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[Seoul - Sinchon] Yonsei University SK Global House Dormitory

Are you planning on studying abroad at Yonsei University? If you are living on-campus, SK Global House will likely be your home away from home.

[NYC - Midtown] New Year's Eve Countdown in Central Park (alternative to Times Square Ball Drop)

If you are planning on traveling to New York City for New Year's Eve and are looking for something to do for countdown, consider going to Central Park for fireworks, live music, and a New Year's Eve Run. This event is very family-friendly and is a great alternative to Times Square ball drop.

[Seoul - Gangnam] Caffe Bene Green Tea Bingsu - 카페베네 녹차빙수/녹빙

Basically everywhere you go, you will be able to find a Caffe Bene, even in places outside Seoul and EVEN outside of Korea! Which is your favorite Bene bingsu? Leave a comment below. :)

[San Francisco - Japantown] Belly Good - Adorable Japanese Crepes (Japantown)

Love Japanese crepes! These Happy Face Crepes from Belly Good in San Francisco's Japantown were just too cute to pass up!

[Tokyo - Tokyo Station] Imperial Palace Emperor New Year's Greeting [Every Year January 2]

I went to Tokyo last year for New Year's  ( other Japan itineraries ). I had heard the Emperor of Japan makes a public greeting each year on the morning of January 2.

[Tokyo - Asakusa] Senso-ji and Asakusa Hatsumode - New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Shrine Temple Visit

I decided to do hatsumode at Senso-ji Temple/Asakusa since my hostel was very nearby, in case the subways were too packed and I just wanted to walk back. Other Japan New Year's Posts: Emperor at the Imperial Palace  - January 2

[Chuncheon - Myeongdong] Halmoni Dakgalbi / Original Joongang Dakgalbi (원조 중앙닭갈비) - Hometown favorite

In planning our daytrip to Chuncheon , I asked my Chuncheon unni for dakgalbi restaurant recommendations. She recommended only Halmoni Dakgalbi in the Myeongdong Dagalbi Street.

[Kobe - Sannomiya] Kobe Luminarie - Illumination Festival to Commemorate 1995 Earthquake (Every year, around December 1-12)

Every year, from the beginning through mid-December, Kobe City, Japan to commemorate those lost in the 1995 Hanshin Earthquake with the Kobe Luminarie.

[Korea Shopping] SPAO for Winter Outerwear

It is that time of year again, Seoul is cold and winter has arrived. For travelers coming from warmer climates, this may be a major shock and you may not have the proper winter accoutrements. I highly recommend stopping by SPAO for very affordable, reliable, and rather fashionable winter outerwear. 

[DC, Georgetown Cafe] Baked & Wired - Best Cupcakes in DC

The locals have spoken. Baked & Wired is the BEST cupcake shop in Georgetown, by far. Even with all the hype around Georgetown Cupcake, Baked & Wired is the best!

[Seoul Museum] National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) - Seoul, Jongro, Samchungdong, Insadong

I visited Seoul's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Jongro last year with my friend. We both had been trying to get there for a while, but never had enough time.

[Korea Day Trip] Chuncheon, South Korea Travel Itinerary (Day Trip from Seoul) - Dalkgalbi trip 춘천닭갈비 여행

I really like getting out of Seoul, taking a break from city life. Chuncheon is very close to Seoul, so it is a great place to escape. In fact, it is easily accessible!

[Minnesota - Mall of America] Masu Sushi and Robata - Ramen and Japanese food

I love ramen! Masu serves some of Minneapolis' best ramen! There are now two locations, one in Northeast and one in the Mall of America.

[Life in Korea] Korean Movie Theaters: CGV, Megabox, Lotte Cinema

If you've never been to a Korean movie theater, I recommend trying it out one time. CGV, Megabox, Lotte Cinema are some of the bigger movie theater brands in Korea.

[Osaka Station - Umeda] Holiday Christmas Illuminations

It is that time of year again, time to do a tour of all the holiday illumination displays in Japan. I really like this one in Osaka station! It is not quite as lavish as other displays, but that's what I like about it.

[Seoul - Gangnam] Bibigo - Korean Bibimbap restaurant chain (Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly Food) - 비비고

Bibigo is kind of like Chipotle for Korean food. Instead of burritos, you are served bibimbap (bibimbap).

[DC - Arlington] Ray's Hell Burger (Ray's to the Third)

Soul Burger Number One Sometimes in selecting restaurants, I go by the thought, "if it's good enough for President Obama, it's good enough for me." This is why I chose to go to Ray's Hell Burger the first time - President Obama had been photographed eating at Ray's Hell Burger - and because I really wanted a specialty burger.

[Osaka - Umeda] German Christmas Market (Deutscher Weihnachtsmarkt in Osaka)

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Osaka. If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, head over to the Umeda/Osaka Station German Christmas Market!

[Jeonju Day Trip] Hanok Village (Jeonju Hanok Village/Traditional Korean Village/전주 한옥마을)

Traveling to Jeonju is great! I like to escape Seoul life from time to time, get away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Seoul.

[Minneapolis - Stadium Village] The Tea Garden - Bubble tea, boba (UMN Campus, Mall of America, Uptown)

Avocado Shake with Pearls The Tea Garden is a local tea shop in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. 

[NYC - NoHo] Mile End Delicatessen - Poutine Happy Hour

Have you ever heard of a poutine happy hour? That's right. Mile End Delicatessen has half-price poutine during happy hour 5-7PM Tuesday through Friday (not open Mondays).

[Crafting] Minion doll time!

Did a bit of prototyping for my minion crafts! How do you think it looks? How should I make the mouths? Plus, I was able to get the Memory Game for Toys for Tots on Black Friday with a coupon! Hopefully some child enjoys minions as much as I do. Follow me!   Instagram  |  Facebook  | Affiliates:  Trazy - Korean Travel Deals  |  Amazon  |  YesStyle - Asian Fashion and Beauty *FTC Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through the links provided and make a purchase.*

[Minneapolis - Stadium Village] Big 10 Restaurant and Bar - Iconic Subs at UMN

Looking for somewhere to eat before/after/during a University of Minnesota Gophers game or a Minnesota Vikings game? Try Big 10 for some great subs!

[Minneapolis - Downtown] Rosa Mexicano - Tableside guacamole, sangria, tacos

Last week, we went to Rosa Mexicano in downtown Minneapolis before a show.

[Seoul - Kondae] Gamaro - Well-being Kimchi Samgyupsal Korean BBQ 가마로 웰빙 삼겹살

Gamaro in the Konguk University (Kondae) restaurant street is a perfect place for you to get Korean barbeque without filling up on only meat and lettuce.

[NYC - Lower East Side] Death and Company (NYC Speakeasy)

A couple of years ago, Death and Company (Death & Co) was on a list of best bars in the United States.

[NYC - Soho] Dominique Ansel Bakery - What to eat when the cronut is sold out

Dominique Ansel Bakery received a ton of publicity a couple of years ago because of its creation, the cronut.

[Seoul - Gangnam] 100억 (100Ok - baek-oak) Cafe - Famous blind date location in Gangnam

I found 100억 (Baek-oak) with my Korean tutor. It is located in Gangnam on café hill. It is quite large, decorated very elegantly and is very quiet.

[Arashiyama Day Trip] Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama (BABY MONKEYS!)

Arashiyama Monkey Park is great! You get to walk around alongside monkeys, including BABY MONKEYS! It is located right by Kyoto , so it is very easy to add to any itinerary.

[NYC - Midtown] Halal Guys - Best chicken over rice in NYC :)

Halal Guys is a legendary food cart in New York City known for its chicken over rice and its very great, central location very near to Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA), and shopping on Fifth Avenue.

[Kobe - Sannomiya] Comme Chinois Bakery - French Bakery in Sannomiya

I read about this great bakery, Comme Chinois, in Sannomiya. I read about it first in my Korean guidebook to Osaka.

[Seoul -Gangnam] Mies Container - "Hooters for women"

I finally got the chance to go to Mies Container with my friend. I had been wanting to try it out for a couple of years and just never got around to it, mainly because I went back to the US for a long time.

[Seoul - Myeongdong] Bongchu Jjimdak in Myeongdong (Korean stewed chicken)

My friend from Germany was visiting me and she also really likes jjimdalk, so we met up in Myungdong (Myeongdong) to have it at Bongchu Jjimdalk.

[Seoul - Edae] Geurida Kkum (Real Strawberry Milk and Mint Chocolate Latte) - 그리다꿈 리얼딸기우유 & 오초라떼

Real Strawberry Milk and Hot Oreo Mint Choco Latte Yum! Geurida Kkum is my FAVORITE stop for creative cafe drinks.

[NYC- Midtown East] Ess-a-Bagel - Iconic NYC Food

I wanted to try Ess-A-Bagel forever.

[Seoul Shopping] Gangnam Express Bus Terminal - Seoul Shopping Wonderland 고속터미널 지하상가

One of my favorite areas to go shopping in Seoul is the Express Bus Terminal (aka Gangnam Bus Terminal).

[Recipe] Day 11: Homemade pomegranate drinking vinegar experiment

Look at how delicious my pomegranate vinegar looks!

[Kobe - Kitano] Sannomiya and Kitano Travel Guide (Christmas Santas)

If you happen to be in Osaka or Kyoto, head over to Kobe for a really cute Christmas Santa display in the Kitano area!

[Seoul - Hongdae] Softree - Soft serve custard with a honeycomb chip

Continuing on with my ice cream wanderings, Softree in Seoul and trying the signature honeycomb chip ice cream.

[NYC - West Village] Dolce Gelato - Spaghetti Gelato

You can find this spaghetti gelato at Dolce Gelato in West Village. This is the most unique gelato I have eaten.

[Seoul - Anam] Terre de glace - organic, natural ice cream shop

I found this cute little ice cream shop in Anam, near Korea University. Terre de glace makes its own ice cream from fresh, organic ingredients.

[NYC - Midtown] Grom - Italian Gelato and Sorbet near Central Park

Some days, I crave gelato. I really enjoy Grom in Columbus Circle, Manhattan. Grom is in a really convenient location to Central Park.

[Seoul - Subway/Bus] Free WiFi Tutorial! How to use FREE_U+ Zone on Seoul Subways

If you're traveling in Seoul on the subway, you will notice that everyone is on their phone. You can use the free U+ WiFi zone, too, on Seoul subways. 

[Recipe] Pomegranate Hongcho (Drinking Vinegar): Day 1

I am kind of obsessed with hongcho (Korean drinking vinegar) . Ask any of my friends, they will tell you about how I always consume it and try and get them to try it. Have you ever tried hongcho ?

[DC - Capitol Hill] We the Pizza - Pizza by the slice

When I'm in DC, one of my favorite places to grab a slice is We the Pizza. It is located in Capitol Hill, right next to Good Stuff Eatery.

[Seoul - Express Bus Terminal] Tong Keun Gamjatang Jokbal (Pork Bone Soup)

It may seem a little strange, but my favorite place to eat gamjatang (Korean pork bone soup) is at the Express Bus Terminal in Seoul.

[NYC - NYU] Kopi Kopi NYC - Indonesian Cafe

Kopi Kopi is a great cafe located near NYU! It is an Indonesian café, selling Indonesian food items, pastries, and beverages.

[Seoul - Sinchon] Amma - Indian Food, Lunch Set

Whenever I go back to Seoul, I make a point to go to Amma. This is my favorite Indian restaurant...period. I discovered it in 2010 while I studying at Yonsei University.

[NYC - East Village] Hummus Place

My co-worker in Korea and I talked about how great Hummus Place is. So, in honor of her, I went to eat there with my friend.