[Home Cooking] Miyeok muchim (Seaweed salad)

Here’s a nice, refreshing summer side dish! Miyeok, also known as wakame, is an edible brown sea vegetable that is highly nutritious. Dried seaweed is a staple in Korean pantries and it is used to make soups and salads year round...

Caribbean culture, hotel mergers among travel trends

A couple of developments in the travel industry have been making headlines recently. They may not be in the biggest type, but they’re notable. They’ve gotten me thinking. They’re indicators, I think, of what may be trends that ...

MasterChef Korea’s Austin Kang on fast track to fame

Chef-celeb Austin Kang had no idea he would be cooking on cable TV.Up until February, he was far away from the limelight, three years deep into working in the kitchen, first at a Mexican fusion restaurant then at a French establis...

[Around the hotels] Round up of hotel events and news

Escape summer heat at the Ritz-Carlton Seoul The Ritz-Carlton Seoul presents Sunday Escape package for guests seeking a relaxing Sunday break.The package includes 12-hour stay at the Superior Deluxe room during the daytime and lu...

[Weekender] Finding ghosts in dark alleys of Seoul

Amid modern skyscrapers in Seoul, it’s hard to imagine that some horrifying murders or traumatic suicides occurred. But the northern center of the capital city is in fact where many major historical events with dark stories behin...

[Weekender] Korean urban legends prevail among children, creating fear of daily routines

Children growing up in Korea are exposed to numerous urban legends that often fan fear and anxiety -- unfounded fears, in the eyes of adults, at least. Set against the backdrop of modernized cities, the urban legends typically inv...

How to grill vegetables right, no matter the shape

Look on the bright side: What with global warming sending our poor, precious planet into a hellbound death spiral, and summer's newly blistering temperatures turning your kitchen into Satan’s sauna, this is the perfect opportunit...

Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Sufi poet

KABUL (AFP) - Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world’s most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, the country of his birth eight centuries ago.Tehran and Ankara ...

Aside from ‘Hamilton,’ Revolutionary era inspires little art

NEW YORK (AP) -- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and 11 Tony Awards, "Hamilton" is a cultural phenomenon that stands as the most celebrated work of art ever inspired by the American Revolution.The competition is remarkably thin.While...

CNN’s Sally Kohn writing book on civility

NEW YORK (AP) -- CNN political commentator Sally Kohn, who has heard a lot of trash talk in her job, is working on a book about the benefits of civility.  Algonquin Books, a division of Workman Publishing, told the Associated Pre...

Centuries-old winemaking in Bordeaux gets a modern twist

BORDEAUX, France (AP) -- For centuries Bordeaux has been the corporate center of French winemaking, known for luscious wines, elegant chateaus and shrewd wine-sellers. Now there's a new twist: More consumers want vineyards to use ...

Debate rages in Germany over ‘regretting motherhood’

BERLIN (AFP) -- Is it possible to regret becoming a mother? The question first posed by an Israeli researcher has stirred a debate in Germany like in no other country, shattering a long-held taboo.“In Israel, it was settled in a ...

CNBlue singer Jung grilled over allegation of insider trading

Prosecutors on Tuesday summoned Jung Yong-hwa, the leader of the Korean boy band CNBlue, alleged to be involved in insider trading.He is suspected of having earned some 200 million won ($170,000) last year in illegal use of inform...

Ancient temple of Mexican Otomi Indians damaged

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Assailants have damaged an ancient Otomi Indian religious site in Mexico, toppling stone structures used as altars, breaking carved stones and scattering offerings of flowers, fruit and paintings at the remote ...

N.Y. installation takes visitors on tour of Italy

NEW YORK (AP) -- If visiting Italy isn’t on your agenda, a 360-degree video installation in New York City of the country’s magnificent landmarks may whet your appetite.Called "Panorama," the wrap-around screen went up in Grand C...