Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blue Nile Restaurant Visit

The spring 17 Food and Culture class went on our first restaurant visit tonight. Delicious Ethiopian food at the Blue Nile Cafe. Seems like our students are very open to trying new things.

Our sampler platter had a variety of vegetable and legume dishes, as well as lamb, chicken and beef - served on injera bread.
Looks like a happy grou

Digging In

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fasika Restaurant Trip

After lectures on food language in film and branding and design in food packaging, we headed out to Fasika Ethiopian restaurant in Lenexa. Many were tasting the Ethiopian bread, injera (made from fermented teff flour), for the first time. We had a sampler platter of various vegetables - collards, green beans, lentils, cabbage, split peas - and meats - chicken, beef tibs and ground beef.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

First Night of Class - Sobahn restaurant

On a beautiful Monday evening the Advantage Food and Culture students met for our first class, learning a little about food as a social and cultural marker. We experienced some Korean food while we learned about Korean social practices around eating. What a great group - people tried a wide sample of Korean items:
Bibimbop, Korean veggie pancake, a spicy chicken dish, bulgogi, tteokboki, kimchi, and various other side dishes.

yachae pajeon

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beondegi 번데기

One of surprises of this trip was the willingness of everyone to try beondegi at our river picnic. A Korean snack food which is boiled or steamed silkworm pupae. 

Raccoon Cafe

One interesting aspect of Korean culture are the animal cafes. Because of the population density, Koreans are often living in apartments and have not typically been pet owners. Although that is changing somewhat - you see a few dog walkers here and there, some Koreans like to be around animals, so there are cat and dog cafes where you can interact with the pets while having a cup of coffee or tea. This one was really strange - a cafe which had raccoons living there. We checked it out after the fortress wall hike and lunch. 

Final trip reflection

Well...unfortunately our time in Seoul is over. Reflecting back on the past week of food, tours, and cultural experiences, your final assignment is to post two to three paragraphs sharing your thoughts on the trip: What did you learn about Korean culture? What surprised you? What did you learn about yourself? What had the most impact? etc.

Thanks for being such a great group! It was a pleasure sharing this experience with you all.