Friday, July 5, 2019

Godiva Chocolate in KR

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Lotte Tower was one of the destinations that we visited during our trip to Korea. It got me into another chocolate adventure as I spotted a Godiva cafe along the way to the Seoul Sky. It was such a luxurious show of chocolate! It instantly got my attention. 

The last Godiva cafe I visited was in Singapore. The soft serve was very delicious and I have been craving for it. And that was enough for me to make a stop and try another in Korea.

The displays of chocolate were so beautiful and they all looked delicious, as I’m sure they are!

Rows and rows of chocolate!
... and moarrrr chocolate! :D

Wanted to try this.. but time ah!

Boxes and boxes full! 
I wanted to stop by and take a  breather for a while in the cafe. You know, try their coffee, too. But we were rushing, on our way to the Han River. So, I decided to have another scoop of the famous dark chocolate soft serve.

Range of drinks and other cafe snacks

Gotta have the new flavor! Yum!

See, they had a limited edition flavor! Part of the Carnival Gold Collection, here comes Mango Raspberry soft serve! And you know me, I just had to have it! šŸ˜ƒšŸ¦

I’ve contributed to the #godivaicecream photos on Instagram once more! 





A close up of this uber delicious soft serve! Luxurious!

The dark chocolate ice cream was velvety and soft, just as I remembered it in Singapore. The sprinkles give it a contrasting texture of roughness. And the yellow and red syrups gives out the mango and raspberry flavors, respectively. The sweetness is just right. Overall, it is a heaven-on-earth experience! 

And because it’s so yummy, I finished it in a fleeting moment! Noooo... there’s no satisfying my cravings for Godiva chocolate from where I live. Hopefully, there’s a Godiva cafe in the next country that I’ll visit. šŸ˜ƒ

    See you soon, Godiva! :)


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Subway Food in Seoul

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The Seoul subway does not only house one of the best train systems in the world, but also delicious food! Our main transportation while we were in Seoul is the train. And yep, it also allowed me to take part in a great gastronomic ride!

This is my second post for my Korea Trip series, my first one is about street food. And yes, the subway food is as good as the street food!

Subway food can be found in stalls before you arrive at the train platform. I’m sorry if I get the location or the exact station wrong here. As a foreigner, it was hard to take note of the place. The subway was a labyrinth to me, you know. And Seoul has like... a lot of train lines! Haha! But I’ll try my best.

Pastries are always my weakness. One particular store I fell in love with is this one selling croquettes at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station. My favorites are the sweet whipped cream filled and Italian croquette. The cheese was unforgettable for the latter.

The croquette stall in DDP station.
This whipped cream croquette is the champion!



I had the Italian Croquette at the right and it was filled with cheese and other meat. It was a savory treat.

These are simple but it reminds me of childhood! :D

Another pastry stall that I like is somewhere in Sindang station, where I’ve tasted the best coffee bun ever! Sadly, I forgot to take a solo photo of it. But it’s among the pictures below.

 That coffee bun at the top is awesome! 

More cakes and rolls!

And colorful macarons on display

Subway eats also have the traditional Korean street food on sticks, like Odeng (Fish Cake). Below is from Jamsil station, where we stopped by before going to Lotte Tower.

A selection with Odeng.

Odeng FTW!
More choices of food on sticks!


Manjoo! Who here likes manjoo? A custard filled pastry that's filled with happiness! Manjoo Cafe is also in Jamsil station. They were selling waffles and coffee, as well. But time constraints made me try only manjoo. šŸ˜‹

Bring me back to Manjoo Cafe! :D
Fresh and hot manjoo is the best!


You know it's good if there's more custard filling. Yum!

The subway is full of people every time. No wonder it gives a lot of choices when it comes to food, as well. These few I’ve tried in my visit there only proves that there a lot more subway eats Korea can offer. Next time, I think I’ll try going on a train joyride, stopping at every station just for the food. šŸ¤”šŸ˜ƒšŸ˜‹


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Street Food Exploration in Seoul

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Heya dearies! It’s been so long since my last blog. I’ve been cooped up with this thing called ‘reality’ these past few weeks. Plus, the uber hot summer weather is not good for my creativity. Ugh... But recently, I traveled to Korea to take a break. And yes, you’ve guessed it! I’ll be talking about it in the next few blog posts.

I won’t be writing it itinerary style, though. I’m sure there are a lot of other bloggers out there that can guide you on that. I want to focus on each experience and to feature Korean culture in detail.

Of course, we’ll begin with my forte... food! Specifically, street food! šŸ˜ƒ

Street food can be found everywhere in Seoul! Just look for those food carts on wheels. They sell anything from savory food to desserts. The taste is outstanding and of quality, too.

And I’m impressed by the way the food carts are maintained. You are assured that what you’re eating is safe for consumption as the carts are really clean and hygenic.

The first street food we had is at Changdeokgung Palace. This food cart convinced me that Korean food is not only healthy, but delicious, as well. Yum! šŸ˜‹

Those little fishes contain a red bean filling.


The red ben filling. Yum! 

The cart also has these egg topped pastry. It's delicious, too.

Up next is Myeongdong... The place is a picture of colorful buildings and busy people. Cosmetic stores, wholesale shops, and cafes are everywhere.


One of the lively streets of Myeongdong!

We had our first lunch there in one of the food stalls and I was immediately impressed by the taste... how soft and buttery the beef was.

... and Bibimbap for my mother's lunch.

Here comes the best part! Once late afternoon hits, food carts start to come out and Myeongdong really becomes a street food heaven! Wheee~ Seeing the merchants set up their carts gave me a giddy feeling. I was so excited to try the food!

And especially desserts! See photos below for a sweet adventure!







A mochi of strawberry and red bean! Yum!

We also tried other savory Korean dishes. Each one is delicious! Yes, everything! If only my stomach could hold more. Hahaha!

My mother bought these dumplings and my first bite wanted more! :D
Deep fried food of various choices... and all of them yummy!



More dumplings... plus Tteokbokki at the side

Tteokbokki: the spicy flavor is not for the faint of heart.šŸ”„ 

It was in Myeongdong where I first had Fish Cake (or locally known as Odeng). I liked it and craved for it all the more! šŸ¤¤

It's one delicious Odeng!

My favorite among Myeongdong street food is this ice cream carp food stall. The most expensive one I spent at KRW 5,000 but so worth it! My sister even bought her own after trying out mine. šŸ˜ƒ

My favorite food stall in Myeongdong

The parts of the specialty.

Yay! Oppa putting the honeycomb topping on the ice cream. 



When nighttime hits, the street food stalls in Dongdaemun were our sanctuary. It’s beside APM place. Yes! Food quality is excellent, as well!

My mother couldn't get enough of these dumplings. Well, me, too! šŸ˜‹

We also had ramen with the dumplings. There were a lot of options but we chose the only non spicy one in the menu.

A menu of Korean ramen.

Pork Soup Ramen was savory and the serving was so big, you'll surely get your fill!šŸ˜€

The other side of the street featured more carts!

Oooh~ Tteokbokki again! 


Waffles! :D

Yes~ Odeng! 
There was also a drink cart near the subway entrance. It was there that I bought a bottle of Yakult at KRW 500. And a bigger and beautiful bottle at that, too.

I looked all over convenience stores for this. Luckily, I found a food cart selling these.

And speaking of subways, more food deserves to be featured in there, too! I’ll write about subway food in detail in the next post. Watch out for it! šŸ˜ƒ

Korea is very rich in food culture. Among the tall buildings, lush parks, and narrow alleys, food is something that gives a sanctuary to the busy people of Seoul. And I'm very happy to have experienced it through street food, the same way as locals would.



Saturday, April 20, 2019

[Book Review] Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Heya dear readers! It’s been so long since I updated my blog. And even longer since my last book review. Hehehe~ But yeah... I’m back to share with you my thoughts about my latest read, Bloodwitch by author Susan Dennard. I also posted a short version of this review on Goodreads and Facebook. šŸ˜ƒ

I started reading The Witchlands series last year. Truthwitch was good, but it was only an okay read for me. It actually took me a year to pick up its sequel, Windwitch. And then poof! It just kept getting better and better. After that, I rushed through Sightwitch so I can read Bloodwitch ASAP. It helps a lot that Aeduan is my favorite character. šŸ¤Ŗ




Bloodwitch is the third book in the Witchlands series. It is the sequel to Windwitch. And just like its predecessor, it was really engrossing... from the first page to the last! This book practically put me out of a reading slump! 


Plot:

The first chapters starts off immediately where Windwitch left off. No flashbacks to remind you of the previous events there.

As always, the author tells the stories in the perspectives of different characters. The pacing forces the reader to focus and to put the puzzle together. There are viewpoints from Safi, Iseult and Merik... but Aeduan’s parts are what interests me most! And since the book is titled after him, the character development focused on him. His past is shown which gives readers a deeper understanding of the Bloodwitch that he is. And watch out for the mind-blowing twist! The author just dropped it like a bomb! You need to read the prequel novella Sightwitch for it.

I personally like the plot and how the author lays it all out piece by piece and in small, detailed chunks. Betrayal, warfare, pain... all these are part of the roller coaster of emotions you will experience.

But of course, this book is a balance of love and war. There are also romantic scenes but only hints. It frustrates me at times, because really... come on!

Characters:

The personalities of each character is uniquely written. The perky Safi, the hot-tempered Merik, the calm Iseult, and the conflicted Aeduan... Susan Dennard sees to it that each perspective is written to reflect what the character would or should do in a given situation. And this gives The Witchlands series a promising mix of stories borne out of their differences.

Writing style:

It amazes me how authors improve their articulation and writing skill in each and every sequel. Susan Dennard’s word mastery has come a long way since Truthwitch. And I’m very glad of the result Bloodwitch has become.

Only with Susan Dennard do I get to read about plants, trees, water, and land formations in exact detail. She narrates about Cattails and Rhododendrons, about deltas, plateaus, and waterfalls. It helps the reader come up with the best imagery possible.

The fight scenes are clearly described and the author writes it with realistic detail. There are also subtle hints of romance in all of Aeduan’s chapters. The way the author wrote it is so superb, I want to make Aeduan my book boyfriend (as if he’s not already :PšŸ¤Ŗ)! 

"Te varuje". My favorite quote in Bloodwitch.

Conclusion:


Rating: 5/5 stars




There’s still a lot of unanswered questions about the Witchlands world: the legends, the magic, its histories, and some characters. I’m still confused as to how the Cahr Awens, Palladins, gods and goddesses would fit in together. But I trust the author and I know her style. She will reveal these along with the plots in the sequels! Hmmm... I think it’s best to wait for the release of all the Witchlands books first before you start reading it... but nah... no one wants to do that! You’ll be missing a lot if you do! šŸ˜‚

I want more but it ended abruptly! Noooo! A cliffhanger! You mean, I need to wait for almost a year for the next book? šŸ˜­šŸ˜±



 Get your copies of Bloodwitch, guys! It's a worthy read!

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