I’ve been staying in on Saturday nights to take full advantage of Sunday mornings and it’s been paying off. The past couple of Sundays have been pretty spectacular. Great friends, great food, lots of walking – just a grand ol’ time before heading back to work on Monday (let’s be candid – my job is great and I don’t start work until 12 PM Noon so every weekend feels a little longer than back home!).
Last weekend I was going to go to Jinhae for the Cherry Blossom Festival but the weather wasn’t great (it ended up raining) and the air quality was giving me a headache. The bus to Jinhae would have been nearly an hour after a 20 minute subway ride and I just wasn’t ready for that.
After wandering around trying to find a salad bar (not quite as advertised – it ended up actually being a Vietnamese Hot Pot restaurant), we went over to an Italian spot that advertised several salads and thin crust pizza. I’ve found that most of my friends and I have similar tastes so we can usually split a couple of interesting dishes and be reeeeaaaaallly happy!
We topped the evening off with my absolute favourite food I’ve had in Korea: Chicken from Monster Craft Brewing! The above image is a half portion…can you believe it? We also found some adorable calico kittens that reminded me of my childhood pet, Angel.
This weekend’s Sunday Funday we ventured out into Gwangan (Gwangali Beach). I discovered a place with fantastic margaritas, tasty tacos, and a wicked patio called “Fuzzy Navel”. Apparently there are a few different bar. restaurant concepts under the Fuzzy Navel Company, and I got myself a membership card because I have a Korean phone number now and I’m allowed to do stuff. Wa-hoooo!
Gwangali Beach is the ultimate mix of Wasaga Beach, Vancouver vibes, the concentrated area of bars in Miami, and Korean spots. There are also a ton of Sushi restaurants I’m dying to try. Summer here is going to be unreal.
My lime Margarita was tasty and I ordered the breakfast tacos (that were supposed to have eggs on them I’m pretty sure, but avocado and bacon made me pretty happy).
We were told that Beached Bar had a wicked view so that’s where we headed next. Mark and Craig were great hosts and it was cool to talk about some of their experiences in Korea as well as back home in Manchester and Christchurch, respectively. The vibe was really cool, the music spot on, and the company fantastic. Then came the Marmite…