Happy Anniversary To Us!

Our wedding :)Last week, myself and Jason celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I can’t believe that we have been married for a year! It has been an amazing year with some difficulties thrown in, but our relationship has definitely become stronger than ever! I feel so lucky waking up next to him every day.wpid-fotor_143951658952742.jpg

Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t great as we were so busy with packing up to leave, selling our stuff, saving money for our future and taking care of a friends dog! So we decided not to do anything too over the top or crazy. We have a weekend in Seattle planned in a few weeks (I can’t believe that we’ll be in America in a few weeks!!) so we have decided that that will be a mini anniversary celebration.

Regardless of all of this, we decided to go for a nice lunch in Busan. There is an area of Busan (Marine city) that we don’t frequent very often and the few times that I’ve been there I’ve seen a lamb restaurant that I really wanted to try so we decided that our anniversary would be the perfect time to go.wpid-fotor_143951648150318.jpg

Marine city is an interesting area, everything is brand spanking new there and it is also where the rich in Busan live. You constantly see expensive cars driving around and the streets are spotless!

The restaurant, Agnello, is right by the water and even though there is a road and a small wall blocking the water from you,there is still an amazing sense of calm and relaxation there.wpid-fotor_143951655217289.jpg

We got to Agnello to find that there was a nice breeze coming from the sea allowing us to sit outside (a rare treat, in a very hot and humid Korean summer)wpid-fotor_143951683704529.jpg

We ordered a rack of lamb and a pizza between us. Jason ordered a craft beer that was on tap and I ordered a cocktail.wpid-fotor_143951664126899.jpg

The food was absolutely amazing! The lamb was so succulent and came with some lovely side salads that complimented it really well! One salad was a salmon salad and the other was a delicious summer salad of tomatoes and cucumber in a light yoghurt dressing.wpid-fotor_143951668044782.jpg

wpid-fotor_143951679251150.jpgThe pizza was also delicious, definitely worth the money!wpid-fotor_143951675465247.jpg

I’d definitely recommend stopping by here if you are looking for a bit of the home in Busan or just want to treat yourself.wpid-fotor_143951671647338.jpg

How to get here:

It is only about 500m from Haeundae beach and it’s a pleasant walk from there.

By subway: take the green line to Dongbaek station and take exit 3. It is about a 10 minute walk from there. The restaurant is located on the waterfront.

 

Food Post- Jeju Pork

 

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Jeju pork is quite famous here in Korea. Jeju is an island off the southern coast of Korea and is also known as the Korean Hawaii.

The pork is very popular because it comes from black pigs. When I visited Jeju island a few years back, I had my first taste of Jeju pork and I really liked it!

A couple of weeks ago, myself and Jason were in the mood to try a new restaurant on restaurant street.
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Restaurant street is a street right across from our apartment complex and is a long walking street full of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It is at it’s absolute best during the Spring and Autumn. when the weather is perfect and all of the restaurants have tables and chairs out on the path.
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In fact we went to walking street last week for some food and every single restaurant was full…inside and out. There is such an amazing buzz here!

During the week it’s not as crazy, so we found the Jeju pork restaurant and it had seats outside so we decided to give it a try.
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First off, the sides:
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They were perfect! We, of course, got leaves for wrapping our pork up in, a green onion salad, kimchi, some radishes, tofu, garlic and some onions and soy sauce mixed for dipping our pork in to.

The pork itself was absolutely amazing! It also came with some prawns to grill which was a really nice addition to our dinner.
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We were quite full afterwards and couldn’t even order our staple of doenjang jiggae (soybean paste soup)
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The only negative thing was the price…it was really expensive (for Korean BBQ) I think it ended up being about 20,000w each which is way more than we usually pay for dinner. But it was definitely worth the splurge!
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Food Post- What we ate at Gaya Fest

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I knew this was going to be a day of eating before we ever arrived at the festival and I definitely wasn’t mistaken.

Our food adventures started right at the begining of the day when I got a churro. I had never eated a churro before and I was always intrigued by them so I thought this was the perfect time to try one. It was so good! They made it fresh for me so it was lovely and hot.
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After the churro we waled along the festival looking for the food that always lures us to festivals…pig on a spit!
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We found some tents with the delicious pork sitting outside and even though it was expensive it was still really good. We decided to get one portion between the 4 of us (30,000w) and it was perfect. We were planning on eating more throughout the day so it didn’t get us too full.
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Afterwards we decided to go to one of the many food tents and drink some soju. In Korea, when people are drinking alcohol they always have food in front of them also. Very rarely will you see a orean drinking without any snacs, fruit or food in front of them. We decided to do the same for that day and ordered some delicious paejeon.
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Pajeon is a Korean pancake with squid and spring onions being the main ingredients.
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We then got some ice cream and found another tent.

Again since we were drinking alcohol we ordered a good meat and rice soup and a cold noodle soup. Both were really good.
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Before we knew it we were all nice and tipsy and stuffed from all of the food so it was time to say goodbye to Gaya Fest.
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Food Post- Chicken noodles (닭한마리)

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We came to this restaurant about 2 years ago with a friend, we really enjoyed it but for some reason we never went back.
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I was desperate this weekend to try some new food so we decided to venture back. It can be very daunting visiting a restaurant in Korea for the first time or after a long period of time, especially when you aren’t with a Korean.

Usually there are different stages involved with a Korean meal and if you do something wrong you end up being the laughing stock of the restaurant or even worse, you get a scolding from the people working there.

Luckily, with this restaurant, the server does all of the work for you.

The first stage of this delicious meal is when they bring out a big pot full of chicken (all parts of the chicken), potatoes, rice cakes, greens and more.
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We had to wait patiently for it to cook for a while. Then the server filled our dishes for us. After asking us if spicy was okay, he filled it with a delicious spicy red sauce, garlic and soy sauce. There was cabbage on the side which we could mix in with our sauce and then the chicken was ready to eat.
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The chicken mixed with the sauce and cabbage was so delicious!

Once we ate nearly all of the chicken it was time to add some kalguksu noodles in with the remaining chicken and broth. I’ve already written a post about these delicious noodles here.
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But when they were put in to this dish it was just magical. It is the perfect chicken noodle soup, salty and full of flavour!
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We can’t wait to bring our friends here next time.
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We left with our hearts happy and our bellies full.
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Food Post- Kalguksu 칼국수

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These noodles are amazing!
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The other day we went for dinner with our two friends Jason and Seon-yeong and we wanted to try something different so we went for Kalguksu.

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Jason’s mandu kalguksu

It was perfection! We all got different types of kalguksu. Jason and Seon-yeong got the traditional kalguksu, my Jason got kalguksu with mandu (dumplings) in it and I got kalguksu with beef in it.

Mine was so delicious. It was the perfect amount of spice and flavour!
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So, what is kalguksu?

Well kalguksu literally means knife noodles. These noodles are cut instead of being spun.
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They definitely taste different from other noodles. They are bigger and chewier, but are so yummy!

They are cheap too!

We also got some giant mandu to share.
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All in all it was a great meal!

 

A Quick Food Filled Trip To Seoul.

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This past weekend myself and Jason had to go up to Seoul to begin my visa application for America. Our appointment was for 10:20 on Monday morning so we decided to get the bus up on Sunday morning.

Long distance bus trips in Korea are so comfy. These buses only have three seats in a row instead of the usual four giving you bigger more comfortable seats and lots more space. The bus took about 4 and a half hours.
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We decided to stay in Itaewon because that’s where you can get all of the foreign food that you can wish for. We love Korean food, but when we go to Seoul we always try to get our fill of western food that isn’t available in Gimhae.
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After putting our bags down in our guest house we decided to have a walk around and try to decided what to eat for dinner. Our guest house is in a beautiful lane-way with lots of nice small restaurants and bars. Close-by was an amazing Greek restaurant which we couldn’t resist so we decided to get a chicken wrap between the two of us, it was piled full of tzatziki sauce and was absolutely amazing!
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Afterwards we went to another street full of restaurants which is directly behind the Hamilton Hotel. I forced Jason in to a cafe that I went to last time with Ane so that I could get their coconut latte. It is the most amazing drink in the world!
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We then wandered around looking at all of the menus. It’s tough knowing that you can only choose one so trying to make the right decision was crucial (this is what happens to you when you live in a foreign country…food becomes way too important to you)

We saw a random bar that was up a stairs and looked very mysterious but had no menu out so we wandered up. Their food didn’t look great but we did enjoy a few drinks in there and loved the atmosphere.
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Afterwards we finally decided on some Mexican food from Tomatillo restaurant. They serve tortilla soup which did it for us and it definitely didn’t disappoint! We also got some nachos and a chicken burrito. Jason treated himself to their craft beer sampler.
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We then did a mini pub crawl and visited a craft beer pub called Craft Hans.
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Our final stop of the night was a wonderfully cosy British pub, the Queen and Crown, where I got enjoy some Magners (my favourite Irish cider).
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After getting nice and tipsy we went back to our guesthouse. Unfortunately they had the floor heating on so the room was extremely hot, we needed to have the air-con on to try to cool it a bit. Later in the night I woke up and for some reason I woke Jason up to tell him that there was a little boy in our room. I remember telling him that and I honestly believed that there was one, I think I may have even said hi to him. It was weird and poor Jason was so confused.

The next morning we were up early for our embassy appointment.

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The area where the American Embassy is located.

Afterwards went back to Itaewon for some delicious sandwiches from the Rye Post sandwich restaurant and managed to squeeze in one more coconut latte.

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We finally left  with our bellies full and our hearts happy.

Where we stayed:

We stayed at POP@Itaewon guest house. It was a reasonably priced guest house that also has dorm rooms as well as doubles. It cost us 44,000w for one night between us. We booked through booking.com.

You can see their Tripadvisor reviews here.
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Weekly food post: Hawkers in Singapore

IMG_7710Wow, I realize that I haven’t done a food post in a while (since we were on honeymoon) so here is this weeks food post, a Singapore special!

Once my niece Sarah told us about the Hawkers centers in Singapore I knew we had to try it. Luckily for us there was one right near her apartment.

What is a hawkers center you may ask?

It’s basically a huge covered shopping center type building with hundreds of food stalls serving anything you can possibly imagine! and all at pretty low prices!

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We were a bit overwhelmed when we arrived. How could we possibly only choose one of these stalls!

IMG_7714Sarah and Anne went for some great noodles.

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Jason finally decided on some Laksa noodles.

IMG_7705and I…well I was thinking, go big or go home, so I got the chilli crab!

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It was all absolutely delicious! There are hawkers centers all over Singapore so if you ever come to visit this incredible city, make sure to visit one!

(The photos really don’t do the food justice, it was so good!)