The first thing I did today was eat a good, hearty breakfast with my family. Since my younger cousins slept over, we ate a Western breakfast instead of the usual rice and banchan – they just gotta have their bread and cereal.
Breakfast also included the following:
After our meal, my mom, my sister and I took the subway to HanNamDong where we walked to my aunt’s cupcake store.
Once we met up with my cousins and aunt, we all took a short walk down the street to eat lunch.
We ordered a variety of pastas and salads, one for each of us and some extra to share.
The chicken wasn’t very spicy, but I liked how thin and tender it was, as well as the basil-topped mushrooms were prepared. The salad was made of mixed greens and coated in a pepper-sesame vinaigrette (I think).
Of course there were more entrees; almost everyone had ordered a different dish. But I didn’t take pictures of them because I felt bad if I kept them waiting while taking pictures of their food.
Lunch eaten and bellies full, we headed back to Lynn’s Cupcakes where our aunt gave us a few things for dessert.
Just like the way a red velvet cupcake doesn’t taste like strawberries or cherries, neither did the orange velvet taste like orange. Instead it was a carrot cake base with a cinnamon-y creme. I enjoyed it a lot; because Koreans don’t like their pastries too sugary, my aunt made the recipes so the cupcakes are just mildly sweet. I didn’t try the red velvet, but I know that it’s also been similarly adjusted.
This has got to be the most unusual bingsoo I’ve tried yet – I don’t know if I’d call it a bingsoo. Instead of the usual red beans, this bingsoo is topped with a citron tea syrup that has actual chunks of clementine zest in it. So when you mix it around, it turns into almost a slushie. It was different, but in a good way – sweet and citrusy-tangy.
Once we finished talking in the cupcake stores and everyone had said their byes, my mom, my sister and I headed for the nearest subway station. But on our way there I saw this, and I knew we had to go inside.
I read about this place in a Seoul food blog; I’d heard it was good, so we decided to go in to try a small cup of their gelato.
I don’t know how I would rank this place, because I can’t say that I’ve had any bad gelato (this included). Even though the kiwi was a little too sweet instead of sour, the dark chocolate had the intense, bitter cacao flavor that I love in my chocolate. Calynn described the strawberry milk flavor as “tasting like Korean strawberry milk. It doesn’t taste like strawberry, or milk.” Instead it was a faintly fruity, creamy bite – which isn’t to say that is a bad thing. It stayed true to it’s flavor roots.
After the gelato, we took the subway to HongIk College, which is the most prestigious art college in Korea.
As a result, you’ll see art galleries and art hakwons all over the streets; there are often pictures drawn by students on display in front of each building. You’ll also see random murals/sculpture stuff like this:
People here also dress more eclectically (think Urban Outfitters-ish style) and with its indie music scene, there are a bunch of students who walk around carrying guitars and keyboards. These students will often stop by one of the many Korean street food stands for a quick, cheap, bite to eat.
Walking around so more, we took the subway to AhpGooJung where I met my friends and we went out to Korean-style pork-belly barbecue.
We ate and chilled for a bit, and then I said my goodbyes and headed home on the subway. It had been a long day, I was ready to go to sleep.
I actually am ready to go to sleep as I’m typing this. GOOD NIGHT!