MANY friends and colleagues around me are beyond excited for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics… Don’t get me wrong, that is massively exciting, but right now what is really lighting my olympic flame so to speak is a competition and international challenge of a different format…The olympics of coffee is here.
“Glüh-what? It’s a heated, spiced red wine, and literally means glow wine, from the hot irons which were used for mulling back in the day. In Europe, glühwein is accessible at almost all winter markets, especially over Christmas, traditionally attracting passersby with its spiced scent and emanating heat.
Cafes are constantly sprouting up everywhere in Seoul. I recently came across a photo of a new café
on Instagram that I knew I just HAD to visit. Sometimes a cafe looks better on Instagram than it does in real life. Thankfully, The Paper Company Cafe is not one of these.
Seoul is covered with rusty autumnal colours. (One of my favourite colour palettes of ‘Mother Natures’)
The leaves are turning brown, crispy and starting to fall en masse on to the streets resulting in that glorious crunchy noise when you step on them. But, somewhere in-between the shades of orange and brown are shades of white, pink and purple. Cosmos! There are plenty of these beautiful blooms popping up in several places. One of those spots happens to be right near Seoul forrest in Seongsu-dong
Seoul Top 3 Toasts To Try
The toast trend is taking off!
Gone are the days of boring two triangle sandwiches wedged with gross yellow margarine being served…. Nowadays, Toast should be tasty AND trendy.
This year’s Korean thanksgiving vacation, Chuseok, has landed somewhat perfectly on the lunar calendar, resulting in a 10 day vacation for most. Usually this vacation lasts 3 days. Many of us (myself included) have not booked luxurious vacations abroad and will most likely be staying in Korea for this vacation. If you were lucky enough to get an airfare ticket that won’t break the bank, good for you!! Airfare skyrockets (pun intended) during this holiday season. What is my plan for Chuseok? I will be having a vacation in South Korea… A ‘STAYcation”. I have family coming to visit me from South Africa and I’m BEYOND excited.
So, I did some scouting around and contacted some of my favourite hot spots (핫플레이스) in Seoul to see who will be open during the extended Chuseok vacation. Below is a list of places
If you love learning about new cultures, chances are you will love Hanok, a Korean traditional style architecture. Why are Hanoks so intriguing and beautiful? This style of architecture gives thought to nature and its surroundings. They are known for having an eco-friendly function and healing effects.
Raw materials such as timber, oil and rock are used in the construction of Hanok. Hanok’s have their own tiled roofs (Giwa), wooden beams and stone-block construction. Cheoma is the edge of Hanok’s curvy roofs.
Summer in South Korea is a time when a lot of us feel overwhelmed by the humidity and want to hide away at home, shaded away from the heat. Fortunately for you, Seoul is PACKED with great cafes perfect to chill in this summer. I scouted around over the last month (or more) to find my 5 favourite summer chill cafes. Ranging from aircons blasting to rooftop bars, you will definitely find good interiors, good coffee and good vibes at these cafes.
Hello lovely Byrds!
Today I thought I would share my two must visit cafes in Cape Town. Today is May 25th, Africa Day! Africa is the home of coffee and some pretty amazing cafes! Cape Town, aka, the Mother City sure raised some great cafe kids. Skinny Legs Cafe and Rosetta Roastery & Cafe are two must visits!
Watch the video below to see more about my fun time visiting both of these cafes.
Spring season in South Korea is by far my favourite. Cue blossoms, pretty colours and an abundance of strawberries. I was given a HUGE box of strawberries as a gift and even after enjoying plenty bowls of strawberry and yoghurt for breakfast, I was still left with too many strawberries. I dislike wasting fresh fruit so I decided to make strawberry and black currant jam. It was so delicious and I especially enjoyed slathering it on toasted bread with ghee and slices of fried banana.
Watch the video above for the recipe.