So I’m back from my short Jeju trip and I had an awesome time. I’d been to jeju 3 times prior (i know, right?!) and done most of the touristy things, but this trip was totally different in that we hardly did anything touristy. It was also raining cats and dogs most of the time we were there, so we only got to enjoy some sights on the very first day. I actually didn’t mind too much~ I don’t really want to be all active when I’m on vacation anyway. I just want to eat, sleep, play and talk, and eat again. Ya know? And that’s basically what we did. Save for a quick visit to the green tea fields and museum, and the Innisfree superstore, we pretty much just hung out at the guest house, cooked and ate tons of food, giggled and belly-laughed a lot. Here are a bunch of photos of the trip with minimal words:
We stayed at the ever-so-relaxing 수상한 소금밭 게스트하우스 (Mystery Salt Guesthouse). We had the whole place to ourselves, so we pretty much took over everything. There wasn’t much around it except for some farms so the whole area was super peaceful and quiet.
The cafe/lounge area. We basically hung out in this room most of the time when we were there and it was like being in our own house or living room. If you ever visit Jeju, I highly highly recommend this guest house. The owners are sooo lovely and the whole place is super clean, modern, chill, and cozy.
I fell in love with that puppy…. so floofy and huggable. He was ridiculously cute and just wanted cuddles and belly scratches every time I got near him. I soooo wanted to just smuggle him back to Seoul. I miss this little guy~ waaaaah!
The guesthouse owner made us breakfast one morning. Lovely salad with tofu, tomatoes, and melon. Coffee and OJ too, naturally. Others also got cream soup and milk bread toast. It’s so awesome waking up and having someone else make breakfast for you. Everything tastes better when you didn’t have to make it.
The best thing about going on a trip with cafe people is that there is an endless supply of great coffee~ Botton brought beans and also dutch coffee, and I brought my own soymilk. Collaboration, yeah!
One of our friends knows the chef of this restaurant/cafe called GirinR, and while it’s known for its meat dishes, the chef promised to make some vegan dishes too! I got to eat an amazingly fresh salad, potato wedges, and mini fajitas. Every thing was delicious and made with the best Jeju-do ingredients.
Apparently Jeju has some of the most delicious carrots and other root veggies. And indeed, the carrots in the salad were so sweet and crunchy. I should’ve brought a whole box of carrots back with me to make Jeju carrot cake. hehe.
Somehow, we ended up at the Innisfree make up shop where they had a section where people could sculpt and scent their own soap bar. Hahaha, we look like we’re little kids on a school field trip. Craft time!!! I don’t know much about Korean cosmetic brands in general, but I know Innisfree emphasizes its use of organic, natural, eco-friendly ingredients, and they also supposedly do not use animal testing (although this will have to be researched more). Not to sound like their spokesperson or anything, but I definitely think it’s one of the better make up brands in Korea.
For our last night there we had a pasta night, with two omni pastas and one vegan version. As the only vegan in the group, I was soooo touched by the way my friends would go out of their way to make sure I didn’t feel left out of the food scene, like making sure there were veggie options at every meal and everywhere we went. These guys are the best.
Holy steam! My friend Yona made this amazing vegan pasta dish which was honestly the best vegan pasta I’ve ever tasted. Made with homemade basil pesto, tomatoes, mushrooms, pine nuts, and eggplant. Yona is an amazing cook and she does everything by ‘feel,’ rather than measuring everything out. I could go on and on about how delicious this was, but instead I’ll just share more photos.
So that wraps up my Jeju Island trip. We all wished it could’ve been longer, but alas we all have work to do in Seoul. I had a blast and I’m so grateful for this awesome group of friends~~ and now, back to reality!