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Friday, October 31, 2014

[Seoul, Sinchon] Amma - Indian Food


This is my favorite Indian restaurant...period. I discovered it in 2010 while I studying at Yonsei University. I have introduced about 20 of my friends to Amma over the years and now I want to share it with you.

Whenever I go back to Seoul, I make a point to go to Amma.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

[NYC, East Village] Hummus Place

 
I really like falafel. My co-worker in Korea and I talked about how great Hummus Place is. So, in honor of her, I went to eat there with my friend.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

[NYC, Manhattan Valley] Saiguette - Vietnamese banh mi, pho, bubble tea


I was really craving a banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) one day and could not venture all the way to Chinatown to eat one.
 
Luckily, my friend knew of Saiguette and recommended it to me.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

[NYC, Upper West Side] Alice's Tea Cup - Perfect for Brunch and Afternoon Tea


My friend introduced me to Alice's Tea Cup for brunch and afternoon tea.
It is a theme café, probably one of the only theme cafes in NYC, conveniently located on the Upper West Side, near Central Park.

Monday, October 27, 2014

[Suwon Restaurant] Suwon Galbi Story 수원갈비스토리 왕갈비탕


I guess Suwon could be characterized as a suburb of Seoul. It is about 40~60 minutes from Seoul and you can easily reach it via subway, bus, taxi, or train.

For historical tourists, it is pretty well known because it is the only remaining walled city in South Korea and also because of Hwaseong Fortress. There are also numerous universities located in Suwon.

For food tourists, Suwon is famous for its galbi (Korean beef short ribs). I had the opportunity to eat at Suwon Galbi Story, a restaurant famous for its galbi-tang (beef short rib soup).

[Suwon INFO] Korean Traditional Music Concert

I am posting this for a friend:
My unni plays gayageum, a traditional stringed Korean instrument. She is holding a concert with some of her colleagues next month.

Enjoy traditional Korean music in the traditional way.
Experience a night of music and entertainment fit for royalty.
Only 20 tickets available.
Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.
To buy tickets, call or message 010 3491 2250.
Tickets cost 20,000원.
If you buy two or more 15,000원.
Where: 경기도 수원시 팔달구 화서동 344-65
When: Friday, November 21 at 8pm.

No need to worry about directions, someone will meet you at the subway station! Just get yourself to Hwaseo Station (Line 1) and then contact 010-3491-2250!

The performance is gayageum sanjo, forest and folk song.
After the performance you will have the chance to try playing traditional Korean instruments. This is a great opportunity for you! You shouldn't miss it!


While you are in Suwon, check out Suwon Galbi Story for dinner!
http://eatstretchexplore.blogspot.com/2014/10/suwon-restaurant-suwon-galbi-story.html

[Kobe, Japan] Chao Sai Gon - Vietnamese Food




My friend and I met in Sannomiya for dinner one day. For some reason, all of the restaurants at Mint Kobe were packed.
 
We were having a hard time deciding between the Vietnamese restaurant and the okonomiyaki restaurant. In the end, we chose to eat at the Vietnamese restaurant, Chao Sai Gon.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

[NYC Cafe, Chinatown] Mango Mango Dessert


I had really been missing Asian desserts for some time. One day when I got turned around in Chinatown, I found Mango Mango Dessert and grabbed a menu.
 
My friend and I went back the next week and had some delicious, cheap mango desserts.

[NYC, Morningside Heights/Manhattan Valley] Yasha Ramen

Yasha's Chicken Ramen ($11)


So, I really like ramen. Sometimes, it's too troublesome to get to Totto Ramen in Midtown and I don't really feel like waiting at Jin Ramen in Harlem.
 
I was really excited when I saw that there was a relatively new ramen shop in Morningside Heights/Manhattan Valley.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

[NYC, West Village] Popbar




 
Popbar is a chain with locations around the world. Since I really love ice cream bars/popsicles, I have been meaning to try here for a while now.
 
I went to the New York City location in the West Village. According to their website, there is another American location in Anaheim, California.

[NYC, Chinatown] 12 Corners Cafe - Latte Art



There are some parts of the city where it is kind of difficult to find a nice, quiet coffee shop with WiFi, where you can just sit for a while and get work done.

One of those places is Chinatown.

Luckily, I stumbled upon 12 Corners one day. It meets all of those criteria and more.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

[NYC, Chinatown] Best Pork Chop House/Taiwan Pork Chop House



I had been hearing about the Best Pork Chop House for a while and managed to get there one day with a friend while doing the whole "eat your way through Chinatown" tour.
 
It is pretty popular and is well-known for its pork chops over rice and it's very cheap prices.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

[NYC - Chelsea, Chinatown] [Seoul - Myeongdong] [Tokyo] Doughnut Plant

Since I have been craving doughnuts for the past couple of weeks, decided to post about some of my favorites.

I think Doughnut Plant must be pretty popular/famous. There's always a line and I'm pretty sure there is also a location in Tokyo and Seoul.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

[NYC, Nolita] Tacombi Nolita

 
If you're in the Nolita area, perhaps pre- or post-SoHo shopping, check out Tacombi for some tacos.


Monday, October 13, 2014

[Korean Cafe] Twosome Place - Tiramisu Bingsu 티라미수빙수

Twosome Place is just one of those basic cafes in Korea.
There is not very much special about the café in terms of beverages, but they sell pretty good desserts like tarts, etc.

Since I'm a huge fan of bingsu, I usually go there for bingsu...and one bingsu in particular. The tiramisu bingsu.

Friday, October 10, 2014

[Seoul, Cheonyangni] Halmoni Naengmyun

 
My coworkers and I went to Cheongnyangni Halmoni Naengmyun one day for lunch.
 
They knew that I super LOVE famous eateries and this was the only one in the area. It has been featured on numerous restaurant shows.

[NYC, Morningside Heights/Harlem, Brunch] Kitchenette (Brunch)

 
So, I think I have established that my favorite meal is brunch, even though I'm not a huge fan of breakfast and my favorite food is ramen.
 
Well, during my time at Columbia, especially during exam season, I needed to find a brunch spot that was relatively nearby. I heard about Kitchenette one day and decided to check it out. Oddly enough, it was also listed in a Korean tour book, so I knew it had to be good.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

[Gangnam / Korea / Various] Hong Kong Banjum0410 (Cheap eats)


This is a pretty well-known cheap eats Chinese food chain in Korea.
I have been to locations in Gangnam, Sillim, Seoul National University, Korea University, Konguk University...etc.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Itinerary for York and Yorkshire

Hello! A few weeks ago, I planned a week of sightseeing for my mom and I in York and northern Yorkshire. Yorkshire, as a whole, is huge and is split into three counties: the North Riding, the East Riding, and the West Riding. York is separate from the three but provides a central location for travel in all of Yorkshire.

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