With this week being a three-day weekend (huzzah for 4th of July!), I worked when I worked, and I met friends when I was off, which was full of food adventures, of which most of it was spent in this one alley near my house.
Technically, my adventures started on Saturday, June 28th. This one alley has been slowly opening up new restaurants and drink establishments, but I still consider it 95% residential, so I hardly ever go down there. However, a new pastry shop opened up, and I read about this one Japanese restaurant that I wanted to try, so on last Saturday, I ventured out for a short walk to explore that alley. I found the Japanese restaurant, and I visited “Eclair by Garuharu”, where they sell mostly eclairs, macarons, and chocolate-based drinks. The eclairs were 5,500 won a piece ($5.50 USD), and they were pretty small. They tasted good, but I did not like the price or the size. After “Eclair by Garuharu”, I did a loop around the block to look for this curry place I also heard about, and I found it with every inclinations to visit it another day.
My workplace field trip this week took us to “Everland”, the so-called “Disney Land” of South Korea forty minutes outside of Seoul. It was an okay trip, where I saw an awesome polar bear (the park also has a small zoo) and an adorable baby fennec fox. Really, though, the penguin popcorn carrier was the highlight of this trip. It’s one of the cutest contraption I’ve ever seen, so I had to buy it. It was a bit pricey at 13,500 won ($13.50 USD), but carrier’s reusable, so that made up for the price. I gave that cute little guy to my mum, and she decided to turn into a money bank. XD;;
After work on Thursday, which was pretty much the start of my three-day weekend, I met up with Bunny-unnie. We made plans to tackle the curry and the Japanese restaurant. We decided to have a late lunch at the curry restaurant, a late dinner at the Japanese restaurant, with a stay at a cafe in between. We chose the curry one first because the Japanese restaurant was on a break. We headed to the curry restaurant called “Tonic Curry”. I paid 8,000 won ($8.00 USD) for this tomato and meatball curry. It was really good. I could tell it was home-made, and not some pre-packaged gunk. Bunny-unnie got their chicken curry, which was too spicy for me, but it still tasted good with a kick.
Afterwards, we walked down that alley, I pointed out “Mesiya”, the Japanese restaurant, and we decided to go to this cafe called “by 92”. We stayed there, listening to their collection of opera songs and classical pieces. Our mood soured, though, when we went to “Mesiya”. We got there by 7:45, and we saw that they were closed, and they hadn’t mentioned anything of the sort on their Facebook page. In the end, we decided to get some Thai food at “Taste of Thailand”, where I got a chicken pad khee mao (aka drunken noodles) for 12,000 won ($12.00 USD).
On 4th of July, I met up with my friend C. I recommended that we eat at “Trevia Pizza di Roma”, so we spent 31,000 won ($31.00 USD) for the siciliana and quattro formaggi pizzas, the bread and salami set, and a grapefruitade and orangeade. Everything was great! Then we headed up to Seoul Tower since C. never been there, and we visited Hannam Village since the place will close down this December.
For dinner, C. listened to three of my recommendations, and he picked “Mesiya”. They were opened (thank goodness!). Here, they only sell one set meal for 12,000 won ($12.00 USD). That day’s set was rice with furikake, this fish dish that was candied up with some sweet sauce and came with peanuts and sunflower seeds, daikon, miso soup, fruits, and three different croquettes — potato, curry, and cheesy potato. I really liked this meal — so healthy and filling! Before we left, I told the owner to please update their Facebook page if they are going to be closed.
On Saturday, I met K-unnie. I originally was going to go up to Uijeongbu to visit her, but she told me that the area was too country, so she’d rather come down to Seoul because there are more things to do and see here. I obliged, and we went on base since she hadn’t seen it in a while. We did a pit stop at Starbucks, and then she suggested we go to “Eunmilhan Bapsang”, a Korean-fusion restaurant. There, I got the green curry chicken set for 13,000 won ($13.00). It was delicious! I actually am not fond of green curry, but this green curry tasted super amazing, not as bland as the other green curries I’ve had at the Thai restaurants here.
Afterwards, we walked around Itaewon, went into a couple of accessory stores, and then I took her to “Glamorous Penguin”, this awesome cake shop that I’ve been to once last December. Each slice of cake was 7,000 won a piece ($7.00 USD). By the time we got there, they only had the carrot cake and the red velvet cake left in their display. I chose to get both slices. Both cake tasted great, but the carrot cake was better than the red velvet one. Not long after, we parted, and I bought some beef curry at “Tonic Curry” for my mum to try.
Thus comes to the end of my crazy food adventures amongst all my socialising. Whew! I’m knackered. Time to be a bum on Sunday!