Keurig, Wolfhound, and Cheongju

August 30, 2014 @ 10:53 pm (Permalink)

I survived doing the super early morning split shifts this week! 5:30am is hard on the soul — 4:30am on the other hand . . . I think I visited Hades’ purgatory and back X_X; The only thing that kept me sane was this glorious thing called “three-day weekend”. THANK YOU, LABOUR DAY. During my days of being a zombie, though, I ended up doing a lot of shopping for various things, and I still made time to meet up with a friend, and I even travelled to a new city in Korea!

Keurig and Yakisoba

Daddy’s birthday was coming up, so I went to the PX with a co-worker. We ended up going to the PX twice this week. The first was to buy this Keurig K-Cup brewer. I really had no idea what else to get my dad, so I went for this because A) he doesn’t have one and B) if he didn’t like it, I could still use it. I don’t think my parents are too crazy about it, but I’m loving it! Oh, and I also ordered these Myojo Ippeichan Yakisoba from Amazon. Best instant yakisobas ever. :D

Skechers GoWalk

The second time I went to the PX, I saw these shoes. These are great! I love how they are so comfortable and are meant for long walks! I do not love the price, though. $45 is a bit steep, but I was super shocked to see them being $62 on the Skechers websites. Eek!

Wolfhound Almond Choco & Hot Butter Nut Choco

On Friday, after work, I met up with Piokon, and we decided to go eat at Wolfhound Pub in Itaewon. We got the Wolfhound Almond Choco and the Hot Butter Nut Choco. I didn’t care for the latter, but the former is so flipping good! Amaretto with hazelnut syrup, cocoa, and whipped cream is a thing made in heaven.

Corn Soup and Fish and Chips

For food, Piokon and I both ordered the Fish and Chips set that came with the corn soup. I ended up liking the soup more than the fish and chips. I’d so get this soup again! The fish and chips wasn’t bad, but the soup ended up being that yummy for me!

Tandoori Chicken

Butter Chicken and Naan

On Saturday, I went down to Cheongju to visit Chibi Toaster. I’m glad I did. I got to see a part of Korea I’ve never been to, and city there isn’t as crowded as Seoul, so the change of pace was nice. On my way there, I saw four wrecked buses on the expressway, and that made me a bit uneasy since I was on a bus, too. Thankfully nothing happened, and I made it to Cheongju safely. There, Chibi Toaster and I walked or rode a cab to various parts of the city. We were hungry, so we decided to go to an Indian restaurant called Taj Mahal in the Cheongdae area. We got the Agra set that comes with tandoori chicken, butter chicken, salad, naan, and rice. Yum!

Pedal Organ

After our late lunch, we headed over to downtown area of Cheongju, and I saw this pedal organ being used as a decoration. I was thoroughly amused by it :D We shopped around and bought little knick-knacks here and there, and then we chilled out at two coffee shops. One of the coffee shops we went to was a knock-off of Standing Coffee, which amused me greatly, and the other one was very comfortable and cosy. I noticed that Cheongju’s coffee shops are so much cheaper than Seoul’s, and they don’t charge extra for ice. *raises fists* Darn you, Seoul?! Why must ice be charged extra?! That must be a sign telling me to move down to Cheongju or something, haha!

As for Sunday and Monday . . . I’ve got no plans to go anywhere. I have to do a couple of work-related tasks, but otherwise I’ve got nothing else planned. I look forward to the two days of rest! Whoo hoo!

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Almond Flour Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

August 28, 2014 @ 6:52 pm (Permalink)

Last week was Bunny-unnie’s birthday, and I wanted to get her something special. I got the idea to make her some Mexican hot chocolate snickerdoodles, so I came home after a super long day of work to bake them. I gathered all my ingredients, but come to find out, I had no flour — Mummy dearest had used it all in her Korean pancakes. That’s when I eyed the almond flour I had and decided to try it with that.

The original recipe called for 1 and 2/3rd cups of flour, and I added the same amount of almond flour. Upon mixing everything, I discovered that the dough was sort of runny. They were still able to keep its scooped-out shape, so I still popped them in the oven. Well, they spread. A lot. And they were super flat, all stuck to each other. And they were chewy, and just . . . not very cookie-like.

Failed Cookies

I persevered, though. After that horrible attempt, and after pouting about it for a while, I decided to try again, by adding more almond flour instead of sticking to the 1:1 ratio.

Better Cookies

Now these turned out way better. These spread, too, but they still maintained a round shape! And yes, they were thin, but they were still good.

Stack of cookies

Despite its thinness, these were pretty chewy as well, and it does have a gritty texture, but I liked them. I like how it still tasted chocolate-y with a hint of cayenne pepper flavouring. I took some of these to my co-workers, and they all liked them. Bunny-unnie liked them, too! My parents, on the other hands, weren’t too enamoured by them. Can’t win it all!

Cookies Gift

All in all, if you want to make a gluten-free (and vegan, if you use non-dairy milk!) version of the Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles, then these will work. I think next time I’ll try cutting down the wet ingredients and hope that makes them a bit more firmer.

Almond Flour Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Dry ingredients
2 1/2 cup of almond meal/flour (added more towards the end to stiffen up the dough. I liberally sprinkled over the mixture twice)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk (regular, soy, or almond)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
3. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl.
4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture slowly.
5. Use a small cookie scoop to transfer the dough to the baking pan lined with parchment paper. Each scoop should be 2 inches apart since they spread and flatten.
6. Bake 12-14 minutes.

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Getting Ready for the New School Year

August 23, 2014 @ 11:43 pm (Permalink)

After ten weeks, my workplace has survived our summer schedule. Next week, school starts back up for the kids, so we’re transitioning everything with that. I spent this whole week doing things here and there to get ready, and then we all came in on Saturday to put in extra hours to get more things done. After that bit, I met up with Bunny-unnie, and we went on another crazy adventure of ours!

Puzzle

But before I write about our adventures, have a pretty puzzle photo. I bought this for my mum, but we ended up putting it together, with me putting 95% of it together. Apparently, when I work on a puzzle, I get absorbed into it. Funny that I did most of it since I got this for my mum to do. She’s worried about getting Alzheimer’s, and with her disliking reading and writing, I figured puzzles would be something she could do. However, she doesn’t like them much. Oh, Mum, then what can you do for cognitive exercise?!

Typewriter in a Coffee Shop

Time to write about my after-work adventures! Bunny-unnie and I decided to return to the Lobster Bar, but we had about an hour wait again, but this time we went to a nearby coffee shop. It was a cute little place, with some neat interior design, and this typewriter really caught my eye. I’m a sucker for antique things, and this typewriter is no exception.

Dog in a Coffee Shop

We also saw this adorable, huge, fluffy dog in the cafe. It was one of those dogs that’d greet the customers and then ignored you :( Still, though, it was so cute!

Grilled Cheese Lobster Sandwich at the Lobster Bar

After about an hour, we got a call from the Lobster Bar blokes, and we went back. I reunited with the grilled cheese lobster sandwich. So good. The seasoning and sauce they use for the sandwich were tres delicious. The fries and salad were great. I only wished my digestive system liked it as much as my tastebuds did!

Alex the Coffee Lab

Feeling content and full, we stopped by the Foreign Food Mart to pick up a couple of things, and we bought some bread at Bread and Jam. We then decided to try this coffee shop called Alex the Coffee Lab. I read some good reviews about the place, so I was curious to try it. Unfortunately, I was not pleased to see that an iced latte was 2000 won more than the hot latte, and their coffee had a fruity flavour to it — in fact, I told Bunny-unnie that it reminded me of blueberry. It wasn’t bad, per se, but I’m certainly not going back there if they are going to charge that much for ice!

Bracelets

Bunny-unnie found this jewellery store yesterday, so I wanted to check it out. That place had some decent jewelleries, and the owner there was so nice. I got these two bracelets for 20,000 won. Originally, the silver bracelet was 15,000 won, but I asked her to remove this ugly triangle charm and change the clasp, and she lowered the price to 10,000 won. Then she gave me another 3,000 won discount on the other one, bringing the price from 13,000 to 10,000 won. She also gave Bunny-unnie a 5,000 won discount on her purchase, so thumbs up to this lady!

Pho at Le Saigon

Finally, Bunny-unnie and I had a very late dinner at Le Saigon. We both got the beef pho. Oh, nom, nom. Then we ended the night by walking around my neighbourhood. Now I’m home feeling quite exhausted. It’d been a long, but fun day. However, my bed’s calling me. No, make that yelling. My bed’s yelling for me!

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Bean Salad

August 20, 2014 @ 7:55 pm (Permalink)

Bean Salad

A few weeks ago, my workplace served bean salad for lunch, and I ended up really liking it! I found out from my boss that the cook based it off of her recipe. She told me how to make it, so I decided to make my own variation. It turned out pretty good! I really like how it’s healthy for you, and I love the addition of cilantro. YUM. I ended up using a lot of the canned stuff for convenience, but I know this salad would be better if I’d use fresh ingredients. I’ll have to try that next time!

Oh, I also tried to make my own baked wheat tortilla chips. That didn’t taste too good, so I’ll have to fiddle around with that. Maybe it’s the wheat that made the chips turn out weird. Oh, well! At least the salad alone was nommy!

Bean Salad
3 cans of different beans (I used kidney, black, and great northern beans)
1 can of corn
1-2 chopped red onions
1/4 – 1/2 cup lemon juice
salt and pepper
1 handful of chopped cilantro
feta cheese

1. Drain the beans and the corn and combine with the onions.
2. Mix in the lemon juice and the salt and pepper for taste.
3. Add the cilantro to the mixture.
4. Serve with feta cheese sprinkled on top.

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AC’s Birthday & Korea’s Liberation Day Weekend Trek

August 17, 2014 @ 11:32 am (Permalink)

Every year, August 15th signifies two things: 1) it’s Aigoo-Chamna.net’s birthday and 2) it’s Korea’s Liberation Day from Japan. So on Friday, Aigoo-Chamna.net celebrated its 12th birthday, and Korea celebrated its 69th liberation. I celebrated by getting off work early on Friday (I left at 9:20am!), ran and did some errands, and then made impromptu plans to meet Bunny-unnie to go to Daehakro area. My main reason for going there was to check out one particular store there, but that turned into a huge trek!

Curries from India Taste

I met up Bunny-unnie at her place, and we both needed lunch, so we looked online to see what was good in Daehakro area. We found an Indian restaurant called India Taste, and it had received good reviews, so we checked it out. We ordered the dal makhani, chicken makhani, and naan. The dishes here were cheaper than the other Indian restaurants in Itaewon, and the quality was about the same. Bunny-unnie’s dal makhani tasted a lot better than my chicken makhani — mine was extra sweet X__X. We concluded that this was not a place we’d come unless we were already in the area and craved Indian food,.

Earl Grey jam and lemon-ginger jam from Purie

After our late lunch, we started to head over to 10×10, the store I wanted to go to, but we got sidetracked quite easily. One of the things that sidetracked was this little vendor that sold jewelries and another vendor that sold soy candles, perfumes, and jams. Bunny-unnie and I looked at the jewelries; I bought a bracelet for my mum, and she bought a bracelet for herself. We then stopped by Purie, the vendor that sells soy candles, perfumes, and jams. The candles and perfumes didn’t interest me, but the jams did. The sellers offered free samples of their jams, and I discovered the most delicious thing ever: Earl Grey jam. I liked it so much that I bought a jar, and I bought a lemon-ginger jam for my mum. Just, wow. I cannot believe these kind of jams were possible! These little jars cost about 8,000 won ($8 USD) each. They are a bit pricey, but they are organic and hand-made, so it’s worth the price!

10x10 in Daehakro

(photo credit: Bunny-unnie)

After the vendors, we went to this one fashion store, and there Bunny-unnie bought this neat clutch with a Paris theme designed on it. Then we finally headed to my main destination: 10×10. This is one of those stores that sells all sorts of doodads ranging from clothes to stationeries to bags to accessories to household goods. This was the place Bunny-unnie recommended for me to come to find Ardium notebooks, but like at Kyobo, their selections were small. So my own adventure to find the Ardium store in Hongdae was a worthwhile trip.

Bag from 10x10

This is the bag I bought at 10×10 for 26,000 won ($26 USD), and while it’s pretty pricey, it fulfilled what I needed in a bag: it’s dark in colour, it’s flexible, it’s big enough for me to carry my shoes, the straps are long enough, and I like the design. XD; Oh, and I also bought a Paris-themed notebook for Bunny-unnie, to match with her new bag ^^

Injeolmi Bingsoo at Sulbing

Afterwards, we ate a bunch of snack. Our first snack was the injelomi bingsoo from Sulbing.

Street Tteokbokki

Then we had some street food! This tteokbokki was made with fruit, or so claimed the dude, but it just tasted like a regular tteokbokki to me!

Peanut butter fried squid

Then we got some MyZingo — peanut butter fried squid. This is one of my favourite snacks, but this vendor didn’t cook them well, so it didn’t taste very good :(

Bbopgi

(photo credit: Bunny-unnie)

Lastly, we kept seeing bbopgi vendors, and I finally succumbed to getting one of these sweets. I love the burnt caramelised flavour and its crunchy texture of these sweets, and these are something I never had as a child. I was introduced to this in my late high school years!

Yoghurt smoothie and latte at Cafe Hooamdong

Finally, we ended our adventure at Cafe Hooamdong, and we unwinded with some yoghurt smoothie and latte. That was a super crazy long day. And Saturday was just as long! I met up with the Cheongju Crew, and we went to Dongdaemun to get some yarn and fabric. Then I bought them back to Daehakro to show them around, and we went to this cafe that had a horrible yoghurt smoothie. Next we went to Yongsan Electronic Market, where I found a fast smartphone charger. In the same area, we ate at Chicken Baengi, and we ended our night at E-Mart. I didn’t get any photos of my Saturday adventure. Oops!

Photos or not, the last two days have been crazy for me! I’m glad to be doing nothing. Sunday is so my bum day!

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