A Taste Of South Korean Street Food – Gangnam Style

Gangnam Street Food

Before we dive into our restaurant review for Gangnam Street Food, let’s quickly speak about what Gangnam is in the first place. Gangnam is a district of Seoul known for its lavish buildings, lifestyle, brands and entertainment scene. This upscale district represents the modern and rich neighborhoods of South Korea. However, when we look past the glitz and glam, dining in Gangnam can range from high-end fine dining to cheap eats on the street with a cold beer. This is where Gangnam Street Food draws its inspiration from combined with popular Korean menu items.

When I think about street food, I imagine the food to be quick, bite-size, and affordable! Gangnam Street Food offers just that for someone who’s looking to try a bunch of menu items all in one go. Although, I haven’t tasted everything quite yet, I ordered a few favorites.

Garlic Butter Mayo Fries ($7.50)

Garlic Butter Mayo Fries

These garlic fries were very tasty. The garlic flavour was subtle and not overpowering. The fries were tossed with bacon, green onions and drizzled in butter mayo. You get a mix of crispy and soft fries that are freshly made. Plus, the cut and thickness of the fries resemble McDonalds’s famous fries, which are my favourite!

Bulgogi Ramen ($7.95)

Bulgogi ramen

This was a substantial dish (maybe because I was so full by the time I got to it). However, the ramen dish was just okay. The ramen had instant noodles, bulgogi meat topped with green onions. The soup was tasty, however I would have liked it to be richer and spicier. To be honest, this dish is something I feel I can draw inspiration from and create it at home. If you’re on the go and looking for an inexpensive ramen rendition, I would recommend this.

DDuck Bo Kki ($6.50)

DDuck Bo Kki

This is a classic rice cake and fish cake combo with spicy sauce, most commonly found on the streets of South Korea. Dduck bo kki is a favourite for most people because it’s easy and delicious to eat. You can also find it available at most Korean restaurants under the appetizer section. I enjoy the chewy rice cakes and just how spicy it is!

Mozzarella Cheese Sausage ($6.50)

Mozzarella Cheese Sausage

Now for their more well-known menu item, we have the cheese dog! After watching a do it at home version on YouTube, I was having major cravings for this. This chubby crispy corn dog delight is what I need when I want some nice fried foods. Do be careful when you take your first bite, because it is hot (not spicy, but steamy). The only downside to this item is that I was expecting a nice cheese string when I pulled it apart, but as per the photo, it wasn’t the case. Otherwise, I would order again!

In the end, these four items filled me up and I was going into a food coma. You can also enjoy these lovely foods all across the city as they have four locations: K-mall, West Edmonton Mall, Londonderry Mall, and Kingsway Mall. I have yet to try the rest of the menu items so I’ll have to make a second trip!

Check out Gangnam Street Food

What is it like going to the theatre in the middle of a pandemic? Christopher Nolan Edition

Arriving at the Theatre

When I first came across the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new movie, Tenet, I knew I had to go see it. The only hesitation was the safety and cleanliness of going to the theatre during a pandemic. After reviewing Cineplex’s new health and safety guidelines, I was reassured that sanitation measures are in place to prioritize the safety of movie-goers. I even recall booking the tickets online and noticing that there were major gaps between each seat selection. Surprisingly, there was almost no reservations made for the noon time-slot. When we arrived at the Cineplex theatre, it was like being in a ghost town. We saw just one person sitting two rows above us, and that was an employee (lol). I must say though, the quietness of the theatre was quite enjoyable, and you feel like you have the whole place to yourself!
Empty Movie Theatre at Cineplex

Let’s Talk Film

Now let’s talk about how I felt about the movie (without any spoilers). First off, I want to say that Christopher Nolan has done an amazing job with the film. If you like the movie Inception and find his films unusual, stunning, and challenging to wrap your head around, then this might be your movie. The concept behind the film talks about things that go backwards through time (don’t worry it’ll make more sense when you watch it in action). With that, the film gets you thinking about the past, present, and perhaps future. And as a bonus to all the Twilight fans, you have Robert Pattinson starring in the film as the protagonist’s partner (I would say this was a much-needed change from his time as a vampire). This original screenplay is jam packed with war-action, secret intelligence scheming, and Russian dealers, all in the span of two and a half hours!

Verdict

Of course, I don’t want to go into any more detail to spoil the movie. I’ve only provided a glimpse into what you can expect. To be honest, I was confused for some of it and caught myself back tracking to remember the timeline. Nevertheless, the movie Tenet is thought provoking and allows for the imagination to wander about the possibilities of our world if we had this. This movie has my thumbs up! I would recommend watching the movie in theatres, as the cinematics are unmatched compared to watching at home.
Lastly, this review won’t be complete without your thoughts on the movie too – so write to me in the comments about your rating and insight!

Disclaimer: At the time of this event, theatres are thoroughly sanitized, and seating capacity is reduced.  This review is not written to encourage or discourage attendance to theatres, but merely for information purposes. Attendance to any theatre is at the discretion of the reader.

Lakeview Signature Inn: Home Away from Home

My partner and I have had our fair share of questionable hotel experiences. Often times it’s not worth saving a few extra dollar a night to get a room that smells strange or a shower-head that doesn’t work.

But if you’re a frequently traveller accommodation costs can rack up quickly. So it was with great relief that we got to know Mr. Freeman, the general manager of the Lakeview Signature Inn in Calgary, Alberta.

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Deane House: Canadian Fine Dining

Deane House Trout

Many of my international colleagues like to joke about “Canadian cuisine”. Because apparently all we eat are Timbits, poutine, and maple syrup. So how fortunate we have restaurants like Deane House in Calgary to showcase some of the local and seasonal delicacies that Canada has to offer.

We had managed to stop by just in time for this year’s Food and Drink Expo menu. For a great price you get to sample a lot more of the menu and spoiler alert, it was fantastic both for my taste buds and my wallet.

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