Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Special Birthday Dinner

Hi there! It's been a long time I haven't updated this blog because I was very busy these days. ㅠㅠ How are you guys doing today? I hope you are doing well! My lovely Oppa made reservations for my birthday last week, so we visited Apple Street & Carne Do Brasil for my 27th Birthday, and I had a wonderful 27th birthday. We came here on a Wednesday night. We had a 7 PM reservation and were seated by 6.50 PM. I am so fortunate to have future husband like him in my life. I had a brilliant birthday because of him. =)

First of all, I was very excited and happy to eat here because I love Italian food. Apple Street & Carne Do Brasil is the great place for dinner and this is definitely a great Cafe & Deli to go for a birthday, business meeting and a date.

Apple Street is bright, clean, cheerful and comfortable. I love how the cafe is very simple, and nothing complicated. 

The waiter was truly the best, especially for how crowded the restaurant was on a Wednesday night near Christmas Eve. Everyone there is so friendly and work so hard to make sure that you have the best experience possible.
The staff is really kind and nice! They treat you like family and have a lot of patience.

They have a large selection of food too. The menu is good though a little pricey.

Oppa and I ordered the Contrafile (Sirloin), Linguica (Homemade Sausage), Frango (Grilled Chicken), Brochette De File (Beef Tenderloin), Picanha Churrasco (Sirloin Steak), and Alcatra (Rump Round).

Here's what's on the menu for my birthday dinner. I began with those small pieces. The baked chicken also comes with the sausage. It's amazing!

The delicious warm soup arrived with my apple tea. The soup smelled so good! 

The Apple Tea they provided was really fresh and delicious! Since I was thirsty, I drank quite a lot. =)

Traditional Brazilian side dishes are refillable as well.
They have a variety of side dishes that you can mix and match.

We had the seafood pasta, handmade pasta with vegetables, prawns, and squids. It was really yummy! Usually the sauce comes out too creamy or too oily, but it was perfection! Only thing I didn't really like was the over spiced chili on my food, I kept on drinking tea because it was too spicy.

All the meats served at Apple Street & Carne Do Brasil are carefully selected by the best chef. The menu is all about meat, as expected from a traditional Brazilian restaurant.

The beef cuts are served medium well done with a browned exterior and hot pink core, a delicious center awaiting a fork and knife. 

No matter how full you are, you’ve got to have the dessert. A sweet and pleasant ending to a delicious meal! =) 
We were quite full and the waitress brought out a complimentary roasted pineapple (Abacaxi) sprinkled with cinnamon and a cup of coffee (Iguasu Cafe).


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Overall, I had a great time here and my meal was delicious. I had no complaints! I would love to come back and further explore the menu!

Thank you to those who have taken the time to read, like, comment, and share. May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. 
Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 6:14 PM

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My 27th Birthday Surprises

Hi Everyone!!! Today is my birthday! So now I am 27 years old and I am so excited. Actually, well i really dont know how to feel. It's been 27 years, I am so grateful for all who perfected me. I am so grateful for this life I have. 
I may not have the money to celebrate it with booze, expensive food and any other happy consumables but I have blessings to be grateful about I can continue my education, I have the job that I want, my Oppa and my family that loves me and friends that care for me. There are millions of bad and good memories and experiences which made me feel like Yes I have grown up!

My perception on birthday changed completely on my 27th birthday, because something unexpected happened and whenever I think about that day, it puts a smile on my face. I truly can't stop smiling! If there is something in my life that I could not forget, it would be my 27th birthday, because it's the most wonderful birthday. What a beautiful gift, a lovely Oppa this time! 
Words cannot express how blessed I am by the outpouring of love and birthday wishes from my sweet Oppa. Cakes are special! Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It's all about the memories!

I would like to express thanks to Jesus Christ for giving me these wonderful years and surrounding me with awesome and lovely Oppa, family and best friends. Thank you for the good health and thanks for my inner peace. 
Thank you to every person in my past, you guys taught me many things! I'm so glad some people left my life a while ago, I am so much happier without them, now I know who my true friends are. =)
It is amazing, when I forgot my birthday, but I found that somebody remembers me. Well Happy Birthday to me! A cake surprise that is bound to blow my mind, I am one lucky birthday girl! I prayed for a good relationship with my Oppa and no more tears or sadness. I prayed for good luck for Oppa's business, I hope to get a great job with great pay and great people, to help my family and give me a better life, and I wish myself many more years of joy, love, laughter, health and prosperity. I wish myself strength and wisdom for days to come and success with everything I do today, and tomorrow. AMEN!
The cake taste so delicious, and not overwhelming. I love how they came up with such a nice unusual flavor of cake that makes it surprisingly exquisite and flavorful.

This time I'm going to show off my birthday present that I got! I'm so happy with everything I got and couldn't resist showing you guys. =) 
Guess what I got for my birthday on Tuesday 23 Dec at 12am?

Every present I opened I was like OMG!!! 
My dream come true, finally got a new CROSSBODIES from MICHAEL KORS, Winter Shoes NIKE, T-Shirt NIKE, and Disney Diary Case.
My Oppa bought me my new baby, a brown Michael Kors crossbodies. This was a complete surprise from my Oppa. I'm so excited to use my new bag. The bag is so sleek, and the leather material is quite hard, and it looks so sturdy. I think the bag is just the perfect size for my petite body.

I opened the next one. Inside there was a pair of shoes, they're so warm, I can't wait to wear these! This beautiful shoes is from NIKE and I thought it was the perfect shoes for winter. Shoes plush very beautiful colors brighter, very thick, very soft, very good, and size is also suitable shoes.
These beautiful NIKE winter shoes were a present from Oppa. They are all so gorgeous, well done, and perfect for placement. 
I'll be doing a review of NIKE shoes in the upcoming weeks. =)

I got these cool T-shirt from my Oppa. I'm completely in love with this T-shirt.
He also picked up a simple T-shirt from NIKE as He knows I’m pretty obsessed with all of NIKE’s gorgeous items.

My Oppa know how much I love Mickey and Minnie Mouse character. I'm obsessed with these Disney diary case. This cover for my mobile phone just the cutest thing ever. I am actually in love with it!
This beautiful diary case has all you will need to put a card, very cosy.

I am so thankful for everything I received, I love and appreciate my Oppa and family so much and I want to thank them for making my 27th birthday so special. I love you guys! Also thank you to everyone who wished me happy birthday on Instagram, Facebook or on one of my posts, I had a really wonderful day.

Thanks for reading, and thank you so much for your support and beautiful words. May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 1:47 PM

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Geppang Korean Street Food

When I walk on the street in a cold day, and suddenly I'm hungry. Lucky me, I was able to find Ingeo-ppang which is within the Gwanak-gu street! I'm so happy I found a Ingeo-ppang nearby and I stopped in today and bought some Ge-Ppang. In Korean, Ge (게) means CRAB, and Ppang (빵) means BREAD. When you want to eat something hot, delicious, and sweet in winter, the korean winter snack appears on the street. This location is located in front of the Kimbap Chingu Restaurant.

A common winter street scene in Korea is that of food carts selling Bungeoppang (붕어빵) or Geppang (게빵) on street corners. Bungeoppang and Geppang is made by pouring flour dough into the bungeo (carp) or ge (crab) shaped black cast iron mold and filling it with red bean paste. The mold is then closed, and roasted.

I ordered 2 crab-shaped breads with sweet red bean filling and 1 crab-shaped bread with custard cream. Ge-ppang is one of Korean pastry bread, filled with custard cream or red bean paste. Ingeo (잉어) literally means a carp in Korea, so imply various luck such as wealth, fame and success.

I was walking but stopping some time just to take these picture. Hahaha. Ge-Ppang are prepared using an appliance similar to a waffle iron. The crab-shaped pastry is tender, warm, and melts in your mouth upon first bite!
This sweet and gooey red bean paste is so delicious that you can even eat it by itself. I think the red bean goes well with the crab-shaped bread.
This is an awesome snack to try for those who with a penchant for sweets and want a quick snack to eat. These crab shaped breads were so cute, warm and perfectly wrapped. Geppang serves crab-shaped pastries that are so damn delicious, especially when they are hot.

The outside is fluffy and the insides delicious and sweet. The price is super cheap at 3 pieces for 1,000 Won. I'm not a huge custard paste person, but these were very tasty and worth a try.

Overall, I really love this little cute snack food! If you are walking by and they have freshly made ones, don't hesitate to give it a try, fresh ones are the best, okay! The Ajumma who works here is kind and the pastries are delicious.

I’d like to thank all of you for reading this blog and enjoying it so much, for all the feedback, and everything. Have a good time and see you next time!

Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 3:05 AM

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bangyetang at Somunnan Haejangguk

Good Afternoon Friends! A wish for you on Saturday, please enjoy and have a beautiful Saturday! =)

Gwanak-gu (관악구) is home to a number of famous So-Mun-Nan Hae-Jang-Guk (소문안 해장국) restaurants, always crowded, and So-Mun-Nan Hae-Jang-Guk is open 24 hours a day. My Oppa and I were craving something warm for the cold weather so we decided to check this place out!

This was an excellent choice for a lunch date. Tables are big so it's also great for groups!

This restaurant keeps it simple, they menu had only a few options.

Service is so friendly, patient and kind. I think it was the owner who smiled to us at the door when we came and left the restaurant. The owner was very friendly and courteous, service was fast too. 
They give you free coin to get a coffee too. I totally recommend it, this place absolutely deserves the high ratings.

Oppa and I ordered the 반계탕 (Ban Gye Tang / Half Chicken Gingseng Soup). One half chicken (Bangyetang) served with a Korean ginseng, dried jujube (대추), garlic, ginger, spring onions and the soups are a combination of chicken meat, and rice too!
 There's few rice in the bottom but nothing overwhelming. Perfect for a cold winter night or actually any time when u feel like need more energy. Salt and pepper can be added to enrich its flavors and taste to one's preference.
The best part is the chicken itself, the bone was so soft that become edible. The chicken meat was very moist, fresh, tender and delicious. The broth was very tasty, full of flavored and refreshing. 
The herbs were also very tasty and nutritional. Bangyetang or Samgyetang is believed to be a health food that revitalizes the body and boosts the immune system. Samgyetang and Bangyetang is also known be cure physical ailments and prevent sickness as well.

Bangyetang spread is very simple with just kimchi and a couple of other dishes.
It's a perfect pair with their kimchi, amazing-tasty kimchi! The kimchi you see here is fresh and has not been fermented yet, and kimchi is very flavorful so you won't need any other seasonings.

Overall, this place has the best Bangyetang that I've ever had, and definitely one of the best restaurant to get a delicious and steaming pot of Bangyetang is this place. Not only is the portion size more than enough for one person, the soup is savory, delicious, clean, satisfying, and feels absolutely comforting for the soul. It's a healthy soup that's perfect for any season.

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Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 2:38 PM