Sunday, April 26, 2015

Culinary tour to Atlanta, Georgia

One of the reasons we've been tied up in Chattanooga for so long (since 2007!) is because of its vicinity to Atlanta. In many ways, Atlanta is very similar to Philadelphia, with all the usual trappings of a cosmopolitan city - a university (Georgia Tech) in town, homeless people in the parks, traffic jams, and all the malls and specialty shops to spend your money. Not that we care so much about the city, but we love the abundance of Asian restaurants and supermarkets, where we feast and  provision for Asian groceries.

Our first experience with a Korean grocer was in the suburbs of Philadelphia back in the 80s. It has the cheapest and freshest vegetables! Soon these mom and pop stores proliferated all over Philadelphia and south Jersey. Fast forward 30 years. Today, you can find mega supermarkets, like the HMart supermarkets all over the U.S. and Canada. The Koreans must be doing something right. Their culture is taking the world by storm, from food to music and TV shows.
HMart Supermarket - Asian eggplants
We had taken colleagues and friends to Chinatown to sample more authentic Chinese fare when we lived in Philadelphia and Boston. Some even got a taste of Chinese New Year celebrations, and to this day, they still talk about their experiences. We are very impressed with the Korean food (more choices of restaurants and much cheaper than the northeast and the west coast) and markets in Atlanta and have given culinary tours to many friends and clients.
enjoying a Korean BBQ buffet at Cho Won
Showing off their chopstick skills at lunch in Book Chang Dong
Shopping at HMart
Tofu, anyone?
Dee knows her Asian pears, having taught English in China
Ji introduces the Fuyu persimmon
Looking through the items at Cho Won
Interested in a culinary tour to Atlanta? Our friend Ji and the first mate offer cooking classes as well as trips to Atlanta to provision for Asian food. Get the details at their blog or email us.

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