Tuesday’s Link Attack: Yuna Kim, Ruxbin, Filmmaker Christina Choe

Yuna Kim may skip skating events for 12 months
JoongAng Daily

Korean figure skating icon Kim Yu-na said she has not decided whether to compete at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships next year.

After finishing her ice show, Samsung Galaxy-Hauzen All That Skate Summer 2011, at the Olympic Gymnasium in southern Seoul on Monday, Kim told reporters that she has not made up her mind on whether to participate at the Worlds, which start in March in Nice, France.

Ruxbin on Bon Appetit’s top 10 new restaurants list
Chicago Tribune

Ruxbin, the West Town eatery known for its eclectic interior and equally eclectic menu has just been named one of Bon Appetit’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America.

Yet those re-purposed church pews and theater seats, cookbooks-as-wall-art and pressed tin ceilings are just a backdrop for the culinary wizardry of Teddy Kim. He’s the Korean-American chef (his childhood nickname played off the kiddy character Teddy Ruxpin) who cleverly balances his menu: There’s pork belly salad (jicama, cornbread, bleu cheese, etc.) and a soba with green soy gelee and horseradish granita as well as Amish chicken, garlic fries with chipotle aioli and a berry shortcake with home-baked biscuit.

Restaurant Review: Danji
New York Times

DANJI is a wee little restaurant on West 52nd Street, done up in whitewashed brick and blond Ikea stylings, naked bulbs, extension cords and a lot of wooden spoons artfully displayed, as if by David Rockwell on a $200 budget. The crowds are fierce.

There is a good reason. Hooni Kim, who opened this place in December as a new-style Korean take on a Japanese izakaya, is a terrific cook. Those who take the time and care to explore his menu of both traditional and modernized Korean food will be rewarded.

US, South Korea Naval Drills Draw Threats From North
Voice of America

Speaking through its official media, Pyongyang has urged Seoul and Washington to call off the drills, saying they increase the likelihood of nuclear war.

A North Korean newscaster calls for the United States and South Korea to cancel the military exercises targeting the North if they want to normalize relations.

Christina Choe’s ‘FLOW’
Bay Citizen

Here’s a Q&A with Brooklyn, N.Y.-based filmmaker Christina Choe.

The director Christina Choe is no stranger to finding quirky takes on familiar material. Her previous film “The Queen”, about a teenager working at his parents dry cleaning shop while dreaming of going to the prom, played to great acclaim at Frameline in 2010.

5 best makgeolli bars in Seoul

Most people are aware of the makgeolli-led drinking revolution in Korea. The once-derided rice wine preferred by farmers has graduated from being a low-rent buzz to a full-fledged star of the after-hours scene, especially in Seoul.

But while makgeolli is now appreciated by almost everyone, it’s often still served in humble back alleys or tented pojangmachas. At these five Seoul bars, however, not only does makgeolli take precedence, the bars aren’t too shabby themselves.