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Just got a heads up from our friend Emmy (@emmysp) about an interesting Korean-themed event in New York City this weekend. Bowery and Vine Wine and Spirits is hosting a kimchi and wine tasting event this Saturday. The kimchi is being provided by MILKimchi, a new company that is bringing the apparently famous kimchi of Jang Mo Gip, one of Orange County’s most beloved Korean restaurants, to New York. MILKimchi was founded by Lauryn Chun, whose mother owns Jan Mo Gip (which is Korean for Mother In Law’s House).

I think pairing kimchi and wine is a really interesting idea. Kimchi certainly has a wide variety of tastes that come from every family’s secret recipe. It’s different at every restaurant we go to from vinegary to sharply spicy to cool and even. Too bad wine is pretty uniformly bad here unless you are willing to pay a hefty price.

For time, place and more info check out the event listing at Bowery and Vine’s site. If anyone goes we’d gladly post some photos and your thoughts.

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Kimchikahn – A Kimchi Documentary

Though the stereotype is that foreigners are initially put off by kimchi, we both loved it as soon as we got here. It is different every place we get it, and we’ve begun to develop tastes for exactly how we like it. I like the spicier variety as opposed to the more vinegar heavy kind. We both love it grilled, and it can make for an interesting mandu.

So I was excited to see a trailer for the new documentary Kimchikahn over on Seoul Eats. The documentary looks at the deep ties that kimchi has to Korean culture and how now it is a vital force in their economy. For those who haven’t had it, kimchi really is as unique as the trailer makes it seem. And I completely agree with the line from the trailer that says kimchi is like pistachios – as soon as you start eating it you can’t stop. Good thing it is usually as-much-as-you-can-eat when you get it at restaurants.

You can check out photos from a dinner for the documentary at Seoul Eats and also check out the documentary’s homepage.

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