Alien's Day Out

Balance & Random Eats


I’m having one of those super chill, yet also productive days and I’m loving it. I went to the gym, finished frosting a cake for delivery, had my boiler fixed, and now I came to my fave neighborhood cafe to catch up on some easy work. I’ll spare the details, but the past few weeks have been a bit anxiety-filled. Thankfully though, things have calmed down a lot and I’m feeling so much peace today. Yay~

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My friend and I in deep thought and conversation last week. haha, just kidding. We’re just tired.

Anyway, whenever I get overwhelmed and a bit down on my luck, I try to think of gratitudes in my life. And I have a lot. Like the opportunity and ability to bake, my Bunny Buns, and larabars (from a care package I got) and coffee~ Here are some more food pics from the past week!

Oatmeal chia for breakfast, with blackstrap molasses drizzled on top.

More oatmeal…

Here’s a bean & tofu salad I had for lunch. Definitely filling with all the protein and fiber.

One of my customers came to pick up a cake order and then gave me this little container of homemade kiwi jam! You would think that kiwi jam would be green, but this one was almost black~ perhaps she used dark sugar. But regardless, it tastes great! It always warms my heart when customers are so generous and give me gifts like this. I’m seriously so lucky.

Last week my friends and I had a little lasagna party~! Actually, I didn’t do anything… my friends literally did all the cooking… I just watched and took photos. They made regular lasagna for themselves with mozzarella cheese and cream in the big batch of tomato sauce, but then they also went out of their way and made a totally vegan version just for me. I was fully expecting to just nibble on some of the sides and random ingredients, but to find that they had prepared extra vegan ingredients for me like tofu riccota, vegan marinara sauce, and extra veggies like eggplant and spinach…. my heart exploded. :)


It was fantastic. Best veggie lasagna I’ve ever had. Not that I’ve had many… infact, I think this is only my second. But still… completely delicious.

Two of my friends who are twin sisters made these italian deep-fried potato doughnut rolls (cudiridi?) that happen to be completely vegan too. They were super crispy on the outside, but deliciously bready and chewy on the inside. First time I’ve eaten some thing deep-fried in a while, and by golly, it was worth it.

For dessert, I took along some hummingbird cake (pineapple, banana, coconut, walnut, and raisin). Recipe-testing requires plenty of taste-testers so whenever I have any meet up with friends I like to feed them my recipes that are in the works. They think I’m being nice and generous, but it’s totally for selfish reasons.

Had a meeting in Hongdae and went to Five Extracts, a well-known and long-established cafe. It’s definitely one of the best in the Hongdae area.

Their cafe interior is pretty awesome.. I love the ceiling and also the giraffes by the window! Oh, and their coffee is excellent.

You know warmer weather is on its way when we all get ice americanos. Five Extracts does it right. The coffee was so dang good.

I also recently visited Harunohee! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will remember that Haru was the FIRST cafe I ever sold my vegan baked goods at, back when I was living at Gunja… I don’t sell there any more, but a lot of awesome stuff happened at Haru and I have some great memories there. And the owner Minju is now a mother-to-be, so I went back to gawk at her belly and play with her dog.

Such a cute face!

Anyway~~ got more things to cross off my to-do list, so this is all for today. Tata friends. Be good.


  1. Hi Mipa-I have been a longtime reader and rarely comment but I just want to tell you that you are one of my favorite bloggers. I always look forward to your new entries . xoxoxo from California.

    • Thank you for your comment Allison, and for sticking with ADO for so long. :) Have a good day! Ps. wish i were in Cali right now…

  2. Wow that lasagna looks delicious as do the deep-fried potato doughnut rolls and hummingbird cake. I’m totally jealous…

  3. aww back to your old stomping grounds! :) that hummingbird cake sounds deeeelicious….when will i get to try all of your baked goodies??

  4. Oh wow, oatmeal with chia! I’ve been thinking of getting chia seeds…for that exact purpose, haha! What brand do you use, if I may ask?

    And forever jealous of all the little and big coffee cafes that exist in South Korea, in comparison to Chicago. Love living vicariously through your adventures!

  5. Hi Mipa, Just wondering if you ever wrote a review about Bean Table?

  6. AAhhh! Your hummingbird cake looks amazing!! Could you post a recipe?

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