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.
A slice of cake with a slice of history
What was meant to only be one cup of coffee turned into a foodie exploration of Suwon, South Korea. Coffee and sumptuous cake with the most AMAZING views ever of the Hwaseong Fortress (Unesco World Heritage Sight), followed by deliciously cheesy pizza and a beer.
First stop in Suwon, Cafe One More…
Yay yay It’s FINALLY spring in South Korea. I arrived in Korea at the beginning of winter and my immune system went on strike. I’ve been so sick with all sorts of horrible things (Tinnitus, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis etc!) Thankfully I’m on the mend and this weekend was time for me to venture out in to the sunshine and smell the sweet aroma of newly blossomed blooms. After walking around Bongeunsa Temple, I opted for cake for brunch (obviously) and a delicious spring inspired beverage.
Watch the blog below to see all of the fun and beauty.
Saturday in Gangnam is always a great idea – there is so much to see, and do, Gangnam Style! A friend recently celebrated her birthday with brunch at Cafe Able, which boasts a fresh feel and great food. The café or, more suitably called, bistro, is situated in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam. The steak salad and creamy mushroom risotto I shared with the birthday girl was sublime. I luv luv their GINORMOUS coffee cups – think of all that brown gold in one cup! Yet, on the day, I opted for something without caffeine, (SHOCK horror!) but those who ordered a coffee said it was delicious.
The two storeyed building boasts minimal, but fresh, décor with exposed brick and pretty, floral, accents. I could so get used to lounging like les bourgeouise on the massive, plush bottle green seating while munching on the array of menu options, such as risottos, pizzas, omelettes, eggs benedict, etc.
If you value fresh, wholesome food then you will find dining at Cafe Able hugely satisfying. Their approach is one of focusing on the food, not the frills. Their signage even says, “Ugly but sweet.” Although this is a far cry from the truth, it is a testament to their unpretentious approach to quality and tasty ingredients. You do, however, pay a premium for the fresh and natural choices, with prices a little heavier than I expected (constantly converting Korean won into South African rands (in my mind) only makes matters a whole lot worse).
The harsh winter and lack of sunshine make the roof top garden at Café Able a little dreary and downcast (like me in winter – gimme some Vitamin D3 love). Apparently, it’s a lot sprightlier in other seasons (me too!). I’m planning to visit again in spring, and can already visualize myself al fresco, slowly sipping a massive latte.
Yummy looking crunchies and cookies can be bought as a take home treat, even though they are more likely to become ‘padkos’ (road food) on the journey home.
You can find Cafe Able at 12 Apgujeong-ro,14gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
How to get there: Take a train to Apgujeong station and come out at exit 5. Walk straight and turn left into the fifth road from the station (the one before Garosugil). Walk down this road for just over one block, and on your right you will find Cafe Able on the second floor of the building. Visit their Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/ableablecafeable/
You can watch the blog from my day in Gangnam above.
I open the front door of my Airbnb apartment. I greet my first day in Seoul with a slight grimace. My warm, post ‘good night sleep’, face is instantly chilled by the fresh slash freezing morning air. Winter in Seoul is much colder than I could ever have imagined. What now?
I absolutely love travelling and have created numerous boards on Pinterest of my dream destinations as well as the food of these countries.
As I mention in the video, two of the countries I have a deep desire to visit are Morocco and Turkey. I can already visualize visiting the markets bursting with mountains of spices, dates, and various other beautiful and interesting ornaments. I can hear the music, smell the incense, and picture the electric blue, and greenish turquoise, coloured doors of the riads (traditional houses) and villas. Morocco is known for its vivid and colorful designs, and interesting architecture.
I do admit to having a colourful and vivid imagination, and an interest in architecture, so I do believe that Morocco will be a good fit! And as for Turkey, I believe that the Turks enjoy their food, so I foresee no major problems there. I just have one concern…The Turkish word for breakfast, kahvaltı, means “before coffee.” Whaaat? No coffee before breakfast?!
Oh well, I’ll just have to get around that one by indulging in a very, very early Turkish breakfast!
I’ve digressed…One of the dishes I LOVE making for guests is Tabbouleh. It’s a great mezzo style meal, but also goes well served as a side salad with a main meal.
This Tabbouleh recipe is a Middle Eastern inspired dish.
One cup of bulgur wheat, but I used pearled wheat, instead. (To cook this required one cup of pearled wheat to four cups of water.)
A fresh punnet of parsley
Juice of one lemon
Sachet of pitted olives (about 200 grams)
One large purple onion (peeled and cut in to four)
300 grams Sundried tomatoes.
Clove of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse the pearled wheat with cold water and place in a pot with the water and bring to the boil, once it has reached the boil, turn the heat down, cover, and simmer gently for about 40 minutes- to an hour until tender. Drain
Let the wheat cool down in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, place your fresh parsley, purple onion, sundried tomatoes, pitted olives, teaspoon of cinnamon, garlic, 4 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. (I love olives so, in addition, I used two teaspoons of olive tapenade)
Mix all together
Place the contents of the bowl into a food processor.
Add to the cooled down pearled wheat. Mix and serve cold.
This dish goes really well with crispy, warm flatbread, cheeses, and wine, etc. The flatbread also goes really well with roasted beetroot hummus, so I’d like to suggest that you make both of these dishes when next you are entertaining and want to serve something out of the ordinary.
5 large beetroot
1 can of chick peas (400 grams)
2 large chili peppers
3 whole cloves of fresh garlic
2 tablespoons of butternut
1 punnet fresh coriander
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil to drizzle
Flat bread for serving. (I bought mine from the store, alternatively, make my spelt flat bread I made on this post)
Wash the beetroot, and cut off both ends of each beetroot.
Cut each beetroot into four pieces.
Place the cut up beetroot, the onion, the garlic, and the two chili peppers, on a baking tray, and drizzle with olive oil.
Place in the oven at 180 degrees until fully cooked.
Once the ingredients have cooled down, place them into a food processor along with all the other ingredients. Mix together for four minutes (or until smoothly blended)
Place in a bowl, and serve when cooled down.
Watch the video below for the full recipe and tutorial on how to make the Tabbouleh.