You may have noticed that we love all things Korean at Cactus Pop. Korean dramas ( K-Dramas to Watch on Netflix, Romance is a Bonus Book Recaps ), Korean music ( BTS ) and of course Korean food! With an impending trip to South Korea on the horizon, I have been dedicating quite a bit of time to researching all of the Korean foods to try (or in the case of some of the weirder dishes, foods to avoid! Wriggling raw octopus is a hard pass).
While I have been learning Hangul (the Korean alphabet) in preparation for my trip, I’m only in the early stages of learning the language and am by no means fluent (or even able say much more than hello, thank you and water in Korean).
One of my concerns is that when I get to Korea I won’t be able to remember what the Korean name is for the food I want to eat. So here you have My Ultimate List of Korean Foods to Try in South Korea! It has both the Korean and Romanised names for dishes to ensure that I will be able to muddle my way through eating all the things.
Located around 150km North-West of the Melbourne CBD, Bendigo is a great destination for a weekend getaway. There is plenty to see, do, eat and shop in this historical Victorian gold mining town. In Bendigo, you can find stunning architecture, amazing art, delicious food, and serene gardens So if you are looking for a weekend escape from Melbourne, you should definitely make the trip to Bendigo. Here are my picks for how to spend a long weekend in Bendigo:
Happy 2019! January is a great time to reflect on the year that was and to look forward to what’s to come in the year ahead. Last year I didn’t read nearly as many books as I wanted to so this year I’m looking forward to reading more books in general, as well as reading more Australian Young Adult books because they are my absolute favourite #LoveOzYA. Here’s my list of Australian Young Adult Books to read in 2019.
If you need EVEN more Australian Young Adult books in your life, be sure to check out my posts from previous years (2016, 2017 & 2018).
We are all anxiously waiting for BTS to release the final part in their Love Yourself series, ‘Love Yourself: Answer’, this Friday the 24 August.
The release of the album’s comeback trailer ‘Epiphany’ last week exceeded all expectations and we are all counting down the days until we have more new music, more music videos and answers to the narrative that has been weaved into BTS’ work through a variety of platforms (music videos, trailers, notes, etc.) since 2016.
If you’re lucky enough to have friends that are also BTS fans, the comeback is a great chance to gather around and share the crazy rollercoaster ride of emotions that is a BTS comeback. If you currently don’t have any friends in your real life who are fans, I would strongly suggest that you start converting them ASAP.
I’ve put together a guide on how to host your own BTS comeback party. Let’s get it!
Singapore is well known for being a foodie paradise. Not only is it host to a large number of Michelin Star restaurants, but Singapore also has an abundance of hawker food centres that provide good quality, local food at affordable prices. I was only in Singapore for a week but I tried my best to eat as much as humanly possible. Here’s a list of the best things that I ate and drank in Singapore.
Whole30, as the name suggests, is a diet that’s all about eating whole foods. For 30 days you are only allowed to eat moderate portions of meat, seafood and eggs; lots of veggies; some fruit; natural fats; herbs and spices. The idea behind the challenge is to eliminate foods that could be having a negative impact on your health – such as, sugar, dairy, grains, legumes and alcohol. The rules are pretty strict, and having recently completed the Whole30, I know first hand how difficult it can be to complete. It would have been impossible for me to finish the challenge if I hadn’t done loads of meal-prepping and planning ahead.
One of the hardest parts was trying to find places to eat Whole30 in Melbourne. After doing research, reading restaurant menus and analysing photos of food online, I was able to come up with a list of places in Melbourne that appear to have Whole30 foods. I wasn’t able to try all of these places while I was doing the Whole30 (to be honest I was a little terrified of eating out and accidentally eating the wrong thing) but they all seem to have offerings that you could safely eat. It is always good though to ask your waiter/waitress about how the food is cooked/prepared if you are unsure. Here are places to eat Whole30 in Melbourne:
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to new Australian Young Adult books to read in 2018. This is the third year that I’ve done my OzYA post (see: 2016 & 2017) and every year the list just grows and grows. Not only are we seeing a higher quantity of Australian Young Adult books but we are also seeing greater diversity in the kinds of YA books being published. Yay! Keep reading to see my picks of the Australian Young Adult Books to read in 2018!
If there is one thing you should know before going to Japan it’s that the food is amazing. Make sure you bring your appetite before visiting the Land of the Rising Sun because you are not going to want to miss out on any of the food on offer. I personally found that the standard of food in Japan is much higher than in other places I have traveled. I could confidently walk into any restaurant and know that I was most likely going to have an excellent meal made with fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection.
Since I only spent 10 days in Japan I wasn’t able to eat all the things, but I sure did give it the old college try. There are probably some glaringly obvious things that I missed so leave a comment below and let me know what your Japan must eats are.
It’s no secret that we love the Archie comics inspired teen drama Riverdale. I personally have been counting the days until season 2 airs on October 11. If you, or someone you love, are obsessed with Riverdale as much as we are then you are going to want to check out the following goodies. We’ve scoured the internet for the best gifts for the Riverdale fanatic in your life. These 16 Riverdale inspired gifts are sure to put a smile on the face of all of you “weirdos” out there.