Author: crystal @unepeach

ANH | A Review

Anh is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the very pop/ ulated/ ular Yeonnam-dong. Most sites will warn you to show up as soon as it opens, and I’m going to go ahead and jump on that band wagon. Yeah…it’s cozy. And by cozy I mean it can sit under 20 people at any given time and you may be sitting with strangers. (awwwwkward) Luckily, we showed up right at 5pm when the restaurant opened. There was no line at that time, and since it’s against my self imposed foodie law to stand in line for food in the blazing hot summer sun for some food, I considered myself very lucky. The food is nice and I can see why people like it. Would I wait in line for it? Nah, not really. While the taste was nice, there are good flavors, but it had no real wow. I kept thinking back to a little run down spot my sister had taken me in Memphis, TN that had the most amazing pho.  That comparison didn’t help …

Donghae | relax east coast style

The east sea has beautiful blue water and sandy beaches. Our trip was very quick and the days were mostly overcast. But, the peace of being away from Seoul made the trip to sleepy Donghae worth the bus ride out there. where to stay We booked a room at the Hyunjin Tourist Hotel. It was spacious, clean and has lovely staff. This was a picture of our view from the room. It was about a block from the quiet and calm Hanseomhaean Beach. It’s a block a different way to many restaurants and stores. They could not find my reservation so we were upgraded. Terrific end to a moment of panic. I booked through Agoda here. what to do Besides the beach, in particular, Mangsang Beach, there are actually several things to do in this small coastal city. Sea Train: take a ride up and down the east coast to see great views, drink a beer and listen to music Cheongok Cave: a large, cavernous limestone cave in the middle of the ctiy Mokho Harbor: …

Beyond Samples **Giveaway!**

Hello all! I have been hot and busy here in the city of Seoul. We have been trampled under the feet of a very needy heat wave. As my hair and sweat glands do not do well with the stress, I’ve been spending my days lounging under an air conditioner dreaming of fall. During that time I’ve been curating for Hanbox, the Korean lifestyle subscription box I co-own, and working on pictures, but not updating the blog as much. But, the good news is…I have some stuff to giveaway because I’ll never be able to use all the samples I have stored up from all my shopping excursions! Beyond is always quite generous with their samples so I have more than enough. These are all cruelty free and eco friendly. Here is what’s on offer: Loads of sample packs with creams, emusulsions, essences, serum and scrubs. This is a great way to try some of Beyond’s products to see what you like. I really have to figure out why the picture looks so yellow. But, …

Made | A Review

Just a little jaunt down the road from John Cook Deli Meats, in Apgujeong, sits MADE (backwards d). From the outside, it looks like a run of the mill, albeit cool and modern, cafe. But, inside is a new American restaurant who is doing some good things with good food. In the evening, it boasts a pretty good little Italian American menu with lots of meatballs, pasta and some baked ziti which smelled just like St. Louis. You can pick and choose from the menu giving you a “made to order” type of meal. In the evening, MADE also has a few choice options from its brunch menu like Avocado Eggs Benedict, which I devoured on my first stop. They are pretty amazing, if not a bit too rich, but it went down the gullet anyway. So in my second trip to MADE, I wanted to enjoy the full brunch menu they have on the weekends. I saw a post on the Fat Girl’s Food Guide to Eating in Korea , to my utter delight, that they had real American-style …

Another Happy Review!

You guys, I’ve been so happy this week! We received a very sweet review with excellent pictures to accompany our promotional box  with The Homespun Chics! Sarah reviewed each item individually and has nice insight into our motivations behind including each item. According to their website: The Homespun Chics is a PR-friendly lifestyle and review blog owned and operated by a mom and daughter duo. We are in constant search of quality products & subscription boxes, crafty projects, places to travel, and delicious recipes. We offer fun reader giveaways and coupons when possible. The Homespun Chics strive to promote businesses and people that inspire us! A mom and daughter duo….too cute! And a big thank you to Sarah for reviewing our box! Please check out their review! NEW! Hanbox Subscription Box Preview   You can check out our website or put your order in for a subscription too! Hanbox    

Buying Cruelty Free in Korea | with Free Printable!

Welcome to another update to Buying Cruelty Free in Korea!  This post includes a free printable and a product review! Since the KARA website discontinued their updated list of cruelty free products in Korea, I’ve been working on a simple list of my own that I can quickly refer to when I’m out or when I feel like shopping online. I made it into a printable for you! You can print it out for free or download it onto your phone to have when you are out. My goal is to expand the list and make it a regular feature of the blog. This list includes both Korean and some foreign products. I wanted to show that you can find both in Korea and that it is getting easier than ever to find cosmetics, toiletries and other products not tested on animals. I will soon be giving reviews of some house cleaning products, so stay tuned! Click here to download a free PDF of your list! New Item Review: Petal Fresh Products Just like most …

Our First Review!

Our first Hanbox review came in last week! We sent out a preview box to get the ball rolling and get our name out into the world. The ladies at Beeju Boxes graciously accepted it and posted a very nice review. My favorite part, the socks I hesitated buying and sending were actually a hit! Yay! According to their website, Beeju is: A popular Subscription Box review website featuring around a dozen bloggers, each with a different niche and specialty. Also on the site is an active box directory that’s constantly being updated, as well as coupons, deals and spoilers.   You can find the review at Beeju Boxes and loads of pictures of our sample box here: Hanbox – Preview Box Review & July/August Box Spoiler If you would like to subscribe to Hanbox, please visit our website!! Hanbox If you want to see more of what’s inside, please visit our Instagram and Facebook Pages! Instagram: @myhanbox Facebook:Hanbox

Jaha Son Mandu | Korean Dumplings

This was one of the greater Korean food experiences I’ve had in Seoul. I love mandu. I love big ones, baby ones, fluffy ones…I love them all. Then I discovered mandu casserole, Mandu Jeongol, and my life will never be the same. It’s unbelievably scrumptious and I don’t use that word often. The pot is heated at your table and it’s packed with spicy broth, veggies and meat.  To balance out the meat in our casserole, we tried two other vegetarian options, the kimchi  mandu and cucumber and mushroom mandu. We washed my new favorite food down with a Korean wine made from black raspberries, Bokbunjajoo. You can buy it pretty much anywhere, but it’s delicious and I love it. It’s thick, sweetness was a perfect sidekick to the most amazing dumplings. Looking for Jaha Son is not for the faint of heart…it’s tucked far back in Baum-dong. If my Korean friend, Phil hadn’t been there, I would have had a hard time finding it. He was able to tell a taxi driver just where to …

Nonhyeon | at home series

For a long time in Korea, I used the word home as the placeholder of the city I had left to come to another country. As time marched on and that, “just one more year, probably” became a more permanent move, I grew to call Seoul my home and St. Louis, back home. I’m sure this is no surprise for someone who has lived abroad for some time. Nonhyeon has been my home for over three years now. I’ve grown to love certain dimensions of it and not love, to be kind, other parts. The nightlife, for one, has grown very tiresome. I’m too old, too sensitive, and too picky to want to see some of the scenes I’ve witnessed. Just ungodly things…on my way to work at 8:30 am for the most part. However, on the other side of that crazy coin, Nonhyeon is getting much more adorable. If you avoid the main strip of bars and noraebangs with drunks out until 2 or 3 in the afternoon from the night before, you can find loads of coffee …

Travel | Korea is Updated

I’ve updated my travel tab to include some printables and a (hopefully) much easier way to look through the wonderland of activities here in Seoul and Korea. They are now separated into areas of interest to make it easier to find something you like. The new categories are: Places of Historical Interest Including history museums, burial tombs, temples and more. Places of Nature To visit some of the wilds of Korea, even here in Seoul, like hiking trails and parks. Places of Artistic Interest This includes museums, galleries and special exhibits. Around the Neighborhood Exploring unique neighborhoods all around Seoul Get Out of the City Different places to venture off to outside of this great city.   Check out the new tab here!