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Thursday, January 23, 2014

[Seoul, Korea] Beyang's Layover Itinerary (Day Itinerary) (Ewha Women's University and Hongik University Area)

Sorry I haven't had the chance to update recently. The last three weeks were extremely crazy. I went to Tokyo for a week then went back and got really sick and finished out my work in Kansai. After that, I flew to Seoul and spent 3 days finishing up business there and eating a bunch of food (future posts) even though I was still ridiculously sick. Then, I flew to Minnesota for a couple days and then now I'm back in New York as of Saturday.

To those of you who have emailed about itineraries, I promise to reply soon. I have just been super busy moving everywhere.

I did create an itinerary for my friend from Kobe who had a long layover in Seoul and it is as follows.

She had the free hotel from Korean Air. Korean Air provides a free hotel for passengers who have an overnight  layover in Seoul. They don't advertise it. You have to call them and ask about it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Nicholson's Pubs

Nicholson's Pubs is technically a chain. The company owns a lot of pubs in the England. I have been to all four in York (the Old White Swan, the Cross Keys, the Punch Bowl, and Harker's). Each location has the same menu and the same selection of beer and cider. Compared to some of the other pubs in York, these four have plenty of room, although they can get crowed when it's busy in town.

The have traditional pub food, including fish and chips. I've had the fish and chips a few times and it's really good; it also comes with mushy peas, which are exactly what they sound like. The portions are large and the prices are average for pub food. The real bonus of Nicholson's places is that they serve food. Some pubs don't, so if you're looking for food and a drink, Nicholson's is a good bet. I've also had the bacon and chicken sandwich. It was good, and as with all sandwiches here, the brown bread was the best part. The sandwiches, and most of the other food, come with chips (fries). The fish sandwich is a good alternative to fish and chips. The chicken and mushroom pie is also good and less messy.

This is the fish sandwich with chips.

Chicken and mushroom pie with fresh steamed veggies and chips.

Chicken and bacon sandwich with chips.

Fish and chips with mushy peas.

Two of the York Nicholson's Pubs are on Goodramgate: the Cross Keys is at Goodramgate and Deangate and the Old White Swan is just off Low Petergate/Colliergate. The Punch Bowl is on Stonegate towards Davygate. Harker's is in St. Helen's Square perpendicular to the Mansion House.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

[Hapjeong Restaurant] Little Papa Pho

There are some foods that I always begin craving while I'm living in Seoul. One of those foods is pho. Sure, Seoul has some pho restaurant chains, but they don't taste very good and are way too expensive! I'm used to getting a huge portion of pho for a lot less than $10USD. Many of the chain stores in Seoul change the flavor to fit the Korean palate...and most Koreans do not like the flavor of cilantro, so it's often missing completely or used very scantily. Anyway, I came across Little Papa Pho in Hapjeong and I just knew I had to check it out!

Friday, January 3, 2014

[Japan - Various Cities] Floresta Nature Doughnuts

For some reason or another, Japan is obsessed with doughnuts. Like ridiculously obsessed (I guess Korea is, too, but Korea doesn't really have their own doughnut chains like Japan does).

In their infinite wisdom, Japanese doughnut brand shops have set out to make a "nature doughnut" and a more healthy doughnut...the opportune word is "more."

In my Korean guidebook, there was a recommendation to try Floresta Nature Doughnuts. So, during my first week in Kobe (obviously the week of halloween), before I met some of my Japanese friends from college in Nara, I went and picked up some Floresta doughnuts from the Sannomiya store.

[Ewha University/Edae Restaurant] The Cup - Rice and Noodles, perfect for takeout

One day, I really really wanted to leave my house and get some work done for my research lab/thesis job. But, since two of my jobs were unpaid, I was on a tight budget.
I came across a blog that mentioned this restaurant/cafe. The menu is quite varied (rice, noodles, and salads of various types) and the price is very good since it's in the university area

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