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Blue Bottle Coffee


Have you ever had the feeling of knowing that something is made well but still not enjoying it? That is how I feel about good coffee.

I can recognize when I taste good quality coffee, but without sugar and cream, I do not enjoy drinking it.

Blue Bottle Coffee
Location: 300 South Broadway
Los Angeles
CA 90013  Continue reading Blue Bottle Coffee


Café Polonez


My last visit to Café Polonez was a number of years ago, and took place after a visit to the nearby High Park. In similar fashion, after a cherry blossom viewing last week, we decided to walk over to Roncesvalles for some Polish fare.

Café Polonez
Location: 195 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, ON
M6R 2L5 Continue reading Café Polonez

Coffee Shops in Gastown

We had a lot of coffee, tea, lattes, and the like during our trip to Vancouver. Staying in Gastown, we were surrounded by coffee shops around every corner, and we tried a new one nearly every morning (and sometimes afternoon).

JJ Bean


Upon arriving in Vancouver, we dropped off our bags and showered, and had lunch before stopping by for our first hit of caffeine. I went with my fail-safe London Fog, and was decently satisfied, but unbeknownst to me at the time, this would end up being our most-visited cafe. Continue reading Coffee Shops in Gastown

193 Bench Kitchen


After a morning spent around the sun, her flowers, rain, and many mosquitoes, we found ourselves in Hamilton in search of lunch. I had originally mapped out a cafe along King St, and as we were walking over, my two friends got distracted by the cafe with its windows open, welcoming us in.

193 Bench Kitchen
Location: 193 King St E
Hamilton, ON
L8N 1B3 Continue reading 193 Bench Kitchen

Lady M


During our last meet-up in Causeway Bay, the topic of desserts came up, and I mentioned how I had never tried Lady M. My friend informed me that the rose crêpe cake was a Hong Kong exclusive, and as a fan of cake, rose, and exclusivity, we made a plan to meet up again later that week for some indulgence.

Lady M (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Address: Shop OT215K, 2/F
Ocean Terminal, Harbour City,
3-27 Canton Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong Continue reading Lady M

Two Plus Deungshim

I hadn’t been planning on having Hanwoo during my trip here, as I knew it would be out of my budget, and barbeque restaurants with minimum orders aren’t really conducive to dining alone.

However, my friend was back in Seoul for one last night before flying back home, and we decided to meet up for dinner with a few other friends.

Two Plus Deungshim (투뿔등심 가로수길점)
Address: MenupanInstagram / Mango Plate
Phone: 02-515-5712 Continue reading Two Plus Deungshim

Gome Milmyeon


Another Busan speciality is milmyeon. However, we didn’t really know that prior, and were just looking for a restaurant near Haeundae. After a morning walking around Haedong Yonggungsa, my friend chose milmyeon among the options I found, and we made our way down Gunam-ro.

Gome Milmyeon
Address: Mango Plate / Foursquare / Instagram
Phone: 051-747-8807 Continue reading Gome Milmyeon

Bonjeon Dwaeji Gukbap


After a whirlwind arrival in South Korea, I spent the entire evening traversing from one end to the other, and ended up in Busan just before 10pm. Due to the tight schedule and nonstop travelling, I was feeling under-the-weather and in the mood for some comforting food.

The next morning, I met up with a couple of friends who serendipitously happened to be in Busan for the next couple of days, and a suggestion of dwaeji gukbap (돼지국밥) was made.

Bonjeon Dwaeji Gukbap (본전돼지국밥)
Address: Trip Advisor / Mango Plate
Phone: 051-441-2946 Continue reading Bonjeon Dwaeji Gukbap

Hong Chun Cheon Cheese Dakgalbi


On my last day in Seoul, I had the morning free before I needed to head to the airport for my afternoon flight. My bunkmate also didn’t have plans before her evening flight, so we decided to grab lunch together.

Hong Chun Cheon Cheese Dakgalbi (홍춘천치즈닭갈비)
Address: Visit Seoul
Phone: 02-337-2825 Continue reading Hong Chun Cheon Cheese Dakgalbi

Insadong Tofu Village


After spending the morning walking from Samcheongdong to Gwanghwamun, I finally found myself in the midst of Insadong, with my belly rumbling.

I still get a little intimidated about eating at restaurants alone. My determination to eat warm food overtook my hesitation to try and communicate in my very limited Korean, but despite being physically open, a couple of places said they wouldn’t be serving food until an hour later. After circling the area a few times, I found a restaurant that was open and served soups and stews, something I had been craving due to the chilly weather.

Insadong Tofu Village (인사동 두부마을)
Address: Foursquare / Menupan / Mango Plate
Phone: +82 2-735-9996 Continue reading Insadong Tofu Village