And I get it, some tours BLOW.
Especially when they are too big and you feel like you are just a number.
Most of the time we feel like we NEVER get our moneys worth on tours.
But Daniel Gray.
He's kind of cool.
I use his blog Seoul Eats for date nights ALL.THE.TIME!
Plus, he has been on the Kimchi Chronicles!
Like I said, he is cool.
And this tour did NOT BLOW.
It was all kinds of AWESOME.
I mean check it out....here I am with him and a couple of my girlfriend!
(Not all tours get Daniel....don't hate.)
The 6 of us + Daniel.
I was a bit disappointed when I found out we were going out in Insadong. I thought "really, Insadong? He is taking us to a freaking tourist area...I've been to Insadong many times." I wasn't a happy camper.
He started weaving in and out of alleys and we landed here:
She doesn't really drink that much.
But when in Korea.....
You know the drill.
I only spent a few moments in the bar as Daniel had called ahead and ordered a 'to go cocktail' for me since my friends were all drinking and didn't bother to pick anything up for me. That my friends is service. TOTALLY NOT feeling like a number on this tour.
Plus, I LOVE 'to go cocktail bags'!
Find out more about his bar here: Brew 3.14
Directions to 3.14:
From Anguk Station: Exit 4 walk straight until you see Samil Daero 30-gil and make a left (you’ll see 낙원떡집 and Pizza Haven in the building on the corner). Walk Down the road past the crown hotel and Ibis Ambassador Hotel. You’ll see Proto on the corner, make a left down the alley. You’ll see a sign for Brew 3.14.
From Jongno 3-ga Exit 6,7,8 go up Donghwanmunro road. Walk until you see Secret Garden Cafe on the Right side. Cross the road and walk down the road until you pass an empty lot and before a building that reads Proto make a right.
Shut the front door, Daniel was happy to oblige...he weaved in and out of some alleys, opened a back door and took us in for shasami, beondegi (silkworm larva), and LIVE OCTOPUS!
This really wasn't what I was expecting...I was expecting a whole baby octopus.
This guy was cut up, sesame oil poured on him and all his parts were wiggling around.
That plate was MOVING!
In fact we ate the entire plate of octopus.
Just make sure you chew those little suckers up so they don't stick to your throat...
All I remember is that it was amazing...
I've never had it before in Korea.
And before you ask, not it is not Samgyetang.
There was a good one....
But for the life of me I can't remember which one it was.
BUT...we didn't stop there.
We invited Daniel to come with us to OB's Cabin.
A place for live music, beer and fried chicken.
Yes, we ate again.
Here's one last picture of the group with a new friend we found on the dance floor....or aisle.
We had a GREAT time!
We didn't feel like a number.
We felt like our tour was worth EVERY PENNY and possibly more!
If you are new to Seoul or have lived here for years you should look up O'ngo Tours and book one today.
And by the way there are NON-alcoholic tours as well.
They also have cooking classes! I'm trying to collect a few friends to join me for a cooking class in February.
O'ngo Tours is offereing 15% off cooking classes in the months of Jan/Feb if you mention you saw the ad on their website! (You must mention the word "snowfall"!)