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Showing posts from March, 2015

[St. Paul - Frogtown] iPho by Saigon- Vietnamese Pho

If you're traveling around in the Twin Cities and have a hankering for pho, stop by iPho by Saigon in St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood.

Jeonju Free Shuttle Bus 2015 Update

As an update to my previous post about the FREE JEONJU SHUTTLE BUS. As you may know, I'm moving back to Korea tomorrow. My friend from Minnesota is going to Korea on vacation for a couple weeks. Since her trip overlapped with my move, we coordinated to make a daytrip to Jeonju with this great offer.  Part One: ANNOUNCEMENT Update #2:  Click here UPDATE: This deal has expired, but the company is still offering the same tour bus, but now with a fee. (I am not affiliated with Dongbo Travel.) However, I have provided some links below for you if you are interested in traveling to Jeonju with a travel agency that has great customer service and English-speaking staff. Like Eatstretchexplore on Facebook!  Follow @eatstretchexplore on Instagram! Travel tips: Buy your SIM card:  Prepaid 4G/LTE Sim Card: Unlimited Data+Voice call+SMS (5/7/10/15/30 days) Get a great view of Seoul:  Discount Seoul City Tour Bus Ticket Great Korean (traditional and modern)  culture and co

[Minneapolis] Afro Deli & Coffee - Sambusa

One of my favorite places to grab a quick meal on the go in Minneapolis is Afro Deli and Coffee.

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day

  Mark your calendars! Free Cone Day 2015 is April 14 starting at 11AM at all Scoop Shops Around the World! Ben & Jerry's has a free cone day every year and I look forward to it every year.

[NYC, Nolita] Lombardi's Pizza 110th Birthday - Pizza for 5 Cents

I just found out that Lombardi's Pizza is celebrating its 110th Birthday today by selling small classic margherita pizzas (dine-in only) for 5 cents each (while supplies last or until 11PM). Pictured: Large margherita pizza I had with friends on another day.

[All Rita's Locations Worldwide] Rita's Ice Custard - Free ice on first day of spring

Every year to celebrate the first day of spring, Rita's Ice Custard gives away free Italian ices! And...that day is tomorrow! Pictured is what I had last year!

[Kobe - Sannomiya] Hair Studio Billy - English-Speaking Hair Stylists in Kobe

I was faced with the dilemma - where to get my haircut in Kobe without knowing Japanese or wait until I go back to Korea. I was lucky enough to be referred to Billy Hair in Sannomiya by my co-workers at WHO.

[Seoul - Hapjeong] Mecenatpolis Mall - Great atmosphere, peaceful shopping

The Mecenatpolis Mall in Hapjeong opened pretty recently and became one of my favorite places to hangout and meet friends because of its very convenient location, great design, and large variety of cafes and restaurants.

[Seoul - Eastern Seoul] Hiking Mount Youngmasan and Mount Achasan - beautiful panoramic views of Central Seoul

For the beginner hiker in Seoul, hiking the combination of Mount Achasan and Mount Yongmasan is perfect!

[DC - Georgetown] Georgetown Cupcake

Some Georgetown Cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

[Osaka - Shinsaibashi] Pound House - Coffee Shop and Bakery

In honor of pi(e) day, I stopped by Pound House in Shinsaibashi/ Dotonbori after doing some shopping and a Dotonbori food tour.

[Osaka - Dotonbori] Dotonbori at Night - Osaka's Eat Street

Dotonbori in Osaka is the quintessential Osaka view. If you're planning on going to Osaka, make sure you stop by to have your picture with the Glico Running Man . It's a tourist must-do.

[Korea Day Trip] Jeondong Catholic Cathedral in Jeonju

The Jeondong Catholic Cathedral in Jeonju is located right on the edge of the Hanok Village and is definitely worth a visit.

Seoul Free Bike Rental

I just found out this really great information about free bike rental in Seoul. Reposting this very valuable information (with some editing) from Community Korea . Community Korea often posts very valuable information, so you should definitely follow them on Facebook. All it takes is an ID (student ID, ARC, or passport). Your ID will be returned to you when you return the bicycle to the facility.

[Jeonju - Hanok Village] Twisted Breadsticks at Jeonju Hanok Village (전주 모정꽈배기)

Jeonju in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province) is a major food capital of Korea and is a center of traditional Korean culture. While you're there, make sure to get some of these twisted breadsticks!

[Seoul - Samcheongdong] Chloris Tea Garden Brunch - Samcheongdong

Chloris Tea Garden is one of my favorite brunch places in Seoul, a close second to Cafe Able in Garosugil.

[Seoul - Insadong] Poop Bread (똥빵) - Novelty Bread at Ssamziegil

Although I introduced the Poop Bread  on the Ssamziegil  post, I thought it prudent to introduce it in a separate post.

[Ganghwa Island] 109 House Cafe and Pension (Honey Bread and Bingsu)

109 House is a combination cafe and pension located on Ganghwa-do Island. The views are ridiculously gorgeous and I highly recommend stopping here for a refueling stop or to stay the night!

[Ganghwa Island] Chungnam Seosanjip 충남서산집 - Famous Horse Crab Stew

The last stop on my day trip to Ganghwa was to go to Chungnam Seosan Jip (충남서산집) to eat the famous horse crab stew ( kkotgetang, 꽃게탕). It far surpassed my expectations.

[Ganghwa Island] Ganghwa Dolmen - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ganghwado is really beautiful and is a great daytrip from Seoul! It is actually RIGHT by North Korea and you can actually see North Korea from some parts of the island.

[Saint Paul] Mim's Cafe - Cheap, fast food on UMN St. Paul Campus

I just love Mim's Cafe in Saint Paul, right by the Saint Paul Student Center on the University of Minnesota's Saint Paul Campus.

[Seoul - Insadong] Ssamziegil Shopping Center (인사동 쌈지길)

If you're going to Seoul, I'm sure Insa-dong  is on your list of must-sees.

[Korea Shopping] Must Buy Item - Korean Exfoliating Cloth

There are a few items that are super great to get in Korea. One of these items are Korean exfoliating cloths!

[Saint Paul] Como Park Zoo and Conservatory - Sunken Garden

Even in the dead of winter, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory's Sunken Garden is beautiful, peaceful, and warm. Seriously, look at that! Can you imagine the windchill was -40F that day?

[Seoul - Gangnam] I Have A Dream - Strawberry Pizza (Gangnam Restaurant 아이해브어드림)

I Have A Dream is a nice blind date spot and jazz bar by Gangnam station - directly at the station.