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Itaewon Global Village Festival – October 15th-16th


For those at a loose end this weekend, the annual Itaewon Global Village Festival is happening. The whole of the main street is closed off and lined with dozens of different stalls selling food and drink from all over the world. The stalls vary from year to year, but in the past I’ve sampled delights such as empanadas, samosas, scotch eggs,and spring rolls. Clearly I have a fondness for deep fried foods, wherever in the world they may be from.


Not all the stalls are made equal of course, there will be some crummy hot dogs and lines of people queuing up for run of the mill kebabs. However one stall I won’t be missing out on is the Carnitas tacos from Vatos! Although if you prefer your tacos with a side of margarita, you can of course go swing by the restaurant itself, which is ideally located on the hill to give you a view of all the action with the pushing and shoving.


The weather looks to be gloriously sunny tomorrow so it’s ideal for a spot of day drinking and hanging out on the street and watching the crowds go by. There will be some form of entertainment happening all day long, expect to see dancers, singers and a DJ or two on the main stage. So get your convenience store drink on and go join the party.


The Itaewon Global Village Festival is being held on Saturday October 15th & Sunday October 16th. To get there take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit 1 or 4. The festival will be right in front of you, so you can’t miss it! For more details you can check out this website.


Restaurant Lingo – How to order food in Korean

After 7 years of living in Korea, I’d still have to describe my Korean language ability as poor at best. Learning languages has never come easily to me, but I can no longer bear the shame of telling people that I couldn’t understand them despite having lived here for so long. So I have started to learn with an online program from 90 Day Korean, I’ve got a long way to go but I have certainly been making some progress.

Beef bulgogi traditional korean barbecued meat dish (more…)


Last week I visited Homeplus for the first time in about a year and a half. Not because I haven’t wanted to (nothing puts a smile on face like a trip to the supermarket), but because I made it my New Years resolution to try and support more local small businesses rather than big corporations. Although being entirely honest, there isn’t one near where we live so I am sure my laziness rather than my social conscience has probably attributed to that. But last week I was having a bit of a crap day then discovered there was one on my way home from work, so I decided to pop in and do a spot of food shopping to cheer myself up.

From the moment I walked in I was amazed at the change. I’m a fruit and veg fanatic these days and drooled all over the new section. Ingredients which were hard to find before are now prevalent. 3,000 won for a dragon fruit or only 2,000 for a coconut or passion fruit. Even avocados are only 2,300 each now. I never thought I would see these kind of exotic ingredients at such low prices.


Next I popped over to the meat selection. Homeplus stocks an amazing brand now called Mr Beaks which do all manner of proper flavoured sausages, steaks, and packed meat. They even have marinated fresh lamb chops!


The dried goods selection has made an amazing transformation too. They now have all the spices of the world. I didn’t have a look at every single one, but they had an amazing selection, plenty of cumin, dill, and chives. Compared to three years ago when all they had was rosemary, parsley, and curry powder it’s a huge step up. I also noticed cloves in the reduced section, so it might be a good idea to get in early for the mulled wine.


I was also a bit excited to see they have a giant pick and mix selection, until I found out that it’s not technically pick and mix. They have tiny prepacked sachets, though for only a few hundred won each, you could just get lots! They also have Haribo finally, although still no Tangfastics, but it’s only a matter of time!



Probably the best section was the Tesco’s Finest Range. The change here was incredible. Gourmet ketchup, cherry compote, Tuscan olive oil, orzo pasta,  a variety of Swiss chocolate bars and much much more.


And look at these little beauties I found in the freezer. At 8,000 each they aren’t cheap, but they are proper English Ice-creams. Made in the West Country where I am from, Madagascan vanilla, West Country Fudge, Coconut and Mango, Passionfruit and Jaffa Orange, and Stem Ginger. I got the jaffa orange and passionfruit sorbet which was scrumptious and well worth the price tag.


They even had a couple of other proper British items lurking like Heinz baked beans and shortcake biscuits!


Anyway here is what I ended up with, came to about 100,000 which isn’t cheap but I bought lots of luxury items so I think I did quite well overall.


Parmesan, Emmental, Giant pot of yoghurt, 2 pineapples, 300g of quality chocolate, sorbet, steak, croissants, prosecco, blackcurrant jam, black beans, and cheese sticks to name a few. I couldn’t even imagine finding these items 5 years ago and now my shopping basket was filled with them. I am one happy although slightly poorer camper indeed!

The Homeplus I visited is the one located at Gubeundari station on line 5. This was decently sized Homeplus but not giant. So hopefully they should have some these items at your nearest one too, although stock will vary from store to store.

Nutrition Mission


With it being Monday and all, I thought I would kick off the week with a nice healthy post, to inspire those who overindulged on the weekend (which of course includes me). Considering the name of my blog it may shock and surprise some of you that I have always been interested in eating healthily, although I haven’t always managed to do it in practice. I love junk food more than life itself sometimes, and you would have to pry the Chicken McNuggets out of my hands before I’d share them with you. However despite the abundance of chicken nuggets in my life, I have always been one to eat all my fruits and vegetables as well.


Since turning 30 and getting engaged I have really started to be more interested in eating healthily. I have been trying to incorporate more healthy foods into my diet and cut out some of the junk  in preparation for my impending wedding, as I want to walk down the aisle rather than waddle! Although it’s not always easy I am trying to eat as well as I possibly can whilst still enjoying the foods I love, as there is no way I’m ever going to give up being a food blogger!  For the past 9 months I have been following a healthy eating ideology of  raw til 4pm , 5 times a week. I drink a green smoothie for breakfast every morning and then eat salad, fruit, and nuts for my lunch and snacks. Then I eat a normal dinner.  I still eat cake, pizza, chips and fried foods but not around the clock, just a couple of times a week rather than every day. It has not always been easy but my body feels great after making these changes.


I have decided to share my progress with you because after 29 years of being overweight, I have finally reached a weight which is deemed “normal”. No longer am I slotted in to the plus size or obese category, although that still feels strange and I think I’ll always consider myself a Fat Girl at heart no matter what size I am. I look and feel so much better now, since changing my diet I have more energy than ever before. Although it’s a bit a cliché I’ve finally found a balance in my eating habits and a program which works for me. I have always found it easy enough to eat healthy during the day, but as soon as night comes around and I start watching TV, I can’t seem to stop stuffing my face. So eating raw and doing exercise in the morning keeps me motivated to make better choices later, and if I want to eat something more calorie laden later, I can knowing I have given my body all its nutrients early on. With amazing breakfasts and lunches like this, it’s really not that hard.


After going it alone for a few months I had some great success, but was starting to get stuck in a bit of a rut when I met Jaime. She told me all about Nutrition Mission and was impressed with what I had achieved and invited me for a free consultation.  The programs that she offers are designed around you and through the use of Personalized Menu Plans and Body Analysis, she helps her clients achieve optimal health to prevent or manage various chronic diseases. You can get as much help as you need, which includes menu planning, personal shopping advice, and pantry reorganizing for those who have no idea where to start.


One of the most popular programs she runs is her one month detox. A plan designed to clean and nourish our bodies with what they are most craving. No one is starving or missing out on meals, just eating clean food that will provide our bodies with what they need. If you are wanting to kick start a cleaner you, then this is a great way to get the support and information that you need. She made excellent suggestions about my current diet and told me where I could improve and how to get more variety into my meals to keep my body making positive changes.

As part of our consultation Jaime made me a delicious and healthy dinner. She introduced me to a new food and super grain millet, which is incredibly prevalent in Korea as well as being cheap. It’s also less controversial than quinoa which is getting a bit of a bad rep ethically these days. Due to its popularity it’s now too expensive for the South Americans, whose diet it’s a staple of, to buy. She formed this super grain into patties and flavoured them with nutritional yeast, which, due to iHerb, I have an abundance of. It’s a vegan miracle food as it gives food a cheesy flavour that it’s hard to find anywhere else. The result was these fab millet patties, which I have already recreated a couple of times. Check out the recipe here!


As a Holistic nutritionist, she will help find out any illnesses or health problems you are having which could easily be related to what food you put in your body. I found out that I eat way to many acidic foods which is causing problems with my teeth and pituitary glands, and through the menu plan that she designed for me I now incorporate more alkaline foods into my diet. At first I was worried that she would tell me off for all the KFC I ate, but rather than concentrating on the negatives she told me what I was doing right and encouraged me to do more of that. She also taught me some great recipes like her strawberry chocolate pies, which are amazingly tasty and full of nutrition. Filled with ingredients that nourish the body, it’s no big deal if you eat the whole thing!


Overall Jaime said that my diet wasn’t too bad,  I should just try and apply the 80/20 rule. None of us are perfect and we should enjoy what we love in moderation which is what I am trying to do now. I still eat a whole pizza sometimes, but I also have lots of days where I eat clean healthy food. This way I can have my cake, and eat healthily too.

To inspire you all and reward you for being such faithful readers, I have decided to post some of my before and after pictures. My weight has always yo-yoed but I think finally I’m on the right track, and with Jaime’s support and encouragement I have the tools to keep maintaining my weight at a healthy level. Below are some pictures of me at 25 and 30. I never thought in all my life I would look this great at 30. After spending my 20’s dieting non stop I had pretty much resigned myself to being overweight forever. So it doesn’t matter how old you are, if I can do it so can you.



If you too want a nudge in the right direction, Nutrition Mission will be hosting a 14-Day Detox Program from September 27th to October 11th. This program will help you get the tools you need to incorporate a gentle, yet effective 14 day gentle cleansing program and detox your body. With the help of Holistic Nutritionist Jamie Melnychuk you can remove what’s holding you back and add everything your body needs for optimal energy, clarity and renewal. If you would like to find out more about Nutrition Mission, check out their website or facebook page.  


LA & Vegas

Good news everyone, Fat Girl is back in Korea.  And I’m finally ready to tell you about my fabulously fun trip  to America – the land of supersize it, all you can eat buffets, and 300lb people. It was a fat girls dream. Now this wasn’t my first trip to the good old USA, I had been years ago when I was a kid and mainly what I remembered was the food, it was all a chubby teenage me was interested in.

Now it didn’t take us long to figure out that the portions in the USA are huge!! Even I was shocked and I pretty much have no problem finishing off 8 slices of a family sized pizza on a Sunday afternoon followed by half a cheesecake!!! Our first stop was  The Pikey Bar in LA where we has some pretty amazing triple cooked chips and aioli.  We also had our first celeb spotting in the form of Ryan from The O.C. who was sat at the next table. Although I did always prefer Seth, it was still quite exciting nonetheless.



While in LA I knew I had to hit up The Farmers Market. It was filled to the brim with deliciousness and stalls selling their wares. But I had no idea there would be so many restaurants there selling food for right now. Everywhere I looked there was something even more delicious to behold. We had already eaten quite the spread at our hotel that morning and had reservations for lunch in a few hours so as sad as I am to say this I couldn’t partake in the deliciousness. Except for some amazing cherries and a really nice smoothie that we got. Next time I plan to go hungry. In one of the stores they even had English chocolate!!! Cadbury’s, Malteasers and a white Chocolate Orange. Now I love Malteasers more than The Fat Boyfriend, but even I just couldn’t bring myself to pay over $5 a for a small bag, so I sadly left them on the shelf.


I had booked us a lunch at The IVY where apparently all the stars go to push their salads around their plates and get their pictures taken by the paparazzi. I’ve always liked to think of myself as a star so I fit right in. Since it was my birthday we were each given a glass of complimentary champagne (which I have always considered a great way to start a meal.) It was quickly followed up by a raspberry mojito. I decided to be a little healthy and have a cobb salad, although with all the bacon, egg, and cheese in it I’m not sure it was so healthy after all. It was also gigantic. I couldn’t even finish it. The Fat Boyfriend ordered the burger and truffle fries which was amazing. I ended up eating half so no wonder I didn’t have room for salad. I decided to skip dessert and get their special cocktail of the day, a champagne sangria, which was very good but at $25 a pop I would have been not too impressed if it wasn’t.


For dinner I decided to neglect some of the restaurants famed for their food in favour of Sur. Now if you read my blog regularly you will know how much I love trashy reality TV easpecially “The real Housewives of” series, I watch them all, every last one even Vancouver. Anyway Sur is owned by Lisa Vanderpump the star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It is also the set for her spin-off show Vanderpump Rules about all her gorgeous and incestuous waiters and waitresses who all callously cheat on each other behind their backs. The Fat Boyfriend absolutely loathes the show, but I think it’s fabulous. The food was fine but really nothing special, but the drinks were amazing and we saw quite a few of the cast including head lethareo Jaxx, Tom and Peter. Tom even made me a pomegranate  cocktail and it was delicious.


The next day we had lunch at Santa Monica pier where I ate a large amount of edamame beans. For dinner we were pretty knackered and just grabbed an In n Out Burger on the way back to our hotel. I have been hearing nothing but good things about In n Out Burger for some time so I really couldn’t wait to try it but I was rather disappointed. The burger was okay but really nothing special and the fries were completely tasteless. I think I made a mistake by not getting them animal style. The next morning I awoke to stabbing pains  which quickly developed into a severe case of food poisoning. I can’t believe after never having it in my life, travelling extensively through Asia I went all the way to the states to get it. It was a pretty hard day all round but I sucked it up and got on my flight to Vegas, which is the main thing. Was it the edamame or the burger? Who could say for sure, either way I’m off both those food groups for the foreseeable future.


So my first few meals in Vegas I pretty much skipped out on, When I awoke on my birthday morning having just turned 30, all the visions I had of, a breakfast in bed, cakes galore, and all other treats, were forgotten. However through sheer hunger I rallied in time for my dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Steak which was absolutely amazing. One of the best steaks I have ever eaten in my life. The beef wellington was also a hit. The starters, the cocktails, the dessert with a little candle it was all incredible and well worth the money. They even had a steak trolley for you to see all the different cuts of meat. I have wanted to eat at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants for a long time now, so I was glad to finally get my chance, and thanks to my food poisoning I was especially svelte in my dress.




The next day I was back to full speed and figured it was about time I hit the buffet. VIPS has nothing on these buffets, everything you could think of and more was served at the one at The Palms. Chinese, Mexican, Salad bar, Italian, Mongolian, Korea and US classics galore. The surprise hit of the buffet was the galbi ribs, I ate about 12 over 2 days, the sauce was just so so good. I can’t believe that in a buffet of that caliber I went after the galbi! I still avoided the kimchi though.


On the last day I was  incredibly hung over thanks to a hard night of partying after watching Britney, I settled on  panda express for some good time hangover gorging. Chinese is what I miss most from living at home so I needed to hit my quota. I also found time to eat my birthday cheesecake from The Cheesecake factory. 1300 calories of chocolate, peanut butter and caramel layered cheesecake goodness. This is the only birthday cake I will accept from now on.


We also went back to the buffet for dinner, although The poor Fat Boyfriend only managed a spoon of potatoes and a slice of pizza he was so queasy. I made up for it and managed a more ample 3 plates.  I of course loaded up on Reese’s goodies at the airport and treated myself to a last minute cupcake at the airport.


Well after all that I expected to come back at least 10lbs heavier as is my usual, but would you believe it I only gained half a pound! Was it due to the food poisoning, too many salads, the liquid diet, or all that walking?  Who could say for sure but I was very surprised this morning indeed, but with The Fat Wedding in less than a year it’s about time I got in shape.

Vegas Baby!!!


Hi faithful readers, sorry about my lack of blog posts lately, but you will have to hold out a little longer as I am off to the quintessential land of gluttony today!!! I am taking a trip to celebrate my 30th Birthday to L.A and Las Vegas!!! One week of indulging myself round the clock on  burgers, cheesecakes, and all you can eat buffets! I can hardly wait. I will be posting pictures of all my exploits online though so you will be able to keep track of all my indulging. So be sure check out my facebook page and my twitter!

Growing Herbs


Hurray! It’s March, Spring is finally in the air, and the weather is starting to get warm. I’m even off to my first BBQ tomorrow! I’ve really taken spring cleaning to heart this year and reorganized all the junk that seems to clutter my house. I’ve even done a bit of decorating and turned our guest room into a walk in closet, fulfilling my life long dream of owning a walk in closet.

Now the house has been tackled it’s time to do the “garden” and start planting seeds, to grow some fabulous herbs that make all those summer meals so tasty. Herbs are so easy to grow, you only need a minimum outdoor space which gets some sun, or even a sunny window sill if you are lucky enough to live in an apartment with a much coveted window. I’ve even grown them out on a sunny indoor balcony before. Anyone can do it, just look at the tiny space I have to work with!


Buying herbs can be expensive, difficult, and tiresome, unless you live in a neighborhood like mine which has a herb plant store or a giant supermarket which stays well stocked.  But even if you can buy fresh herbs to use in a recipe, you will probably end up using them once and then letting the rest shrivel up and die in the fridge. Well, no more!

Buying your kit is as easy as a trip to Daiso. Daiso have really upped their game these past few years and there really isn’t that much you can no longer find. They have all your favourites like Rosemary, Basil, Mint, Tarragon, Thyme, etc. As well as various fruits and vegetables.


I planted several basil plants as I really go through it in the summer and like to have a healthy supply. As well as tarragon, mint, rosemary, spinach, arugula, and some coriander seeds I had left from last year. Obviously some things grow better than others but I’m excited about my harvest this year. Last year I had fresh herbs all summer so this year I’m taking it up a notch and doing some lettuce, green onions, celery, and tomatoes. I really want to make a homegrown salad. I’m even trying to replant a celery stalk!


I’m also considering growing potatoes and ginger too. And instead of buying more new pots I’m up-cycling some of our many water bottles.


If you don’t have a green enough thumb to start some seeds from scratch then pay a visit to the Yangjae Flower market which is located at Yangjae-dong 232, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Seoul. They have a huge selection of starter plants and it’s the biggest in Seoul. If you can’t find it there it probably doesn’t exist.

So below is my little herb garden, I’ll be sure to keep you updated with it’s progress. so get planting everyone, Summer will soon be here!


Christmas Wish List


After years and years of spending Christmas in Korea, this year I shall be going home for Christmas. But with that comes a whole host of questions of what I would like for Christmas. We will be spending the day with my family, then heading over to Ireland to spend some time with Niall’s family. Obviously my own friends and family know me well and what I might like but with in-laws it’s really hard not to know what to get. To make things easier, Niall and I decided to make wish lists on Amazon with lots of little things we both liked to help make present buying a lot easier. I have really taken to this making a wish list thing, so much so I thought I would make a fat girls wish list. This is a collection of lovely things I would love to own one day. Obviously Le Creuset pans and Cath Kidston dishes are probably a bit beyond my means at the moment, but there are lots of lovely thing like ingredients and bake-ware that I could afford but never seem to buy. I figured I would share it with all my lovely readers, since it is the season of giving and perhaps some of you are rich, generous or want to buy your favourite food blogger a lovely present (wink,wink). So here is my list of lovely things if you would like to check it out. Happy Christmas shopping everyone! #buymepresentsplease.

Sancheong Medicinal Cooking Contest


Last weekend I ventured down to Sangcheon to enter the medicinal cooking contest. Lured by the cash prizes on offer I entered and got accepted. We boarded a bus on Friday night at midnight and arrived at 4:45am and were told we should be back on the bus by 7am. Not much time to sleep huh? We arrived at the festival in the early morning to find it was outside and in the middle of a thunderstorm. The ground was crazy muddy and I wasn’t looking forward to it at all.

On the sides of the tents there were pictures of all the contestants, everyone else was in a chefs outfit then there is me in my holiday photo looking very inappropriate, oops.


Despite the mud and adverse weather conditions we sat through the opening ceremony and started cooking our dishes. Everything went amazingly and the sun came out. I later found out that we were not just representing ourselves in this international competition , we were representing England too! It was very exciting as I had never represented my country before. It was especially exciting for Niall since he is Irish! Things were going well, my dessert was done and the risotto was nearly finished.  Who knew I had the skills to knock out a cheesecake in a thunderstorm in a muddy field. (I will seriously have to up my game next time we go camping!)  We finished our dishes on time and laid them out, it was then that we realized we had missed the mark somehow. The level of skill and presentation from the other teams was amazing, I had no idea this was what we were coming up against and suffice to say we didn’t win.



Despite the lack of a win, we had a crazy fun time, met lots of lovely people and ate a lot of different foods. Even if the judges weren’t so keen, all the other participants went crazy over my risotto and cheesecake, so I shall share the recipes with you guys anyway.

Ginseng & Mushroom Risotto



200g of Korean Rice

1-2 litres of chicken stock

1 onion

4 cloves of garlic

50g ginseng

100g of chestnut mushrooms

1 chicken breast

1 cup green tea

50g of dried shiitake mushrooms

25g of butter

100g of freshly shaved parmesan

75ml of cream

1 glass of white wine

  1. To make the stock, boil the chicken stock with the dried mushrooms and ginseng for 20 minutes
  2.  Chop and fry the mushrooms in butter for 5 minutes and set aside.
  3. Chop the onion and garlic and fry off in a little olive oil and butter for five minutes.
  4. Add the rice to the pan. and stir for a few minutes until it is translucent.
  5. Add one ladle full of the stock to the rice and stir until absorbed.
  6. Add another ladle full of stock and stir until absorbed. Repeat this process until the rice has cooked (about 20 minutes)
  7. Add the mushrooms to the pan of rice, along with a knob of butter, cream and 50g of parmesan and stir.
  8. To cook the chicken breast, boil the green tea and place the chicken above it in a steamer for 20 minutes until cooked.
  9. Slice the chicken breast and serve of a bed of risotto and top with more fresh parmesan.

Ginger and Citron Cheesecake



200g of ginger biscuits (FFM or HSM)

200g cream cheese (room temperature)

200ml whipping cream

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

200ml white chocolate

100g of butter

100g of citron jelly (유자 )


  1. Melt the butter and crush the biscuits until they are breadcrumb texture. Stir the biscuits into the melted butter then put into the mould and push down to form the base and chill.
  2. Whip the cream cheese, cream, and vanilla together.
  3. Melt the white chocolate and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Stir the white chocolate into the cream cheese and cream mixture.
  5. Put the cheesecake mixture into the mould on top of the base.
  6. Melt the 유자 jelly and top the cheesecake. Leave to set in the fridge for at least a couple of  hours.