Your One-stop Guide to Vegan Bingsu in Seoul

Now that we've established my borderline pathetic dedication to Korea's bingsu, we can get to the good stuff. Oh yeah baby, the vegan bingsu guide is FINALLY here! For the newcomers who still think that bingsu is literally just shaved ice and are baffled by the need for a vegan version, let me catch you… Continue reading Your One-stop Guide to Vegan Bingsu in Seoul

I Tried Trazy’s Bingsu Recommendations So You Don’t Have To (Part 1)

Before I went plant-based last year, I was an absolute bingsu fiend; I was eating it two or three times a week, scarfing down portions meant for several by myself, dedicating an entire Facebook photo album to my favorites, and even dreaming about hilly landscapes of bingsu in every color, flavor, and size. [Bingsu] is… Continue reading I Tried Trazy’s Bingsu Recommendations So You Don’t Have To (Part 1)

Your Guide to Zero-Waste Shopping at Mangwon Market 망원시장

Almost every newcomer to Seoul has Namdaemun market or Gwangjang market on their "must-see" list. When I first got here I also thought that these would be the best places to go if I wanted to have the most authentic traditional Korean market experience. They're both massive gatherings of stalls selling everything from popular street… Continue reading Your Guide to Zero-Waste Shopping at Mangwon Market 망원시장

Eating My Way Through Seoul’s Vegan Festival

Seoul's 6th annual vegan festival was held this past Saturday, May 18th at Seoul Innovation Park near Bulgwang Station. I've been in Seoul for two years, but this was my first time in attendance. Because I was still flirting with a plant-based diet in 2018, the festival didn't seem as appealing as a free concert… Continue reading Eating My Way Through Seoul’s Vegan Festival

A Tea Party at Kew & Leaves

When asked if I'm a coffee person or a tea person, I'll usually say both, but the contents of my cupboard tell a different story. I only have two coffee blends (one of which is herbal "coffee") but at least ten kinds of tea, including but not limited to: Yogi's honey and lavender tea, blueberry… Continue reading A Tea Party at Kew & Leaves

15 Vegan-Friendly Cafes in Seoul

In Going Vegetarian in South Korea, I discussed some of the difficulties I've faced since adopting a plant-based vegetarian diet abroad. Another unfortunate result of my decision was losing out on Korea's famed cafe culture, as many of the hippest, most unique cafes in Seoul exclusively use cow's milk in their beverages. So, while my… Continue reading 15 Vegan-Friendly Cafes in Seoul

Zero-Waste Shopping at The Picker

The reading I've been doing recently about climate change and eco-living has made me hyper-aware of the ridiculous amount of plastic-wrapped produce in Seoul's grocery stores and supermarkets. While it may be aesthetically pleasing and useful for maintaining a certain level of freshness for vegetables like leafy greens, it adds bulk to my modest grocery… Continue reading Zero-Waste Shopping at The Picker

Okrumong 옥루몽 and Sobok 소복

According to this article on Trazy, Okrumong is one of the best places for traditional bingsu in Seoul. But this page is a bit outdated, as the Sangsu location as listed on the website no longer exists (according to Kakao Maps.) But don't worry, this traditional cafe has several locations around Seoul including Dongdaemun (DDP),… Continue reading Okrumong 옥루몽 and Sobok 소복

The Great Bingsu Review [Fall 2017]

If you're new to the Carmen Sutra, you may not know that I love bingsu, which (according to Wikipedia) is a "popular Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings that may include chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup, and red beans." According to me, bingsu is a bowl of heavenly goodness. Even since coming to… Continue reading The Great Bingsu Review [Fall 2017]