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Blog, My Korean Diaries, Videos / February 18, 2018

A Day In LOTTEWORLD in Seoul, Vegan Diaries Pt. 8 (video)

Welcome back to my new post!

 

How is the weather where you are? Honestly, since I changed countries and therefore weather conditions multiple times in the past month I have been constantly either too cold or too warm. Therefore I genuinely hope you are happy with your temperatures.

To get over the introduction, as you may have noticed I FINALLY visited one of the most raved adventure parks in Korea – Lotte World. Initially, our plan was actually to explore Everland but since it is only February it was not yet open. Like Lotte world was not enough right?

Theme Park In The Hearth Of The City

As you may know Seoul is quite busy and full city compacted into smaller space then it would need. And yet somehow, they managed to squeeze a whole theme park with actually (and not so tiny) rollercoasters in the middle of it. How? I have no idea. But it worked.

Lotte World is located just few minutes away from the Jamsil subway station and is easily accessible. It opens at 9:30 in the morning and we arrived just before that for reasons I will talk about later. About third of the attractions are located inside the huge indoor hall while the rest, and the biggest attractions can be found outside. Inside you can witness a lot of parades and shows on top of multiple theme houses or smaller rides. Plus there is a lot of food.

Outside are the biggest rides – Gyro Drop, Gyro Swing and much more plus my favorite Atlantis. It resembles your typical roller coaster but is damn fast and literally makes you cry. (from the wind of course) Many attractions were opening up later during the day so you can expect to wait quite a bit for those.

And that brings me on the topic of timing.

Early Birds

Imagine going to a theme park in early February and on a Friday when outside temperature drops to negative 7 degrees Celsius. Huge crowds are not really part of your image right? That is where I was wrong. Arriving 20 minutes before the opening time we were greeted by big lines pilling up in front of the closed gates. Why? High school break just started. But also it is just such a popular place.

Since we arrived so early we were lucky enough to go to most of the major rides and even managed to visit some of them multiple times. We reserved some of the attractions on the phone app – Lotte World or took time tickets (allows you to skip the line during a certain time limit you get) which saved us quite some waiting. Keep in mind though that those tickets tend to run out soon and you have to physically visit the ride first to get it.

The lines were bearable during the first half of the day but later it lengthened to around 2 hours of waiting time on average. Not so great right?

Food Problem

Being vegan, and health freak is hard in Korea on its own. Being health conscious vegan in a Korean theme park is almost impossible. How to survive? Pack your own food. I was surprised that I found some reasonable options but I still happily opted for my own packed lunch. Saves you money and stomach ache. But if you are into none of that, you have to dig into those Oreo Churros! They looked and apparently tasted devine!

You can generally find a lot of Korean street food, some classic fastfood and a lot of candy in Lotte World. Unless you have special dietary needs you will enjoy a lots of delicious indulgence. For my fellow vegans, it is a bit harder.

 

What do you thing? Would you visit Seoul for this winter wonderland?

I honestly wish I can go back again soon.

 

See you next weekend!

 

Love,

 

Sara

 

Tip: Avoid water rides in the middle of February

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Blog, Travel Diaries, Videos / February 10, 2018

STREET FOOD THURSDAY, Berlin Pt.3 (video)

Hello!

And wave goodbye to January because the first month of 2018 is officially gone….. in what seems like 5 second.

* Side Note: I just realized I truly repeat the same complaints too much –

not enough time

time speed

lack of food in Korea

my own stupidity

complaining

I apologize.

 

Anyway, it is time to wrap up my Berlin adventure! Took three days in total, three different posts and videos over three weeks. No fairytale magic number power indented. If you have missed my vegan fast food post or the epic donut adventure pig out you better check it, like right now. Or after you finish reading this. Just watch it.

What is the theme of my last post?

My best friend when traveling (or any other time) – STREET FOOD!

And not just any street food.

A true street food gathering.

Street Food Thursday

Being a fan of farmers markets, rows of stalls serving delicious street food the winter weather is unfortunate to prevent me from enjoying most of these things. Berlin turned out to be one snowy and rainy hell for being outside so I didn’t even expect much street wandering. But Berlin is such a great place to try almost anything from all around the world so I tried my best and googled the hell out of my phone to find a decent street food stall, which would satisfy even my vegan stomach. I was more than successful, I managed to find a whole INSIDE street food gathering.

Street Food Thursday was apparently the first major organized street food event in entire Berlin and majority of the internet considers it also the most “exciting” a “must to visit”. Being lucky to spend the whole Thursday in Berlin we obviously couldn’t resist. The market hall selected for this even is located at the edge of Kreuzberg, the famous “hipster” area and just a short journey from our neighbourhood, Friedrichshain. The whole place is super cool, having that nice urban vibe. Once you walk in, you can’t even count the number of street food stalls that rotate each week, so you never know what to expect.

Unfortunately, it also gets crowded really quickly so you have to move fast. The hall is relatively spacious and would be perfect, if there just wasn’t a giant ALDI standing in the corner. Like, why? (for those who don’t know ALDI is your typical discount supermarket, with it’s own ugly building and horrendous sign flashing around – but I do love their cheap stuff).

Vegans Travel Around The World

The variety of the food presented at this event is so huge you would never have time to even remember all the countries represented. Japanese gyoza on the right, Sri lankan curry on the left and there around the corner is Italian cheese heaven. You can get a cold beer and a cake from the next stall. Everything looks too good to pass it by.

As much as you can find loads of meats, cheeses and gourmet cuts, vegetarians and vegans are in no way neglected. Like that would even happen in Germany right? Many stalls serving meat and animal based foods offered generous options for plant eaters. And all looked so good!

Having the advantage of being with friend we tried as much as our stomachs (and wallets) could handle. One of my favorites was definitely the first ERITREAN platter. We had our mouths burned by the incredible spicy Momos, a.k.a. dumplings and even tried a VERY popular Gado Gado. Seriously that line was never ending.

In my traditional style I had to end with a dessert from a BIO (European equivalent of organic) bakery that supplies a vegan chain Goodies. It was there where I first tried the berry scone and finding it here, I had to get it. It is SO SO good!

Just Sit Down…

The only downside of this whole adventure was when you were rushing around the hall trying desperately to find seats… It got so crowded we spend most of our time locating free seats (or even parts of them) like some agents hunting for the criminal. The second time we managed to win one, we didn’t leave both at once to keep it for ourselves. (tip: once you have the seat, DO NOT LEAVE IT!)

Oh, and the prices. In my opinion, the prices were relatively ok given it was such a special event and most of the people are only pop-ups. Cooking everything there right in front of you showed us that the quality was indeed great and I was willing to pay for what I really wanted. I wish I could afford more but even on a budget, you will find a delicious feast.

Overall, if you ever find yourself in Berlin on Thursday I greatly recommend you to visit this event. You get to try a lot of food you might have never seen, enjoy a great atmosphere and maybe even meet some nice people bonding over the foods.

(special thank you to that super nice older couple who didn’t laugh at my German nor was offended by my stupidity)

What do you think?

 

Would you go?

I hope you get to try it.

 

I will see you next week, already back in the freezing Korea.

 

Love,

 

Sara

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Blog, Travel Diaries, Videos / February 3, 2018

The Best Vegan Donuts In The World feat. Brammibals Donuts, Berlin Part.2

Welcome back!

How are you doing today? All cuddled up hiding from the harsh winter or are you sweating under the sun?

I am unfortunately still struck with the annoying cold but I am doing my best trying to recover so I am ready for my move back to Korea soon…

Anyway, remember my post from last week where I made myself drool revisiting all the amazing fast food places we visited in Berlin? If not, you should definitely watch it and read it all here. (I am so sorry if you are hungry 🙂

I have previously mentioned I was unable to put all of my Berlin adventures into one post/video so I have decided to split it in three shorter parts… and here is the second one.

Assuming you saw the title of this post you might expect me to be talking about donuts today. A whole post just for donuts? Yes, since they are the best donuts I have ever tried. Non-vegan and vegan counting too, these were approved by my non-vegan friend as well.

Donut Fever

Having lived in New York for some short time I have gotten used to having fresh donuts (or as fresh as Dunkin Donuts gets) almost every morning. I was not a very health conscious child and my love for donuts was endless. I genuinely consider donuts to be one of my biggest weaknesses. Those rounded fluffy deliciousness covered in various glazes can make me run for miles to get them. Or travel to a different country.

In Czech, I often indulged in something called “kobliha”, which is eventually a fluffier donut filled with jam (or chocolate) and covered generously with powdered sugar. You can find it in almost every supermarket and it cost almost nothing. This nostalgic treat of my childhood might remind you of “Berliners” or a type of donuts. I am the type to prefer the traditional holed donuts but this was something I always enjoyed. I missed getting some once I turned vegan, and finding donuts with no animal ingredients became one of my biggest goals.

The problem is, they were nowhere to be found. Donuts as most people know them are just slowly growing in popularity here in Europe and vegan version seemed impossible to spot. And then I hear about this magical place called Brammibals donuts. My amazing friend brought a box with her back to Prague all the way from Berlin and after tasting them, i understood why.

Berlin Nightmare

In summer 2017, me and my best friend travelled to Berlin for the first time. It was supposed to be our European adventure but i had secret agenda in mind – donuts. I was so excited to try Brammibals donuts fresh there on the spot and I planned it for our final day. But what didn’t happen – we arrived to read a sign on the door: “closed due to technical problems”. I am ashamed to admit that I had a true breakdown, I even called the place to ask if they REALLY have no donuts today. They didn’t.

So coming back in January, I made sure I will get my dose. We pre-ordered our donuts and headed there two days before departing. Surprisingly, getting a box of 4 donuts didn’t break our entire bank (only half of it). I couldn’t wait.

Box of four…or eight?

We opted in our pre-order for most of the January specials – Creme Brulee, Hibiscus, Coconut Chokladbollar and our favorite Chocolate Peanut Fudge. Arriving early we picked those fluffy perfections and… ate them all in no time.

The cafe is super cosy with loads of things to offer – sandwiches, merch, the best coffee I have ever tasted and of course, all the donuts you would like. In my life I have eaten LOADS of donuts – some vegan and more non-vegan, but nothing compared to these. i am a fan of fluff, I need my donut to be less dense and heavy and have all the perfect rations. Somehow Brammibals donuts fulfilled all those requirements.

So we ended up ordering more. In total, that day we ate 9 donuts (majority was my work…) and regretted nothing. If we were to pick our favorites, I definitely recommend the Hibiscus Donut, not too sweet but perfectly balanced or for heavier indulgence, the Chocolate Peanut Fudge. Since my amazing friend is a fan of coconut, her heart was won over by the Maple Smoked Coconut.

Anything you will get there will be incredible.

 

So, have I made you buy tickets to Berlin yet? If not, consider it carefully.

It doesn’t matter if you are vegan or not, if donuts make your heart flutter like mine you need to pay a visit to this “first vegan donut shop in Europe” with the best coffee I know. (and about that I too am picky)

 

I hope I will see you next weekend with my last round up of our Berlin adventure. There is certainly a lot to look for!

 

Love,

 

 

Sara

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Blog / January 31, 2018

NEW CREMORLAB Eye Renewal Cream Review

Welcome back!

How are you doing?

You thought I have taken a break from beauty reviews right?

Well, not so soon.

CREMORLAB has given me a great opportunity to test out one of their products that have JUST been launched in Korea.

I again tried my best to translate all the descriptions from Korean (with my broken language skills).

I have introduced Cremorlab here so this time it will be a bit shorter and I will get straight to the product.

Eye Renewal Power

Eye cream is what we are talking about this time. I have been on a tiriing search for the perfect eye cream for quite some time and I hoped this would be the end of it. The main reasons I often change the eye creams just after using one bottle is that it does not provide enough moisture or is way too expensive. Eye creams are pricey, in fact one of the items you have to spend the most amount of money on. What about this one? It is originally priced at 43 000 KRW (around $40) which is not cheap. Is it worth it? That is what I wanted to find out.

The ingredients of this one are not surprisingly similar to the Renewal Fluid, for example the adenosine, as they all belong into the new renewal line. The star ingredient here I am excited about is niacinamide. A form of vitamin B3, niacinamide is a well-known powerful restoring agent great for our skin. It is also on top of the ingredient list so I hope it means there is a lot of it in this cream. Other ingredients to point out are definitely hyaluronic acid, one of the best moisturizes, and I was happy to find some ceramides as well. Those are the best in restoring our skin barrier.

The ingredient list:

hot spring water, hydrogenated polydecene, glycerin, panthenol, butylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, niacinamide, beeswax, cetearyl olivate, 1,2-hexanediol, glyceryl stearate, sorbitan olivate, diisostearyl malate, water, vinyl dimethicone, sodium taurate, capric triglyceride, carbomer, asiatic acid, ceramide NP, Japonica root extract, madecassic acid, ethylhexylglycerin, adenosine, disodium EDTA, Artemisia leaf extract, Theobroma Cacao extract, ethylhexyl stearate, dextrin, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, hyaluronic acid, tocopheryl acetate, macadamia seed oil, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, polyglyceryl 4 diisostearate, cholesterol, glyceryl linolenate, beta-sitosterol, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, retinyl palmitate, camellia japonica extract, chrysanthemum flower extract, potassium, mume flower extract, nucifera flower extract…. and more

And how is it?

Finally!

For the last month or so I was actually using another Cremorlab eye cream, the raved about Shadow-off eye cream. I was mostly satisfied with it and I will be posting some review on my Instagram soon but it again was not perfect. This eye renewal cream comes in the exactly same packaging as the shadow off one. It is slightly too big but surprisingly light jar. What I appreciate is definitely the spatula that comes with it but for the price I would be angry if there was none. It is only 15ml cream so there is not that much but the product is filled to the sealed top. Overall, very sleek and classic Cremorlab white – beige – grey design.

The product itself has weirdly off white color but it screams of richness! Finally! Thick enough eye cream? I think so. Usually the anti-aging eye creams are richer than other types but this one is definitely super thick but still spreads out with no effort. The biggest advantage of Cremorlab products is definitely the ease they absorb into your skin and this cream did not disappoint. It is perfect for winter times and I think even less dry skin types would not feel like it is too heavy.

So far my allergy suffering eye area showed no signs of irritation. For the first time in a while my skin does not feel very tight th

roughout the day. I would definitely recommend even for sensitive skin types. The smell is really light, nothing unpleasant and compared to other Cremorlab products it is barely there.

How did it perform?

Overall, this has to be one of my favorite eye creams I have tried. It is still not perfect, but I have tried a lot of eye creams and this one definitely goes into my top 3. I can’t confidently say I have noticed a huge improvement in my fine lines but my eye area is much more hydrated and therefore looks better. I have not experienced any peeling skin since I started using it despite wearing makeup in this harsh weather.This seems to be best for anyone looking for rich eye cream which helps to moisturize and prevent wrinkles.

Pros:

+ very rich

+ absorbs quickly

+ non-irritating

+ can improve fine lines

Cons:

– a bit pricey

– has a soft scent

Would you like to try it?

 

I hope you are having a great January.

 

See you in my next post.

 

Love,

 

Sara

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Blog, Travel Diaries, Videos / January 27, 2018

Vegan Fast Food Heaven – Vöner & YoYo Foodworld, Vegan Berlin Part.1

Hi!

How are you?

I missed writing for a while because there was so much happening to share with you. So much I will have to separate it to 3 different posts/videos.

What is it all about?

It is about my January trip to Berlin.

Berlin has been often called the vegetarian/vegan capital of the world and I couldn’t agree more. It is like a paradise for any kind of foodie, plant eater or not. Besides that, it is a wonderful city with incredible culture and people dressed like Urban Outfitters display. So cool I should rather stay away. But I can’t. So I returned after more then 6 months again.

It took only three days to experience all those things I want to show you and I will start with the biggest indulgence.

Vegan Fast Food

Many people still, even in 2018 believe vegans feed themselves on lettuce. The presumption that plant based diet means restricting yourself so there is nothing left is is sadly so common. I can’t count how often people say: “You poor thing, you can’t eat anything then?” once they learn I am vegan. I am sorry to break it to you but I eat just fine. Sure, I can’t have that McDonald’s Cheeseburger but I can have multiple “burgers” just from that place next door. Not like I would ever actually craved a Cheeseburger, I am not a big burger fan. Sorry, not sorry.

Fast food in general is where the question “what can that vegan eat?” comes out so often, remember I live amongst broke college students, too. Most of popular chains like KFC or PizzaHut are not exactly great for plant based eaters but it is not impossible to order. And yet, why would you try order veggie when it is usually not really worth it and there is a whole world of vegan “fast food” out there? Some clever minds have perfected the art of creating your “unhealthy” indulgences vegetarian/vegan style. Although I am indeed much bigger fan of less copied food but sometimes I want to go all the way.

And where better then in Berlin.

Kebab King – Vöner

Kebab is a big European thing, many countries consider it their “national” drunk food. Stalls can be found on every corner in Prague and even closer together are they stocked in Germany. I have never enjoyed kebab but I do love the wraps, sides, sauces and the smell of warm pitta. While researching where to go in Berlin I stumbled on an article extolling a place called Voner I knew I need to stop by. We were so hungry when we finally arrived at this cute place at hipster Friedrichshain.

We went a bit overboard. Mind us, we are two hibbit-like girls with really crazy stomachs. Yet, we were so excited we ended up ordering not just Vöner Kebab and Dürum Vöner, but also a pile of “Special fries” on top. And somehow we finished it all. Because it was so so good!

Every single bite tasted fresh and rich, the breads were so soft and yummy. You can choose between four sauces to cover your veggies and secret vegan “meat”, we opted for chilli and tahini based. The fries looked magnificent and the vegan “cheese” sauce with caramelized onions was the highlight of that evening. Just a bit too much salt on the fries.

Overall, all was so fresh and tasty I would always return. And the prices are great! Their menu is relatively big and no meat-eater would feel bad there. Way to go!

Pizza Time

My childhood was greatly filled with Italian food and my friends know how much I love my pizza. Korea has unfortunately left me deprived of this epic pie but Berlin was there to make me happy again. The last summer I took you to one of the best vegan pizza places (and non-vegan too) and I was more than satisfied. This time around we opted for one of the classics, one of the original vegan Berlin diners YoYo Foodworld.

Also conveniently placed in Friedrichshain, this retro style place is known for it’s wide range of vegan burgers, kebabs and pizzas. On top of that, everyone loves their prices, the portions are so huge and won’t cost you all your money. I loved the environment and super friendly staff. Ordering vegan Spinach pizza I got a big pie, a bit too thick and soft crust but a kind of staple that won’t disappoint and fills you up well. The sauce I loved a lot and all the other toppings were nice. What my amazing friend ended up ordering, the Shinda Kebap was our all time favorite.

Filled with a generous amount of salads, incredible vegan Tzatziki and seitan “meat” it was definitely one of the most enjoyable meals we had in Berlin. And only for 5 Euro! Definitely worth it.

 

In the end, this is just the start of our vegan Berlin pig out.

Excited for more? Then don’t forget to check out my blog & YouTube next weekend for part 2.

 

Until then, have a great time!

 

Love,

 

 

Sara

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Blog, Videos / January 20, 2018

The Best (Vegan) Gelato in Czech, Creme De la Creme Prague

Happy Sunday!

 

How have you been? Any new year resolutions still going?

Like I said in my New Year post, just let them all go.

 

On a note related to my today’s post, are you a fan of ice cream?

I might be slightly addicted to it. And yes, I know it’s January. But I am in Prague after a long time so I shall finally show you properly my favorite place there.

Gelato vs. Ice Cream

A lot of the times when I see the term gelato I realize people are often unaware of it’s true definition. It is indeed something a bit different from your common ice cream. Ice cream is something everyone has come across, you can buy it in any store or in a corner cake shop. It ranges in flavors, from traditional vanilla and chocolate to curiosities like bread or mojito.

While gelato, the popular Italian dessert which has been spreading all around the world also takes many varied tastes, ingredient wise it is a bit different. Both gelato and ice cream contain cream, milk and sugar, authentic gelato uses more milk and less cream than ice cream and shouldn’t use egg yolks, a common ingredient in ice cream. Gelato also contains only from 4 to 7 percent of fat compared to around 10 to 15 in classic ice cream. It’s denser and more richer texture comes from having less air in the mix and serving it at warmer temperatures further enhances the flavor explosion. This silky treat is incredibly delicious but hard to find at it’s best quality.

And what about vegan one?

Creamy Heaven

Well, that seemed almost impossible. Czech Republic is much more open to veganism then South Korea but it is still by no means easy to find everything you crave. And good vegan icy dessert was a must for me. Doesn’t matter if it is July or December, for me there will always be a time for ice cream. And this little shop saved me.

I first found Creme De La Creme Prague at one of the Vegan festivals in Prague. Staring at the longest line there I indeed was curious to see where it leads. What I found was a small cute gelato stand offering wide selection of vegan desserts. Cheap prices and satisfied faces of the customers convinced me to wait those 30 min out. And it was worth it. Soon I became a regular at the actual little shop in the heart of Prague’s old town. I set to try all the vegan “creamy” flavors plus all the ever changing fruit types.

Creme De La Creme caters mainly to non-vegans, with crazy innovative menu of creamy rich gelato but vegans have many regular flavors, including my favorite Salted Peanut and the richest chocolate you can find, and all the fruit sorbets. Those are too somewhat insane, would you go for Berries with Nettle or Strawberry with Basil? So far, I have yet to find one I have not liked.

Trust me when I say this place is worth it. Anyone I have taken to visit craves to come back every day. Many non-vegans also agree that if you like a lot of flavor, vegan versions are a must. The fairly cheap nature of this shop will give you your worth with those giant portions.

 

So why are you not buying tickets to Prague yet?

It is so worth getting fat.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

Love,

 

Sara (who is now going to eat the whole tub she brought home from this shop)

 

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Blog, Videos / January 13, 2018

THE BEST BIBIMBAP IN SEOUL, Veggie Eating Bear 나물 먹는 곰, Vegan In Korea Pt.6

Happy weekend!

How have you welcomed the new year?

I am not ready for it yet, definitely not.

But I will try.

What better way to start then with a trip for your favorite meal?

Always and Forever, Bibimbap

I have been lucky enough to get to explore a lot of Korean cuisine even before moving to this amazing country. It all started who knows when but my obsession with red pepper and veggie packed rice dishes has a long history. If you searched my old kitchen you would find a counter full of Korean supermarket promoted ingredients. Many say most of Korean food is not vegan at all but it doesn’t mean you can’t accommodate to plant based diet. Just get few tricks down and even eating out will not be a scary experience anymore. Believe me, i have been to Korean BBQ many times.

The easiest and my absolute favorite Korean dish to veganise is definitely Bibimbap. Consisting of bed of cooked rice, covered in a mix of various cooked and raw veggies it is both nutritious and delicious. There are many versions of this classic dish but the typical can be easily made vegan with removing the meat and egg. The red spicy sauce aka. Gochujang should be vegan most of the time (you can ask to check). It is my all time go to dish, especially the Dolsot Bibimbap in winter. Dolsot is just a Bibimbap served in warm hot stone bowl which not only makes the meal hotter but also turns the rice all nice and crispy. (do not mix all at once).

Bibimbap is a classic but where in Seoul should you look for the best one?

Hongdae Hidden Gem

Have I expressed my love for Hongdae? This trendy part of Seoul near Hongik University used to be even more cool and artsy. It has been slowly infiltrated with store chains like H&M and Bershka but luckily it still preserves it’s “hipster” beauty. A go-to place for students and your people it is so awesome I feel inappropriate any time I walk in. Seriously, when you look around all those beautiful people should be on the cover of Vogue.

Hongdae is not only for clubs and clothes shops, it is also a place full of incredible food spots and many street food stalls. Looking for some BBQ? Or Japanese Izakaya? Hongdae has you covered. But the best little gem I have discovered so far is definitely this wooden store, simply called the “bibimbap place”.

Veggie Eating Bear

You would probably have a hard time finding this place both online and in real life tour. It only has a Korean name – 나물 먹는 곰, which can be directly translated into “veggie eating bear”. It takes some skill to locate it, settled in a back alley one street down from the parking lot street big lights intersection. (here is the address)

All beautiful, carved out of wood with the most stunning inside with tiny waterfall it is exactly what a home style restaurant should be. The staff is always so nice, speaking very limited but sufficient English and welcoming you at any time with a big menu. As you can tell from the name, the focus is mainly on veggies but even meat eaters can find everything they need.

I have tried this dolsot bibimbap so many times and I have never once been disappointed. It is tasty, all fresh and makes me feel good about myself. I opt for the Dolsot while my best friend always enjoyed the cold, fresh one. Served with many side dishes (banchan) you can always get more and whatever you like. To make any of these two bibimbaps vegan all it takes is to ask for no egg. So easy!

The prices for this place are definitely higher then outside Seoul or at some more simple Korean restaurant but trust me, it is worth it. You can find Bibimbap for about 7 000 Won but it will not be the same. And just he pure atmosphere of this place is worth the tiny extra pay.

 

So, have I convinced you to go?

 

If you find yourself in Seoul, you definitely should. I swear you will not regret.

 

Have a great start of this year!

 

Love,

 

Sara

 

 

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Blog / January 10, 2018

NEW CREMORLAB Skin Renewal Fluid Review

Welcome back!

How are you doing?

I am already happily in Thailand but I managed to film this review before I left and I am excited to show you what I have for you!!

CREMORLAB has given me a great opportunity to test out one of their products that have JUST been launched in Korea.

I even had to translate all the descriptions from Korean (with my broken language skills).

Should I introduce the brand a bit first since it is my first review from them.

Cremorlab’s Magic Water

If you are a fan of Korean skincare you may have heard about Cremorlab as it was BIG few years ago. International Korean beauty sellers promoted Cremorlab so so bad, it was like a crime not having it in your collection! Now that hype is kind of over I finally got to try some of their products when I moved to Korea. Funnily, it is not that easy to find Cremorlab and I would even say, it is more known outside of here. But it doesn’t mean anything.

To the brand story. Well, that’s kind of crazy (but I honestly do not care). Here you have the description:

Cremorlab’s innovative skincare products harness the power of Thermal water therapy, Eco-energy, and Natural nourishment (T.E.N.). aka T.E.N. thermal water, a rare and mineral-rich water from Geumjin, a special region in Korea. Famous for its richness in minerals, T.E.N. is the foundation of all of Cremorlab’s products that focus on the hydration and health of your skin.

Well, I do not know if even this “magical water source” exists but I honestly care in the ingredients in each individual product and how they work for me. And so far, I have been pleased with everything I tried.

Skin Renewal Time

Cremorlab has several lines with multiple products targeting specific issues – brightening, hydrating,…. they emphasize the hydration pretty much every one of their products. And finally now they started an anti-aging line as well. I am very excited.

Called Skin Renewal Line, you can find anything from an eye cream to a toner. And I tried the serum/essence, T.E.N. Skin Renewal Fluid. It is supposed to come after toner and promises to hydrate, smoothen and revitalize your skin. The Korean description also mentions helping tired skin restore it to it’s radiant ideal condition. Well, we will see.

Part of the ingredient list (what I translated):

hot spring water, glycerin, cetyl ethylhexanoate, 1,2-hexanediol, propanediol, panthenol, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, pentaerythritol, magnesium pacia, alanine, magnesium chloride, threonine, histidine, aspartic acid, valine, proline, diphosphate phosphate, lysine, leucine, tyrosine, isoleucine, glutamine, magnesium citrate, glucosamine HCI, phenylalanine, glutamic acid, arginine, 1-methylhydantoin-2-imide, asparagine, citrulline,…cysteine, butyleneglycol, potassium hydroxide, capper gluconate, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, mung bean flower extract, camellia extracts, lotus extract, plum extract, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer,…, sodium isostearate, leaf leaf / stem Cysteine ​​nevi, C14-22 alcohol, Vinyl dimethicone, Pigi-100 stearate, Tromethamine, Tartaric acid extract, Arbutin, Rice extract, Ricinus extract, Red ginseng extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Golden extract,…,adenosine

From the ingredients list (rather long one) I would definitely pick out my favorites: adenosine and red ginseng extract. Adenosine is a powerful anti aging ingredient. Derived from yeast, it also soothes the skin and is suitable for any skin type. Red ginseng is a very popular Korean anti-aging ingredient. I mean you can use it for anything, it is so great. It helps to brighten and renew your skin. My personal favorite.

But how is the product?

Great but…

I think those two words summarize well my entire experience with this product. Bear in mind that although I have been testing it diligently for the past two weeks, anti-aging claims are hard to prove over such short period of time.

I will start from the packaging thought. It has the classic sleek one color with white printing style, so natural for Cremorlab. Some people consider it boring but i personally appreciate this nice minimalism. It looks classy. Even before I opened the box I was struck by the weight of the package. What is this? Turns out that despite having uniform look the bottle (not the lid though) is made out of glass. More ecological – yes, super useful – no. Especially as I am spending the next two months traveling from one place to another. And that was the most mundane problem of the bottle. Turns out, after you break your nails removing the protective seal, the product still won’t come out. I kept tossing and turning that damn bottle like a dumbbell for minutes with no result. I was even hoping for that disastrous spill, just to even SEE how this serum looks. No succes.

So did I get to even try it? I did. Everytime before I use this I turn it upside down, give it a GOOD shake and at least a small amount of serum makes it out. Looking at the bright side, you will definitely not waste this product.

And how did it work?

New Candle Suggestion

The texture of this serum is definitely much thicker than I expected, not fluid at all. I used it both day and night and although it might look thick, it dissolves into my skin in minutes. It hydrates very well and gives me nice glow. My skin so far had no problem accepting the product, no redness or breakouts. I feel like I noticed less dry patches and overall the longevity of my dewy skin has prolonged both in the day and night.

When it comes to scent I have come to accept that Cremorlab products all could be new Yankee candles. It smells so nice! I know certain people cannot stand scented products but I think this one is definitely still subtle enough even if you are one of them. It is light and very pleasant, not artificially feeling at all.

And the renewal?

 

The Verdict?

+ absorbs quickly & well

+ strong hydration

+ pleasant smell

+ good ingredients

+ non-irritating

– horrible packaging (not looks)

– a bit pricey

– scented

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this quick review. I will probably have more coming but in the meantime, I hope you join me on this two month trotting journey! Who knows where I will be writing from the next time 😉

 

Love,

 

Sara

 

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Blog, Videos / January 6, 2018

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Thailand

Hello!

 

How are you today?

 

It’s 2018 already… and I am not at all ok with it.

For some reason this New Year’s Eve I was scared of the numbers changing… for some reason I felt as I have not accomplished anything worth the year to end.

Such a stupid worry right?

But often so common for people around.

Two Day Changes

January 1st: The day people transform their lives.

For two days.

Yesterday I read this funny quote (sorry I forgot the author) and I had to laugh at how much it is true. Towards the end of every year people start reflecting on all their missteps and not so visible victories and  get ready to set a tremendous list of resolutions to make the next year different. We all know it: I will work out every day. I will eat healthy. I will learn a new language.

How many of these plans actually last? I dare to say that barely any of us is able to keep such vague and glorious promises. We might be lucky sticking to our new salad plan for the first week of January before realizing once again why it doesn’t work, saying f*ck it and giving up. And so most 2018 resolutions will end up unfulfilled and only making the end of the year a more miserable sight to reflect on.

Why do we torture ourselves?

Day Like The Other

Spending my first Christmas and New Years outside of my original winter wonderland home I was not perfectly happy about it all. I am indeed just a child with an adult’s ID. Don’t get me wrong, Thailand is awesome but I missed the typical setting that would give the holiday season the “proper” mood. And so Christmas as well as New Year’s Eve seemed to pass me by only half noticed, like it was all happening somewhere else.

What this all gave me though was the pure realization of how all these days are the same. Christmas Eve is special only because we make it special, spending it with the special people and eating special food. New Year’s Eve is special by letting humans especially drunk. Why do we stress about those days?

Even if you do not have the perfect presents, you do not have a guy or a girl to take out for some party it is ok. These days are just a way to have some festivity in our lives and it is on us how we embrace it. I ended up spending the midnight countdown in bed with stomach ache. Do you see my point?

A little side note: I started writing this post intending to mention the traditions of Thailand. I learned that here the major celebration is on 31st of December and that is also the time people give each other presents. Christmas is indeed mainly just for tourists and Thailand started proper celebrations week later. The cities were stuck, traditional dress was taken out and people ate a lot of food. Our hotel served 3 day grilled buffet on top of everything you can get in their restaurant. I tried my documenting it in my video 😉

The Point Of This Babble

To finish this in a bit more civilized manner I wanted to share with you my two main observations. First, let’s end useless new year resolutions. You won’t miraculously wake up being a new person. Instead, try setting smaller goals to make everyday life a bit less stressful. Walk one station more, eat one more fruit a day. Block that a*se on Facebook.

Second, New Year is just another day. Unless you want to make it special it won’t really be. Do not feel bad about missing out on something, about not having the perfect party. If you want to go out, do it but if you don’t feel like it, it’s ok. Stop waiting for this “special” days to bring everything you want to you and instead make every other day feel special in a way you can feel great about.

 

Did it all make sense?

I hope it did and I hope you enjoyed my little video too.

Have a great ordinary days.

 

Love,

 

Sara

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Blog, Videos / December 31, 2017

Epic Fruit Buffet – Moments In Bangkok, Thailand

Happy weekend!

And welcome to my last post of 2017! What is going on? How did it all end so fast?

Am I the only one feeling this way?

Anyway, I am still writing this from Thailand and although my stay is slowly (or quickly) coming to an end I am going to talk about my first days in this beautiful country.

What was I up to?

Welcome to Bangkok

In my life I have happi;y traveled to many places but the region of south and east Asia has always been out of my reach. Moving to Korea meant that now I get much bigger chance at exploring the wonders and gems of all the countries here. Thailand ended up being the first holiday destination. It was hard swapping my winter wonderland for warm beachy Thailand for a time like Christmas but I was really excited to see Bangkok for the first time.

Flight from Seoul ended up being much longer than I expected and a bit like my nightmare, freezing whilst having my neighbors elbow stuck firmly in my ribs. Arriving early in the morning Bangkok was still covered in darkness but that didn’t stop every car in the city from roaming in the streets. Got ripped of paying for taxi to the center but I arrived. And I immediately had to go shopping.

Located in the heart of Bangkok is the huge Siam Discovery shopping mall. Filled with shops from top to bottom I was surprised to see so much stuff here. From Sephora to Etude House (felt like in Korea quite a lot) I had way too many options where to spend money. Which I managed to do well. Thailand is seemingly cheap but that just makes you lose more money.

After wasting all your cash where to go next?

All You Can Eat Fruit Heaven

I obviously had to eat. And for vegan what is better about Thailand then the incredible tropical fruit? When I accidentally discovered there is an All You Can Eat Buffet at Baiyoke Sky Hotel in Bangkok I couldn’t resist. For only about $10 you have unlimited access for 90 minutes to all the fruit you can imagine plus much more. Fruits you have never seen in this small  but nice buffet, freshly cut for you. You can try special ice creams and sorbets, sticky rices, pancakes, yogurts with fruit…. so so many options. And I have not yet mentioned the cakes.

Apart from the fruit you can try variety of fruit cakes and pastries but the best are indeed the buns. You have never seen anything like it! Fruit bun shaped exactly like mushroom? Or mini watermelon in a bun form? Yes, please! And apparently they are the best tasting thing in that buffet according to all.

On top of this heavenly experience you can also visit the view top of this enormous complex. Baiyoke is the tallest building in bangkok so trust me when I say that the view can get no better. The 83rd floor allows you to gaze down through a huge glass wall or walking one floor higher you get to go outside on the rotating observation deck. I have never imagined Bangkok to look so beautiful. Just bear with that crazy wind.

What comes next?

Not much.

Since I had a long ride ahead up to the beach resort I had to leave Bangkok early. I wished I could stay longer but even like this I was satisfied. Walking back through the busy and SUPER filled market streets I was glad to be alive. Vibrant and radiant but also pretty challenging to get through in one piece. That is how I remember my first Bangkok experience.

Since next time I will be writing it is a different year I hope you will be all optimistic and ready for it. I am no advocate for new year resolutions which are often just meaningless promises but if you can just work on being happier. Every single day counts.

I will also try my best.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

See you then.

 

Love,

 

Sara

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