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Sunday, November 30, 2014

[Seoul, Konguk University Restaurant] Gamaro - Well-being Kimchi Samgyupsal Korean BBQ 가마로 웬빙 삼겹살

Gamaro in the Konguk University (Kondae) restaurant street is a perfect place for you to get Korean barbeque without filling up on only meat and lettuce.

If you haven't noticed, I rarely post about Korean barbeque restaurants on here. For me to go to one, they have to have something impressive about them other than just meat (samgyupsal).

Saturday, November 29, 2014

[NYC, Lower East Side] Death and Company (Speakeasy)

A couple of years ago, Death and Company (Death & Co) was on a list of best bars in the United States. My friends and I checked it out for our friend's birthday.

Its probably one of the best speakeasys in New York City. As a result, there is always a line/long wait. You can't make a reservation ahead of time. The only way to get on the list is by going up to the door. They will take your name and phone number and call you when a table is available, so you're free to go to another bar or restaurant in the area.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cute, but disgusting Thanksgiving-themed cupcakes at Whole Foods.

To all my American readers, happy thanksgiving!
Hope you had a great time with your family and friends today.

Anyone going shopping tomorrow for Black Friday? What are you going to get?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

[NYC Bakery] Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery received a ton of publicity a couple of years ago because of its creation, the cronut. I have still failed to get one...well, actually I've never tried, so is that a failure?

My friends and I went with his long-standing popular creations - the DKA and the cannele.

[Gangnam Cafe] 100억 (100Ok - baek-oak) Cafe

I found 100억 (Baek-oak) with my Korean tutor. It is located in Gangnam on café hill. It is quite large, decorated very elegantly and is very quiet.

My Korean tutor and I met in Gangnam often because it was the most convenient location for both of was halfway between each of our houses. We tried to go to some of the cafes we usually meet at (ie. Standard Coffee Bar, Angel-in-Us, Espresso Public), but all of them were full and very loud. We decided to keep venturing up café hill until we found a quiet place for our lesson.

[Kyoto/Arashiyama Tour] Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama (BABY MONKEYS!)

Arashiyama Monkey Park is great! You get to walk around alongside monkeys, including BABY MONKEYS! It is located right by Kyoto, so it is very easy to add to any itinerary.

There are about 140 monkeys at the park! Apart from monkey-viewing, it is a great area to hike around with some spectacular views of Kyoto.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

[NYC] Halal Guys - Chicken over Rice

Halal Guys is a legendary food cart in New York City known for its chicken over rice and its very great, central location very near to Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA), and shopping on Fifth Avenue. For only $6, you can easily get two meals! It is such a great deal and is delish.
Since it is a food cart, it is CASH ONLY!

Monday, November 24, 2014

[Kobe, Sannomiya] Comme Chinois Bakery

I read about this great bakery Comme Chinois in my Korean guidebook to Osaka.
It was raving about the fresh European-style bread, pastries, and sandwiches. The chef is French-trained and makes about 80+ different types of bread each day.
Once they're sold out for the day, they are sold out.

[Seoul, Gangnam Restaurant] Mies Container - CNN "Hooters for women"

I finally got the chance to go to Mies Container with my friend. I had been wanting to try it out for a couple of years and just never got around to it (mainly because I went back to the US for a long time).

It serves Western food (think pizza, salad) and has a very industrial ambience.

Have you been here before? What did you order? I kind of want to try it again, but don't want to wait in line.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

[Poll] New poll: Where do you want me to post more about?

Look at the new poll I made. It is in the right hand column. If you are on the mobile version of the blog, you may need to scroll to the bottom and click on "web version."

Where would you like to see more posts about?
Kobe, Japan
Seoul, Korea
Tokyo, Japan

Please leave a comment here or email me at if you have any requests!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

[Seoul, Myungdong] Myeongdong Bongchu Jjimdak (Korean stewed chicken)

As I've said before, I really, really, REALLY like jjimdalk (Korean stewed chicken).

My friend from Germany was visiting me and she also really likes jjimdalk, so we met up in Myungdong (Myeongdong) to have it at Bongchu Jjimdalk.

[Seoul] Geurida Kkum (Real Strawberry Milk and Mint Chocolate Latte) - 그리다꿈 리얼딸기우유 & 오초라떼

Real Strawberry Milk and Hot Oreo Mint Choco Latte

Yum! Geurida Kkum 그리다꿈 is my FAVORITE stop for drinks. The price is great, too! Unlike many of the larger cafes, the price here is low because, I'm assuming, they have lower overhead costs because they do not need to have WiFi or seats.

Friday, November 21, 2014

[NYC, Midtown East] Ess-a-Bagel

I wanted to try Ess-A-Bagel forever! It is one of those iconic New York City eating establishments. Plus, you have to eat a New York bagel with schmear, right?


[Seoul, Shopping] Gangnam Express Bus Terminal - Seoul Shopping Wonderland 고속터미널 지하상가

Sorry, no pictures this post. I feel bad about it, but it just didn't happen.

It may seem strange, but one of my favorite areas to go shopping in Seoul is the Express Bus Terminal (aka Gangnam Bus Terminal).

It's very convenient to Gangnam and, if you're coming from out of town, it is the perfect shopping destination to start your trip off in Seoul.

If you have pictures or more shopping tips, please leave a comment! I will update this post and give you credit! :) :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day 11: Homemade pomegranate drinking vinegar experiment

Look at how delicious my pomegranate vinegar looks!
Ahhh, so excited to taste test it tomorrow.

The color is so much deeper now. Compare this picture with the day 1. You can barely see the pomegranate seeds now, whereas before you could see everything.

When I hold it up to the light, I can see that the pomegranate juice has come out of the seeds.

Seriously, so excited. 

[Kobe, Kitano] Sannomiya and Kitano Travel Guide (Christmas Santas)

It's almost that time of year again!
Japan is crazy about winter/Christmas. Even though they do not observe/celebrate Christmas, all the buildings, shopping centers, train stations get decked out in illuminations and other signs of Christmas.
If you happen to be in Osaka or Kyoto, head over to Kobe for a really cute display in the Kitano area!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

[Hongdae, Seoul] Softree Ice Cream

Continuing on with my ice cream wanderings, Softree in Seoul!
Softree was one of the first places in Seoul serving honeycomb custard a couple of years ago, starting this huge trend that is now all over the world.

Monday, November 17, 2014

[Seoul, Anam, Korea University] Terre de glace

I found this cute little ice cream shop in Anam, near Korea University. Terre de glace makes its own ice cream from fresh, organic ingredients.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

[NYC, Midtown] Grom - Italian Gelato

Some days, I crave gelato. I really enjoy Grom in Columbus Circle, Manhattan. This is probably some of the best gelato in the city and is a really convenient location to Central Park.
Grom prides itself on being 100% natural and uses no artificial coloring, flavoring, or preservatives.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

[Seoul - Subway/Bus] Free WiFi Tutorial! How to use FREE_U+ Zone on Seoul Subways

If you're traveling in Seoul on the subway, you will notice that everyone is on their phone. You can use the free U+ WiFi zone, too. This service allows you to have 30 minutes of free WiFi every day. You need to go through this process each time. To use U+, you need to make sure you have an active Korean phone number. You can ask a friend with a Korean number if you did not rent a phone at the airport.
Share this post to everyone you know! It should be super useful.
I hope this works! Let me know! :)

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Monday, November 10, 2014

[Recipe/Experiment] Pomegranate Hongcho (Drinking Vinegar): Day 1

I am kind of obsessed with hongcho (Korean drinking vinegar). Ask any of my friends, they will tell you about how I always consume it and try and get them to try it.

Have you ever tried hongcho?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

[DC, Capitol Hill] We the Pizza

When I'm in DC, one of my favorite places to grab a slice is We the Pizza. It is located in Capitol Hill, right next to Good Stuff Eatery.

Monday, November 3, 2014

[Seoul, Express Bus Terminal] Tong Keun Gamjatang Jokbal (Pork Bone Soup) 고속터미널역 감자탕

It may seem a little strange, but my favorite place to eat gamjatang (Korean pork bone soup) is at the Express Bus Terminal in Seoul.
Gamjatang is one of my favorite Korean foods, it is just so flavorful and there are a ton of different flavor components that just come together in a very harmonious flavor combination.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

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