[cafe] Korean traditional tea at 수요일 @ Insadong, Seoul

As much as I am a big fan of tea, Korean traditional tea had never really been on my must-try or favorite list. For sure I had tried few times before, but more often than not I’d  found Korean tea rather bland and not exactly…tea. Unlike the usual tea made from leaves, in Korea they also make tea from wheat, dry seeds and various fruit herbs which until now, still sounds incredibly weird to me because those kinds of tea don’t have the distinctive flavors we find in this classic drink. Nevertheless the trip I made to Insadong a while ago definitely stirred something different in me and gave me a more positive viewpoint about Korean traditional tea.

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[cafe] Go traditional at 별다방미스리 Cafe @ Insa-dong, Seoul

As much as Insadong is often considered overrated, I have always loved the place and its countless galleries, romantic alleys and idyllic atmosphere. I can’t recall how many evenings have I spent just walking around the neighborhood, getting lost here and there in the vintage clothing stores or cramped stairs to a well-hidden coffee shop. Despite the heat creeping up to every pore on the surface of my skin, I was determined to take a trip to Insadong for the sake of a quiet evening.

We stopped by this cute little cafe called 별다방미스리 (Miss Lee’s cafe). Having heard about this cafe couple of times already made me antsy and excited (yes I’m really easy to be entertained) to explore the place. Miss Lee’s cafe is quite famous for serving traditional sweets and dosirak (Korean lunch box), a commonplace for teenagers to go to after school.

We ordered a dosirak (5000 KRW), a basket of sweets (5000 KRW)  and a plate of persimmon (4500 KRW).
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[eat] Pretty but mediocre: burgers at Farmer’s Barn @ Insa-dong, Seoul

My recent burger find somehow made me reflect upon all my burger experiences in Korea. Good memories are many, and bad ones aplenty. The super pretty burgers at Farmer’s Barn, sadly, belong to the second category. My main concern with Farmer’s Barn’s fare was the prices. The burgers themselves were not incredibly bad, but for the prices I expected a lot more. For ~15000 KRW a burger and up, you should at least get something that would fill half of your stomach, right? Too bad I didn’t even have 1/5 of my stomach fulfilled here.

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