l. bean

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When we headed to gangneung, we originally planned to do a temple stay at odesan. In the end, we only stopped by the temple and took a walk nearby before heading to the beach. The mountains full of evergreen pine trees and the cool beach air reminded me of back home. The curvy back rides through the mountain wasn’t so fun though as the passenger.

We checked out a funky/creepy art museum & sculpture park and walked the beach nearby before we finally found a hotel. The beach in the city center is lined with cafes so we decided to head there after eating dinner. We were hoping to eat sashimi since it’s a beach town, but surprisingly there were few to be found. When we arrived at the beach, the street was literally cafe after cafe. I satisfied my daily sweet craving with a pumpkin tart at the popular L. Bean cafe. After attempting fireworks at the beach we headed back to the hotel. On the way, I spotted a discount ice cream store and ended up buying one for 40 cents (!) to eat at 10pm.

The next morning we had breakfast at the original Tera Rosa before heading to the only hot springs in Korea at Seollaksan. It was a fun trip and the fresh clean air and small town was a nice change from the polluted city air. Next time will probably be another beach town farther south.


カンヌンに向かったとき、元々はオデサンでテンプルステイをするはずだったが、結局はお寺にちょっと寄って散歩してから浜辺に行きました。常緑樹が沢山の山と浜辺の涼しい風が実家を思い出しました。でも山中のくねくねした道のドライブは助手席として楽しくなかったけど。

ホテルを探す前に変わったファンキーな美術館と彫刻パーク(?)に寄りました。町に一番近い浜辺はカフェが多いと聞いたので、夜ご飯を食べたあとそこに行くことにしました。夜は刺身を食べたかったけど海の町なのに意外と無かった。そして浜辺にたどり着いたら、本当にカフェだけ。甘党な私は人気のL.Beanカフェでカボチャタルトをパクリ。浜辺で花火と遊んだ後、ホテルの帰り道にディスカウントアイスクリームの店が!夜10時に40円のアイスを食べてしまった。

翌朝は人気のテラロサの本店で朝ごはんを食べてから、韓国で唯一温泉があるソラクサンまで行きました。空気が汚い都会から離れて、空気がきれいで自然が多い町への旅行は楽しかった。次回はもうちょっと南の違う海の町へゴー

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highway rest stop

mogumogu_070817.jpgWow, summer has really flown by. I keep getting distracted with other things and haven’t managed to update this blog regularly.

At the beginning of July, we finally took a trip outside of Seoul towards the east of the country’s capital. Since it’s only takes about 2 hours, we decided to drive so we could also check out the highway rest stops. Unlike the US, highway rest stops are fancier with clean food courts and street food type snacks. Also, my favorite hodugwaja (red bean sweets that are shaped like walnuts)! Unfortunately, we didn’t see any crazy rest stops with a water fountain or playground but I was able to eat some delicious hodugwaja.

You have to be careful though. On our first try, the hodugwaja wasn’t freshly made, so the bread didn’t have a toasted crunch anymore. On our second try… just what I was looking for! The food court options weren’t as great this time so maybe on our next road trip we’ll have better luck!


夏があっという間に終わりましたね。あれこれしてたら、ブログを更新することができずになってしまいました。

7月の頭にやっとソウルを出て東海岸で一泊二日しました。2時間ぐらいしかかからないので、ドライブしながら高速サービスエリアもどんな感じがみることにしました。日本みたいに名物などは置いてないけど、アメリカと比べたら綺麗で食べるものも豊富。そしてすごいサービスエリアは遊園地とかでっかい噴水もあるみたい。そして私が特に好きなのがホドゥクァジャ(栗の形のあんこ系の和菓子)はサービスエリアで一番美味しい。

のはずだけど…やっぱりあたりと外れがあるね。行きに買ったホドゥクァジャは時間が経ってたみたいで、暖かかったけど、しなっとしていた。でも帰りには外側がちょっとサクッとしててうまい!次のドライブにもっとすごいサービスエリアに出会うといいな。

cold recipe

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The area north of Hongdae is up and coming with a large foreigners super market. After a failed naengmyung lunch, we decided to walk around the area a bit before heading to Jamsil. Supposedly there are a lot of cafes and bakeries but they were all a bit far from where we were. I was about to give up on dessert when suddenly an ice cream store appeared in front of us.

We had walked this street last year but I never noticed this store before. It was a small cozy artisan type ice cream store with some classic and unusual flavors. The options were few but a good amount of sorbets for my foodie partner. I tried a matcha cream cheese (I think?) flavor which I didn’t like. So I went with peanut butter chocolate chip and my foodie partner with grapefruit. It was very smooth with a strong flavor. My foodie partner was satisfied with his choice too. If only we had a place like this near our apartment!


ホンデの北は最近流行りだしていて、大きい外国人向けのスーパーもあります。まずい冷麺を食べたあと、チャムシルに向かうまでに回りを散歩しながらデザートを探すことにしました。カフェやパン屋は沢山あるはずなのに、歩いていた場所からちょっと離れていたそうです。諦めかけていたら、目の前にアイスクリームの店が!

去年もこの道を歩いたのに全然気づかなかった。小さい今風のおしゃれな店でちょっと変わった味も置いてあった。味の数は少ないが彼が好きなソルベ系はいくつかありました。私は抹茶クリームチーズ(かな?)を試したけど、微妙だったので定番なピーンアッツバターチョコチップにしました。彼はグレープフルーツ。アイスクリームは滑らかで味はしっかりしてます。アパートの近くにこんなアイスクリームの店があったら…

thai man

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A couple of months ago, my foodie partner’s high school friend opened a thai restaurant in the southern side of Seoul. We finally decided to take the trip across the river to say hello and try his food. The menu is small but with good options especially for lunch. I ordered the basil pork rice, my foodie partner beef pho, and we shared the shrimp croquette. The food wasn’t too greasy or salty. My foodie partner is pretty picky when it comes to pho soup, but he was impressed. We also tried the thai iced tea and were surprised it wasn’t sickly sweet like how it usually is.

Unfortunately, the location is pretty out of the way for us to visit often, but it’s a solid place if you work nearby, or are looking for lunch with friends in the near the gangnam area.


数ヶ月前、彼氏の高校時代の友達が南ソウルでタイレストランを開いたので、やっと挨拶と料理を食べに行きました。メニューは小さいけど、お昼としては丁度いい品数。私はバジルポークライス、彼はビーフフォ、とエビコロッケをシェア。料理は脂っこすぎず、塩辛すぎず。彼氏はフォのスープには結構こだわるけど、ここは美味しいと頷いてました。タイのアイスティーも普段気持ち悪いぐらい甘いけど、ここは控えてたのでいい意味でびっくりしました。

場所は私たちにとって不便なので、頻繁には行けないけど、近くに働いていたり、カンナム辺りで友達とお昼を探してたら、丁度いいと思います。

eulji myeon oak

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Again, it’s been awhile to update. After coming back from Japan, I still had a week before school started. My foodie partner took a Friday off and after taking care of some business in the Euljiro area, we headed off to eat lunch at his late grandfather’s favourite naengmyeon restaurant. Since it was a weekday lunch, the line was already long with office people but within 15 minutes, we were seated and waiting for our cold noodles. Similar to eulmidae the broth is light and the noodles soft. It was very refreshing on a hot day. Almost a week later, we ended up going again for dinner when we were in the area.

I’m still not a big naengmyeon fan, but in the summer it definitely helps when you’re too hot to think of what to eat.


またお久しぶりですね。日本から戻ってきて、学校が始まるまでまだ1週間あったので、彼氏は金曜日を休みました。ウルチロ辺りでの用事を済ましたら、おじいさんが大好きだった冷麺の店でお昼を食べに行きました。平日のお昼ごろだったので、社員で行列。でも15分も経たない内に、席に座ってて冷麺を待っていました。ウルミデ見たくスープは薄めで麺はあ柔らかい。暑い日には丁度いいさっぱり感。また一週間後、夜ごはんで食べに行きました。

やっぱりまだ韓国冷麺はそこまで好きじゃないけど、暑い夏の日に食べることすら考えられない時には丁度いいかも。

 

sweet boule

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sweet boule

I still haven’t properly learned to make bread, but after I came back from Japan, I got into a baking craze and tried making sweet boule, a soft bread with a cookie custard on top. I still have a long way to go.


スイートブール

まだちゃんとパン作りは教わっていないけど、日本から帰ってきて、急にベーキングにちょっと没頭。だからずっと作ってみたかったスイートブールに挑戦!まだまだだね。

aunt’s bakery

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I forgot to remind my aunt I wanted to learn bread making this time, but we still got to eat her bread! This time was anko bread with a little bit of sakura leaf which gave a nice saltiness to the sweet red bean. And a chocolate chip bread!


おばさんにパン作りを教えてもらうのを頼み忘れたので、今回はできなかったけど、手作りパンはもちろん食べました!あんぱんに桜の葉が飾りとちょっとあんこに塩味。それとチョコチップのパン。モグモグおいしい^^

gusto

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On our last day in Japan, my mom and I headed into Takamatsu by ourselves taking the train. There’s a local gift shop that seemed perfect for buying gifts that would be different than the usual ones from the airport. We forgot this is the countryside though so the train only comes every 20 minutes! We ended up running to the station and just made it seconds before the doors closed.

It was well worth the trip though since we found good food presents. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best location for lunch since the main shopping area was a little too far to walk through. So we decided to go to Gusto, a family restaurant kind of like Denny’s but with a bigger menu, to eat something small. My mom chose strawberry mascarpone pancake and I went with coffee jelly. It was cheap but way too sweet. I felt nauseous afterwards. But finally my first experience at a family restaurant in Japan!

We realized the train only comes once an hour after noon and hurriedly went back to the train station. And when we got off, we realized Kamado (a wagashi store) would have been a better place for us to have tea…


日本最後の日、今度は電車で、お母さんとまた高松に行きました。栗林公園にある香川の名物などが売ってる店があるので、そこで空港よりは違うお土産を買おうと思いました。でも田舎なので、電車が頻繁に来ないことをすっかり忘れ、二人で走ってギリギリ電車に間に合いました。

いいお土産が見つかったので、行ってよかったです。でも場所的には商店街から微妙に遠かったので、お昼を食べる場所がいまいちなかった。なのでガストでちょっと軽いものを食べることにしました。お母さんはイチゴマスカルポーネパンケーキで私はコーヒーゼリー。安いけど甘すぎて、あとで気持ち悪かった。でも初めてのファミレス!お母さんは何十年ぶりだったので、飲み物などがセルフサービスになっててびっくりしてました。

そして電車は一時間ごと来ることに気づいて、急いで駅に戻りました。降りたら、駅の横にかまど…そっちの方がよかったかも…

 

mentaiko pasta

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mentaiko pasta

I actually like pasta but I can’t eat it often because of my stomach. When I do, one of my favorite pasta sauces is mentaiko sauce. It’s a classic Japanese style pasta sauce and very simple to make. As long as you have mentaiko! Or you can always buy the pasta sauce package. But I’m not sure how westerners will take to it though…



明太子パスタ

実はパスタは好きだけど、うまく消化できないので、あまり食べません。でも食べる時、ひとつ好きなのは明太子パスタです。典型的な和風系パスタですね。明太子があれば作るのも簡単だし、なかったらスーパーでパスタソースのパックも簡単に手に入るし!でも西洋人はどうなんでしょうね。

grandpa’s garden

mogumogu_052917.jpgMy grandpa has a nice garden in the back of the house where he experiments growing all kinds of fruits and vegetables. When I was little, I wasn’t so interested but as I became an adult, I started to realize the importance of fruit and vegetables. So whenever I visit, it’s exciting to see what can be eaten this time. Also, my grandpa is kind of impatient, so he’s pulling out plants and planting something new pretty often too.

This time, there were strawberries, spinach, and snow peas. Even a few biwa and this weird red thing called gumi (pretty but tasted bad). And the tomatoes and green plums were just starting to ripen. This year there was also zucchini in the summer and the avocado tree has been steadily growing.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a green thumb… my foodie partner and I have killed almost all of our plants… but I hope someday I can grow a small garden like my grandpa.


私のおじいちゃんは家の裏庭で色々な果物と野菜を育てています。小さい頃は全然興味なかったけど、大人になると果物と野菜の重大さがわかってきますね。だから、遊びに行く時、今度は何が実ってるのかが楽しみです。おじいちゃんもちょっと飽きっぽいので、すぐ植物を植えかえています。

今回はイチゴ、ほうれん草と、スノーピースだったかな。あと、びわと変な赤いグミというものを食べてみた。グミの色は綺麗だけど味はまずい。そしてトマトと青梅も熟し始める頃だった。夏はズッキーニも出てきて、アボカドの木もまだ頑張っています。

残念ながら、私は園芸の才能は全くない…彼氏とほとんどの植物が枯れてしまってる…でもいつかおじいちゃんみたいに小さい庭園を作れるといいな。

fioretto

mogumogu_052817.jpgIt’s been awhile since my last post! I was a bit distracted with some things going on but finally back to eating.

To continue my Japan trip (3 months ago!), during my stay in Kagawa, my aunt took us to a cake shop as always. On our way back from shopping in Takamatsu, we stopped by a shop I hadn’t been to before. My aunt and her husband seem to know all of the cake shops like the back of their hand!

This shop was famous for their roll cake and won an award 2 or 3 years ago. My mom was hoping to eat strawberry shortcake but sadly, it was already sold out. So she went with the house roll cake and I chose the strawberry tart. Later that night, we both enjoyed our cakes while my grandpa watched chuckling as always. I miss how easy it is to find cake in Japan and it’s so much cheaper than Korea…


この一ヶ月いろいろと忙しかったが、やっと集中してモグモグできます。

日本旅行の続き(3ヶ月も前の!)… 香川にいた間、もちろんおばさんがケーキ屋に連れてくれました!高松でショッピングの帰りに行った事のないケーキ屋に寄りました。今回の店はロールケーキが有名みたいで、2〜3年前に賞を獲ってました。お母さんはイチゴショートケーキが食べたかったけど、もう売り切れだったのでロールケーキを選び、私はイチゴタルト。その晩、おじいちゃんがわらない柄、二人で美味しくケーキをいただきました。

日本では簡単いおいしいケーキが見つかるから羨ましい…そして韓国より安い!

ikkaku

mogumogu_052817x.jpgOn the weekend, my aunt and her husband took us out to Takamatsu for some shopping. My mom hoped to find some accessories to wear with her new dress. Unfortunately, after coming from Osaka, the shops were meager in comparison. Instead I bought some local snacks for gifts and ate some yummy gelato. But before all of that, we ate lunch at Kagawa’s famous Ikkaku!

Most people think of udon when they think of Kagawa prefecture. But for locals, Ikkaku – a roasted chicken restaurant, is one of the other famous foods. Even though it’s on the salty side, the chicken comes with cabbage and rice balls. Perfect to dip in the chicken juices! There’s also a chicken broth based soup which feels a bit too much after eating a huge piece of chicken. But if it was a side soup to a traditional Japanese meal, it would be delicious. I wouldn’t be able to eat this often, but if I’m crazy chicken this would be perfect to satisfy.


週末におばさん達が高松まで買い物に連れてくれました。お母さんは新しいドレスと合うアクセを買おうと思っていたが、大阪と比べたらちょっと物足りなかった。私も服を探したが、全然見つからず、お土産用のお菓子を買ってジェラトを食べました。でもショッピングの前にお昼は有名な一鶴で!

香川というと皆さんはほとんどうどんと思いますが、地元の人にとって一鶴は同じぐらいです。骨付き鳥はちょっと塩辛いけど、キャベツとおにぎりが付いてきます。鳥の油につけるのに相性抜群。鶏がらスープは大きい鳥をいっぱい食べた後は無理だけど、普通の定食に出てきたら、美味しいと思う。しょっちゅう食べられないけど、鳥が無性に食べたい時には絶対に満たされる。