[eat] Patbingsu at 설빙 (Sulbing)

It’s already mid-September, and writing about the ubiquitous ultimate Korean coping method against the perennial summer heat, i.e. patbingsu aka shaved ice with stuffs on top (which I had written a lot about) seems like a proper act of trolling. Well, I’m all for trolling, so here we go again.

Let’s chat for a bit. If you are a moderately long time resident in this fine city, you would notice that sometimes a food/drink chain would pop outta nowhere. All of a sudden, all over the city, you see that same chain store. Summer is the particular season for that kind of culinary outbreak. I could name a few names here, but let’s just stick to patbingsu. Last year we had 옥루몽–that traditional-looking chain resto with wooden decor serving traditional-styled patbingsu with humble red beans and tteok. 옥루몽 was seriously everywhere last summer. Everyone seemed to eat at 옥루몽. I mean, a touch of tradition amid all those fancy twisted patbingsu with strawberries and tiramisu seemed like a recipe for success at the time. Too bad, this summer, 옥루몽 is so last year (and it actually is). The new buzz of da city is the bigger, sleeker 설빙 (sulbing) http://sulbing.com

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[eat] Burrito & Taco at Latino Grill @ Edae, Seoul

I try my best to not be a whiner on the Internet, but I really need to rant. My back gave out on me this morning. I have been having a minor (?) problem with my lower back muscles for >6 months, but today was particularly rough. After getting up and brushing my teeth like a normal person, I stooped down to grab for my shoes and CRACKKKKKKKKKK I felt as if my back had broken in two. I immediately collapsed and have been lying on bed/walking around in my room for the past 12 hours. My back is still hurt severely. That said, anyone has back muscle problem before? Anyway to deal with it? Do I need a surgery? I got all freaked out lying on my own with an empty stomach and weeping big tears like Peter the rabbit caught in Mr. McGregor’s garden. It’s hard to live on your own sometimes I tell you.

Anyway, 2 days ago, when the healthy me was wandering around Edae looking for something to eat I stumbled upon a place called Latino Grill. Somebody had mentioned the name before, along with some compliments. ¿Comida Mexicana para cena? ¿Por qué no? Mumbling some broken español to myself, I bravely crossed the threshold of the tiny place.

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[eat] A Chicken Chronicle, or How I Gorged Myself on Chicken in May

Let’s get it straight, I am a chicken addict. Last month I ate chicken so many times that I decided to postpone writing about every single occasion, and instead only wrote about the two times at the flippin’ good 오늘통닭 & the flipfloppin’ awesome 자연담은 치킨&호프. As for other occasions, those which gave me less of that starstruck, wide-eyed, fascination, are what I will compile in this post today.

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[cafe] The quiet little Cafe Bueno @ Edae, Seoul

Hidden in a backstreet of the busy Edae neighborhood is a lovely, peaceful cafe called Cafe Bueno. The array of colorful flowers right outside large windows of Cafe Bueno caught my eyes instantly. Body temperature elevated and feet sore from all my walking during the day, an iced Americano and a waffle with ice cream in a spacious quiet cafe was all that I needed.

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[tea house] A beautiful tea house: Trinitea @ Edae, Seoul

I must say that I have been spending lots of time looking for nice cafes/tea houses these days. The weather is just too nice to stay at home, yet it is SO sunny and hot that I feel like spending my afternoon in a spacious cafe/tea house with lots of windows and space would be the only sensible thing to do. Fortunately, the Sinchon-Edae area is just packed with numerous cafes/tea houses, among which a few stand out for me when it comes to space. Trinitea is one of them.

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[eat] Waffles at Waffle It Up & Mint Oreo Choco Latte at Gridaggum @ Edae, Seoul

Yesterday, after commuting on the train for 4 hours, stuffing ourselves with Uzbekistani & Vietnamese food (authentic stuffs, tasted like heaven, will blog later), the lowcarb buddy and I still braved the streets of Edae for some shopping (girls are serious when it comes to shopping). Before our inevitable collapse (we had been traveling across Seoul, doing lots of walking, and eating an inestimable amount of food over the past 2 days), we still managed to trudge to Waffle It Up–a tiny waffle place in Edae for more calories~~

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[eat] My most favorite waffle place: Waffle Bant @ Sinchon & Hongdae, Seoul

Ah Waffle Bant–how I love thee. Though I did write about Waffle Bant once in a compilation post, I feel like I didn’t give it the honor it deserves.
A few days ago I noticed that “Best waffle seoul” appeared in my Stats’ Search engine terms. Best waffle? Of course it can only be found at Waffle Bant. Waffle Bant is a Korean brand founded in 2001 with branches all over the country. The place specializes in waffles (obviously) and at the same time offers some amazing drinks (for menu please check http://wafflebant.com).

Waffles are like steak–the best waffles are those who can shine on their own without all the fancy topping and/or ice cream/whipped cream to boost, just like how a good steak needs no sauce or even a grain of salt. Don’t get me wrong, I love whipped cream and a scoop of ice cream is always welcome, but it is far nicer to enjoy a genuinely delicious waffle in its utmost simplicity. So far, only Waffle Bant can give me that unpretentious taste.

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[eat] Delicious naengmyeon (cold noodle) with meat at 고쌈냉면 @ Edae, Seoul

Whenever I ask my Korean or non-Korean friends what they think about naengmyeon (cold noodles), they say: it’s okay. Some even go as far as solemnly warn me: don’t try it.
It’s ok? Not so enthusiastic isn’t it? I have been veryyyyyy curious about naengmyeon, but I never wanted to try it :\ I mean, cold noodles? Aren’t noodles supposed to be hot? For a gal coming from a country where people eat (hot) noodle in all forms and all the time, cold noodle is a totally bizarre concept. And those who have tried naengmyeon all told me tha there is just nothing special about the dish. So it is noodle, and it is cold. And that’s it.

I am a very emotional, subjective, and biased person. When I have made up my mind that I don’t like something, I rarely change my decision. I pretty much decided that I wouldn’t try naengmyeon because I didn’t like it (lol), until today. For lunch today I walked to Edae to try a really cool looking hot-chicken tonkkatsu place, but it was not open. After walking around with my belly yelling for food, I stumbled upon a Naengmyeon-with-meat restaurant. It was only 5500 KRW for a bowl of naengmyeong with grilled pork, so I was like, ok I’m gonna try, even if the noodle sucks I can still eat the meat…

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[eat] Great great Quiche Lorraine at BnD Station @ Edae, Seoul

I just had lunch with my kind Canadian friend Austin Fehr (he is blogging at http://bliss-seoul.com and his looks super awesome I’m dead jealous -.-) at BnD Station (check out their menu here), where we munched on some Quiches. The friend, having eaten quiches all his life (I guess), only had compliment for BnD’s quiche, so I suppose that it is authentic enough. Even if it was not authentic, what they served us was seriously delicious.

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