Over the second weekend of November, the family got together for a few days with Taylor's mom during her visit to K-land. Definitely a very cool lady and is now known as Mama Lindman in our circle.
Friday night, I met up with Jaimes and Erick for some late night hangs in Hongdae.
We checked in at a Japanese tapas bar called Kyoto (교토) - a multi-level space constructed almost entirely of wood.
|Their very very sad idea of a caprese salad - cream cheese cubes in lieu of fresh mozzarella, ouch.|
|Vintage Japanese ads plastered to the walls|
|The kitchen is open for viewing and is located in the very centre of the restaurant|
|What did I tell you about all that wood?|
|Everydrink is Illuminated|
We stopped by an eclectic cafe for some chit chat and drinks to end the night.
The next day, we ventured over to the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art to check out the Anish Kapoor exhibit and meet up with the rest of the gang.
|My friends are cooler than yours.|
|Mirror, mirror - a preview of what was to come?|
|Vertigo V & VII, 2012|
|Tall Tree and the Eye, 2009|
|Sky Mirror, 2009|
|Do you see the lump in the wall?|
|Museum attendant and Yellow, 1999|
|My Red Homeland, 2003, wax and oil-based paint|
|Space as an Object, 2001|
After a thorough peruse of the show, we took to the streets of Itaewon for some lunch and some browsing.
|Seolleongtang (설렁탕) - ox bone broth-soup, so good|
|Nerding out with our cams|
|Post Poetics - cool mag/publication shop|
|It's Nice That!|
|Cool looking dude dropped by|
|Steep alleyway hills|
A friend of Emily's cousin owns Magpie Brewing Co. so thanks to that tip, we stopped by and tried their staples, a pale ale and porter, as well as a sampling of experimental beers (including one of mushroom variety, earthy and interesting). A start-up by Erik and Tiffany, a couple of expats who saw a niche in Korea's otherwise mediocre beer market, Magpie is a cozy hidden gem and is definitely worth a visit if you miss sipping on a good brew. The two also host Semipermanent, a smartly entertaining web series about life living abroad in Seoul.
For dinner, Lisa took us to okitchen in the heart of Itaewon - artfully plated Italian-French dishes galore.
|Lisa fits right in, don't you think?|
Post dinner, it was still a little too early to head to the party venue so we stopped for some coffee and guess who made an appearance?
We topped the night off at Cakeshop, a small basement hiphop club in Itaewon.
|Yesss! Mama joined in on the action|
|Dance floor darlings|
|Lol... Tay's open lap invitation to Jaimes?|
|Cupcakes! The place is called Cakeshop after all..|
|Work it gurrrl|
The following morning, we were treated to a lavish brunch at the Park Hyatt by our adopted mama. We spent a leisurely three hours in a room tucked away amongst the glass wine cellars. We felt spoiled rotten.
|As if all this wasn't enough.. Lisa brought us all presents! Divine dark chocolate, by the way.|
|I have to put together a collage of all the Kevin + maps photos I have..|
|Aaaand the bow tie was untied|
Thanks for spoiling us all weekend Lisa! Love, your Seoul kidz
|Spotted a certain Jaimie in the reflection|
|Looking back on brunch...|
|Erick and his awesome Gentle Monster glasses|
As we began to part ways, I tagged along with Jaimes as she went for her first haircut in Korea.
VIP treatment awaited us at one of the Juno Hair locations in Gangnam.
Here are some snaps from the tail end of the weekend, before hopping on a bus back home.
|The black building in the centre is a serious real-life optical illusion. It takes a while for it to "make sense" as a three dimensional structure.|
|The invisible tower|
|Erick told me to take this one. I like.|
|Underground mall ceiling, shot by Erick|
|Jaimie spotted this gem of a still life/real life. Grim.|
Getting.... there.... albeit.... painfully... slowly......
Jaimie's photo show in Sancheong is up next. x