Alien's Day Out

So much to blog about, so little time….

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Well, it’s been a super busy week… I haven’t had any time to blog, so the draft box is seriously backed up. And I leave for Cali in 2 days!! I have to start planning and packing soon, but first things first: write a blog post!^^

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I already posted this on the Facebook page, but Bakery Magazine wrote an article about the vegan bakesale fundraiser we had last month! The writer and I met up a few weeks ago and chatted about the event, the International Justice Mission, vegan baking, this blog, etc, etc. She was really nice, and I’m just really happy that the fundraiser and IJM got some press. I also think it’s awesome that this Korean magazine wrote about something vegan because everything else in there is soooo non-vegan.

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Anyhoo, here are some sights from last weekend (not this past weekend– I’m so behind, ahhh!). My friend Abigail was staying with me and we did a bunch of fun stuff around Seoul. It’s funny how I’m so much more active when a visitor is around. Normally my days are pretty boring, but when Abigail was here, I got to revisit old favorite parts of Seoul, eat at various restaurants and cafes that I hadn’t been to in a while, and also hang out with old friends. Sometimes I think I should just be a vegan tour guide, which would then get me out and about more. haha.

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During the day on Saturday, we walked around the Chungaechun stream, which was all colorful for Buddha’s b-day festivities.

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We also got to see Jee Soo Shin’s encore performance at the Hanok village near Samcheongdong. Since I missed the first show, I’m glad I was able to catch it this time around, and also bring a bunch of friends along. There were four different performers placed in different parts of the hanok courtyard, and as the audience moved around and interacted with the space, the music compositions would change. I’m not sure I understood how it all worked, but it was certainly unique and a modern twist to traditional Korean music. Not to mention, the hanok house was really beautiful.

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After that, we walked around and stopped by this arts & craft flea market near the start of Samcheongdong road, which is held every weekend. The space was really small and super packed with curious visitors and buyers.

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I couldn’t resist and bought myself these handmade purple earrings for 7,000won. :) Total impulse buy, but I love them!

In addition to all the sights and walking around, we also ate some yummy vegan food, both outside and at home.

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Street Ddeokbokki in a cup! Most ddeokbokki stalls mix fish cakes along with the ddeok and spicy sauce. So if you’re craving ddeokbokki and don’t mind that fact, you can ask the ajuma to just pick out the ddeok for you.

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Dolsot Bibimbab at one of the many Korean restaurants around Samzzie gil.

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A bunch of my girlfriends got together for late night coffee and we ended up at Cafe 5CiJung which is a pretty popular cafe along Samcheongdong road. They have cute miniature animals and figurines to accompany your drink.

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I got some hot orange tea which was really good but a bit too sweet, so I asked them to dilute it with more water. For 6,000 won, I got a whole pot of tea and also a fresh-outta-the-oven buttery scone, which the non-vegans at the table got to enjoy. hehe.

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My friend Lilian recently gave me this jar of wheat grass powder. I think freshly juiced wheat grass shots are pretty nasty, so I was skeptical about this powdered version, but when I added it to a smoothie, I could barely taste it… it just gives a bit of an earthy flavor. I plan on adding this to my next iHerb order!

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Green monster smoothie, with kiwi, banana, yellow melons, and a scoop of wheat grass powder. I can feeeeel my cells come aliiiive, yeeaaa~~

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I also made whole wheat bran muffins for one of our breakfasts. I keep meaning to share the recipe in a separate post. Will do that soon!

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Since they were fat-free, Bunny got to nibble on a few pieces. She loved it and kept begging for more. Can’t resist those eyes. Bunny is already chillin’ in Cheonan where she will be hanging out with the ‘rents while I’m away. I miss her bunches and it’s weird being all alone in apartment now. Even though Bunny doesn’t make any noise and mostly does her own thing, her absence is definitely felt! Anyway, that’s all for today. Gonna spend tomorrow packing up and running last minute errands before I take off for vacay on Tuesday. yippeeee!!!

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  1. I feel the same way about our bunny (Piggie) when we are about to leave and he is at our vet’s office! Luckily I know he gets to hop around a lot and is spoiled on fruit and veggies! Have a fun trip coming up!

  2. Have fun in California!

  3. Don’t say that about wanting to be a vegan tour guide. Cause I’ll take you up on that in a hot second!

  4. It’s so exciting to see the word “vegan” in Korean!! I turned vegan few weeks ago (from paleo, omg) after discovering Dr. McDougall, Dr. Esselstyn, and Dr. Campbell’s amazing research studies and clinical data. I used to think those were not true, but this is what the science says! Plus, veganism seemed to make the most sense for me in the 21st century.
    Anyway, hope you had great time :)

    • wow, awesome! do you notice any differences in your health? just curious. :)

      • It has only been ~3 weeks now, so I guess I have to say “not yet.” I have always had horrible digestion and bloating issues, so I assume it’s going to take a while for my body to heal. Exciting news is that my parents, who are Buddhists, are now following veganism!!! hooray :D

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