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I know I said I’d stop writing about ice cream. I lied. I’m sorry. You can blame the heat for this one. If it helps, today’s review covers something that goes beyond the usual. If anything, today’s featured spot is anything but usual.
With all of the new, fancy ice cream parlors opening up around town, it’s easy to miss the smaller, less flashy ones that sit tucked away in alleys. In most cases, places like these are found as a result of happy accidents. That was the situation my beau and I were in when we came across Honey Comb.B. We had originally intended to visit the ice cream shop that was larger and literally right next to the place, but we opted for the smaller, less crowded option after taking a peek at the menu.
Honey Comb.B doesn’t look like much on the outside, which is a shame, as it does a poor job of displaying the crazy varieties that are available inside. While I don’t like to describe food as “crazy” or “super original” too often, this ended up being one of those rare moments where those were the only words that came to mind. It’s not every day you see an ice cream shop offering options like Wasabi Cookies & Caramel, Choco & Guerande Salt, Hibiscus Flower & Choco, and Rose w/ Fresh Cream. Needless to say, I was caught staring at the pictures for far too long as I tried to make sense of some of these flavor combinations. Though the owners didn’t speak much English, they were more than happy to describe the flavors I showed interest in to me, asking whether or not I was in the mood for something sweet or tangy as they even offered to give me samples. After a long while, I ended up ordering the Curry, Coconut, and Honey ice cream in a cup. My less adventurous guy, who prefers more traditional choices, ordered the Rainbow Sprinkle w/ Choco & Jelly ice cream in a cone.
After I ordered my ice cream, I saw that there was also a menu that offered extra toppings like honeycomb, chocolate syrup, fruit flavored whipped cream, and even litchi sauce. Though tempting, I chose to try my treat in its original form.
Since it was hot out and we had nowhere we really needed to go, we took a seat indoors at one of the few tables the shop had available. The walls were decorated with wires that had small notes and drawings attached to them, adding a personal touch that provided some entertainment (some of the artwork was not safe for work). Since there were a number of people that had ordered before us, we ended up waiting for a while. This gave me plenty of time to sketch up my own contribution to the wall.
When our cold snacks finally arrived, it was a sight to behold. I first stole a few bites of my guy’s ice cream, which looked a lot like my very American childhood. The combination of rainbow sprinkles and chocolate syrup left me with a strong sense of nostalgia that I had not experienced in a while. At this point, I also noticed that all of the menu options had milk ice cream as their base. Though this isn’t a bad thing, milk ice cream is quite different from traditional ice cream, which tends to be richer and creamier. That being said, the light flavor of the milk ice cream ended up being a nice canvas, doing more to highlight the other flavors instead of masking them.
My ice cream, which came topped with curried coconut flakes and honey, was definitely different. Since I am so used to enjoying curry in savory forms, the first few bites were confusing and almost offputting. Once I convinced myself to go in with an open mind, the flavors began to grow on me. The coconut added texture as the curry added an aromatic warmth that contrasted well with the sweet honey and the cold ice cream. Oddly enough, it almost reminded me of some of the more exotic variations of rice pudding I had tried in the past.
All in all, Honey Comb.B is probably the most interesting ice cream shop I’ve been to in Gwangju. Though it won’t become my default spot for a summer treat, my curiosity will definitely keep me coming back. I look forward to getting a taste of their Kiwi Fruit with Lemon & Litchi Sauce, as well as their Orange Rum, which contains alcohol (19+ only!). If you’re looking for something different for dessert, this little spot is definitely worth a visit.
Address: 광주 동구 황금동 63번지 (right next to Papa John’s)
Hours: 12:00PM to 10:00PM
Average Price Range: 3,900 to 4,900 for ice cream
Wow! The rankings are here! Firstly thank you to everyone for coming out and making the event such a success! We hope that you enjoyed yourself and we hope that we will see you again at future GFN/ Gwangjublog events! It was great to see such diversity in the expat community!
Anyway – enough about that – here are the rankings as many have asked for! Also if you have some great pics you would like to share please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will stick them up on the blog.
Anyway – once again thank you guys you were amazing!
Hope you enjoyed it.
|6||Big D and Tenacious Three|
|7||Grill on Fire|
|11||The Beauties and the Beasts|
|12||Nerds of Steel|
|20||Daniel and the Prophets|
|21||Bamboo Kung Fu|
|22||Peanut Butter Jelly Time|
|23||Three Kiwis and a Kraut|
|24||Walking on Water|
|34||Two Tallies and a Short One|
What can we do with 1,000 won? Bus fares costs more than 1,000 won and, no matter how long you wander around the supermarket, there are not very many things you can buy with 1,000 won. But Daein Market is different.
Your 1,000 won goes a long way there. It’s enough to buy many food items, such as noodles, fries, or coffee. First of all, there is a ‘1,000 Won Café’ where you can try a cup of Americano for 1,000 won.
This is quite a good deal as the café uses the Italian coffee brand, Lavazza. It will begin operation from next month, opening at 7 p.m.
Also, the ‘1,000 Won Café’ sells various Gwangju-related souvenirs, ranging from T-shirts, Mug, Notes, Post Cards, and Pens. In addition, Daein Market’s landmark restaurant, ‘Sunrise Restaurant’ is also a must-go place for the visitors to the market. ‘Sunrise Restaurant’ became popular after its introduction on a TV program.
The owner, Ms. Kim Seon-ja, who experienced major failure in business and subsequently had to go for days without eating, opened restaurant.
Full meals go for a mere 1,000 won. Currently diagnosed with cancer, Ms. Kim is no longer able to run the restaurant, but another merchant at the market took over the operation and, with the help of donations from market merchants and others in Gwangju and different cities, it has survived.
Perhaps the most popular attraction in the market is the ‘Marketplace Noodle Restaurant’, which features a 1,000-won noodle dish with broth (but the Bibim Noodle dish that costs 2,000 won is also a popular). Also, a side item of 3 hard-boiled eggs sells for only a thousand.
The summer vacation that you have all been waiting for is here. As much as you wished for time off, what will you do on the busy streets downtown?
Why not take a stroll over to the nearby traditional Daein Market and enjoy the most reasonably priced vacation fare in town. For 1,000 won you’ll have a “grand” time!
This week, I got to interview Dr. George David Shows. He is a professor of marketing at Appalachian State University and came to Chonnam University as a visiting professor for six weeks. Thank you for the interview, Dr. Shows!
How did you end up in Gwangju?
At Appalachian State I received an email from our Graduate coordinator, Dr. Marty Meznar about a possible position available for a professor for teaching a graduate class in Marketing Strategy. I have several colleagues who are South Korean and they have my respect. I was open for either the first or second session, and was asked to teach the first.
Was this your first time teaching abroad?
Yes it was. I have taught Korean and Chinese students and respect the intellect and dedication they bring to class. I was happy to be given the chance to teach in Korea.
How does teaching at Chonnam National University compare to Appalachian State?
Teaching at Appalachian State is done over a 16 week time period. The first session was over a period of 6 weeks. It requires a shorter time frame with more involved classes. Teaching in the United States in graduate classes is also done generally using the Socratic Method. This is where the students read the lessons, and the teachers ask a series of questions to students the lead them to an understanding of the issues. In South Korea, students are trained under the traditional lecture format and it requires the teacher to adjust their teaching method without weakening the lessons taught. Otherwise the curriculum is very much the same.
As far as students, I was impressed with the depth of understanding in my students in the Graduate Business School at Chonnam. I have taught and seen many graduate students and the ones at Chonnam University have all the skills needed. Both the full-time students and the students currently working were dedicated, knowledgeable, and intelligent. They brought strong work skills to the exercises and proved themselves worthy.
What type of adjustments or changes did you have to make for international students?
Right away I realized it was important that language issues must be minimized in order to carry the lessons to my students. The cases required more than the usual amount of setup because the majority of the cases involved an American background. It required me to give more explanation so that students could fully understand the differences culturally and commercially in the United States and the context in which the cases were written. I met with the groups so that I could review their work before they presented their cases.
I also realized that to give a traditional test in a standardized way in English would add the difficulty of first attempting to understand the question and then choose an answer that could be culturally based. I decided to give a take-home test so that the students would not be facing a misunderstanding of the question as well the time difficulty of completing a test in the time required in class.
What I did not adjust was the courseware instructed or the case format. Students were required to give presentations in class (in English) and each student was to present a part of their case study. It is also important for a teacher to move a student out of their “comfort zone” and by challenging them to speak in class, I hoped to stretch their personal limitations and have them extend their experiences. All the students did exceedingly well.
What did you think about Gwangju and the Chonnam National Unviersity’s Campus?
First, the people, which are Chonnam’s great strength. I was very much impressed by everyone at Chonnam National University, both staff and faculty. The leadership has a vision for its students and the future success of Chonnam University and I wish them the very best. The staff and people at Chonnam were very friendly and helpful and they made the job of a visiting professor much easier.
Gwangju is a great town. I found myself on weekends simply walking around, enjoying the unique cultural experience. Wherever I met, people were friendly and patient with my limited Korean. The workers at the various stores were extremely helpful. I had a chance to taste the local cuisine and loved all of it. I went to a Kia Tigers baseball game, loved every minute of it, and purchased two Kia Tigers jerseys, one for myself and one for my son. I’m officially a fan now and keep up with them online.
I am impressed with Chonnam University for their outreach to the community. One of the things of interest to me was the community involvement with the campus. In my personal experience, I do not know of an American campus that shares itself so readily with the local population. Every day the football field was used by teams, and every day families picnicked on the grounds. At night there would be hundreds of people walking the track. During the weekend the campus field would be packed with adults and children enjoying the day. Many schools may talk about their desire for outreach, but Chonnam University shows other schools how successful it can actually be.
Finally, I must give credit to the administrators and faculty at Chonnam University. There is a genuine commitment by them to continue the university as a world-class center of learning. From their outreach to other countries to their work in student placement there is a clearly defined vision that guides all connected to the university towards a common goal of providing superior education to their students and helping them afterwards to be placed in a top company. In short, during my brief time here, I was proud to be counted as a faculty member of Chonnam University.