Espressamente Daegu

15 11 2009

I live in Taebaek. Seoul is 3-4 hours away. Chuncheon, our provincial capital is about 3 hours away. Daegu, 3rd largest Korean city is about 3 hours away. Taebaek is the middle of nowhere.

Sometimes we need to get away and have our dose of western goodness. These days we are turning to Daegu more. Why? Its closer than Seoul, we can drive there, its like “mini Seoul” and it has Costco.

Major added bonus is this place.

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Espressamente Illy, Daegu

We’ve been going to Daegu for a few years now, and about a year ago discovered Espressamente Illy. Think of one of the most modern and funkiest coffee shops anywhere in the world, then put it in downtown Daegu. Its an amazing place. I know Illy associate themselves with design and fashion and this place is no exception.

Espressamente Illy, Daegu

Delicious delicious coffee’s, amazing cakes, awesome sandwiches. Hard to beat (actually there is one place better, but its in Seoul).

Espressamente Illy, Daegu

Espressamente Illy, Daegu

We usually go for breakfast. Korean breakfasts are usually nothing flash. Rice, Kimchee and Soup. Other alternatives are opening up, Dunkin Donuts, Macdonalds etc, but they can’t compare with first rate food like this

Espressamente Illy, Daegu

Yes, its expensive, but so is every coffee shop in Korea. What you see above was W19,000 and worth every individual won. Its perfect coffee with the milk steamed to perfection, the sandwiches are freshly made, with (by Korean standards hard to find) fresh ingredients.

Enjoy

Espressamente Illy, Daegu





Istabul, its great

29 07 2009

Well, we made it. Istanbul. City on two continents.

We’ve been here a few days so far, and have begun our Intrepid adventure. More on that later. First just some pics of Istanbul.

The Blue Mosque with cat

Istanbul's Blue Mosque

2 of Turkeys most famous things, Turkish coffee and Baklava. Both excellent and well worth making a trip to Istanbul to enjoy.

Coffee and Baclava

Another of Turkeys famous things, doner kebabs (actually chicken in this case).

Lunch, delicious.

And of course the most famous church/mosque at least in this country. One of the biggest around, currently the 4th biggest in the world, and its almost 1500 years old!

Hagia Sophia Exterior

Notice the varied artworks. Some christian which were covered up during conversion to a Mosque, and the obvious arabic writings on the round shields.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia ceiling

Hagia Sophia Interior

It all used to be lit with candles and oil lamps, now all electric of course.

Chandeliers, light and ceiling

In some cases the christian decorations and mosaics have been uncovered, after they were covered in plaster to hide them.

Recovered Cross

This is the Mimber, the equivalent of the pulpit in a christian church.

The Mimber, Hagia Sophia

On the way out are these stunning mosaics and wall paintings

Hagia Sophia ceilings

One more pic, this time of the safest street I’ve ever seen (sorry, I had to say it)

A very safe street





Coffee time

6 07 2009

Its been a few days since a post as I’ve been more than busy enough (amazing but true).

So, its time for a coffee break!

First, a nice espreesso. In Shanghai no less. Delicious.

Illy Coffee, Shanghai style

But, where does this bean I so love come from? This is coffee, straight from the plant, drying out in the sun, in this case in Laos.

Coffee cherries, Lao style

The farmers take these cherries and process them. Not in a factory but on the side of the road. (Vietnam in this case)

Vietnamese Coffee Farmers

Vietnamese Coffee Farmers

Then, its off for sale in the local markets. (Laos again)

Lao coffee sellers

Geez, now I feel like a coffee, vietnamese style I think.





Terararosa Coffee, Gangneung

13 04 2009

Located both in the heart of Gangneung and about 10 minutes out of town are the 2 locations for Terarosa coffee.

Downtown they are a coffeeshop and restaurant, delivering delicious coffee, tea and food. Outside of Gangneung they have their head office, coffee roasting plant and another larger restaurant with a bigger menu.

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung

Did I mention that they also bake their own range of amazing breads? And a delicious breakfast, something that is strangely lacking in most of Korea.

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung


Their coffee’s are so great both because they use amazing beans which they roast themselves, but also because their baristas (baristii??) know exactly what they are doing.

The following pics are a mix of both their locations.

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung

Roasted coffee

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung

And Green coffee

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung

Even Coffee plants

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung

And just to prove I was really there, here’s me, MST (Miss Susie Teacher) and MKT (Miss Kat Teacher).

Terarosa Coffee, Gangneung

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