Activities/ Events

Vegan Day with Alien’s Day Out

Saturday was a food photo day and I went out with my friend to a couple different places. The day started at Paul in Yeouiddo: the famous Paris boulangeries and famous for their breakfasts. It was damn good, but…they didn’t have croissants and many of the breads that Paul is known for. Apparently their shipment didn’t come in. I’ll write more about my visit to Paul later. 
Mipa of the blog, Alien’s Day Out, has been baking up Vegan treats for ages. Her blog is one of the most interesting and colorful reads in the Korean blogosphere. Each post is packed with bright pictures and witty commentary. 

My friend Lily remembered reading that Mipa was selling her baked goods at a cafe in Seoul, so we decided (after a lengthy time shopping for camera equipment in Namdaemun) to head over for a light afternoon snack. I didn’t know what to expect because Vegan baking (sans cream and butter) doesn’t sound all that delicious.
Boy, was I wrong.
We ordered a nice spread: Chocolate Thin Mints, Zucchini Muffin, and Strawberry Shortcake with Cashew Creme.
The thin mints were better than what a Girl Scout brings once a year. These were snappy and with sharp chocolate flavor that is rounded out with mint. The zucchini bread was nice as well with the roasted walnuts and flavorful bits of zucchini. 
Of course the star of the show was the Strawberry Shortcake with Cashew Creme. The shortcake seemed to be a very moist (I would say buttery, but I know that would be wrong) muffin that was cut in half and filled with plump, ripe strawberries and topped with a thick, nutty, smooth, (creamy) cashew cream. The cashew cream was what was most satisfying because it was like cream but with more texture and taste.
Delicious. 
Check out Mipa’s Blog at http://www.aliensdayout.com/ 
Dan
Directions to Harunohee Cafe:
Gunja Station, Line 5&7, Exit 6. Walk straight for about 5 minutes. The cafe will be on your left.
Children’s Grand Park Station, Line 7, Exit 1. Walk straight for about 5 minutes. The cafe will be on your right.
Tel: 02-453-0508
Hours: 11am-11pm
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Snack Food/ Desserts, Tidbits of Zen

Christmas Cakes in Seoul, Korea

Here are some shots of Christmas Cakes in Seoul. The ones in the cases are from Paris Croissant. They looked great, but were a tad expensive (37,000 for a cake). I ended up getting a cake from Crown Bakery. It was a yellow cake with chocolate icing. Not bad and at only 20,000 won, it was great.

Merry Christmas!

Dan

Christmas Cake from Crown Bakery
Chiffon Cake from Paris Croissant
Cakes from Paris Croissant
Cakes from Paris Croissant
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Korean Eats, Southeastern Seoul

A Big Pot of Steamed Shellfish in Seoul, Korea

Steamed Shellfish at Gol Mok Gil in Seoul, Korea

My buddy Sean Choi from Groove Magazine is a Foodie’s Foodie. He knows what’s good in Korea and he often goes out of his way to find excellent, local Korean places. On Wednesday Night, he had a meet up with the writers of Groove Magazine and he was nice enough to invite me. If you might recall, I used to be their dining editor for a while, but I had to move on because I got too busy with work.

Anyway, the place he took us to was called Gol Mok Gil (길목길). It’s a bit of a pain to find, but it’s totally worth it. The house specialty is Steamed Shellfish (조개찜 48,000 for large). Here you get a large variety of mussels, razor clams, scallops, and a variety of cockles. Great stuff and you get it all in a giant pot so it creates a rich clam broth which is later used to make a Knife-cut Noodle Soup.

I also recommend you get an order of their potato pancakes (감자전). I later found out these came service- but I think they are included in their Panfried Variety (모듬전). Their Potato Pancakes are chock full of thin fluffy strands of potato that are panfried- it’s like a potato cloud.

골목길
서울특별시 강남구 논현동 67-25
02-544-7757
Mobile: 016-307-4575

The Groove Crew and Steamed Shellfish at Gol Mok Gil in Seoul, Korea

Steamed Shellfish at Gol Mok Gil in Seoul, Korea

Steamed Shellfish at Gol Mok Gil in Seoul, Korea

Potato Pancake at Gol Mok Gil in Seoul, Korea

Steamed Shellfish at Gol Mok Gil in Seoul, Korea

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