I have developed an increasingly bad allergy to milk. Whenever I drink milk or eat something with dairy in it, I almost instantly get inflammation in my throat and start coughing… (Which is not exactly what you want to happen whilst on a coffee date ) So, I wish I could say I have completely cut dairy out of my life, however, I have drastically cut back on my dairy consumption. I no longer buy milk for my home fridge and I try as often as possible to order non dairy latte options when visiting a cafe. (My usual order being an espresso, a black americano or a latte)
There are two things that you will never have to search for in Seoul, rice and soy. However, trying to find dairy free milk options is somewhat more diffcult to naviagte. Rice is a staple in the Korean diet but rice milk has not quite caught on yet. Soy milk however is everywhere!!! Soy milk in Korean is called ‘duyu’ (두유).
Choco Mint Cupcakes (topped with coconut cream frosting)
Why would anybody want to eat vegan cake if it tastes like cardboard? Well…. that was my misconception with regards to vegan-baked goodies. I have tried to cut out dairy and eggs from my baking as both are making me feel gross…. So I found myself trying out some vegan recipes. It’s taken me a good few tries to find workable substitutes for things like eggs, butter etc. but every now and then I get it right!!
This cold weather sure knows how to reach right inside to your core! The winter chill seems to be worse this year (or so I keep telling myself this to justify the umpteenth cup of hand drip coffee or slice of cake)
During a cold spell, it’s only human nature (or forest animal-ish nature) to seek a cozy and warmer area, forage for good food and rest…. so, I challenge the inner brown bear in all of you- find some good carbs, a warm nook and snuggle up. Who says you can’t hybernate in style?!
Here are my fave cafes’ in Gyeonggi-do to snuggle up in this winter. Ill tell you why you should visit them and give you a sneak peak… Please let me know if you visit these cafes’ or if you have other favourite winter hangouts.
2017 is coming to an end and with its farewell we also say goodbye to sunshine and outdoorsy days in South Korea. It’s been beautiful to witness the landscape transform in to a winter wonderland. As I have mentioned previously, winter is usually one of fun in the sun for me. My home town is along the coast of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. With, the Indian Ocean running past it, we enjoy beautiful moderate weather.
December saw me wrapping up my first year in Korea, changing jobs as well as planning a trip to Vietnam. I felt homesick despite the environment not conjuring up the usually ‘Christmasy feel’ I get. So, I decided to embrace December in all of its frostiness and enjoy the wonderland on offer during Koreas winter. Here is how…
Women in Coffee – Interview with Paulina Miczka, 2017 World AeroPress Champion
The 2017 World AeroPress Chamionship set a new record, with close to sixty contestants from around the globe at Cafe Alver in Gangnam, Seoul. Click the Youtube video below to watch the event and interviews with the AeroPress event Organisers.
Seoul, the host city of the 2017 World Barista Championship, was absolutely buzzing with caffeine and coffee aficionados. The Seoul Cafe Show took place at the same time and the who’s who of the industry all flew in for the weekend. People like Sasa Sestic, former World barista champion, Hidenori Izaki and many others could be spotted roaming around the Show.
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.
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.