Casablanca in HBC

Living in Seoul, no matter how exciting, can still come with some homesickness. I was really lucky because I lived in Haebangchon, a predominantly foreign area filled with tons of good restaurants that I could go to when I needed that back home taste. It actually ended up being a bad thing as well… I leaned on it a bit too often and foreign restaurants are expensive. But when I did really crave something… it was only a short walk away. :)

Casablanca Veggie Sandwich Roll

Casablanca Haebangchon Menu Board

Most foreign restaurants are expensive… but there are a few gems that don’t break the budget! My absolute favorite is Casablanca… a Moroccan inspired sandwich place right in the heart of HBC. I’m a huge fan of their vegetarian sandwich but their chicken sandwich is equally as good. If you are looking for spicy, they also have a mean spicy shrimp sandwich!

Casablanca HBC Star Lights

Casablanca Veggie Sandwich Close Up

The sandwich has some kind of garlic mayonnaise with a type of pickled carrot mix and that stuff is like crack. The veggie is made with fried potatoes and it’s like another type of crack. They serve their sandwiches on Turkish bread from the Salam Bakery in Itaewon. The bread is like crack, the filling is like crack… what’s not to love?

Casablanca HBC Inside

Casablanca Chicken Sandwich HBC

The only downside to this place is that it can get crowded really quickly and when they are sold out, they close down shop! They never seem to be open until their actual closing time because their sandwiches sell out so fast. :( They also only take cash, but that’s a small price to pay for good eats.

Seriously, get down to Casablanca if you are in Haebangchon. You won’t regret it. πŸ˜‰

How to Get to Casablanca:
Take Line 6 (brown line) on the subway to Noksapyeong Station and go out of exit 2. Walk straight until you reach the intersection. Turn left at the intersection and follow the kimchi pots. Keep walking on this road for a few minutes and you will find Casablanca on your left.

ETA: Prices have went up 1,000 won since this post. I guess they got featured on a Korean news channel and they upped prices after a huge swarm of new business from the show. Boo, but still cheap eats!

A Pit Stop in Qatar

It’s been awhile since I threw a photo diary blog post out into the blogosphere. :) I was browsing through some older photos that had been sitting on my computer and I came across some photos that I took while I was in Doha, Qatar. I had a super long pitstop there last year while I was on my way to Egypt and I had a chance to get out of the airport and explore the city a little. Sometimes long layovers for cheap flights can be a good thing! πŸ˜‰ It was well worth the $20 visa to enter!

Qatar Airways Airplane

Katara Cultural Village

Doha was a little strange. I went during the Eid holiday so the place was literally a ghost town. It was a little eerie seeing all of these towering, new buildings with no one to be seen. The prettiest building ever was the Katara Cultural Village. I don’t know how to explain it, but those purple designs were so incredibly beautiful. I think the picture speaks for itself! πŸ˜‰

Docked Boats at The Pearl in Qatar

Buildings in Qatar

Nothing was open, and sadly we resorted to eating at a McDonalds because we couldn’t find an open restaurant. That was a real personal letdown for me, haha. I wanted some authentic grub, not McDs!

People Waiting in Qatar Airport

I was lucky because my brother-in-law works in Qatar so he gave me a tour in his air conditioned car. Because it was freaking hot. Like, burn your face off hot. Totally unbearable! I think I would never leave my house if I lived here in the summer. It’s a shame because it’s so beautiful outside! The photos turned out so nice because it was so bright though!

Tired at the Airport

The airport had a sleeping room which was so incredibly amazing. It was basically a whole bunch of recliners that you could nap in while you waited to catch your flight and nap I did! Every airport should have that!

It was a really beautiful city and you can tell it’s really wealthy in the capital… maybe I’ll visit again in the winter when it’s not so hot. :)

Q: Where is the last place you traveled to?

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