Alien's Day Out

Hey y’all.


Yea, so it’s been a ridiculously long time since I last blogged. :( I’ve been a bit distracted with work and life, but I haven’t given up on this blog yet, even though it’s practically holding on for dear life. The guilt over not being able to blog even once a week is eating me up! I always attempt to blog, but then something comes up and I never get to finish the draft. So then it sits around for another week, and by then everything seems old and outdated and I forget what I wanted to say. Sigh. So anyway, please forgive me for this horrifically delayed post, and hope you enjoy these random photos from my life:

Making a mess in the kitchen is my specialty.

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I’m always dropping flour on my shoes and the floor. My (fake) uggs are probably not the best for the kitchen because they aren’t easy to clean when I get flour or cake batter on them, but they are so dang comfy, especially since I have to be on my feet all day long.

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This is what happens when you work in the kitchen all the time and are constantly washing your hands…. and my fingertips are even worse. :( My skin has become so dry and cracked that it stings if I’m not careful. My hands have aged several years within the last 6 months. ㅠㅠ I’m turning into a halmunee before my eyes.

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Tax season in January was also a real pain in the arse. Learned a lot of business lessons which hopefully I will remember for the next round.

And now onto more happy things… food pics!

Me eating one of my own vegan ‘tu-no’ melt sandwiches, with homemade vegan cheese. I don’t always get time to eat lunch during the day, but when I do, I sit myself down in the corner and enjoy every bite!

Carrot cake….

Chocolate cookies, waiting to be dipped in mint-chocolate.

Two words: Oreo Brownies.

My friend was hosting a UCLA alumn gathering and asked me to make some UCLA-themed cupcakes. So I made these simple chocolate cupcakes with swirly frosting using the school colors, ‘gold’ and blue. Turned out better than expected. :) All I did was make two batches of frosting in different colors, fill them into separate piping bags, and then stuff those two bags into another bag with a large round piping tip. Then I squeezed the frosting out evenly, and voila, it created this cool effect.

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Valentine’s Day came and went quite silently. I didn’t do anything particularly special at the shop… just made lots of red velvet and chocolate cake throughout the week.

Mini chocolate cookie bite, waiting to be baked.

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I’ve been missing my morning smoothies lately. I got some spirulina powder in my last iHerb order, so I made a banana-chia-spirulina smoothie. Simple but so good. I should start every morning like this, instead of my usual coffee…

My friend Camille came by the shop bearing gifts of Taco Amigos take out! It’s always fun getting to eat outside food at PLANT. Thank you Camille!

Lately, I’ve been trying to make more time to catch up with friends. Being locked down at the shop most days from morning til night means that I don’t have much of a social life. But I’m trying to be a bit more intentional about making time for friends. And ofcourse there’s always food involved.

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Lunching at Garobee~~ (*UPDATE March 11, 2014*** GAROBEE has closed.)  It’s been ages since I went to a veg buffet. Loved all the fresh veggies and also the mandu. And I was jealous of Chris’ Voodoo Doughnut tshirt.

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Round two.. or was it the first,… molla.

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Also got some coffee from Brilliant Roasting Lab in Gangnam. The shop is pretty small and there aren’t many (if any) seats. But the coffee is great and also really affordable, considering it’s in the busy part of Gangnam.

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Coffee in-hand, and I’m a happy camper.

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Catching up with a friend over pizza at Trevia in Noksapyeong. It has been years since I last ate here~ The place seems to be going strong because every time I was past, it’s packed with people.

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I got the mushroom pizza, which does not include cheese. It was far from the best pizza, but it’s pretty affordable priced and the fact that they have vegan options is a plus!

And finally, on one of my free days, I grabbed some lunch at Marakech Night in Itaewon (**UPDATE**: Marakech has moved to a new location by Itaewon Station, Exit 3). It’s actually pretty close to PLANT and they have a few vegan options like falafels, hummus, and wraps.

We ordered the falafels, pita bread, hummus, and salad. I wasn’t in love with their hummus to be honest. Maybe they were having an off day, but the hummus tasted a bit artificial. Not sure what it was…

Yummy falafels, which comes with a salad and hot sauce. I wasn’t expecting the salad to have that yogurt dressing on top, so next time I’ll ask them to leave that out. The falafels were crispy and flavorful– They definitely had a peppery kick to them.

Everything wrapped together.

So that’s about it for this blog post. There are so many more things that I want to blog about~ Hopefully I will get to it soon. Thank you to all my readers for being patient and so loyal! You guys are the best.


  1. Beautiful photos as always!

  2. that oreo brownieeee!! looks so good :)

  3. The ups and down of blogging. Don’t beat yourself up over it. There’s always going to be moments when you blog more, and when you blog less. I get the feelings of guilt (I’m not blogging much myself at the moment, and my supposedly weekly ‘Trailer Weekly’ post just hasn’t happened for about a month), but remember that most people read multiple blogs so one blog posting less won’t feel as terrible to them as it does to you. More like you get suddenly happy when a post from a blog that’s been quiet a while gets published.

    The carrot cake and the red velvet cake look divine, as does the food at Garobee.

  4. Hi Mipa! I came by plant on Sunday afternoon to visit and say hello to you! But, I missed you… Instead I purchased two spicy ginger ales for my friends two slice of amazing hummingbird cake, thin mints. Pure heaven! Don’t fret about blogging, enjoy life! Hope we can visit again sometime soon. Sending good vibes your way! -Sarah

  5. You should try and take an extra day off each week to relax and blog a little bit :)

    ALso to do with your hands, i suggest trying to find a moisturizing hand wash or a soap free ‘soap’. It helps a lot. I also moisturise my hands after every time i wash my hands.

    Oh and lol not to add more too much business to your life but you should totally do classes at plant! I’d love to learn more about vegan baking when i move to Korea later this year.

    • Thanks Clon! Soap-free soap? Never heard of it… will have to look for it! :) My hands are a bit better from the photo now.. trying to moisturize regularly but I always forget~
      And yes, I’ve gotten quite a few requests for classes… It’s a bit difficult to schedule at the moment though.. Perhaps a few months down the road. :) Thanks again for your support and interest! ta ta~~ :):):)

  6. Hooray you are back! The first few years of a business must be very trivial but I’m sure in 5 years from now you will be looking back and laughing at all the struggles to get a prosperous business up and running. ^_^

  7. Just wondering if you have a recipe for your vegan cheese. It looks yummy and I have been searching for just the right one!

  8. I don’t think you should ever regret not blogging more. You feel inspired, do it. If you don’t, accept that you DO feel inspired to do other things (like try a new recipe).

    Or maybe I just say that cause I’m a horrible blogger.

  9. Your cakes look so perfect! I am definitely going to try the swirl frosting idea too! Also, the white sauce on the falafel plate is usually tahini, just pureed sesame seeds. It’s usually vegan so maybe they didn’t put any yogurt in it? Tahini is a lifesaver for middle eastern food! I love it so much. Don’t feel bad about blogging too little, you still post more often than many bloggers, including myself! You’ve got lots of interesting things to offer, so each post keeps us satisfied for at least a couple of weeks. :)

  10. a new post! *___*

    i’m starting to count down to the day i get to visit plant @__@ just a few more months until i can fly in!!
    here i come~~

  11. The cakes, brownies and cookies all look amazing!! I wish I didn’t live so far away from Itaewon so I could eat at Plant everyday ;)

  12. Everything looks delicious Mipa! Always love reading your update :)

  13. Hi! Awesome blog! Found it via Eat Your Kimchi’s video. Your cakes look amazing, I want to eat everything! I use to work in a restaurant kitchen too. Tip for your hands: wash with cold water instead of hot/warm and moisturize with coconut oil at night (slip on cotton if you have one). All the best!

    • Thank you for the tip! My hands are a lot better now that it’s not dry winter weather, but yes.. I should be better about moisturizing. :) Hope you can visit the shop someday~ :)

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