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Could get used to this breakfast

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Having lived in New Jersey, while working in New York City, had the first encounter with a Paris Baguette at their Edison, NJ location. An incredible array of pastries and goodies, a fusion between French and Korean flavors, that ended up in something delicious no matter what was selected. Found another location soon after in Koreatown, in midtown Manhattan, and it made the day – and living, in general – all the better.

Vacationing in Seoul, found out there were three Paris Baguette locations within walking distance of the hotel; a veritable heaven. Upon finding all the locations, it was, just about, a daily pilgrimage to find something to snack on or bring back to the hotel. After finding the first one, had to have breakfast there and it was something that could be enjoyed every day is possible.

Picked up a bulgogi sandwich and ordered an iced green tea latte – their green tea lattes were also a huge favorite in NYC.

Had a view of a new city to explore, a warm and delicious sandwich, and, still, some of the greatest takeaway cups known to man. There was nothing that could bring down the day – even confusion on the subway was relieved after thinking back to the amazing start.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

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Could eat gimbap every day

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Have been fan of gimbap, or kimbap, for years and have yet to have one that was not absolutely delicious. On the last trip to Seoul, had it on several occasions, in a restaurant as a side dish, grabbed some for takeout, and had some off a food cart in Myeongdong.

A longtime fan of sushi, gimbap is a completely different beast. Yes, they have similar looks but the taste couldn’t be more of a contrast and can literally have it nonstop for days – and thinking back, it feels like it may have happened whilst wandering Seoul.

Mostly enjoyed the ones filled with shredded vegetables and delicious bulgogi – probably one of the greatest preparation methods for beef. The ones from the street cart, literally threw those back like they were chips.

Enjoyed gimbap nearly every day in Seoul, it looks so simple, yet it is loaded with delicious flavor.

Enjoyed gimbap nearly every day in Seoul, it looks so simple, yet it is loaded with delicious flavor.

Cravings are made of fish cakes

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There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by that the thought of a delicious street snack on a stick doesn’t come to mind. Of all the delicious treats available all over Seoul, it would seem the basic stick of fish cake and hot dog takes the lead when it comes to cravings from the last vacation. For ₩3,000 (around $2.50), the delicious flavors that can really only be found along the streets of Seoul are deliciously encompassed on a stick.

Enjoyed everything from bulgogi to steak to tteokbokki, even a macaron ice cream sandwich – all delicious – but there is just something so special about the fish cake and hot dog on a stick.

On any given day, it’s merely a matter of sitting back and thinking about strolling the streets and alleyways of Myeongdong with a stick in hand. Enjoying each morsel one by one, looking left and right at the variety of sites along the bustling thoroughfare, and hearing an assortment of K-pop hits while passing each storefront.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

July 16, 2016 at 6:57 AM

Frying the entire chicken

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Visiting Seoul for the first time, there was no doubt some of the famous Korean fried chicken had to be tasted. Had always been a fan, having been a frequent visitor to the Bonchon location in midtown Manhattan. One of the first nights there, a particularly late night, wandered around the neighborhood of Myeongdong for a spot to grab dinner and found Chicken 678.

Walking past the rather large outdoor space, was seated towards the rear of the restaurant – perfectly tucked away and hidden. Browsed the menu and immediately saw the chicken, it was a split-second decision that an order of soy friend chicken was the one.

Being used to other establishments denoting a specific number of pieces or which part or what shade of meat is preferred, a large plate with bunch of friend chicken goodness arrived – the entire chicken was split up and served, no arguing over what parts to order, they were all there.

Crispy, juicy and everything expected of Korean fried chicken.

Ended up enjoying friend chicken on another late night and it was just as delicious – they know how to do fried chicken.

Chicken 678

Written by Paulo Loreto

July 6, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Steak on the street

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A first trip to Seoul and had the immense pleasure of staying in the Myeongdong neighborhood. Obviously, did research on the neighborhood that would be best conducive to a vacation that still required a few hours of work and Myeongdong was a perfect fit.

Around mid-afternoon (on weekdays) the streets fill with food carts galore, serving everything from chicken barbeque to ice cream, to traditional Korean dishes like gimbap or japchae.

After making a few rounds, was up near the 4-Line subway station when the smell or steak wafted through. There it was, a cart with a flat-top grill with beautiful steaks cooking away. With an aroma that was so embracing, no question was stopping for another snack.

₩6,000, or just a bit over US$5.00, it is lovely. Topped with a tangy sauce and some bean sprouts on the side, it was street food to another level.

Steak

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 16, 2016 at 1:29 AM