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An Intoxicating Irish Breakfast

Back in 2012, before kids, the Hubby and I took a 2 week trip to Ireland. We rented a car (driving a stick shift, which I wasn’t good at, not to mention on the wrong side of the road for my American sentiment), and took a trip around the island. We even went to Belfast in Northern Ireland where they drive on the correct side of the road and use a different currency. One of the things we had to do while in Dublin though, was visit places distinct to Irish culture: places where booze is made. We visited the Jameson Whiskey distillery which had this awesome bottle chandelier and we got to see the distilling process. 

Not to mention a whiskey tasting was included in the admission price. We also visited the Guinness brewery where, again, a glass of beer was included in the admission. You even get a certificate for learning how to pour a perfectly balanced glass of Guinness. It’s all very scientific. 

While in Ireland we did a lot of eating (can we say carb overload?!) and drinking. I probably left with an additional ten pounds. It was definitely worth it. 

Well, 5 years later and on a completely different continent, we paid homage to our Ireland trip. We woke up to Irish coffee (basically cooled coffee sweetened with brown sugar plus a shot of Jameson, and shot of cream with coffee ice cubes thrown in), and chocolate Guinness waffles. The waffles turned out fluffy and perfectly sweet with the chocolate peanut butter topping. The coffee has a hint of the whisky but was not overly alcoholic.  Though the kids didn’t get to enjoy the coffee, they both had their fill of waffles (don’t worry, the alcohol gets cooked out of the waffles). The preschooler even asked for seconds! The hubby made no complaints and cleaned his plate as well. A perfect breakfast!

Chocolate Guinness Waffles with Chocolate-Peanut butter Sauce 

Yield: 4 waffles

Ingredients

For the chocolate stout waffles

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 Tablespoons sugar

5 Tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup milk

1 cup Guinness 

2 large eggs

For the chocolate peanut butter syrup

1/2 cup semi-sweet Chililate chips 

⅓ cup smooth peanut butter

pinch of sea salt

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Set aside.

Combine the butter and milk in a pot and simmer until butter is melted.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the milk/butter mix, vanilla extract, beer, and eggs. Whisk until just combined. Let rest in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, make the chocolate sauce. Combine the chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each one, until chocolate and peanut butter are melted into each other. Stir in the sea salt, to taste. (This step can als be done in a double boiler which I prefer).

When the waffle batter is done resting, preheat a waffle iron. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions. Drizzle with the chocolate-peanut butter syrup.

This recipe was adapted from http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/2013/10/chocolate-stout-waffles-with-chocolate-peanut-butter-syrup-divineinnyc.html 

#guinness #jameson #breakfast #beer #whiskey #ireland #irish 

Silk Road- Russian Grill Bar

I had always heard stories of the Silk Road. No longer a road to transverse while peddling goods, now it’s a place to stop and enjoy some Russian fare, to include lots of vodka and Russian beer. 

The wrap pictured above was awesome. Made with lamb meat, some Cole slaw style mix and a special sauce I could have eaten ten. The portions are on the small side, so I very well could have! We also got some lamb kebabs that, though a bit chewy, were perfectly flavored. We also ordered beet salad, which while the beets have a natural earthy taste, was cool and crunchy. 

The ambiance of the place is really nice too. There are tables with lounge chairs, bar seating and a little party area painted in vibrant reds and oranges as a sun setting on an almost desert back ground. It’s dimly lit and on the bottom floor. It’s a perfect date night setting. 

I would not recommend bringing children here. I did not see any high chairs, though they maybe have been some I just didn’t see. The atmosphere and the bottles of vodka being served do not make a family friendly in my opinion. I also wouldn’t want to bring a stroller down all the stairs!

If you get a night away, stop by the Silk Road and have dinner. Drink the beer. Relax. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

I searched for Zione in the Waze app and found the restaurant. For some reason it takes you right there! 

Saladdin Indian Pakistan Restaurant 

If you love curry, I have found your resturant. Saladdin serves an assortment of middle eastern food with an assortment of curry, naan and tika just to name a few. 
After a short bus ride you can find yourself within a 5 minute walk to the restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing. You can get single dishes or order from a menu for multiples from 2 to even 8 people. We ordered a meal for 3. It came with 3 drinks (we got OJ for the preschooler, hot Chai for the hubby and a blueberry Lassi for myself), rice, garlic naan, butter chicken curry, vegetable curry, said and tandoori chicken. All of that cost 40,000 won or about $35. It was well worth it! 

The place is pretty easy to find. Take any of the busses on the photo below then get off at Kyungpook National University Athletic Center. 


Next put 79 Daehek-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41544 into your GPS. It will bring you to the opposite side for he entrance but you will see a sign. Go around the flower shop to the other side and you will see the entrance. 


You have to head up to the 3rd floor. We took our back pack diaper bag and a kid sleeping in a stroller up all 3 flights. A little pre-lunch workout. It was definitely worth it. They do have seats for babies, so aside from toting stuff all the way upstairs, it is a family friendly restaurant. If you love Indian food, give it a try! 

Audrey Hepburn Cafe

Do you love Audrey Hepburn? If so, you will love the cafe dedicated to her here in Daegu! 

Not only do they have great coffee, but an assortment of other drinks from teas, and smoothies to flavored vinegars! (I assume these are like kombucha, I didn’t try one). It is also a bakery with some sweet treats. The one thing that is nice in Korea? Their sweets are not nearly as sweet as America. You don’t feel like you swallowed a rock after eating half a brownie. Or the whole thing, I won’t judge. 

If you know someone who loves Audrey Hepburn you can get a lot of coffee related swag for them too! The cups start at about 13,000 won and go up. 

The atmosphere is great. Slow music, soft chatter of couples speaking in Korean or School girls reading. I’m definitely happy I stumbled upon this little gem in the Namgu district of Daegu. 

Maybe this will help you find it.
Go. Enjoy the coffee and the treats. From one coffee lover to another. 

#audrey #hepburn #cafe #snacks #treats 

Mariwhale Macaron 

French food in Asia? Coming to Korea, I thought I knew what most food establishments would serve: kimchi, rice dishes and lots of vegetables. I was right, but there is so much more. One thing I did not expect is all the French backeries, especially macrons! 
There are so many little shops all over the city. After dining at a traditional Australian restaurant (yes, Daegu has an Outback Steakhouse-it’s expensive and everything is as expected: really spicy or sweet), I wanted a little sweet treat and some coffee. 


The macarons are not overly sweet and come in a variety of flavors: chocolate, mocha, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, apple, Hawaiian blue, and some flavors a little on the wild side like red velvet, green tea, and purple sweet potato. 


If you don’t mind an ugly macron, you can get the broken /cracked/halved sweets at a discount. The regular Macroons were 900 won (little less than 80 cents). Broken snacks were 700 won (60¢). 


If you have never had a macron before, give them a try! 
To get to Mariwhale Macron: go to Jungango Station (Number 1/Red line). When you exit the stairs turn around and walk the opposite way. (If you come out of gate 3 elevator, you will immediately see Outback tomyour right.)You will see Outback Steakhouse on the corner. Cross the street. It is on the same side of the street as Outback about a block down. 

“Feel a barbecue in Daegu”

You guys, we found an American eatery in Korea that is (for the most part) legit. As soon as you walk in the smell of BBQ overwhelms the senses. It was almost like stepping on American soil. Not to mention, they had craft beers! Of course being in Korea things are a bit different. The restaurant, Linked, is set up to look like a subway car. The preschooler thought that was pretty cool. Though he was confused why he couldn’t get the in the train. 

We went in and asked for a table for 4. After a few minutes we were seated. They were surprisingly busy for a Monday night. We were brought two menus and shown our options. We got a dinner for 3 served on a large tray. We got to choose three meats and three sides. In Korea, portion sizes are significantly smaller than in the United States. A serving for two at Famouse Dave’s would have fed us all. Here, we ordered for 3. We got smoked chicken (hind quarters), chicken steak (breast), and pork steak for the meats. The sides we choose were French fries (which I might add are the best fries I have eaten since being in Korea), grilled pineapple and a fresh green salad. 

It was also served with rolls. The server told us we were to use the Coleslaw, picked, roll and meat to make a sandwich. We laughed. This is American fair, we know how to eat it. 

Did I mention the beer? My husband and I both had a Kozel Dark. The beer was rimmed in cinnamon sugar, something I have never had before. It wasn’t heavy or coffee flavored as you imagine stouts or porters to be. It was light almost more like an ale. I really enjoyed it. Over all, I really enjoyed this restaurant and will definitely be making another trip here! 

One thing to remember, sometimes things do get lost in translation. But to really find yourself, you must first be lost. 

Linked is located on the second floor. If you put this address into google it will get you close. Next time I’ll be sure to put it in the Waze app. There should be signage outside and if you look up into the building you can see the train car wall above. 

56-1 Gongpyeongdong, Junggu, Daegu, South Korea

Cat Cafe Daegu

My husband loves cats. Loves them! So when we heard about a cat cafe where you can pet and play (but not pick them up) we had to go. I used another’s blog to try to find the location and it was an it confusing. But luckily we are decently familiar with downtown Daegu, so we found the place. It is located downtown by the walk through McDonald’s and the stage where random performances often occur. It is situated in the 4th floor above The Body Shop


This is the street sign directly in front of it.


When you get inside it is 8,000 won for adults and for the 3 year old 5,000 won. The fee includes a drink. They have both hot and cold coffee, tea and juice for the littles. And they have kitties! So many kitties! All types, breeds, size and age. There are flufffy kitties, feisty kitties, and sleepy kitties.


My 3 year old loved just as much as my husband. The one year old, she wanted to remove the kitties ears, so she didn’t get to play with them. There are only a few rules: don’t pick them up, have nice hands with cats, don’t feed them human food and don’t wake a sleeping kitty. Let me warn you, it is in the 4th floor and is not stroller friendly. My husband had to carry it up 4 floors and we left it just outside the cafe as we had our drinks and rubbed kitten heads. For an out of the ordinary adventure, go check it out 🙂


I have uploaded the cafe as a place on the waze app if you need directions. Just search Cat Cafe. I found it easiest just to walk!

Indoor S’more 

Growing up my family used to go camping a lot. One of my favorite parts of camping? Was it cutting and hauling wood for the fire? Setting up the tents? Sleeping on the ground? No. it was s’mores. I love them. Now living in a tiny apartment in a huge metropolitan area, I don’t have a blazing fire to roast marshmallows over, but I will not be detured. I got some jet puff mallow cream on sale and had a great idea. S’mores of course! This is a super simple recipe. All you really need are Graham Crackers, Nutella and mallow cream, but we added strawberries for a little something extra. They don’t have the roasted flavor of marshmallow but these are super tasty little treats that preschooler  absoloutely loved. Warning: keep mallow cream away from preschooler, he will lick it straight from jar. 

Ingredients

Nutella 

Marshmallow Cream

Graham crackers

Strawberries (optional, but you should) 

Directions

Spread desired amount of Nutella on half sheet of graham cracker. Repeat with marshmallow cream on other half. Dip mallow half in diced strawberries and make into sandwich. Enjoy! 

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash 

This meal is not only hubby approved, but the preschooler (yes, he is 3 now!) and baby all but licked their plates clean. This meal came together in just over an hour. You can do “semi-homemade” by getting the pre-cooked grilled chicken strips or a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken saves time and adds some good filling protein. It has spinach and squash which makes it a little more guiltless and a great fall meal. We will say the fat in the cream cheese and heavy cream helps keep you full. This is defiantly a make again dish. Keep this recipe on hand! 

Ingredients

2 small spaghetti squash

1/2 tbsp olive oil 

1/2 tbsp minced garlic 

1 lb. pre-cooked chicken- rotisserie would be awesome 

1 10 oz pack frozen spinach- thawed and drained 

1/2 pint heavy whipping cream 

2 tbsp cream cheese 

1/2 c. Paremsean cheese (freshly grated is best) 

Salt and pepper to taste 

1 cup Mozzerella cheese 

Directions: warm oven to 400• F. Slice squash in half and spoon out seeds. Rub a bit of olive oil into cut side. Salt and pepper to taste. Place cut side down on rimmed baking sheet and bake 40 minutes or until squash is tender and easily pulls from sides. While squash bakes, warm medium skillet over medium heat. When warm, toss in garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach, chicken, cream, Parmesan and cream cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. When the squash is done baking, take from oven and let cool until you can handle it. Scrape squash out (without damaging sides) and add to chicken mixture. Combine. Once combined, fill squash shells with mixture. Evenly spread the mozzerella on top of the filled shells and bake an additional 20 minutes. Broil for last 5 minutes until cheese is golden brown. Serve and enjoy! 

Vasco: Korean Style Mexican Food

There is not much better at the end (sort of the end) of the day, than a huge Margarita. The only thing better? A Corona flipped upside down in it. I went on an adventure today to find a balloon/party supply store. Both of my babies have a Birthday within a month!! My son turns three in Saturday and I just wanted to pick up a couple things. 

  I chose to walk as parking is next to impossible downtown and I have a huge American truck. I sort of didn’t realize how crazy far I was going to walk. Let’s just say I got well over my 10,000 step goal. 

Well, the place I went, actually called a balloon cafe was 1: not an actual cafe. There was no coffee. 2: it wasn’t so much of go and buy balloons but more of a go learn how to make balloon animals type place (I just wanted helium filled balloons). 3: it was 4 in the afternoon, the lights were on, but nobody was home. Not being discourage I tried a couple more stores farther from home (more walking!!) and was still not successful. All well. 

Lucky for me, there is a great Mexican restaurant in an ally way I only stumbled upon trying to find a craft store. It has huge corona ritas and decent Mexican type food for being an ocean away. They give free tortillas and salsa when you sit down which is a nice change of pase from the free kimchee typically served with traditional Korean food. Don’t get me wrong, kimchee is great with Korean food.

 I had a chimichanga with a house made salsa that was pretty spicy. I really enjoyed it. It was filled with chicken, rice, beans and cheese, deep fat fried with a cheese sauce over the top. The kids split a cheese quesadilla, which strange as it seems was sweet. I have found the food in Korea is either sweet or spicy. No bland flavors here!

Maybe it’s the margarita, but I love this place and ₩32,700 (about $28) isn’t too bad. But it’s good I walked then took the train home!


Vasco is on Dongseongno4gil, in Daegu.  I typically take Jungangno station (Red Line) to get there. It’s smaller and less complicated than Bangwoldan.