Hello foodie friends! Thank you for waiting!! After very intensive 6 weeks, I’m finally back to Beijing and ready to get back to blogging regularly! 🙂
Thank you for those of you who patiently waited for my new posts.
* this song is from a very popular Korean drama – Reply 1994 which takes place in 1994 brought back lot of good memories of Seoul. Due to the popularity of this K-drama, this song along with many other 90’s hits were playing everywhere while I was in Seoul. I felt very nostalgic 🙂
For those of you who haven’t been following my daily photo updates on Instagram (@musichef_TJ) and facebook , here is a summary of what I did for the past six weeks.
1. In order to improve my baking skill and learn new pastry techniques, I went to Korea and took two very intensive courses at a very famous dessert café + baking school called Maman Gateau (means Mama’s Cakes in French). I also took some café business classes on the weekends to learn about how café/baking school operates.
Maman Gateau (Mama’s Cookie in French) Cafe and Baking Academy in SeoulHow intensive? Well the first course called the Business Basic – Artisan Cookies course and Business Special – Cakes course normally takes 8 weeks each but since my time in Korea was limited to only one month, I had to learn to make 34 kinds of cookies as well as 18 cakes in less than three weeks.
cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinnerSo, using “Oh, I’m only tasting these cookies to become a better baker” as an excuse, more than half of those cookies ended up in my belly and naturally in the last few weeks I’ve transformed from a skinny little Asian guy into a chubby little Asian guy with double cheeks and a Buddha belly! -.-;; I’m not kidding!
touring and eating my way through the famous Guangzang Market!
yes… I’m a shameless and curious tourist too in my own country! hehe
met many young and rising chefs at Korea Slow Food event!
baking and icing Korean style pumpkin tartThat kind of sums up the first two months of my foodie life in 2014. In the next few weeks, I will share with you what I have learned at Maman Gateau baking school as well as my travel stories and restaurant recommendations in Korea and Taiwan! Stay tuned!
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