Vegan's Chronicles + [Vegan]

Out 'n' about
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Last week, my parents were visiting Seoul and we ended up going to Gyeongbokgung palace. Can you believe that I've been living in Seoul for 5+ years and this was my first time going there? Wow... . it's quite shameful. What can i say, sometimes it's the things in your own back yard that get overlooked.

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Guards posing by the main gate.

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If you'll recall, it was super cold last week so we couldn't stay out too long, but we pretty much walked around the whole palace grounds, which is much larger than I thought! The land was pretty stark and bare, but I imagine it's really beautiful in spring and autumn. :)

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Snow covering the frozen pond.

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That same day, I had to go to the Yungdeungpo-gu office, and out front there was a small farmer's market going on, so we took a look and ate some yummy samples.

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fresh ddeok that was soooo light, chewy, and nutty.

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Dried sweet potatoes!

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Puffed rice snacks

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Fresh, peeled chestnuts. I didn't know that you could eat raw chestnuts, but they were really good~ Surprisingly sweet and crispy, like apples.

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Bags of sliced ddeok for New Year's ddeokguk.

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yes... . :)

And now for some things I've eaten so far in 2012:

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Kicking the new year off on a healthy note, here's my bowl of chia & banana oatmeal for breakfast.

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toppings: banana slices, blackstrap molasses, pecan nuts, cinnamon. Ah, some how, starting the year off with heart-healthy oatmeal feels so right.

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A ginormous salad composed of lettuce, cabbage, tofu, tempeh, dotori muk, green bell peppers, sea vegetables, onions, and dressing.

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And here's the first thing I baked in 2012: coffee chocolate chip cookies.

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yum.

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Actually, this bibimbab was from last year, but I'll post it anyway because it was delicious.

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Chillin at Hapjeong & Hongdae~

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Here are more photos of Bunny donning her Christmas sweater. I accidentally spilled some pellets on the floor, so Bunny vacuumed it all up with her mouth. :)

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gawd, her cuteness kills me sometimes.