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Dave Hazzan was born and raised in Ottawa, and educated at the University of Victoria and Athabasca University. He has written about Korea and its madness for publications all over the world, especially Groove magazine in Seoul, where he was voted Writer of the Year in 2014. He lives in Ilsan, just north of Seoul, where he pursues his four great loves: books, booze, travel, and his wife, the photographer Jo Turner. In their time together, they've had many culinary adventures, including eating locusts by the side of the road in Laos; scarfing entire squids on a stick in Qingdao; gorging on mango curry in Sri Lanka; eating ritually slaughtered goat in Kathmandu; regretting that streetside falafel in Cairo; and wondering how exactly that is a quesadilla for one in San Diego. As they prepare for their next adventure – a surface-only trip from Bali to the Arctic Circle to Morocco – they are praying accordingly for the continued health of their gastrointestinal tracts. You can follow Dave on Twitter @DaveHazzan or visit his website at

A boy has trouble deciding at the desserts stall. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

Just south of the Thai border, on the northeast coast of Malaysia, lies Kota Bharu, a city of sweet, scrumptious Malay fare different from

The age of Belgian beer may be over, as competition increases from American microbreweries. Credit: Copyright 2017 Jo Turner

For centuries, Belgium has been associated with beer. First brewed by abbey monks in the 12th century, today brands like Leffe, Duvel and Chimay

Horse on a Stone, one of Line Brew’s most popular dishes, is cooked on a smooth, flat stone imported from Italy. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

Out of the Central Asian steppe, Kazakhstan's purpose-built capital, Astana, rises like Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Though it's only November, there is already a

Kim Il-sun prepares dalkgalbe -- spicy chicken with vegetables, stir-fried in soju -- at Auntie's Soju Tent. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

Soju tents once dotted the Korean landscape like craters on Mars. Usually made of red or orange tarpaulin, they filled every empty lot, squatted

Owner Shapour Nasrollahi relaxes at Persian Palace, the spiciest restaurant in Seoul. Credit: Copyright 2016 Martyn Thompson

South Korea is proud of its spicy food. It is one of very few cold weather countries to embrace the chili pepper. Foreigners are

Soju makers in South Korea are targeting women with fruit-flavored drinks. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

A wave of new, summery drinks is taking over Korea. Marketed almost exclusively toward women, the fruit-flavored sojus and alcopops are low in alcohol,

Fish sellers, in the old market, wear red vests that read "Together we fight." Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

A battle is raging over where to buy your fish in Seoul, and the outcome will determine the fate of one of the city's

Lamb skewers are cooked at the table at Songhwa Yanggochi near Konkuk University in Seoul. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jo Turner

As the Korean palate becomes more adventurous, a whole new meat has become South Korea's next big culinary craze -- lamb. For years, lamb and