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Welcome to Seoul, Korea, and to our site dedicated to great friends, excellent food, fine wines and outstanding European-influenced coffee.  Our mission is to have a little fun while exploring every nook and cranny of our Asian environment, to learn as much as we can, and to share our experiences.

  Food, Wine and Coffee in Seoul

We at Seoul Searcher love fine wines, foods and coffees, which are sometimes difficult to find in Seoul.  Below are just a few we've found.  If you've a fav in Seoul, drop us a line.  We'll check it out and add it.

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Italonia- Fine Italian food and wines (Hammer's favorite).  The Hammer rates this one easily at five stars.  The casual atmosphere is magnificent and the food is exquisite, making this one of the finest Seoul, if not all of Korea, has to offer.  The wine selection is great, but the key to this fine restaurant is the wonderful service.  A bit on the pricey side, but worth every dime.  Set menus and large ala carte selection.  Valet parking.  Good location near It'aewon.  

     O'Kim's Brauhaus - Located in Kangnam's COEX Mall/Hotel Intercontinental, O'Kim's is a spacious Irish Pub that offers a casual atmosphere to sit back and relax with friends.  Live bands, great beer-by the yard, half yard, and more manageable 400cc mug-- great food too.  Try the sausage platter!!!

    Hunter's Tavern at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel:  Guess why the web dude likes this place.  Cozy, relaxing atmosphere, friendly and professional staff, great  live music.  Join us here for Happy Hour, Mon-Fri, 6-8 pm for all you can drink wine, draft beer, fruit cocktails and tasty hot munchies!  (about 15,000 won per guest).
The Jell Wine Shop (Centrally located in Seoul.  Great wines, spirits, and fresh mozzarella cheese!  Located next door is a florist (closed Sundays) that stocks live basil (in spring and summer), parsley, and other hard-to-find herbs and spices.)

    The Webmaster's Favorite Coffee Joint 
 Good coffee, friendly service, and a quiet atmosphere are difficult to find anywhere. Seoul is no exception.  At Yongsan's Starbucks, the atmosphere is splendid, especially on a rainy day when the kids are in school (and not hanging out at Starbucks!), and the staff is very friendly.  I like to hang out here, read a good book, meet with friends, and enjoy a good cup of coffee.  Did I mention the friendly staff?

 Le Seoul Wine Magazine  (in Korean)


Coffee Links and Stuff

As you might have guessed, the Hammer is a lover of anything coffee.  If you're a coffee lover too, I invite you to check out the following coffee links, but first, drop in and see My Coffee Stuff This is my setup; a  Pasquini Livia 90 Auto and Mazzer Mini grinder.  Starbucks cup optional.

Coffee Geek dot comSimply the best coffee geek site on the web.  "What's a coffee geek," you ask?  Well, if ya gotta ask...  Lots of tips and product reviews.

Whole Latte Love (WLL)If you've got the bug, the coffee bug that is, you've gotta have the best.  Get to know the WLL staff.  I like WLL because they're in NY, naturally!  But they also ship to APO/FPO addresses, have a HUGE selection, and have the friendliest customer service.  I have a Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic machine and a Mazzer Mini grinder. Whole Latte Love took my order on Sunday, shipped it on Tuesday (Monday was a holiday), and I received it in Seoul on Monday the following week.  Best of all, Whole Latte paid for the shipping!  How's that for service?

Coming Soon:  My favorite dinner recipes!

Coffee Favorites

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Drop us a line if you have a favorite you'd like to see featured here.

Dad's Ice Latte
a Hammer favorite

Who would have thought this summer would have started so early?  I love coffee, and here's one of my favorites that brings a chill to those hot summer days.  Try an iced latte.

Add 4-5 ice cubes, and 2% milk, to a large insulated mug.  Add sugar/sweetener to taste.  *NOTE:  Leave enough room in the mug for a double shot espresso.

While the milk is chilling out over the ice cubes, tamp a double dose of your favorite espresso grind in the portafilter and pull your best double shot.

Stir espresso into the chilled milk.  Drink slowly with a straw.  Cool!

Coffee Shops ya gotta visit:

Sierra Vista, Arizona:  Cabaret Café--great coffees, beans roasted on-site.  Features rustic atmosphere, cozy tables, internet terminal, 70s-80s rock music. Friendly co-owner Mike will sit and chat with customers about Harleys, coffee, and the old days.  Smoking at the bar.

Sierra Vista, Arizona:  Mountain Mocha--A family-style atmosphere, features very friendly service, great coffees, healthy food.  Great lunch menus.  Indoor and outdoor seating.  (While I was there between Feb-Apr 04, owners were setting up wireless internet services for customers.  Services should now be online.)