Oh, Osaka! Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Sushi, and More!

Osaka is known for being ‘Japan’s kitchen,’ because it’s where some of Japan’s most well-known comfort foods have come from.  Two of Japan’s most famous, fried comfort foods are Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki, both of which originate from Osaka!  I was pretty excited to get stuck into some proper Osaka grub…

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Hello Kitty in Hongdae and Puppies Galore!

PHEW!  Well, I’ve saved the best for last, folks.  Here’s the final post for this Seoul installment…

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OBVIOUSLY I had to go to a couple puppy cafes in Seoul.  The first one we went to was Cafe Pawz, in Gangnam, which is definitely THEE cleanest, poshest puppy cafe that probably exists.

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Vegan Eats and Treats in Seoul: Jack’s Bean and Cafe Sukkara

UPDATE: Jack’s Bean has moved to a new location.

For my last installment of this ‘Vegan Eats & Treats in Seoul’ mini-series, I’d like to highlight some of the best vegan eats in Hongdae, starting with the falafel heaven that is Jack’s Bean!

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This place is owned by a cute Korean couple who lived abroad and must’ve really craved falafel when they came home.

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Vegan Eats and Treats in Seoul: Itaewon PLANT

One of the first vegan-related blogs I started following was Alien’s Day Out, which is a super cute, yummy recipe-filled day-to-day account of vegan life in Seoul.  The blog’s creator, Mipa, is also an illustrator and professional baker who just recently opened her own cafe in Itaewon!

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Vegan Eats and Treats in Seoul: Gangnam Garobee Wellbeing Buffet

For our next vegan foodie excursion, we headed out to Gangnam for the first time to try the highly-praised Garobee Wellbeing Buffet.

Traveling from Hongdae (the Hongik University area) to Gangnam was like entering a completely different city.  Whereas Hongdae is all about tiny streets and alleyways packed with teensy cafes and boutiques, Gangnam has some of the widest streets I’ve seen in Korea, with massive buildings and huge shopfronts.  The sewer system everywhere in Korea is usually quite bad (sometimes the smell is so overpowering I actually have to hold my breath), but Gangnam had no foul odor at all.

Garobee is a short walk from Gangnam subway exit 11, on the second floor of the Sohyun Building. [UPDATE: GAROBEE HAS CLOSED DOWN.]

It’s a self-serve, all-you-can-eat buffet, with a seriously wide array of dishes to choose from.

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It’s 15,000 won (around $15) for lunch and 17,000 won for dinner, which is SO reasonably priced for the quality of food that’s on offer: everything we ate was outstandingly scrumptious!

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