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A taste of the past with Let’s Eat 3: Begins

I’m a big fan of origin stories, so I’m really happy with the concept of the third season of Let’s Eat, which takes us back in time to the very beginning of Shiksha-nim, aka Yoon Doo-joon’s foodie blogger character at the center of the franchise. I mean, I loved Season 2, but there’s only so many times you can get your hero to move neighborhoods and meet another girl.

We’ll pick up with our hero in the present where he’s currently suffering a slump of sorts, but when he reunites with old flame Baek Jin-hee (Jugglers), we’ll go back in time fourteen years to relive the memories from when they were campus sweethearts who bonded over food. And of course, Baek Jin-hee’s character is a picky food connoisseur in her own right, because the backbone of this franchise is pairing Yoon Doo-joon with a sassy love interest who is just as opinionated and passionate about food as he is.

The posters all revolve around the contrast between the tired 34-year-old salaryman and the fresh-faced 20-year-old youth (though obviously the only difference is the outfits and the fancier food). But I appreciate the concept, which is all about recovering that “taste of youth” we might’ve lost along the way while devoting the last decade or more to our careers. I expect it to be a lot like Go Back Spouses without the time travel, full of goofy sidekick friends, retro outfits, and throwback music references to make us nostalgic.

In the teaser, someone asks Yoon Doo-joon where he learned all this foodie stuff from, and he flashes back to his college days with Baek Jin-hee as he starts his story, “It was around 2004…” I’ll die laughing if the entire season amounts to one long flashback. Ever since we got that funny cameo of a college-aged Yoon Doo-joon in Bring It On, Ghost, I’ve wanted to see this character’s youthful side, so either that was a meticulously planned out spoiler, or it spawned some awesome ideas on the birth of Shiksha-nim.

Let’s Eat 3: Begins will follow Monday-Tuesday drama About Time and premieres July 16 on tvN.

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Haha, let’s face it. Doojoonie looks 34 in both timelines.

Can’t wait!

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Or...he looks 20 in both timelines.

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He does! It's Baek Jin-hee who looks twenty. It's messed up that they keep casting him to play the lead. The drama is about food for god's sake.

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I snickered when I saw the college pics, "Look at that old fashion! And those hairstyles! Hahaha..." And then I realized that's just in 2004. 2004.

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I was married in 2002...so yeah, feeling really old here.

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Heh, I have clothes in my closet from 2004. But maybe that just means I need a bigger closet.

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Imagine the PPL possibilities... my 2001 GAP waterproof jacket is still fit to wear.

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Maybe all the vintage and thrift stores will come out ahead of this one!

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The cruelty of life

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What is that mullet on L.Joe?

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2004...Wasn't that a couple of minutes ago?

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Psh.... Only like what, 7,358,400 minutes ago? XDDD

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A bit less than that. It was 7,096,167 minutes ago at the time I'm posting this.

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My only grouse is that his character makes him a player in all 3 dramas....

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Or a normal guy who has had multiple relationships?

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Lol! Serial long term relationships are what I like to call them.

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Yeah, 3 relationships by his mid thirties does not really make the man a player.

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In real life, no. In dramaland, you're only allowed one love per life, unless that one love dies tragically, and then you're allowed that second love that against all odds heals you from the loss of your first love.

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doo joons one true love is food so that's ok ;)

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Unless the second love gets an organ transplant from the first, which technically means it is still one love.

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I am glad i don't feel attracted by these kind of shows, because I need to lose 7 kilos!! (I suppose that may be around 13 pounds😳?). Although just like PPL, I usually don't pay attention to food either, but because I have already gone once to a Korean restaurant, maybe now I have developed some awareness and I don't want to be tempted.
It means: I will pass. 😅😅😅😅

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Hahahah same! For the good of my waist and all the weight that needs to go (around 9 kilos for me), I'll be staying away from this show.

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LOL let's cheer one another in order to lose the weight. Of course, it is not easy.
For me not even a matter of eating less. I barely eat three times a day, no alcohol, no cigarette, no greasy fast food... But I need to do more sports, because my hormone system is a total mess. But still fighting!

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Love this! Let's do it. ^^; I'm on a proper dietician+fitness trainer laid out plan. Have lost four kgs so far, nine more to go. XD But I'm generally pretty unhealthy so I lost the first four pretty easily.

Do more sports! That's great.

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Wow! 4kg is still nothing to snort at! **Fighting**

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@goldenaddiction - thanks for that! ^^

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Awe! C’mon, you’re going to miss out on all the fun!

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😂😂😂LOL... i am with the fun of Secretary Kim.
Plus: I will watch Misaeng, and I promised @swunnie I would watch Oh Jae young again (however the name is. I bet I wrote it wrong, 😂).

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This reminds me that I should give 'I hear your voice' another try 😉

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The last project before enlisting from doojoon-ie 😍😍😍. Please be good. Please..... I hope that this is the last time from him to change girlfriend

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What will make us jealous:
- all the good foods they eat.
- they keep eating but they stay slim (how is that possible?) :)

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That's what I liked about Let's Eat 2, that the main girl only ate one meal a day to stay slim - and had to do lots of exercise!

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Oooh I like that they're going back to Dae Young's college days. Changes things up a bit compared to the previous seasons. It would help the romance if I see their chemistry from way back then too. I wouldn't want this season to be one whole flashback though.

I hope the ratings will be decent/good. 🙏 Excited to see Doojoon again! :)

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I just started the let’s eat series 2 weeks ago and I can’t wait to see the third instalment. I also love origin stories since it gives characters more depth so excited to see this one

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Oooooh excited about this one. I loved both Let's Eat and I also love Baek Jin-hee. I'm already laughing at the 2004 college outfits. The early 2000s was not that long ago but also a very different time. How quickly things have changed with the internet and computers LOL...

I'm interested to see how they develop Dae-young's backstory. Even after 2 seasons, there's still so much about him that we don't know. This will be an exciting new timeline to explore and keeps the story fresh (hopefully).

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Damn, I'm conflicted on this. BUT after putting off Lets Eat 2 for a long while because I loved the first one so much, One of the things that got me into drama's and cooking Korean food, I realized I liked the 2nd season even more than the first. So I'm down to give this a try.

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Yay!

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I haven't watched the first 2 seasons but if its anything near as good as Go Back Spouses I'm game. Also loved Doo-Joon in Splish Splash Love so I might give it a chance anyway

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The first season of Let's Eat was pretty good. It is more of an ensemble show and the female lead is supposed to be the main lead but Doo-Joon simply STOLE THE SHOW. The second season focuses on him from the get go and is like 40% better.

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The 1st season had better 2nd leads/supporting characters, but LE2 had the better female lead.

There were some really hilarious moments in LE1 and the 2nd male lead was awesome.

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Slice-of-life, coming-of-age? Writer wrote dramas in the past I liked? I'm in! Please be good, please be good, please be good.

Yoon Doo Joon has done rather well in this series, so I'm looking forward to his performance again. I do wish he will expand his acting range in different types of dramas, if he wants to become a better actor.

Baek Jin Hee is a name I'll almost welcome in any drama, but she has to fill in Seo Hyun Jin's shoes as the female lead, which is definitely not going to be easy in any way. But I do think she has the capability and the talent to do so.

I recognise Kim Dong Young from the supporting characters since he played a role in Drinking Solo (from the same director), and YES he's really good (I really wish he could play a lead even though he's always relegated to side characters).

The other side characters draw a question mark and I do hope they have the performance in this drama to make me remember them in a positive light.

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Yay, someone who recognised the third Noryangjin Idiot! He was so good in Drinking Solo.

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Omomomomo! I’m already loving the premise, and I’ll be a-ok if we stay in college the whole time. And Doo-joon is my puppy. Looking forward to this one!

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I like this premise! I was pretty bummed that Gu Dae Young was getting yet another leading lady after reconnecting with his childhood friend. This set up means he and See Hyun Jin's character from Season 2 *could* still be together in the 'present day' even if Baek Jin Hee's character is the mean lead in this. (I swear I saw a wedding ring in the teaser trailer! And I already know SHJ is a guest star) So, this premise makes me look forward to the show even more now! I love YDJ as Gu Dae Young!
Not looking forward to his departure for enlistment that can't be long off now, though!

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Yea I’m hoping this means that he’s still with Baek suji. This also means that the couple in season 3 is doomed to fail but I’m okay!

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Not sure if I'll watch this 3rd season as this franchise just keeps ruining its own HEA endings (so much so that it becomes impossible to root for the OTP as you know that they'll just break up in the end) and I find Yoon Doo-joon's character a tad too swarmy (but I did love him in Radio Romance).

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"too swarmy" - I think that's what they were going for, at least in the first Let's Eat. His character description was an insurance salesman who is a pathological liar. Can't get swarmier than that.

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.... do you guys mean "smarmy"?

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Yes, but I like swarmy better. It’s an augmented form of smarmy. 😜

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But the charm is off the scale, which makes it all better.

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OOOOOOH. Everyone! I forgot about the thriller elements! Gah, will they come back???

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You'll never guess how many food-obsessed women one man can meet and dump!

But seriously, how many ladies is this guy going to meet and dump for a new foodie.

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I thought it's the noona who dumped him after season 1? :O

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I guess my point is more, why is it constantly this one guy? They could have just had cameos or something but the production team seems to enjoy giving OTPs and breaking them up.

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True... they seem attached to his character. I wouldn't say no to a female lead foodie. Maybe now's a good time to segue to a new lead since Doojoon will be gone for 2 years.

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This why I do not watch Let’s Eat season 2 and season 3. I am already have fat stomach that I need to lose and not gain weight. 🤪🤪 Therefore, I am pass on this drama.

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Time to put diet plan on hold. It can restart when DJ goes to army 😭

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Sound like Answer Me Lets Eat edition

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Am so so so excited abt this!! The "Let's Eat" series are among my favorite k-drama franchise series! Hope it won't disappoint!

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Yay! New food drama! Just in time, too. I'll be 2 weeks into my new diet.

I also really like watching the leads get passionate over food. I mean, let's face it. The romance or whatever is far less important then the meals - at least, for viewers like me! XD

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“... relive the memories from when they were campus sweethearts who bonded over food.“ THAT’S it. THAT’S how I’m gonna meet my soulmate. If there’s one thing that gets me goin’, it’s definitely food (eating it, talking about it, etc.), so I hope I’ll find my lurve that way. Sigh... *goes back to read the rest of the article*

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Hope you’ll be enjoying this one with us to!

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Maybe...? I’ve never even watched the last two! Idk why tho, since this series has got two of my favorite things–food and K-dramas. The new-girlfriend-every-season thing always amused me, but I’m liking the idea of main guy rekindling his love with his campus sweetheart, tho...

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That’s the thing I like about this series. You don’t need the prior seasons or any knowledge about the girlfriends. They’re all stand-alone and I just watch for Doo-joon because he is Dae-Young.

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So UPDATE: I started watching the first season on Netflix (Update #2: I have Netflix now! Haha)! I’m only on ep 3, I think. I like the weirdness so far (Soo-kyung’s brother-in-law is so hilariously gross. Lol, I laugh thinking about him) and could use a little less closeup eating scenes and a lot more actual food porn. The closeup eating scenes are too much for me. So far, Doo-joon seems like a creepy stalker and kinda pathetic, so I’m waiting to see him do a 180... unless he just stays the same. Haha.

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I'm so excited to read this news and can't wait for the drama to begin airing. I just have to ensure that I have snacks and soju to accompany the drama because this series always makes me feel so hungry!

I feel like Doo Joon just doesn't age xD

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This franchise can keep going until 2070 and I'll keep watching just for him!

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