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Sunday Snap: Still Dancing

Still Dancing in the Distillery District | SuitcaseandHeels.com

The name of the huge art installation in the middle of Toronto’s Distillery District is “Still Dancing” and, depending on who you talk to, it resembles a whiskey still and a droplet of liquid or a man and woman dancing. I’m in the former camp since I just can’t make that leap from abstract shapes to people dancing. But I can get on board with a stylized still and droplet, especially considering the location.

Foodie Friday: Kimchi Fries

Kimchi Fries | SuitcaseandHeels.com

I’m still a bit of a n00b when it comes to world cuisine but I was pretty sure that banh mi was a Vietnamese sandwich, so I was confused when my friend insisted we go to Bahn Mi Boys for kimchi fries. “But kimchi is Korean,” I thought. I just chaulked it all up to both being Asian countries and off we went in search of fries. I both praise and curse her now for that invitation.

The Mighty Turtle Ship

Ever since high school I’ve had an affection for turtles. So when I heard that there was a replica of a turtle ship in Yeosu, it didn’t matter that I didn’t know what a turtle ship was, I wanted to see it. What I’ve since learned is that turtle ships, also known as Geobukseon (거북선), were a large type of warship used by the Royal Korean Navy during the Joseon Dynasty from the early 15th century up until the 19th century.

Overcoming My Noraebang Fears

Noraebang was one of those things that scared me about visiting South Korea. More so than any threats coming out of North Korea. Noraebang isn’t some adventure ride, scary looking food or any other traditional scary activity. It’s similar to karaoke boxes in Japan – you rent a private room, usually by the hour, and sing along with your friends to backing tracks. Sounds pretty tame right? For me it was intimidating because, you see, I don’t sing.

Drinking with Cats – Visiting a Korean Cat Cafe

Every time I told Pierre that I wanted to visit a cat cafe when I was in South Korea he would tease me. I freely admit that I'm an unabashed cat lover. I have a big fluff...

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You Can’t Swing a Cat in South Korea…

I've been here in South Korea for a month now. Life is different but culture shock hasn't been bad. It did, however, take me over a week to realize that there are no stop...

Gimbap | Suitcase and Heels

Sunday Snap: Gimbap

For a fast, light meal in South Korea, gimbap (김밥) is one of my favourites. The word “gimbap” literally means “seaweed rice” – gim (김)...

Breakfast at the Tsukiji Fish Market | SuitcaseandHeels.com

A Tsukiji Fish Market Adventure

Tokyo is a city of big. Big buildings, big crowds and, big markets. The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, commonly known as the Tsukiji Market, is the biggest ...

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