travelling in Korea but is sick of Korean food already? or have you been here too long that you’d like something else?
well, how does Mexican taco’s sound like to you?
recommended by Koreans who had lived in Latin America themselves, Gusto Taco is as close as it can get to the original ones in Mexico.
located near Sangsu Station exit 1, this place isn’t difficult to find at all. just walk straight amongst the row of cafe’s and restaurants and you’ll definitely see it!
no doubt Gusto Taco is awesome as it is also the top rated Mexican food in Korea according to Trip Advisor!
the outdoor view had a really nice atmosphere. really liked it. cozy and romantic =D.
whereas it’s just very casual and pretty inside.
we ordered a plate of Nachos with amazing cheese and other yummy Mexican style toppings. =D. don’t remember the exact price but taco’s in this shop ranges from 9~23 thousand won.
meet my oppa! Kemal! (and the white guy smiling at us behind!) he’s so famous the white guy sitting beside us recognized him and asked him if he works at XXXXXXX store and said he’s actually well known amongst foreigners as the “foreigner who speaks Korean really well.” so proud to have such a famous friend! hehehe. Kemal used to sit beside me in class when we attended Yonsei Korean Language Institute and he had always taken good care of me in class =3. blessed to have such a lovely friend. oh! he probably writes better than me in Chinese. such a multilingual Turkish guy!
and here comes our tacos! ordered beef. it was SO GOOD. you can add extra chilli sauce if you want to if I’m not wrong. so so so so so good U_U. the nacho’s was good enough but you MUST try their taco’s. I kind of like Vatos’ creative mix but this is yummy in another way. I had never been to Mexico so I’ll never know what’s authentic but this seems to me like the authentic version. while Vatos’ tacos are good because they have a Korean twist and it’s special like that.
look! look how yummy it is! it’s quite pricey considering how it DOESN’T fill up your stomach. taco’s here costs around 6~7thousand won.
a closer look!
similar to Vatos, they sell Coronarita here. it’s a mix between Corona and Margerita. my biggest disappointment is that they served us Coronarita with NO SHAVED ICE. I mean, I understand that their machine was broken that day but they could’ve refunded us instead if serving us something that even I didn’t want to take a picture of. =/. but as for the taste it still tastes good.
sorry for the blur picture but I just wanted to show you how the other side look. the whole place is pretty filled with foreigners but Koreans who value great Mexican food end up coming here too!
Gusto Taco’s website : http://gustotaco.com/
almost everyone’s favourite but with a Korean taste in it. it is slightly more expensive Gusto Taco’s and also a little smaller in portion for the tacos but great quality.
I personally liked the design of the restaurant. they have one in Itaewon, one in Garuso-gil (above Giordano) and another one in Galleria’s food court. every table is served with free.. chips? with some salsa sauce. but what I really liked was the peach margerita (I think. whatever it was, it’s peach and it has an alcohol version.) WITHOUT alcohol. it was cheaper without the alcohol but the original price was 14,000won. they also have a super wide range of drinks (you can check it on their website) and drinks where they pop bottles of beers into a huge glass of ice blended margerita.
their famous menu is the Kimchi Fries. indeed very yummy but not as worthy when you come to think of it. it’s priced at 12,000won. some of my friends think that it’s over rated but it was really good to me U_U. but of course, I wouldn’t want to pay so much just for fries. (this place is meant for working class adults hahaa)
here’s their prawn taco’s. pretty tiny? I can chuck them into my mouth like ssam (meat and other food wrapped in lettuce/vege) and chew them in one bite if I want to. but they are so good I’d just eat them bite by bite.
my personal favourite from Vatos would be the Galbi tacos. if you’re going to visit Vatos, make sure you order these yummy Galbi tacos! the Korean fusion is so perfect you’ll be craving for more!
the taco’s here are 7,000won for two and 9,000-10,000won for 3. quite expensive for such tiny tacos? oh well, they taste good!
here’s Vatos’ website : http://vatoskorea.com
verdict? I liked both Gusto Taco and Vatos but Vatos is definitely on the higher end side (and I just can’t get those galbi taco’s out of my mind!) and something you’ll only be able to find in Korea. but Gusto Taco’s more pocket friendly and tastes amazing. we all know how far Mexico is and personally, I don’t enjoy taco bell. so Gusto Taco would be one of the places you can go to when you have your Mexican food cravings! I’d go to Vatos more often if only it was cheaper.
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September 13th, 2014 >> Posts
Visiting Kopi Luwak farm was part of my Kintamani tour itinerary. Curiosity had better of me. My tanner half and I decided to give it a try while we were at it. Hence, here we were at Sai Land Bali Organic. Coincidentally, Sai mean "shit" in Hokkien.
As you walk into the farm, you will find yourself flanked by herbs and spices plants, visibly tagged for educational purpose. While you may expect to see coffee plants, I couldn't seem to recall any until we had arrived at the little hut.
There sat this old lady busy frying some coffee beans while we were greeted by a younger lady, Parmi, who walked us through the process of producing Kopi Luwak. From the growing of coffee plants to attracting wild civet to feast on them, from collecting civet's shit to extracting coffee beans, from roasting coffee beans to grinding them into finer granules, all are manually done in Sai Land Bali Organic.
On left: Bali coffee, Bali cocoa, chocolate coffee and Ginseng coffee
On right: Ginger tea and lemongrass tea
Our friendly lady host offered us tester for 6 different drinks on the menu. Judging by the lack of price tag for these testers, I reckon it is their customary practice to give you a glimpse of what they sell in store, which is effective from marketing standpoint.
Peaberry Coffee (Male Coffee) Rp 20,000
Now that we tried what we could possibly grab from store, we decided to order what we couldn't. One of it was this Peaberry coffee. It was not too sharp, which was perfect for me. Whilst it wasn't too sharp on its own, it was stronger than Kopi Luwak.
Kopi Luwak (Rp 50,000)
Nothing smelly or funky that I initially expected, my brain simply couldn't wrap around when my tongue proved that Kopi Luwak was very similar to coffee I have tried, except that it was smoother in taste even in the absence of milk. I must say I enjoyed my first cup of Kopi Luwak in my life.
Once we were done with our coffee and tea tasting, we decided to grab some goodies back. Two recommended from yours sincerely are Bali cocoa powder and ginger tea, which tasted really good in thick and authentic. Hence, we bought Bali cocoa powder 200g and Bali ginger tea 100g at Rp 100,000 and Rp 50,000 respectively. However, if you try to replicate the same flavour you tasted in Sai Land Bali Organic, you have to be generous with your sugar.
Besides selling packaged beverages, Sai Land Bali Organic sells spices, body lotions, massage oils etc. Some even come in a small cute packaging too! Good for those who want to grab some local produce/souvenirs.
IN SUMMARY, my personal ranking based on following criteria are:
- Ambiance - 5 out of 5 (Nice & chilly place, and there wasn't any mosquitoes!)
- Price - 4 out of 5 (c. RM15 for Kopi Luwak, considerably cheap)
- Drinks - 4 out of 5
- Service - 5 out of 5 (Free testers, friendly lady and umbrella service in rain, not that bad huh?)
- Shopping - 3 out of 5 (Shop was quite old but products are homemade, hence slightly pricier than commercial produce)
- Verdict - An educationally fun trip, recommended for family outing.
Sai Land Bali Organic Fairground
Br. Temen Penglumbaran,
Tel: +62 85737496289 / +62 81934302602
Time flies!!! I know i repeated 'time flies' many times this year in most of my posts, i meant it! I thought i just ate mooncake not long ago >.< ... but in fact, it is been a year since my last bite on mooncake!!
WE ARE READY FOR TANGLUNG (Lantern) !!!! =D
The candles these days are quite hard to light up , cut cost i guess! It took us quite a while to light up alls the tanglungs.
Even the little girl was like blaming us why are we so scare of candles bla bla bla... ok.. i admit, kids nowadays are so talkative and yes they are smart too! LOL...
finally all the tanglung lighted up ! These traditional tanglungs is the credits of the night!
Happy Lunar Festival~~~!!! sincerely from the 'moon goddess' XD
Then, as usual , dinner and have the special dessert of the night! Ice Cream Mooncake from Haagen Dazz !! Luv them to the max!!
My firstime holding a selfie tripod , well, it is memang quite handy and it really gives the wide angle effect ;)
Special thanks to our dearest host of the night! We had another memorable night! :)
warning! this is quite a personal post. travel post readers might find this boring =X.
my first summer vacation in Malaysia after 3 years. no doubt many things has changed. the crazy jam all over because of the MRT, inflation of almost everything, friends all started to work and the worst thing was, it is the busiest month for all. but nevertheless I am really grateful for those who had to travel all the way to see me because my license expired.. too long ago to be renewed. it is actually a good thing that I can’t drive. I don’t want to hurt anybody =X. I admit, I’m a lousy driver hahahahah. I’ve been told that I’m multi talented. but I can’t drive well and I have not mastered the basic skill to cycling, skating and anything involving balance with ANOTHER object. okay except high heels.
so as soon as I’m back, Pavilion was my first destination. and coincidentally, there was a K-festival thingy going on. my mom didn’t believe that those behind those costumes are Malaysian she had to ask them. I AM RIGHT!
the clothes was pretty impressive. but it was a little too draggy. I like looking at ancient Korean stuff. but I guess I am not so much of a fan of the slow dance.
some expensive Japanese restaurant in KLCC (not umai-ya) and it was quite a rip off. the slices of sashimi was very small and thin compared to what was being showed on the menu. quite a disappointment.
my sister’s wedding shower at Acme. a pretty nice cafe in KL. it’s Korean class. or even better.
I HAD to have my Nong and Jimmy (at Jalan Cempaka) before I leave. try their glass noodles and chicken feet!!! super affordable too! as long as you do not order crab.
coming to A&W for the last time. since they are going to be torn down. with our country’s own famous photographer Andy Kho!
and we went for some Swedish meatballs. I just LOVE all the lighting in Ikea. they say lighting matters a lot! which I find super true.
dropped by Kakaotalk Malaysia’s office to visit APEACH! look at all the Apeach in the picture!!!!
okay truth was I was there to visit my favourite girl, Natalie! and another good friend, Jason working in the same building ^^.
and finally, during my sister’s wedding, the 3 musketeers reunited. although we hadn’t met (all 3 of us together) for 3 years, I really look forward to one day where we can go food hunting, badminton and swimming together again!
we didn’t reunite because this fatty’s schedule clashed with mine. but look how happy we were after finally being able to meet after so long :’).
they say you gain a brother when your sister gets married. well I’d like to assume I gained two. since my brother in law has a brother. brother in law’s brother is.. still my brother in law haha.
the singers my whom was hired at my sis’s wedding! they were really good but I especially liked how the guy’s voice and style is so very unique! hope they can make it even bigger one day! =D. (although they are already quite expensive singers for weddings ahem)
and last picture with my sister and my brother in law right before I left for Korea.
I left in the middle of the wedding dinner. sad much?
my handbag with very heavy stuff broke right after arriving at the airport. T_____T.
but thank goodness I am finally here in Seoul in one piece. my sister was worried sick because I had to go on a plane. she now has sitting on planes phobia because of the recent tragedies. =/.
and here are some pictures from my Instagram and further caps =D.
I am really grateful towards my mom for taking care of me and not complaining about sending me here and there just to meet my friends when I don’t have transport. and also the woman I love the most, my grandma whom had always been yelling at me to eat because she thinks I starve too much T_T.
went to chill at Joseph’s house and we experimented baked kit kat! pretty good. definitely would like to have more! and some good Korean cow’s tongue at night.
the very next day I met my twin partner in crime, Mr. Jeremy Teo. now now, don’t we look alike? had Korean food. AGAIN! this time Kimchi stew which I was longing for. hahaha. he is the most awesome friend ever. arrange to meet despite his busy schedule and messages from time to time. it isn’t an easy thing to do (even I can’t do it.) but he’s done it. U_U. *touched*
went to a zoo. I mean, Ginny’s house. she has the most animals amongst all my friends. and her Koneko is so cute. can you believe it, this beautiful and very adorable cat was actually once a very ugly kitten which she saved.
went to Andy’s Curious Goat. great place to hang out and yumcha!
Andy and Ginny! Ginny is another awesome girl. extremely true and she seldom lie. not sure if it’s a good thing but I find it good because I don’t need to stress and guess about what she’s thinking and be like myself when I hang out with her ^^.
thank you Shawn for bringing me to the SS2 durian buffet to feed me enough durians to last my cravings for a year. but I had durian again after a few days =X. it’s just TOOOOO good. drinking water from the shell of a durian is said to be good as they lower your body heat or something. and if you wash your hands with water poured into the durian husk, it is said that you can get rid of that strong durian smell from your fingers!
thank you to my old friend for taking me to Klang for Bakuteh which I’ve not had in centuries! and also the biscuits I wanted from his holiday destination. thank you thank you and thank you!
it was a nice catch up with Suzuki whom had travelled around Asia for 4 months straight by staying at random people’s house and hitch hiking. salute!
another close friend whom I had not met for 6 years, Jon. also, another good catch up =3.
sweet Mei Sze, the over-exposed model’s dopplegangger! I hope you get healthier and gain more weight before we get to travel and eat together in the future! so we can eat MORE!!! =D.
thank you uncle Pat Pat for the very glam Japanese dinner. =D. I will study hard and earn loads of money so I can buy you something yummy too in the future!
I’d like to say thank you to MJ for bringing me for my kaya toast in the morning and even got a saman for it, Caverlin whom made me feel super loved every single time. thank you for being my sister from another mother. there’s also YeeHou. I am glad you valued my cow t-shirt and thank you for sharpening all my knives; may that be your part time job when you get really old. also biggest thank you to Nic for flying me to the airport =D!
the thing about studying abroad is that it gains you a lot of foreign friends but you’ll come to realize that there are very few friends from the past whom will still remain. and those who does remain, are friends you know whom had valued you more.
Located at the LG Level Centre Court of Old Wing, TWG offers shoppers a sophisticated ambience of luxury tea salon to savour their fine harvested teas from all around the world.
The design of the TWG Tea salon at Sunway Pyramid very much resembles the one at Pavilion - enclosed in see-through glass panels and glamourously decorated with exquisite tea accessories.
Although we have moved out of Sunway after graduation, we did not miss the chance to visit the newly-opened TWG (not so new anymore since this is a outdated post lol) and of course, to catch up with each others' working life.
Angela, Rachel and I. I look like crap here but that's the only decent looking pic of 3 of us. FML :(
Always go for the 3-tier high tea set! *yums*
Macarons. Sweet and irresistible.
I miss the girls already! Let's plan another outing soon!
On a side note I 'accidentally' tried on this red blazer from Topshop and boy it fits me well!
Petite collection which explains. It's hard to find a blazer that fits. UK6 are always so big. How inconsiderate of them towards we Asians. Anyway it was on sale but I did not get it omgwhydidinotgetitsobsss cause I thought how many times can I wear it before someone starts calling me the girl in the red blazer. I have been trying hard not to repeat my clothes. Apart from that boring black coat which hangs on my office chair all the time lah.
Okay that sums up my outdated post on TWG Tea Sunway Pyramid.
See you soon Angela and Rachel!
TWG Tea 1837
Address: LG 1.33, Sunway Pyramid,
No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15,
Bandar Sunway, 46150
Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03- 5631 2899