The Mighty Bacon Dumpling.

Hey, there. A twelve-month Mexican wrestling tour took me and the83k away from you all, and for that, I apologize. But while barnstorming through Jalisco and Sinaloa as El Poderoso Tocino Bola De Masa, I had time to to consider what I’d focus on once I’d returned to you. I wondered if you’d recognize me, body…

The83k, in the ROK: Kim Jong-Il and Ginseng Soju

This bottle came from North Korea. The liquor in it originally was drunk long ago by my uncle and his friends. The soju in it in this picture was infused with wild ginseng also brought over from Jong-Il-Bob CrazyPants Happy Fun Land. Farmed ginseng is pungent and pricey, but the wild stuff is much more mellow-tasting, takes…

The83k, in the ROK: Best Breakfast EVER.

We landed in Incheon and sailed through customs. The employee at passport control was brusque and possibly hungover. Or maybe just ticked that her gig forced her to hang out at an airport at 4:30 in the morning with people who smelled of feet, cabbage and stale wine. I’d never met my uncle or his family…

The83k, in South Korea.

They don’t really eat a lot of Korean barbecue in Korea. Since beef is at a premium over there, the stuff is so damned expensive (they’re pretty snobby about letting in imports from other countries, including the US.) It’s saved for special occasions. So kids: no bbq, most likely. But for ten days – Uncle Theo’s…