary establishments in Korea. Each one exemplifies the art of savoring the present moment, embracing the beauty of patience, and savoring the exquisite flavors that emerge when time is on your side. So, let's dive in and savor the delicious details of our Korean culinary adventure!