Fabulous Tapas

Yesterday, we went to Alma Restaurante in Hongdae, near Sangsu station. We had the place to ourselves, since it was late afternoon and before the dinner rush. We did notice two of the tables had “Reserved” signs on them, so if you want to go at a more normal time, you might want to make a reservation. The restaurant was small and very nicely decorated with blinds and shades painted with Spanish city names and pictures of Spain.

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Seryna Shinjuku Shabu Shabu Meal

Here it is, my final post from Tokyo! For our last night, I had booked us in at a restaurant with great reviews, Seryna Shinjuku, that was a short walk from our hotel. We  found the building that the restaurant was located in and eventually figured out where the elevator was – the restaurant is situated on the 52nd floor of the Sumitomo building. When we arrived, we were greeted and shown to a reserved table right by a window, with fabulous night views of the city. Continue reading “Seryna Shinjuku Shabu Shabu Meal”

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. Continue reading “A Museum, Restaurants, Macarons!”

Two Fabulous Restaurants

For our anniversary last weekend, we finally visited a restaurant that has been on my list since I first read about it months ago, The Beastro in Hongdae. We were there on a Sunday night and had no problem getting a table. Our waiter was from South Africa and very attentive and knowledgable. The waiter brought us delicious biscuits with a side compote, and we started out with Moscow mules to drink, which were perfectly blended. If I remember correctly, they make their own ginger beer in house. Continue reading “Two Fabulous Restaurants”

A Few New Restaurants

We’ve tried a few new restaurants over the last week, so I thought I’d go ahead and lump them all into one post. First up, Jacoby’s Burgers in HBC. Jacoby’s makes ordering very easy, giving you a checklist to fill out for every aspect of your burger and sides as well. Domingos had the bruschetta burger. Yes, somewhere under that mound of bruschetta topping is a burger. Continue reading “A Few New Restaurants”

Good Food and a Walking Adventure

A man who works with my husband directed us to the fabulous Myeongdong Kyoja restaurant, where we had their signature kalguksu – soup with hand-cut noodles, dumplings, and ground beef. It was incredibly delicious, as was the extremely potent kimchi served alongside (it’s so garlicky that they bring you mint gum when you first sit down to be used after the meal). If you go, be prepared for a line (though we were lucky enough to slip in during a slight lull in business), and be ready to pay as soon as you order. Continue reading “Good Food and a Walking Adventure”

Weekend Outings

On Saturday, we went back to Gino’s New York-style pizza in Itaewon so that I could get a bit more info on it to write it up for koreaye.com. We ordered a pizza that was half “Nellie” – fresh mozzarella, fig jam, prosciutto, fresh arugula, and parmesan – and half “Brooklyn’s Best” – tomato sauce, Italian sausage, mozzarella (fresh and aged), red onions, and fresh basil. Both were fabulous and the crust was just as good as last time. Continue reading “Weekend Outings”