Explore 2012: New Jersey’s KoreaTown

While HT was neck deep in schoolwork I didn’t begrudge her (too much) when she neglected my blog.  But after  four months and plenty of downtime I told her enough was enough.  If she didn’t begin sharing my genius with the masses again (that’s you) I would put arsenic in her sweet tea and move on to a more malleable mammal.

At first the only outcome of my ultimatum was her short-lived aversion to sweet tea.  But after she went through tea withdrawal came to her senses HT agreed to start posting my words of wisdom 1 as long as she could ease back into regular posting.  If I had known she had such a fear of commitment I might have stuck with one of my trucker friends at least they have schedules they stick to!

One of the trips HT took during her blogging sabbatical was a long weekend pretending she was Korean.  I kid you not.  In 2010 she took the Fung Wah bus from Boston Chinatown to NYC and enjoyed Koreatown for a day but this time they decided to stay in New Jersey and do both KTown in the city and the New Jersey Korean “Villiages” in Bergen County, mainly Palisades Park.  Lo and behold they ran out of time and never made it over the George Washington Bridge 2 to the Big Apple but terrorized the shop keepers and gorged themselves on delicious Korean food.

We spent the first day on Broad Avenue.  Which is full of Korean stores, restaurants, and bakeries 3.  Most of the signs and menus are in Korean so it was fortunate that one of the girls on the trip is Korean and so laid back that she didn’t mind walking around with two squealing girls who pointed at everything wanting to know what it said 4.

Here is a slideshow of the first day. I won’t tell you how many pictures HT took but will say I am still miffed she didn’t take any of me.  She didn’t even bring Frankie on the trip (here’s a picture of him enjoying a coffee break on the last KTown trip) but took pictures of her old glow worm instead. Believe me I’m not making it up.

Now for you Kdrama fans can you tell me 1. Who is singing the song in the slideshow? 2. What Kdrama it is from?  You won’t win anything but props from one fan to another.  Enjoy!


Day 1 at Palisades Park


  1. more like tripe
  2. No matter how many times the GPS tried to make us cross it.
  3. my mouth is watering from memories! the food was soooo yummy!
  4. is was like Disney only better… well tastier
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