Guess what? I’m going to LA in June! For three whole weeks!!!! I leave on June 5 and return at the end of the month. Don’t worry, I’ll still post updates (I can never stay away from the blog for too long before I start getting itchy to write again), but probably not as much as I’ve done on past vacations such as the Paris & Amsterdam trip last year, especially since I blogged about Cali on my several other trips there…
Right now, I’m trying to plan some things to do while I’m there. LA-readers, lemme know if you have any ideas! :) Since SoCal is not a new place to me, I’ll probably just chill with my sister and look for local events and things to do… maybe go see some relatives in OC. My sister and I also plan on doing a road trip up to SF and Napa… :) I would really love to travel all along the west coast, but that will be determined by budget and time… I would loooove to visit Portland, the vegan mecca, but I don’t know if that will happen at this point. We shall seeee~
As for food, I don’t have much of a vegan bucket list this time. No real cravings or ‘must eats’….. except for one thing: vegan pho!!!! The LH’s pho here just doesn’t do it for me and I can’t tell you how much I miss having a big bowl of flavorful, filling pho. Oh, and I’m also looking forward to getting a veggie burger at Native Foods, with chili fries. Drool.
While I’m super excited to see my sister and get out of Korea for a bit, I do feel a little guilty about taking so much time away. Now that I’m my own boss, I keep questioning whether I deserve to have such a long vacation. But at the same time, I think I need some time off to refocus, get some perspective, and return with new-found energy and inspiration. :)
By the way, for those in Korea, if you would like to place an order from the bake shop, please do so before June 2, or I will hold your order until I return. Thanks bunches!
Anyhooozy, moving on to today’s post, a short restaurant review: Sitara Restaurant @ Hapjeong Station
The interior is actually the most interesting thing about this restaurant. It’s modern, eclectic, and casual– a good date spot, as is evidenced by all the couples having their blind dates. ha. On the other side of this pic, there’s also an open window where you can see a couple Indian chefs working in the back.
When I went the other week, my friend and I ordered the ‘Mix Vegetable Curry’ (13,500 won) and ‘Palak Curry’ (14,000 won). Pricey, especially because you still have to order nan or rice separately. The nan bread here is not vegan and they do not serve roti bread, so we ended up just getting plain rice to eat with our curries. In my opinion, Indian curry ain’t complete without a bread vehicle to scoop it all up, but we had to do without this time.
The curries were quite delicious. The mixed vegetable curry provided a surprisingly spicy kick in the mouth. Palak curry is my favorite Indian dish of all time and this restaurant’s version was very tasty. Smooth in texture and perhaps a little soupier than I’m used to, but still very flavorful. Overall, I enjoyed my meal here. It’s not on my top places to go for Indian food in Seoul, but if you’re in Hapjeong and are craving curry, check this place out.
Directions to Sitara:
Hapjeong Station, Line 6, Exit 5. Turn right, after the bike shop. Walk straight about 1.5 blocks and Sitara will be on your right.
서울특별시 마포구 합정동 413-18