Monthly Archives: August 2011

My First Korean Food

This is one of the simplest Korean dishes to make. Throw together a couple thawed rice cakes (떡), some water, sugar, red pepper paste (고추장), onions (파), ramen (라면), and soy sauce into a pan and 10 or 15 minutes later you’ve got a delicious batch of dokkbokki (떡뽁이) to chow down with a drink […]

Floating Around

This year has been a total whirlwind, woosh woosh woosh, and has entailed a blinding number of changes to my bed place for sleeping. I realized upon arriving to San Francisco that my friend Jonnie’s couch would be at least the seventh sleeping place (one night stays and sleeping arrangements for the Norway road trip are […]

Oi, odota hetki…

In this space should be a story about how I felt taking off from Helsinki, landing in Amsterdam where I was questioned for over 10 minutes by security, departed for Minneapolis and sat next to a guy who didn’t get up or pee for the entire flight, and then arrived in San Francisco; a proverbial […]

I Say Goodbye Too Often

Way far away, thousands of kilometers across the globe is a city called Helsinki. It’s become kind of a big deal to me. Why? Easy: Park benches with pigeons walking too close. Chinese food in a sweltering hot restaurant. Number 14 from the food cart outside Helsingin päärautatieasema. 3.00am sunrises over Lauttasaari (that’s what’s up) […]

Leaving an Epic Summer

The summer of 2011 will forever be a summer to remember. It’s the sommar that brought me back to my friends. The sommer that opened my eyes up to a whole new world. My favorite kesä by far, and the one that gave a thousand times more than any other before. I couldn’t I wouldn’t […]

Making Finland a Little Closer to… Home?

Food can transport you from one place to another in less time than it takes to properly savor the flavors you miss most. Jee Hei made kimchi for us in Vantaa. Before that, the table on the balcony became littered with beer/cider cans and cigarette ashes by the side of a pan of dokkbokki. Soondubu […]

Singing is Therapy

Sometimes you want to scream, sometimes you want to sing. Whether you karaoke one of your favorite songs to death in a language you don’t really know, or give an amazing performance of “Eye of the Tiger” at Mauer Park in Berlin, finding an outlet for the vocal release of whateverness is exhilarating. This photo […]