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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

[St. Paul] iPho by Saigon- Vietnamese Pho

If you're traveling around in the Twin Cities and have a hankering for pho, stop by iPho by Saigon in St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood.

Jeonju Free Shuttle Bus 2015 Update

As an update to my previous post about the FREE JEONJU SHUTTLE BUS.

As you may know, I'm moving back to Korea tomorrow. My friend from Minnesota is going to Korea on vacation for a couple weeks. Since her trip overlapped with my move, we coordinated to make a daytrip to Jeonju with this great offer.

Update #2: Click here

Monday, March 23, 2015

[Minneapolis] Afro Deli & Coffee - Sambusa

One of my favorite places to grab a quick meal on the go in Minneapolis is Afro Deli and Coffee. It is so cheap and located conveniently right on West Bank (across from Carlson School of Management on 5th Street).

I highly recommend stopping by for a quick, cheap African and Halal meal. I typically get the sambusa, but there are plenty of other great options.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

[Announcement] Brief Hiatus

Hi, Eat.Stretch.Explore will be on a brief hiatus since I am going to be relocating to Seoul again early this upcoming week. It has been a bit crazy since I had about a week to get everything prepared for my move!

Please continue to read the past posts and email with any recommendations/guest posts or any questions/requests!

After I arrive and get settled a bit, I will definitely start writing more about my travels and eats in Seoul and beyond!

I also have a ton of posts to catch up on! My trip to England, eats in Chicago, Minneapolis/Minnesota eats and travels, more NYC stuff, etc.

Make sure to continue to check back and follow us here and on Instagram! :D

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day

Mark your calendars! Free Cone Day 2015 is April 14 starting at 11AM at all Scoop Shops Around the World!

Ben & Jerry's has a free cone day every year and I look forward to it every year.

This is from last year, but since they just announced Free Cone Day, I figured I would post it now!

Friday, March 20, 2015

[NYC, Nolita] Lombardi's Pizza 110th Birthday - Pizza for 5 Cents

I just found out that Lombardi's Pizza is celebrating its 110th Birthday today by selling small classic margherita pizzas (dine-in only) for 5 cents each (while supplies last or until 11PM).

Pictured: Large margherita pizza I had with friends on another day.

[NYC] Free Macarons Tomorrow!

On top of free Rita's Ice Custard, you can get FREE MACARONS tomorrow at various bakeries throughout NYC!

Click to see the list!

[All Rita's Locations Worldwide] Rita's Ice Custard - Free ice on first day of spring

Every year to celebrate the first day of spring, Rita's Ice Custard gives away free Italian ices!

And...that day is tomorrow! Pictured is what I had last year!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

[Kobe, Sannomiya] Hair Studio Billy - English-Speaking Hair Salon

One of the most stressful things for me while living abroad is getting a haircut, especially in a country where I do not know the native language.

I was lucky enough to be referred to Billy Hair in Sannomiya by my co-workers at the World Health Organization.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

[Seoul, Hapjeong] Mecenapolis Mall - Great atmosphere, peaceful shopping

The Mecenatpolis Mall in Hapjeong opened pretty recently and became one of my favorite places to hangout and meet friends because of its very convenient location, great design, and large variety of cafes and restaurants.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

[Seoul] Hiking Mount Youngmasan and Mount Achasan - beautiful panoramic views of Central Seoul

For the beginner hiker in Seoul, hiking the combination of Mount Achasan and Mount Yongmasan is perfect! It is only 287 meters and takes about 2 hours to hike to the summit and back. It gives you gorgeous panoramic views of Seoul as you hike!

Monday, March 16, 2015

[DC, Georgetown Cafe - Original] [NYC, SoHo] Georgetown Cupcake

Some Georgetown Cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

While I was living in Georgetown, my visiting friends kept talking about going to Georgetown Cupcake (from the TLC television show DC Cupcakes). There were always sooo many people out front. Often, the line was 2 blocks long or longer. I couldn't handle that. But, luckily this day, there was no one, so I was the first to go inside!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

[Osaka] Dotonbori at Night - Osaka's Eat Street

Dotonbori in Osaka is the quintessential Osaka view.
If you're planning on going to Osaka, make sure you stop by to have your picture with the Glico Running Man. It's a tourist must-do.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

[NOTICE] Seoul Free Bike Rental

I just found out this really great information about free bike rental in Seoul.
Reposting this very valuable information (with some editing) from Community Korea. Community Korea often posts very valuable information, so you should definitely follow them on Facebook.
All it takes is an ID (student ID, ARC, or passport). Your ID will be returned to you when you return the bicycle to the facility.

[Jeonju] Twisted Breadsticks at Jeonju Hanok Village (전주 모정꽈배기)

Jeonju in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province) is a major food capital of Korea and is a center of traditional Korean culture. While you're there, make sure to get some of these twisted breadsticks!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

[Seoul] Chloris Tea Garden Brunch - Samcheongdong

Chloris Tea Garden is one of my favorite brunch places in Seoul, a close second to Cafe Able in Garosugil.

There are a few Chloris locations around Seoul, but I highly recommend stopping at the Chloris Tea Garden location in Samcheongdong.

Monday, March 9, 2015

[Ganghwa Island] 109 House Cafe and Pension (Honey Bread and Bingsu)

109 House is a combination cafe and pension located on Ganghwa-do Island.

The views are ridiculously gorgeous and I highly recommend stopping here for a refueling stop or to stay the night!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

[Ganghwa Island] Chungnam Seosanjip - Famous Horse Crab Stew

The last stop on my day trip to Ganghwa was to go to Chungnam Seosan Jip (충남서산집) to eat the famous horse crab stew (kkotgetang, 꽃게탕).
It far surpassed my expectations.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

[Ganghwa Island] Ganghwa Dolmen - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ganghwado is really beautiful and is a great daytrip from Seoul! It is actually RIGHT by North Korea and you can actually see North Korea from some parts of the island.

The main draws, apart from the beaches and water activities, are the dolmen groups, UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was one of my first stops.

Friday, March 6, 2015

[Saint Paul, Minnesota] Mim's Cafe - Cheap, fast food on UMN St. Paul Campus

I just love Mim's Cafe in Saint Paul, right by the Saint Paul Student Center on the University of Minnesota's Saint Paul Campus.

As an undergradute student at the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences, I had classes on the Saint Paul Campus every semester. I always made a point to go to Mim's for their great, fresh food and friendly service.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

[Seoul, Insadong] Ssamziegil Shopping Center (인사동 쌈지길)

If you're going to Seoul, I'm sure Insa-dong is on your list of must-sees. While you're touring the traditional Korean cultural items, make sure to stop by the Ssamziegil Shopping Center.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Korea Shopping: Must Buy - Korean Exfoliating Cloth

There are a few items that are super great to get in Korea. One of these items are Korean exfoliating cloths!

If you've ever been to a Korean spa or jjimjilbang and have gone and had the body scrub, these are the cloths they use!

Has anyone gotten a scrub at a jjimjilbang? Isn't this one of the most painful, but rewarding experiences when you leave with super soft skin and about 2 shades lighter?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

[Saint Paul, Minnesota] Como Park Zoo and Conservatory - Sunken Garden

Even in the dead of winter, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory's Sunken Garden is beautiful, peaceful, and warm. Seriously, look at that! Can you imagine the windchill was -40F that day?

Monday, March 2, 2015

[Seoul] I Have A Dream - Strawberry Pizza (Gangnam Restaurant 아이해브어드림)

Following on the theme of strawberry foods, I wanted to let you know about the strawberry pizza at I Have A Dream, a cute little bar/restaurant right at Gangnam Station. There are live jazz performances and it is a great sogaeting (Korean blind date) location.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

[Korea+] Caffe Bene Strawberry Cheesecake Bingsu (딸기치즈빙수)

Yet another bingsu post for Caffe Bene, this time for Caffe Bene's Strawberry Cheesecake bingsu (딸기치즈빙수)! There are just so many different varieties available, you can go multiple times per week and get something new each time!

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