Samgyeopsal (pork belly) lunch in Seoul, Korea

We stopped in Seoul for only two days after spending Christmas and New Year in Vietnam and the cold Korean winter was like a slap in the face.   It’s been a while since I have been that cold, but the food was worth the icy sidewalks and the Siberian winds.

My wife found a pork place near our hotel in Dongdaemun and we decided to brave the cold and walked toward Sindang station which turned out not to be too far from our hotel.  Dongdaemun is the wholesale area of Seoul and I was sad that the Zaha Hadid huge architectural complex which is at the heart of the whole neighborhood is still not completed.

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Café Un deux comme chez vous

Café Un deux comme chez vous opens only 12 days a month and I still don’t understand why after going there twice in the same weekend.    If you don’t speak French, Un deux comme chez vous means “One Two Like your Home”  and the place is indeed very homey.  The name might be as weird as the opening hours but after eating their cake, I could not care less.

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Orizuru Coffee Shop

When I decided to find Orizuru coffee with the help of my friend Brian, I was not too sure where to start. The owner of Blue Mountain Coffee Shop in Kasaoka had highly recommended me Orizuru, but he had simply told me it was near the big department store in front of Okayama station.   Luckily, we spotted the shop right after lunch and it’s not the easiest place to find.

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Tooth Tooth Maison Kyu Kobe Kyoryuchi 15th

I ended up at Tooth Tooth Maison when my plan to visit E.H. Bank  restaurant in Kobe fell short because some rich bastards had rented the whole place for a wedding party.   I scanned the street and spotted this beautiful renovated house which turned out to be the new headquarter of the Tooth Tooth pastry empire.

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Hori Okonomiyaki

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when foodie tourist from all over the place descends on the small village of Hinase on the coast of Okayama Prefecture to eat oysters and I would not miss this for nothing.  On this latest venture into oyster okonomiyaki heaven we decided to try a new place, Hori.

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