Alien's Day Out

Slowly but surely…

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Hi readers! Wow, the past two weeks or so have felt like a roller coaster! There are so many things going on and big decisions to be made regarding the future studio, I haven’t been able to think much about blogging~~ boooo, I know. At one point I was drowning in so much paperwork that my eyes we bugging out of my head. But thankfully that part is soon to be over and then we can focus on more fun stuff, like actually setting up the shop.

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned that starting a business in Korea is so much harder than it seems. There are so many hoops to jump, especially if it’s anything related to food. You would think it’s pretty easy considering there are so many restaurants and cafes all over the place~ and to some extent, it is, but it’s not like you can just set it up without going through an extensive process involving the government and food regulatory division. I’ve gained a whole new respect for business owners.

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The electrical guys came in and did some basic modifications~ there’s still so much to be done….

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A lot of the construction work has been delayed due to some complications and also rainy weather, so that has pushed back our schedule a bit. It’s frustrating, but we’d rather take our time and get things right the first time, rather than winging it and having to face bigger problems later. I want things to hurry up and be done-and-settled, but then at the same time, I don’t want to rush things without sufficient planning. I can’t wait until I fall into a happy routine and can just spend my days baking, trying new recipes, and hanging out with people at the studio with old and new friends. I really want it to be a place where anyone can feel welcome to just come, hangout, and enjoy some yummy vegan eats. We will do our best to make this a reality.

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When I’m not working on the studio stuff and planning, I’m baking for Botton Cafe, TaiLor Coffee, and also other lovely customers. Here’s a chocolate cake with caramel buttercream and caramel sauce on top, with black hawaii salt.

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Baking some pomegranate-beet cranberry cookie bites. These are usually available at Botton cafe every week~

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Earl grey tea cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, candied orange peel, and pieces of the orange-ginger chews on top.

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Yona made me some vegan granola crumbles, so I added it to a smoothie…

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I found these Chimes orange-ginger chews at Dunkin Donuts the other day. They’re vegan and GF! Love the spicy gingery flavor~

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I was making a gluten-free carrot cake for someone and made a single muffin with some of the left over batter.

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Gnoa gave me this huge jar of homemade basil pesto with home-grown organic basil, pine nuts, almonds, and olive oil.  This pesto sauce is so simple yet so flavorful. I added such huge spoonfuls of this stuff into all my meals that I finished the whole jar in about 3 days. :( Booooo.

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Here’s a dinner I made using the basil pesto awesome-sauce. All I did was heat up a pan with some olive oil, brown 1 bunch of enoki mushrooms, then add 1 eggplant, 1/2 block of tofu, salt and pepper to taste, and 1 heaping tablespoon of the pesto (I always like to add a bit more after). Then at the very end, I threw in some pepper leaves and tossed it for like 1 minute, just until they got a bit wilty. Done.

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This month’s issue of Bakery Monthly magazine~~ I shared a recipe for vegan cinnamon rolls, which is pretty much the same recipe as the cinnamon pull-apart bread, just in roll form.

Last but not least, my dear friends Kia and Sean (who I’m sure some of you readers also know) are leaving Korea and they had some people over for a late lunch last week. I’m honestly so sad to see them go. They were my very first vegan friends! I’m not even exaggerating. Kia was my first real-life vegan friend and we did several vegan bake sales together, and she has fed me soooo many amazing meals and desserts. I’m genuinely saddened to have to say goodbye. Alas, this is something I should be used to by now…. seeing everyone leave while I get left behind… boohoo. *cry* The good thing is that I know I’ll have a place to stay if I ever go to their neck of the woods. I’m so grateful for their hospitality and generosity. They taught me so much about what it means to be generous to people as well as animals. I don’t know many people who love and care for furry animals as much as they do. In addition to their 2 cats and 3 dogs, they have fostered so many others. I truly wish them all the best back home.

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Even though she was in the middle of packing up her life, for our last get-together, Kia whipped up some yummy food like it was no big deal~ Banana & Carrot muffins, with vegan french toast in the background!

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Creamy potato-bac’n soup, and vegan sausage~

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Tofu scramble.

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I’m gonna miss this guy so much! Marcel the adorable Frenchie that just wants to be carried like a baby.

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The Alien & Marcel. Have a happy life in the US, you lucky dawg!!

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10 Comments

  1. i’m not tired of saying this, i hope you’re not tired of reading this. you really inspire me to keep on baking. seriously. reading your posts has boosted the spirit of baking in me. thank you mipa!

    love from malaysia :)

  2. Keep going Mipa! The end result becomes even sweeter when there are bumps in the road! But on the other hand, I do hope that the paperwork doesn’t stress you out too much :(
    By the way that pesto salad looks amazingly delicious, I wish I had all the ingredients in my fridge and that it wasn’t 11pm right now!

  3. All the stuffs you made look so yummy!

    And all the best to the new shop too~

    Chiayee

  4. You’re going to corner a growing and dedicated market in Korea, Mipa. The work you have to do now to get it started – and I’m sure you know this – will pay off later. Your courage and hard work well be an inspiration to a lot of people. Thank you so much for your kind words on the blog. Kia and I will miss you, but we’ll see you again someday. … and Marcel.

  5. Good luck for your studio! like many people say you’re really an inspiration for us, Keep fighting!

  6. Been an avid reader of your blog since 2010. I will be heading to Seoul in August again. Really hope that your new studio will be ready by then and I will definitely swing by with my sisters to get some vegan treats! :)

  7. I’ve been reading your blog in preparation for moving to Korea (LOVE your pictures) and your baking pictures make me really sad that my place will not have oven ;_;

    Also I was so happy to see the Chimes candy in your post – they actually have a bunch of different flavors, peppermint, orange (my favorite), peanut and original! If you like I can send you some before I leave the States (hopefully that didn’t sound incredibly creepy….)

  8. Hi Mipa!
    I love your blog! All you nom’s look delish. Especially that cake.
    I live in Korea, but not Seoul :(
    But I go up to visit! If you ever want company on a vegan adventure let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. I haven’t stopped by to check out your post in a couple weeks but I’m happy to learn that you are opening a studio/cafe! I hope to check it out one day when I return to Korea for a visit. Good luck!! And you still need an instagram page ^_^

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