Huggers

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Right now in the foodie world  it seems as though burgers are the new black. Nary a day goes by without me getting another recommendation for Seoul’s latest best burger. On my burger quest I’ve tried more than my fair share, but I’d yet to have never had a vegan burger in Seoul. So when I saw there was a new vegan joint in town, I figured it was worth a try, especially since I have been trying to be a little bit healthier lately. (more…)

The Pancake Epidemic

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As you may know I have been eating healthy of late, but I thought the perfect way to break my fast would be with that old American favourite, pancakes. I’m not usually a huge lover of pancakes, but I have always heard good things about The Pancake Epidemic (TPE), so when I was in the area with friends last week we figured it was worth a try. (more…)

Juice Detox

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If you are a follower of my Instagram you may have noticed that I’ve taken up juicing! For the past few years I have attributed my weight loss and good health to the fact I follow a Raw til 4 diet and start my day with a green or veggie smoothie everyday. It has honestly worked wonders for me inside and out. However I gained quite a few pounds on my last trip home, 10 to be exact (damn you Cornish pasties!), and while 5 came off rather quickly the other 5 seem to have stuck around. I wouldn’t usually mind, but I bought quite a lot of clothes while I was back home that are still rather on the tight side. So to give me a bit of a boost I thought I’d give juicing a try after watching the Jason Vale Super Juice Me documentary. I’m not planning to give up eating indefinitely, so don’t worry, but for three days this week and next I’ll be cleansing with juice and then after that have a juice day once or twice a week to clean out all those pizzas and burgers I eat. So since I haven’t been eating out over the last few days I thought I’d share 3 of my juice recipes. Despite being packed with veggies and nutrients they are totally delicious, and will have you feeling fighting fit in no time. (more…)

Rye Post

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For a couple of years now Rye Post has been known for its excellent sandwiches. I first wrote about it three years ago when they opened in their original location, then updated when they moved up on to the main street just underneath Dillinger’s. Well the peeps at Rye Post have recently revamped the menu so that they now have a couple of burgers available, which I think is a rather marvellous thing.

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If you read this blog regularly you know how much I adore a good burger, you’ll also know how I long to find a true 10/10 mouthful of meaty Mmmming goodness. Now my burger search has taken me all over town, but I’m still searching for the burger holy grail. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had plenty of good burgers and even a few great ones I’m just still looking for my burger soulmate. I was actually starting to think that perhaps my expectations were too high, that maybe this mystical burger was a figment of my imagination, but after eating in Amsterdam and London my faith was restored, it is possible for my burger cravings to be satisfied, just not in Seoul.

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There are three new double beef burgers on the menu at Rye Post and the first one I tried was The All American (9,500). 2 beef patties topped with melted cheddar and swiss, tomato, romaine lettuce, onion, dill pickles, bacon, garlic aioli, and special sauce on a brioche bun. To me this was the ideal blend of toppings and I was very excited to try it. The patties themselves were quite thin and well done, which I don’t actually mind on a double burger as it keeps the ratios in balance. A nice enough flavour coming from the meat, seasoned, though I wouldn’t have minded a bit more fat in the cut to give it that extra oomph. Props to the bun which is baked in house like all of their other breads. I liked this burger a lot, it ticked all the boxes flavour wise. For me there was just that little bit of something extra missing. A fine burger though, up there with my current favourite, The Gilbert, at Gilbert’s Burger.

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Second up was The Texan (9,500). Again two beef patties, melted cheddar and swiss, beer battered onion rings, bacon, BBQ sauce, and mayo. I am a real sucker for a BBQ bacon cheese burger, especially if you throw on onion rings, so honestly couldn’t resist trying this bad boy too. In essence this should have made my dreams come true but it couldn’t quite match up to the All American in terms of taste, I think I missed the salad and special sauce. I also paid the extra 5,000 won to add a 1/2 portion of fries and a coke. The skinny fries themselves were fine, good but nothing noteworthy. The coke I wish had been the 330ml can and not the 200ml one but that is just me being picky.

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Overall I was very impressed with the Rye Post burgers, they are a good burgers that are well made and fall just under the $10 price tag. The new menu additions have reminded me how much I enjoy their sandwiches and how I need to eat them a little more regularly. The updated menu also has a collection of chicken burgers that sound rather good too. All in all I think this is good news and you won’t be sorry if you go down and give it a try.

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Rye post is located at 72-34 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (line 6) and come out of exit 4. Walk straight down this road for about 100 meters or so. You will see Rye Post on the left hand side just underneath Dillinger’s. for more information you can call them on 02-792-9991 or check out their facebook page. They are open everyday from  11:30am  – 9:30pm but they close for a break between 3pm -5pm.

 

 

 

Champagne Brunch at the Conrad – 37 Grill & Bar

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There is only one thing in life that I love more than a champagne brunch, and that is an unlimited champagne brunch. In most of Asia, champagne brunches are pretty ubiquitous and almost every city break we take involves at least one. While Seoul has more than its fair share of upmarket hotel brunching options, complete with a glass of bubbly, the free flow option has still not yet quite caught on, probably because Koreans aren’t as desperate to get their drink on in the day as we are. So when I was invited to come and try the brand spanking new unlimited champagne brunch at the Conrad, well you can bet I said “Hell Yeah!” (more…)

+84

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Over my years in Korea, Vietnamese cuisine has become more and more popular. I first became familiar with the style of food when I travelled to Ho Chi Minh city and Nha Trang a few years ago, then on our second trip to Hoi An, after taking a local food tour it became one of my favourite kinds of food. Last week I was invited by Tuan, a Hanoi local, to come and try his food at his restaurant +84 in Insadong. After taking a look at his menu I couldn’t resist, so I took my two favourite boys along with me to give it a try. (more…)

What A Salad

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I’ve long been a lover of salads, in fact going to the DIY salad bar when back home is one of my favourite things ever, so when I heard that Seoul had finally got one I was pretty darn excited. What A Salad is located on the the road running parallel with the main one in Itaewon. The space is pretty minimalist with a large kitchen running against one wall, and then the seating separated by a lovely living wall on the other. Unfortunately the chairs are those rather uncomfortable high chairs, so its not really the best spot for having a cosy long lunch, but it will suit those who want to grab a quick bite to eat. (more…)

Cut at 45 Park Lane

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As you may well know I just got back from a trip home, and on that visit I spent a few days in my old stomping ground, London. Not only was I desperate to catch up with old friends, I also had a very important lunch engagement at Cut at 45 Park Lane. Now as much as I enjoy the good life, I’m not on Park Lane as often as I would like, so I was thrilled when the restaurant part of the Dorchester Collection invited me to try Wolfgang Puck’s award winning steakhouse, Cut. I’ve been dying to try one of Wolfy’s steaks for forever, in fact it was on my list of must eats when I visited NYC last year, but alas it was a little out of my price range. (more…)

British Embassy Garden Party

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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. (more…)

Motor City

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Before I jetted off on my jaunt around Europe, I paid a visit to new pizza joint on the block Motor City. I honestly thought that there was no where else for pizza to go in this city after trying almost every slice of cheese and tomato covered goodness that Seoul had to offer. I thought I had seen it all, turns out I was wrong, I’d yet to try Detroit Style. Quite frankly I had never even heard of the Detroit style slice until Motor City opened its doors, so didn’t really know quite what to expect, but after being turned on to deep dish style by the Chicago slice after years of being a thin crust girl I wasn’t going to miss out on trying this version too. (more…)