Seoul Vegan Flea Market + CARE Coexistence Cafe Revisited

UPDATE [September 19, 2015]: Mimi & Kelly’s has closed, and CARE Coexistence Cafe has changed their menu (for the better!)  Check out my updated post here ^^

I can’t believe how often we eat out nowadays!  It’s nice cuz there are so many sweet spots for vegan food in Seoul, but it’s not really helping my efforts to save money…  I guess that was the one pro about living in Ulsan: we ate in just about every day, and I was definitely cooking a lot more…like, A LOT more.  Oh well.

Last weekend, we attended our first Vegan Flea Market, hosted by VOTU (Vegan Community) and held in the cute vegan cafe Mimi & Kelly’s in Insadong!

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A New Start in Seoul + New Vegan Eats!

Welp, we’ve been living in our new place in Seoul for about a month now, so this post is way overdue!  There have been hard times, happy times, and lots and lots of nommy food.  Luckily (sort of?) our hagwon director felt guilty about selling his school and prematurely cancelling our contracts, so he helped us find our new place in Seoul, set up our internet, and organized our moving truck.  So, settling in was easy enough.  It is SO nice living on the Green Line, like, holy shmoly, no more two hour journeys to Hongdae!  Our new neighborhood is pretty darn funky, too.

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Vegan-Friendly Hong Kong!

Well, I realize I totally missed out on putting up a Christmas post, and now it feels like it’s way too late to even shout “HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!” without looking like a big ol’ weirdo, but life’s been busy!  Our hagwon director surprised us with the ever-so-thoughtful Christmas gift of telling us he’d secretly sold his school and was terminating our contracts early (on Christmas-frickin’-Eve!!), so Christmas was spent frantically sending out CVs and feeling totally stressed out and screwed over.  Anyway, we’d booked a holiday to Hong Kong earlier in the year, and we did contemplate cancelling it after we’d received this bad news, but I insisted that I NEEDED a vacation, so we went ahead with it anyway (and I’m super happy we did cuz it rocked!)

First things first: DA FOOOOOD!  We were shocked by the quantity and quality of vegan food in Hong Kong.  I mean, Korea loves its meat, but in Hong Kong we saw all sorts of stomach-churning sights (whole ducks, chickens, and pigs hanging in windows, old ladies selling chicken feet on the street, boxes of shark fins, lizards impaled on sticks, deer fetuses…I mean, I can keep going on if you’d like me to, but I would kinda rather stop!)  So, we basically weren’t really expecting to have much luck in finding cruelty-free cuisine, BUT WE WERE SO WRONG!

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Cafe Sukara: Vegan-Friendly Cafe in Seoul

I’ve mentioned Cafe Sukara in multiple posts on this blog, and even though I’ve enjoyed their scrumptious meals, drinks, and desserts on countless occasions, I don’t think I’ve ever actually done a review with directions and menu photos.  So, here we go!

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Vegan Eats and Treats + Sunny Seoul Forest

October’s a special month for me this year, and not just because Halloween falls on a Friday (though that is pretty darn awesome.)  This month marks my one year vegan-niversary (is that a thing?!), which seems totally crazy to me right now; time has just flown past!  After we returned to Korea from a long weekend in Osaka last October, I had one last KFC (don’t judge meee~), and have been eating animal-free ever since then!  Becoming vegan has definitely made me feel a lot healthier.  I know I’m totally jinxing myself, but I actually can’t remember the last time I was sick…which is pretty darn impressive for someone who works with snotty kids all day!  Anyway, my body just feels good, and I feel way happier, too; no more guilt of saying how much I love animals while chomping into a bacon sandwich…

Anyway!  Last week, we had a three-day weekend, so we gorged on all our favorite goodies and took a stroll through sunny Seoul Forest (with Duggie, of course!)

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Loving Hut Thien Dang: Vegan Vietnamese Food in Seoul!

UPDATE: Loving Hut Thien Dang has closed.

Even though there are loads of Loving Hut vegan restaurants all over Seoul, they mostly serve the same stuff: Korean stews, pizzas, breaded cutlets…basic comfort food, really!  Thien Dang Loving Hut in Namseong is the first one I’ve found that actually specializes in one cuisine, in this case, Vietnamese food!

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Vegan Eats and Treats in Seoul: March Rabbit, Slunch Factory, and PLANT

Today is Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, so all of Seoul’s tasty restaurants, cafes, and bars are closed as staff and owners return to their ancestral homes to pay respects to their ancestors and indulge in traditional Korean feasts.  Meanwhile, we’re holed up in our tiny apartment.  Luckily, we spent the past few weekends indulging in all kinds of yummy vegan treats, including a couple of new surprises!

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Veggieholic Bakery

UPDATE: November 2014: Veggieholic has shut down, but the owner has opened a similar bakery in Sinchon called The Bread Blue.  Click here for photos and directions!

I’m not sure how, but I had never heard of Veggieholic (a vegan bakery in Hongdae) until pretty recently, even though it’s been around for years!  I did a quick search for it on the interwebz and found that it moved from its original location a couple years ago, and there were also some remarks about it not being completely vegan.  It was pretty tricky to find (don’t worry: I’ve included detailed directions at the bottom of this post!), but once I got there the owner reassured me that EVERYTHING in the shop was egg, milk, and butter-free.

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So I went right ahead and got stuck into all that carby goodness!

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Shopping, Eating, and Sightseeing in Tokyo 2014!

After four days of adventuring in Kyoto and Hiroshima, the time came to say goodbye to our super comfy and swanky hotel room, pack up our suitcases, and board the Shinkansen back to Tokyo.

But with Osaka sitting right in between Tokyo and Kyoto, we just had to swing by for a speedy shopping pit-stop!

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