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Date 22.10.2011
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A moment of LOVE in Seoul: lunch next to persimmon trees

Injecting some culture in your runway agenda might help to define fashion’s local identity, this time the stopover is up the hill at Seoul’s Jongno-gu neighborhood. Hyang-Namu Jip (House of Cedar) Cafeteria consists in an open house where grandmother (Halmeoni in Korean) cooks in her own kitchen while her daughter runs the individual dinning rooms. Its dry modesty at the entrance made me feel I was invading a family home, but the two female hosts had it totally under control.

Once the menu was in my hands, their small but extreme selection brought the necessary domestic comfort I was searching for. To name a few: five taste tea (omija), quince tea, pumpkin porridge, rice cake, red bean ice-dessert and more – I want-to-try-them-all! In between veggie-noodles and homemade cookies I did some research outside, where I found out their homemade “kimchi”(spicy fermented cabbage) is stored in pots on the roof terrace with a view of the In-Wang Mountain. You can fell a rush from the gardens diverse aromas; it felt so romantic yet remained minimal, it was time to go. Suddenly, the typical siesta acoustic took over the house.

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