I don’t have anything vegan or food-related to post today… Just want to express my sadness over the Sewon Ferry tragedy. This is a really tough, sad time for Korea…. The mood here is palpably downcast and dispirited. Everyone is beyond frustrated, saddened and heartbroken for the young lives lost… Not just that, we’re angry at the irresponsibility and carelessness. Needless to say, it has brought to light various problems that are rooted in Korean culture, societal system, and development, and has promoted serious self-reflection and critical examination of its values, ethics, and priorities. Is there something Korea can learn from this? Let’s hope so.
Anyway, I don’t have a whole lot more to say… Please pray for Korea. My hope is that we will come together for those who lost loved ones and that we will heal from this.
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….
Cherry Blossoms! I didn’t think I was going to have a chance to see them this year, but luckily I was able to visit Yeoido Park just as they were in full-bloom.
Walking under clouds of cherry blossoms.
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.
Bunny is loving the warmer weather too~~ here she is checking out my new shoes! Hot pink, yeaaz.
Sunday Brunch with the sister at Le Alaska, Garosugil.
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 check out their grapefruit juice, with a mountain of shaved ice on top. It’s like an upside down snow cone. Really nice and refreshing.
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.
On the rare occasion, we’ll have fresh flowers in the shop and it just brightens up the whole place.
Furry friends have the same effect. :)
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
This blog post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a really long time~~ but better late than never, rah?
I’m so grateful for my Sundays off because it’s my chance to get out of the studio and eat out! Especially now that it’s spring, I just neeeeed to get out and breath some fresh air.
So I’m sure a lot of you already know this, but there’s a Dean & Deluca in the food court area of Shinsegae Department Store at the Express Bus Terminal station. They have a market, cafe, and deli/restaurant, all rolled into one. The market section has all kinds of imported products like gourmet crackers, cheese, nuts, sugar sprinkles, to Peanut Butter & Co nut butters. Ofcourse everything will cost an arm and a leg, but that’s the price you gotta pay for a taste of home.
They have a gorgeous bakery section that is loaded with all kinds of sweet and savory treats. Even though none of it is vegan (except for maybe a few breads), the visual of all the baked goods will make you salivate.
I love the way they displayed everything~ Different from the typical Korean bakery.
Anyway, it’s obviously not quite the same as NYC Dean & Deluca, but I think they did a pretty good job of bringing it to Korea.
At the deli, there is a salad bar of sorts where you can choose to ‘build your own salad’! For 11,000won, you can choose your greens, 5 salad toppings, and your salad dressing of choice (vegan option available). I totally think it’s worth it, considering it’s located right in Shinsegae, and most fresh salads in Seoul cost around 12,000won or more.
I built my own salad with spinach greens, roasted beets, edamame, roasted veggies, green beans, and olives, with balsamic vinaigrette. Sooo delicious. This was one of the best salads I’ve had in Seoul (other than what I made at PLANT, obviously).
And if you don’t have time to sit and order a custom salad, you can also get this pre-packaged “Super Veggie Salad” to-go. I don’t know about you, but I’m craving lots of fresh salads these days, so this is right up my alley. Check em out!
Dean & Deluca:
Shinsaegae Department Store, B1, food court. @Express Bus Terminal, Line 7 & 3
I think spring is around the corner! I’m so excited for warmer weather, but also bummed that I can never really enjoy it that much because I’m always at the shop. But I’ve been noticing the sun rising earlier than before which makes me happy. All winter, it was still dark when I got to the studio in the morning, but now, it’s either dusk, or the sun is already up. :) I hated waiting for the bus when it was freezing outside, but I admit I liked the eery calmness of Itaewon in the early morning. I gotta say, there’s something to getting up and starting the day ahead of everyone else, while the world is still asleep.
Anyway. The past few weeks have been busy as always, but I’ve also managed to get some precious time away from the shop and do some of the things I used to do, like just wandering around Seoul. My sister is also back in Korea from HongKong! I’m so happy to have her back for the next few months or so.
I had some free time a few Mondays ago, so I made a visit to Samcheongdong.
It has been forever since I last went to Samcheongdong. Sooo much has changed. Tons of new shops, cafes, and random things to see. It’s also become increasingly commercialized… it’s weird and a bit sad to see the area lose some of its indie vibes. But there are still some gems in the area fighting for survival.
Found this tiny hotddeok shop tucked away, and decided to get a snack. They had two kinds- a sweet honey one, and a vegetable one with japchae noodles. The dough itself is vegan too– just flour and water.
Getting hot and crispy~~
Walk and eat.
There’s nothing quite like some greasy street food. Being the japchae lover that I am, the filling was my favorite part. It was super hot, straight out of the fryer so we had to eat it really carefully so as to not scorch the inside of your mouth off.
Grabbing some coffee.
Peeking into a quiet hanok cafe.
Walked by the lovely pie shop in one of the side streets at Samcheondong. Unfortunately nothing vegan, but the pies looked amazing.
Cute little blocks of bread.
Ahhh, all I can say is, I miss Seoul-wandering!!!! I’m looking forward to my next outing~ :)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Round two.. or was it the first,… molla.
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.
Coffee in-hand, and I’m a happy camper.
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.
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.
LOOK WHO IT IS!!! Eat Your Kimchi! (Sorry for the terrible photo quality, my phone sucks.) Every expat or anyone with an interest in Korean pop culture knows Simon & Martina, the faces of EYK. They have built their own empire of awesome from scratch, and their YouTube videos are hilarious, informative, and addictive. With such loveable personalities, it’s no wonder they have hordes of adoring fans all over the world. So EYK and ADO started blogging around the same time, and turns out we’ve been following each other pretty much from the beginning. And now they are superstars. It’s funny how a little side project like blogging/YouTube can change your life and become so much more. Anyway. They came to PLANT recently (actually, twice in one week), and I have photos to prove it. And yes, they are just as cool in person as they are in their videos. They are so famous that our customers all recognized them and started chatting with them. Simon and Martina are such nice friendly (and funny) people that they will talk to anyone.
Here is their FAPFAP video at PLANT! So funny– I love the way they banter with each other and then how they proceed to devour the food. One thing to note is that not everything at PLANT is vegan. The pies by Yona’s Kitchen, like the pecan pie in this video, are not vegan (they include eggs, dairy, butter, etc). If you are vegan, check for the (V) on the name cards, which indicates what is vegan, and (GF) for gluten-free. Just wanted to clear that up!
So that was that! :) And now the only thing left is to organize a play date for Bunny, Spudgy, and Dr. Meemerz.
It’s been so long since I last blogged. Ever since plant reopened after the mini holiday, things have been pretty busy. It’s funny how a seemingly short break can mess up your groove at work. The first day back, Yona and I were dropping pans, over-baking things, breaking cups, bumping into things… Lol. Mayhem. But now I’m settled back into the routine, and I’m also ready to get back into blogging. Thank you for your patience!
So I’m sure a lot of you have already seen this on FB, but there’s a brand new CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) organized by WWOOF in Korea! They just launched at the start of this year and they offered to send a sample box for me to taste and blog about. First of all, I’m suuuuper excited about this WWOOF CSA not only because I’ve always wanted to join a CSA where I can get fresh organic, local produce delivered right to my doorstep, but also because this one is so foreigner-friendly.
CSA literature. I know in the past, people have tried signing up with other co-ops like Hansalim or Orga, but their website is all in Korean and its just hard to navigate and understand the rules. But with this one, everything is explained in both Korean and English, and their staff can answer any of your questions, no problem.
A list of all the items and various box options come with the package. I love how the farmer’s name or the source of each item is listed… makes you feel connected to them. This person put their blood sweat and tears into their farm and I get to enjoy the rewards. It’s a beautiful thing.
Oh, and another rad thing is that they have taken into consideration vegans and those with gluten allergies, so you can get a box that is vegan or without bread, based on your needs.
My loot. 1 cabbage, 2 large onions, 4 carrots, 5 or 6 potatoes, garlic, a pack of mushrooms, two bags of lettuce greens, three yellow/orange bell peppers, a bag of clementines, two different kinds of mini bread loaves, a small container of mullberry (or blackberry?) jam, and spinach and root banchan. The majority of produce was separated into paper bags with a few wrapped in plastic for freshness. I really appreciate that they take into consideration their eco-friendly packaging, etc.
Peeled garlic cloves, because who has time to peel their own garlic? Not me.
A bag of clementines. These were the first to disappear.
I also got two loaves of vegan bread. This one is made with local-grown wheat flour, potatoes, walnuts, grapeseed oil, yeast, and salt. That’s it.
The other one was a little firmer and dense, but this second loaf was quite soft and pillowy infused with the flavor of onions and herbs. I probably should’ve used this for a vegan sammie or something, but instead, we just broke into it to enjoy it for what it was. A good hunk of herby bread.
So I think I was supposed to come up with one amazing innovative recipe using all or most of the items in the box, like it was a challenge from Chopped or Top Chef, but honestly I had no time for dat last week and I needed to use the produce before they went bad. So instead, everything got consumed in different ways… some of the foods were eaten pretty much on the spot (like the clementines and breads), while other ingredients went towards the making of deliciousness. It was reassuring to know that I had this amazing box of veggies to rely on if I ran out of other ingredients while cooking at Plant. I wasn’t able to photograph all the ways I used the produce, but I’ll post what I have.
Beautiful organic carrots.
I ended up juicing one of the carrots, along with some cucumber and an apple I had on hand. It was sooo good. I used to juice a lot, but then I fell off that bandwagon and my juicer has been mostly idle ever since. It was nice to break it out for this occasion though. I was baking cookies when I took this photo, haha.
I got a total of 4 carrots in my basket, so I used the others to make a delicious carrot cake.
Perhaps I mismeasured the sugar, or maybe it was the organic local carrots, but the carrot cake was noticeably sweeter than usual. I’m pretty sure it was the carrots. It’s amazing how much sweeter organic produce can taste sometimes. The difference in quality is noticeable.
And you see that onion there, in this burrito? It was a csa onion! Cooked together with quinoa, black beans, tofu scramble, bell peppers…
And then today I used the mushrooms and bell peppers to make some vegan grilled cheese sandwiches. The CSA yellow bell peppers are hiding in there, and I supplemented them with some green ones I had on hand.
So yea, I’m beyond thrilled that this WWOOF CSA has started. I wish them nothing but huge success and loads of support. How amazing would it be if all of PLANT’s produce came from a csa? It’s definitely something that is on my mind for the future.
Whenever I travel, I usually post photos of my veggie airplane food. I figured I’d do it again, except this time I’m just posting the ‘going’ and ‘return’ flight food together in one blog post. My mom and I flew together on Asiana Airlines and we both got the vegetarian (non-dairy) meal option. Since it was only a three-hour flight from Incheon to Hongkong, we only got one meal~ And as always, the flight attendants delivered our food first before everyone else. hehe, just one of those little perks.
Ew, what the heck is that. Looks totally creepy, like a plastic body bag with blood and brains peeking out. But don’t fear, it’s just an eggplant split through the middle with rice and marinara sauce. On the side, we had salad and fruit. And I like to treat myself to some coke when I’m flying. :)
The main dish was actually pretty good. It was a bit oily, but also flavorful and satisfying.
And then this is what we got on the flight back to Seoul. Turmeric yellow rice, beans and grilled veggies with tomato sauce. On the side, there was a bun with margarine, salad, and some fruit. Pretty plain and simple. I think the others got some kind of bibimbab dish.
This was actually kinda bad. I’m not sure what it was, but the whole thing tasted a bit off and funky. A little plasticky and also charred. Hm, not sure what was going on there. Neither my mom nor myself finished even half of it. I just picked at some of the beans~ blegh.
At least this view of the sunset made up for the unsatisfying meal. Ahh, I love flying.
I’m back in Korea now, but my mind is still in vacation mode! I’m kind of dreading having to wake up at 5:30am again after sleeping in for the past two weeks…. But before my regular life starts up again here in Seoul, I have one last post about Hong Kong! Here goes~
Most breakfasts in HK looked similar to this. Soy yogurt which I got at the City Super at the IFC mall, and meusli or granola. I miss vegan yogurt so much! When is Korea going to get vegan yogurt?!!!
Went up to Kowloon and checked out some of the popular tourist markets. First, the flower market.
No idea what these yellow things are (not lemons), but they were everywhere. Someone enlighten me.
Next we whizzed through the popular Ladies’ Market, which is basically just lots of souvenir shops… nothing specifically lady-like about it either, haha. It was definitely crowded and a bit overwhelming with all the sights, smells, and people.
Passed by the goldfish market… Wasn’t too excited about seeing so many fish confined in plastic bags, and tightly packed in aquariums. These guys look like they have a big red tumor on their head. Kinda cute tho.
I saw this place ‘Nood‘ online and wanted to check out a fresh, healthy spot. It’s even located in a yoga studio. Lots of healthy, glowy people walking about. I got this ‘Key West’ smoothie which included coconut water, avocado, banana, coconut sugar, and spirulina (I’m in love with spirulina these days). It was really good.. and filling. It could totally be a meal replacement.
For one of our dinners, I make my sister and mom come with me to Life Cafe which a lot of other blogs and even some readers recommended. I really liked the interior of the shop and there was a lot of vegan/gluten-free packaged products for sale too, in addition to fresh food. The place was really busy but we managed to get a table to eat there, which actually turned out to be a bit of a mistake. All the items on the sit-down menu were significantly more expensive, and we weren’t able to order any of the less pricey items from the deli showcase because they were for take-out only. Also, I wasn’t completely blown away by any of the food we did order, and the portions were quite small.
Vegan pizza (I think it was also gluten-free?). The pizza itself tasted pretty good, but it was all just really small that we didn’t think it was worth the price. Each tiny quarter slice was about two bites of food~~ (haha). I gotta say I was a bit disappointed.
Pita chips with veggie dip. Decent but nothing to write home about.
The soup of the day with some multi grain bread. We actually enjoyed this one the most, and I thought it was the best value. Overall, the food enjoyable and I wouldn’t mind eating at Life Cafe again, but definitely for take-out only. Now I understand why most people I saw there were getting food to go! And I gotta give them props for using lots of organic ingredients and providing so many vegan and gf options.
Before leaving the cafe, I got a gluten free quinoa apple cake which I enjoyed over two breakfasts~ A little crumbly and I wouldn’t liked some more apple flavor (or maybe apple chunks) in the cake, but it was still tasty. It’s always a pleasure eating vegan baked goods that I didn’t make myself.
In general, Hong Kong probably isn’t the right place for a quiet, relaaaxing vacation… There is construction going on everywhere, crowds of people everywhere, and the air is quite smoggy. So for some peace and quiet, I went to the Chi Lin Buddhist Nunnery which was like a breath of fresh air, figuratively and literally. It was such a tranquil little haven, tucked away in the middle of apartment buildings and shopping plazas.
The Nan Lian Garden, connected to the nunnery was also impressive. The grounds were really well-kept, and everything was perfectly groomed and in the right place. There was also a vegetarian temple food restaurant in the middle of the park, but it was so packed and we were more in the mood for simple food. I really liked this area though. It was sooo peaceful and it felt so different from the rest of HK that I saw.
Ate lunch at a random Chinese restaurant and got steamed veggie dumplings…
…and black soy sauce noodles.
Here’s some take out from NoodleMi. Fried tofu and sauteed veggies with vermicelli noodles.
One of my last meals in HK. We went to a Taiwan-style restaurant and I got veggie dumplings and steamed Chinese garlicky greens.
Yummy steamed veggie dumplings stuffed with vemicelli noodles, mushrooms, chives, etc.
Steamed red bean buns for dessert. They looks so cute and pokeable.
Soft chewy steamed bun with creamy and sweet red bean paste inside. Yum!!
One final ferry ride~
Terribly crappy photo of the skyline. We went to see the night light show from the Avenue of stars. I really loved the harbor– it was definitely my favorite thing about HK. It’s too bad I only had my crappy phone camera to take these photos. Doesn’t do it justice.
So I think that wraps up my trip to HongKong. I had a lovely time and ate soooo much good food. Aside from being with my sister and mom, the trip was mostly just about the food. haha. It was great getting to know a new country and city, and I feel like I came away with a lot of new ideas for some of my own kitchen experiments. Traveling to new places is always inspiring, and it gets me thinking of things I can do when I go back home. I was also really impressed with how easy it was to eat vegetarian/vegan in HK, and I’m really hoping that Seoul can catch up quickly. :)
For a vacation within a vacation, we went on a very short day-trip to Macau! It was just an hour ferry ride from HK, so we figured why not. The weather was absolutely gorgeous the whole day, definitely warmer than HK. Dubbed the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau is known for its luxurious casino hotels and gambling scene. Although we did check out one of the hotels and saw lots of gambling going on, I didn’t participate~ haha. I’m too afraid of losing to risk money gambling. Besides, we were more interested in seeing historical sights and the Portuguese colonial influence in this part of China.
Senado Square. The exterior of the buildings has an old-world European feel to it, but then everything on the inside is all Chinese. Pretty interesting. Unfortunately, I think the square has become too commercialized with big brand name stores, rather than small local, independent shops, which takes away from the cultural value of this area.
St. Dominic’s Church..
Ruins of St. Paul’s cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is my favorite shot of it because you can’t see all the tourists along the stairway leading up to it.
Love the cobblestones! You half expect a horse-pulled carriage to go by.
Coconut covered chewy ginger candies. These were sooo good and vegan too. I ate several samples and then bought a few packs for myself~ Everywhere we went there were shops generously giving out tons of cookie samples and everyone was grabbing several as they walked along. While the cookie samples weren’t vegan, at least I enjoyed the ginger gummies.
Lovely Portugese-style hand painted tiles.
Lunch was a bowl of street food yumminess. Fried tofu blocks, tofu skins, zucchini, mushrooms, with curry sauce. There’s a chance there was fish broth mixed in there too, but I didn’t ask so this may not have been totally vegetarian. In general, it seemed much harder to find ve*gan food in Macau compared to HK. And instead of waiting at a super long line for a restaurant table (because we were on a tight schedule), we just went with street food. Luckily, we also brought some peanut butter sandwiches to keep me fueled. Gotta travel prepared, yo.
Rue de la Feliciade, aka “Happiness Street.” Apparently this was historically part of the red light district, where fishermen used to come? Not sure of the exact history, so don’t quote me on that. I just liked the red doors and white walls. The road is really quiet and relaxing, compared to the main streets, a few blocks away.
I much prefer quiet alleyways where I’m not so overwhelmed with so many people and noise that I’m too distracted to notice the small beautiful things.
Because no vacation would be complete without a photo of feet.
Overall, Macau was a nice day trip~ but by the end, we were definitely tired. Thankfully, we were able to catch an early boat ride back to my sister’s place in HK. Stay tuned for one last post on my time in Hong Kong! Different neighborhoods, some nature, and ofcourse more food.