A Museum, Restaurants, Macarons!

Once again, I’m playing catch-up with my blog, but I figure that’s a good thing – it means I’m busy living my life here.

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art with a friend from book club. It’s a very cool museum in Itaewon, and can easily be seen in a couple of hours. My friend and I were well matched for museum browsing, something that can be hard to find. Sometimes you’re with someone who wants to go either much faster or much slower than you do. There are two permanent collections – one with traditional Korean art and one with modern art. There was a special exhibit as well of up-and-coming Korean artists, and we went to all three collections. We weren’t allowed to take photos in most of the rooms, but there are some cool features in the museum you can photograph.

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Last week, I wanted to check out Ginza Bairin, a pork katsu restaurant right near Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was about a 10-minute walk from Anguk station down some tiny twisting alleys, but I eventually found it. There was a cool temple along the way:

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IMG_2197When I walked in, the restaurant smelled divine. Everything on the menu looked good, but I settled on a dish with a pork cutlet on a bed of rice and onion cooked in their special soy sauce, with an egg on top. The meal was served with a bowl of miso soup, as well. It’s not much to look at, but it tasted delicious and I can’t wait to go back!

 

 

 

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After lunch, my friend and I decided to stop for coffee and we chose Amandier, which was right by Anguk station. They had a beautiful array of macarons in their display, so we decided to get one each. My friend had an earl grey macaron, which actually had tiny bits of tea leaves in the cookie, and mine was a salted caramel with a buttery, rich filling. They were hands-down the best macarons I’ve ever had.

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I’ll leave you with one more restaurant, this one back in Itaewon. We finally had a chance to check out Left Coast Artisan Burgers yesterday, and I think it’s going to be our go-to burger place from now on.

We started with a refreshing ginger vodka lemonade, and we both ordered the Juicy Lucy burger, which is a hamburger stuffed with cheese and topped with grilled onions and Left Coast’s special sauce. I got mine wrapped in a lettuce leaf, an option I was happy to see on the menu. We tried both the hash browns and french fries on the side – both were great.

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