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Christmas Dinner Guide 2017

Thanksgiving is yesterdays news, and there are only a few more weeks until Christmas!!!!. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year, I just adore getting gussied up, filling my belly with seasonal treats and drinking far too many champagne cocktails. Once January comes around Seoul gets insanely cold and personally I try to leave the house as little as possible, so now is the time to do as much celebrating and eating out as possible. Choosing the correct place to spend your special day is of the utmost importance, especially if you are visiting from out of town. Luckily I’ve put together a list of some of the best options of where to eat this holiday season.This list is in no means complete so stay tuned because I will be adding more events as the days roll by, but this should be enough to get you started.

La Marmite – HBC’s very own French bistro will be offering a four day special set menu for the festive period from December 22nd-25th. The six course menu includes a bisque, scallops, homemade ravioli, stout braised beef, cheese plate with homemade bread, and chocolate fondant with tarragon ice cream. The dinner costs 75,000 per person, with an optional wine pairing for an extra 25,000. Reservations are recommended and can be made via the event facebook page.

Urban Farm TableUFT reopened this year in a new location and I for one am thrilled as i loved the old restaurant a lot and was sad when the farm to table eatery closed. They are are putting on an 8 course menu for a lucky few (the place is very small so can only host 8) on December 23rd & 24th. The menu which includes scallops, pork and locally made cheese will be 100,000 per person, or 150,000 if you want a 5 course wine pairing. Having had Chef Roydon’s food before, I am sure you are in for a treat, and this is a real foodie’s type of event. For more details you can visit their facebook page.

Braai Republic – The South African pub will be doing their traditional South African Christmas lunch on December 25th. The 3 course set menu menu includes, a steaming glass of Glühwein, cream of mushroom soup, leg of lamb, bobotie sausage, mashed potato & gravy and mixed veggies, and malva pudding and ice cream for dessert.  Tickets cost 45,000 per person (which will include a W5,000 tip for the hard-working staff at Braai Republic). Lunch will start at 1PM with only one sitting. Regular menu items will be available after 5PM. To reserve a seat, email them at braairepublicseoul@gmail.com.



WinK – The Kyodae kitchen and taphouse is celebrating the holiday season by knocking up a feast of seasonal delights. They are offering dinner on December 23rd, 24th, and 25th and will have two seatings on each day. The dinner Includes a glass of wine or beer, oven roasted turkey, turkey gravy, red wine cranberry sauce, roasted garlic mashed potato, ham quiche with mushroom, sauteed vegetables and vanilla creme brulee for dessert. There are also optional all you can drink specials for those who really want to let their hair down. To reserve your seat you can contact them on 02-6053-3249 or via their facebook page

Route 66 – This year will be the 4th Annual Route 66 Christmas Eve Buffet on Sunday, December 24th. The lunch begins at 3 pm, and includes turkey, ham, gravy, sweet potato casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, veggies, rolls, buffalo chicken dip, apple and pumpkin pie, and vanilla ice cream. Tickets are 40,000 and come with a drink. There is limited availability so swing buy the bar or visit their facebook page to reserve your spot.

Bull and Barrel – On December 24th & 25th, Bull and Barrel will host their 6th Annual Christmas dinner buffet. Their traditional dinner will include roast turkey, chestnut stuffing with turkey gravy, cod au gratin, roast ham, roast potatoes, green beans and seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce, and cheesecake with berry coulis for dessert. As usual you also get a complimentary alcoholic beverage. Tickets are 40,000 per guest with cash payment or bank transfer. Text 010-9982-2423 to make your reservation today, or visit their facebook event page.

El Pino 323 – For those who come from warmer and spicier climates, you might feel more comfortable scarfing down a festive Mexican Feast. El Pino is offering all you can eat tacos for two hours on December 23rd & 24th for a mere 35,000 per person. There are a whole host of tacos to choose from, and even a few extra dishes. I was very tempted by this one myself, though I’d hate to bankrupt them with the sheer amount of tacos I would be capable of eating. Reservations and prepayment must be made in advance, see their facebook event page for details.

Vatos – Christmas is a time for drinking and eating, but it is also a time for eating. Thankfully you can do all three at Vatos’s pay it Forward party on saturday December 23rd. The menu hasn’t been published yet, but ‘ve yet tio eat a bad meal there yet. The tickets cost 40,000 per person and the proceeds will go to Jerusulam Children’s Ministry. You can stuff your face, get your drink on with some of their awesome cocktails and give yourself a big pat on the back for giving back to the local community. Its win, win, win! See the facebook event page for details on how to book.

Four Seasons – December 1st-31st  – Nothing says Christmas like a fully cooked turkey dinner, and if you live life without an oven  the Four Seasons Hotel has you covered. Throughout the month of December they will be providing fully cooked turkey dinners packaged and ready to go. So if you are having friends over or just eat the whole thing yourself (no judgement here) you can pre-order one through their website. If you would rather eat inside the hotel they are holding a seasonal brunch at the Market Kitchen on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and NYE , and an all you can drink Champagne one at Boccalino (125,000). See their holiday events calendar for more details.

Cranberry Moscow Mule

It being Monday and all, the last thing you probably want to read right now is a cocktail recipe, especially if you are still suffering from your shenanigans at the weekend. However I have been inundated with requests for this recipe after serving it at my Christmas party on Saturday to room full of thirsty revellers. I figured that if i was going to go to the effort of writing it all out, I may as well make a post out of it, just in case any of you out there are in desperate need of an easy and festive cocktail recipe. (more…)

Eggnog Recipe

I can’t even remember the last time I shared a recipe, but so many people have been asking for it on Instagram after seeing my pictures that I couldn’t resist, plus its the season of sharing. Now I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but I’m pretty sure I make the world’s best eggnog, Everyone I have ever made it for has fallen in love with the stuff, even those who were convinced they didn’t like it. If you’ve had it before, you’ll know that homemade eggnog is nothing like the crap you buy in the carton so put that yucky stuff out of your mind right now. A home made eggnog is a rich and creamy bourbon spiced custardy drink of Christmas flavoured goodness. (more…)

Christmas Calendar


Thanksgiving is over and there is less than a month before it’s Christmas so I’m putting together a list of everything you can do that is Christmassy. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year, I just adore getting gussied up, filling my belly with seasonal treats and drinking far too many champagne cocktails. Once January comes around Seoul gets insanely cold and personally I try to leave the house as little as possible. This list is in no means complete so stay tuned because I will be adding and deleting events as the days roll by, but this should be enough to get you started.



Four Seasons – December 1st-31st 

Nothing says Christmas like a fully cooked turkey dinner, and if you live life without an oven  the Four Seasons Hotel has you covered. Throughout the month of December they will be providing fully cooked turkey dinners packaged and ready to go. So if you are having friends over or just eat the whole thing yourself (no judgement here) you can pre-order one through their website. If you would rather eat inside the hotel they are holding a seasonal brunch at the Market Kitchen on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and NYE , and an all you can drink Champagne one at Boccalino (130,000). See their holiday events calendar for more details.


Dominic – December 24th – 31st

Dominic in Itaewon will be enjoying a whole host of festivities this New Years EVE. The NY style bar and restaurant will be having a delicious champagne brunch and steak dinner in the evening. For the main countdown the bar will be open and they are giving away a welcome drink to all guests along with a fried cheese and olive platter. They also have champagne packages available from 180,000-350,000. See their facebook page for more details and to make a reservation.


WinK Christmas Dinner – December 30th & 31st

WinK Kitchen will be ringing in 2017 with a special dinner – soup, steak, cheesecake and a glass of wine for 29,000. As with all their dinners there is an all you can drink option too. See the event page on facebook to reserve a seat or to find out more.

Hidden Cellar NYE Party – December 31st

The Hidden Cellar in HBC will be hosting a party to see in the new year. Free entry, free drinks, and plenty of giveaways will be happenging throughout the evening. There will also be live Acoustic Musi, The Talented TRAVIS, THe Magnificent Maggie Crossett, and The One The Only POUNAMU. See the event page on facebook for more details.



New Years Ballroom Party – December 31st

Kick off the 2017 with a party in the ballroom of the Imperial Palace in Gangnam. The event is being run by Global Seoul Mates, and will take place in a luxury 5 star ballroom which will be filled with 800 people dressed to the nines. The tickets start at 45,000 which is incredibly reasonable since the it includes all you can drink wine and cocktail happy hour. There will also be DJ’s, live performances and more importantly a proper countdown. Click here for more details or to book your ticket.

High Street Market – Turkey Delivery – December 1st – 31st

For those of you who like to enjoy your turkey in the comfort of your own home you can get one delivered right  to your doorstep from  High Street Market. The turkey dinner includes a juicy 12-14 pound turkey, 2kg of mashed potato, 8 cups of brown gravy, 1kg of green bean almondine, turkey stuffing, cranberry sauce and stollen. The dinners serve between 10-12 people and cost 229,000. There are also are options available with roast beef, lamb, pork, and ham. Dinners must be ordered in advance. See their website for more details.

BCCK – Christmas Lunch



Christmas is by far and away my favourite time of year and nothing excites me more than a fabulous Christmas party. The food, the booze, the sequins, its just the thing to induce some seasonal merriment into your year. In Korea the Christmas party hasn’t really taken off in the way it has back home, where let’s face it they are practically mandatory at this point. However luckily for us the BCCK is hosting their Christmas Lunch on December 2nd at the Four Seasons Hotel. The lunch which is from 11:30-3:00pm, cost 165,000 per person, or a cool 1.6 million for a table of ten. So feel free to bring a few friends.


The luncheon will begin with a champagne reception before moving on to tradition Christmas lunch, then carolling and a chance to dance when DJ Fenner hits the Decks. The final menu is a bit of surprise but expect at least four courses and plenty of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce along with other British favourites. As with all BCCK events the booze will be free flow, so feel free to drink thew bar dry, it’s Friday after all, and at the Christmas party it’s customary to get carried away.


Not only is the luncheon a chance to kick back and enjoy some seasonal merriment, it also an opportunity to give a little something back. Every year companies such as British Airways, Jaguar, Land Rover, Burberry, Jo Malone and many more generously donate a whole host of gifts which are then raffled off. Last years raffle raised over 50 million won and was donated to a very worthy cause. So be sure to bring plenty of cash with you for the raffle and your credit card for the silent auction, it will be a great chance to do some Christmas shopping.


This year I will be hosting a table at the Christmas lunch, so if you would like to join me get your Christmas party on, be sure to mention that you want to be seated on the FAT GIRL TABLE when you fill out your registration form. To reserve your ticket please visit the BCCK website and download the reservation form and transfer your money to the BCCK bank account Standard Chartered Bank, 100-20-260583.


The BCCK Christmas lunch is being held on Friday December 2nd 11:30am-3pm at the Grand Ballroom in the Four Seasons Hotel at 97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Gwanghwamun Station (line 5) and come out of exit 7. Walk straight and cross over the street, you should see the hotel in front of you. For more information or to reserve your tickets for the ball please visit the BCCK website or email rsvp@bcck.or.kr. Merry Christmas!

Berry Christmas Wreath


I love a theme and I love Pavlova so this really is the ideal Christmas dessert for me. I was invited to a whole host of Christmas events last week, and was up to my eye balls in party food. When everyone knows you write a food blog the pressure is on to make something spectacular, that and the fact I’m a total perfectionist when it comes to food. This Berry Christmas Wreath was the ideal treat for me to bring, as I was able to make the meringue the night before and just put the topping on at the party. I topped mine with medley of red berries, including strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, and pomegranate, then added a sprinkling of icing sugar and a sprig of holly to give it that christmassy effect. (more…)

Christmas Dinner in Seoul

Hurrah my favourite time of the year is almost here. a time to eat too much, wear sequins, get drunk and snog someone inappropriate under the mistletoe toe. Choosing the correct place to spend your special day is of the utmost importance, especially if you are visiting from out of town. Luckily I’ve put together a list of some of the best options of where to eat this holiday season.

BreraDecember 24th58,000 pp


Enjoy a proper Italian Christmas Dinner from my favourite Italian restaurant in the city. A sumptuous four course dinner with wine pairings is the perfect way to kick off your Christmas holidays. The menu includes your nibbles, a choice of starter, main course, and dessert, along with a whole host of booze. To make a reservation call 0222360770 or 01080701982.



Craftworks NamsanDecember 24th35,000 pp

Craftworks will be hosting their International Christmas eve dinner this year on Thursday, December 24th with two seating at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The dinner includes a choice of  of US Pot Roast, Greek Chicken Thigh, or Vietnamese Glazed Ham, and is served with Italian Potato Casserole, Mexican Enchilada Pasta, US Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Middle East Cous Cous Salad, Hungarian Cabbage Roll, Filipino Cake, and a choice of Apple Pie / Pumpkin Pie for dessert. Dinner is W35,000 per person. and if you reserve before December 20th you get a Free glass of US mulled Wine or Puerto Rican Egg Nogg. Please make reservations to [email protected]com and include your reservation name, no. of guests, the serving choice of Pot Roast / Chicken Thigh / Glazed Ham, dessert choice of apple pie / pumpkin pie, contact number and time.

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MadeDecember 24th & 25th45,000 pp

Made will be hosting a four course dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 6pm – 9pm. The menu includes arancini, beet salad, duck meatballs, duck confit, pork bely porchetta, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, chestnut and sausage stuffing, mac & cheese, creamed kale, tiramisu, and olive oil cake with egg nog ice cream for dessert. To reserve your spot please call them on 02-512-1050.


WinKDecember 24th & 25th35,000 pp

WinK’s new chef will be putting his peddle to the metal this holiday season by knocking up a feast of seasonal delights. Their dinner will have one seating at 7pm on Christmas Eve and two at 6pm and one at 8pm on Christmas Day. The dinner Includes a pale ale or glass of wine,  Oven Roasted Turkey, Home Style Gravy, Red Wine Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, Cheesy Broccoli Gratin with Mustard Crumble, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts, Bacon and Maple Vinaigrette, Chipotle Honey Glazed Pumpkin, Pumpkin Eggnog Shot, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies. There are also optional all you can drink specials for those who really want to let their hair down. To reserve contact them on 02-6053-3249 or via their facebook page


Ciuri CiuriDecember 24th & 25th88,000 for 2 people

Another Italian feast is available at Ciuri Ciuri in Sangsu. On both Christmas Eve & Christmas Day you will be able to enjoy a four course dinner and half a bottle of wine. The menu includes anti pasto, lobster linguine, granita, Italian sausage and lentil stew, and panettone with custard. The meal is priced at 88,000 for two people and is also available on request for the whole month of December. To make a reservation you can call them on 02-749-9996 or message them via their facebook page.


HopscotchDecember 24th – 26th50,000 pp

Hopscotch is hosting a fabulous Christmas meal on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day! Turkey haters should be happy as the meal includes prime roast, creamed spinach, creamed corn, garlic mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding and a draft beer. To reserve a table you can call them on 02-511-0145 or contact them via their facebook page.


DominicDecember 24th – January 2nd80,000 + pp

Dominic is really getting into the festive cheer with a whole host of events this holiday season! They will kick off with a five course steak dinner on Christmas Eve & Christmas day for 80,000 per person or an all you can drink and eat party from 9:30pm – close. They will also be hosting their regular brunch menu on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Weekend with the first glass of bubbly being on the house. Then they will finish the year with a huge NYE steak dinner from 6pm – 9.30pm and an all you can eat and drink party from 9:30 onwards! If I was in Seoul for NYE then this is definitely where I’d be partying! To make a reservation you can call them on 02-790-7588 or message them via their facebook page.


Bull and Barrel December 25th40,000 pp

Bull and Barrel is once again having their annual Christmas dinner buffet on Friday, December 25th. There will be a dinner at 5-7pm and another from 8-10pm. They have very limited seating, so book your reservations early. The buffet includes Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Pigs in Blankets (bacon wrapped sausage), Homemade stuffing & turkey gravy, Roast potatoes, Seasonal vegetables, Feta & Walnut salad, Cranberry sauce, Pumpkin Pie for dessert and a complimentary glass of mulled wine.Tickets are 40,000 won per person. Send your reservation request via TEXT MESSAGE: 010-4618-2180 or contact via their facebook page.


WolfhoundDecember 25th40,000 pp

Another Turkey Buffet you can always count on is the one at The wolfhound. I’ve been to this buffet a couple of times in the past and have never been disappointed. The Irish Bar has plenty of merriment all around as well as a staggering feast. The buffet includes Turkey, Ham, Pigs in blanket, Chicken pie, Mash potato, Roasted potato, Stuffing, Pecan sweet potato casserole, Smoked salmon, Buffalo Chicken fingers with Ranch, Steamed veggies, Steamed Brussels sprouts, Green salad, Tomato soup, bread, Cranberry sauce, Turkey gravy, Apple Crumble n ice cream and Pumpkin pie for dessert. The price also includes an alcoholic beverage. To reserve a seat contact them via their facebook page.


Park Hyatt Cornerstone25th – 27th of December120,000 pp

The Park Hyatt by COEX has a whole host of seasonal treats planned, this years  Winter Wonderland brunch looks to be an extra special way to treat yourself over the holiday season. The brunch from 11:30 -3pm includes a glass of champagne, Selection of Italian antipasti at the deli counter, Freshly Shucked Tong Young Oysters, Sushi and sashimi made with Daily Fish Selection from Jeju Market, Pan fried French foie gras, strawberry compote, Gragnano penne “scoglio”, seafood tomato sauce, Canadian Lobster Florentine, Turkey roll, Chestnuts, Pomegranate Sauce, Whole Roasted Beef tenderloin, chorizo-pepper sauce, Korean Black pork chop, apple relish and a selection of 20 desserts including:Chocolate Soufflé, Italian panettone, German Stollen and much much more. They also are offering a 5 course dinner for 195,000 pp for those who don’t like to get out of bed before sunrise. For more details or to reserve your spot please call 02-2016-1220 or see their website. 


Route 66December 25th40,000 pp

Come and enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at Route 66, if it’s anything like their holiday sandwich you’ll be in for a real treat. Dinner includes turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pecan sweet potato casserole, Mac & Cheese, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, veggies, apple pie, pumpkin pie and an alcoholic beverage. Call 02-790-6590 or contact via their facebook page to find out more info or to reserve a seat.


Hidden Cellar December 25thNo cover

After you’ve stuffed yourself silly with a turkey dinner, you can carry on the revelry at The Hidden cellar in HBC. From 6pm onward the basement bar has cheap egg nog and Christmas shots, which are sure to give you a Christmas you are sure to forget.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange

Today I get to share the best news ever, the one and only Terry’s Chocolate Orange has finally made its way to Korea!!! Just in time for Christmas, the Chocolate Orange is now on sale at Homeplus. Last night at my local Hapjeong Homeplus I managed to pick myself up 5 for 4,500 won each, and yes I did leave a few for everyone else. I have also heard it on good authority that they can be found in GS Mart stores too, though after checking every store I pass, I still haven’t managed to find one yet.


A Chocolate Orange is one of my favourite treats at any time of year, but at Christmas they are an absolute necessity. Without fail my Mum will include one in my stocking every year and it’s just not Christmas without one. After living in Korea for 7 years I’m always prepared and usually have at least one Chocolate Orange in my fridge at any point of the year but now you can actually buy them here I’m ecstatic. That just means more room in my chocolate suitcase for Malteasers, which, fingers crossed, will be coming here next year too!


For those of you who have not had the pleasure of eating a Chocolate Orange they are by far the best and most delicious chocolate ever. It’s basically an orange shaped giant ball of orange flavoured chocolate, which when you bash it against something heavy it divides itself into little orange segments. It’s both adorable and delicious.


So the big question is, how does it taste? We have all got our hopes up in the past after seeing Cadbury’s chocolate in stores only to take a bite and find out it’s the vile Australian made crap. No offence Australia, I love you and your country but your Cadbury’s sucks balls. After taking a look at the packaging we found that the Korean Chocolate Oranges are made in Poland, and the second I got home I cracked one open to see how it tasted. And the good news is, they are absolutely perfect! I had three British ones in my fridge, so I opened a second one and did a taste comparison and couldn’t find any difference, hurray!


So go forth to your nearest Homeplus or GS Mart and fill your stockings with Christmas joy. And remember it’s not Terry’s, its mine!

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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. (more…)

Yule Log


There’s nothing like a spot of baking to get you in the Christmas spirit. And this past weekend I really got to test out my skills. I was invited to an ‘intime soiree’ in honour of the festive season with the glitterati of the Seoul Expat scene. The Christmas roast was all taken care of so I thought I’d be traditional and contribute a dessert and some mulled wine. The most festive dessert I could think of was a good old yule log. I’ve never made one before, though I did do a Swiss roll back in my school days which turned out well so I figured I could handle it. For the sponge part I had a good search and found that most people were on the fence about whether to use flour or not. I decided I’d go with Nigella’s recipe which is a fatless and flourless sponge. It comes out more like a very cakey meringue and is ever so light which I thinks works well with the richness of the frosting. I decided to make a whipped Nutella ganache which was incredibly yummy. With my decorating skills I was rather chuffed indeed and the whole thing was devoured instantaneously. I will definitely be making this frosting again, as it’s just so rich and chocolatey. It would be great on cakes or cupcakes in place of butter-cream. (more…)