cafe knotted

mogumogu_5.jpgAfter taking care of some tax questions, we stopped by Gangnam for lunch. Since the area is full of cafes, I treated myself to some cake after. I had noticed this cafe before and found out the cakes were popular after searching for reviews online.

It’s definitely pricey, but the cakes look fancy and abundantly use some ingredients rare in Korea (they even had an avocado mousse cake!). I chose pistachio raspberry which was a cake heavy with pistachio cream and with some raspberries sandwiched inside. Personally I wished it was only pistachio because the raspberries overpower the light pistachio taste. But S thought it was a good contrast to have. After quickly devouring it, I ended up ordering another cake! This time strawberry mountain which was decorated with thin strawberry slices and whip cream with a strawberry flavored mousse like texture on the inside. It tasted delicate but not quite satisfying too…

Personally, I wouldn’t go here again. The cakes are good with a nice variety but the price is just too much. If you’re looking for something special for a house gift/party, these would be great though.






sticky ricky


Since it opened last spring, I’ve been keeping an eye on Sticky Ricky for it’s American style ice cream. But it’s location was awkwardly close but far from my home so I never had a chance to check it out. Luck would have it, one day we ate lunch nearby so I dragged S for ice cream after. The owner is from Pennsylvania and makes Philadelphia style ice cream which means no eggs. The flavors are very unique such as kochuchang chocolate, honey butter chips. That week was a limited time speculoos using my favorite TJ speculoos butter! Portions are very generous and the ice cream is very sticky like the name. Personally as a New Englander, I realized I prefer the creamy ice cream from back home. Still, I think many expats looking for a taste of home will appreciate this place.

去年の春に開いたアメリカ風アイスクリーム屋のSticky Rickyは前から訪ねてみたかったけど、場所が微妙に近いけど遠いのでなかなか行けずにいました。たまたまある日近くでお昼を食べたのでS君を連れてやっと食べに行きました。店主は元ペンシルベニア出身でフィリースタイルの卵無しのアイスクリームを作っています。種類は変わっていて、コチュジャンチョコレートやはちみつバターチップスなど。その週は限定の好きだったトレジョのスペキュラースバターを使ったスペキュラース味!量は多めで店の名前のようにネバネバしてます。個人的にニューイングランダーとしてはやっぱりクリーミーなアイスクリームが好きなのを気づきました。でもアメリカ人にはここの懐かしいアイスを食べたら故郷を思い出すと思います。

blue room


The day after our wedding, S and I spent a last few hours with my parents after sending everyone else off to the airport. After lunch, we took a walk around changdeokgung but with the chilly autumn breeze decided to rest in a cafe. Changdeokgung is right near daehakro which literally means university street. The area is full of cafes, bars, and restaurants for college kids. I found a minimal looking cafe called Blue Room and we headed there. The interior feels a bit in progress with fold out tables but the earl grey cake and milk tea tasted light but sophisticated. If you’re in the area looking to take a break, this is a nice quiet space.

結婚式の後日、みんなをホテルから見送った後、S君と一緒に両親と最後の数時間を過ごしました。お昼ご飯を食べ、昌徳宮で散歩したら秋の冷たい風のせいで近場のカフェで休むことにしました。昌徳宮は大学路の近くで、大学生行きつけのカフェやバーがたくさん。ミニマルなカフェ、Blue roomをネットで見つけそこに行くことにしました。カフェは折りたたみテーブルなどで準備中感はあるが、アールグレイケーキとミルクティーは上品な味でした。大学路で休憩が必要なら、いい静かなカフェです。

dangwa sangsa


One night we walked over to the next station after dinner and decided to take a dessert break in the area. I had noticed this cafe many times from the car and was always curious with the cute logo. The cafe had a variety of interesting named coffees and a few cakes. Unfortunately no strawberry short cake that day, so I went with the hershey chocolate cake. It had a bit of a mousse like texture but I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake. The next door seating space felt a bit cold with the minimal furniture but what I like best about this place is the branding and goods they sell.


cafe naha


Happy New Year everyone!

As promised, I have returned with a new setup for this blog. I’ve decided to focus on desserts since that’s really one of my favorite foods. I’m making the drawings simpler too. I hope you like this new format.

In the fall S and I went to the hip mangwon area to look for a dinner place and stumbled across this cafe off the main street. The interior reminded me of a kissaten in Japan and it’s menu is Japanese food based as well. We ate dinner here but I also tried the fig smoothie. It was very thick and not so sweet. I really liked the atmosphere here and the teishoku style menu. I wouldn’t mind going again for a low key meal.




july – august


I’m back for a moment but it might be awhile until I update again. It’s been busy lately with some other freelance jobs and concentrating on illustration work. I’m thinking about changing the style of this blog to include more about my life in Seoul and not only food. As much as I love food, we don’t eat out as often and my dinner menu is repetitive lately.

But here are some eats over the summer. A couple of western restaurants and of course, dessert! The second half of summer was pretty uneventful. No travels, not events… I did finish my language school over at Hongdae. But with the end of the summer, things were full with wedding prep, translation, and art market prep. Most of that has quieted down and now I’m re-evaluating this blog and preparing for something bigger! Stay tuned and hopefully I’ll have an update very soon.



passion 5

My love for sweets took us to a large dessert cafe in Itaewon. This place is filled with rows and rows of different cakes and chocolates and sweet breads. After choosing the cakes, we went upstairs to grab a seat. But this was a big mistake. Since it was proper seating area, we had to each buy a drink with the cheapest at about $8! I chose ice hot chocolate which came with actual melted chocolate to pour in milk and ice. It was ok… maybe regular hot chocolate would have been better. For the cakes, the gateaux noir was pretty good. But the banana was too strong for the pistachio banana cake. I couldn’t taste the pistachio at all! Even though there were a lot of dessert options, I don’t know if I would go back here. I think I could find something better nearby.


cold recipe

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!



thai man

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.



eulji myeon oak

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.




mies container

Wow, it’s already been over a month since I finished level 2 of Korean language school. Unfortunately, no big scholarship this time. Apparently I was really close, so I was pretty bummed about it. And my new friend went back to Fukuoka too. But before she left, we hung out one more time after the closing ceremony.

We were debating about what to eat and decided to go somewhere with french fries. I’ve been to Mies Container a couple of times and they have pretty good thin cut french fries. This time we stuck to the plain rather than garlic which can be greasy and too garlicky. We also ordered a cream spaghetti and later garlic bacon pan cheese since my friend thought it wouldn’t be enough food. Boy, do Koreans really love cheese. The cream spaghetti was good but thickly sauced. I was full from that and the french fries, barely touching the pan cheese. It’s really like the name, just cheese and whatever toppings they add. My stomach immediately said “No” after a few bites. Even my friend regretted ordering it.

After my 3rd time coming here, I think I’ll only stick to the fries and MAYBE the pasta salad to share if I’m going to eat a full meal.





mogumogu_050717.jpgDuring my second semester of language school, I finally made a friend! Sadly, it was her last semester in Korea and recently returned to Japan… But during the semester we hung out occasionally eating some good food. We also pared up for one of our pronunciation tests and met up with her Korean language assistant to practice at a cafe in Hongdae.

The cafe menu was hard to read since it is hand written in Korean but we all chose lattes with ice cream on top. I don’t drink coffee so of course mine was Green tea. I was craving something sweet after lunch so it was perfect. I think it’s a well known cafe, but luckily that day wasn’t too crowded. It’s no quiet enough to study but not a bad place to work for a few hours as my foodie partner did while he waited for us to finish. It’s pretty close to school and Sangsu station so not bad to stop by with a friend if you need a couple hours to waste.

語学堂の2学期は友達ができた!でも彼女はその後すぐ日本に帰ってしまいました… 😦 帰国までおしゃべりをたくさんして時々外食も。そして発音テストのためには二人で組んだので、ある日トウミと3人でホンデのカフェでテストの練習。