Monday, September 1, 2008

Seoul Food Festival: Namsan Tower & Namsangol Hanok Village

"Slow food" is the opposite of fast food. No, it's not food served very slowly. Actually, it's healthy food served quickly. Great idea, but perhaps a different term should be used. "Slow food" brings back negative memories of frustration and hunger when receiving slow meal service!
The Seoul Food Festival included free food samples at various places around Seoul. We watched ajummas prepare bulgogi at Seoul Tower, which featured popular modern foods. We sampled tteok (rice cake) and soup at Namsangol Hanok Village, which served peasant fare.
When Sandy bought some water, a Korean lady handed her a paper cup of cold, sweet mi-sook-kar-u. (I'll do a post on this drink soon.) The woman had noticed we were foreign and bought Sandy the drink to be nice! She asked where we were from and introduced her husband. It's not the first time that Koreans have given Sandy free food or drink. We're still trying to figure out why she always gets the freebies.
A professional photographer asked to take our photo with the rice cakes. Often time event brochures and websites include photos of foriegners. Maybe we'll be pictured on next year's website!

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