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Korean December II: John’s Genius

by Tony Creech on Tuesday, December 1, 2009


John Trammell knows where he is, on the ground, at all times.
he doesn’t get lost like mere mortal men. Over a week with him winding down back alleys and weaving through crowds, if he says “we are two blocks east of where ___ is located” then you know its true. We all say “no john” and then he is right. we knew it.  I should add that Subways don’t count, and Ferial is the one who you rely on is any subway situation, also, she is great at reading Korean.
That said,

John wanted us all, last week, to go to a resturant in Seoul he schemed off an article in the New York Times, and some of us naysayers  were skeptical about it being worth the price… it was the best food, almost ever ever. Surely will be the best meal we’ll have here, and every bite was a dream sequence.
The place is called  Chamsutgol, where their star dish is  galbi (beef short rib), they bring you the raw meat to cook on your table top grill, and here they provide real sutbul (wood charcoal) — a real treat as it adds a smoky flavor. One of the signature dishes we had here is the galbitang (stewed beef ribs), but you’d better arrive early because they only make 40 orders of it per day. 
One of the best places i’ll ever eat in my life, thank you John the Genius,  this experience is up there with Greg Bowcock taking us to House of Nanking in San Francisco.

Last night we found a great sushi place John took us to and insisted we must try, after he did a bit research and got a hunch about it. It’s the first one John and Ferial have been able to stomach here. Apparently Korean sushi is very very different than the Japanese style we enjoy in the Americas, and it is not a good difference to lovers of the other style.  We found a winner though, and it was worth the cash John spent on it. 

Thanks John, that was sooo good.
I think the place was called Marie and Mare, or something like that (next to Mr. Pizza, who’s slogan is “Love for Women!”) It is good, so…next time you’re in Pyeongtaek, you know where to go to curb your need for good Sushi.
Tony Creech
anthony thomas creech is Founder of Citadel Magazine. He's a marketing executive, filmmaker, screenwriter, columnist, and university lecturer on film, audio, media, and faith. You can find him at thecreechleague.com

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