Tweet This is my contribution to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. If you missed last week’s Food Tuesday you can take a peek here When I’m in Korea I usually venture into Seoul once a month to eat, drink, and laugh with a group of likeminded expat boomers....Read More
Tweet Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday (our 167th). I’m back to classes this week, and with 200+ students, it’s going to be a busy semester. Plus, we seem to have gone back into the deep freeze this week; windy and cold! Last week we visited St....Read More
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Tweet Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday (our 166th). This week I’m taking a break from Chiang Mai and Thailand, and heading home to Halifax. I want to show you Halifax’s oldest building and the oldest Protestant church in Canada. To join in the Travel...Read More
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This is my contribution to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. If you missed last week’s Food Tuesday you can take a peek here
When I’m in Korea I usually venture into Seoul once a month to eat, drink, and laugh with a group of likeminded expat boomers. We almost always choose a foreign food establishment. The food is always good, and the company outstanding. Our last lunch I rate outstanding on both counts. The chosen venue was Zelen, an elegant Bulgarian restaurant located in the heart of Itaewon, that area of Seoul catering to Expats and foreign visitors. This was the second time that I have dined here, and I was excited. I had enjoyed my first dining experience, and was looking forward to another.
The meals are hearty meat and potato dishes that stick to your ribs, and leave you satisfied. For those who prefer to leave the meat eating to others, there is a nice selection of vegetarian dishes. After a lot of back and forth, I decided on the vegetarian mousaka. I was not disappointed. The filling was nicely seasoned, and the tasty top crust had me almost believing that there had to be meat hiding somewhere!
A bit of creativity with the lamb skewers!
The elegantly furnished dining room is large, but laid out so that the noise is kept to a minimum, and you’re ears aren’t burning from conversations wafting over from the neighboring tables. Lots of natural light too. The cozy dining alcoves next to the windows are very popular.
Creative chefs at work…
Happy boomer Expats…(Taken by one of our friendly servers.)
Open for lunch and dinner, dining is a la carte or set menu. You can easily eat under $20.00US if you don’t get into the alcohol. Of course, I wouldn’t do that! (I have some swamp land for sale, too!). The house wine is very nice, and a good pour, at $8.00 per glass. Baskets of bread are provided, which is a nice treat in Korea! If you live in Korea, here for a visit, I highly recommend Zelen for lunch or dinner.
Map and Location
Phone Number: 02-749-0600 (reservations recommended during peak hours)
Address: 116-14 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Located on the street behind the Hamilton Hotel. Exit subway exit 2, take your first right, and walk towards the Moghul Indian Restaurant. At the T-intersection, make a left and go straight. Zelen is just after Jack Ryan’s, on the second floor above Pattaya Thai restaurant.
Please note: I did not receive any form of compensation for this review. I simply like the restaurant and want to share my experience with my readers. If you are a boomer expat in Korea, join our Facebook page to learn more about our monthly luncheons and other goings on.
Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday (our 167th). I’m back to classes this week, and with 200+ students, it’s going to be a busy semester. Plus, we seem to have gone back into the deep freeze this week; windy and cold! Last week we visited St. Paul’s Church in Halifax. In case you missed the post, take the peek! This week we’re ambling south a few blocks to Halifax’s Old Burial Ground.
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Founded in 1749, the cemetery was originally non-denominational, and the only cemetery in the city. In 1793, St. Paul’s (Anglican) Church took it over, and it remained open to burials until 1844. Some 12,000 people are buried here. Today, only 1,200 headstones and crypts remain. Some headstones have disappeared (disturbing!), and it was not uncommon to be buried without a headstone. Also, some of the graves contain more than one body. I found numerous headstones inscribed with more than one name; many of them being children.
The Old Burial Ground is dominated by the Welsford-Parker Monument. The arch is the second oldest war monument in Canada, and was built to commemorate the Brits victory in the Crimean War (the only one in North America). It is named after two Haligonians, Major Welsford and Captain Parker, who died while fighting in the Crimean War.
The oldest headstone dates back to 1752. The day I visited there was no one on duty, and I was unable to find that stone. However, I did find this one dated 1792. I am amazed at how well the engraving has survived!
If you think you have a long lost relative buried here, you just might find them!
A prominent citizen of the city…
Headstones from the early 1800s.
The final resting place of Major General Robert Ross, who died in a battle where American troops were defeated…(War of 1812-14)
The Old Burial Ground remembers the war of 1812-1814…
“On June 1, 1813, USS Chesapeake, Captain James Lawrence, sailed out of Boston harbour to attack HMS Shannon, Captain Philip Broke. Certain of another British defeat, Bostonians anticipating the evening’s victory banquet came out to sea to enjoy the fight. They were shocked to see that only fifteen minutes after the battle began, Chesapeake’s ensign dropped. Up rose the Blue Ensign; below it, the Stars and Stripes appeared. His captain, severely wounded, his first lieutenant killed, it fell to 22 year old Halifax born Provo Wallis, Shannon’s second lieutenant, to command his ship. The third lieutenant, Charles Falkiner, took charge of the Chesapeake, giving special care to Lawrence, who lay in his wardroom, mortally wounded. The two frigates sailed eastward into the gathering darkness as the disappointed sightseers returned to Boston to report the unbelievable news. Chesapeake taken!”
I think it’s amazing that a 22 year old Haligonian saved us from becoming another star on the American flag!
Halifax’s Old Burial Ground is a National Historic site, and the Old Burial Ground Foundation maintains an excellent website….click here.
Location and Hours
Open daily from sunrise to sunset; free to enter
What are your thoughts on visiting graveyards when you travel? Yay or Nay?
This is the 167th edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.
This is my contribution to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. If you missed last week’s Foodie Tuesday, have a peek!
The Ping River divides Chiang Mai, and many visitors never make it over to the “other side”. However, it’s easy to get there, and well worth the trip. You have a choice of one of several bridges, or you could probably even swim. Swimming would not be my first choice! The Ping River does not look particularly appealing! I generally walk (a pleasant 30 minute stroll from the old city), and then I can justify eating more! However, I’m sure any tuk-tuk or songthaew would get you close.
Quite a number of lovely restaurants line the banks of the river, and there are also a number of local shops selling antiques, and traditional Thai products. Really though, I am digressing. I am not taking you shopping today, or to a restaurant along the river bank. We’re going to a charming restaurant just in behind the main (and very busy) street that serves up some of the best curry in Chiang Mai…Hinlay Curry. I have been eating here for years, and it’s always high on my “to visit” when I arrive in town.
You can choose sit in the open air restaurant or among the greenery in the garden. I love the garden area, but have just realized that I have never sat in the garden and eaten a meal. I have no idea why! This is a very good reason to go back…EAT IN THE GARDEN!
As you can read, the prices are excellent!
Dishes are cooked as ordered, so remember this is not MacDonald’s. You may have to wait a few minutes, and when your curry does arrive…hmmm. You can read a book, or entertain yourself with your phone or tablet. Free WiFi is available. Of course, if you’re dining with someone this is the perfect opportunity for some scintillating conversation!
Like most restaurant menus in Thailand, there is a lot on offer. I tend to waffle over the main dish before making that all important decision. I often like to try something new, but then my favorites start whispering… I’m here, I’m here…
The Massaman curry is one that I have a difficult time resisting. Teeming with potatoes, cooked just right, and the sweetness of the curry is just so yummy. This is the perfect curry for anyone you can’t tolerate a lot of spice. I’m thinking of my friend Suzanne
At the other end of the spicy spectrum is the vindaloo curry. I remember the first time I ever ordered it. The server looked at me in disbelief … “You know that’s really really spicy?” “I sure do. Bring it on!” was my happy response. I could tell by the look on her face that she was doubtful I could pull it off.
I devoured the entire bowl, and lived to tell about it. The spice level was high, but not as hot as I thought it would be. The spice combined with a hint of sweet was a delicious assault to my taste buds, but definitely not a curry for those who flush at just the thought of spice!
Did you notice that there is no rice on the table? Rice is good, but I find that I always end up in a carb coma afterwards. All I want to do is sleep. That’s the first reason that I opt out. The second reason is that Hinlay’s make the best garlic roti and naan. I switch it up. Sometimes naan, sometime roti; always garlic. Their out of this world yogurt and cucumber riata is the second reason. Combined with the garlic naan or roti, you have perfection. The riata is just a little tart, and that is a great complement to the garlic.
Location and Map
8/1 Nha Wat Kate Road, Soi 1, Chiang Mai/Phone 053-242621