Summer Holiday: Korea

Hello hello~ I’m finally back to updating this infernal thing. I’d really love to say that I don’t know what I do with all my free time that I never go on Facebook, Gmail, or WordPress, but that’d be an utter lie. I spend all my evenings either eating out and/or watching TV shows while simultaneously reading or translating manga/hwa.

My summer holiday was amazing. It was nice being back in Korea and seeing all my friends living there, and it was such a relief to be able to understand people again. AND I could read everything! EVERYTHING! Not that I understood all the things I was reading but damnit, I could read it all. Kanji can seriously just go curl up and die somewhere, preferably alone. And on fire.

Of course I made a stop at the Hello Kitty Café, as per tradition.

… And had a Baskin’ Robbins cake.

A water bottle popped in my bag and I had to dry all my money. I tried to do this:

But all the won just beelined to the floor instead of gently fluttering down.

I miss having easy access to Korean-Chinese food so much. Jjajangmyun! Tangsooyook! My beloved, now into eternity!

This is supposedly only 4 servings of chicken … right.

I just love Korea.  I love the countless cafes, the fact that young people are actually aware of foreign pop culture, the super cheap BBQ joints, the hordes of people walking around tracks at night, and even the hunt for things in my size.  I love being automatically recognized as a Korean, eating at street stalls late at night, taking cabs everywhere without paying a small fortune, and feeling invincible.

I can’t wait to go back.

I plan to go every year for the rest of my life.

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Korea: A Gastronomical Love Story

Seoul


Simple brunch buffet in Guui


Formaggio Burger @ Cook n’ Heim

Anyang


Brownie and Tiramisu Cupcake @ Mingle

Cheonan


Mocha Latte


The best roast duck you will ever eat

Uijeongbu


Salty and caramel popcorn @ the movies

Daegu


Jjim dalk (braised chicken) in Downtown Daegu

Busan


Extremely spicy ddukbokki and dumplings by Haeundae Beach


A waffle, strawberry ice cream, and mint latte @ Coya Coffee


Seafood yakiudon @ the Lotte Department Store

Miyagi Museum of Art

I was itching to go to a museum so when Steph (who is GREAT btw) said she was swinging towards Sendai, I hopped onboard and then we parted ways after breakfast.


Breakfast @ Delifrance. Salmon quiche and coffee. Yum.

God, I remember when I used to refuse to go do things alone and that’s why I never did anything in college. Or high school. Oh, all the delicious foods I could have had ….

In any case, I went to The Miyagi Museum of Art.

There were these rigid uniformed ladies standing or sitting every twenty paces watching my every move. One informed me that there were no pictures allowed and another took away my pen privileges. Message. Received.

BUT there were some cool sculptures outside.


There is a swank little tapas bar by the station that I can’t really locate on Google Maps because there is a bus in the way on street view where it could possibly be. It’s a bit pricey but they have a great selection of tea and tapas. Also, one of the waitresses speaks perfect English (apparently she lived in Canada for a few years).