I know, I know~ It’s been a really long time since my last blog post! And this year is already more than halfway through. Things are busy but also really great, especially now that things are starting to settle into a routine, after the big ol’ transition in May. I even joined a gym by Itaewon and have been able to sneak out of the shop on certain afternoons to get a quick work out in, while my part timer runs the shop. The fact that I have this kind of freedom is so weird and amazing. A few months ago, I would’ve never imagined that to be possible, especially because I’m a control freak and I have a hard time entrusting people with anything. But I’ve been learning to let go and live a little. And my life is so much for the better.
Kung pao tofu stir-fry at PLANT. Super saucy.
So happy cherries are in season again!
If you’ve been following my instagram feed, you’ll probably notice that I’m on an avocado kick lately. Can’t get enough of it. I’ve been eating at least 1/2 an avocado almost every day. Yes, they’re expensive in Korea (usually 3,000+ per avo), but worth it! So creamy-good.
Another avo salad with lentils, kale, chickpeas, tomato, toasted seeds, etc etc.
Avo toasties. This is a typical mid-afternoon snack. Smash some avocado inbetween two bread butts and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Done and delicious.
Dinner at Cotto at the IFC Mall, by Yeoido park. It’s a pizza pasta restaurant and the only vegan option was this beet root tomato-apple salad with lemon-olive oil dressing. It was alright… everything was a bit too big and chunky for me, but I appreciated the generous amount of beets on the plate. Especially since it was 15,000won. Why are salads in Korea so expensive! By the way, this was my first time at IFC mall, and it was pretty cool! Really well-designed, modern, more like an American-style mall, and had some interesting things to see. Check it out if you’re in the area (map here). Oh, and it’s a short 10 minute walk to Yeoido Han River park too~
I’m always craving Korean food. Gondeurae bibimbab and banchans at a random Korean restaurant.
Dotorimuk salad! One of my faves because it’s so salty, spicy, and fresh.
Closing the shop at the end of the day~ looks so different at night.
Anyone else in Korea sleep-deprived because you’ve been waking up at ungodly hours to watch the World Cup? I feel like a zombie during the day. But anything to support my fave teams Ghana, RCI, Portugal, Brasil, Netherlands, and Korea… Although the latest Korea game against Algeria was quite painful to watch (4:2 loss)… can’t believe I woke up at 4am for that. Besides Algeria, the only other winners were those who stayed in bed for that game and slept in a few more hours. ㅠㅠ
Anyway, World Cup aside, things are going swimmingly lately~ Running the shop is gradually getting a bit easier as things start to fall into a routine. And my part-time workers are adjusting and doing a great job. I feel really lucky to have found some wonderful people to join the PLANT team. It’s still always a lot of work and I always feel like I’m perpetually chasing the end of my to-do list, but it’s all worth it in the end. Here are some things I’ve been cooking at the shop:
The other week I made burritos, stuffed with rice, lentils, beans, mushrooms, kale, corn, onions, and more. The whole thing was so loaded, you could probably eat it over two meals. Especially since it also came with a carrot slaw salad on the side.
Veggie tofu quiche! I’m still working on getting the crust-filling ratio just right… This one definitely had a thick crust! It has been such a LONG time since I did anything with pie crust, and I’m still a total pie novice, but hopefully practice makes perfect.
Ahh, this one was much better.
Tempeh carrot slaw wrap with hummus and avocado. Avocados are so expensive in Korea, but I just cant help myself from including them in the PLANT menu. They’re so yummy and good for you (healthy fats, good for your skin, etc!), Koreans need to jump on the avo bandwagon.
Late afternoon lunch: Everything wrapped up nice and cozy, burrito-style. During the day, sometimes it’s difficult to take a break for lunch, and I don’t like eating unless I can actually sit down and focus on the meal, rather than being distracted or stressed and not being aware of what’s going into my mouth. Eating when I’m busy and stressed during service tends to give me digestive problems too, so sometimes I’ll put off eating until the shop closes and I get back home… I admit it’s not a healthy schedule… something to work on. But thankfully I have friends who try to make sure I’m eating on a regular basis. haha, you know who you are.
Some random street art I came across while wandering Itaewon the other day.
Some recommended reading~ :) Trying to get back into the habit of reading books.
Now that it’s summer, it’s time for cold soybean noodle soup! :) This is almost always vegan and although it’s a bit of an acquired taste, I love how refreshing it is on a hot day.
Ethiopian again! So good and really filling– the injera is so huge!
Japchae noodles with fried sweet potato as a garnish on the side. I pretty much ate that as my main meal.
That’s all I have to share for now. Looking forward to another fun work week at Plant. Ta ta! xo
So PLANT is back! After a hectic 3 weeks of re-organizing and a little renovating here and there, the place is back in business. A huge thank you to everyone who waited patiently (and apparently not so patiently for some of you, haha) for its return, and sincere apologies to those who traveled far to eat PLANT food, only to be disappointed and find the place in a complete state of disarray during the hiatus. Before we opened, I was really nervous about having to operate it as the sole owner, and having to oversee every. single. thing. But thankfully, I found some great part time helpers to ease the load. You know, gathering my minions… :) *evil grin* Hopefully I can foster a good work environment that is fun but also challenging and inspiring. Anyway, despite all my anxiety, PLANT reopened without any major hitches, and it was so lovely to see familiar faces again. I half expected people to forget about PLANT, but you guys remembered, and you came back! <3
So here are a few interior changes I made to the shop. Nothing crazy like tearing down walls or anything… just a little paint, new furniture, and fixing etc. If you came to PLANT before the change, this is how you’ll remember it:
PLANT Before. Big table in the back, white table (which I brought from my house) in the front, and a collage of random pictures and magazine clippings on the back wall.
PLANT 2.0 ^^
To recap, I painted the back wall with chalk board paint, and then replaced the big table in the back with three smaller marble tables, and also installed bench seating against the wall. There are also cushions along the bench seating now (they arrived after I took the pic). A lot of people have asked if I made the physical space bigger because it just looks more spacious. But nope! Same amount of space, just optical illusion~~ maaagic. :) jk. It’s still the same PLANT, but tidier. I tried to give it more of a polished look, rather than the cluttered home-decor feel which is what it was rockin’ before. haha.
The ktichen is also much more organized…
A customer took some lovely pictures of our shop and I asked to share them with everyone. :) I love the filter~ makes the shop look extra fancy and pinteresty.
From back left to front right: Green Power Smoothie, Lemon bundt cake, iced soy chai, smoky tempeh salad with pita bread, pumpkin gingerbread cookie cake, and dark chocolate peanut butter cake. Like my sparkly new marble tables?
I also installed a bench outside the kitchen window for customers to sit while waiting on a busy Saturday, or to chill out there when the weather is nice. I like it when people sit right outside our window, and plus, it’s nice to see the bench being put to good use.
Dogs like it too~
One thing that hasn’t changed is that PLANT is still doing meals! I’m still cooking the same food I’ve been making this whole time… things like chickpea melt grilled sandwiches (as pictured above), TLT wraps, veggie burgers, burritos, kale salads, etc, etc. The menu will continue to change every week or so. In the past, we always posted the weekly menu on the Facebook page, but we haven’t been so diligent about that lately, and I’m not sure how on-top-of-it I will be now. Feel free to call the shop that day to ask what our menu is. Or better yet, just come with an open mind, and in return, we’ll do our best not to disappoint you. :)
Serving up some smoky tempeh salad with agave mustard dressing, and toasted pita bread.
BBQ lentil mushroom meatball salad.
Check out our new eco-friendly take-out boxes! Looks like one of those Whole Foods boxes… :P Before, we used plastic to-go containers, and I just didn’t feel good about the whole thing. So I was ecstatic to find these paper ones. They’re great, and hopefully better for the environment.
Brought back the Chocolate Stout PB cake after a long time away.
Gluten-free, vegan banana nut & chocolate chip muffins. Trying to make sure the gluten-intolerant people don’t feel left out of all the fun. :)
Couldn’t resist snapping pics of this gorgeous doggie at the shop. Just look at those eyes!
Me and my wall art. It’s chalk paint, so the artwork may change after a while… Oh the possibilities!
So there you have it. Welcome to PLANT 2.0. As always, thank you to everyone who has been supporting Alien’s Day Out and PLANT from the beginning. I couldn’t do what I do with you guys’ support, whether you’re family, one of my closest friends, a regular customer, or even a distant blog reader overseas…. you guys totally rock! Hope you will continue to join me on this bizzare veggie adventure~ ta ta!
This past Sunday I finally got a chance to check out the Ethiopian bar/restaurant CLUB ZION in Itaewon! I’ve been wanting to go for ages, like for years, but then at one point they stopped serving food all together so I gave up. But then they recently reopened the restaurant, so I couldn’t wait to finally get my fill. The only thing is that the restaurant side is only open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday, open at noon). Lucky for me, PLANT is closed on Sundays so I can eat there on my day off. Yeaerz.
From the outside, the place looks dark and dingy, but don’t let that deter you. The service is great- lovely servers, cooks, etc,
They have several options on their menu, but most of the time, there’s only two options actually available: the vegetarian platter and one of the meat-included options For 10,000 you get a ginormous plate of injera (the Ethiopian spongy sour crepe), with various veggie items on top like beets, lentil curry, cabbage, sautéed greens…. Wow.
Everything is great, and the injera is legit! Some items are more flavorful than others but it’s nice to get so much variety with one order. No utensils provided, so wipe your hands clean on the wet napkins they provide and then get messy again. :)
Love the beets… wish they gave more.
And then after the meal, you should get some Ethiopian coffee. Dark, rich, sweet coffee. It’s pretty awesome.
And you can even get it to-go! Check out this amazingness that one of my friends brought for me one Saturday when I was working at PLANT. Awesome tasty food, delivered straight to my mouth. Man, I have the best friends.
Directions to Club Zion
Itaewon Station, line 6, Exit 3. Walk straight out the stairs, pass the police station and then Starbucks… Turn right, after Dunkin’ Donuts and start going slightly uphill. Club Zion will be on your left, across the street. 2 minute walk from station.
*Restaurant side is only open on weekends, starting from noon.
So.. it’s been an interesting month so far…. If you’ve been following PLANT’s facebook page, you will know that PLANT is currently taking a temporary break as it undergoes some changes. My business partner Yona decided that it was time for her to leave PLANT and venture out to eventually start her own shop. It’s a bit scary to think about me operating PLANT on my own, but I’m trying to see this as a new growth opportunity, and hopefully I won’t run the whole thing into the ground. ha. Yona and I have always known that our partnership was temporary, and we always saw PLANT as our ‘training grounds,’ where we would learn as much as we could and eventually take that knowledge and experience towards building our own store and brand. So anyway, during this transition, I am taking some time to refocus and do some minor renovations/fixing, and give PLANT a bit of a fresh start. Nothing too big~ it will still be the PLANT that everyone has come to know, but hopefully a little improved? I’m also looking for part-time help, so if anyone is looking to make some extra moolah working hard at a vegan cafe, check here for more details and consider applying!
I took down all the pictures on the back wall! Aren’t you curious as to what I’m going to doooo~~? You’ll just have to wait and see, because honestly I have no idea myself. Actually, I probably shouldn’t lead people to expect any huge changes… For the most part, PLANT will still be the same, just maybe a little more polished and put together.
Catching some sunlight while on the job, with a green spirulina smoothie. I think I might put this on the PLANT menu soon, once we reopen. :)
Lately, when I’m not reorganizing the shop, or planning the renovations, I’ve been trying to meet up with as many long lost friends as I can…. My friend Chad was back in Korea for a business trip, so we grabbed dinner at Casablanca in HBC. It had been ages since I last went to Casablanca and as always, the place was packed. I also ran into a handful of people I know… It’s like one of those watering holes where everyone gathers and runs into each other. We got the veggie sandwich, no mayo (5,000), and a small bowl of lentil soup (2,000).
And Chad’s gf Johanna sent this amazing care package packed with Trader Joe’s goodies! I’ve already opened everything and finished about half of it. Those Thai lime chili almonds are bomb.
Dinner and drinks with some Window Bakery Collection friends: the owner of May Bell Bakery and my good foodie friend Michelle. For dinner, we got some good Korean eats at Parc, a hip modern Korean restaurant in Hannamdong. And then drinks at Wonder Coffee. Good food, good people, good Friday night.
More Korean food, because that’s what I’m craving lately. Gondeurae rice with doenjang jjigae and banchans. Korean food rules.
Japchae noodles with fried sweet potato chips. YUM.
Brick Pop at Sinsaegae department store. Not everything is vegan, but they have a good selection of flavors that are dairy-free. :) And everything is made with fresh, real ingredients. Plus, just looking at all the colors is eye candy.
Sometimes you just need a drink….
Iced soy latte at one of my fave cafes in Hapjeong .짧은 여행의 기록. It has been a while since I went there, and I noticed they’ve added soy latte to their menu, which is so rad! Not exactly sure what soy milk they use though (might contain D3). It was good, but didn’t stand a candle to Botton’s soy latte, imo.
They best soy latte in Seoul is at Botton Cafe. Ah, i remember those days when I would get to hang out at Botton every week~~ alas, now I’m lucky if I can hang out there once a month even.
Just for these few weeks that the shop is closed, I rejoined my mma boxing gym. I’ve missed working out so much, but I think I missed my coach and gym friends even more.
Foot in mouth…
Oh, and PLANT got a full page write-up in this month’s Korean Marie Claire! They were doing this feature on various vegetarian/health conscious food establishments and Plant was included! Super cool, but not the terrible photo of me and Yona (I cropped it so you can’t see! haha). Neither of us thought our faces would be included in the article so both of us look completely unprepared to have our photo taken. lol. If you wanna see it, you’ll just have to go seek out this issue.^^ But regardless, it’s really cool to be included in the magazine (a full page), and among such great company too like Sukkara and Cook n Book.
That’s all for today. Thank you for keeping up with Alien’s Day Out blog, and please stay tuned for more info on PLANT’s reopening~ :) ta ta~
I don’t have anything vegan or food-related to post today… Just want to express my sadness over the Sewon Ferry tragedy. This is a really tough, sad time for Korea…. The mood here is palpably downcast and dispirited. Everyone is beyond frustrated, saddened and heartbroken for the young lives lost… Not just that, we’re angry at the irresponsibility and carelessness. Needless to say, it has brought to light various problems that are rooted in Korean culture, societal system, and development, and has promoted serious self-reflection and critical examination of its values, ethics, and priorities. Is there something Korea can learn from this? Let’s hope so.
Anyway, I don’t have a whole lot more to say… Please pray for Korea. My hope is that we will come together for those who lost loved ones and that we will heal from this.
Waaah, the weather is so nice, it’s difficult to focus on work these days, let alone blogging. There’s always a lot going on, so many distractions, so much to do….
Cherry Blossoms! I didn’t think I was going to have a chance to see them this year, but luckily I was able to visit Yeoido Park just as they were in full-bloom.
Walking under clouds of cherry blossoms.
Now that it’s plenty warm outside, I’ve started running a little again after a very very verrrryyyy long hiatus (been feeling sluggish these days, I can’t take it any more). I’ve missed it so much, but not as much as I miss boxing at my mma gym. I’m still praying for the day when I’ll have more free time to get back to it.
Bunny is loving the warmer weather too~~ here she is checking out my new shoes! Hot pink, yeaaz.
Sunday Brunch with the sister at Le Alaska, Garosugil.
It’s been forever since I last came here, it was nice to revisit this spot. I think I got the exact same thing as before too. Just their simplest salad with the usual chicken omitted, and some ciabatta bread on the side. My sister got a sandwich and cappuccino. But more than anything, I just love the interior of Le Alaska and the vibes. If you get there before the lunch rush, it’s just a perfect chill spot to start the day.
And check out their grapefruit juice, with a mountain of shaved ice on top. It’s like an upside down snow cone. Really nice and refreshing.
And now for some recent PLANT food: vegan “turkey” grilled cheese sandwiches with seitan deli slices, cranberry sauce, and cheese. All handmade from scratch. This was a simplified version of the Thanksgiving sandwiches I made last year, minus the mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy dip. If I ever write a vegan recipe book, this one will definitely be in there. :)
Kale salad with chickpeas, carrots, smoky tempeh bits, and agave-mustard dressing. A lot of people have been asking where I get my lacinato kale from. I order it from a Home Base supermarket across the street from PLANT in Itaewon. They don’t carry it in their veggie section, but I can order a big box from them and they will have it ready for me to pick up the next morning. And if you want this lacinato kale, you have to call it “New Green” because if you say “kale,” you’ll get the flat leaf, dinosaur style kale, which probably isn’t what you’re looking for. So just say you want to order a box of ‘new green’ and they’ll understand. capiche? :)
And even if you don’t have a Home Base around your area, try asking another local supermarket if they can get some for you. Just think of all the amazing kale salads and green smoothies you can nourish your body with!
One thing I love about PLANT is that it’s like this little community gathering spot. It’s not unusual for random people to start talking and become friends. If you’re new in Korea and don’t know many people, come to PLANT. More often than not, you will make friends with someone. The shop is so small and the seating is so limited that many times, you kind of have to sit with people you don’t know. I understand it’s uncomfortable for some people, and especially native Koreans are a bit wary of sharing tables with strangers, but foreigners and expats are always more than willing to squeeze together and start talking to each other. Just an observation as someone who works there every day. :) Anyway, I’m grateful for all of Plant’s customers, you guys make it worthwhile. Overhearing a vegan customer say that Plant is their sanctuary and home away from home, makes my heart melt. That kind of compliment is priceless. I know we are inadequate and undeserving in so many ways, and there’s so much room for improvement, but thank you to everyone for accepting us, despite our limitations and short-comings.
On the rare occasion, we’ll have fresh flowers in the shop and it just brightens up the whole place.
Furry friends have the same effect. :)
Dark Chocolate Chery cake. The most chocolatey cake ever, with chunks of half-dried cherries and a splash of amaretto. This was one of those random cakes which came together because I just happened to have all those ingredients on hand at that moment. Death by chocolate? Bring it.
Last month I had two wedding cake orders. Each one was a little different, but here’s one of them. Wedding cakes are pretty labor intensive, even small two-tier ones, so I now understand why bakeries charge a lot. It’s also a lot of pressure cuz you gotta make the bride happy, as well as impress the guests. Anyway, I’m glad all the cakes were made without too much trouble. For this cake, the bride wanted the swirly flower design around the edge, but the other cake I made was much simpler with just spackled frosting. Sadly, I don’t have a photo of the final product with flowers, etc.
Lastly, after a long work week, my favorite place to get a drink and wind down is the Southside Parlour by Noksapyeong. The guys over there are so great and are also super supportive of PLANT. There’s this really precious camaraderie between the expat/gyopo restaurant owners in Itaewon that is really encouraging and cool to see. We all want each other to succeed and I just love that. So yea. I love Southside for their amazing cocktails, chill vibes, and the guys behind the bar. They’re doing awesome things and once they add a few vegan options on their menu, they’re gonna be unstoppable.
Aiights, that’s all I got for this blog post. Thanks for reading!! xoxo
This blog post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a really long time~~ but better late than never, rah?
I’m so grateful for my Sundays off because it’s my chance to get out of the studio and eat out! Especially now that it’s spring, I just neeeeed to get out and breath some fresh air.
So I’m sure a lot of you already know this, but there’s a Dean & Deluca in the food court area of Shinsegae Department Store at the Express Bus Terminal station. They have a market, cafe, and deli/restaurant, all rolled into one. The market section has all kinds of imported products like gourmet crackers, cheese, nuts, sugar sprinkles, to Peanut Butter & Co nut butters. Ofcourse everything will cost an arm and a leg, but that’s the price you gotta pay for a taste of home.
They have a gorgeous bakery section that is loaded with all kinds of sweet and savory treats. Even though none of it is vegan (except for maybe a few breads), the visual of all the baked goods will make you salivate.
I love the way they displayed everything~ Different from the typical Korean bakery.
Anyway, it’s obviously not quite the same as NYC Dean & Deluca, but I think they did a pretty good job of bringing it to Korea.
At the deli, there is a salad bar of sorts where you can choose to ‘build your own salad’! For 11,000won, you can choose your greens, 5 salad toppings, and your salad dressing of choice (vegan option available). I totally think it’s worth it, considering it’s located right in Shinsegae, and most fresh salads in Seoul cost around 12,000won or more.
I built my own salad with spinach greens, roasted beets, edamame, roasted veggies, green beans, and olives, with balsamic vinaigrette. Sooo delicious. This was one of the best salads I’ve had in Seoul (other than what I made at PLANT, obviously).
And if you don’t have time to sit and order a custom salad, you can also get this pre-packaged “Super Veggie Salad” to-go. I don’t know about you, but I’m craving lots of fresh salads these days, so this is right up my alley. Check em out!
Dean & Deluca:
Shinsaegae Department Store, B1, food court. @Express Bus Terminal, Line 7 & 3
I think spring is around the corner! I’m so excited for warmer weather, but also bummed that I can never really enjoy it that much because I’m always at the shop. But I’ve been noticing the sun rising earlier than before which makes me happy. All winter, it was still dark when I got to the studio in the morning, but now, it’s either dusk, or the sun is already up. :) I hated waiting for the bus when it was freezing outside, but I admit I liked the eery calmness of Itaewon in the early morning. I gotta say, there’s something to getting up and starting the day ahead of everyone else, while the world is still asleep.
Anyway. The past few weeks have been busy as always, but I’ve also managed to get some precious time away from the shop and do some of the things I used to do, like just wandering around Seoul. My sister is also back in Korea from HongKong! I’m so happy to have her back for the next few months or so.
I had some free time a few Mondays ago, so I made a visit to Samcheongdong.
It has been forever since I last went to Samcheongdong. Sooo much has changed. Tons of new shops, cafes, and random things to see. It’s also become increasingly commercialized… it’s weird and a bit sad to see the area lose some of its indie vibes. But there are still some gems in the area fighting for survival.
Found this tiny hotddeok shop tucked away, and decided to get a snack. They had two kinds- a sweet honey one, and a vegetable one with japchae noodles. The dough itself is vegan too– just flour and water.
Getting hot and crispy~~
Walk and eat.
There’s nothing quite like some greasy street food. Being the japchae lover that I am, the filling was my favorite part. It was super hot, straight out of the fryer so we had to eat it really carefully so as to not scorch the inside of your mouth off.
Grabbing some coffee.
Peeking into a quiet hanok cafe.
Walked by the lovely pie shop in one of the side streets at Samcheondong. Unfortunately nothing vegan, but the pies looked amazing.
Cute little blocks of bread.
Ahhh, all I can say is, I miss Seoul-wandering!!!! I’m looking forward to my next outing~ :)
Yea, so it’s been a ridiculously long time since I last blogged. :( I’ve been a bit distracted with work and life, but I haven’t given up on this blog yet, even though it’s practically holding on for dear life. The guilt over not being able to blog even once a week is eating me up! I always attempt to blog, but then something comes up and I never get to finish the draft. So then it sits around for another week, and by then everything seems old and outdated and I forget what I wanted to say. Sigh. So anyway, please forgive me for this horrifically delayed post, and hope you enjoy these random photos from my life:
Making a mess in the kitchen is my specialty.
I’m always dropping flour on my shoes and the floor. My (fake) uggs are probably not the best for the kitchen because they aren’t easy to clean when I get flour or cake batter on them, but they are so dang comfy, especially since I have to be on my feet all day long.
This is what happens when you work in the kitchen all the time and are constantly washing your hands…. and my fingertips are even worse. :( My skin has become so dry and cracked that it stings if I’m not careful. My hands have aged several years within the last 6 months. ㅠㅠ I’m turning into a halmunee before my eyes.
Tax season in January was also a real pain in the arse. Learned a lot of business lessons which hopefully I will remember for the next round.
And now onto more happy things… food pics!
Me eating one of my own vegan ‘tu-no’ melt sandwiches, with homemade vegan cheese. I don’t always get time to eat lunch during the day, but when I do, I sit myself down in the corner and enjoy every bite!
Chocolate cookies, waiting to be dipped in mint-chocolate.
Two words: Oreo Brownies.
My friend was hosting a UCLA alumn gathering and asked me to make some UCLA-themed cupcakes. So I made these simple chocolate cupcakes with swirly frosting using the school colors, ‘gold’ and blue. Turned out better than expected. :) All I did was make two batches of frosting in different colors, fill them into separate piping bags, and then stuff those two bags into another bag with a large round piping tip. Then I squeezed the frosting out evenly, and voila, it created this cool effect.
Valentine’s Day came and went quite silently. I didn’t do anything particularly special at the shop… just made lots of red velvet and chocolate cake throughout the week.
Mini chocolate cookie bite, waiting to be baked.
I’ve been missing my morning smoothies lately. I got some spirulina powder in my last iHerb order, so I made a banana-chia-spirulina smoothie. Simple but so good. I should start every morning like this, instead of my usual coffee…
My friend Camille came by the shop bearing gifts of Taco Amigos take out! It’s always fun getting to eat outside food at PLANT. Thank you Camille!
Lately, I’ve been trying to make more time to catch up with friends. Being locked down at the shop most days from morning til night means that I don’t have much of a social life. But I’m trying to be a bit more intentional about making time for friends. And ofcourse there’s always food involved.
Lunching at Garobee~~ (*UPDATE March 11, 2014*** GAROBEE has closed.) It’s been ages since I went to a veg buffet. Loved all the fresh veggies and also the mandu. And I was jealous of Chris’ Voodoo Doughnut tshirt.
Round two.. or was it the first,… molla.
Also got some coffee from Brilliant Roasting Lab in Gangnam. The shop is pretty small and there aren’t many (if any) seats. But the coffee is great and also really affordable, considering it’s in the busy part of Gangnam.
Coffee in-hand, and I’m a happy camper.
Catching up with a friend over pizza at Trevia in Noksapyeong. It has been years since I last ate here~ The place seems to be going strong because every time I was past, it’s packed with people.
I got the mushroom pizza, which does not include cheese. It was far from the best pizza, but it’s pretty affordable priced and the fact that they have vegan options is a plus!
And finally, on one of my free days, I grabbed some lunch at Marakech Night in Itaewon (**UPDATE**: Marakech has moved to a new location by Itaewon Station, Exit 3). It’s actually pretty close to PLANT and they have a few vegan options like falafels, hummus, and wraps.
We ordered the falafels, pita bread, hummus, and salad. I wasn’t in love with their hummus to be honest. Maybe they were having an off day, but the hummus tasted a bit artificial. Not sure what it was…
Yummy falafels, which comes with a salad and hot sauce. I wasn’t expecting the salad to have that yogurt dressing on top, so next time I’ll ask them to leave that out. The falafels were crispy and flavorful– They definitely had a peppery kick to them.
Everything wrapped together.
So that’s about it for this blog post. There are so many more things that I want to blog about~ Hopefully I will get to it soon. Thank you to all my readers for being patient and so loyal! You guys are the best.