Taste Test: Häagen-Dazs Azuki Mochi + Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream

Getting your hands on a special limited edition of anything is a special occasion, be it a Nike collaboration sneaker, runaway sellout lip kit, or – apologies for going back to the sneaker realm – but the baddest bih’s ingenious, industry-shifting fashion and cosmetics lines, which marries beauty and streetwear culture all within an inclusive…

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#essentials: American Flagship Restaurants in Korea

When America sneezes, the rest of the world suffers from a critical case of pneumoni- is what you THOUGHT I was going to say, right? JOKE’S ON YOU, for America has long receded from the limelight as the central character driving the narrative on the world stage. Emphasis on the central descriptor, since the international community…

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English MangoPlate Community Dinner @ Trench Town

Here at MangoPlate HQ, we take care of our own. Who qualifies as MangoPlate fam, you may ask. For how magnificent we are, the requirements are quite simple. Anyone who likes to eat, whose ideology centers on scaling towering and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to get to that restaurant on the tip of everyone’s tongue, is…

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#whatthekorean: Samgak Gimbap, Part 2

Last week, you received an extensive 101 on samgak gimbap. However, instead of covering the other half of my haul, this writer determined that the nefarious epidemic sweeping over the entire globe, the millennial quarter-life crisis, took precedence and dedicated the former half of her post on just that. Hence: the long-awaited second half of…

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#whatthekorean: Samgak Gimbap, Part 1

Life as a millennial primarily consists of looking like you have somewhat of a handle on your life without giving off any whiffs that what you really want to do is lock yourself in your hovel of a room and curl up in a fetal position, all the while maintaining a sense of direction that…

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#sugarhigh: Cafe Amton

For the last year and then some, Mangwon-dong has hogged the spotlight of trendsetters, devastatingly HIPSTER hipsters, and plebs alike. Don’t get me wrong – the tranquil neighborhood has always existed, wedged between Mangwon’s traditional market and the Han River, somehow evocative of a bygone generation. The dingy alleyways and fading storefronts have stood the…

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#whatthekorean: Pepero

If there’s one thing this nation and its people can execute with more flourish and enthusiastic flair than anyone else, that would be tightly organized, spectacle-esque levels of so-called ‘events.’ When I say ‘events,’ I’m not talking about washed-up Hallmark cards with a sad, fading image on the front cover and half-heartedly blown-up balloons taped…

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#essentials: The Best Oldest Restaurants In Seoul

In these quarters, we like the trendy, the rapidly changing, the aesthetically ravishing. Chalk it up to the eternal higher pursuit of beauty or purely a manifestation of the materialistic behaviors of modern-day consumerism: we like pretty, new things. Emphasis on the “new,” because who wants to fraternize with stodgy castoffs? Except for when one…

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#neighborhoodguide: The Best Restaurants In Hongdae

There’s a certain cosmopolitan buzz – make that electricity ⚡ – that courses through the alleyways of Seoul, snaking through a maze of dodgy alleyways, over unscalable high-rises. That energy, however, is never felt more viscerally than in the streets of Hongdae. Named after the adjacent university dedicated to the arts, Hongik University, Hongdae, and more…

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