Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Farewell Korea

As the administrator of this food blog, I started with a couple of mom friends who were fellow expats in Seoul trying to figure out how to feed our families. I was the new kid in town and was really struggling a lot with a lot of things in my transition to Seoul. This blog idea was my attempt to pick myself up and stop cooking with the case of cream of mushroom soup from costco which had in no way been a part of my cooking back home.

Many of my friends from the beginning have already transitions out of Korea life and now it's my turn to join the ex-expats. What that means for the blog....well, I won't be posting any more recipes or any other info about where to find ingredients or yummy food to eat. Since I'm not on the ground in Seoul anymore, it means some of the links on the side bar may be come out of date or locations may change, but I won't be spending time doing the research to figure it out. My biggest secret is a through google search in english of what you're looking for and pay attention to dates of others postings. The other greatest thing is iherb. Make sure to get signed up for newsletters so you know when the shipping rates go down and the various discount promotions. Finding iherb has been a real life saver.

What I will leave is a few resturants we frequented in the past month of our time in Seoul.

Fell N Cole's new Hongdae location. I know they had moved the shop, but it wasn't until recently that I found the new location in Hongdae. Check their facebook page daily to see the flavors.

From Sangsu station, line 6 exit 1, walk maybe 5 minutes. Turn right at the Rolens watch and jewelry store and follow the alley way to the right and there you will find the new and improved Hongdae location. There's plenty of seating to enjoy your ice cream.

Cafe Mama's. I wouldn't call this a brunch place, more of a sandwich shop with salads. We found it pretty tasty. I will link to a couple of different blog posts, but be warned the directions to find it are terrible. It's become a franchise and there are locations all over the city. We stopped at the one near city hall, behind the seoul finance center and it had a long wait and then jumped up to one near Gwanghamun behind the US embassy which had a much shorter wait time. There was also one located right next to Fraser Place Hotel, Central Seoul.

We ordered paninis, sandwiches along with the famed ricotta salad. But be warned, it is not ricotta on the salad, but slices of cream cheese. It ended up not tasting bad and rather tasty but I wanted to let the owners know you could buy real riccota cheese at costco or just make your own! :)Which for the record, I finally made homemade ricotta before I left and it was so easy and delicious!

Look here, here , here for info and pictures.

Honey bowl is another brunch place in Hongdae. It was yummy. Look here for more info.

Friday, May 3, 2013

iherb shipping update

Latest email I received from iherb.com.



Dear iHerb Customer in Korea, 

Starting May 10th and until July 15th, there could be a delay in processing your orders. 

This is due to Cherry season: California farmers will begin flying their Cherries to Korea and Japan, creating a shortage of airplane space. 

As a result, we recommend that you place as many of your orders as possible now and until May 10th. 


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

iIherb $4 flat rate shipping has returned!!!


Here's the email from iherb.com

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Dear Valued Customer in Korea,

We are happy to announce that we have decided to keep our shipping rate for Korean Post at the flat $4.00, regardless of how much you order.

Plus, if you order $60.00 or more, you will receive an additional 5% discount.

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Hooray!!!!


Friday, March 22, 2013

New Home Plus at Hapjeong Station

There's a new home plus at hapjeong station. Go out exit #9 or #10, you can go into the Mercantopolis shopping area. There's a huge parking lot underneath if you are driving. I thought it was a pretty good size and all on one floor. The remaining outdoor shopping area is pretty fun. Lots of restaurants, jamba juice, clothing stores, movie theater and stores selling beauty products. There's also a decent sized children's playground.  New shops are opening all the time. The overall shopping area is not quite finished filling up with retailers. 

Here are few pictures of things I saw at Home Plus.





I have also seen these items intermittently at the world cup home plus. Hapjeong home plus also had frozen peas. :) There were only a few bags left and I imagine they won't last long. Everything else was standard home plus. 

Worthy of a look if you are looking for something to do this weekend. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hummus

If you love pita bread, you need to eat it with this...

A word about hummus recipes. I am going to post mine, since that is the idea here, but I want to point out that most hummus recipes look the same. They all have the same ingredients because that's what goes in hummus. Here's the thing. You have to make it and taste it and maybe it won't turn out, but then you have to try it again. It won't turn out exactly the same every time, even if you use exactly the same amount of exactly the same things. Sorry, it won't. Garlic isn't all the same strength, not all beans have exactly the same flavor, each lemon is slightly different, etc. That's why you have to taste it. So taste it--and enjoy it! That's the best part!

Hummus
1 cup dry Garbanzo beans (I think this is about 1 1/2 cans, so I would round it up to two, drained and rinsed)
1/2 bunch Cilantro
6-8 cloves Garlic
Salt (1 Tbsp? Maybe this is too much... I usually just sprinkle some in. About the same amount I do for pasta)
1/4 cup Lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/4 cup Tahini
Olive Oil

If using dry beans, soak in water overnight, or boil them for 2 minutes then let them sit for an hour or two. Rinse then get fresh water and boil beans with cilantro, garlic, and salt. Boil them a long time, until they are really soft. Maybe two hours? Once they are really soft, blend them up in the water you cooked them in--including garlic and cilantro. For my blender, I have to make it pretty thin, but this works out, because it thickens when it gets cold. Err on the side of too thin. Stir in lemon juice then start adding spoonfuls of tahini until it tastes right. I love this part because I love warm hummus. Then maybe add more lemon juice or salt until it tastes even more right. Use like this for veggies. To use for breads, put it in a bowl then drizzle olive oil on top (not too much--maybe 1 Tbsp for 1 cup hummus?).

Another note: If you want to make it fast and not cook canned beans more, you can, but it will be kind of gritty and not so smooth. If you do that, leave out the cilantro (or only use a little...maybe 1 Tbsp), and you can use raw garlic, but only 1 or 2 cloves.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

iherb discount

The latest discount from iherb. Still sad they took away the $4 flat rate shipping. 

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Starting now, and until Wednesday, March 13th, receive a minimum 10% off on any orders totaling $60.00 or more!

March

Well I don't have much for March. Anyone have something they need help with in the kitchen?? Something from costco that's over running your pantry and don't know what else to do with it?





Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pita Bread

I have been meaning to post this for a while (I think Mary gave up on me...). It sort of fits the challenge. Well, I don't follow food blogs, so since I have used this recipe multiple times, I think it's as close as I get. I even printed the recipe, which, as you know, is a little drastic.

http://www.tammysrecipes.com/homemade_pita_pocket_bread

I have tried a couple of pita bread recipes and failed to get pockets with every recipe except this one. I like her pictures and her specific instructions. A few more specifics to get good pockets:

1. Don't roll the dough too thin.
2. Use LOTS of flour so it doesn't stick at all when you're trying to move the dough from wherever you had it rise to the cooking rack. If it sticks and pulls, it will pull the pocket out.

I will post my hummus recipe next so you can eat it with this bread. Mmmmm....

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Organic Groceries in Seoul

There was an article in the February issue of 10 magazine which featured a section about organic grocery stores in Seoul. Some are even online. I looked at all the sites and they were almost all in Korean, but may have some treasures on them.

Let me know if you find anything good.

Monday, February 18, 2013

iherb shipping rates to Korea

I received this email a few days ago from iherb.

Our flat $4.00 Korea post shipping charge for packages weighting up to 15 pounds will end February 28th. It will then be flat $4.00 for the first 4 pounds, plus $1.00 for each additional pound.
We suggest you take advantage of this super low shipping rate and place all your orders now, before the end of the month.  
Please place one order per day, otherwise your order will be held and can not be processed.  Also, please note that due to the holidays, there will be additional delays in delivering your orders.
I knew it had to end sometime! Time to check my cabinets and make sure we have everything.