That is right, of course my first ‘sweet’ purchase is a cupcake! And I decided to share it with you all. This may be a tough year for a sweet tooth like myself…
On one of my first walks around the city I noticed a cupcake shop and I took a mental note to make sure I came back to it… the next day seemed like the most opportune time to take advantage of this cupcake shop. It is literally one block from the subway station… but I am beginning to feel that almost everything is one block from a subway station.
The cupcake store is located in this area of Anyang known as ‘first street’ it is a HUGE shopping area. When I say huge I am talking like just massive. There is no better way to describe it. There are stores everywhere (I didn’t get a good photo), people everywhere, Korean music blaring everywhere, shop owners trying to sell you stuff everywhere, it is just crazy. Oh! And if that is not enough there is a stairway so you can go underground that is also near the station… BUT it is nowhere near quieter than the above.
Everywhere I have been so far is store after store after store. So just imagine me with my jar walking around… totally out-of-place! But thankfully just past the ‘first street’ there is a farmer’s market… so I felt a little more at home once I reached this point.
Anyways, on with the cupcakes!!
The store itself was very cute, there were lots of little cupcakes decorated around and there was some nice music in the background. The aroma in the store got my taste buds going. It made me think of Isabella’s…. until…
…the experience itself was great, I was so proud of myself for greeting in Korean and thanking the server in Korean. I bought two so I could give one to one of the other foreign teacher’s at the school. I was intending on waiting for her to eat it… but if a cupcake is staring at you there is only one answer and that answer includes eating. So I ate mine before she came over… it was SO different from what Canadians would call a cupcake. There were seeds in it, I couldn’t figure out what kind of seeds but they were black and were crunchy like sunflower seeds. The cake was a little stale tasting and the icing was not sweet at all. I didn’t notice until I got home that the store called ‘Allo’ actually says in the name that they can make bread and coffee in ten minutes… that should have been a hint but I was too far gone on a cupcake high to notice.
I spoke with a few people after the whatcake and they told me that most Korean baked goods look immaculate but the flavour is not like what is to be expected by foreigners. From this experience I have learned my lesson, stick to Korean goodies… which I will have to post about once I start to try them. I will say the next thing calling my name is waffles… they are in EVERY subway stop and oh my, I don’t know how much longer the ‘healthy Anna’ will be able to turn down waffles.
Love you all! More to come on Korea! Have a great weekend!! xoxoxo