shilla bakery

mogumogu_050517.jpgWhenever there’s a family gathering with the in-laws, the pastry shop at the Shilla Hotel is our go to for cake. This time we chose ssuk (mugwort) short cake since the color was beautiful. It was actually really good and moist. No leafy taste at all. But the downside was it was hard to cut and fell apart instead. Everyone was also too full from the pizza lunch to eat the cake we brought too 😦 Maybe next time we should choose a smaller cake.


義理の家族と集まりがあるときは、新羅ホテルでケーキを買うのが定番になってきました。今回は色がきれいで(彼氏もヨモギが好きなので)ヨモギのショートケーキを選びました。ケーキはしっとりで生クリーは甘すぎず、本当に美味しかった。でも切りにくくて、完全に崩れてしまいました。みんなもお昼に食べたピザでお腹がいっぱいでケーキも食べてくれなかった 😦 次回はもっと小さいケーキを選んだ方がいいかも。

simmered eggs & radish

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simmered eggs & radish

I wonder why I made this… I must have a lot of radish to use up. Or maybe my foodie partner was having a bad stomach day and I wanted to make something easy to digest. Anyways, it was a good easy classic simmered Japanese dish. Feels hearty but not heavy. Probably more of a fall/winter food rather than in this warm weather though.


大根と卵煮込み

なんでこれ作ったんだろう…大根が余ってたのかな。それとも彼のお腹の調子が悪くて、消化しやすいものを作りたかったのかな。まぁ、簡単で定番の和食ですね。ホクホクで温まる。今の暑い季節より秋冬のほうがいいけど。

fritz coffee

mogumogu_050317.jpgFritz Coffee is a cafe/bakery that started in our neighborhood and has lately expanded around Seoul. The original cafe is in a semi traditional looking 3 floor house (?) with a chill relaxing vibe. The bakery items range from scones, croissants, and cookie/brownies.  I had a scone which was ok but the cookie I tried later was better. I think the cafe is most famous for the coffee though. They sell their own branded and packaged beans and have won several barista awards. The branding design reminds me of retro Korea and the walrus logo is pretty adorable. It’s definitely a hip place popular with the young crowd and instagrammers. Personally, we like the varied option at the bakery closer to our apartment. But I recommend if you’re south of Gongdeok station or need a place to chill with friends!


フリッツコーヒーは近所で始まったカフェベーカリー。そして最近人気を誇り、ソウルで拡大中。本店は伝統的っぽいような3回建の家(?)でゆっくりできる空間。ベーカリーはスコーン、クロワッサンやクッキーとブラウニー。スコーンを食べてみたけど、まぁまぁ。後で食べたクッキーの方が美味しかった。でもカフェはどちらかといえばコーヒーが有名。バリスタ大会で数々受賞し、自社のコーヒー豆も販売。ブランディングデザインはレトロっぽく、セイウチのマスコットも可愛い。若者には人気のカフェですね。私たちはアパートの近くにあるパンの種類が多いパン屋の方が好きだけどね。でもコンドク駅の南側で一休みを求めていたらお勧めです。

isaac toast

mogumogu_050117.jpgSometimes we watch the youtube channel Korean Englishman and in one episode, they stop by Isaac Toast with Ollie’s father. My foodie partner was curious if it’s as good as they were raving, so after my class ended on labor day (I still had school!), we decided to stop by for lunch. There are about 10-13 different sandwiches all under 4000 won. I went with the hot chicken mvp which included those funky cafeteria type meat sausages, lettuce, egg and some delicious sauce! The toast could be crunchier but probably soaks up the sauce quickly. With the price and ample sandwich options compared to the street toast vendors, we could see the reason for Isaac Toast’s popularity. Since then, we’ve been back about 2-3 times for an easy quick lunch.


時々人気のyoutubeチャンネルKorean Englishmanを見るが、あるエピソードでは、カメラマンのオリーのお父さんとイサックトーストに行ってました。トーストを絶賛していたので、彼氏は本当に美味しいのか気になり、韓国の労働者の日、授業が終わった後(そう、私はまだ学校があった!)、お昼を食べに行ってみました。10~13種類のサンドウィッチは全て4000ウォン以下。私はホットチキンmvpを選び、中身はアメリカの学食によくある奇妙なソーセージ、レタス、卵、そして美味しいソース!パンはもう少しサクサクなら良かったけど、多分ソースを吸収してグニャ。値段とたくさんのトーストの種類を屋台のトーストと比べたら、イサックトーストの人気が納得できる。それから、私たちも簡単で早いお昼を食べに2−3回行ってます。

dangdo

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I’ve probably mentioned this before, but Korea’s ice cream scene is still pretty lacking. Especially north of the river. There are a couple places in Hongdae but nothing I can call a regular spot. But one weekend we tried out the Seoul city rental bikes and biked to the upcoming hip Mangwon dong. Truthfully, we were pretty disappointed since the cafes felt spread out and hidden. If you know where you’re going it might be fun, but if you’re looking to stumble across something… we didn’t have much luck. But through the mangoplate app, I found a gelato store! Dangdo is a tiny shop but has at least 10 rotating flavors that skew towards the unique. There are also an ample amount of fruity flavors — good for my foodie partner 😉 The first time was green tea and black sesame, which my foodie partner wasn’t a fan of. But a few weeks later we went back and I chose pistachio and strawberry. The price is reasonable although there is only 1 size plus a take home pack. And they’ll add a tasting scoop of one flavor you’re curious about too!


前にも話したと思うが、韓国のアイスクリームはまだまだです。特に川の北側。ホンデには何ヶ所かあるが、行きつけはない。でもある週末ソウル市のレンタル自転車を借りて、最近流行りのマンウォンまで行きました。カフェは以外と探しづらく、隠れていて、ちょっとがっかり。行く場所が決まっていたら楽しいかもしれないけど、偶然探すのは難しいかも?私たちはその点には運がなかったね。でもアプリで探してみたら、ジェラト屋発見!ダンドは小さいけど、10週類のアイスが毎週ぐらい変わる。どっちかといえば、アイスの種類は変わっていて、さっぱりフルーツ系も多い。最初は私の好きな抹茶と黒胡麻(彼氏は好きじゃなかった)。数週間後の2回目はピスタチオとイチゴ。値段はリーズナブルだけど、サイズは一つと持ち帰り用だけ。でも最後に気になる味も一口くれます。

korean melon

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Korea has their own melon! The first time I saw this was when I visited Korea for the first time with my friend in 2009. I actually like melon (except watermelon) but Korean melon’s texture feels closer to pear. Maybe the taste too. So… I’m not a fan. But it works well in our morning fruit juice.


韓国には韓国メロンがあります!調べてみたら日本ではウリですね。2009年初めて韓国に訪れた時、友達の家で食べてみました。実はメロンは好きです。スイカを除いて。でも韓国メロンの食感と味は梨っぽい。だからそんなに…でも朝のジュースなら大丈夫!

eulmidae

mogumogu_042317.jpgOn the walk home from school, I always pass by a restaurant with at least 10 people waiting outside. I told my foodie partner excitedly that there seemed to be a popular restaurant nearby our apartment and found out this was the pyeong yang naengmyeon place he had mentioned when he first moved in. I’ve tried pyeong yang naengmyeon before but this is one of the authentic restaurants. The broth is very subtle that at first tastes almost bland but by the end tastes rich and full. It’s very refreshing and perfect to cool down from the summer heat. The noodles are also on the soft side rather than the usual chewy type. They also have a nokdu jeon (mungbean pancake) with pieces of pork which is well worth trying. The flavor is much stronger than the naengmyeon but doesn’t overpower the subtleness of the noodle broth. Even if the line is long, don’t let that deter you. There is ample seating with 4 different seating areas so the wait shouldn’t take too long.


学校の帰りにいつも10人以上並んでるレストランを通り過ぎます。急いで彼氏に家の近くに人気のあるレストランがあると教えたら、なんとそこは引越し当時両親と寄ったピョンヤン冷麺の店でした。何度かピョンヤン冷麺は食べたことはあるが、ここは本場の味。最初出汁は薄くて水っぽいかもしれないが、食べていくうちコクと深みがでてくる。さっぱりして、蒸し暑い夏には最適。麺は柔らけめでいつも見る腰のある麺より噛みやすい。そして豚肉の緑豆のチヂミもオススメです。味は冷麺より濃いけど、あいます。列は長くても諦めないでください!座席は4ヶ所もあるので、待ち時間はそんなに長くかからないはずです。

and lab

mogumogu_042117.jpgMy language program has 2 cultural days per semester. The first one for the spring was a trip to Everland! I was excited to finally go to an amusement park but ended up being pretty disappointed… There were barely any roller coasters and the lines were too long. In the end we walked around the zoo and flower garden, trying to waste time at the end.

After being bus sick twice that day, I walked home from school to meet my foodie partner for dinner. I had recently been following a japanese expat bloggers site who had mentioned a japanese izakaya and ramen place that opened nearby our train station. So we decided to try it out the izakaya first. The food was pretty good but the sake options were mainly bottle only. After satisfying our stomachs, my foodie partner exclaimed he wanted to go to itaewon.

We hopped on the train and wandered around looking for a dessert cafe we hadn’t tried yet. And suddenly I notice a familiar figure. My foodie partner’s friend! They chatted for a second before we headed onto our destination — And Lab. Unfortunately, there were only 2 cake choices left. I had been hoping for the mont blanc but at least there was my favorite pistachio! We also ordered the milk assam tea. Pricey but surprisingly very delicious. The cake was good too but not as pistachio as I hoped. The place was crowded even an hour left to closing. I would much rather come during the day and snag dessert when there are more options. Oh, and on our way home, I tripped on the stairs to the subway and ended the day with a big bruise on my knee.


私の語学堂は1学期に2回文化体験があります。春学期の最初の遠足はエバーランド!やっと遊園地に行けて張り切ってたけど、がっかりしました。ジェットコースターが少なく、全部行列。結果的、動物園と花園を見学だけで、最後の2時間はどうにか潰そうとダラダラ。

その日は2回もバス酔いしたので、学校から家まで歩いて、彼と夜ご飯を食べに会いました。最近在韓日本人のブログを読み始めて、近所に日本人経営のラーメン屋と居酒屋ができたと読み、最初は居酒屋を試してみることに。料理は美味しかったけど、お酒はほとんどボトルオンリー。お腹を満たしたら、急に彼がイテワォンに行きたいと。

電車に乗り、デザートを探しながらイテワォンをウロウロ。そしたら、見覚えのある顔。なんと彼の友達!ちょっとおしゃべりしてから、デザートカフェのAnd Labにゴー。残念ながらケーキは2種類しか残っていなかった。モンブランを食べたかったけど、ピスタチオはまだ残ってた!ミルクアサム茶も頼みました。高いけど、まろやかでとても美味しい!ケーキも良かったけど、ピスタチオ味は薄い。閉店1時間前だったのに満席。私は午前中にもっとケーキのする意があるときに行きたいかな…そしてその日の帰りは、地下鉄の階段で転んで、膝に大きいアザ。

deux cremes

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My second dress shop visit to Reehue with the same friend. This place had a lot of body fitting lace dresses from what I saw online, so I also didn’t have my hopes high but thought length wise would be better. Although there is a fitting fee again, the number of dresses is limitless! I tried on at least 5 and found 1 that was a strong candidate. The length was perfect, with capped sleeves and dress style I liked. I didn’t even require any adjustment. The only weak point was the lace usage at the bottom which made me hesitate. The rental price was reasonable and included various belts, hair accessories, and shoes. I really recommend this shop for shorter ladies or if you’re looking for a nice simple cocktail style dress. The employees are genuinely helpful too.

After oohing and ahhing over the dresses, we left to grab dinner and dessert at garosugil. Dinner was jokbal (pig’s feet) — my first time trying it! Lots of collagen but also very heavy and filling. But of course dessert always fits! We headed down to Deux Cremes, one of the first dessert cafes in the area back in the late 2000s when garosugil first started booming. We debated over at least 10-12 different types of tarts until choosing strawberry pistachio and caramel tiramisu tart. It was good but the tart is flaky rather than crunchy, which we both were a bit disappointed about. Personally, I wouldn’t choose to go here again, but it wouldn’t be bad for grabbing dessert  for a friend’s party.


2回目のドレスショップ訪問はまたチョンダムドンにあるReehue、また同じ友達と。ネットで見たらレースのボディコン系のドレスが多いから、期待はしてなかったが、長さ的に良さそうだった。やっぱり試着量はあるけど、試着数は無限!5着ぐらい着てみて、1つ強い候補を見つけました。長さはちょうどで、キャップスリブと好きなドレススタイル。直しも必要なかった。マイナス点は裾にあるレースの使い方。でもレンタル料は悪くなく、ベルト、ヘアアクセ、靴も含まれてる。この店は背の低い女性や、シンプルなカクテルドレスを探してる時にオススメです。店員さんたちもとても親切に接してくれました。

他のドレスを眺めたら、カロスキルで夜ご飯とデザートを食べに行きました。夜ご飯は初挑戦のチョッパル(豚の足)。コラーゲンたっぷりだけど結構重い。でもデザートはいつも食べれるよ!今回はデュクレム、2000年後半カロスキルが流行りだした頃からのデザートカフェ。10種類以上のタルトから悩んでイチゴピスタチオとキャラメルティラミスを選びました。美味しかったけど、タルトはサクサク系より層が重なってて少しパサパサ。二人でちょっとがっかり…自分からは行きたいと思わないけど、友達のパーティにデザートを持って行くのにはいいかも。

 

june

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Time flies – it’s already June! I finished my second semester of Korean school and took another trip to Japan to visit relatives. With the first half of the year coming to an end, I’m hoping to make some progress on my goals for the year. And find a dress!


もう6月です!早いね。5月は語学堂の2学期を無事終え、親戚を会いに日本にも行きました。今月いっぱいで半年も経つ、それまでに今年の目標が少し進展しますように。そしてドレスも見つかりますように!

pot au feu

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pot au feu

Lately, I’ve been into buying huge cabbages from the local grocery near our apartment. And to use it up, pot au feu has become my go to recipe since I already have most ingredients on hand. It’s a simple and good way to get more vegetables into your diet. Of course the flavor all comes down to the consommé base. It doesn’t really work for lunch, but I think a couple days worth of dinner for busy single people.


ポトフ

最近近場の八百屋さんででかいキャベツをよく買っています。そして使い切るのに、ポトフを作っています。ほとんどの材料はいつも家にあるし、作るのも簡単で、野菜もたくさん食べられる。最終的に味はコンソメで決まるけどね。お弁当としては使えないけど、忙しい一人暮らしの方には数日間の夜ご飯にはなるじゃないのかと。

cheong nyeon jang sankkun

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I’ve been to this place numerous time, but their fries are delicious!!! There are only two types, basic and cajun. Personally the cajun is much better because it’s thin cut and crispy, rather than the basic thick wedge style. But the best part is the 12+ different sauces to choose from. I like the house sauce best but you can’t really go wrong with any of them. They also have sweet potato fries (so-so), chicken tenders (must get!), and cheese sticks (I’m not a big cheese person, but also good). The service is really good, and the atmosphere is cozy too. They serve beer in measuring cups which is fun too. They don’t open until 4pm because it’s more of a drinking place, but if you go before 7, they’ll size up your fries. The business model is pretty great too, since the servers are hired as actual employees rather than part time. I can enjoy my fries knowing I’m supporting a good business 🙂


ここでは何回か寄ってるけど、とにかくポテトフライがうまい!フライは二種類、オリジナルとケージャン。好み的には細くてパリパリなケージャンスタイルが厚切りのオリジナルよりは好き。でも一番いいところは、12 種類以上のソース。ハウスソースが一番美味しいと思うけど、どれを選んでも間違いはない。あとはさつまいもフライ(まぁまぁ)、チキンテンダー(必須!)、チースステック(大量のチーズは苦手だけど、美味しい)。サービスも良くて、雰囲気も居心地いい。ビールは計量カップに注いで面白い。一応飲み屋なので4時過ぎまで開かないが、7時前に行くと、フライのサイズをサービスとして、サイズアップします。ビジネスモデルもいいです。スタッフはアルバイトではなくちゃんと社員として雇います。いい営業を応援しながらフライを楽しめられところもポイントです。