Waaah, the weather is so nice, it’s difficult to focus on work these days, let alone blogging. There’s always a lot going on, so many distractions, so much to do….
Now that it’s plenty warm outside, I’ve started running a little again after a very very verrrryyyy long hiatus (been feeling sluggish these days, I can’t take it any more). I’ve missed it so much, but not as much as I miss boxing at my mma gym. I’m still praying for the day when I’ll have more free time to get back to it.
It’s been forever since I last came here, it was nice to revisit this spot. I think I got the exact same thing as before too. Just their simplest salad with the usual chicken omitted, and some ciabatta bread on the side. My sister got a sandwich and cappuccino. But more than anything, I just love the interior of Le Alaska and the vibes. If you get there before the lunch rush, it’s just a perfect chill spot to start the day.
And now for some recent PLANT food: vegan “turkey” grilled cheese sandwiches with seitan deli slices, cranberry sauce, and cheese. All handmade from scratch. This was a simplified version of the Thanksgiving sandwiches I made last year, minus the mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy dip. If I ever write a vegan recipe book, this one will definitely be in there. :)
Kale salad with chickpeas, carrots, smoky tempeh bits, and agave-mustard dressing. A lot of people have been asking where I get my lacinato kale from. I order it from a Home Base supermarket across the street from PLANT in Itaewon. They don’t carry it in their veggie section, but I can order a big box from them and they will have it ready for me to pick up the next morning. And if you want this lacinato kale, you have to call it “New Green” because if you say “kale,” you’ll get the flat leaf, dinosaur style kale, which probably isn’t what you’re looking for. So just say you want to order a box of ‘new green’ and they’ll understand. capiche? :)
And even if you don’t have a Home Base around your area, try asking another local supermarket if they can get some for you. Just think of all the amazing kale salads and green smoothies you can nourish your body with!
One thing I love about PLANT is that it’s like this little community gathering spot. It’s not unusual for random people to start talking and become friends. If you’re new in Korea and don’t know many people, come to PLANT. More often than not, you will make friends with someone. The shop is so small and the seating is so limited that many times, you kind of have to sit with people you don’t know. I understand it’s uncomfortable for some people, and especially native Koreans are a bit wary of sharing tables with strangers, but foreigners and expats are always more than willing to squeeze together and start talking to each other. Just an observation as someone who works there every day. :) Anyway, I’m grateful for all of Plant’s customers, you guys make it worthwhile. Overhearing a vegan customer say that Plant is their sanctuary and home away from home, makes my heart melt. That kind of compliment is priceless. I know we are inadequate and undeserving in so many ways, and there’s so much room for improvement, but thank you to everyone for accepting us, despite our limitations and short-comings.
Dark Chocolate Chery cake. The most chocolatey cake ever, with chunks of half-dried cherries and a splash of amaretto. This was one of those random cakes which came together because I just happened to have all those ingredients on hand at that moment. Death by chocolate? Bring it.
Last month I had two wedding cake orders. Each one was a little different, but here’s one of them. Wedding cakes are pretty labor intensive, even small two-tier ones, so I now understand why bakeries charge a lot. It’s also a lot of pressure cuz you gotta make the bride happy, as well as impress the guests. Anyway, I’m glad all the cakes were made without too much trouble. For this cake, the bride wanted the swirly flower design around the edge, but the other cake I made was much simpler with just spackled frosting. Sadly, I don’t have a photo of the final product with flowers, etc.
Lastly, after a long work week, my favorite place to get a drink and wind down is the Southside Parlour by Noksapyeong. The guys over there are so great and are also super supportive of PLANT. There’s this really precious camaraderie between the expat/gyopo restaurant owners in Itaewon that is really encouraging and cool to see. We all want each other to succeed and I just love that. So yea. I love Southside for their amazing cocktails, chill vibes, and the guys behind the bar. They’re doing awesome things and once they add a few vegan options on their menu, they’re gonna be unstoppable.
Aiights, that’s all I got for this blog post. Thanks for reading!! xoxo