The New Zealand Wine Festival is Back – and Sold out in Seoul!

New Zealand Wine Festival Last year I was invited by the Kiwi Chamber of Commerce to attend their prestigious New Zealand Wine Festival.  Held annually in Seoul and in Busan, it’s a great opportunity to get out and meet other local wine enthusiasts.  The crowd was a little bit older (and considerably more mature) than…

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…

Korea International Expat Film Festival (KIXFF) Oscars Party 2018 in Seoul

You’re Invited! Join The Toronto Seoulcialite @ KIXFF’s Oscars Party WHAT IS KIXFF? KIXFF stands for the Korea International Expat Film Festival which was established in 2015 by director, Kevin Lambert.  It’s mission is to bring films with an “expat-perspective” to Seoul.  It’s the only festival in the world to do so.  It became apparent…

Zombie House: Seoul Trick Eye Museum’s Winter Exhibit

Seoul’s Trick Eye Museum Since moving to Seoul nearly 2 years ago I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Trick Eye Museum in Hongdae 4 times!  It’s amazing to see how this Seoul tourist attraction has changed even just over the past year.  Dedicated to the user experience, the Trick Eye Museum has made several…

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)…

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: 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…

Seoul-stagram Goals: StyleNanda Pink Pool Cafe @ Pink Hotel

StyleNanda Pink Hotel The new StyleNanda flagship store in Myeongdong has been brought to my attention by several Seoul blogger and insta-blogger friends in Korea.  Normally I wouldn’t want to saturate the WWW with a story my friends have already covered.  When friends of mine from Toronto came to Seoul for a quick visit, the…

Seoul-stagram Goals: 씨스루 C.THROUGH Cafe

Itaewon to Noksapyeong I moved to Kyunglidan (Kyungridan?) at the beginning of March, 2017.  Having spent so much time up in Uijeongbu I haven’t meandered the backroads of the hill between Noksapyeong and Itaewon.  There are so many incredible little surprises along those backroads!  We took a perfectly sunny Sunday in Seoul and set out to…

Seoulcialite Event: FUNgul Fitness Class (May 9th, 2017)

Fitness in Seoul Looking for something original and fun to do on Presidential Election Day?  NEO Fitness Association International has a wicked event in the afternoon!  NeoGXClub is a pioneer in alternative exercise.  Looking to open Korea up to unique and original workout classes, founder Hajung Lee is constantly creating workouts for individuals of all…