LV | the factory kitchen opens in las vegas

the factory kitchen is now open in las vegas! i was lucky enough to attend their opening party on 1/16/19.

their first location is in los angeles, & it is named after the street address of that location.

the front of the restaurant has red neon sign of the restaurant name
the factory kitchen in las vegas is located in restaurant row at the venetian

cute little area to sit & chat
they are ready for service!
restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi, chef Angelo Auriana during the pasta demo. they mentioned that the idea of the factory kitchen was first discussed in the bay area!
media dinner menu. they use fresh, seasonal & locally-sourced ingredients.

i loved the handkerchief pasta aka mandilli di seta. it was cooked perfectly & the pesto was well-balanced.

the prosciutto wasn’t too salty & went well with the creaminess of the cheese.

the porchetta was crispy, fatty & well seasoned.

i recommend their cannolis! i am usually not a fan of them but these had great texture & it had a savory component to them which balanced out the sweetness from the cream.

The Factory Kitchen

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(In The Venetian)

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The Factory Kitchen

1300 Factory Place #101
Los Angeles, Ca 90013

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seoul | march 2018

as some of you may know, i went on an epic trip all over korea in march. in about two weeks, i was able to hit up 100 restaurants/cafes in korea & about 15 places in osaka, japan.ย  i am finally getting around to starting a series of blog posts from that trip.

i try to go back to the motherland once a year. so far, success! here are some places in Seoul that were worth going to. leave a comment if you are interested in more posts from my korea travels!

usually, this is my first stop when i arrive:

12 Jong-ro 16-gil, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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it’s so simple & they have only four items on the menu: kimchi jjigae, doenjang jjigae, soon tofu, doen jang jjigae with snails. this is a perfect place to come for breakfast, all under โ‚ฉ6,000 ~$6USD.

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๊ด‘์žฅ์‹œ์žฅ| gwangjang market

88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 4(sa)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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nearby in this jongno district, is the gwangjang market which has a lot of food stalls. think dumplings, knife-cut noodles, and the drug kimbap [literal translation]. they also have restaurants, as well as shops that are not food related.

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62 Bukchon-ro 5-gil, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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my newest discovery this past season was this michelin-rated raw soy sauce crab specialty place. if you want this at a lower price-point and at 3am at night, you can also try pro soy crab. i used to go to pro soy crab all the time but after visiting this place, i haven’t gone back.

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513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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another place, i frequent is this gomtang spot. there are multiple locations. i’ve been to the original location but frequent the one inside Coex mall because of its central location.

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13 Nonhyeon-ro 10-gil, Gaepo 4(sa)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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dahk hanmari is chicken soup with the option of noodles at the end. the broth was flavorful and perfect for the weather in march. i had this once before at a different place in korea but it wasn’t as good as this one.

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17 Teheran-ro 43-gil, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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i love intestines, mainly large intestines so i was on the search for some good intestine bbq place. i found this place via google maps and it did not disappoint.
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932 Yangjae-daero, Munjeong-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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usually i like to go to the seafood market because it is a good place to get fresh seafood. you first go to one of the many seafood stalls and pick out what you want. lobsters, korean flounder/halibut, abalone, and octopus are some of the things i like to eat prepared raw there. some of the lobsters are huge!ย  after they kill & clean the seafood for you, you are lead to a “restaurant” where you can eat the freshly prepared seafood. there you can purchase alcohol and also they can cook your seafood if you’d like. they can prepare maeun tang [spicy seafood soup] with the bones/lobster claws or even steam parts of the lobster, etc, etc. they were undergoing renovations since the last time i’ve gone, so things may be a little different now.

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76 Cheongpa-ro 47-gil, Cheongpadong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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this next place is a cafe where you can hang out with raccoons, a mini pig & a corgi. the corgi & pig are in the cafe seating area while the raccoons are in a separate room where you can feed them treats or ice. i didn’t know they loved ice so much! am i the only one that thinks raccoons are cute?!

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403-3 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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this coffee shop makes amazing latte art but only during the weekends and ONLY if they are not busy. i tried to go once on a weekend, but they said they were too busy to do their crazy latte art. this latte was โ‚ฉ30,000 but can you really put a price on art?

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rain drop – ๋ ˆ์ธ๋“œ๋กญ

57-12 Dongsomun-ro 22-gil, Dongseon-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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there are so many cute coffee shops in Seoul but i loved this place! their latte art is also next level. they use meringues to make their art 3D.

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Mnd coffee

81, Duteopbawi-ro 1-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04333, South Korea

 

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this next cafe, is a hidden gem. i specifically went for their wave toast. it’s a very simple toast, mainly sweet cream sandwich between two pieces of bread, topped with cream cheese that is in different colors. they have other photogenic toasts but i wasn’t able to try them.

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