“Moon that Embraces the Sun” (ํ•ด๋ฅผ ํ’ˆ์€ ๋‹ฌ)

A sweeping dramatic series set in Korea’s Joseon era, the “Moon That Embraces the Sun” is a love story that at times is painfully heartbreaking. But, it’s also filled with hope and humor. That combination makes for an addictive series that will leave viewers hungering for more.

“Coffee Prince” (์ปคํ”ผํ”„๋ฆฐ์Šค)

On the surface, “Coffee Prince” is your standard boy-meets-girl romantic comedy with a few roadblocks thrown in for good measure. Thanks to the chemistry shared by the attractive leads (Gong Yoo and Yoo Eun Hye), the series is highly watchable and I understand why so many fans are repeat viewers. But beneath the cute exterior, the series deals with issues such as sexual confusion, gender roles and poverty.

Korean cuisine beyond barbecue and kimchi

When I was young, I went through a phase where I hated Korean food. My mother would make fresh, home-cooked meals from scratch. And instead of realizing what a treat that was, I would ask why we couldn’t just eat TV dinners like all my friends. But these days, there’s no cuisine I enjoy more than Korean. And if someone else is willing to cook it for me, all the better! So when my family and I traveled to South Korea this fall, eating well was a top priority.

Go Away With … Judy Joo

โ€œI admit I really only travel to places that have strong culinary cultures,โ€ says chef Judy Joo. ๐Ÿ‘ Word!

“Descendants of the Sun” (ํƒœ์–‘์˜ ํ›„์˜ˆ)

Production on “Descendants of the Sun” began just three months after Song Joong-Ki finished his mandatory two-year military duty in Korea. He displays an easygoing flair in the role of the charismatic leader of the Alpha Team. Even bulked up (for him), Song is slight of build and baby faced. At times, I wondered whether someone like So Ji-Sub would’ve been better cast in the role. But, what he lacks in brawn, Song makes up with magnetism. He has one of those faces that the camera loves.

Go Away With … Lucy Walsh

As the daughter of Eagles rocker Joe Walsh, Lucy Walsh grew up with music. It didnโ€™t surprise her famous family (her uncle via marriage is Ringo Starr) when she launched her own musical career. But, like her father, Lucy has also delved into acting. After roles in โ€œCriminal Mindsโ€ and โ€œNCIS,โ€ she appears opposite Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston in the feature film, โ€œMotherโ€™s Day.โ€ Her song, โ€œOn My Way,โ€ is also featured in the soundtrack.

Music, music, music ๐ŸŽต

I’ll be updating this page periodically to include music that’s piquing my interest at the moment. What’s that you say? Some of this music is old? Well, so am I. ๐Ÿ˜›

Eat, drink and be merry ๐Ÿœ

True story: When I was in college, we didnโ€™t have access to The Internets like all you young whipper snappers today. So, instead of drooling over all the photos of food on Pinterest and Instagram, I used to look at recipe books and imagine that I could be eating that instead of the dorm food my parents had paid for.

Go Away With … John Preston

Author John Preston resides in London, England. Having traveled the world, he says that trips become more meaningful when you donโ€™t set unrealistic expectations. โ€œPeople often have this strange idea that if you go on holiday, youโ€™ll leave all your problems behind,โ€ says the 62-year-old author of โ€œThe Digโ€ (Other Press, $16.95). โ€œYou wonโ€™t, of course, and you may well find yourself with more time than usual to brood on them. Itโ€™s best not to set your sights too high, and simply bask in the unfamiliarity of it all.โ€

“She was Pretty” (๊ทธ๋…€๋Š” ์˜ˆ๋ปค๋‹ค)

If you were given the opportunity to be reunited with your childhood love, would you do it? Hye-Jin jumps at the chance, because she has nothing but good memories of Sung-Joon.

Go Away With … Michรจle Halberstadt

Based out of a small village 40 minutes outside of Paris, French film producer and โ€œMon amie americaineโ€ author Michรจle Halberstadt says, โ€œI live in a house that used to be an old farm. Although itโ€™s close to the city, Iโ€™m surrounded by nature. Iโ€™m 60 years old and Iโ€™ve read from an Italian writer that 50 is the old age of youth, and 60 is the youth of old age. I like that.โ€

“Cheese in the Trap” (์น˜์ฆˆ ์ธ ๋” ํŠธ๋žฉ)

There’s a word in Korean called jung/์ • that’s difficult to verbalize. It encapsulates a feeling of love and loyalty that people have for one another. They will do things out of the kindness of their hearts, rather than as quid pro quo. I sometimes long for having more ์ • with the people I know, but I also know that some are incapable of it. Jung is also the name of the male protagonist in this series, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the writers gave him that name.

Go Away With … Aimee Kestenberg

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, designer Aimee Kestenberg moved to New York in 2007 to attend Parsons School for Design at the New School. โ€œI am very proud to say that last year, I earned my U.S. citizenship!โ€ says the 29-year-old entrepreneur. โ€œ(I return home) to Australia to be with my family during the holidays. Itโ€™s always really special and itโ€™s summer time (there) during Christmas and Hanukkah!”

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