That Olde Tyme Gaming Itch…

Someone out in Daegu recently blew my mind by asking for N64 games. In case you’ve been living under a rock, had uber protective parents, or simply suffer from bad taste, Nintendo 64 (hence, N64) is easily one of the greatest gaming systems ever put together – and proof that civilization is NOT going downhill.

What could possibly make me such a rabid fan of an “outdated” system? One game, and one game only: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Hunt one down and give it a whirl. If you’re still in doubt after multiple hours of glorious single-player questing, shoot me a message. I will gladly school you.

It’s important, though, that we stay on topic; namely, “scratching” the itch. Out here in South Korea, they’ve got plenty of good stuff to fiddle with, if you don’t mind the “new” and “improved” versions of PS and Xbox. Older stuff? Well, that’s going the way of the dinosaurs in the U.S., and is naturally harder to find.

Assuming you’re in Daegu and on a quest of your own, here’s one place you can try: 88 Game Land (88게임랜드). The name seems to have changed from 88 Game Plaza. It’s on this street, Gukchaebosang-ro(국채보상로), and it’s near the 2.28 movement memorial park, in downtown Daegu.

Here’s a photo link for a little extra help:
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The best of luck, and happy hunting my friends.

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Tomate

If you don’t live in Korea, you might not know this…but here’s a little fact.

Italian food in Korea really sucks.

Now look, I’m sure there are plenty of people that like it (namely Korean). Why not? It’s geared to the Korean palate. But my Italian is geared to the American palate, and matching palate with reality – not easy.

There is, however, a little gem that sprang like Athena from the thoughts of the many American expats here, and its name is Tomate. (Some people say ‘Tomat.’ This is incorrect, because the Korean clearly reads ‘Tomate.’)

Tomate is one of those restaurants that you’d probably go to in your hometown. The owner, a lovely woman and amazing cook, does her own pizza, pasta and coffee. The best part is, it’s got a flash of fusion to it. Her meat + mushroom pizza uses a little sausage and a lot of shiitake mushroom. Her carbonara is a mix of yummy, with a little chicken and bits of bacon and winter mushrooms. (Need a picture? Check out the next blog, Shiiiiiitake!)

Some of the stranger (read: more authentic Italian) pastas actually have pictures on the wall, if you look around for them. Everything from vongole (a pasta with clams) to a kind of kimchi pasta is on the menu, but I’m so in love with carbonara, I have a hard time branching out.

If you’re just looking for a coffee date, take a step inside, since Tomate’s

The strangest part to all of this is…..I usually hate Italian food.

If you’re a foodie, m