American food : le royaume du gras

Bienvenue dans un nouvel article : comment avoir et conserver son diabète ?

Une seule réponse : manger aux États-Unis pendant 3 semaines ! Outre le fait qu’entre burger, frites, pancakes, bacon et soda les calories y vont bon train, les quantités américaines sont plus qu’énormes. Pour la plupart des restaurants commander un plat pour deux personnes est largement suffisant (encore faut-il se mettre d’accord sur le choix dans le menu). Voici donc quelques extraits de mets exquis et raffinés :

  1. Toujours bien commencer la journée avec des céréales 100 % sucres. De quoi vous donner un boost d’énergie !

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2. 10h : Piquorer quelques fraises sur le port de San Francisco. Pourquoi manger des fruits ? Parce qu’ils sont plongés dans du bon chocolat. Il ne fallait pas faire descendre ce taux de sucre !

 

3. Pour votre déjeuner, pourquoi ne pas tester le fameux “grilled cheese”? Un sandwich composé de cheddar fondu avec ici des frites de patates douces. IMG_3379

 

4. Vous aviez encore un petit creux ? Pas de soucis ! Testez les différents milkshakes dans les dinners américains en ville ou bordant les autoroutes. Rien de plus clichés mais comme c’est bon !

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Une alternative : la “ice cream beer” : une bière composée de bière, soda et glace… un melange plus que douteux

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5. Quelques tacos pour l’apéro de ce soir ? Parce que le Mexique n’est pas loin, de nombreux plats sud américains sont dans les différents restaurants du pays. Encore délicieux mais extrêment généreux.

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6. Manger plus léger c’est aussi possible dans les restos de Los Angeles qui se veulent un peu “bobo” et “green”. De quoi faire une detox des autres repas.

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7. Il fallait cependant finir ce tour de nourriture par le fameux cheesecake. Ici il s’agit d’un cheesecake à la cookie dough (pâte de cookies) à la cheescake factory, car quitte à rester dans le gras autant y aller à fond

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8. Pour vos yeux : quelques délices des plus fins de la gastronomie américaine :

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Goodbye Pohang

Pohang is not the most attractive destination in South Korea, and yet I lived there for almost 6 months. I experienced most of my Korean adventures there, got lost, met people and this is why Pohang has a special  place in my heart. I would not recommend to someone that is traveling in Korea to go there because the city is just as another city in Korea. However, if you stop by this city you’ll maybe like it because of its different aspects.

The first one is the city center of the city. It looks like another medium city in Korea: nothing extraordinary but you’ll find a special street called “Yugkeori” meaning the 6 streets. Here you’ll find a lot of clothes shops in the main artery. If you are going in the side streets you’ll find a lot of cute shops, restaurant, juice places etc. I spent so many afternoons there, hanging out with my friends, buying souvenirs and useless stuff. It’s a really charming area!

img_1757Near the area of Yugkeori, if you walk along the main street for few blocks you’ll go into Jukdo market. This market is a huge one where you can find a lot of different stuff for cheap. If you want to visit a Korean market this is a really good one.The most impressive part is the fish part. You’ll find huge backs of different fishes, crabs…

 

 

 

 

The next charming place in Pohang is in the area of “Yeongildae beach”which is near the beach (like the name say). There you have a lot of different restaurants, bars, the beach and Yeongildae monument. At night it’s even more beautiful because of the lighting. It seems that it’s on the sea! I spent a lot of nights on the beach walking around, and it’s better to see the sea at night. Indeed, Koreans don’t swim so I wasn’t really comfortable to be the only one swimming. Moreover, the beach is not the prettiest one in Pohang because you see in front of you a lot of industries. At night the industries are color’s lighted so the view with all these lights is cool. At night, you also can play with small fireworks on the beach !

 

So, to spend some time on the beach the best place to go in Pohang is “Chilpo beach”. The water is really beautiful, the beach almost empty and the mountains are near it. From the beach, there is a trail in the mountain which is beautiful. You can see the beach from the top. On the contrary of Yeongildae beach, on this one you can go swim because the water is so much cleaner and even some Koreans go swim there.

 

 

There are also a lot more of other places that are really pretty to see in Pohang. I  already talked about them in previous posts that you can find there:

Homigot sunrise and its famous hand :  Click here for Homigot sunrise 

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Also far from the city center but still in Pohang the Bogyeoungsa temple and its waterfall, a really great escape of one day that you can find in this post: Click here for Bogyeoungsa temple and its waterfall

 

 

 

One day trip at Udo Island

After being for some days on Jeju island, my friends and I decided to visit Udo island (also really famous). To go to this island you should take the ferry from Jeju of about 10 minutes.

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Udo Island is a really small island that is really easy to visit in one day. To do the tour of it you could either take the bus, the bicycle or scooter. I rent a bicycle for the day ( 10 000 won, 9 dollars) and it was the best idea. With it, we could travel all around the island for the day by stopping at the spot we wanted to see.

The first stop we did was at the Hongjodangoe beach. Unfortenulatly, the weather was bad and the beach crowded but the water was extremely beautiful. It was amazing to see!

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From there we decided to do some speed boat to discover more about the island. The boat was really funny and we could appreciate the beauty of the island from the sea. (I have to admit I was pretty scared also).

 

After this stop, we decided to try one of the famous food of the island : the peanut ice cream. You can find some peanut ice cream all over the island and it’s really tasty!

Then, we took the road again to ride a bit more. After some kilometres, we decided to stop at a horse riding place for some of my friends. Udo Island is really famous for its horse rides but it’s more about doing a small tour near the stable than a real ride. In my opinion, it’s not worth it because of the path which is not that pretty. However, my friend that don’t have the chance to do some horse riding really enjoyed it.

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During the rest of our ride, we didn’t stop at some specific points but we preferred to ride until the end. Even if there were not vista point to see, the landscape was really beautiful. It’s the real countryside of Korea. You go into the wheat field, near the sea, in the meadow… A lot of different sceneries in one and only place!

 

To end this day we took back the ferry to Jeju (which leaves early, be careful to not being stuck on Udo island).We spent an amazing day on Udo which is full of many surprises.

Specialities of Jeju island

As I already mentioned  in my previous post :  Discovering the wonders of Jeju, this island is full of beautiful surprises. Even if it’s in Korea Jeju has some specialities that you can only find there (or almost). For example, the people living there speak Korean but they do have some different words and accent (such as Quebec and France).

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Another distinguish example in Jeju are the Dol Hareubang which are rock status (from volcanic rock most of the time). They are considered to be gods offering both protection and fertility. They are also placed outside gates in order to protect people against demons. Nowadays  Dol Hareubang are a symbol of the island. You can actually find some EVERYWHERE! There is also a lot of small rocks for souvenirs. The meaning today stayed as a symbol of fertility.

 

Another particularity of Jeju island is its food. First of all, they are some small oranges called Tangerines that are growing all over the place… You can buy some in supermarkets or other souvenir shops but the best place to buy some are in the street. You can buy some to street sellers and it will be cheaper and so much better.

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Tangerines taste like orange and clementine at the same time. I also really loved to drink Tangerines juice with the hot weather it’s perfect!

The other special food of Jeju is the black pork. The meal is really similar as the traditional Korean barbecue. You’re cooking the meat in the middle of the table but the meat is black pork. Black pork is really traditional from Jeju and if you have the chance to try it you should.

The meat has a particular taste from other pigs, it has a smoked taste. The only thing to know is that black pig is an expensive meal (for Korea). If you want to try this speciality you should first look at the different prices depending on restaurants.

 

So here some specialities of the beautiful Island of Jeju but of course there are a lot more to discover!

 

 

Korean food

Each country has its own specialities for food. You may think that Korean food is similar to Chinese and Japanese ones. Indeed, they have some common ingredients such as noodles, rice, lots of side dishes. Except of that Korean food is really particular. First of all, it’s really spicy. Secondly, you don’t eat one main dish but a lot of small dishes. Thirdly, they rarely eat dessert. Lastly, they eat Kimchee EVERYWHERE (they are obsessed with this fermented spicy cabbage).

So here few examples of what you can eat when you go to Korea:

  1. MANDU

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This food is call Mandu which is some kind of Korean Dumplings. It’s most of the time stuffed with meat and vegetables. You rarely eat this as a meal but more like a snack when you buy them on markets.

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This is another example of Mandu which can be found in restaurants. These ones were filled with pork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. JAJANGMYEON

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This dish is a mix between Korean and Chinese cuisine. I ordered this in a Chinese restaurant but my Chinese friend told me it was more Korean than Chinese. It’s basically black noodles called Jajangmyeon with rice and cooked vegetables.

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Here another version of Jajangmyeon in a Korean restaurant. It doesn’t look appetizing but trust me it’s not bad.

 

3. HONEY BREAD

This meal is a honey bread. It looks like a big french toast but way much better. If you can try this DO IT! It’s delicious.

 

4. SOUPS

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Koreans do eat a lot of soups. Almost in every meal, they have a side dish which is a soup. For this picture, the main dish was a soup with fish and shrimp and the other soup with black pork.

5. GOGIGUI

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Here is the famous Korean barbecue or Gogigui which is one of the most well known Korean dishes. You basically cook meat (pork, beef, duck or chicken) on a small barbecue on the middle of the table. With that, you have a lot of side dishes. To eat correctly a Korean barbecue you have to take a slice of salad, put meat and everything from the side dishes that you like and eat everything at the same time.

If you have the chance you should try it’s really tasty and there is a lot of restaurant of Korean barbecue even abroad.

 

6. WEIRD FOOD

Here is some weird thing about food in Korea. The first one is pizza. Pizzas in Korea are most of the time not good, full of oil and really sweet. The one in the picture is sweet potato pizza and it’s really sweet. Not really good for a fan of traditional pizza.

The second thing is a Korean fruit which looks and tastes like yellow melon but has the same size than a tennis ball.

Lastly, Koreans drink a lot of milk. This is maybe because their dishes are really spicy. They have a lot of flavored milk such as strawberry, banana, watermelon, melon …(They even have a banana milk coffee shop).

 

7. BUBBLE TEA

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Bubble tea is famous all over the world but it originally comes from Korea. It can be an Ice tea, yogurt, smoothie with tapioca balls at the bottom. It’s really good and you can drink this in a lot of countries.

 

8. ICE CREAM

Koreans also eat a lot of ice cream (because of the cheap price) during winter and summer. They have a lot of different flavor and shapes which is good to try.

 

9. ORDERING CHICKEN

 

Ordering food in Korea is really famous. (and useful). Because Koreans eat dinner really early (around 5:30) at night they get hungry and order either chicken or Jjimdak. When they order chicken they have to choose the sauce between so many, the most famous ones are spicy, honey, barbecue. Then they eat the fried chicken with the sauce on it.

 

10. BINSU

Binsu is the most famous dessert in Korea. This is basically crushed ice with a topping such as fruits or biscuit and condensed milk. You can find a lot of different flavors such as mango, strawberry, chocolate, melon, oreo, berries… This dish is really big and like a lot of dishes in Korea you share it.

 

11. BULGOGI

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This dish is call Bulgogi which is marinated beef. You eat it the same way as the barbecue so in a slice of salad with side dishes. Really good!

 

12. COOKED SPICY CHICKEN

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Cooked meat with vegetables and cheese. One of my favorite meal. You basically eat the meat after that it’s cook. If you go in restaurants like this they’ll give you a burp cloth because when it’s cooking you can have spicy things jumping out of the plate. (and it’s really hard to take off).

 

13. JJIMDAK

This is my favorite meal called Jjimdak. On the picture, the first one is red Jjimdak which is chicken with cheese and vegetables. This is really good I love it. The second one is soy sauce Jjimdak which is also really really good.

 

14. RAMEN

You can’t survive in Korea without eating Ramen (noodles). It’s really cheap, easy, quick to do so this is why they do it a lot of Ramen.

Speaking of noodles they also eat udon which is bigger than ramen and doesn’t have the same taste.

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15. DAK GALBI

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16. PORK FRIED CUTLET

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Koreans also eat a lot of fried pork cutlet with some sauce and cheese on it. First, it taste weird but after you get used to it.

 

17. TTEOKBOKKI and GIMPAP

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Lastly, you’ll see at the left one of the picture one of the favorite dish of Koreans : Tteokbokki which is rice cake in a spicy sauce. It doesn’t look good but it is.

At the right, you’ll see Gimbap which are rolls of vegetables, meat and rice.

 

 

Here are few examples of the food in Korea. Even if I stayed a long time there I couldn’t try everything they eat. If you go there, try to discover more flavors …

Korean markets

Markets in Korea are everywhere! If you are going to Korea you can’t miss one because they are in every city. When I first came in Korea I visited some markets because it’s really different from my country. However, once you started to live there, markets are just places where you can find cheap products and in your quotidian life.

So, what’s inside these Korean market? Everything !

Most of the time, you’ll find food. A lot of food. A lot. It’s usually not the main Korean dishes that you can eat in restaurants but more street food which is usually Gimpab, Tteokbokki, Udon skewer, Korean pancake…

 

The advantage of eating them is that you can try a lot of Korean food without ordering a whole meal. Moreover, the food in markets is really cheap (between 1000 and 2000 for one piece so between 0,86 and 1,72 $).

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In bigger markets, you will also find people eating their meal seated just next to or in front of the seller. Sometimes, Koreans actually take their meal in these crowdy and noisy markets. Eating like this is normal for Koreans because the time spent to eat is really short. They eat fast and right after they finished they go.

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Speaking of food, fish markets are also really popular in Korea. Because seafood is accessible there, people go into fishes market to get their future meal.The most famous one is the Noryangjin fish market in Seoul.There is also another big one in Busan that I already talked about in : https://travelwithtinablog.com/2016/07/04/a-day-in-busan/

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What is different from a normal fish market is first its size: so much bigger than what we are usually used to. Moreover the variety of species. You can find everything you imagined there (and also weird things that you never imagined before).

 

The last food street market that you can find in Korea is the independent shoppers on the streets. There is a lot of old people, most of the time seated on the floor selling their vegetables/fruits. Sometimes they have a carriage but most of the time they are selling their products on the streets.

 

Korean markets are also composed of clothes. There is a lot of places where you can find cheap clothes in the markets made for it. One of the most famous ones in Seoul is the  Dongdaemun market.

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However, in these kinds of places, it’s better to know some basic Korean if you want to buy something because sellers don’t speak English. If you can’t speak Korean you can always make some signs.

One thing in the clothing area in Korean markets that I loved was the socks part. They really get crazy with socks and have incredible patterns…. they are all so cute… You can find animals, princesses, heroes… everything !

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Finally, the last part in Korean markets are gadgets and toys. This is one thing that there is in Asia. You can find in street markets all kind of stuff for cheap. It’s really useful when you want to buy something but you also want it cheap. Also,  don’t hesitate to negotiate if the prices are not on the objects.

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A day in Busan

I couldn’t stay in Korea for almost 6 months and not go in the second biggest city of the country. However, I did realize that at the end of my trip so I didn’t have much time to spend there. But in one day I decided to see as much as I could ! So here my one day trip in Busan:

Because of my short timing, I took an easy option: the drop-off  bus in order to reduce the time of transportation. My first stop in Busan was Oryukdo islets which are basically really tiny islands near the coast. You can see them from the coast and even walk on a glass bridge on the sea. However, you can not go on the islets themselves.

 

The fact of seeing theses small islands wasn’t the best thing ever but there were a path where you can hike. The hiking path is enjoyable, being in the “nature” and at the same time being so close from a modern city. Indeed, if you look towards the islets you’ll see nature but if you turn toward the city you’ll see the big buildings which are characteristics of Korea.

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My second stop was in the city center to see the famous Jalgachi fish market. Because Bu_DSC6528san is near the see, there is one of the biggest fish markets there. After seeing the one in Seoul this one is still impressive but looks really similar.

There are a lot of different species of fishes, octopus, crabs, dry fish… The particularity of this fish markets is that you can eat your meal there. They prepare for you the fresh fish and you eat it on small tables in the market. One of the most famous specialties in Korea is eating living octopus. This meal is called Sannakji. I couldn’t try because it looks so weird for me… The small pieces of octopus are still moving in your plate and if you eat it, it will still move in your mouth. 

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Then, my next stop in Busan was to see the famous Haeundae Beach. This beach is really famous because at night it’s really lighted through the huge buildings near it. However, by day this beach looks like a normal beach. The only particularity is that Korean are in the sea there. Indeed, Korean don’t really swim and when they go in the water it’s with their clothes and with some buoy.

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Near the beach, there is the marine area with a lot of tall buildings. They are really impressive because they are also really bright and grouped.

 

My last stop in Busan was my favorite one. I went to the Haedong Yonggungsa temple. This temple really doesn’t look like all the other Korean temples. This one is between the sea and the forest and looks beautiful. _DSC7980

There is a lot of things to see there, by crossing different bridges to go see the temples, watch all the different golden buddhas and pigs (yes I don’t know why pigs). The colors of the temple are really brights, drawings are impressive… This temple is really rich and going to visit it is not a waste of time. Moreover, even if this is not an empty place (not crowded as well) the atmosphere is mystical and full of serenity.

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One of the characteristics of this place is also the small buddhas all over the area of the temple. And it’s really cute !!

 

 

Visiting Busan in one day was really intense but at least I could see a lot of things. However if I get more time I would see the beach by night and the famous bridge of the city by night. Discovering Busan by night would have been another experience!

 

PS: if you want to discover more about Busan go check my other article talking about a small colorful village in the city : https://travelwithtinablog.com/2016/04/26/busan-gamchon-village/