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Thursday, October 19, 2017

[Osaka - Shinsaibashi] Elk - Fluffy Japanese pancakes and 3D latte art

One of my major goals during my last two trips to Osaka was to get 3D latte art and fluffy pancakes. Actually, the 3D latte art goal was a major goal for me even as I was living in Kobe.

I finally achieved my goal during my most recent trip at Elk, a cute cafe in Shinsaibashi.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

[NYC - Soho] The Sosta - Fast Casual Italian

The Sosta is a new fast-casual Italian spot in Soho with cheap pasta options and wine on tap.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

[Korea] Sulbing - TAKEOUT Bingsoo!

Did you know that you can do carryout bingsu at Sulbing?

I have been meaning to write this for a super long time, but it got lost in the shuffle.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

[Seoul - HAPPY HOUR] Bronx Beer Hall - Happy Hour



I have been meaning to share about this great happy hour for a while now. It's at Bronx, which is a beer hall chain throughout Seoul.

Friday, October 13, 2017

[Washington, DC] GWU Textile Museum - Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

As with yesterday's post, this is a current exhibition at the GWU Textile Museum.

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse runs from now until January 7, 2018.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

[Washington, DC] GWU Textile Museum - The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

My sister works at the Textile Museum at George Washington University. We thought it would be fun to share some of the exhibitions here, so you could possibly plan your next trip if something catches your fancy. Before she started working here, I didn't know there was a Textile Museum.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

[Seoul, Itaewon] Halal Guys - Chicken Over Rice

I'm a bit late on the post, but The Halal Guys opened shop in Seoul almost a year ago. It's located right on the main street in Itaewon.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

[Korea] Incheon Airport to Seoul (or Seoul to Incheon Airport) NIGHT BUS

Have you ever had the panic about how to get back into Seoul from Incheon airport after a flight delay? I definitely did. Luckily there's a night bus!

You don't have to take a pricey cab ride that may end up being one of those sketchy cabs that prey on foreign tourists or sleep in the airport until the first train/bus.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

[Snack Attack] Daiso Snack Haul

If you're traveling to Korea or living in Korea, you have to check out Daiso. Daiso is a Japanese dollar store that literally sells everything you could ever want and stuff you never knew you wanted. I took my mom there when she visited because she wanted to pick up some token gifts/souvenirs from Korea.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

[Singapore] Haji Lane - Cafe and shopping street

One place that everyone recommended I go in Singapore is Haji Lane.

It's a cute, hip cafe and shopping street, right beside the Masjid Sultan.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

[Seoul, Sinchon] Mibundang/Mifendang Vietnamese cuisine (미분당)

Mibundang 미분당 is one of my favorite places to get pho in Seoul! It's not one of those huge chains and quality ingredients are used and the prices are below 10,000 KRW!
Service is fast and efficient and the food is always prepared to order and is piping hot.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

REPOST: Kansai/Osaka Itineraries (2 options)


I'm reposting a couple of itineraries from my previous trips to Osaka/Kansai.

Check out my other posts about previous trips to Japan and Osaka and Kyoto and my time living in Kobe.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

[NYC - Upper West Side] Maison Pickle - NYC Brunch and cocktails

We meant to go to Jacob's Pickles for brunch, but it was full (with a 2-hour wait...at about 2:30 on a Saturday), so we decided to go to it's younger brother, Maison Pickle instead, which is just a block away.

[NYC, Midtown, K-town] Her Name is Han - Instagrammable hip, trendy, modern Korean food and cocktails

I have been meaning to visit Her Name is Han for a month or so now because I've been seeing it all over Instagram.
It's a modern, trendy space serving up Korean "soul food," Seoul food if you will, and cocktails.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

REPOST: Singapore itinerary: Seoul to Singapore


REPOST: Just in time for Chuseok.

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, September 26, 2017

[Seoul, Myeongdong] Ranju Kalmyeon - Fresh knife cut noodles, Chinese food

Ranju Kalmyeon (란주칼면) is one of my favorite places to eat in Myeongdong. It's not overly touristy and isn't a chain, which is a pretty big feat for Myungdong.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

REPOST: Taiwan/Taipei Itinerary

REPOST: Chuseok Itinerary for Taiwan/Taipei :)

We had a 3 nights, 4 days "free tour" package from a Korean travel agency.

Airline: Jeju Air
Hotel: Go Sleep Hotel Hankou (near Ximen station)

MAKE SURE YOU BRING CASH! It's very rare to find places that take card.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[Seoul, Yangjae] Coffeeplant - Flaky, fluffy croissants and in-house roasted coffee beans

I first stumbled into Coffeeplant because I was searching for a nice crusty bread loaf for a Secret Santa present for my coworker and the place I scoped out the day before didn't open until 10 and I had to be to work by 9.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

[Snack Attack] Oh! Gamja Chicken Flavor - Sweet and Spicy Chicken (오!감자 양념치킨맛)


Have you tried the sweet and spicy yangnyum chicken flavor?

If you haven't noticed, I kind of really like the Oh! Gamja snacks.

I love chips, but I really like this brand's shape. They keep introducing more and more flavors.

Friday, September 15, 2017

[NYC - Madison Square Eats] Mr. Bing and Renegade Vice Parlour

The 2017 Mad. Sq. Eats Fall Market will run from September 2 until September 29.
My friends and I stopped by and checked out a few of the offerings.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

[Korea] Paris Baguette - Morning breakfast deal

Today's post is about the Paris Baguette Morning Set deal.

So, obviously, I meant to post this wayyyy earlier, sorry! (Notice the Santa theme coffee sleeve...but also, it's SO cute).

Saturday, September 9, 2017

[NYC - High Line] La Newyorkina - Mexican Ice Pops

I know it's an unconventional snack attack Saturday, but it's forecast to be a beautiful NYC Saturday, so I just wanted to let you know about La Newyorkina on the High Line!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

[NYC - Morningside Heights/Columbia] Silvana - Middle Eastern Food, Cozy Atmosphere

I found Silvana a few years ago...and then failed to blog about it until now.
It's my go-to spot for cheap Middle Eastern food with table service, cafe drinks, and a relaxed, cozy atmosphere uptown in Morningside/Harlem.

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!

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