Starbucks Korea is bringing back its popular holiday offerings including the Toffee Nut Latte, five holiday coffee blends, three festive treats, 30 different mugs and tumblers and the 2014 edition of the Starbucks diary at each of the 570-plus locations nationwide.
Food & Drinks
Korea's masses of foreign visitors and residents over the past 20 years have sought hard-to-find goods that most retailers here wouldn't dream of carrying. As the demand began to roar, the nooks and crannies of Seoul's expat playground, Itaewon, experienced a covert renaissance.
Soju: two syllables that conjure up a Dickensian best and worst of Korea. It is the world's best-selling liquor, and not just by a few bottles.
Chicago natives Jessica Perlaza and Danielle Arsenault met a few years ago when they were both teaching in Anyang. Their friendship soon developed into a creative partnership when they realized they shared a love of cooking vegan food.
While Arsenault is no longer calling the Korean Peninsula home, Perlaza is full of enough information to cover for her friend’s absence. I met Perlaza for a drink one recent Saturday -- green tea for her, a big americano for me -- and it turned into a vegetarian lovefest, the likes of which this quiet coffee shop had never seen.
Ask a foreigner what foods they miss from home and you’ll hear a crazy myriad of responses, some things totally predictable (pizza) and some things totally weird (cream of wheat). I’ve heard people say they’d give up their right eyeball for a bowl of Kraft macaroni and cheese or a nice, thick slice of grainy bread slathered with Marmite. How about bagels or root beer or Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Poutine? Maybe a big plate of proper Mexican food?
Café Evansville isn’t just another café in Hongdae. Nestled away on the corner of two side alley streets in the popular university neighborhood, it’s a chic and charming place that offers some of life’s best pleasures.
Claire Harris was looking for a way to share her love of food and cooking with friends when the conversation at a dinner she was hosting turned to talk of her lifestyle. A longtime vegan from Austin, Texas, Harris had continued the practice in the three years since moving to Seoul, but found that many of the people at the dinner weren’t familiar with it. They were curious about what vegans ate and how they could integrate vegan practices into their own eating routines.
Above Burger B’s in Hongdae, and a block from the park where every young person in Seoul is already half-pissed by dinnertime, is Beale Street, Choi Suk-jun’s new gastropub and restaurant. Specializing in Memphis dry rub barbecue, it has 10 beers on tap, a beautiful, soft-lit atmosphere and the best — the best — fucking food I have had in years in Seoul.
It’s not the place to go if you’re vegetarian or if you bloat from salt. But otherwise, there are no reasons to skip Choi’s new venture.