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Meet the Brazen Gourmand

Hello there! My name is Caroline (nicknamed “Annie”) and I am a culinarily U.S. Army Captain stationed in South Korea and exploring Asia. I am an insatiable entrepreneurial and inventive spirit hungry for challenges, adventure and the next good eat. As a creatively minded individual serving in the disciplined world of the military, I created The Brazen Gourmand as an outlet for my creativity and a means to express my passion for all … Continue reading Meet the Brazen Gourmand

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Dumpling Heaven at Gamegol Mandu in Seoul’s Namdaemun Market

I confess – I am an addict. I am addicted to dumplings. No matter the cuisine, country or city I yearn for Korean Mandu, Polish Pierogies, Chinese Bao, Spanish Empanadas, Vietnamese Egg Rolls, Japanese Gyoza, Filipino Lumpia, Indian Samosas, and the list goes on. So, when I saw a queue forming out front of what appeared to be a dumpling stand on a recent roam … Continue reading Dumpling Heaven at Gamegol Mandu in Seoul’s Namdaemun Market

Kyoto, Japan

The Crème de la Crème of Fried Food at Kushi Tanaka in Kyoto, Japan

While planning my recent trip to Kyoto, Japan, I came across the New York Times article “36 Hours in Kyoto” and was mildly intrigued by the recommended deep-fried skewer restaurant on a dead-end lane. Expecting an hole-in-the-wall izakaya cranking out greasy sticks loaded with strange snacks, I hesitated to put Kushi Tanaka at the top of my must-do list. However, as I explored the streets of Kyoto making … Continue reading The Crème de la Crème of Fried Food at Kushi Tanaka in Kyoto, Japan

48 Hours of Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

During the 45 minute or so cab ride from the airport to downtown Hanoi, I contemplated what the city might be like. I knew very little about Vietnam or what to expect from Hanoi other than what I had concocted in my head after obsessively watching Anthony Bourdain’s travels unfold on Netflix. As I gazed at the city’s “suburbs” passing by in a flurry of bright colors, … Continue reading 48 Hours of Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Craft Beer + Indian Food at Bombay Brau in Busan, South Korea

Despite my often futile attempts to research restaurants in advance before visiting a new city in South Korea, it seems like the best places that I find I stumble into by accident once there. Before a recent trip to Busan I trolled the web looking for places to scout out for dinner. However, as often happens in Korea, most of my pre-selected establishments turned out … Continue reading Craft Beer + Indian Food at Bombay Brau in Busan, South Korea

Sushi on Jeju Island at America’s Roll & Sushi

Very simply put, if while on Jeju Island in South Korea you are craving “American” style sushi, i.e. steamed edamame, simple miso soup and familiar rolls like California, Philadelphia, and Alaska, America’s Roll & Sushi is about as fresh and delicious as you can get. Besides those previously mentioned staples, America’s serves some of the freshest, largest portions of sushi and sashimi and other interesting … Continue reading Sushi on Jeju Island at America’s Roll & Sushi

Craft Beer at Percent Pub in Daegu, South Korea

The vast majority of cities I’ve visited in South Korea have a notoriously crowded, neon and flashing light laden, sensory overloading, heavily concentrated nightlife, dining and shopping district where local students, expats and tourists converge. Although these areas are a sure guarantee for a lively night on the town, sometimes you just want a night that’s a little less…extreme. Cue Daebong-ro in Daegu, a relatively … Continue reading Craft Beer at Percent Pub in Daegu, South Korea

Uno Island, South Korea

Jeju Black Pork Burgers at Ha Ha Ho Ho Cafe

I have a habit of doing something I refer to as “unicorning.” Unicorning is the act of ascribing superior qualities to an object or experience you’ve yet to attain due to the elusiveness of said object or experience. This fantastical practice often results in an inevitably disappointing return to earth when that once glorified and enigmatic object proves to be just eh, average, basic and not so unicorn-like after all. … Continue reading Jeju Black Pork Burgers at Ha Ha Ho Ho Cafe

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New York Pizza in Korea at Daejeon’s Johnny’s Pub

Any of you who have spent a reasonable amount of time in NYC can agree that the phrase “New York Style Pizza” used anywhere but New York is more often than not, synonymous with “huge disappoint, walk away.” However, when you’ve spent a year in a foreign country inundated with fermented soy beans and kimchi, the desire for a good old New York slice begins to grow increasingly towards … Continue reading New York Pizza in Korea at Daejeon’s Johnny’s Pub

Tasty American Burgers in Korea at House Grill

As much as I have enjoyed exploring traditional Korean cuisine while living in South Korea, I admittedly suffer from pangs of food-homesickness typically in the form of insatiable burger, pizza and cheesesteak cravings (I was born in Philly, raised in Jersey, and went to school in NY, what can I say…). During one of these waves of desire, I embarked on a scouring of online websites … Continue reading Tasty American Burgers in Korea at House Grill