Of all the soirees that I manage to blag an invite to, the events at the home of The British ambassador Charles Hay always seem to be the swankiest. In the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to attend the invite only birthday parties held for my Queen, Elizabeth II, in the ambassadors very own garden. And while everyone isn’t bestowed the privilege of attending her majesty’s birthday shindig, they are more than welcome to buy a ticket to the British Chamber of Commerce’s annual Garden Party.
As I told you on Monday, this week I am having some fun in the sun in Phuket. Today is my birthday and I’m turning 32, which is a little bit scary, so to deal with it I though being pampered in 5 star luxury while medicating myself with delicious tropical cocktails would just about soothe my nerves. Luckily for me and my bank balance I was invited to stay at the brand new Dream Phuket Hotel and Spa. The beautiful hotel is located on the North west coast of the island close to Layan beach. With several airlines now offering direct flights from Seoul to Phuket, it was amazingly easy to get here, just a hop, a skip, a plane, and a taxi ride away.
A few months ago I had my first taste of Snapple at Gino’s NY Pizza. For those not in the know Snapple is a New York based soft drink, and quite recently it became available in Korea. To promote this tasty soft drink, Snapple sent me a whole case of the stuff hoping I could make some delicious cocktails for them. Being somewhat of an expert when it comes to making beverages of the alcoholic variety I quite quickly took up their offer. There are eight different flavours of Snapple available in Korea, but I chose my four favourites and turned each of them into a lovely libation. Each one is unique in its own way and complements the naturally sweetened drink. You can of course opt out of the alcohol and drink it the way it was intended, but where is the fun in that?
Le Saigon is one of Seoul’s best and most popular Vietnamese restaurants, and this weekend they will be opening their fifth and largest store. The slick and sleek new restaurant is located between Sinnonhyeon and Gangnam stations, an area, despite its popularity, I’ve always found is lacking for good places to eat.
Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s time for us to focus upon the more important fall/winter holidays. The times of year when it’s important to spend time with your loved ones and stuff your face until your clothes are bulging at the seams. Back home Thanksgiving and Christmas mean turkey, however in Korea turkey meat just isn’t all that popular and coupled with this years shortage a good turkey will be very hard to find indeed.
Today a super hip new app called Urban Street launches. Urban Street is a new app designed by Wired Lab aimed to help people find boutique restaurants or stores in different neighbourhoods in Seoul. Essentially the app is a bit of a mix between Four Square, Pinterest, and Instagram, but what sets the app apart from the countless others are the exquisite professional pictures. By using Urban street you can find all kinds of bespoke goods in different areas of Seoul. So whether you are looking for food or fashion you can find it all wherever you are in the city.