Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SO Delicious!

One time, several years ago, a friend of mine somehow scrounged up a tub of non-dairy ice cream from a chest at a convenience store. Ever since, I've occasionally found myself stopping at random GS25s and Family Marts and digging, hoping against hope that I might run into a little treasure.  Alas, no such luck...until now.  Look what just popped up a short walk away from Beomeo Station:

SO Delicious, consistent source of organic, vegan ice cream and numerous other treats!  They opened sometime in April and serve a decent variety of foods for a place so small. 

The ice cream is all vegan-friendly.  Most varieties are made from soy, though there are some coconut-based flavors in the mix, too.  The current line-up, from left to right, top to bottom: mango-passion fruit, chocolate almond brownie, vanilla, blueberry chiux cream, raspberry, cookies and cream, strawberry, and green tea.  Sizes range from tiny, which gets you two scoops of one flavor for 2,900 won, to "Mountain Cup", which gets you something like a pint and a half of your choice of flavors for 16,800.  

 The ice cream is all USDA organic ceritified... are most of the the bakery items!  Cookies, cakes, rolls, loaves, and more.  

Not everything is vegan-friendly, but the stuff that is is clearly labeled:

(No butter, eggs, or dairy)

 There's also a cold case with sandwiches, cakes, etc. 


And also, the cutest little thimble-size servings of jam you've ever seen...

Now that summer is upon us, swing by!  So Delicious is open until 10PM seven days a week.  Apparently, that days remaining bakery treats also drop down to clearance prices after 9PM.  Finally, as if that weren't enough, the owner, Mrs. Nam, is also very friendly and speaks excellent English. 

To get there, come out of Beomeo Station, exit two.  Walk straight until the second big intersection, and turn left just before the SK Gas Station and Porin Shabu Shabu restaurant.  Walk down just a few minutes, passing a fire station on your right.  When you get to the main entrance of Lotte Castle Apartments, look across the street to your left.  There she'll be!  Visit the Green Guide to see it all mapped out. 

Head over to the Photo Page to see the entire menu, which also includes coffee, tea, and some other good stuff.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Eco-Film Night: Up the Yangtze

Short notice, I know, but we've got another one coming up tomorrow!

In China, it is simply known as “The River.” But the Yangtze—and all of the life that surrounds it— underwent a truly astonishing transformation wrought by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam. Started in 1994, the dam is only now nearing completion.

Up the Yangtze, released in 2007, traces the surreal life of a “farewell cruise” that traverses the gargantuan waterway filled with tourists who have come to see "old China" before it disappears, and locals who are lured by the jobs and tips that such visitors bring.

Director Yung Chang’s approach beautifully captures the microcosmic society of the luxury liner. Below deck: A bewildered young girl trains as a dishwasher—sent to work by her peasant family, who is on the verge of relocation from the encroaching floodwaters. Above deck: A variety of wealthy international tourists set sail to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux.

Although based on a project that is nearly complete, and thus cannot be stopped or reversed, Up the Yangze captures a moment in time and gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large. It is a memory of lives swallowed up for the sake of "progress", and a warning of a future in which we may one day have nothing left to lose.

Three Gorges Dam Info:
International Rivers Organization

New York Times

What:  Up the Yangtze
Where:  Downtown Daegu, Buy the Book Cafe'
When:  Saturday, May 26th, 8PM

Who:  One and all
How Much:  Free!  But please consider buying a drink, snack, meal, or dessert from Buy the Book to thank them for sharing their space with us. 

Korean Subtitles?:  Yup, we made them!  Bring your friends!



국에서 그냥 ""이라고 불린다하지만 양쯔강은 - 그리고 강을 둘려싸인 모든 생명은   - 역사상 제일 수력 발전 공사인 샨샤 때문에 매우 놀랍게 변경이 되었다공사는 1994년에 시작되었으며 이제야 완공에 가까워진다

Up the Yangtze (양쯔강을 따라서)영화는 커다란 수로를 가로지르는 아주 이상한 "송별 크루즈" 따라다닌다 크루즈의 승객들은 그것이 사라지기 "원래 중국" 보고 싶어하는 여행객들, 그리고 여행객들에 따른 일과 팁에 끌린 지역 중국인들도 있다.

융창 감동의 접근법은 럭셔리 배의 사회의 축소판을 아름답게 담는다아래 층에서: 당황한 어린 여자 아이 명이 설거지 담당자가  되는 훈련을 받는다그녀의 소작농 부모는 홍수로 인한 다가오는 때문에 이전될 예정이라서 그녀를 배에 보냈다위층에서: 여러가지의 부유한 국제관광객들은 매우 빨리 변경 되는 나라를 마지막으로 관람하기를 위해서 배를 탔다.

완공이 되어 가서,  멈추거나 뒤돌릴 없다그래도 "양쯔강을 따라서" 순간 담으며 속세화 중국뿐만아니라 다른 세상이 직면해야 되는 고통스로운 문제들을 인간다운 관점에서 바라본다.  "진행"  위해서 먹힌 인생들의 기억이다그리고 이상 잃어 버릴 것이 없는 미래에 대한 경고다

무엇: 에코필름 - 양쯔강을 따라서
언제:  5월 26일 토요일 오후 8시
어디서: 대구 시내 Buy the Book Cafe'
누구: 누구든지
얼마: 무료입장.  그렇지만 원하시는 분 케페를 지원을 하기를 위해 과자나 음료, 또는 식사를 그매하면 감사하지요!
한글자막?:  네, 직접 만들어 드렸습니다. 꼭 오세요!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Daegu Bike Festival, May Edition!

2012's third Bike Festival is just around the corner.  On Saturdya, May 26th, come join Ecobike, the Council for Local Agenda 21, and hundreds of other Daegu bike acifionados of all varieties for a little jaunt around Buk-gu and Chimsan. 

Event schedule:
3:30-4:00 Registration and distribution of raffle tickets
4:00-4:30 Opening ceremony
4:30-5:30 Ride (Just under 8km)
5:30-6:00 Closing ceremony and raffle

Cyclists of all ages, nationalities, and level of interest and dedication are welcome to participate.   The event is free, but if you want a raffle ticket, head over to the official event page at, click the orange 신청 (apply) button, and fill in your name, website nickname, phone number, and email address.  Prizes generally include gift certificates, electronics, bike gear, and even bicycles!  DBF events are great chances to learn the roads, see new scenery, develop cycle confidence, meet other cyclists, encounter odd bikes, stick it to the man, and/or wear spandex in public.  There's something for everyone!

We'll be starting from the North District Office.  To get there, head north from Jungangno subway station towards Daegu Station.  Go under the cobblestone underpass next to Daegu Station, then continue straight until HomePlus. Turn left at the 3-way intersection on the far side of HomePlus, then go straight for about 1km.  Buk-gu Cheong (the north district office) will be on your right, not too far after Emart.  If you find yourself at 원대 Quintuple Intersection, double back! 

You can also plug the following into googlemaps.
대구광역시 북구청
447-16 Chimsan 3(sam)-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea

Oh, and if you need a bike, you can borrow one from Myeongdeok station (along with several others aroun town) for free.  All you need is your passport, or maybe foreigner ID card.

Hope to see you there!