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A Foodie’s Guide for Seoulful Wanderings

Seoul’s culture, design, food, and technology scenes are just some of the city’s biggest draws. The tech-savvy and design-oriented city is home to world-renowned brands like Samsung, LG, and Hyundai to name a few. It boasts of several cultural attractions including well-preserved palaces. And experiencing the local food scene with its delightful traditional cuisines is one thing you would not want to miss.

What is it: Mixed rice dish with ingredients that include beef, chili pepper paste, fried egg, mushrooms, namul or sauteed vegetables, and soy sauce

What is it: Grilled marinated beef, cooked in a traditional way, often grilled alongside garlic and onions for added taste, some prefer eating it wrapped in lettuce

What is it: Traditional Korean stir-fried noodles with ingredients that include beef, thinly sliced vegetables, sweet potato, soy sauce, and a little bit of sugar. Other ingredients may also be added or used.

What is it: Traditional fermented vegetable, often serve as a side dish but may also be used as ingredient for other dishes, prepared using a variety of seasonings, cabbage and radish are often used to prepare this delicious dish

What is it: Korean pancake-like dish made with green onions and other ingredients, haemul pajeon is another variety of jeon which adds seafood like squid and shrimp among others

What is it: Grilled unseasoned pork meat (usually the belly part), diners typically grill the slices of meat and eaten wrapped in lettuce, best enjoyed with sidings of kimchi, grilled garlic or onions

What is it: Ginseng chicken soup; cooked using whole young or tender chicken with fillings that include Korean ginseng, garlic, rice, and other flavorings, a hearty and healthy meal

What is it: Korean bone soup with milky-looking broth, prepared using ingredients that include ox bones and meat as well as other choice of ox meat cuts, some of the seasonings commonly used are garlic, ground black pepper, red pepper, and spring onions

What is it: Korean blood sausage, made using a cow or pig’s intestines that are boiled and filled with various ingredients including barley, pork blood, soybean sprouts, and more; ingredients may vary by region

What is it: Spicy dish, fusion of sweet and spicy, popular Korean dish that is also widely available in street food carts or stalls, ingredients include rice cakes, fish cake, vegetables, and sweet red chili sauce

Remember These When Purchasing Books In Another Country


Visiting another country is truly exciting, especially for book lovers.

You get to see places, as well as experience things you’ve only read about. You even get to discover rare gems like the bookshop featured in the recently concluded Korean drama, Goblin. Even more so, you get to find hidden gems like the books found in the oldest literary American institute, Library of Congress.

That being said, remember these when purchasing books in another country:

Take it easy.

Depending on the country you’re visiting, the number of bookshops spread all over the place can be overwhelming; hence, you need to take it easy.

Do your research. Call for inquiries.

This will not just help you easily locate the bookshop you’re looking for, but also easily find the book you’re searching for. Some of the most common types of bookshop include traditional bookshops, modern bookshops, antique bookshops, and spiritual bookshops.

Take your time.

Depending on the bookshop you’re visiting, the number of books found all over the place can also be overwhelming; hence, you need to take your time.

Check each title. Ask for inquiries.

This will not just help you easily find the book you’re searching for, but also easily purchase the book you’ve chosen. Some of the most common types of books include young adult books, science-fiction books, horror thriller books, and self-help books.

BONUS: Do not buy book dust jackets.

Going for the paperback version of a book might be the best decision you’ll ever make. The reason for this is quite simple. Going for the hardbound version of a book – or more specifically, books with dust jackets – will only make it prone to devaluing, which is more likely to happen if a dust jacket gets ruined by certain situations (e.g. spilling coffee on it).

Any other reminders you might want to include in this list? Share them with us below!

7 of the Best Food Cart Treats to Try When in New York

There are many food carts across the city that serves scrumptious treats. But when you have limited time to try everything, you may want to narrow down your options to a few. Here are some of the must-try street foods when in New York.

NY Dosas
ny dosas
::: Delicious vegetarian crêpes, located at Washington Square Park

Red Hook Lobster Pound
Red Hook Lobster Pound
::: Lobster or shrimp rolls and more

Sabrett hot dogs
::: Scrumptious hot dogs, can be found in multiple locations

The Halal Guys
the halal guys
::: Halal cart famous for its white sauce

Uncle Gussy’s
Uncle Gussys
::: Traditional Greek food, delicious pitas and other scrumptious dishes

Veronica’s Kitchen
::: Trinidadian cuisine; try the jerk chicken, roti, or the short ribs

Wafels & Dinges
::: Glorious Belgian waffles; chocolate fudge, speculoos cookie spread, strawberries, Nutella, and whipped cream fillings are to die for