Alien's Day Out

About Me

Hello and welcome to Alien’s Day Out! My name is Mipa (the ‘Alien’), and I’m a vegan living in Seoul, South Korea. I have a bit of a muddled background in that while I was born in Busan, South Korea, I actually spent the majority of my life growing up in Ghana, Ivory Coast, England, Scotland, and the US (PA and So-Cal). After college in the States, I returned to Korea in 2006 and have been here ever since (wow, it’s been a long time!).

After a few years as a vegetarian, I eventually made the full switch to veganism in late 2008, and haven’t looked back since. Soon after that transition, I started this blog to document and share my vegan experiences here in Korea. Now, years later, I’m thrilled that this blog is still going strong! I’m continuously amazed by how this blog has become such a huge part of my life, more than I ever expected. I feel incredibly grateful for such awesome readers and all the support and nice words. I hope to continue to be a useful resource for other veg-heads in Korea and around the world.

Some things I like to do besides cooking, baking, and eating yummy vegan food include:

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spending time with family (mom, dad, and big sister).

Thanksgiving Dinner 2009
hanging out with good friends

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playing with ‘Bunny’

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drawing & painting

Gang Won Do Family Trip
running

Outdoor Market
shopping for fresh food

GwangJang Market
finding new places to eat

Family Day Trip July 2010
going on picnics

Hyehwa Cafe ManoIMG_6592
exploring new parts of Seoul

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admiring the mountains of Korea

Morave 2009
camping

Mano Vegan Cafe
chilling at coffee shops

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reading & learning

Global Gathering 2010
listening to music

Beans
growing things

San Diego 2010
taking in the goodness of life & counting my many blessings.

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Feel free to email me at aliensdayout (at) gmail (dot) com
I love getting reader email and I read every single one, but unfortunately, I cannot always respond to each person. I will try though! :) If you have a specific question, you may want to first do a search on the blog, or check out the ‘resources’ tab. Also, the Seoul Veggie Club is a great place to get quick answers to common questions. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

100 Comments

  1. Mipa, I love, love, love your blog! I check it everyday and have spent hours going through your old posts. I am a vegan living in Busan and a newbie one at that. As far as vegan cuisine goes here were are limited to about 5 restaurants in the entire city. I am planning a trip up to Seoul in a couple weekends and I would like to sneak in some vegan dining. Like I said I have gone through your blog and you have mentioned tons of amazing looking restaurants but If you could recommend your favourites I would really appreciate it, I’m going with a group of non-vegan boys and while I want to go places we all can enjoy I don’t mind being a little selfish and heading off on my own to eat some good grub! We’re staying in the Myeongdong/ Iteawon area but again I am willing to venture for good food. Cheers m’dears!

    • Hi Natalie! Thanks for the kind comment! :) Check out the ‘veg restaurants’ tab at the top… the ones with an asterisk by them are some of my favorites. you can also check the ‘best of 2011′ list to see which restaurants other veg-heads like. :)

  2. Ahhhhghh! I had a bunch of lovely comments that people had written on this page, but I lost everyone’s comments during the transfer to wordpress. :( Me so sad…..

  3. Hey Mipa. Your bookshelf looks remarkably similar to mine. Cheers to that!

  4. cool,mipa! i’ve got your blog randomly(hm…actually by searching acorn jelly salad calories.. :P) but your blog is really fascinating and happy to know that I can cook still various korean food as vegetarian ;) I’m turning into pescatarian eating seafood..still hard to be a pescatarian avoiding sausages on the street and hams for breakfast… any tips?:D btw I might make my own blog soon and yours would be very good model for me :) cheeers from Vienna,Austria

  5. Hi Mipa,
    I finally got around to reading your blog and timing was great because you had just blogged about your adventure in the Bay Area. It was an awesome post, I’m glad you got a chance to go explore and try new things here. It was a pleasure having you and Angela as our guests and I hope when go to Seoul, we can visit you:) Thanks for sharing your blog, I hope we can keep in touch.

    • Penney!! Can’t believe I missed your comment this whole time! Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog! And ofcourse thank you so much for having us over! it was so great and when you guys come to Korea let me know!!!^^ ta ta~~~

  6. Hi MIPA!
    First off, I love your blog! I’m moving to Korea in september and this is going to be my main resource. I’m super nervous about what I’m going to eat, and HOW AM I GOING TO BAKE! I won’t have an oven. Is there a resource page on your blog for food that is vegan with pictures or anything on it? Like margarine, is there a vegan brand over there? I’m realizing how lucky I am for living in Canada with about a gazillion vegan options everywhere I look.

    I’m going to run around your blog for the next little while and see what I can find.
    SARAH

    • Hi Hsm Cookie, thanks for your message! :) Yes, you can get vegan buttery spread here. I just did a post about it too! Best of luck with your move to Korea~~

  7. Thanks for having this blog. It’s INCREDIBLE! I lived in Seoul between 2008-2010. I struggled to find all of what you are blogging about here. Such a great resource. When I return to Seoul for my next visit, this will be my personal guidebook for finding food and coffee places! THANK YOU!

    • Hi Soon Young, thanks for your comment! Yea, the blog was in its baby-stages back then. :) When you come back though, I hope things are easier to find!

      • Thanks. And hope it’s cool but I’ve linked your reviews and such to my blog. Much better than me trying to recollect where all my favorite places were located…

  8. Hello Mipa – !
    I love this blog – .
    I live in Samchung dong in Seoul .
    and I go out for a walk to Jongno.

    I want to go your place.
    Have a nice day!!

  9. Hi Mipa!

    I loooove your blog. In so many ways your blog makes me miss S. Korea a lot. I’m not Korean, but half Puerto Rican/Caucasian. I was born in the states, but grew up in Seoul for 8 years when I was young. I came back to the states when I was 10/11 and now that I finished college I’m trying to go back for a year or two. The pictures you post makes me seriously consider traveling around the country instead of just living in Seoul like I was planning.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us!
    ~Lindsay

    • Thank you Lindsay for your awesome comment. Yes, there’s definitely more to Korea than just Seoul! Hope you get a chance to come back soon! :)

  10. 반갑습니다! 저는 부산에서 살겁니다. 좋은 블로그을 만들어서 고맙습니다^.^

  11. Hi!
    I’ve just discovered your blog and I love it! So useful!
    I’ve found a lot of information to prepare my trip to South Korea. Thanks to you now I have a lot of tips to find where to eat or just enjoy a coffee with soy milk :-)
    You know these things are important for travellers like us ^ _ ^
    Best wishes and hugs from Barcelona!

  12. *gasp* omg, your vegan testimonial post is gone! @_@

  13. My first visit to your blog! I love it!!!and I like your cute bunny!

  14. Hey there! Are you a fellow Cheonan-er? I’m quite new here and I found your blog, it’s very cute, love your drawings. I’m definitely no vegan nor vegetarian but I do love a good coffee. If you are keen lets chat over coffee some time!

    • HI Shereen, I don’t live in Cheonan, but I visit once in a while to see my parents who live a little outside of Cheonan. Hope you’re settling in well! :) Thanks for the comment~~

  15. Hi mipa!! really good to know you^^

    I really like your blog that I would have like this.^0^

    I came vegan recently so I would share information of vegan food and design.

    have a good day^^

  16. Hello Mipa,
    What a great blog! I currently live in US and I’m visiting my family in Korea this week. I was wondering how to survive as a vegan yet now all my worries are gone!! Thank you for great information. I wish to know this blog earlier. My fiance and I will love to explore these great vegan places while staying in Seoul.
    I will stay in tune!!

  17. Hi Mipa!

    I’ve just found your blog thanks to VeganMofo. I like your blog!
    You got a new reader!

    Ciao ciao! :)

  18. What breed is your bunny? I really want one! Your blog is very cute!

  19. Hello!

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog! I live in Seoul and though I’m not vegan, I do have to avoid gluten. So thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! I especially love the pics starring your adorable bunny! :)

    • Thank you Jennifer~~ I’m happy to help. I have a few gluten-free items on my bakeshop site if you’re interested, and you can also get them at high street market in Itaewon. :) Thanks again!

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  21. So nice to find your blog. I’m also vegan, have a food blog, and love all things Korean. One of the members of my Korean Drama Knitting Group on Ravelry mentioned you. I hope to get to South Korea one day.

  22. Hi Mipa.

    I love your bog here and all the yummy food posts, I have a attempted a few of your recipes i will keep on trying until they look as lovely as yours.
    Do you have a portfolio website or somewhere I can look at your illustration work? Also I am wondering if you know any good illustration classes or certificate programs in Seoul?

    thankyou for the great blog!

  23. Hello, Mipa! I was looking for a store which sells Rice Krispies cereal and I stumbled upon your lovely blog. It looks like I can find it at the Foreign Food Mart in Itaewon. Whereabouts in Itaewon is it located? What exit do I get out and where is it nearby? My name’s Ji-Myoung, Korean-Canadian from Toronto, teaching English outside of Seoul in Gapyeong near Chuncheon. I’m involved with Onnuri Church in Yangjaedong and serve at a handicapped people’s mission every month in Goyang. In December it will be my turn to cook, and I want to do something Christmassy but within a pretty low budget. I did a year of culinary school back home after graduating from university. I’m also looking for a simple reasonably priced party room to hold a Christmas party for about 20 people from my church group. Even though I’m not vegan or vegetarian I occasionally like to have vegetarian or vegan meals. I know it’s not easy to find everything you need for your daily cuisine but I admire your lifestyle. Cheerios :)

    • Hi Ji Myoung. Thank you for the comment. Please refer to the ‘Resources’ tab at the top, for more info on the Foreign Food Mart.

  24. Oh yeah, by the way, the Rice Krispies cereal is for Rice Krispie squares I want to make for the handicapped people’s mission. And also thinking of Egg Nog. I know that instead of rum, I can use ginger ale. I hope the Foreign Food Mart in Itaewon also has ginger ale. All the best!

  25. 안녕하세요 미파님~~ :D
    블로그 보고 반해 버렸어요!!
    I wish you had an actual bakery so I could visit sometime!

  26. Mipa, you seem wonderful. Can we be friends?

  27. Pahaha, the face coupled with my comment = priceless.

  28. I just discovered your blog. Lovely stuff! ^^

  29. Hi Mipa
    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your blog and the way it has influenced my decision to go vegan. I came to Korea over a year ago as a vegetarian and started reading your blog as I had no idea what supermarket products and Korean dishes where vegan. From reading your blog I became aware of how easy it was to eat a vegan diet, even in a place like Korea. In fact I realized seeing as I wasn’t eating meat and couldn’t find my precious cheese that I was basically already eating vegan. I read your testimonial and was encouraged to do my own research about what I was eating, eventually taking the plunge and going vegan for good a year ago. I can honestly say that if I hadn’t stumbled across your blog I wouldn’t have become a vegan. The various books and documentaries that you mention at times were a huge help in educating me, but you also have such yummy looking food and make eating vegan delicious and fun – not difficult like I thought it would be. Plus you seem like such a lovely person so your blog is always a delight to read. I just wanted to say thank you for your blog!! Keep up the blogging :D

    • Hi Rosumund, wow, thank you sooo much for taking the time to leave this comment. I’m just so moved and touched by this, and it encourages me to keep on blogging! :) I can’t express how honored I am to have been a small part of your vegan journey. But really, you deserve all the credit. :) All the research you did, all that reading, and thinking, and self-reflection. It’s not an easy choice and certainly not always an easy or smooth transition, but I think it’s so great that you took the plunge~~ :) And actually, your story of going vegan inspired me, so I thank you. I truly wish you good health, joy, and peace in your heart, every day. xo -Mipa

  30. Hi Mipa
    Recently found your blog, it’s great.
    As a regular visitor to Korea for the last 13 years its great to see so many veg restaurants appearing. Your reviews and pics are really helpful, you’ve given me a long list of places to check out in March.
    Peter

  31. Hi Mipa~ I found out about your blog from Elle’s Cute in Korea blog and I am glad I did!
    I am going to Korea this summer after almost 10 years (I am half Korean)~ and so I have been researching on what interesting things I should do when I am in Korea so I will live it to the fullest and thank you for your dedication in this blog! I think it will certainly help me out a lot :)
    I also heard you deliver yummy goodies? What if I stay at a hotel, would you still be able to deliver? I am so excited to try some of your baking! I’m drooling already haha..
    And also was your store in Seoul?

    • THank you Shana! Yes, you can have goodies delivered to your hotel! No problem. Also, I don’t have my own storefront in Seoul, but I sell treats at Botton Cafe and High Street Market. You can get addresses on the bakeshop site: aliensbakeshop.com
      thanks again for the comment!

  32. Hello, Mipa. Just came to visit your blog.
    Hope you are doing good -

  33. sooooo proud of you Mips and all that you’re doing! God is so good! keep walking with Him, trust Him and do as you are now and everything will be oh~ so good (and yummy) he he he! Love you sister! hugs :)
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  34. 한국 사람. 영어 할 줄 모름. 굉장히 아름답고 멋진 블로그. 쩔어쩔어.

  35. Hi Mipa, I would be visiting Korea this coming July and I am so glad I found your blog! I am a vegetarian and your blog will help me so much in finding food in Korea. By the way, do you take onions/garlics? This would give an indication of what consist onion/garlic in Korea. Thanks so much!

  36. Do you make money from this blog?

  37. Hi Mipa,

    thanks for this blog! Visiting Seoul for a couple of days in march it makes it much easier to find enough vegan places to survive. Are there any places near Dongguk University and Dongdaemun I shouldn’t miss.

    Greatings from Germany,

    Tom

  38. Hi Mipa, im so loving this website, really wanna try your treats. yes im defo planning to visit the cafe ‘boton’ sooooon. Anyway, im currently looking for people as an “interviewee” for my book about food (its not a cookbook but story of a person who got philosophy and passion for ‘food’. Could you let me know ur email add. please? then i will send you more about this project. thank you! hope see you very soon !

  39. Hello!
    I’m a veggie spanish girl who is traveling to Seoul next april. Your blog is such a discover!!! I’ll definetly go to Botton Cafe and High Street Market to try your bakes!!!
    I appreciate if you could give me some tips about where to eat veggie/vegan in Seoul!!
    Thanks a lot!
    Beatriz

  40. Have you given any consideration at all with translating your web page into German? I know a several of translaters here which might help you do it for no cost if you want to get in touch with me personally.

  41. I love your blog!!! And your bunny is so cute.

  42. Mipa, your blog is beautiful!!! I love the photography, your illustrations, your style… you’re so talented. I hope that this blog leads to great things! Love the recipes also. I’m not a ‘full’ vegan (I still occasionally eat some meat and dairy products) but I eat a predominantly plant-based diet so it’s great to be inspired by people like you. Thanks so much… I’ll be following you!!

  43. Hello! I have been following your blog for quite sometime now, but I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! :) It is very inspirational and has encouraged me to pursue going vegetarian – which is a huge step for me – as well as your yearly 101 things to do for the year. I am totally going to do that. Please continue to post awesome things! Thank you!

    • hehe, thank you buckets Jane-ah. I hope your own 101 list is going well. :) Appreciate all your lovely words!!

  44. Hi! Just want to let you know your “camping” photo is missing on Flickr. Love your blog as always! ^^

  45. Hi Mipa,
    First off, I wanted to say you’re such an inspiration. I’ve been following your blog and noticed your food review for quite some time. Can’t believe you have your own place in Seoul, really jealous and actually look forward to meeting you one day ! I’m definitely going to make my way over to Plant !

  46. Hi!
    Hope you’re keeping well!

    I’m Ella an avid reader and a blogger.

    Your blog Alien’s Day Out is the most interesting one I have come across in the recent times, Kudos!

    Your blog awakened the writer in me I thought an article from a reader like me could be an interesting addition to your site.

    Awaiting your reply.

    Regards,
    Ella James

  47. Hey, thank you very much for your blog ^^ I want to come to Korea someday (actually I’ll be studying korean at university soon) and I’m a vegan, it’s VERY uplifting to find vegan people and communities in Korea :) You seem like an awesome person and keep it up and good luck with your bakery! ♥

  48. Cant believe I didn’t find out about your place earlier! I was practically across the street from you today! I am leaving Friday night, but I’m definitely going to try and come before I leave. I’ve been staying in Itaewon with friends since last week. Except this past weekend when we went to Jeju. That was an experience! I wish you much success!

  49. Appreciating the persistence you put into your blog and detailed information you offer.
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    I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my
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  51. How exciting it is to find your website! I guess the best description of how I eat is “flexitarian”, but eating a mostly vegetarian diet is something I don’t really work too hard on; it just happens for the most part. I’m trying to do better and learn more as I’m also an athlete and have to be conscious of my food choices. I can’t wait to read all of your old stuff as I’m half Korean and I was born in Songtan. I love the culture and the food and I’m excited to see what kinds of vegan Korean food I can try out!

  52. Hello! I must have found your blog while researching how to make hummus in Korea. Love the blogs and photos :)

  53. Hi I was wondering where your restaurant is? Plant? Please let me know thnx

  54. Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really loved browsing your blog posts.
    In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you
    write again very soon!

  55. Hi Mipa!
    It was lovely meeting you today at Plant! I’ve been reading your blog for months and have been looking forward to my seoul trip this year just so I could bag a bunch of your goodies to eat cos they all look lovely and so much love and effort went into them! Thank you so much for your lovely blog and tips on vegan foods in seoul! (We’re not vegans but we do have dietary limitations too so it helped us so much) your carrot cake is yummy and light (we are nomming on it now)

    Much much love from your Singaporean readers (myself and sister in law) and we hope to drop by again in future!!!

    Ps: you’re so shy! :)

    • Hi Siti! Yes, i remember you coming in with your friends (family?). THank you for visiting! I wish I could be a better resource, but lately the blog is a bit neglected. :( Anyway. hope you can come by again soon! :)

      • yes! I came with my husband, mother in law n sister in law!
        We hope to come back soon, missing Seoul so much right now.
        The thin mints were the bomb!

        Much love, god bless and happy wishes!

  56. Hello Mipa,
    first of all: I love your Blog, your recipes, your eateries tips and soon I guess your restaurant :). For the next two months I’m living in Incheon. And I’m a little lost in between all the fish, shrimp and pork dishes. I’ ve got a kitchen, so I cook all day long. Do you have any special tips? Like vegan spice paste at “Lotte”? Or do I have to go to the “loving hut” shop in Seoul? Would be great to hear from you :) Best wishes, Julia

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  59. Hello,
    Curious as to what kind of camera you use for everything in your blog. :)

  60. Hi Mipa^^
    I love your blog. It’s like an amazing pot for me. Thank you for sharing all the information about the food and places et cetera.

  61. Hi Mipa,
    As a Californian who is new to living in Seoul, I was thrilled to find your blog! I have found your postings on the farmer’s market, soy milks (unsweetened – hooray!), and other things, really helpful and enjoyable. It is nice to find someone online who enjoys the things I do (running, animals, etc.!), has some of the same dietary habits, and writes well and takes beautiful photographs to boot! I am looking forward to visiting PLANT when you re-open.
    Thank you again. Your blog has really helped me. What you are doing here and at PLANT is a real service.
    Rachel

  62. Hi Mipa, great blog!

    Just curious as to whether or not you usually ask for less dressing on salads or “lightly dressed” when you order them at restaurants? I find that salads in Korea are generally way too overdressed compared to the states. I prefer my salads lightly coated in dressing rather than being drenched. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks again!

    Chris

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