Dang Dang Waxing, Seoul

Looking to get a clean, sanitary Brazilian waxing done in Seoul? I had been searching forever and finally found a place that I really want to recommend, just in time for the summer! The original shop is in Seonjeongneung station, but the Sinsa branch opened up recently and I decided to visit there (since it’s much closer to where I live). I had made reservations in advance via Kakao Talk (Tel: 02-512-9636) and the lady was very kind and responsive to my various questions about waxing, feminine hygiene and scheduling. Make sure to reserve in advance and visit their Naver Cafe (http://cafe.naver.com/dangdangwaxing/) to register and leave a “hello” post before your waxing date. You will get 50% off for a full brazilian for 55,000 KRW (if paying by cash, 50,000 KRW). For men, it’s 88,000 KRW (80,000 KRW cash).

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Mozzie, Itaewon, Seoul

It was POURING last night in Seoul (the monsoon rain where umbrellas barely help fight off any rain). But we had made plans for our UNDP Seoul Policy Centre S/S 2016 Interns Night weeks ago and decided to trek over in the rain. After several attempts at finding a place with good food and drinks, Derek took us to Mozzie (Maori + Ozzie) – an Australian/New Zealand restaurant/bar by ITW hotel. Mozzie is located in the first alleyway off the main road of Itaewon (subway exit 3), up the alley with the transgender bars, then first left hilly alley with motels and old stores. I had never been to this area of Itaewon before and the run down motels seemed pretty sketchy in the dark rainy evening. Mozzie stood out like a diamond in the rough with its elegant and classy decor and outdoor patio with small evergreen trees decorated in little white christmas lights. Pretty shocked that this nice place was hidden away here. I loved the ambiance, jazz and oldies music, decor of the wooden tables and long bar with white christmas lights in the darkness, big wall-sized windows, and delicious comfort food. How did I not know about this place before?!

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Avant Musee, Seoul *

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Seoul and I had wanted to keep it a little secret of mine for awhile. But with my best friend from high school visiting me in Seoul and being the awesome tour guide that I am (HAHA), I decided this was the place to take her. This was my third time visiting Avant Musee and the food was as amazing as I had remembered it! I love the diversity and freshness of its ingredients and sauces and beauty in its presentation, taste and aroma. It’s located in a small alleyway near Hangangjin station (subway line 6) leading up to Leeum Art Museum (my favorite art museum in Seoul). I hope they never go out of business!

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Sanchon Temple Cuisine, Seoul

Finding a nice vegetarian/vegan Korean restaurant in Seoul is harder than you think. Although most of our side dishes are vegetarian-friendly, most Korean staple foods involve chicken (dakgalbi, jjimdak, samgyetang), beef (galbi, bulgogi), or pork (samgyupsal, bossam), and even “jjigae” (soup/stews) can be meat-broth based. However, with my friend and her vegetarian colleague visiting all the way from Pakistan, I wanted to find a restaurant that would finely introduce Korea’s traditional herbal and greens cuisine. It was my first time visiting as well, and Sanchon‘s Temple Food – entirely composed of vegetables, greens, and roots based – provided an impressive variety of intricate and well-presented Buddhist temple cuisine dishes.

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Wang Gun Bossam, Seoul

It’s been awhile since I posted about Korean food although I’m posted in Seoul. So for dinner, my sister, husband and I decided to head to Yaksu Sijang (Market) at Yaksu station (intersection of line 3 and 6) to get some BOSSAM!. It’s a very old market with lots of grandmas and grandpas selling vegetables, fruits, fish and other goods. Wang Gun Bossam was in the alleyway near subway exit 7.

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