Well, we were pleasantly surprised when we spotted a few of the following items here in British Columbia. We weren't jumping and screaming but had more of a subtle "OMG how did this get here?!" look on our faces! Let's get started, shall we?
We spotted two of these items inside Richmond Center, a large shopping mall located in Richmond (a municipality of Vancouver), BC. First off, walking into the mall we were shocked to find this near the entrance--complimentary umbrella bags! For those in Korea you're probably used to this by now. I never thought I'd see this back home!
Numero deux, looky looky what do we have here? Am I inside a subway station 1000ft underground? Am I walking the streets of Myeongdong? Nope, guess again! What a surprise to see THEFACESHOP back home. There are approximately 1,375,366,988 THEFACESHOP stores in Korea--and that's in Seoul alone. It's only outnumbered by the 2,923,889,322 Dunkin Donuts locations. Devante wanted to go inside but I stopped her. Disaster averted--for now.
Vancouver is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, and that being said I knew I was going to see tubs of 고추장 (gochujang--spicy red pepper paste) in a store--it was only a matter of time. Well, low and behold, I spotted these tubs inside an Asian food market located inside another mall nearby. I know it's not the famous 고추장 brand you see around Korea, but that brand can probably be found in Coquitlam, home of a very large Korean population (or Chinatown):
So, there you have it. A little bit of Korea back in Canada. Now, excuse me while I go eat a few tubs of gochujang like digging into a tub of neopolitan ice cream. Laters.