Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mr. Big

Yeongtong finally has a burger place other than McDonald's.
Mr Big is a handmade burger joint located on the first floor of the Worldmark building - if you look up while you're walking in Yeongtong, it's hard to miss this building. I grabbed a burger for take-out one evening and the staff seemed a bit confused as to how to deal with a foreigner, and the menu above the register is all in Korean. I went simple with a "cheese in cheeseburger," which I had no clue what that implied. The menu includes a nice selection of random burgers, a couple of pasta and rice dishes, fries and onion rings, and a few other items - I don't remember all of them. The have a few tables on the lower level and more on an upstairs level.
The burger was well made and tasted good. The bun also seemed to not be a purely white flour bun. I figured out the title of the burger referred to it having two different types of cheese.

The toppings were your typical fare with onion, tomato, lettuce, ketchup, etc. I would go back for burgers again, but I typically tend to stop by Burger Blues (located by Yeongtong-Gu Office in front of Samsung Electronics' Jungang Mun) instead when I leave work and have a handmade burger craving.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Twosome Place

Now open 24 hours!!

A Twosome Place is quickly becoming one of my favorite coffee shops in the area (granted, as long as a place has coffee, I'll love it).

Located across from Yeongtong Kinex and KFC, it's a short walk from my place and not off the beaten path.
Mappity map map

The prices are higher than most (around 3500 - 6500 won for coffees) and they're more known for desserts than anything else.

They do, however, also offer a selection of sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and tea. During the holiday, they offer two Christmas latte flavors: Dark Cherry Latte and Toffee Nut Latte. The Dark Cherry Latte (top) is a black cherry flavor and offers a unique flavor. The Toffee Nut Latte (bottom) has toffee chips on top of the whip cream and offers a sweet, rich toffee flavor.

They are now open 24 hours a day, so you can stop in for a coffee anytime. The breakfast selection of pastries is pretty good. I've only tried the scones, but they're quite good when heated up; however, they can be dry if eaten cold. The sandwiches are a nice size and not priced too terribly bad considering how expensive some ingredients can be in Korea.

This is the Porcini Mushroom & Bacon sandwich. I'm not a big bacon fan, but they got the bacon done enough for me. I'm not sure what kind of sauce is on it, but it has carmelized onions and lettuce on what appears to be ciabatta.

The interior is deceptively spacious if you judge by the front of the store. They also offer a patio outside where you can sit when the weather is nice. They also offer Wi-Fi and multiple power outlets throughout the shop.

April, 2011
Thought I'd update this with a few more pics since I go here so often (almost every day). Also, I don't have a picture of it, but the Herb Chicken Salad is really quite good. They also have a new tomato & mozzarella sandwich that I was really looking forward wasn't bad, but I picked off the ham, blegh.
So, here are some new cheesecake pics!

I think this is the Oreo cheesecake, but I can't remember

I think this is the New York cheesecake

And we'll throw in a chocolate chip muffin while we're at it

Update: 12/19/2012
So, A Twosome Place started selling hot chicken quesadillas and beef bulgogi quesadillas recently as part of a "Mecsican" menu *facepalm*. I want to tell them that "Mexican" is misspelled on the sign, but then what would I laugh at?

So, I'm off work today and was hungry when I came in for a coffee and blogging, so I thought I'd try the chicken quesadilla.
Not bad, surprisingly

The quesadillas are a bit expensive at around 7000 won, but I've come to expect it in Korea. The chicken quesadilla has pieces of chicken, cheese, peppers, and black beans inside what seems to be maybe a wheat tortilla. It could just be a flour tortilla, bt the coloring and texture seemed more like a wheat tortilla. They also sprinkle some paprika on top. It wasn't bad - I was pleasantly surprised. So, if you have a hankering for something even remotely Tex-Mex and can't get to Seoul, stop in and stave off the Mexican food cravings with a quesadilla at A Twosome Place.

Oh! Before I forget, they've also started offering recently a "Max Size" for iced drinks. This is basically the same size (and price) and a venti from Starbucks. It's nice to have another option, though.

Cafe Pascucci

I suppose it's only fitting that the first coffee shop I mention is Cafe Pascucci. I frequent this place at least a couple of times a week typically, which is attested to by my current mayorship on Four Square (when I remember to check in), lol.

One of the great things about Cafe Pascucci is that it opens at 7a.m. - practically unheard of for coffee shops in Korea. The location by the Yeongtong Park bus stop is also quite convenient since it's the most prominent bus stop in Yeongtong.
Oooh, a shiny new map!

The employees are friendly, helpful, and several of them speak English. Prices on coffee aren't too bad and are comparable to most franchised coffee shops in Korea and range from about 3000 won to 5500 won. They also have a special in the early morning on Americanos (half price, maybe?). They also have a small selection of sandwiches and pastries. They aren't bad, but the sandwiches are kind of small and are really more of a snack. The scones are dry unless freshly heated, but not bad. One of my favorites, though, is It's My Brownie - a walnut brownie. There is also a selection of bottled water and juices available.

The atmosphere is cozy (complete with Wi-Fi), but they tend to rearrange frequently. The chairs aren't too uncomfortable, and there's a small Book Cafe section with chairs that are more comfortable.

A Hazelnut Latte with It's My Brownie - breakfast of champions. Champions of what, though, I'm not so sure...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

DD Chicken

I might as well start the blog off with one of my favorite chicken places in Yeongtong - DD Chicken. I've only tried the chicken fingers and wings, but they are both quite good and well priced. You even get a 1000 won discount if it's a carry-out order. They also deliver in the area if you're so inclined to try to order. The couple that run the place (the new couple - I guess the previous ones are no longer there) speak limited English, so you may be able to place an order as long as you know what you want and your address.

This box of chicken fingers, along with a small can of Pepsi, a pack of radishes, and a couple of sauces is just 12000 won for carry-out.

Update: August 4, 2011
*sigh* Well, while walking home from Homeplus tonight, I noticed that my dear DD Chicken is gone. It will be sorely missed since it was so conveniently located near my apartment. However, fret not! There are some other chicken places in the area, I'll introduce one tomorrow.