food

Emma’s Food Diary #4: Louis Lunch 🍔

Hello there… long time, no see! Or long time, no write! Again I found myself being a lazy mare, neglecting my writing, my creativity, ultimately leaving my space bare of any new post in over six months. I apologise profusely; sometimes life runs away from us and we are left staggering to catch up.

Nevertheless, I am in first place again, back to my best and pumping with the drive and desire to write about and post my many thoughts and musings about the various activities and adventures I have had the opportunity to experience this past half a year.

To kick things off… how about a post about burgers?! Seems fitting, doesn’t it? This self-proclaimed burger queen has devoured a large number of golden oldies and delectable newbies these past six months, and as always, I am desperate to share my thoughts and also provide potential recommendations to any readers who may, one day, find themselves perusing the streets of Busan with an insatiable desire for a naughty burger.

Who am I kidding?! I already have one whole post dedicated to the finest burgs in the MCR with snippets here and there of those I’ve already tried in Korea BUT I just bloody enjoy writing about burgers because burgers are #fewd.

So here goessssss:

ENTER LOUIS LUNCH

Stowed away on the back road parallel to Gwangalli beach is Louis Lunch; it is a noticeable building, painted a vivid red with large windows and a sign that reads ‘BURGER BEER DRINKS FRIES’ (really, what more do you need to know?) standing outside. The interior is subtler, employing the use of a pastel colour palette to make visitors feel comfortable which is then complemented by hard word tables and leather and fabric armchairs. It also displays elegant touches here and there, either in the shape of light fittings or a white and gold sink, to give more of a classier feel to the restaurant.

The menu is extensive for a burgers only joint, listing eight different choices including the classic cheeseburger, as well as more unique sandwiches that play host to a hash brown or avocados, all of which are made from 100% Korean beef (aside from the chicken burger ofc…). Prices range between 8,000 won to 11,000 won for just the burger. An extra 3,000 won will get you another patty and a further 4,000 won gets you a set (burger, fries and a drink).

I’ve tried a few of the burgers here, none of which has disappointed. My go to is the special cheeseburger (a sandwich that has earned itself a gold star on the menu) which is made from a beef patty with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, onions and jalapenos. I get the double patty (double patty for a double fatty) and the set because YOLO. And it is a real treat! The patties are marvelously seasoned with pepper, combined with the spiciness of the jalapenos, the freshness of the salad (although I always pick out tomatoes because they make all foods encased in bread too wet… #fightme) and the tangy burger sauce and you’re on to a taste sensation. Also new depth is added knowing that a different cheese is used on the two patties if you go for the double; one laden with American whilst the other is molten with mozzie!

When ordering the set, you can expect your burger to come with a side of crispy, golden fries in a paper covered basket. Ever the perfect partner to my favourite dish, the chips at Louis Lunch add an extra oomph as they are thick cut, curling around in to an S shape and crunching in between my teeth. I love to slather them in either ketchup or the tangy burger sauce to up the ante and add even more flavour!

As well as the special cheeseburger, I have chowed down on a shrimp burger. Pretty much the same ingredients except you get four grilled shrimps above the cheesy patty which add a nice new texture to an otherwise crunch-free burger.

Last but not least, I have also had half a chicken burger. This one tastes *surprisingly* healthy as far as burgers go. It isn’t your typical stack of fried meat that you expect with a chicken burger. Instead, it is a succulent grilled chicken breast, piled high with fresh salad and a hint of the classic burger sauce. Ultimately a nice welcome alternative to a beefy, and therefore greasy, burger.

Friends of mine have branched out to try the special options; the hash brown one and the avocado burger. Their silence whilst eating spoke enough to me and their sighs of pleasure after polishing off their buns whilst brandishing a double thumbs up made me feel more than secure enough to know my incessant gabbing about “the amazing burger place just near the beach” had paid off and my recommendation had been a hit!

If you ever find yourself in dire need of a cheeky burger in Busan, please take up my recommendation. Head over to Louis Lunch by Gwangalli beach and enjoy one of their many amazing burgers!

You can find the restaurant on Insta: @louis_lunch1

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food, Travel

Emma’s Food Diary #2: Oscar’s Taco Shop 🌯

Living in Korea and trying to find familiar food that isn’t a burger (yes, sometimes even this burger queen needs a break) or a pizza (love me some pepp and pine) is not the easiest of tasks. However you can always count on the foreigner friendly area of Gwangan to serve up some delicious, non-native scran!

On my most recent jaunt along the Igidae Coastal Walk, my friend and I decided to continue our stroll onwards towards Gwangalli beach. I had heard about a small Mexican restaurant right on the strip opposite the sand and sea that serves up mahoosive burritos, and after walking with only a few pieces of apple in my belly, the prospect of such a thing was too much to resist…

Enter Oscar’s Taco Shop!

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My friend and I approached it from the ending point of Igidae however it is super easy to get to; make your way to Gwangan subway station, exits 3 or 5 and walk directly towards the beach (about ten minutes). Take a right at the GS25 on the corner and then walk for five more mins along the beach front and here it is! Un poco piece of Mexico right in Busan!! It is a fairly small place, it has a couple of tables inside and one outside on the pavement as well as a breakfast bar type of seating arrangement by the kitchen so keep your eyes peeled for the sign above otherwise you may miss it.

The menu is fairly small; it consists of three burritos, two types of tacos and three quesadillas as well as a variety of nachos with different toppings. I went straight in, HAM, and ordered myself the California burrito. It is the most expensive thing on the menu priced at 15,000₩ however each and every bite is worth a million. The tortilla is jam-packed with not only the staple ingredient of rice but a plethora of other foods; avocado, kidney beans, seasoned beef steak, pico de gallo, chips, cheese (ofc!!), salsa and sour cream. It is a beast of a burrito to behold! The chef even commented that not many can rise to the challenge and polish it off but, as previously stated, I only had a third of an apple milling about inside of me and therefore the challenge was taken on and completed!

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Helloooooo baby!!

Also shout out to the chef for his homemade salsa; I had already taken a few bites before he recommended I try it with and his recommendation proved to be golden! His salsa had just the right amount of a spicy kick and fused well with all of the other flavours popping off in the tortilla; overall its flavour was heaps better than any store bought salsa or hot sauce, something you often find to be the case with food created from scratch.

It is also worthwhile mentioning that Oscar’s is veggie and vegan friendly! Needless to say I am not one or the other but I do have many friends who adhere to a more plant based lifestyle. Indeed the friend who came with is pretty much vegan; she was over the moon when I initially told her about the veggie friendly Mexican joint but was even more thrilled upon ordering and trying her very own (veggie) California burrito. If that seems too large for any veggies out there then you can also opt for the no meat tacos or the strictly cheese quesadilla.

So if you are a local or an expat living and working in Busan or if you pop by for a visit, make sure you check out Oscar’s Taco Shop! I will for sure be going there again if ever I need fulfilling sustenance after another hike but to also try the other Mexican classics available on the menu; mainly the beef quesadilla which I have on good authority is delicious and served with a homemade guacamole dip!!

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Film

Perspective (2018) #TeamAndromeda

I know it has been a helluva long time since I posted on here… no special excuse for this, I have been slacking purely based on the recent hectic schedule I have had but I am currently working to correct my laziness so stay tuned for many posts about my recent goings on!

First off… I MADE A FILM! You can watch it below 😊, and if interested, you can read all about my experience making it underneath!

Let me rewind back to September… my friend stumbled across a Facebook post advertising a 72 hour film festival here in Busan. Participants needed to pay only 10,000 won and follow a certain set of guidelines; films had to be 10 minutes or less, had to include a character called either Edward or Edna Appleby, had to include a wine bottle in some way or another and lastly had to use the dialogue “I’ll make him/her an offer that he/she cannot refuse”. Simple enough guidelines to follow and luckily my friend already had a self-love/self-appreciation concept in mind.

Our team initially met on a Thursday evening, at HQ Gwangan, the bar in Gwangalli geared towards the many expats out here, who is also the host of the 72 hour film festival. We discussed and planned, finalising the concept we had and shaping it in to a short film that would follow all of the guidelines we had whilst still maintaining the core message we wanted to portray. Our story would focus on Edna, a young woman consumed by a toxic relationship. We are first introduced to her, downing a bottle of wine in her apartment, frustrated by the lack of communication from her other half. Then she receives a text message, just one short moment of clarity that sends her on a journey of self-discovery.

The next day, Friday, filming began; we used my apartment and the roof of my building initially. As if there were not already enough time constraints (given the allotted time of 72 hours to shoot and edit a short film), we only had 30 minutes or so to film what we needed to film up on the roof. The dark nights start to appear earlier in September and the sun begins to set rapidly so you can only imagine our haste in getting the shots we needed multiple times to ensure smooth cuts in the editing stage. Once night had well and truly set in, we headed to Output in Seomyeon to film a scene involving our lead actress and a male leech. We did have a problem here; not one of us had a male friend available to strap on their acting shoes at such short notice. Nonetheless we managed to secure a reveler in the club with the offer of a few drinks. We briefed our guy, told him his line of dialogue (“I’ll make you an offer that you can’t refuse”) and got to shooting. Sorted. The scenes we needed to bring together the first half of our film were all done, shot numerous times and ready to be uploaded.

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Team Andromeda outside Output! #BTS

We got started with the editing process on the Saturday afternoon, surrounded by a mass of supplies to keep our energy up. It is unbelievable to see the amount of software readily available to amateur filmmakers on the internet these days. My team managed to secure Wondershare Filmora; a seemingly basic editing application which turned out to be fantastic and exactly what we needed. In between editing (and eating), we had to shoot a few daytime scenes; a couple of cuts that would show our main character going about her daily life, eating with friends, browsing shops as well as general shots of the city. In addition, we also needed some shower scenes; a literal presentation of our girl washing away all the toxic that was in her life and embrace her new self-appreciation. All in all, Saturday was a busy day!

We woke up at 4am on the Sunday having made a plan to meet on Gwangalli beach at 4:30am to be able to film our main character doing yoga whilst the sun rises in front of her; the grand finale where she is finally at peace with herself and content with her life. Again, time was not on our side; the sun rises fairly quickly, and we had a variety of angles we wanted to employ to really capture the beauty of the beach and the peace of mind it gives to people. Nevertheless, we were successful, and I must admit, I was (and still am!) super proud of the shots we managed to get! I feel the Zen element we wanted to illustrate was captured, whether that be due to the location or the yoga, either way I love the beach scenes we used in the final cut. We finished our task at the beach, headed home for a couple more hours kip and then got back to editing. Watching and re-watching our completed 7-minute film over and over before heading back to HQ Gwangan to submit it for the showing later that evening.

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Shooting at Gwangalli beach! #BTS

After the screening, we were awarded a bottle of gin as a prize for using the required line of dialogue in the most creative way. Super thrilling! However, I was, and still am, over the moon to finally have my name listed in the credits of a film, no matter how short it is! That reward, in my eyes, is better than any other prize we could have won because I gotta say, my first experience working on a film was incredibly exciting and fulfilling. My team and I are already planning our second film with an aim to continue making short films together as we are a damn good team! 😊

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