Pizza in Hongdae: Charlie’s (찰리스)

If you’re getting sick of Monster Pizza and have a party of two or more, I highly recommend trying Charlies Pizza near Hapjeong Station (합정역) exit 3!  While still a newcomer in town, it’s become one of my favorites in the Hongdae area. They’re not mass produced and offer quite a different experience from the “club pizzas”! Being a pizza lover (who isn’t?), I am excited to share this place with all of you! Continue reading “Pizza in Hongdae: Charlie’s (찰리스)”

Bakeries in Seoul: Scoff

Went to British-themed bakery “Scoff” after a calorie-burning cycling trip. I was really hyped-up to try brownies for the first time in forever! I had come across them during my first trip to Buamdong (부암동), which is a quaint, little district north of the Blue House (청와대). It was quite crowded, which added to my excitement. With so many western treats on display, hopes were high for this place! Continue reading “Bakeries in Seoul: Scoff”

Snacks in Gangnam: Ring Bar Ball (링바볼)

Seoul ironically has no shortage of Auntie Anne’s, but if you’re near Gangnam and feeling for something new, I highly suggest Ring Bar Ball. Awkward names aside, I was drawn to this place by the alluring smell of fresh dough baking and couldn’t resist giving it a shot! Continue reading “Snacks in Gangnam: Ring Bar Ball (링바볼)”

Traditional Markets in Seoul: Mangwon Market (망원시장)

Those looking for a traditional market experience near the Hongik University area will have quite a fun time visiting Mangwon Market (Mangwon Shijang 망원시장). I’ve always had a great time trying all the cheap eats they have to offer. There’s lots of traditional ingredients that you may not find at the typical Home Plus or Emart, such as dried persimmons (geotgam 곳감). I highly suggest it if you want to experience a traditional market in Korea that’s near Hongdae! Continue reading “Traditional Markets in Seoul: Mangwon Market (망원시장)”

Burger Restaurants in Hongdae: 별버거

Had to get off from my rather long blogging hiatus to share this wonderful homemade burger restaurant located near the trending Sangsu (상수) area near Hongdae. While checking out the neighborhood, I was drawn by the tempting photos and decided to give it a shot in the morning. Boy am I glad I did. To be frank, I haven’t had a burger in my 2 years here that can hold its own against the best I’ve had in America. With western food becoming increasingly popular, I was baffled as to why. This place finally showed me a light in a dark world of overly dry burgers. Continue reading “Burger Restaurants in Hongdae: 별버거”

Ramen Restaurants in Hongdae: 멘야산다이메 (Menya Sandaime)

Decided to eat some highly rated ramen from Menya Sandaime on a ridiculously stormy day. Despite being an udon/soba guy myself, I’d never pass on a steamy hot bowl of goodness that is ramen. I was pretty excited to give it a shot given all the rave reviews and get rid of the gloomy mood typically associated with storms. I visited the Hongdae location, but they have locations in Itaewon, Jongro and Gangnam as well. Will this ramen live up to the hype? Continue reading “Ramen Restaurants in Hongdae: 멘야산다이메 (Menya Sandaime)”

Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken Restaurants in Sinchon: 장군닭갈비 (Janggoon Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken)

I’m usually not a fan of 닭갈비(spicy stir-fry chicken) because it’s usually too dry and greasy, but I decided to disregard my biases and give this place a shot. Luckily, it turned out to be a choice I didn’t regret! For the uninitiated, 닭갈비 is a bit more on the spicy side, so if you’re looking for a little bit of heat in your chicken, this is your place! Less tolerant folk should probably steer clear.  Continue reading “Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken Restaurants in Sinchon: 장군닭갈비 (Janggoon Spicy Stir-Fry Chicken)”