Pope Francis – A Modern & Unconventional Religious Leader

The charismatic Pope Francis paid a historic visit to the U.S. last week for the first time since he’s held office and people reacted with a case of Popemania. Although El Papa is the reigning leader of the Catholic Church and I do not consider myself very religious, rather culturally Catholic, I cannot help but feel an affinity to this Pope’s outspoken and unapologetic beliefs, deemed “radical” by some critics. And I am not alone. He is wildly popular. In his short 2+ years as head of the Papacy, he’s garnered plenty of attention, both positive and negative, but it’s undeniable that he’s injecting fresh energy to a very stale and dull institution.

Chicago’s Joong Boo Market

I recently ventured to Avondale to explore Joong Boo Market and get my fix on authentic Korean grub. Located in the northwest side between Kimball and Avondale, the Korean grocery store + restaurant easily met and exceeded my expectations. First of all, they have a dumpling stand outside which sells massive buns for $2 apiece. This is my kind of deal! They offer pork, spicy kimchi with pork and red bean fillings. Sadly, I was too excited eating the tasty snacks and forgot to snap pics.