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If you haven't followed Eat.Stretch.Explore on Instagram yet, please consider doing so now! https://www.instagram.com/eatstretchexplore/ 2016 was a crazy year for me! Living in Seoul, while working in Gangwon-do for half of the year (explains the lack of posts, sorry guys, the commutes were killer). Took a few international trips. US in January, Taiwan in July (sorry, those posts will come eventually), and Japan for Chuseok in September (sorry again ._.)

[Seoul] Winter in Seoul 2016 (including ice skating rinks and NYE events)

The first real snow of the season came last night. It had snowed a little before, but it never stayed. I guess it's time to write a list of places to do some winter activities in Seoul.

[Seoul - Yeouido] Christmas Market at Yeouido (through New Year's Eve)

On Christmas Day, my friend and I went to the Christmas Market at Yeouido. It's located out exit 2 of Yeouinaru station (Line 5)  2016 dates: 21 December - 31 December Hours: Weekdays 17:00-22:30 Weekends: 15:00-21:00 Wanna share some pictures or tips? Any questions or requests? Email us at eatstretchexplore (at) gmail dot com.

[Korea Shopping] Where to buy Christmas decorations in Seoul

Where to buy Christmas decorations in Seoul?

[Seoul - Gwanghwamun] Robot Kimbap - Donkatsu Kimchi Nabe and Dduk Galbi kimbap

One of my favorite bunshik (Korean "street food") chains is Robot Kimbap. They use 100% brown rice for their kimbap.

[Seoul - Gangnam] Brotherhood Kitchen - Chicken and Waffles,Chicken and Chili Rice, Hasselback Potatoes

My friends and I recently went to Brotherhood Kitchen in Gangnam for brunch.

REPOST: Autumn Colors in Kyoto

This is just a picture post of the trip(s) I made to Kyoto three years ago while I was living/working in Japan.

[Snack Attack - Korea] New Juices at CU (Orange, Yellow, Green)

A couple of weeks ago, CU got on the juice trend and introduced a few of their own. The good thing about these is that there's no sugar added!

[Seoul - Jamsil] See the SUPERMOON until tomorrow (October 3)

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY! The Supermoon will be gone on October 3, so I made it just in time.

[Japan - Chuseok Itinerary] 4 days/3 nights - Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Japan Ititnerary

Last week, I went on a quick last-minute trip to Kansai from Korea for the Chuseok holiday (Korean thanksgiving, Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival).

[Life Update] Chuseok Osaka Trip

Hello all! I am so sorry! I fail so much at keeping this blog updated! I have so many posts in the "draft" section of the blog, you have no idea. It's just a matter of having the time/energy to sit down and really write that eludes me. I have a bunch of great restaurants I just checked out, too. Such a pity! As you might know, it's currently chuseok (추석), which is kind of like Korean thanksgiving, I guess. It's also known as harvest festival in the Chinese calendar. This year, it luckily falls on a Wednesday, so we have a super extended weekend. Wednesday through Sunday off. I decided last minute to go to Osaka for the weekend. This is about time for me to update my  Japan  knowledge...I haven't been back since I moved away in January 2014~! My current plan is to go to Kobe right away tomorrow morning and then go to Osaka in the evening to meet up with my Japanese friend. Then we will go around in Osaka one day and then Kyoto one day and then I'

[Seoul - Gangnam] Eulmildae 을밀대 - Pyeongyang-style Food (Pyeongyang Cold Noodles)

My friend and I met up after work for some Pyeongyang-style naengmyun in Gangnam at Eulmildae 을밀대  (another location in Mapo).

[Life in Korea] Part 4: How to operate air conditioner (Remote + Translations)

How to use Korean air conditioning? I saw a post on Facebook the other day asking for translations of the air conditioning remote and I realized that I've never made a post about it! So, here it is! How to use Korean air conditioner (Korean air con)

[Seoul - Sillim] Twosome Place Summer 2016 Bingsu Menu - Icebox Cake Bingsu

Twosome Place released a new bingsu for 2016 - their icebox cake bingsu. Twosome Place Tiramisu Bingsu Other bingsu posts

[Seoul - Insadong] Miss Lee's Cafe (별다방 미스리) - Traditional Korean tea and snacks

If you find yourself in Insadong, I highly recommend stopping by Miss Lee's Cafe. It's one of the best people watching spots in Insadong.

[Snack Attack - Korea] Doutor Coffee is now at GS25

I found this Doutor Cafe Au Lait at my local GS25 convenience store.

I'm going to Taiwan (Taipei) on July 24! (AGAIN!)

My friend and I are going to Taiwan from July 24 to July 27! This will be my second trip, but my friend's first trip to Taiwan.

Korean Shopping: Summer Sales 2016

Sorry for the accidental hiatus! I've got some great news for you shoppers out there! It's now summer sale season in Korea! The sales started last week, but end date has not been posted quite yet. It's usually around three weeks, I believe. So, head out to your favorite mall and/or department store and take advantage. Checkout my shopping guide for information about your nearest shopping mall! http://eatstretchexplore.blogspot.kr/2016/01/were-to-shop-seoul-shopping-guide-2016.html 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.*

[Snack Attack - Korea] Mojito Bar (Mojito Ice Pop/Popsicle) 모히또바

There are now Mojito Bars in Korean convenience stores!

[Seoul - Sadang] Penny Coffee Roasters

My friend and I met up for dinner and then checked out Penny Coffee Roasters afterwards.

[Seoul Travel] Buddha's Birthday 2016 - Bongeunsa Temple

Yesterday was Buddha's birthday, so my friends and I went to Bongeunsa Temple, near Samseong Station, across the street from Coex for the celebrations.

[Snack Attack - Korea] Mayonnaise Pretzels 마요네즈맛 프레첼

I didn't know that Mayonnaise Pretzels were a thing (I got these at GS25) and I wish I still didn't know Mayonnaise Pretzels were a thing.

[Snack Attack - Korea] Swing Chip - Soy sauce chicken flavored potato chips

These are my FAVORITE chips in Korea! The Swing Chip Soy Sauce Chicken flavor! 스윙칩 간장치킨맛

[Seoul Travel] Spring in Seoul 2016 - A beautiful tunnel of cherry blossoms

Happy spring from Seoul! Check Out These Awesome Cherry Blossom Tours in Korea

[Snack Attack - Korea] Coconut Flavor Milk

This is my new obsession, coconut-flavored milk from GS25.

[Snack Attack - Korea] Skim Milk in Korea

I remember in the not so distant past when it was very difficult to find lowfat milk in Korea. These days, you can even get skim milk.

[Life in Korea] Doing Laundry in Korea - Korean Laundry Machines

How to do laundry in Korea? I thought back to what were some of my most pressing questions when I first moved to Korea, I remembered that laundry was one of those things that I was the most concerned about. Moving to and Living in Korea Series! Part 1: Packing for study/living in Korea  |  Part 2: Getting a Phone in Korea Part 3: Doing Laundry in Korea  |  Part 4: Using your air conditioner in Korea Laundry is important!

[Seoul - Anguk] February 2016 - MMCA (Samcheongdong) Julian Popp Bit.Flow, Bit.Code, Bit.Fall

If you haven't had a chance to check out the MMCA yet, definitely head over there soon. My friend and I went last week to check out this great installation (more posts to come).

Happy (Lunar) New Year 2016!

Welcome to the Year of the Monkey! Happy new year everyone! 새해복 많이 받으세요! Any exciting plans? I will try to blog more regularly this year. I really admire bloggers who are able to put up great content every day! If you have any specific type of post you'd like to see more of, just leave a comment below. I've noticed my posts about moving to Korea have been pretty popular. Feel free to send me any emails with questions you have about traveling to Korea or moving to Korea! I am also thinking of writing a new itinerary post since my previous ones are a little outdated now! In the meantime, to commemorate the year of the monkey, I will link my posts that are either about monkeys or else about their "favorite" food, bananas. Oh, I've also been seeing some restaurants and cafes that give discounts to people born in the year of the monkey (including Lotte World...I just got a Kakao message from them). I'll try and share those as I come across them, cuz

[Korea Shopping] February 2016: Korea Grand Sale

Attention all you shoppers ! February is the first "Korea Grand Sale" month of 2016! Click to read more and get the coupon available for download.

[Seoul - Apgujeong Rodeo] BHC Chicken - Sprinkle Chicken 뿌링클치킨 (Cheese sprinkle)

A new trend in Korean fried chicken is this sweet cheese sprinkle chicken with a white dipping sauce and my favorite is from BHC Chicken.

[Seoul - City Hall] Bloom Cafe 피어나래 - Bingsoo Smoothie

I stopped into Bloom for a bingsu smoothie, but it is also pretty popular for espresso-based beverages, pancakes, and bubble teas.

[Life in Korea] How to get a phone when I arrive in Korea

How to get a phone in Korea from day one for all you study abroad students and English teachers out there! I decided to do a short series after helping one of my friends get everything set up for her year abroad in Korea. There are options when you arrive and I'll go through some of the pros and cons below. Moving to and Living in Korea Series! Part 1: Packing for study/living in Korea Part 2: Getting a Phone in Korea Part 3: Doing Laundry in Korea Part 4: Using your air conditioner in Korea

[Life in Korea] Working in Korea? Studying abroad in Korea? Packing list (mainly health supplies)

It's about that time of year when exchange students start coming to Korea. So, I decided to write a list of some packing tips I have (combined with suggestions from my friends who also studied abroad in Korea). Moving to and Living in Korea Series! Part 1: Packing for study/living in Korea  |  Part 2: Getting a Phone in Korea Part 3: Doing Laundry in Korea  |  Part 4: Using your air conditioner in Korea

[Korean Beauty] 3M Nexcare Blemish Stickers

If you have acne, I definitely recommend you pick up some 3M Nexcare pimple stickers! Have you discovered any skin miracles in Korea?

[St. Paul - Grand Ave] Brasa Rotisserie on Grand Avenue

I went back to Minnesota for the holidays and met up with my friend at one of my favorite places to eat, Brasa Rotisserie on Grand Avenue. As a student at the University of Minnesota, I used to go to the location in Northeast Minneapolis rather frequently. Both are great.

[Seoul - Yongsan] D Museum January 2016 "9 Lights in 9 Rooms"

Exterior (from official website ) The Daelim group just opened a new contemporary art museum, D Museum, in Hannam-dong. The original Daelim Museum is in the Anguk/Gwanghwamun area.

[Seoul - Itaewon] Khao San - Authentic Thai in Itaewon - Thai Food Spicy Prawns and Fried Rice

My friend and I decided to check out Khao San in Itaewon for some Thai food.

[Korea Travel] Where to Shop: Seoul Shopping Guide 2016

I had a request via email to introduce some of my favorite shopping areas in Seoul (if you have a request for travel information or a food tip, please send me an email ). I don't really have any pictures, so please bear with me. If I missed any or you'd like to give your opinion, please leave a comment here! 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 cooking classes Book a  food and shopping tour .

[Seoul - Hongdae] 홍대 조폭 떡볶이 Hongdae Jopok Ddukbokki - Famous rice cakes, soondae, and tempura

My friends and I stopped off at one of the more famous bunshik joints in Hongdae for a quick bite (홍대 조폭 떡볶이)

[Seoul - Sillim ] Pho 36 St - Vietnamese Noodles in Goshichon, perfect for SNU students!

Went to Pho 36 Street in Goshichon area for some delicious pho!

[Seoul - Gwanghwamun] Seochongil Donkatsu (Seochon Pork Cutlet)

Went to 서촌길 돈까스 Seochongil Donkatsu (Seochon Pork Cutlet) and had some homemade breaded pork cutlets. 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.*

[Life in Korea] Hulu, Pandora, Netflix while abroad

This post is from an American perspective, but the tips offered work for any country's blocked sites. If you're like me, I'm sure you like watching TV on the internet and listening to music online. One bummer about working/living abroad is that often times these subscription services and media content are blocked for users abroad. You're going to need a VPN (virtual private network) to access the content. Over the years, I have tried many different VPN services. I'll rank them in terms of reliability below.

[Seoul - Samcheongdong] Cook'n Heim - Featured on Running Man - Crazy burger!

If you're a fan of Running Man, you definitely need to check out Cook N Heim in Samcheongdong.

[Seoul - Jamsil] Beesket Juice Bar - 100% Fruit, no added sugar juices in Lotte World Mall

Beesket is a chain juice bar in South Korea. It serves 100% fresh fruit juice with no sweeteners, sugar, or other additives.

[Seoul - Edae] Gil Cuisine - Secret brunch spot with ricotta cheese salad and eggs Benedict

Gil Cuisine is a cute little brunch spot in Edae. It's kind of tucked away, so you kind of need to be "in the know."

[Seoul - Hongdae] Thanks Nature - It's a Sheep Cafe!

Last year was the year of the sheep, which meant Thanks Nature in Hongdae got a lot of press!

[DC - Georgetown] Moby Dick - House of Kabob

One of my favorite places in Georgetown is Moby Dick. The food is always cheap, plentiful, and delicious.

[Seoul - Samcheongdong] Onmaul - Fresh Soft Tofu Stew - Homemade Tofu

Onmaul (온마을) in Samcheongdong makes its own tofu in house!

[Seoul - Samcheongdong] D'Industry Cafe D-55 - Original Shrimp Burger + Rooftop Seating

My friend and I decided to take advantage of nice weather (a while ago) to go to D'Industry in Samcheongdong for brunch.

2015 Top 9 Instagram Posts

1. Mango Cheesecake Bingsu at Sulbing 2. Uncle's Ddukbokki with Flowering Squid 3. Chicken and Waffles (WMC) at Double Trouble - Gangnam 4. Trevia Pizza and Pasta - Noksapyeong/Itaewon 5. Tom N Toms Honey Butter Bread 6. Caffe Bene Strawberry Cheesecake Bingsu 7. Moomin Cafe in Tokyo Skytree 8. Remicone - Thunderbomb Ice Cream 9. Moomin Cafe (again) - Linked to Tokyo Itinerary 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.*

[Busan] Mom's Touch - Cajun Mango Chicken Sandwich

When my friends visit me in Korea, oftentimes they have Mom's Touch on their list of "must try" places. I, honestly, had never tried it until this year.

[Boston] Boston Public Garden in Boston Common

The Boston Public Garden is right next to Boston Common.