If you live in South Korea, or are planning a trip in the future, here is a spot that many do not know about. Since the rapid birthrate decline, South Korea suddenly has many empty school buildings. These shells of yesteryear are unused and some are falling into a sad state.
Kitchens in most Seoul apartments are VERY dinky. If you are a teacher in Korea (like I am) you will likely have received accommodation from your boss or have received a housing budget.
Either way, most kitchens here do not come with an oven. Most Korean food (not all) is prepared on the gas range or via a fermentation process. So where does that leave us baking lovers?
A spacious, airy and well light space. WKND lounge cafe consists of two floors with lots of room to think, drink coffee and read a book. This space is beautifully designed with big windows allowing in lots of light and sunshine. The all white walls and surfboards create a perfectly zen surfer vibe.
Seoul was the host city of the 2017 World Barista Championship competition as well as the World Aero Press competition. It was a real pinch me is this really happening moment for me when I got to interview the winner – read the article here.
Seoul was named the World Design Capital Of The World in 2010. So you can only imagine what happens when you merge innovative creativity with world class coffee… A CAFE BOOM!
Soufflé Pancake Craze Comes to Seoul!
Midday Sun is a pancake, sandwich and coffee cafe run by a very stylish young Korean couple who have experience in coffee shops as well as being able to boast a major in cooking. If you watch the YouTube video in this blog post you’ll know that I was up past midnight looking for places online that would lead me to pancakes and a quirky cafe.
So, what exactly are soufflé pancakes? Think buttery soft, fluffy clouds melting in your mouth. Soufflé pancakes seem like a blend of fluffy American style pancakes and puffy egg whites all whipped together.
I celebrated my final birthday of my twenties last week. It was a festive weekend filled with lots of cake, a ukulele (a surprise gift from somebody special), phone calls, and making wonderful new memories.
A friend offered to treat me to a birthday lunch at a surprise location. Now, when it comes to offering me good food, you can NEVER go wrong; make it a surprise, and it’s a double winning irresistible combo! Make it a brunch invite (I’m an owl who really likes to sleep-in over the weekend), and it’s a triple threat!!! My friend picked a healthy brunch stop. (After all that chocolate cake, I needed to put some nutrients into my body!!!)
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).
If you are in need of a non dairy latte, are curious about the amazing cafes in Seoul or just want to see what I have been up to…. this vlog is for you.
For the full post and information about Pyeongsangshi Cafe, read this *blog post*
with all the details and pictures 🙂
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.