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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 5 Most Read Posts of 2014

Thank you for sharing this year with us!
Wishing you the best in 2015!
Happy travels! :)

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[Seoul] Yonsei University SK Global House Dormitory

Are you planning on studying abroad at Yonsei University? If you are living on-campus, SK Global House will likely be your home away from home.

Monday, December 29, 2014

[NYC New Year's] New Year's Eve Countdown in Central Park (alternative to Times Square)



If you are planning on traveling to New York City for New Year's Eve and are looking for something to do for countdown, consider going to Central Park for fireworks, live music, and a New Year's Eve Run.

This event is very family-friendly and is a great alternative to Times Square.

[Korea] Caffe Bene Green Tea Bingsu - 카페베네 녹차빙수/녹빙

One of my favorite Korean foods is bingsu. Basically everywhere you go, you will be able to find a Caffe Bene, even in places outside Seoul and EVEN outside of Korea!

Which is your favorite Bene bingsu? Leave a comment below. :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

[Tokyo New Year's] Imperial Palace Emperor New Year's Greeting [Every Year January 2]

I went to Tokyo last year for New Year's (other Japan itineraries). I had heard the Emperor of Japan makes a public greeting each year on the morning of January 2.
 
Since it coincided with my trip and because I find this sort of thing fascinating, I made sure to make my way there.
 
I was meeting my college friend at Tokyo Station later and mentioned to her my plan of seeing the Emperor and she thought it was so random/hilarious that I, the foreigner, knew about this viewing and she, the Japanese citizen, did not know, that she wanted to go with me to the palace.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

[Tokyo New Year's] Senso-ji and Asakusa Hatsumode - New Year's Eve/New Year's Day Shrine/Temple Visit


Hatsumode is an annual Japanese tradition. It is the first visit to a temple or shrine in the new year. I decided to do hatsumode at Senso-ji Temple/Asakusa since my hostel was very nearby, in case the subways were too packed and I just wanted to walk back.

Other Japan New Year's Posts:
Emperor at the Imperial Palace - January 2

[Chuncheon Restaurant] Halmoni Dakgalbi / Original Joongang Dakgalbi (원조 중앙닭갈비) - Hometown favorite


In planning our daytrip to Chuncheon, I asked my Chuncheon unni for dakgalbi restaurant recommendations. She recommended only Halmoni Dakgalbi in the Myeongdong Dagalbi Street.

Honestly, we made the daytrip just to eat Chuncheon dakgalbi, so with her glowing review, we visited the hometown favorite, Halmoni Dakgalbi (중앙 춘천닭갈비), without hesitation.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

[Korea Shopping] SPAO for Winter Outerwear


It is that time of year again, Seoul is cold and winter has arrived.

For travelers coming from warmer climates, this may be a major shock and you may not have the proper winter accoutrements.

I highly recommend stopping by SPAO for very affordable, reliable, and rather fashionable winter outerwear.


[DC, Georgetown Cafe] Baked & Wired - Best Cupcakes in DC

 
The locals have spoken. Baked & Wired is the BEST cupcake shop in Georgetown, by far. Even with all the hype around Georgetown Cupcake, Baked & Wired is the best!
 
I have tried Georgetown Cupcake (DC Cupcakes fame) and Sprinkles Cupcake (the LA's store was the first cupcakery at the beginning of the trend).

Friday, December 19, 2014

[Seoul Museum] National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) - Seoul, Jongro, Samchungdong, Insadong


I visited Seoul's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Jongro last year with my friend. We both had been trying to get there for a while, but never had enough time.

I have been meaning to write this post for some time, but alas I have failed, so some of the exhibits are out of date. So sorry.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[Chuncheon - Day Trip] Chuncheon South Korea Travel Itinerary (Day Trip from Seoul) - Dalkgalbi trip 춘천닭갈비 여행


I really like getting out of Seoul, taking a break from city life. Chuncheon is very close to Seoul, so it is a great place to escape. In fact, it is easily accessible! You can take the subway from Seoul and get to Chuncheon within 2.5 hours. Take the Jungang Line from Wangsimni Station to Sangbong Station (transfer to the teal line) and then alight at Chuncheon Station.

Jeonju Day Trip Itinerary

Tutorial: How to use free WiFi on Seoul subways
Korean Shopping Tips
Other Korea Travel Itineraries


Sunday, December 14, 2014

[Mall of America] Masu Sushi and Robata - Ramen and Japanese food

I love ramen! Masu serves some of Minneapolis' best ramen! There are now two locations, one in Northeast and one in the Mall of America.

My Japanese friend introduced me to Masu when I was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. She was obsessed with the ramen and for good reason.

Masterchef Junior

Does anyone else watch Masterchef Junior?

I was super obsessed with the show last year just because it was such a refreshing show, with kids being great at being kids, kind, and cooking killer dishes.

This season was/is good, but I just don't feel as emotionally invested in the kids as I did last year. Or...maybe it has lost its novelty?

SPOILER ALERT!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Korean Movie Theaters: CGV, Megabox, Lotte Cinema


If you've never been to a Korean movie theater, I recommend trying it out one time. CGV, Megabox, Lotte Cinema are some of the bigger movie theater brands in Korea.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

[Osaka Station/Umeda] Holiday Christmas Illuminations

It is that time of year again, time to do a tour of all the holiday illumination displays in Japan.
I really like this one in Osaka station! It is not quite as lavish as other displays, but that's what I like about it.

Where is your favorite illumination display?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bibigo - Korean Bibimbap restaurant chain (Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly Food) - 비비고


Bibigo is kind of like Chipotle for Korean food. Instead of burritos, you are served bibimbap (bibimbop).

CJ Foods is one of the large Korean food companies. They own/operate Tous les Jous, VIPS, Twosome Place, among others.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

[Arlington Restaurant] Ray's Hell Burger (Ray's to the Third)

Soul Burger Number One
Sometimes in selecting restaurants, I go by the thought, "if it's good enough for President Obama, it's good enough for me." This is why I chose to go to Ray's Hell Burger the first time - President Obama had been photographed eating at Ray's Hell Burger - and because I really wanted a specialty burger.

[Osaka Station/Umeda Sky Building] German Christmas Market (Deutscher Weihnachtsmarkt in Osaka)

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Osaka.If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, head over to the Umeda/Osaka Station German Christmas Market!

It is held from 11/14 to 12/25. Monday through Thursday from noon until 9PM, Friday from noon until 10PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 11AM until 10PM.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

[Anywhere in the world] Looking for guest bloggers



Hi hi, I'm looking for guest bloggers from anywhere in the world!
You can introduce your favorite food, destinations, itinerary, recipe, book, whatever your hear desires.

If you're interested in being a guest or have any questions, feel free to email me at eatstretchexplore@gmail.com.

I'll be happy to share a link to your personal blog/vlog and promote people to check out your site!

[Jeonju, South Korea Tour Itinerary] Hanok Village (Jeonju Hanok Maul/Traditional Korean Village/전주 한옥마을)


Traveling to Jeonju is great! I like to escape Seoul life from time to time, get away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Seoul.

Jeonju is arguably the food capital of South Korea and has a lot to offer in terms of traditional Korean culture activities and sights. It is famous for its Hanok Village (Traditional Korean Village), which is full of traditional Korean architecture and you can learn about traditional arts and crafts, daily life, and music.

Jeonju is about 3 hours from Seoul via bus (from Express Bus Terminal).
Tickets vary in price based on which comfort level of bus you take, it's typically much less than 20,000KRW, but the prices do vary based on time and other conditions.

Tutorial: How to use free WiFi on Seoul subways
Korean Shopping Tips
Other Korea Travel Itineraries


Friday, December 5, 2014

[Minneapolis] The Tea Garden - Bubble tea, boba (UMN Campus, Mall of America, Uptown)

Avocado Shake with Pearls
 

The Tea Garden is a local tea shop in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. There are three locations: University of Minnesota (Stadium Village), Mall of America, and Uptown Minneapolis. It specializes in bubble tea, shakes, bulk tea, and vegan snacks.
 
I love bubble tea. I really started drinking it a lot as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis at The Tea Garden.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

[NYC, Nolita/NoHo] Mile End Delicatessen - Poutine Happy Hour

Have you ever heard of a poutine happy hour? That's right. Mile End Delicatessen has half-price poutine during happy hour 5-7PM Tuesday through Friday (not open Mondays).

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

[Crafting] Minion doll time!

Did a bit of prototyping for my minion crafts!
How do you think it looks? How should I make the mouths?

Plus, I was able to get the Memory Game for Toys for Tots on Black Friday with a coupon!
Hopefully some child enjoys minions as much as I do.
 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

[Minneapolis, Stadium Village] Big 10 Restaurant and Bar - Subs

Looking for somewhere to eat before/after/during a University of Minnesota Gophers game or a Minnesota Vikings game? Try Big 10 for some great subs!
If you are not looking for a dine-in experience, stop by the Big 10 sub shop right next door.

Monday, December 1, 2014

[Minneapolis Restaurant] Rosa Mexicano - Tableside guacamole, sangria,tacos

 
Last week, we went to Rosa Mexicano in downtown Minneapolis before a show.
 
Rosa Mexicano is a chain with a few locations in the United States - Minneapolis, NYC (Union Square, First Ave, Lincoln Center), LA, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, DC, SF and abroad - Dubai.

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