Kimpira (김피라): Not Your Basic Korean Street Food

Kimpira is a place I’ve been meaning to blog about for a long time now. When I first came across it in Hongdae a few years back, it was Korean comfort food heaven. The name “Kimpira” is a combination of the words kimbab, pizza and ramen; the essence of their menu. Then a few years later, their menu changed and it was wildly disappointing, so … Continue reading Kimpira (김피라): Not Your Basic Korean Street Food

Hongdae Street Food Challenge

Hongdae is a great place to experience Korean culture. It’s known for its nightlife, fashion and art scene. As of late, it has  also become a great place to indulge in some super tasty street food. While I’ve written posts before about some of Hongdae’s street food stalls like Mr. Churro and Hong Cup, I’ve decided to make an updated post with a video. Warning: This … Continue reading Hongdae Street Food Challenge

연어상회: All You Can Eat Salmon Sashimi

연어상회 isn’t really a new restaurant, but it seems to have gotten more traction as of late since they seem to be popping up in almost every neighborhood. Outside of the native Korean community, I can’t say I’ve met too many people who have even heard of this place, but you should. Here’s why. 연어상회 is an all you can eat salmon sashimi restaurant. It’s … Continue reading 연어상회: All You Can Eat Salmon Sashimi

Darling’s Cake (달링스케익)

Back in November we celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday. Having been together for so long, it has become increasingly difficult to come up with fun new ways to surprise him each year. So, I decided to create a scavenger hunt to lead him to the clues, presents or places I had planned for him. One of the activities I had planned was taking my boyfriend to a … Continue reading Darling’s Cake (달링스케익)

몬스터 치즈 떡볶이 (Monster Cheese Tteokbokki)

I love Korean street food, especially in the winter time. There is nothing quite like slipping into a little tent full of hot, cheap, delicious food on a chilly day and eating to your heart’s content. 오뎅 (odeng) aka fishcake, is probably one of the cheapest types of street food you can find and there are lots of different types to choose from. A few months … Continue reading 몬스터 치즈 떡볶이 (Monster Cheese Tteokbokki)

Decoa Balim (데코아발림)

The name Decoa Balim comes from the combination of the words “decorations” and “cocoa balim,” which is some type of cacao. Owner Oh Seung Jin wanted to create a unique name that would capture the decorative interior of his shop along with the chocolate that is used in many of his desserts. While Decoa Balim has been around for the past 8 or 9 years, I was first introduced to it … Continue reading Decoa Balim (데코아발림)

Hongdae’s NEW Hello Kitty Cafe

Hongdae’s Hello Kitty Cafe has got to be one of the neighborhood’s biggest attractions. Down a small alley on Hongdae’s busiest shopping street stood a lovely two story bright pink cafe, with that iconic HK bow on it. Everyday, tons of foreigners and tourists flocked there just to take in the intense amount of cuteness that is Hello Kitty. This is why I found it … Continue reading Hongdae’s NEW Hello Kitty Cafe

Vanilla Kitchen: Have Your Cake & Eat It Too

Vanilla Kitchen is what I would imagine Martha Stewart’s kitchen to look like; clean cut and simple, yet warm and homey. Fresh and dried flowers can be found along the walls and on every table. Soft splashes of blues, purples and grays color the furniture and walls with a lovely feminine touch. A small library of cook books occupies one wall, tempting all who feel … Continue reading Vanilla Kitchen: Have Your Cake & Eat It Too