Vegan Seoul: Babione

I’ve totally neglected this blog, I know, but for a reason: I’m no longer in Korea!  Yup, I said so long to Seoul last month and returned to America, not before taking a final trip to Japan, though, which I will cover in a later post.  Anyway, here is a very, very belated post about my final vegan find in Seoul: Babione.  If you’re craving wholesome Korean food, but lacking the time to partake in a multi-course temple cuisine meal, then Babione is definitely worth checking out.

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Seoul’s Best Burrito, Vegan Softserve, Halloween Treats, and More!

Over the past few years, November has come to mean one thing…JOB HUNTING, and all the stress and exhilaration it brings.  I guess it’s no surprise then that I’ve been seeking out non-stop comfort food lately!  It’s nice to still be able to find new vegan-friendly treats, since so many places I’d depended on for grub are closing down (basically every single Loving Hut, it seems…)  Anyhoo, since it is still autumn, have some fall foliage (which is fading fast around here, boohoo!)

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Vegan Seoul: Cook and Book is Back!

During my very first trip to Seoul, even before I became vegan, I happened upon a quaint and cozy cafe in Hongdae which dished up some awesome soy chai lattes and vegan brownies.  However, on my subsequent trip I was disheartened to find that this shabby chic cafe had completely disappeared without a trace.  Now, nearly three years later, I’m pleased to report that Cook and Book has reopened in a smaller, yet every bit as cozy, location in Hapjeong!

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Goodbye Mimi & Kelly’s and Random Vegan Eats in Seoul

I was recently asked by one of my fave Seoul-centered blogs, My Seoul Searching, to contribute a post about my top vegan eats in Seoul, which I was happy to do!  You can check it out here.  Anyhow, since writing up my top five recommendations, one of them has closed down, and the quality of another one has slipped.  Total bummer!  I’d been regularly visiting Mimi & Kelly’s to try and work my way through their whole menu when they suddenly announced that they’d be closing.  I didn’t want to waste the photos I’d taken of their awesome vegan comfort food, though, so I’m posting them regardless.  Anyway, hopefully they’ll be able to reopen in a new location soon!

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Tokyo 2015: More Vegan Eats!

While it seems like more and more vegan restaurants in Seoul are shutting down (Loving Hut Thien Dang, Achasan Loving Hut, Garobee, New Start Buffet, and Mimi & Kelly’s have all disappeared within the past couple of years,) Tokyo’s vegan and healthy-eating scene seems to be growing!  When I was scoping out HappyCow prior to our Tokyo trip, I was so surprised by the amount of new restaurants and cafes which had popped up within the past year.  That’s gotta be a good sign for sure!  First things first, though: a trip to my all-time favorite veg-friendly hang-out, Pure Cafe in Aoyama! ♡

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Tokyo 2015: Nezu Shrine, the Imperial Palace, and Vegan Buddhist Food at Fucha Bon

One of my favorite things about Japan is how easy it is to find tranquility within its urban metropolises.  In Tokyo, it’s not hard to find ethereal shrines adjacent to winding highways and looming office blocks…

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An Unexpected 4-Day Weekend and Random Vegan Eats

EDIT: I started this post yesterday but neglected to put it up, cuz, of course, food distracted me and I magically found myself back at Everest nomming on some samosas and curry with my coworkers…


What on Earth am I doing at home, in bed, blogging (and listening to The Darkness’s brilliant new album!) on an ordinary Thursday morning?!  Well, yesterday my school informed me that it would be closing down for two days, along with hundreds of other schools across Korea, due to the nationwide panic rising around the MERS virus.  I had NO IDEA about MERS, or why more people than usual were walking around wearing face masks, until yesterday.  I’m not really sure what difference two days will make (and kids are all running around playing with each other outside, anyway, so it’s not like they’re going to be spending the weekend in quarantine.)  But, anyway, that’s what’s going on here at the moment!  EDIT: Now I’ve come down with a cold, worst timing ever, right?!  So, I’ve been wearing my face mask everywhere.  Paranoia or precaution?  I dunno, but I’m scurred, yo 😷


In the midst of the MERS mayhem (it’s been going on since last month, apparently, but like I said I was blissfully ignorant to it all!), I’ve still been finding plenty of new yummy vegan food.  Along with my recent cravings for Indian food (check my previous post), I’ve been having hankerings for Mexican noms, too, which lead me to Dos Tacos, probably the best Mexican restaurant (chain) in Korea (though Gusto Taco‘s pretty awesome, too!)

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Curry Crazy in Seoul and Belated Buddha’s Birthday Lanterns

Sometimes it feels like there are just way too many things to do in Seoul.  I actually really miss just being bored, and having time to laze around doing nothing but reading, listening to music, and staring off into space.  Spending a weekend indoors just seems like such a waste now that the subway’s a skip away and there are so many places to go, things to see, and (most importantly) yummy stuff to eat!  Anyway, last weekend marked my favorite Korean holiday: Buddha’s Birthday!  And this year I finally managed to catch the Lotus Lantern Parade~!

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