Sponsored: Tmart Aluminum Tripod

Whew, a lot of things are changing around here. My blog has been a little quiet lately because I finally decided to purchase a new camera. My photo quality means so much to me, and choosing a new camera took a lot of research and time. I’ll be introducing my new camera soon, but until then I’m excited to show you my newest camera accessory!

Tmart: 360° Swivel Fluid Head
I’ve been thinking about getting a tripod for awhile now. It’s very convenient and I’ve thought many times while taking pictures that having a tripod would have made things so much easier. I feel really shy to ask others to take my picture so I would prefer to just set up my camera myself and snap the picture. Plus, most of the time they don’t take the picture to my standard and I feel bad saying that so I’m stuck with a bad picture.

I kept putting off the purchase because I wanted to find one that was lightweight and not super expensive… AKA I never got around to buying one!

Tmart: Close up of Tripod Joint
Well, I’m happy to say I finally have a good one that checks all of the boxes~ it’s not a super high end tripod but this aluminum tripod from Tmart has been a huge help to me and I’ve really enjoyed using it. It retails for about $13. I definitely think it’s worth the money because it’s easy to carry around, can extend to forty inches and functions well. The inside of the bars are hollow, which makes it super lightweight to carry around. You do have to be careful while moving it around because it can scratch a little if you bang it on something.

Tmart: Bottom Tripod Joint
Tmart actually has a lot of other camera accessories on their website for very reasonable prices. They sell all kinds of things and ship for free worldwide, which is great! I don’t know why, but I always feel annoyed when I have to pay for shipping. Their customer service representative was very kind and nice to work with.

Q: What is your favorite camera accessory?

*This item was sent to me by Tmart for review. All reviews are 100% honest opinions, and no product sponsorship has influenced this review.

Seoul Coffee Expo 2014

Hmm, coffee. Sweet, delicious coffee. I have to admit… Seoul’s coffee culture is strong and I willingly succumbed to the expensive habit of picking up a coffee. Meeting friends? Hit up the coffee shop. Tired in the morning? Hit up the coffee shop. See a new cafe in the neighborhood? I guess I’ll have to try it! When I heard that Seoul would have a coffee expo at COEX this month I was kind of psyched. I had went to the Salon du Chocolat festival at COEX in April and the free samples were totally worth it. I couldn’t pass up a coffee expo!

Seoul Coffee Expo: Single Coffee Packs
Seoul Coffee Expo: Lemon Cider
Seoul Coffee Expo: Coffee Art
By the way, a little tip. If you pre-register for an event at COEX via their webpage it is always free… if you wait too long you’ll end up paying between 10-15,000 won to enter which is a bummer if you are going just for fun. Pre-register and save your money! If an event ends up being a bust at least you didn’t pay anything.

Seoul Coffee Expo: Loose Leaf Teas
My expectations were pretty low because there weren’t as many free samples at the last event that I went to at COEX. Boy was I happy when I got here! Even though it was technically a coffee expo, I thought it was more like a coffee shop expo. There were a lot of other beverages available there like tea, ades and smoothies. There were even a few booths selling pastries and sweets. The samples, oh the samples! They were overflowing. They were very generous too! At the chocolate festival that I went to I thought they were a little stingy but here they kept telling everyone to take more.

Seoul Coffee Expo: Dutch Coffee
Seoul Coffee Expo: Assorted Tea Bags
Seoul Coffee Expo: Old Coffee Grinders
It was nice that there were different things available because drinking so much coffee within a few hours can’t be good, haha. There were jellies, sweet dips and even sorbet available for tasting! I ended up getting a few things at some of the booths too because the prices were very reasonable. Some of the items were heavily discounted, up to 50%. I’ll definitely post a mini-haul later! I scored a few freebies too.

Seoul Coffee Expo: African Coffee Beans
Seoul Coffee Expo: Matcha Green Tea Powder
Seoul Coffee Expo: Golden Cups
I went around noon and it closed at 5. I thought for sure that that would be plenty of time but I stayed the entire five hours and I felt like I was rushing around to see everything. They even were holding a barista competition but I couldn’t see much of it because I wanted to check out all of the booths. From what I saw, the baristas were really skilled! They were whipping out lattes and creating beautiful designs on the top so quickly and effortlessly! Now I feel like I want to try it myself! I’m sure it’s not that easy…

Seoul Coffee Expo: Roasting House Display
Seoul Coffee Expo: Cacao Bowls
Seoul Coffee Expo: Coffee Chocolate
Seoul Coffee Expo was totally worth it! If you are in Seoul next year around this time, you should definitely register and check it out.

Q: Would you go to a coffee expo?

Ben’s Cookies

I don’t know about you, but I’m all about reviews online. Before I make most purchases, I have to go online and read as many opinions as I can before I decide on what I want. I’m a quality over quantity kind of girl, and I hate wasting my money on something that won’t work or perform like I want it to!

Ben's Cookies Packaging

When it comes to eating out, I’m the same way. When I see a great review online for a restaurant, bakery or cafe it helps me a lot to find great places on a whim. I’m so lucky because there are quite a few expats in Korea blogging about their experiences here so I get to go to places I never would have thought to go to because there are so many great reviews online.

Ben's Cookies Use By Sticker

That being said… isn’t it horrible when you purchase something and it isn’t worth the hype? Worst feeling ever. When there is so much hype around something it is almost always a let down. When I heard about a cookie place in Hongdae that would satisfy every cookie craving I could ever have I was skeptical. This is Korea after all! Desserts leave so much to be desired.

Ben's Cookies In the Box

Oh, how wrong I was. Ben’s Cookies is a tiny store but don’t let that fool you. It is full of intoxicating smells and freshly baked cookies that will, in fact, blow your mind. They will blow your pocketbook too because they are sold by weight and average around $4 a cookie! I think it fulfills every definition for a guilty pleasure. D:

Ben's Cookies Close Up

I decided to throw away the guilt and just bought a bunch of the cookies to try. There are around 10 choices but I ended up settling on the cranberry, white chocolate, chocolate chip and triple chocolate cookie. And boy… were they delicious. Consume within four days… I didn’t have any trouble with that!!

Ben's Cookies Inside of Cookie

I won’t question someone’s excitement over Ben’s Cookies here in Korea again. Worth the hype. Every time! To get here, go to Itaewon Station Exit 2 and walk straight for about 5 minutes. You can’t miss the bright red storefront on your left. If you are closer to Hongdae, you can visit that location by going to Hongdae Station and hanging a left outside of exit 9.

Q: What’s the best cookie you’ve ever had?

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