Seoul Food: Homeboy Seoul: Pop-Up Round II

The Toronto Seoulcialite team is a HUGE fan of HOMEBOY Seoul.  Tuesday April 17th they hosted their 2nd pop-up in Itaewon at Vatos Urban Tacos’ event space in Seoul: Urban Collective.  We recently interviewed HOMEBOY Seoul founder Matt Lee in advance of this pop-up.  Michael Jun-Hyuk Lee was on hand at the event last week…

Expats in Korea – Seoulcialites: Matt Lee HOMEBOY Seoul

 HOMEBOY Seoul (Part of Expats in Korea: Seoulcialites) Being an expat in Korea, we’re often pigeon-holed into 2 categories: Teacher or Military.  There are so many people doing original and interesting things in Seoul!  In this new series, I’d like to introduce you to some creative people I’ve been lucky to meet.  They may have started their professional journeys as teachers…

Seoul Food: Homeboy – Pop-Up by Manimal & KiKi Chanting

Homeboy Seoul Pop-Up In case you missed it, Tuesday January 9th was the latest and greatest (well…only for me thus far) pop-up from the Manimal Team.  From the people who have recently brought us KiKi Chanting, Homeboy Seoul (by Junki, Sanyoon, Mili, and Matt) was a feast of “Asian street food bites with unique cocktails”.  Great…

Seoul Food: New Burgers @ The Workshop & Hidden Cellar (HBC)

The Workshop & Hidden Cellar (Itaewon/ HBC) If you’ve been paying attention to the HBC/ Itaewon group or the Restaurant Buzz Seoul page on Facebook you’ll already know that the Workshop and Hidden Cellar in the Haebangchon area of Itaewon has been busy.  With the renovations finished, a new brunch menu, drink specials, and live…

Seoul Food: Gino’s Pizza – Gangnam (Apgujeong)

New York Pizza in Gangnam? Café Kudeta (카페쿠데타) in Apgujeong Rodeo area closed recently, much to my friends’ chagrin.  I work between the Apgujeong and Rodeo subway stations.  Even though we have an hour for lunch, it’s not always enough time to have a Korean meal.  We have grown tired of many of the Western-style restaurants,…

MangWon-derful: Zapangi 자판기 Treats and Colourful Streets

 Zapangi 자판기 In an effort to feel like we were on a proper vacation, Hallie from The Soul of Seoul and Amanda from Seoulody Smiles and I ventured out to Mangwon!  The weather has been amazing.  Between sunny skies and colourful walls all around Mangwon, we had tons of opportunities for tasty eats (Bali in Mangwon)…

Bites & Bytes: Linus BBQ in HBC (Seoul Food)

Linus BBQ Arrives in HBC When I worked in hospitality back in Canada, I would always scoff at food bloggers who would visit a restaurant once, then review.  They’d try one entree and maybe a bite of a second, then make a decision which could make or break the opening of a business based on…

Seoul Food: Bali in Mangwon

Bali in Mangwon It’s no secret that Bali is high on my list of places to sink my teeth into once my final contract in Korea is complete.  I had no idea I’d get my wish so quickly (and literally) this Chuseok vacation!  Bali in Mangwon is a “Surfer-made Balinese food & drink” stop a…

Seoul Food: Cry Cheese Burger, In-N-Out Burger done Gangnam Style

Cry Cheese Burger – Korea’s Answer to In-N-Out Burger Since moving to Korea back in February 2015, I’ve heard expats moan and groan about missing In-N-Out Burger.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the American mating call moan of “Animal Style Friiiiiies”.  If I had man won ($10) for each, I’d have…

Seoul Food: Surf’s Up Restaurant and Surf Shop – Apgujeong

Surf’s Up Restaurant & Surf Shop Aloha, Seoul!  Get ready for ‘Ono Grinds in Apgujeong.  Surf’s Up Restaurant and Surf Shop in Apgujeong has been around since I started working in the area back in March 2017.  Back then I had a vested interest in Hawaii and the laid-back life.  I popped in to check…

Seoul Food: Summer Lane Cafe – Brunch in Seoul (Itaewon)

Summer Lane Cafe – A Hidden Gem for Brunch in Seoul! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find my perfect brunch in Seoul!  More than that, I can’t believe that someone else dreamed up my ideal Eggs Benedict.  Even more perfect?  It’s a 5 minute walk from my place on the Kyungnidan…

Seoul Food: Normal by Ryunique

Normal by Ryunique At 22, Busan-born Tae Hwan Ryu decided he wanted to become a Chef.  After culinary schools, he worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo, Sydney, and London.  In 2011, Ryunique, a Seoul restaurant with Japanese and French influences, was born!  By 2014, the restaurant had already won 27th place and 79th place in…