Seoul restaurants

Hanging with the Makgeolli Mamas and Papas

Although the rainy season has ended, my obsession with makgeolli (Korean rice wine) has only become stronger.  It has consumed my thoughts, really, and I've found myself on a constant search for the best flavors and makgeolli bars throughout the city.  I started to think that maybe I was the only one out there with this somewhat unhealthy infatuation, but when I came across the Makgeolli Mamas and Papas website, I was glad to know that I wasn't alone.

Seoul Food: Comfort Food and Cold Cuts at Suji's

Sometimes, you just need Mom's cooking. When living abroad, however, such a thing is usually unobtainable. Enter Suji's, one of Seoul's most talked about dining establishments, that serves up 'the next best thing to Mom's home cooking.'

Suji's was founded in 2005 by Suji Park and was originally intended to be an eatery for expats wanting a taste of home. Inspired by the corner delis of New York City, Suji's was (and continues to be) a respite from bibimbap and kimchi. With an extensive menu of delectable deli meats and a number of American brunch items, it didn't take long for Suji's to expand, opening a number of other branches, including two in Tokyo, Japan. But that was only the beginning.

Coffee With Character, Part 3

As promised, I've continued the search for Seoul's best themed cafes. I am happy to report that my most recent finds include a diverse mix of polar bears, bananas, puppies, and cupcakes that will make you scream... with delight. So, without further ado, I give you Coffee with Character, Part Three.

Banana Tree (Sinsa-dong, see map. Closed Sundays.)

Tucked away on an obscure street in upscale Sinsa-dong is Banana Tree, a charming cafe inspired by, well, bananas. Instead of 'going bananas' with the theme, Banana Tree uses hues of yellow and banana decor- a door prop here, an ornament there- in a subtle fashion to incorporate the concept.

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