sheeee… don’t tell others yet, I want to let my beloved friends who visit Musichef know what I’ve been up to. I haven’t told most people but my friend (Kayla) and I have been very busy working on a guidebook, more specifically, a Seoul restaurant guidebook for Chinese audience. I will share with you a little bit more before I leave for Korea for 2nd part of our research.
looked up and analyzed over 1000+ restaurants
For the last 6 weeks, Kayla (my Chinese foodie partner in crime who also happens to be a TV script writer) and I have been writing the contents for the book and researching 1000+ Korean restaurants in Seoul. We’ve also been busy editing short travel documentary style videos we recorded in Korea to go along with the book.
You may ask why I took on this project?
1. My friends and clients(from private parties I catered to) in Beijing have been asking me for restaurant recommendations in Seoul but having been away from Korea for so long(more than 15 years!), I was just as clueless as first time visitors to Korea. So rather than just giving them trip advisor-recommended dining places in Korea, I wanted to write my own food guide book. 🙂 Did you know there is no single Korean food guidebook in English? (I may translate my book into English too if there is enough interest)
2. It’s a great excuse to eat good food from my mother country AND learn more about my roots (just as in BBC’s ‘Kimchi Chronicle’ where Marja traveled back to her birth country to learn more about her heritage and its vibrant food culture). My aim is not to make money but it will be good if I can make enough money so that all the foods I eat will be paid back later 😛
Korean restaurant research – Korean restaurants Koreans like vs. popular among Chinese3. More importantly – other than graduating from a few top schools, in my view, I haven’t accomplished much in my adult life. A lot of the ‘creative’ projects I started in the past have never been ‘fully’ completed (I didn’t fully go through with the projects)… one of the reasons being, I’m a ‘lazy perfectionist with too many interests’ which is possibly the worst combination for a creative person like me. I want everything to be perfect before I show it to public whether they are songs, recipes, videos, blog entries.. if I’m not satisfied with my work, I lose my passion and jump onto the next project without completing them. Is it just me? or do you guys feel this way too sometimes? It has been the case with 8 songs I wrote last year as well as 20+ blog entries (decent recipes but still have rooms for improvements), they never got recorded or published because to my eyes, they were not perfect. I was almost too embarrassed to show them to others.
analyzing datas from books, Chinese Korean tour websites, Korean food bloggers, foodie friends’ recommendationsSo this year, I wanted to work on a project, actually complete it AND have a tangible product to show people. Also with this blog, instead of worrying about things like ‘I can’t find a perfect song for this recipe, or this recipe is not perfect yet, or these pictures are not in the right format, this entry is too short, will people think this topic is boring?’ and not posting anything at all, I’ve decided to post more often on topics that I like even if they are not ‘perfect’ entries, after all, it is a personal journal/food blog which hopes to inspire and bring smiles to others. I hope you can overlook some of my ‘imperfections’ 🙂 thank you in advance! Musichef TJ-
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