Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: Just for Foodies

Pasta~

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

It’s the World Cup, and my best friends and I have been having so many World Cup Watch Parties!

When Korea played, we ate samgyubsal. When Mexico played, we drank Tequila (and ate wings). Unfortunately, we were all at work when Nigeria, which is my country, played today.

And, they lost, too.

>.<

Even though the only country left for my best friends and I to cheer for is the USA (Germany and the Netherlands for my best friend from Bulgaria), that doesn’t mean that we have to stop watching the World Cup and eating delicious food.

In honor of  KDrama fans (and soccer fans) from all over the world who are also foodies like my friends and I and love any reason to get together with good friends, good food, and good drinks, here are some KDramas that will get your mouth watering as you watch!

1. Coffee Prince (2007)

Coffee Prince~

Coffee Prince~

This KDrama with an indie feel isn’t all about coffee, but it sure is mouth-watering thanks to Gong Yoo and a few coffee shop flower boys… and one boy, played by Yoon Eun Hye, who is actually a girl.

2. Pasta (2010)

Pasta~

Pasta~

If this KDrama starring everyone’s favorite actress Gong Hyo Jin doesn’t make you want to eat pasta everyday and call your crush, boyfriend, or husband “Chef!,” then nothing else will!

3. Baker King Kim Tak Goo (2010)

Baker King Kim Tak Gu~

Baker King Kim Tak Goo~

Baking has never been so dreamy and delicious (or so deadly and dangerous) until this KDrama decided to take one of our favorite foods and past times– break and baking, to the next level.

4. Let’s Eat (2013)

Let's Eat~

Let’s Eat~

Now this is the Just for Foodies KDrama to end all Just for Foodies KDramas!

How?

Well, with Korean food porn.

Yum yum yum!

Don’t forget, you can find out where to watch all of these KDramas and more (yummy snacks not included) HERE.

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Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: 3 Heartwarming Hospital Romances

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

If you are feeling a little sick after being unable to feed your KDrama addiction for the past few weeks, then these three hospital romances are “just what the doctor ordered”!

1. New Heart (2007)

New Heart~

New Heart~

In this hospital romance, heart surgery residents struggle to save lives and find the ever-shifting balance between work and romance.

2. General Hospital 2 (2008)

General Hospital 2~

General Hospital 2~

Work and romance abound in this heartwarming and often hilarious hospital romance.

3. Good Doctor (2013)

Good Doctor~

Good Doctor~

In what is definitely my favorite hospital romance, a boy with autism becomes a doctor who not only defies but breaks down the stereotypes regarding his disorder.

What hospital romances have you watched?

Don’t forget that you can find out where to watch these dramas and more right HERE, and stay tuned for more KDramas:

“Just For Foodies,” “6 High School Romances,” and even more KDramas from some of my favorite genres such as mystery and makjang!

^^

Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: 9 Charming Chaebols

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

Chaebols are usually anything and everything BUT charming, but they still seem to be in EVERY KDrama these days. They’re known for being rich, spoiled, and at the root of all KDrama evil.

But, not all chaebols are bad; and, these ones aren’t just good

They’re charming!

^^

1. Who Are You? (2008)

Cha Seung Hyo~

Cha Seung Hyo~

This rich and bad-tempered chaebol may have gotten his body snatched, but that doesn’t stop him from turning into the very good man of one lucky girl’s dreams.

2. Boys Over Flowers (2009)

Yoon Ji Hoo~

Yoon Ji Hoo~

Oh, I hope you weren’t expecting to see Go Jun “Poo” here…?

Although Kim Hyun Joong couldn’t act to save his life in this KDrama, there was still something charming about his character.

(My inner fan girl is showing…)

3. Secret Garden (2010)

Kim Joo Won~

Kim Joo Won~

This chaebol had a knack for turning doing crunches and drinking coffee into some of the most romantic moments KDrama Land has ever seen.

4. Scent of a Woman (2011)

Kang Ji Wook~

Kang Ji Wook~

I’m currently watching this KDrama– and continuing my Lee Dong Wook spree, and I have totally fallen in love with the first chaebol who’s been willing to throw it all away for the woman he loves.

5. Can You Hear My Heart? (2011)

Cha Dong Joo~

Cha Dong Joo~

This chaebol might not be able to hear, but he sure is able to love– and with all of his heart.

6. I Love Lee Tae Ri (2012)

Lee Tae Ri~

Lee Tae Ri~

Wait– not ALL chaebols are rich men. Some of them are rich women, like Lee Tae Ri.

7. Master’s Sun (2013)

Joo Joong Won~

Joo Joong Won~

This chaebol takes first place for not only being So Ji Sub charming but (mostly) calm. After all, the woman he falls in love with can see ghosts!

8. Mi Rae’s Choice (2013)

Park Se Joo~

Park Se Joo~

… Yeah, that fan girl? She’s back, but this chaebol was rather charming.

(He probably wouldn’t have been if someone else had played him.)

9. Heirs (2013)

Choi Young Do~

Choi Young Do~

Oh, I hope you weren’t expecting to see Kim Tan here…?

TEAM CHOI YOUNG DO!!!

So, who is your favorite charming chaebol?

If you don’t actually know what a chaebol is, then you’re not watching enough KDramas, and you DEFINITELY need to watch more. So, go HERE to find out where you can watch all of these KDramas and more…

MUCH more…

>.<

Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: Gender Benders

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

Feeding Your KDrama Addiction is back this week with some of my favorite KDramas: Gender benders! And, don’t forget that you can find out where to watch these KDramas and more right HERE.

Anyway, girl or boy, boy or girl, what’s most important in life and love is being true to yourself– and the person you love; but, if you end up lying about (or switching) your gender to the person you love, which is something that doesn’t just happen in KDrama Land, then you might be in BIG trouble… and in some very awkward situations.

So, let’s see how awkward things can get with these gender bender KDramas!

1. Coffee Prince (2007)

Coffee Prince~

Coffee Prince~

Well, she might look like a boy, but she’s definitely not; and, when her boss starts to develop feelings for her, he doesn’t quite know what to do!

2. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)

Sungkyunkwan Scandal~

Sungkyunkwan Scandal~

 A young girl who dresses as a boy suddenly ends up at a school for boys, and of course, some poor lucky school boy is going to fall in love with this school girl in disguise!

3. Secret Garden (2010)

Secret Garden~

Secret Garden~

When a rich chaebol and poor stunt woman drink a magic potion, they wake up in one another’s bodies and slowly learn more about one another’s hearts… and very different bodies.

(From the writer of A Gentleman’s Dignity and Heirs!)

4. Ma Boy (2012)

Ma Boy~

Ma Boy~

HE has to pretend to be an idol– a female idol; but, when he finds himself falling for his roommate, he’s forced to choose between his first love and his life as an idol.

So, what are some of your favorite gender bender KDramas?

I haven’t seen A Painter in the Wind, You’re Beautiful, or To The Beautiful You, but I’m sure you girls will all tell me about them in the comments…

So, keep those suggestions coming!

^^

Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: Some Sporty Romances

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

Before I begin, I need to let you know where I’ve been!

I’ve been busy with finals, and I have to finish my LAST final by tomorrow. It’s a 35 page paper, but I’m almost done. In addition, I will be graduating from law school (finally!) this Saturday and starting work next week on Monday.

In the meantime, I’ve been watching Korean dramas again, and this week’s blog post is inspired by my current craving Wild Romance– a sports themed romantic comedy, or “sporty romance.”

However, I’ve also been doing A LOT of blogging! I just wrote a blog post for DramaFever, 8 Incredibly On Point Kpop Cosplayers. Sometimes editors come up with bad titles, but you’ll love the article anyway since that was written by me and wasn’t changed at all.

^^

I’m also working on some articles that will be published in a magazine along with a guest blog for Voyage To Asia.

But, enough about me! I’m sure you’ve been hungry for more KDramas, so here are some sporty romances!

Sporty Romances

Two Outs in The Ninth Inning (2007)

Two Outs in The Ninth Inning~

Two Outs in The Ninth Inning~

This baseball drama is loads of fun as one lonely, workaholic woman starts to fall for her best friend.

Triple (2009)

triple

Triple~

This indie drama comes with a low key soundtrack and mellow mood as one girl, a figure skater, moves to the city to pursue her dream and falls in love with a much older man along the way.

(This is the drama that made me fall in love with Lee Jung Jae!)

Dream (2009)

dream

Dream~

This boxing drama might not have the best story (or acting– *cough*Son Dam Bi*cough*) but it does have some great eye candy and a heartwarming bromance to keep you watching happily enough.

Wild Romance (2012)

Wild Romance~

Wild Romance~

 This KDrama about a baseball player and his bodyguard is so fun, heartwarming, and refreshing that I haven’t been able to stop watching it for a few days now.

(This is my first time seeing Lee Dong Wook in a KDrama, and I LOVE him! He’s also on the new hit variety show Roommates, and you have to watch it– it’s so good!)

Do you know any “sporty romances” that didn’t make the list?

Be sure to share them in the comments.

P.S.: There’s a lot on the menu, so stay tuned for what’s to come on more Mondays: School romances, hospital romances, gender swaps, charming chaebols, melodramas and makjangs, and even crime and mysteries!

And remember, you can always go HERE to find out where to watch these KDramas and more.

Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: 7 Sageuks

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

From noona romances to supernatural romances to sageuks, or historical dramas– this week’s delicious special, your KDrama addiction will be fed!

Sageuks

1. Thousand Years of Love (2003)

Thousand Years of Love~

Thousand Years of Love~

In this fusion sageuk, a princess and bodyguard played by the hunky So Ji Sub fall in love in the past, but when she lands in the future and meets him again– he’s not the man she once knew and loved, but will they fall in love again?

(For more on how this KDrama goes, go HERE!)

2. Delightful Girl Choon Yang (2005)

Delightful Girl Choon Yang~

Delightful Girl Choon Yang~

This is something of a fusion sageuk. It starts out by telling the ancient story of Choon Yang and then fast forwards to the future where once again, the same characters end up telling a different story.

Here, though, we’ve got high schoolers getting married!

3. Jumong (2006)

Jumong~

Jumong~

This is the greatest and longest sageuk I have ever watched. It’s around 81 episodes long, and I watched 40 in one week! It’s just a great story about heroes, royalty, and war but also love and sorcery.

Something for everyone here!

4. The Return of Iljimae (2009)

The Return of Iljimae~

The Return of Iljimae~

Iljimae is an ancient character, not quite Robin Hood– that would be Hong Gil Dong, but very similar!

I enjoyed this drama because of Jung Il Woo. His acting was superb and so was the cinematography. The romance was a little tedious, but the action scenes made up for it.

5. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)

Sungkyunkwan Scandal~

Sungkyunkwan Scandal~

This sageuk about a young girl who dresses as a boy and ends up at a school for boys was full of fun and shenanigans. Something about it could have been stronger– the story and pace were a little slow at times, but in the end the performances from Song Joong Ki and Yoo Ah In really livened things up.

They even won the Best Couple Award for their bromance!

6. Chuno (2010)

Chuno~

Chuno~

This is another great sageuk about slaves and slave hunters, who did exist in Joseon. There is romance, action, and great acting along with a great story and a great soundtrack… and lots of eye candy– LOTS of eye candy…

^^

7. Queen Inhyun’s Man (2012)

Queen Inhyun's Man~

Queen Inhyun’s Man~

This is my favorite fusion sageuk. This couple went from fiction to fact, too, so be sure to watch the sorcery, action, AND romance that spans centuries as one man will do anything to protect the woman he loves– just a B-rate actress playing his majestic queen, even if she must live in the future and he must live in the past.

Okay, what are some of your favorite sageuks? Have you even watched any?

I know it took me awhile to get into them, but once I did I was hooked! I haven’t watched any recently, because they do tend to be VERY long, but maybe I will if you leave me some suggestions in the comments.

P.S.: Remember, you can always find out where to watch these KDramas and more HERE. With that said, please excuse me as I finally start studying for my final, which is in a few days…

Right after I watch some KDramas.

>.<

The addiction is real.

Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: 7 Supernatural Romances

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

Last Monday I fed your KDrama addiction for noona romances, and this week– as promised, I’ll feed your KDrama addiction for supernatural romances.

So, without further ado, here they are!

Supernatural Romances

1. Soulmate (2006)

Soulmate~

Soulmate~

Telepathy!

She’s engaged to someone else, but from the moment he sees her he not only falls in love with her– he also reads her mind. With a cast and story that’s fun, sexy, and down to earth, this KDrama is sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

2. Who Are You? (2008)

Who Are You?~

Who Are You?~

Body swapping!

When a loving father is hit by a grumpy and mean (but good-looking) CEO, he goes into a coma. However, he is able to borrow the CEO’s body for three hours a day to visit the people he loves, including his daughter.

3. Secret Garden (2010)

Secret Garden~

Secret Garden~

Body swapping!

When a rich chaebol and poor stunt woman drink a magic potion, they wake up in one another’s bodies and slowly learn more about one another’s heart.

(From the writer of A Gentleman’s Dignity and Heirs!)

4. I Love Lee Tae Ri (2012)

I Love Lee Tae Ri~

Growing up overnight!

A little boy grows up overnight to protect the woman he loves!

5. I Hear Your Voice (2013)

I Hear Your Voice~

I Hear Your Voice~

Telepathy!

A boy searching for the girl who saved his life finally meets her years later, and he can read her mind (and everyone else’s), which comes in handy when the criminal who killed his father makes a comeback and targets the woman the little girl has become.

6. Master’s Sun (2013)

Master's Sun

Master’s Sun

Ghosts!

She sees ghosts, but when she touches him, they disappear. He just happens to be a (good-looking) chaebol and CEO with a bad temper that also disappears the longer she stays around.

7. My Love From The Star (2014)

My Love From The Star~

Aliens!

Falling in love with a 400 year old alien with awesome super powers? Well, not a problem for a Hallyu star who finds herself in deep trouble after being accused of murder.

… Okay, you want more?!

Bonus KDrama: Big (2012)

Gong Yoo of Big~

Gong Yoo of Big~

Growing up overnight!

This was an awful drama, but you should watch it anyway because Gong Yoo looks amazing and does manage to carry the show with his serious acting and adorable shenanigans despite the awful script.

You can find out where to watch all of these dramas and more HERE.

P.S.: After reading this KDrama list, you might want to start looking for a few aliens, or little boys in big men’s bodies– but, that might NOT be legal!

>.<

Well, you’ve been warned!

And, stay tuned, because Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: 7 Sageuks, or historical dramas, is coming soon.

Feeding Your KDrama Addiction: 9 Noona Romances

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

You have your own KDrama addiction, so enough about what I like. Here’s what YOU need– more of your favorite KDramas! After all, we’ve all had those moments when one drama ends… and we immediately want to watch another one just like it.

So, every Monday for the next month or two (or three), I’ll go through my long list of KDramas (that I’ve watched AND finished); and, I’ll do my best to feed your KDrama addiction by letting you know about KDramas that are like the ones you’ve already watched– from noona romances to supernatural romances to school romances and more.

So, let’s start Feeding Your KDrama Addiction!^^

Noona Romances

I’ve talked about my must-watch noona romances and even why I think my life is like one already, but enough about me! Here are all the noona romances that I’ve watched– along with a few that I haven’t so you can start feeding your own KDrama addiction.

1. A Second Proposal (2004)

A Second Proposal~

A Second Proposal~

Oh Yun Soo and Oh Ji Oh star in this drama about a divorced woman who works hard to get her children back from her asshole husband and along the way gets a second chance at love with the (much younger) boy next door.

2. Biscuit Teacher &Star Candy (2005)

Biscuit Teacher &Star Candy~

Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo Jin star in this drama about a teacher who falls in love with her disobedient but dangerously sexy student.

3. Dal Ja’s Spring (2007)

Dal Ja's Spring~

Dal Ja’s Spring~

Chae Rim and Lee Min Ki star in this drama about a working woman and her romance with an older man and younger boy.

4. Oh! My Lady (2010)

Oh! My Lady~

Chae Rim and Choi Si Won star in this unexpectedly cute and heartwarming drama about a divorced woman who works as a housekeeper-turned-nanny for a top star and his illegitimate daughter.

5. I Do, I Do (2012)

I do, I Do~

I do, I Do~

Kim Sun Ah and Lee Jang Woo star in this drama about an older, workaholic woman and a younger, puppy dog (virgin) boy– and what happens after their really awesome really awkward one night stand.

6. I Hear Your Voice (2013)

ihyv

I Hear Your Voice~

Park Bo Young and Lee Jong Suk star in this drama about a girl who witnesses a murder and the boy who is saved (but forever changed– think head injury and telepathy) because of her. When they meet again years later, she’s changed, but he helps her become the courageous girl that she used to be.

7. Let’s Eat (2013)

Let's Eat!~

Let’s Eat~

Lee Soo Kyung and Yoon Doo Joon of the Kpop idol group Beast star in this fun, simple, down to earth drama about a divorced woman living alone and her nosy neighbors living next door.

8. Secret Love Affair (2014)

Secret Love Affair~

Secret Love Affair~

Kim Hee Ae and Yoo Ah In star in this sexy but subtle drama about a married woman and the piano prodigy of her dreams; only, he’s all too real.

(See more of their photo shoot for Elle Korea and read more about their off-screen chemistry HERE!)

9. Witch’s Romance (2014)

Witch's Romance~

Witch’s Romance~

Uhm Jung Hwa and Park Seo Joon star in this drama about another workaholic woman and the boy who finally sweeps her off of her feet.

Wait, what?! You want even more noona romances?

Okay, then take your pick from these ones that I haven’t watched (or just haven’t finished) yet: What’s Up Fox, My Sweet Seoul, I Need Romance 3, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Personal Taste, Faith, Who Are You?, When A Man Loves, and Kang Goo’s Story!

(You can find out where to watch all of these dramas and more HERE.)

And, I know you loved Secret Garden– even though I definitely didn’t. So, stay tuned for 7 Supernatural Romances. Yes, I’m going to keep feeding your KDrama addiction!

P.S.: Don’t worry– this addiction is perfectly legal, although it does come with common side effects such as loss of sleep, squeals, and sudden bursts into tears. It may also take away from your productivity– and ability to date boys and men in real life…

Well, you’ve been warned!

>.<

KDramas: Where To Watch?

*The “Feeding Your KDrama Addiction” Series*

This blog post will introduce my new series: Feeding Your KDrama Addiction! Because, before I let you know what to watch, I have to let you know where to watch, right?

To be honest, these days there are SO many places to watch KDramas. So, today I’m just going to talk about the best places to watch them online, which is what I do since I don’t have (and don’t want) a TV.

^^~

Amen!~

KDrama.com

(KDrama.com)

This is a new site that I discovered today through Crunchyroll, which came in second place on this list.

Ads: Choose minimal ads, or choose no ads with a free 60 day premium trial and $6.95/mo subscription after the trial ends.

Video and Subtitle Quality: Every video is in HD quality– it’s the only option. Now they’re offering 1080p(!), 720p, 576p, 480p, and 360p. There’s NO buffering, and best of all the English subtitles are the highest quality out there. No more scratching your head in confusion after reading these translations!

Selection: Unfortunately, they’re the new kids on the block, so they don’t have as wide of a selection of KDramas as other sites. Okay, the selection is GREAT, and it’s growing everyday! Perfect, especially if you want to watch dramas that are airing this year, and I will be watching Sungkyunkwan Scandal on it soon.

(Another Yoo Ah In KDrama!)

Crunchyroll.com

(Crunchyroll.com)

I watch all of my anime on Crunchyroll– yes, I love All Things Asian. Lately, I’ve noticed that they’ve expanded their KDrama section as well, which is great!

Ads: Choose minimal ads, or choose no ads with a free two week premium trial and $6.95/month subscription after the trial ends.

Video and Subtitle Quality: With premium membership, you get access to watch your videos in 720P. Otherwise, watch in 420P or SD. The subtitles are also high quality, and again– no buffering.

Selection: The selection here is similar to that on KDrama.com– minus all the new releases. If you don’t watch anime, then just subscribe to KDrama.com.

Viki.com

(Viki.com)

I love Viki.com, but lately I’ve been having problems with their video and subtitle quality, but the selection is still great.

Ads: Choose frequent ads, or choose no ads with the Viki pass7 day free trial, $3.99/month.

Video and Subtitle Quality: Sure, there’s great quality, but as soon as I go up to 720P the buffering begins… and doesn’t stop. Watching in 420P is fine, but then again the actual video quality can be bad. The videos themselves are just lower quality for some reason.

Nevertheless, the subtitles can be spot-on… sometimes. It all depends on the volunteer translators.

Selection: GREAT selection.

(Thanks for subbing Secret Love Affair!)

Dramafever.com

(Dramafever.com)

Why is Dramafever.com last (but definitely NOT least)? Well, I have problems with the video player and occasionally, the subtitle quality.

Ads: Choose SUPER frequent ads, or choose no ads with premium membership– 7 day free trial, $9.99/month.

Video and Subtitle Quality: The videos are in HD… I think? The little HD button is confusing. I can’t tell when it’s on or off, or if it’s even working. A lot of buffering, but not as much as before. The subtitle quality is good but not great sometimes.

If you prefer to watch with Spanish or Portuguese subtitles, then it is a great option for you!

Selection: BEST selection, which is probably why the membership price is so high. They even have Korean variety shows, Korean movies, and more from all around the world.

(Viki.com also has an incredible selection of shows from around the world, though.)

So, where do you watch your KDramas?

I also like watching on Netflix (TV) when I go home– when it’s NOT buffering like crazy because our internet is slow…

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