The Maknae’s Journey through the Classics: Secret Garden

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You know what always sounds good in theory? Chocolate lava cakes. All that rich chocolate goodness, and then the molten chocolate in the middle to enjoy when the cake runs out. But every time I order one of them, I get to the end of the cake and remember that I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth and it’s a burden to finish the syrup. But I ordered it, so by golly, I will finish it!!
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The Eternal Love Episodes 19-21 (A Positive Recap)

DramaKimchi21I foresee that our positive comments are going to be few and far apart in these last few episodes. It is really hard to remain positive when the plot focuses on that blasted orb of stupidity. Seriously, I still don’t know why that orb is important and we are entering the home stretch. But I digress. Drama Geek and I are committed to positive comments so please join us as we discuss the scintillating details of various cast members wardrobe. What? We have to talk about something while our leads are being defeated by the stupid possessed 1st Prince. Continue reading

Don’t Leave the Maknae Unattended: High School King of Savvy

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Y’know, there’s a reason that Kmuse’s name is Kmuse. She really is my inspiration when it comes to picking dramas. I’ll whine that I have time to kill between finishing a series and waiting for the poll to close and she ALWAYS has the perfect solution. She’s also happy to promote Seo In Guk to new fans anytime, anywhere. And for very good reason. Because of her, I’m now a huge fan myself.

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Watching Kdramas With a Man Part 2

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Attitude! It’s all about attitude! Last week Dramas with a Side of Kimchi spotlighted hooking your man on Korean dramas. How happy do you think we were when Jennneeefeeerr wrote in the comments section that her husband watched Man to Man and Bad Guys with her? And then diannegoh commented that her husband enjoyed Healer and Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho. Yes! Proof it can be done! Read on to see more ways you can hook your man on Korean television!

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The Maknae’s Journey through the Classics: I Hear Your Voice

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I had a terrible time starting this series, y’all. I was raised to say “please” and “thank you” on a regular basis, and I’m raising my children in Texas, so we add “ma’am” and “sir” when needed. The female lead of I Hear Your Voice, Jang Hye Sung, was NOT raised that way and she got on my nerves at the beginning. There was a point when she finally said “thank you” to someone and I actually said, OUT LOUD, “How did those words taste coming out of your mouth?” Made my husband laugh and he was in a different room!

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Watching Kdramas With a Man Part 1

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“Watch Kdramas with a man?” you say. “How do you get him to do that?” There are plenty of people who think Korean dramas are for women. I think that is partly due to using the term “Korean soap opera.” But although it’s true that a lot of the early famous Korean shows could be called soaps, we here at Dramas With a Side of Kimchi want to show you there is a whole country of television out there. Continue reading

7 Chinese dramas that will fulfill your romance drama needs

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Am I the only one that has noticed a turn in Kdrama romantic dramas?  They all seem to be filled with darker elements, usually a serial killer, and just are not the peppy fun they used to be.  So, if you are one of those kaddicts lamenting the lack of kdrama love, maybe make a switch to Chinese dramas for a change of pace.  Here is my list of seven romantic dramas to help you past the slump. Continue reading

The Maknae’s Journey Through the Classics: Reply 1997/Answer Me 1997

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It’s not often that I let people make decisions for me. I may be the DWASOK Maknae, but in real life I’m the oldest in my family AND the mother of four children. So, you see, usually *I* am the one making the decisions.

But I have NO REGRETS. Oh, you guys, ZERO REGRETS. I loved Reply 1997/Answer Me 1997. I loved it so much I accidentally had a marathon! Thankfully, I had a day with very few obligations and the kids are more than old enough to fend for themselves — and to feed me. 😀 Yeah, I’m that kind of mom.  Continue reading