October 16, 2011
Geez! How long has it been since we’ve done a video like this? Just walking around Korea and having silly fun. Well, we’d like to get back to our blogging roots and start doing more vlogs of us around Korea. We can’t promise vloggity style videos like this on a regular basis yet. That depends on how successful these videos are. If you like them we’ll make more. If we do make more, any places you want us to go? Let us know.
And so, our first of our potential new stream of vlog adventures brings us to Hongdae, which is where we always seem to find ourselves hanging out. We freaking love it there. We almost moved to Hongdae, in fact, back when we were apartment hunting. We spent a lot of time looking for good places there, but every place we saw was hella expensive for a tiny place. You’ve seen our new apartment tour, right? Well, we’d be paying a lot more rent in Hongdae, for a place the size of our living room alone. BALLS!
Whenever we go we always wonder and try to find new small non-name brand places. We just discovered this place called Paul and Paulina’s, which is located…well…Hongdae’s almost impossible to describe when it comes to giving directions, so don’t blame us if we can’t explain this place right. All we can say is that you go up that big street that leads up to Hongik University, the street with the Taco Bell and Apple Store, and when you reach the top of the street you turn left. Then turn left down the first side street where the Nescafe is located. You’ll see Paul and Pauline’s there. BOOM! Get ready for some OSM chocolate croissants and proper bread. Seriously: the chocolate croissants we got were fresh hot out of the oven, with the chocolate all melty and DERISHUS! MMM!
After we left Paul and Paulina’s we hung outside the convenience store with our 1L of milk. The side street that Paul and Paulina’s is on leads to another side street to your right. That’s where we went to Homeo, the awesome cafe that’s also a sexy furniture store. When you first see it, it looks like a huge house, which is REALLY not common to see in Seoul, especially in Hongdae, where so many shops are cramped up into tiiiiiny holes.
When you first go to Homeo, you’re amazed at how spacey it is, and how cool all the furniture looks. Then you keep on walking, and find room upon room of awesome industrial leather/metal furniture. Each piece costs a buttload of money (some of the small couches run for $3,000 or so), but maaaaan do they look nice. I guess that’s how they pay their rent? Because, seriously: the apartments were hella expensive in Hongdae. That Homeo store can fit like 40 of those apartments in there. Regardless of how they pay their rent, if we had enough dough we’d definitely blow it on a lot of furniture from that place. On a side note, if you are reading this, and you work for Homeo: hook us up with your furniture plz. I swear our dog won’t pee on it!
Anyhow, we managed to script our Music Monday while we were there, and then went out on the lookout for a pastry shop. We were told about it by Helen, a nice Torontonian who stopped us in the street to chat with us for a bit and to recommend some places. The pastry shop she suggested caught our attention, and so we started to look for it by following a set of odd directions befitting Hongdae:
Where we turned left to get to Paul and Paulina’s, turn right. Walk down the street past Yogi Noodles. Walk towards Sangsu station until you see a big Chinese restaurant all in glass. Turn right on that sketchy side alley. Walk past the Indian Restaurant made of all concrete. Soon you’ll see it on the left. Sounded sketchy when we heard it being described, but we were determined, because there were supposedly eclairs. E FREAKING CLAIRS! We haven’t had an eclair in forever and a day. Yes, that long. So we hunted this place down, AND. WE. FOUND. IT!
The place is called Publique. We came right at the end of the night, so most of the goods were already devoured by selfish jerks by then (damn you selfish jerks for not saving some for us!) Only one eclair was left: a pistachio flavoured one, which wasn’t up our alley, but we could clearly tell that it was really well done. If we had a regular eclair made the same way, we’d be very happy. Martina had the lemon tart and we split a fresh meringue. *TEARS OF JOY* It might be something simple to people in other parts of the world, but Korean pastries are…not so good. They don’t seem to like using butter, so things are often lacking that buttery feel. So we hung out there for a bit, and Simon took a swig of the by then warm milk as a dare, and went home…with the milk. Sadly our camera died before you could see the ridiculously packed subway at nighttime, really like sardines in a can. Next time we’ll try to catch a video of the subways. Also, on a side note, if you’d like to see us walk around with more milk, let us know. MILK IS GREAT! <—Martina agrees that milk is great, but is against the idea of bringing around milk the carton…which is her new arch nemesis. *eye narrow at Milk the Carton*