All posts tagged: jongnogu

Seochon-dong | Hanoks & Whimsy

  Situated to the West of Gyeongbokgung, Seochon, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seoul, is an obvious treasure. It’s name is simply, “west village,” but that doesn’t embody the liveliness and warmth that you can experience here. Seochon hanoks were under threat of massive redevelopment and destruction up until 2008. The concerned took measures to ensure the preservation of the hanoks in this area, like that of Bukchon, the hanok village on the other side of Gyeongbokgung. And we should thank our lucky stars that this beautiful area has been saved and updated so that generations to come can walk through the streets and buy up all the things. Or just look around, that’s okay too. 🙂 In Robert J. Fouser’s book, Hanok, The Korean House, he explains how this area is an example of the neo-traditional style, or the “mixed hanok.” This new genre allows for experimentation and, perhaps more importantly, the expression of the owner’s personality. Like the city of Seoul itself, they appear similar from afar but sparkle with the color of individuality up close. Not to …

Brew 3.14 | A Review

Saturday night is reserved for pizza. Most nights can be reserved for pizza but I decided that it was Saturday last week. Phil and I headed down to Brew 3.14, which just happens to be owned by the Seoul Eats founder, Daniel Gray. Seoul Eats is the blog for info on all things related to food for us expats.  There are food tours and reviews galore on the page if would like to peruse it. Phil and I didn’t have any pizza off the standard menu, which is quite short but I like that in a restaurant.  We ordered the special, white spinach pizza and a cheese calzone. The pizza is on fire.  The crust is thin and crispy, the ingredients are well paired and I really enjoyed it. We got a bruschetta freebie to dip our crusts into and it tasted fresh and aromatic. It was a really great addition. We washed it down with a couple of craft beer Namsan Pilsners which were de-lish. If I lived on the north side I’d be there once a week. Sadly …

Top Cloud | A Review

  Oh, gentle Top Cloud, why must you be so incredibly expensive? This, sadly, was my main thought as I sat through my many course meal looking out at an amazing view of Seoul city + mountains. I knew what the bloggers have said about Top Cloud. I read that the taste is nothing to write home about and that it is overpriced. I tried to convince my fellow food lover and friend, Phil, we should try something different and leave Top Cloud for a special time. But, after he saw pictures of the view, he wouldn’t hear of it. I am going to just spare you the suspense and put my review right here. There is nothing wrong with the food in preparation or asthetic. However, the bloggers are right, it is just okay food. While there is nothing wrong worth noting, there is nothing spectacular either. I was only blown away by the thought that everything just needed more flavor. Where was the flavor, TC?  I kept waiting for a dish to astonish me, as I …