Vegan Burger!

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In efforts to be hip with the vegan shift and try something new, I taught myself how to a make a vegan burger. I found a RECIPE HERE!

I love hamburgers! But those of you that have followed the blog for some time understand that eating beef hamburgers is a guilty pleasure of mine (my body doesn’t digest beef well). Most times when I’m out, I’ll order a chicken burger or a veggie burger. 

I substituted the mess out of this recipe. I didn’t have chili pepper seasoning, red beans, tamari, and ketchup. I used tomato paste because I knew tomato paste adds a thicker, meatier flavor. I also used an Indonesian Kecap soy sauce. I love it! Then I added my own burger sauce to the burger. A combination of mayonaise, ketchup, vinegar, garlic powder, pepper and relish. 

Even with all the substitutions, this is a great burger! My entire meal tonight was vegan (with the exception of the burger sauce). My adventures in the bathroom will be pleasant ones. πŸ˜€

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Chicken Francaise!

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I saw a video somewhere on facebook (amidst the plethora of foodie videos) and decided to try cooking Chicken Francaise. RECIPE HERE!

First of all, this took me an hour to make. It took longer than it should have because I’m cooking in a kitchenette in South Korea and I only have 1-eye on the stove and about a foot of counter space. I did martial arts techniques to beat the chicken breasts with my hands because I didn’t have enough space to beat them with a pan. I’m frustrated with my tiny kitchen! ……I digress. 

ABOUT THE CHICKEN! I really like how simple this recipe is and the chicken tastes good! πŸ™‚ It combines many of my favorite flavors (e.g. lemon, white wine, italian cheese). It will definitely be a recipe staple of mine. I recommend giving this recipe a try. If you have more counter space than I do, it shouldn’t take as long to cook. 

I’m on Instagram!

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For those that follow me here on the blog, you can now follow me on Instagram!

I’ve decided to post only the food I cook on my Instagram and leave the foodie travel adventures to the blog. I can express more about travel adventures on the blog with links and sources than I can on Instagram.

Follow me on Instagram! πŸ™‚

 

Ari’s Cupcake!

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I am happy to have found a local cupcake shop in my city that comes close to USA style cupcakes. It’s not exact, it’s just the closest I’ve had here in Daejeon. At Ari’s Cupcakes I always get the Lemon Tree cupcake. It’s my favorite there. I love lemon flavored things. The other cupcakes are good too. The Cookies and cream is my second favorite topped with an orea cookie. 

The cupcakes cost between β‚©3,500-5,000. They aren’t always open during their opening hours. Don’t worry, it’s like this with most places in South Korea to close without notice. Typically, I go between the hours of 4pm-7pm Monday-Saturday and they’ve been open. Sundays closed. 

Ari’s Cupcakes is located diagonally across the street from NC Department Store about 1 block west from Jungang-ro station southwest corner. 

2nd Seoul Foodie Adventure!

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This is my last time in Seoul before I move to Germany. I wanted to try as many things as I could. Unfortunately, a lot of shops were closed due to Korean Thanksgiving Chuseok (좔석). But here are some places that were open. Mainly foreigner owned. 

Mr. Kebab in Itaewon.

 I really enjoy Turkish food. Even though this place is a fast food chain, it’s still good. I bought the falafel wrap and baklava. This was my first time having baklava and I am now a baklava fan! 

McCoy’s

I had heard about McCoy’s from A Fat Girl’s Food Guide blog. The food she ate looked so good that I wanted to try it myself when I went back to Itaewon (Noksapyeong Station). The menu constantly changes so I couldn’t indulge in what she ate. I was on a foodie budget so I ordered the cheapest meal on the menu: Chicken and a sangria. I enjoyed the chicken but the Garlic Herb and Honey mustard sauce I had with it didn’t complement the other flavors on the plate. I should’ve tried a different sauce. This is a good date spot. Dim lights, nice music and decent food. I’d come back with a date if I had one. πŸ™‚

Billy Angel Cake

I was just walking around and saw Billy Angel Cake near Hongdae at Hapjeong. There was an dvertisement of Carrot Cake. This is a chain restaurant. At first I wanted some good carrot cake. But when I walked in, there were so many cakes to choose from, I changed my mind. Each slice of cake is roughly β‚©7,000. I wanted to try something new. I had an Earl Grey cake at an airport once and I loved how delicious the tea tastes in a cake (tea lover!). So I tried the Black Chiffon Tea Cake here at Billy’s. It was very pleasant. Not to sweet, not to bland. I enjoyed it. I will try making cakes with tea in the future. 

Milky Bee and Gelato

So this place is pretty popular. I didn’t know why so I went there in Myeongdong. Their most popular ice cream is the honey comb. I sampled a taste of the honey comb from a fellow traveler but it was too pure and planty for me. It was very strong and overpowering. I bought myself the granola. This was much better. The creamy texture of the ice cream and granola paired well. 

WINK Kitchen and Taphouse!

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I only knew of this restaurant in Seoul, South Korea because the owner operates a tour group called WINK Travels and I participated in a couple trips. The menu looked friendly towards foreigners and they have drink specials. At WINK Kitchen, I ordered the Bacon Egg Emmental French toast and a side of guacamole and chips (I was craving guacamole and didn’t feel like grocery shopping for ingredients to make it myself). 

I admit the combination of garlic sauce on french toast sounds like a Korean creation. But it didn’t take away the flavors of the toast or bacon. I’m glad the sauce didn’t dominate. I wanted to try their burgers because that’s what they promote a lot of. I just didn’t have enough time or stomach space. I’d recommend trying this place. πŸ™‚

Roasted pumpkin and pigs in a blanket!

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Every time I get an urge to go buy a burger and fries I always contemplate cooking my own food. Thankfully, I’ve made this every time I contemplate. Pumpkins are much healthier and have lower carbs than french fries.

I always season my pumpkin as if I was seasoning french fries. I got the idea while searching the internet for fries alternatives. Pepper, salt, sage, rosemary, olive oil, etc. Whatever I crave at the moment. I roast the onions in butter. I love the taste of butter and onions more than olive oil and onions. 

I had some Bisquik flour mixture that I needed to use. I feel great that I cooked food, emptied out my cabinets and ate healthy even though I’m severely exhausted. Food truly is medicine. πŸ™‚

Avocado brownies!

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I had everything I needed for these brownies except honey. So I substituted sugar and brown sugar for the honey. Recipe HERE. I know it’s in German. I’m planning to move to Germany soon and I wanted practice. ENGLISH recipe is here. Keep in mind the English recipe is double serving. 


The main thing that makes this recipe “healthy” is using honey (instead of sugar) and Avocado instead of butter. I don’t like this. I like avocados. It’s the combination with other ingredients like chocolate that aren’t sitting well with me. It tastes a little how play-Doh smells. That’s just my opinion. It’s very earthy. If you like that earthy flavor, go for it! 

How I feel about this is the same way I feel about cooking with matcha: we don’t need to make everything with it. Will I make this again? No. Traditional brownie lover here! Am I glad I tried it? Yes. I’ve learned never to make this again. Haha! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

Dolce Italia in Daejeon!

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It’s no surprise that an Italian espresso cafe is hard to come by in South Korea. Luckily, there is one in my neighborhood. Located in Daehung-dong near Eunhaeng-dong in Daejeon. It’s a 2 floor cafe and they serve a variety of the Palombini Roma espresso brand. 

You can order gelato, bread, a muffin, and other drinks.
I usually just order the espresso beverages or the Italia Special Coffee. Here in this photo is an espresso (β‚©2,500), a Tofinek waffle (β‚©1,000, I love these!), and a Dream Ice coffee (β‚©6,000 which is like a large affogato). I like coming here. πŸ™‚

Sung Sim Dang Bakery μ„±μ‹¬λ‹Ή!!!

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Sung Sim Dang bakery (성심당) in Daejeon is pretty famous. Why? They sell a variety of breads and pastries. During the Christmas season, they’ll also have italian cakes for sell like Pandoro and Panettone. They also have their own Sung Sim Dang Cake Boutique that specializes in cakes, tarts and other desserts located just around the corner from the bakery.

Earl Grey Tart and Lemon Merengue Tart

The most famous thing about them is their fried red bean bun: νŠ€κΉ€μ†Œλ³΄λ‘œ (fried streusel). If you know anything about east Asian pastries, they are usually filled with red beans (yes, those kidney beans we use in the USA for chili are used in pastries and made sweet!). I am not really a big fan of traditional bean buns but I like the fried ones because the flavors of fried oil and beans compliment each other better.

Considering I live near the bakery, I visit often. I’ll have a craving and just get random things. For example, this image below. With a friend, we prepared a sweet potato fried streusel, bacon, wine, cheese (because you’ve gotta have cheese with wine, right?), Mom’s Touch chicken burgers (USA equivalent would be Popeye’s), and Gimmari (김말이 νŠ€κΉ€: Korean Deep Fried Seaweed Spring Rolls because they’re good.). When you have cravings, you just have to satisfy them sometimes.  πŸ˜€

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