While living in South Korea, I would sometimes get a craving for whipped cream or root beer, which are impossible to find in most Seoul grocery stores. I would want it most after a long day at work or those days that I really missed home and wanted to comfort myself through bad American reality TV (The Bachelor anyone?!) and yes, whipped cream. So, I would make the trek to the "foreigner" part of Seoul, a somewhat sketchy, but still lovable area of the city called Itaweon. While walking down the main street, passing a Taco Bell, Korean-owned clothing stores with "big sizes" and the Calvin Klein and Nike stores complete with blonde models plastered across their fronts, I would instantly feel at ease.
I usually disliked going to Itaweon for its kitschy factor, but sometimes, I really just wanted to walk past a Taco Bell and know I could go into it and order a Taco Supreme if I wanted to (I never did). And there would always be the inevitable trip to the foreign food mart, which had mostly Pakistani food, but some American stuff too, including both whipped cream and root beer. I would take my very over-priced wares and happily go on my way.