[eat] Great udon and even greater pastry in Ichon, Seoul

After a super duper long hibernation, I’m finally back. Sadly, school is back as well which means I won’t be able to update the blog as much as I want to. To make up for my more-than-unforgivable absence, this post is going to be super long (with pictures) and filled with nothing but flowers, awesome playgrounds and delicious food!

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[eat] Pigging out (as usual) in Osaka: Ramen, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and Conveyor belt sushi

I started my series of Japan trip reports with a post on foods I ate in Tokyo, so what could be a more appropriate way to end the series than another post dedicated solely to food from my last destination, Osaka? Osaka is widely known as the “nation’s kitchen,” the foodie heaven, even “the food capital of the world.” Among Osaka’s signature dishes, I got to try Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) & Takoyaki. And, as a matter of fact, one (actually two) sushi feasts were the proper way to say goodbye to my awesome time in the land of the rising sun.

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[travel] The green city of Tsukuba & sushi dinner at the fabulous Hamazushi

Greetings from Kyoto! After lots of ups and downs and lefts and rights and everything in between, we made to Kyoto safe and sound at 6:00 this morning. We managed to visit 3 popular places in Kyoto before we checked in our gorgeous hostel Mundo Chiquito OvO Well more details on my first day in Kyoto later – now I have to write about my short stay in Tsukuba, a city in Ibaraki. I stayed there for 2 nights with my friend, a student at the University of Tsukuba, and absolutely envy her life to no end ;~~~; Tsukuba has everything I could ask for in a city: it feels both modern and rural, it has lots and lots of green spaces, and the people are extremely friendly and polite >v< But the biggest bonus point is that Tsukuba has one of (or THE ONE?) cheapest and best sushi restaurants you could ever ask for: はま寿司 Hamazushi.

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[eat] Pigging out and about in Tokyo: Takoyaki, Tempura, Sushi, and Hawaiian pancakes!

Tokyo Tokyo~~~~~ (((o(*゚▽゚*)o))) Yesterday, with the wonderful Mizza, I had a Tokyo whirlwind trip, with Asakusa & Sensoji Temple, Hamarikyu gardens, Zojoji Temple, Tokyo Tower (both old and new), Shibuya, and Harajuku as destinations. We took the subway, the railway, the Tokyo Cruise ship, and walked, walked a hella lot, around and into Tokyo. While I am waiting for professional photos courtesy of Mizza’s professional camera, this is a spam post (with pictures, of course, amateurishly taken by my Samsung Galaxy S2 as usual) of what I ate in one day in Tokyo. Our day kicked off with some scorching hot Takoyaki near Sensoji Temple. For lunch, Mizza took me to a popular tempura chain called Tendon Tenya in the Asakusa neighborhood. No trip to Japan is completed without Sushi, thus we enjoyably dined at the insanely famous and outrageously popular Umegaoka Sushi No Midori 美登利総 in Mark City Shibuya. Something missing? Yes, you’re right. Where is the sweet, decadent, bad-for-your-health-good-for-your-tongue, dessert? With that it mind, we went to Sunday Jam located on the bustling Harajuku street for some sinful pancake bites. I love eating, I seriously do.

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[eat] Sushi buffet at 스시끼리 @ Sinchon, Seoul

Who doesn’t l-o-v-e sushi? xD Too bad that Japanese delicacy is usually quite expensive no matter where you live. I feel blessed, no joke, because I live in Sinchon where there are like 5-6 sushi buffet restaurants around. Sushi buffet–such a beautiful concept. The problem is because there are 5-6 places to choose from with prices ranging from 9900 -> 11900 KRW, it took me awhile to figure out which one is the best value. Finally I came up with 스시끼리 (Sushi kkiri) and what we had there was indeed satisfying.

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[eat] Shabu shabu at 뽕잎사랑 @ Sinchon, Seoul

I love the idea of hotpot: a big pot of boiling broth, a pile of veggies, and a heap of meat–what is there to not like? In Sinchon, there is one Chinese restaurant (authentically Chinese, as most staff there refuse to speak Korean lol) where they serve awesome hotpot at quite a steep price. I cannot afford to go to such places all the time so looking for a substitute is a must. Thanks to Korean food blogs, I came across this often mentioned name 뽕잎사랑 (Ppoingip Sarang)–a shabu shabu restaurant. Although I believe that the ultimate beauty of hot pot can only be found in the Chinese version, for the time being, shabu shabu is not too bad a choice. Plus the price is also a bonus. That’s why yesterday my friend and I dropped into 뽕잎사랑 for dinner.

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