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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Homemade/Recipe] Ddukbokki.Rabokki (Korean spicy rice cakes)

The finished product. Rabokki (ramyun + ddukbokki).
If you love Korean spicy rice cakes (ddeokbokki, ddukbokk, tteokbokki) like I do and are currently not living in Korea and refuse to pay the absurd prices charged by Korean restaurants for street food, try making it yourself.

It is super easy to make! If you make it at home, it will cost about $4 USD or enough to serve at least 2 people.

You just need a few ingredients and about 30 minutes.
You will be able to find these ingredients at any Korean market and at most Chinese or Japanese supermarkets.

How do you like your rice cakes?
Original
Rabokki - with ramen noodles mixed in
Cheese ddukbokki - with American cheese slices on top
Bulgogi - with thinly sliced beef inside

[Seoul Cafe] Bean Tree 200.25

Green tea latte with some cute bug latte art. :)

About 4 years ago, while I was an exchange student at Yonsei University, I stumbled across this café.
Amazingly, it's still around today! There are 4 locations, I believe, and of those, I've been to two of them quite frequently. I do not really like going to large chain cafes/coffee shops, so it was refreshing to find a place like this in Seoul.

I really like the atmosphere at this café and the baristas are super nice. They even make some cute latte art.

Monday, May 26, 2014

[Seoul/Korea] Yukssam Naengmyun (육쌈냉면)


It's summer in Seoul now.
Which means, it's time for some of my favorite things - bingsoo (see these posts for some of my favorites in Seoul Peony, Pop Container, Maman Gateau)  and naengmyun.

The restaurant I am introducing today is a fast service naengmyun (cold noodles) eatery.
There are only like four options on the menu, but the great thing is that the noodles come with a board of charcoal-grilled meat.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

[NYC/UWS (Upper West Side)] Levain Bakery - Ginormous Fresh Cookies


 


 
I am sure you have heard about the legendary cookies at Levain Bakery.
If you find yourself in the Upper West Side (near 72nd St.) check it out!
 
There will likely be a line, but it'll go quickly.
 
When you get to the door, you will start smelling the wonderful scent of freshly baked cookies. :)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

[NYC Cafe] Grounded

 
So, it's been a crazy month. I really meant to update this more often, but...yeah, school happened.
Graduation is in two weeks. I cannot even believe it.
 
When I got back from Asia, I was on a mission to seek out the best cafes in New York City.
I stumbled upon this great café in West Village.
 
Grounded is an organic coffee and tea house. I basically went there because I really needed to get a lot of work done on my thesis and I really needed wifi.
 
I had heard great things about the atmosphere and I heard about their specialty lattes.
 
Read on!
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