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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

[Gangnam Cafe] Standard Coffee Bar

Green Tea Ice Cream Waffle and Iced Americano from Standard Coffee Bar
I know I said on Instagram that I would write a review for Standard Coffee Bar earlier this week, but my internship got crazy and I got an editing job, so I did not have as much free time this week as I had anticipated. I finished the editing job, so now I can finally write about this waffle.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

[Ewha/Edae/Sinchon] Herb Cup Chicken

I apologize for my lack of posts, I will try to do better in the future. I just moved to Japan week ago and my parents were in Seoul the week prior to my move, so everything was super crazy.

I will write more more about my parents' tour later, but we basically did everything on my itinerary (minus the trip to Mt. Seorak).
As I indicated on the Instagram account, I really really like this chicken stand.

There are two particular "Herb Cup Chicken" stands that I recommend highly. In the Ewha and Sinchon area, there are about five such stands, but they are actually different. So, when you go, I recommend you look for the men that are featured in the pictures in this post.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Travel Itinerary: Seoul and Korea in 9 Days.

 Since my parents are coming to Seoul to visit me, I decided to make an intense travel itinerary.
I am trying to incorporate the tourist destinations they want to see and also include the places I want to see before I move to Kobe, Japan.

This plan is really intense, but definitely do-able. It's mix-and-match depending on the weather forecast. Actually, I've been living in Seoul off-and-on for nearly three years now, but, actually, the most difficult thing for me to do was plan the tourist-y stuff in Seoul.

I am the most impressed by my ability to include a TON of food and cafe options. There are definitely ones I have forgotten. I also tried to avoid going to chain restaurants, but sometimes that is very difficult to do. For example, my favorite Korean food, jjimdak (steamed chicken), is very difficult to find in a non-chain restaurant, unless you go to Andong. I was considering a one-day trip to Andong, but, as you can see, there is not that much time. If you have more time, you should definitely go there to experience staying in the hanok (traditional Korean house), eat jjimdak, and take part in/watch the tradition Korean mask dance.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email! I am happy to help you out more with your planning!

Tutorial: How to use free WiFi on Seoul subways

Korean Shopping Tips

Other Korea Travel Itineraries

Recommended travel books:

If you are traveling to Korea, while English is often available on signs and at tourist destinations, it may be wise to know a few phrases since oftentimes the staff at restaurants and other tourist destinations, bus stations, do not know English well. I have looked over multiple Korean phrasebooks and I recommend the Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook & Dictionary for its small size (makes it great to carry around) and its ease of use.

If you are planning on staying only in Seoul, I would recommend getting a travel book that is solely about Seoul. Top 10 Seoul (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) is great! It has color photos, great maps, and is also very compact, making it a great travel companion.
It gives you a feel of all the different neighborhoods and districts of Seoul and a brief overview of what each district is known and how the  city is laid out to help you plan the most efficient and fun trip!

I definitely recommend, if you get the chance, to get out of Seoul and really explore Korea. Each province and city has its own feel and personality. Plus, the country is about the size of Indiana and transportation options abound, so traveling around is definitely do-able.

Choosing the best country guide was a little more difficult for me. I am typically a Lonely Planet fan, but I found their guide to not be quite as current as this Frommer's guide.

Having an up-to-date guide is very important in Korea since things can literally change overnight!  

[Hongdae cafe/Seoul cafe] Maman Gateau Caramel Bingsoo/Bingsu

Caramel Bingsu
Caramel Bingsu from Maman Gateau in Hongdae/Hapjeong.

So, this is my first official post here. It is slightly nerve wracking.

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