Alex Roque

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Wandering Wednesday – Noms in Seoul, Korea

While I was in Korea, I took a lot of pictures of food, because I was pretty much in heaven. I’ve selected some of my favorite dishes, to commemorate it being a year since I visited there. I really want to go back! Also I can’t believe I didn’t share these pictures here, but I did share them on my instagram, so please feel free to follow me there if you ever want more food pics. 8D

As someone with lots of food allergies, I was really thankful to be roaming the city with friends and coworkers who could help make sure that I wasn’t eating anything that would cause a problem. Even with all my allergies, I was still able to eat so much food, it was really amazing!

SO much food!

I mean, look at this spread. So much food, and it was only lunch! I had delicious soba.

My favorite part about eating was that it was very communal. Each meal was just a spread of food that everyone could share, and that made it even more enjoyable!

ALL THE TUNA don't mind my terrible panorama shot

Eating at Fresh Tuna House. My attempt at a panorama shot to show ALL THE TUNA that’s all this is, just different kinds of tuna. And egg.

I also learned that soju is a tricky drink that makes you think that you are invincible and then you wake up the next day realizing you are not and are thankful that the hotel restaurant has amazing soup that is perfect for a hangover when you can’t walk anywhere far without wanting to die.

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This was some sort of soup, tbh I was so hungover I really don’t remember what I ordered but it was so good.

Also, their fluffy eggs put any other Korean BBQ place I have been to so far in California to SHAME.

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This is majestic as fuck.

And speaking of BBQ, that was pretty much ridiculous and what I lived off of most nights. They didn’t mess around.

Celebratory BBQ

Glorious MEAT

I didn’t have much dessert, but when I did, it was, as everything else, amazing and ridiculous.

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This was just at some place that we would consider a diner, I guess? They were known for their shakes, called Butterfinger Pancakes. But LOOK AT THIS.

My last meal in Korea was actually one of my favorite. It was Ginseng chicken soup. This dish blew my mind. It was a hot pot of water, still boiling, and the whole chicken inside. The chicken was stuff with ginger, rice, and garlic. . . it was magical.

Ginseng chicken soup was our last proper meal in Korea

If anyone knows where I can find this in California. . . I will love you forever

Now I’m going to go cry that I can’t eat any of this food right this moment.


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Wandering Wednesday – Fountains Around the World

Fountains are one of those things that you can almost always expect to see in some form when travelling. When I was looking through pictures recently, I discovered that I had quite a few myself. So, here is a collection of some of my favorite pictures of fountains, old and new, from my travels so far.

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Starting from the top left:

  1. Venice, Italy
  2. Amalfi, Greece
  3. Corfu, Greece
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. Maui, Hawaii
  6. Berlin, Germany
  7. Rome, Italy [Trevi Fountain]
  8. Las Vegas, Nevada
  9. Versailles, France [Castle Versailles]
  10. Las Vegas, Nevada
  11. Berlin, Germany
  12. Santa Ana, California [at Bower's Museum]

 

I hope that order made sense. D; I was also surprised that I didn’t have pictures of any fountains from Korea. I’m not sure if I didn’t see any, or if I didn’t get any pictures? Guess I have to go back to find out! ;)

 

 

 


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September is over, I’m still alive.

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AMG I SAW COHEED AND CAMBRIA AGAIN *swoon* also Monet paintings.

I haven’t updated in 2 months on this front, and I feel that’s okay. I’m in a better place mentally, I think, to get back into the groove of being here. Sometimes you have to just step away for a moment.

  1. More writing. I got another 3 chapters edited during this time, and this week I am getting back into the second job aspect of all this. But I’m not dreading it; I’ve missed my boys. ;)
  2. More pictures. MANY PICTURES. Too many of Korben, mostly. I have been posting more on my Instagram, feel free to follow me there at the link in the sidebar. \o\
  3. More reading. I read a friend’s book in August [that was amazing], so I didn’t get through my actual August book, and I am behind on my September one. But I am still only down 1 book for my total goal of 12 this year, and I think I can make it up. The next book I will be reading is The Truth by Terry Pratchett.
  4. More German. 
  5. More trips. In the last two months, I’ve gone to San Francisco for a convention, Seattle for a convention, and LA for a concert. There wasn’t a weekend where I was out running around, and while it was so much fun, I am definitely exhausted. I was also working out twice a day every day, and I think I just hit a wall of STOP EVERYTHING.

SO, that was a crazy whirlwind of two months. Hope you guys have all been well!


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Wandering Wednesday – Fantasy Bust at LACMA

So for the first time ever, even though I am a born and raised Southern Californian, I had never been to LACMA until a few weekends ago.

I generally don’t pay much attention to statues/busts/etc, not for any particular reason except that I just don’t often find one that pulls my eye, but something about this one in particular caught my attention and I just looked at her for minutes and minutes, staring at the intricate detailing.

So this is Fantasy Bust by Albert-Ernest Carrier Belleuse, using Terracotta. Maybe it was because it was in a different medium than stone I was interested? Proof again also that you don’t always need to travel far to find something new and exciting to experience!

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