2014 has been a very interesting year. A multitude of friends, places, food, styles, drinks and experiences have been availed to me. I’ve tried my best to chronicle everything I’ve experiences through pictures and present to you my favourite pictures from this past year.
Happy new year and a prosperous, healthy and hilarious 2015 to all my supporters.
During my last few hours in Korea I sat down to try to summarize what I’ve seen and experienced here. It’s difficult because I felt like I haven’t experienced anything, just what the tour has shown me: the kitschy tourist items, the tea fields, the fake traditional wedding, these all seem like things that have shown me what Korea was. I didn’t even touch on the things which have truly defined Korea throughout its history: colonialist rulers, the war, the division and desire for reunification, and the constant sabre rattling of its neighbour to the north.
As I write this, I’m sitting on a second floor looking down at more than a few very well-groomed, extremely thin young women with fairly heavy makeup wander down the high street looking at cheap leather boots and giggling, moving from stall to stall searching for what they want; who is to say what they want, I bet they don’t even know. Perhaps this is the best description for Korea.
Korea is a rapidly growing country, much like it’s people, it is always on the move, always looking for opportunities to cut in front and take the reins of its own destiny. It’s a country bent on moving forward, where the smartest, prettiest, most plentiful are waiting to be developed and turned into something… yet unknown. It’s a place where there’s one eye on the sordid past, but ultimately, they choose to face the future.
The place where I am now, surrounded by the young LA Dodgers ball cap, hammer jeans, vinyl leggings, slick suit and smart mini skirt wearing young adults is the real Korea, it’s the Korea I want to visit and get to know the next time around; this is the Korea of the now, and the Korea of the future.
On September 2, 2014, Calgary’s best shuckers competed for the title, “King of Bivalves”. Attending were special guests Bob Blumer and Ned Bell who were on their way through town on the Chefs for Oceans cycling tour!
Congrats to everyone on Avenue Magazine’s 11th Annual Best Restaurant list.
Even in my mind, it was a long and hard debate as the number of top quality chefs and restaurants in Calgary has grown to epic proportions and we wished we could recognize every chef that deserved it, but alas, we were limited to only 10 choices.