All posts tagged: gangnam

Favorite BBQ Place |Renovated|

Mapo Galbi 마포갈비 got all done up! There are two amazing pork rib BBQ joints down the street from me. They stand opposite each other, facing each other like mortal enemies. Well, my favorite one, Mapo Galbi, 마포갈비,  just got a leg up on the other this month when it debuted all shiny and new after renovations. I, of course, was first concerned that the renovations from a very old, run down, but authentically Korean, establishment looking place to an ultra modern, beautifully clean looking place would effect the quality of the food. Back in America, renovations or upgrades do not necessarily mean the restaurant will be as good in the food department.  So I went in immediately to judge the food quality for myself. Sadly, I don’t have any before pictures of anything but the food. So I can’t show you what an amazing transformation was made to the restaurant itself, but you can take my word that it is really spectacular. The food? Perfectly the same as before. I was deliriously happy.  This is …

|Review| Gatten Sushi

I am inspired to write this post because I began watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi this morning and realized I hadn’t yet posted my sushi review from last weekend. More on the documentary below if you’re interested. Expats find it very difficult to find decent sushi in Korea. It seems so strange. Geographically we are a hop, skip and a jump to Japan. Japanese people come and own restaurants here, even with the cloud of tension that still hangs in the air between the two nationalities in the older generations. But, to find sushi that hasn’t been mucked up by “Korean” tastes it very challenging. Sorry, Korea, I don’t mean to be so insulting to your tastes all the time. But, there’s only so much mayo, pickled things and other condiments that one person can take. It’s bad when added to Western food en masse and even worse when added to something that should be as simple as sushi. But, Gatten Sushi, a Japanese franchise with a restaurant located in Gangnam has a fairly good selection …

|Review| Milkcow

Last Saturday I ate a big ‘ol Philly cheese steak so I did the most natural thing afterwards…went to get ice cream. And wouldn’t you know it, there was a spot right down the street! As I do like to eat organic when I can, and I’ve been interested in this place for a while. I have to admit the ice cream is good but not phenomenal. But, quite frankly, I’m not going to turn down ice cream. Even bad ice cream is ice cream. I tried the milky cube because having honey comb in your ice cream is all the rage in Korea. The honey really was amazing. The ice cream was pleasant and creamy, a nice plain soft serve. The strawberry gelato…meh. Not a ton of flavor and just alright. But, with organic ice cream you can usually guarantee a slightly subdued flavor. It’s the tradeoff. And this is me about to eat ice cream. Had a request from someone back home that the blog needed more pics of me…selfies!

|Review| Brick Oven New York Pizza

Oh, Korea and your weirdo pizzas. You cause all us foreigners to seek out establishments like Brick Oven with a vengeance. I’ve been to this restaurant twice and it is always loaded with foreigners and gyopos.  They even have western staff working there…that’s how much we love it. This review of Brick Oven is one of hundreds online so I’ll be brief. This is good pizza. There is a beautiful brick oven in the kitchen and you can smell the pizza from the street. It calls you in like a siren…and if I was going to fall for any siren, it would be the Siren of Good Pizza. Directions: Click Here! 617-4 Yeoksam-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea +82 2-508-1325  

|Review| Street Churros

Neighborhood churros cranked out of a machine in dough and fried before your very eyes? Yeah, I’ll take 12. Ok…ok…just one for now. But I will be back! The cinnamon and sugar goodness was perfection on a summer night. I love the combos at this little stop in Gangnam. They have a 1/2 churro with ice cream or a churro and coffee. So clever! I know these are popping up around Seoul. Do yourself a favor and stop on by. As good as ice cream is, you don’t want it every single day. Phil anxiously awaiting his first ever churro

|Seoul Arts Center|The Great Artists

I kicked myself for not getting out to the Seoul Arts Center a couple weeks back when they had a beautiful art exhibit for Yayoi Kusama’s A Dream I Dreamed . I was actually worried that the exhibit would be too busy and it was going to be hard to find the Centerin  the summer heat. I found out this weekend its really not that hard to find it. I really REALLY wanted to see A Dream I Dreamed but I didn’t go and I’ve felt like I missed a great opportunity ever since.  Lesson learned: Just Go, Dummy!! They have some really amazing exhibits still ongoing. Check out the pictures for a few of their offerings. Many musicals and art shows. Pulitzer Prize Photographs Exhibit They also have modern Korean art  and Edvard Munch. Looks very promising. It was unbelievably busy.  The Great Artists exhibit is spectacular. There were so many household named artists that I was thanking my lucky stars again for getting to live in Seoul and having the opportunity to see the show. …

|Review| Double Trouble

In the back alley of the most annoying of all the Gangnam Streets, is a basement restaurant that I heard through the viral grapevine had a fairly accurate representation of a Philadelphia Cheese Steak. I was game. It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a cheesesteak. I lived in Philly for a bit in a previous life and had the fortune to try the sandwich on it’s home turf. When done correctly, it’s a sandwich that melts in your mouth with warmth, salt and cheese. The bread should be warm. The meat should be salty. The cheese should be cheesy.  It’s a real work of art when done right. I’m really happy with this place for one main reason. They don’t pretend to be ultra authentic. It’s obviously a Western/Korean fusion restaurant. They have ddeok and cheese as a dish. The corn on the cob was coated in mayo. The Philly Cheese Steak is actually called a Seoul Cheese Steak. The honesty doesn’t go unnoticed. There’s nothing worse than advertising some authentic place and then biting …

|Revisiting| John Cook’s Deli Meats

  Oh, how I love this place! I really intended to go and try something other than a sandwich but it’s a warm, summer day and a sandwich just sounded so perfect. I must go back to try the damn bbq…and I will…but at a later date. Today I decided to have a chicken + avocado sandwich on ciabatta bread. It was divine. The bread itself was so soft and had a perfect chewiness. The chicken was chicken breast, not processed, and the avocado was as perfect as that fruit can be. The sweet staff brought two “service” items. For those of you not in Korea, service items are freebies that Koreans love to give and Koreans and Westerners alike love to get. We got a little toast with German style meatloaf and a roasted pepper and sausage salad. Fantastic. And I just want to throw out there that they make their own pickles. So they are tangy and crisp…like they should be. There isn’t a sweetness in sight. Plus, they sell them in big …

|Revisiting| Chloris Tea Room

Click the picture to see my original review of Chloris Tea Rooms! I promised to go back to Chloris and try their breakfast/brunch and, unlike my exercise/my not eating white rice/my sweeping my floor everyday promises,  I actually made good on that promise! The breakfast foods are not spectacular, but in all honesty, not that bad. I would certainly eat them again since the place is close and it’s actual Western food. The eggs Benedict had perfectly poached eggs, bacon and the addition of a tomato, which I quite liked. The sauce was meh. Not flavorful, a bit too thick for my tastes and just not that memorable.  I kept thinking if they roasted the tomato and added some salt and pepper to the sauce, it would have elevated to taste up to pretty damn good. The french toast was amazing…best thing they had. It is not that hard to make French toast but its amazing how soggy some of it can be if the cook isn’t careful. This french toast, made from a thick …

Hakdong Park |a little nature in gangnam

Even couch potatoes need a little fresh air and greenery now and again. I find my respite in a lovely little park near my home in Nonhyeon. Hakdong park is a quick getaway about a 15 minute walk from my apartment. It’s only 15 minutes because I walk super slow. #noshameinit I use it for rest and exercise. It has a couple of tennis courts, some Korean style work out machines, a place for the kids and a couple of pagodas to sit and relax. There is a nice little hill to get your heart rate moving along as well, which makes it a great place to get in some cardio. I love it because its a bit wild, it smells like mud but its still in the middle of civilization. You can find more pictures on my Flikr page!   Directions per Exploring Korea How to get to Hakdong Park Seoul There are a few ways to get to the park and all take about the same time. You can take line 7 to Nonhyeon station …