Blogger Hangout: Chansoriya

Blogger Hangout: Chansoriya

I met another blogger, Chansoriya! She and I hadn’t known each other online that long, but we still met up. After all, I never turn down the opportunity to meet another blogger who visits here! She came to Seoul for two weeks, and I was able to meet up with her twice — a blessing since my commuting has made things a bit difficult with my social life. We met, had great food and drinks, and enjoyed each other’s company. I must say, it was a fabulous hangout!

Chansoriya & TC!

We first met up at Hapjeong Station, where after a brief stop at the Nature Republic in the station, we went to Itaewon. We walked around the main drag a bit for her to get a feel of the place. Our walk eventually led us to my turf, and it made us both hungry. We ate at this little mom and pop Korean diner. Chansoriya experienced the joy of cheap Korean food with some gimbap and cheese ramen. Our next stop led us to Berkeley Coffee Social, one of my favourite coffee shops in the area. The photo above was taken there.

Lavender and Chamomile Kombucha at Fat Cat

After we talked our lips off, we took a bus up to Namsan Park. Chansoriya really liked the park, which made me happy! I only suggested it out of the blue because it was nearby. We walked around the park and surrounded ourselves with nature, which brought us some peace and relaxation. I think we both needed that, haha! The walk not only de-stressed us, but it made us hungry again! We walked down to Fat Cat for some late munchies. I had the lavender and chamomile kombucha and this amazing carrot cake — the best I’ve had in Seoul. We ended our evening on a very pleasant note.

Korean BBQ

The second and last time we met was after my commute into Seoul on a Friday night. Since she hadn’t had Korean BBQ yet, I couldn’t let her leave here without experiencing it in Korea! We went to this restaurant I’d been wanting to try for the past few weeks, and we had galbisal, which are boneless ribs. Our meal came with this weird . . . meat shell (고기 껍데기), so says Google Translate. That was my first time even seeing that thing, and it was like chewing on some super hard piece of fat. Yech! Thankfully, the galbisal tasted way better. We also ordered the extra kimchi jjigae and doenjang jjigae for 2,000 won each. Oh, my goodness. I fell in love with their jjigae! Chansoriya and I had a great dinner; we complemented our meal with a cocktail at Noxa Oriental. Chansoriya treated us to that, which was so sweet of her! On top of that, the owner of Noxa Oriental unexpectedly gave us a complimentary cheese and cracker set with our drinks :D

All in all, I had a blast with Chansoriya. We had so much fun, and our conversations were super engaging. We talked about so many topics ranging from Korean culture and history to anime and manga to Japanese culture and so forth so on. I found it interesting that we didn’t communicate a lot online, but when we met in person, it was like we’d been friends for a long time. I am thankful that we were able to meet in person!


  1. Tara, your blogger meet up is on FIRE! Good on you for getting the chance to meet other bloggers.

    If I get the chance to go to South Korea, you’ll be the first person I’d like to meet up with and we’ll eat all the good Korean food, especially BBQ. :D

  2. That is so wonderful, I am glad that you had a good time and were able to hit it off so well. :D

  3. Wow! That looked awesome. And you guys seem to to enjoy it a lot. Meeting another Blogger would be nice. I’m just too awkward, so I don’t think I can do it. :(

  4. Honestly, you’re the only one I know that met up with a lot of bloggers! And it always look like you guys have a blast!

    PS. I’m noting down the places you took her to for my Korea trip, lol.

    • Ahahaha! I’m sure there are plenty of other bloggers who meet other bloggers ^^;; I just kind of take the opportunity when given to me!

  5. It’s so awesome that you’re meeting other bloggers and that you’re having a great time together! If ever I come to Korea I should really contact you :) I bet we’ll have loads of fun. Haha! But I apologize in advance for my awkwardness, lol!

    All that food looks really good and appetizing! Yum! :)

    • No need to apologise about your awkwardness! I think we’re all awkward in our own ways XD;;;

      And yes, hit me up if you ever come here!

  6. It’s cool that you got to meet up with Chanosoriya!! I’m glad to hear that you got to find time aside from your crazy commute at your new work to meet up with her. Even better, you both enjoyed good food!!

    Sounds like the both of you enjoyed your time together! You’re the real MVP for giving her an authentic taste of SK 😜

    I need to vacation at SK one of these days!! We can go eat all of the delicious Korean BBQ and drink some delish cocktails ;)

    • Yes! Get over here! I’ll show you a good time :D And we can do a lot of KBBQs and drink cocktails! That sounds like a great plan ^_^

  7. Wow, this is the year of blogger hangouts for you! So awesome that you met up with another one :) I don’t think I know Chansoriya, so I’ll have to check out her blog! I’m glad you guys had such a good time and really hit it off!

    • This is definitely the year of blogger hangouts for me! I think this is the most I’ve met except for all the meetups I did in Tokyo!

  8. I’ve always wanted to try Korean BBQ! Looks delicious.
    I can’t imagine how exciting it must be to meet a fellow blogger in person. I’m glad you had a good time!

    • It was exciting! I’m always thrilled when I meet other bloggers. If you ever get the chance to try Korean BBQ, I hope you’ll like it :)

  9. Berkeley Coffee Social, how American. :p

    Seriously, though, Tara, you need to write a memoir about meeting bloggers in Seoul. You’ve done it too many times now.

  10. How awesome!! I love that you’re able to meet with so many bloggers! As Tiny May mentioned above, your blog meetup is on FIRE!!! XD

    Hope you’re adjusting well to your new commute too!! <3

    • Yes! I’ve been enjoying my blogger hangouts! This is definitely year to meet so many bloggers! XD

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