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Thursday, August 17, 2017

[Minnesota - Stillwater] Lift Bridge Brewing Company - Craft brewery



Today's post is a guest post written by my mother.

A quiet Saturday afternoon is a good time for a scenic drive to a brewery and its taproom in a scenic town, so Mike and I visited Lift Bridge Brewing Company, yesterday (1900 Tower Drive W, Stillwater, MN, http://liftbridgebrewery.com/).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

[Jeju Souvenir] Hallabong Omegi Dduk / Omaegi rice cake 몰랑몰랑 한라봉 오메기떡

Apparently, according to one of my former coworkers, one of the souvenirs you have to get in Jeju is omegi dduk (오메기떡). His wife sent him on a mission to bring it back with him.

It's good to know this if you work at a Korean Korean or a Japanese company. Whenever you go on a trip, whether it be for business or pleasure. you should bring back some token gift for your company/team members and you should also bring some back for your close friends. This gift-giving culture is very strong in Japan, like even as a foreigner, you won't get a pass...and likely someone will tell you about it the first time you mess up (spoken from experience).

Thursday, July 27, 2017

[Osaka, Japan] Red Rock - Kobe Roast Beef Rice Bowl


I first discovered Red Rock on my trip to Osaka for Chuseok 2016 ((itinerary here). But, these roast beef bowls at Red Rock definitely spurred my plan for a trip to Osaka again right before I left Asia for America (itinerary here.)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

[Korea] Coffee Namu - Coffee and Cake Cafe!

My friend and I were trying to get to All That Sweets (check out my previous post), but I had misremembered the closing time, so that was a no go :(
We wandered around the area and had a hankering for some dessert still.  Luckily, in Seoul, crave and it will appear.
(This is a chain, by the way, so you can find it many places! Just look for 커피나무

Sunday, July 23, 2017

[K-Beauty] Labiotte Chateau Wine Lip Tint



Have you seen the Korean lip tints that come in a wine bottle?
The Chateau Labiotte Wine Lip Tint is the original!

My sister is doing a guest post today! My mother bought her this item during my parents' trip to Korea last January and we got it as part of our Labiotte Haul

Saturday, July 22, 2017

[Korean Life] H&M Korea Coupons - Easy to get!


Did you know it's quite easy to get coupons for H&M in Korea, too?
If you're moving out of Korea, moving to a new house, lost weight, or just want a change, getting rid of used clothing and household linen items in Korea and making sure the clothes are reused and recycled is easy now!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

[Korea - Jeju] Abalone Kimbap [Jeju Kim Man Bok 제주 김만복]

Finally posting about this famous abalone kimbap I had in Jeju from 김만복.
Abalone-based food is all over Jeju, because well, it's an island and there's a lot of abalone to be had.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

[K-Beauty] Missha Magic Cusion Moisture N23

I've been using cushion foundation for a while now. I have been using the Iope Air Cushion
I've switched to the Missha Magic Cushion Moisture since Iope re-worked their formulas and colors and the new colors didn't match me as well as the old, old version did.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

[Snack Attack] Margaret LIMITED EDITION Milk and Cookie

Does anyone else do this? Add something random to your cart to get free shipping?
That's what happened to me, but I did get to try the LIMITED EDITION Milk and Cookie flavor of the Margaret Soft Cookies "made with Mom's Love."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

[Minnesota, Baxter] Jack Pine Brewery

Since I came back to the USA, I have been in Minnesota. It seems like everyone and their mother has a microbrewery, so obviously I've been checking out a bunch of them.

We checked out Jack Pine Brewery in Baxter, Minnesota.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

[Seoul] All That Sweets - Super cute lattes!!


I realized I never wrote about this place! It's All That Sweets, a small little cafe in my neighborhood in Seoul. It's famous for these super adorable lattes and super cute cakes/macarons.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

[Seoul, Korea] Swimming pools in Seoul are open (plus swimming etiquette)

Credits: http://mengnews.joins.com/view.aspx?aid=3035039 (map available in the article)

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has opened up five of the eight public outdoor swimming pools along the Han River. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

[K-beauty] Missha Sheet Mask - Rice


Before I left Korea, I decided to buy a bunch of different sheet masks and figure out which ones I like the best, including the Missha ones.

This is the Missha Rice sheet mask. Click here to check out all of the masks!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

[USA] Caribou Coffee NEW Cereal Milk Cooler

Caribou Coffee introduced this new coffeeless cooler sometime earlier this year.

All I can say is, I had a free drink for my birthday and wanted to try the new Cereal Milk Cooler for a lonnnngggg time, but just couldn't get myself to part with more than $5 for a small.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

[K-beauty] Etude House Spring 2017 - Special Lipstick Cases for Lips Talk!


Sorry all, I had this post in my "drafts" for a long time...and I didn't realize it.
So, I guess this is old news by now. SORRY!

Check out these super cute lipstick cases at Etude House! They are designed specifically for the Etude House Lips Talk line (click here to check them out).

Have you bought one?? I'd love to see pics and hear how you're liking them!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I was featured on BestFoodFeed.com!

(Sour cream and chive burger at Red Cow 50th Street...post with full menu and full meal to follow, keep checking back!)
My picture was featured on this Burger Bucket List for the Twin Cities!
Happy national burger day y'all! 🍔🍺🍟

Relocation back to USA

Hi all,
Sorry for going MIA.
If you follow my Instagram (you should totally follow me if you don't already), you know that I relocated back to the USA from Korea about a month ago.

Sorry about the lack of posts! I have been busy adjusting back to life in the United States and it's been taking a lot of energy.

I'm currently in Minnesota (so, got some posts for that coming up) and went on a trip to Boston and Canada a couple of weeks ago (keep an eye out for those posts coming soon) and I still have a lot of info to share with you about my Japan trip, last couple months in Korea (post-hospital stay at Severance...terrible hospital, btw.), and Singapore.

Basically, just STAY TUNED!

Also, if you need anything from Amazon...ever, please click through one of the banners on my blog! I plan on doing a snack and/or beauty haul from there soon enough...and you'll be helping me finance that! (I get a small commission..like super small.)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

[K-beauty] Club Clio Salon de Cara Mascara

Right before leaving Korea at the end of April, I had just finished off my regular mascara.
I had this sample of Clio Salon de Cara  mascara that came free with purchase of my go-to eyeliner, the Clio Kill Black (see my review here: K-beauty: Clio Kill Black).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

[Japan] Osaka Itinerary (5 days, 4 nights)



This is a recount of my itinerary for my relaxing 5 days, 4 nights (April 16-20) in Osaka. Check out my other posts about previous trips to Japan and Osaka and Kyoto and my time living in Kobe.

Since this was a relaxing trip to visit my friend, it's not so tourist-y this time. If you're looking for a more tourist itinerary, check out my post from my Chuseok trip to Osaka/Kansai in 2016.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

[Osaka - Nanba/Nippombashi] Chitose - Simple meat soup, breakfast or lunch

While I was traveling in Osaka/Kansai/Hyogo last September, I was on my own for breakfast one day. I did some searching and found Chitose, which is a very popular restaurant among local Japanese customers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

[Japan] Starbucks Japan - American Cherry Pie Frappuccino (Limited Edition)

I was in Japan (Osaka) a couple of weeks ago as a last hurrah travel in Asia before I moved back to the United States. While America had its Unicorn Frappuccino, Japan has the American Cherry Pie Frappuccino.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

How to order 2018 Winter Olympics for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics


Just sharing this information since I have received multiple inquiries from readers about how to buy tickets after I posted my previous post about how to get into the lottery for FOREIGN RESIDENTS.

I got this information from the April 2017 US State Department Newsletter for registered Americans in Korea.

To individuals who want to go to the Pyeonchang 2018 Olympics in Korea  and do NOT have a ARC (alien registration number - ID number), you can only order it through this website: https://www.cosport.com/country_selection.aspx
- Available for citizens of: Australia, Bulgaria, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Scoot Airways review: Incheon (Korea) to Changi (Singapore) by way of Taipei (Taiwan)

TL:DR, but please read

Scoot is a cheap charter airline and you get what you pay for.
Weigh your options because of the limited flight schedule between Incheon/Korea and Singapore, there may be issues if..for example, Scoot gets in another accident.

I would probably never fly it again, but if, for example, you're a budget traveler or student, it may be a good option for you.

For a flight that is 6+ hours direct, I would probably not risk taking a charter again...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

[Travel Itinerary] Seoul to Singapore (5 days, 4 days)



Sometimes I need a break from Seoul, this was one of those times.
Even though Singapore is another huge city, it was a great change of pace!

I was in Singapore from 27 March to 31 March.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

[Seoul - Yonhuidong] Michin Nogari 미친노가리 beer pub

After samgyetang, we decided to go out for a drink!
As I was walking to the samgyetang restaurant, I noted this small pub on the main street and it's cheap prices!
It's called 미친노가리, which means something like crazy young pollack.

Monday, April 3, 2017

[K-Beauty] Clean & Clear Clear Fairness Lotion


Some American brands, like Clean and Clear, have products that are only available in Asia/Korea. One of the items that I keep purchasing is this Clear Fairness lotion by Clean&Clear.

Sorry! My schedule got all messed up because I was on vacation to Singapore last week. This is to make up for yesterday's missed K-beauty post.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

[Life in Korea] SodaTransfer! - Easiest, cheapest way to transfer money USA <--> Korea

SodaTransfer! <-- click here to get a free transfer/transaction! (save up to $45)

I just found out about this service! This is one of the cheapest and most secure ways to transfer money between Korean and American bank accounts. It's perfect for foreign workers and international/exchange students living in Korea.

I have been sick and tired of losing so much money transferring money between my Korean and American bank accounts and also suffering the loss because my Korean bank account has terrible rates (I do not recommend Woori Bank for your Korean banking needs as a foreigner).

Right now, the service only works between the USA and Korea (and vice versa).

It's quite easy and the customer service is super responsive and helpful/accommodating.

For example, my Korean bank account is registered in my Korean name, but my American name is my legal name everywhere else in the world (yet another Korea problem) and is the only one that appears on my passport/bank account details, etc.

They were quick to offer a solution.

Then, the problem didn't stop there. Woori capped my account at 1 million KRW transfer per day and they were willing to wait for me to send money over the course of three days and honored the first day's rate.

The one downside, you are capped at $20,000 per year and also 3 million KRW per transfer.
It also makes math confusing...because I think they did the whole 1000 KRW = 1 USD in determining the cap.

Anyway, try it out! Sodatransfer waived transfer fees (save up to $45)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

[Seoul - Sinchon/Yonhui-dong] Jiho Hanbang Samgyetang 지호한방삼계탕


Met up with my friends the other day to have some samgyetang in Yeonhui-dong, the neighborhood behind Yonsei University.

We stopped off at 지호 한방삼계탕.

Monday, March 20, 2017

[Announcement] Blog Post Theme Schedule

Hello all,
I have decided to reorganize the blog a little. It was getting kind of confusing and unorganized, so I decided to set up a weekly schedule!

Sunday: K-beauty reviews
Tuesday: Korea food and cafes
Thursday: Travel (international travel food, cafes, tourist spots; Korean tourist spots)
Friday: Flashback Friday (just a re-post of some of my favorites)
Saturday: Snack attack and lifestyle post

What do you think?
If you have any suggestions about how I can make the blog better, please leave a comment here or else email me at eatstretchexplore@gmail.com.

Meredith

Sunday, March 19, 2017

[K-Beauty] TonyMoly Super Peeling Liquid Foot Masks - Rivals Baby Foot Peel

It's finally spring in Seoul!!
You know what that means, you have to start prepping your feet for strappy sandals and flats!

Luckily, Tony Moly has its Super Peeling Liquid Shiny Foot masks on sale this week for 1+1 (2 for 8,800 KRW)!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

[Jeju] OSULLOC Tea Museum Cafe 오설록티뮤지엄 - Green Tea Ice Cream!

Wednesday's post was about the InnisFree Jeju House and its green tea products.
Today's is about the OSULLOC Green Tea Museum's cafe! (Also, because it's Saint Patrick's Day, decided to go with a green theme)
Note, both are on the same parcel of land! You definitely should do both at the same time!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

[Taipei] Ecole Cafe - Cute and cozy cafe with tons of vegan and vegetarian options!

During my trip to Taipei last summer, my friend and I met up with some of her friends! They are locals, so they were "in the know."
We stopped off at Ecole Cafe for some chill conversation in a really cute and cozy cafe!

Taiwan/Taipei Itinerary

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[Taipei - ATT4Fun] Mocktail - Bubble tea and tea shop


Finally getting around to editing and posting about my Taiwan vacation from July. Check out my Taiwan/Taipei (3N, 4D) itinerary here!

The first place I want to introduce is Mocktail! It's a modern, cool bubble tea shop located in ATT4Fun shopping center!

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