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I Must’ve Pied and Went to Rich Man Heaven

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Today’s post is going to be short and sweet like the dessert I ate after my Paraguayan meal.  Once I took down my fair share of empanadas, I wanted something sweet to balance out the savory fillings, so I found myself at Tartine.  Tartine is located in Itaewon at 119-15 Itaewon, Yongsan -Gu, Seoul. Take the metro to Itaewon station, and then come out of exit 1 and walk straight. It is in the second alley you pass on your right hand side.  Turn right and you’ll see the red sign on the right and left sides of the buildings.  Here’s their website.  IMG_1011

When I got there, I felt like crying with how much stuff I wanted to try yet every item was insanely expensive.IMG_1009  For the tiny pies, it ranged from 6,000 W-8,500 W.  A small chocolate cake cost 35,000 W!  I don’t know if they mixed in 24 Karat gold in the batter or used ground unicorn horn for the frosting, but that’s ridiculous.  Either way, I was just going to settle for a pie since I wanted to try it once.  They have a take out bakery on one side of the walk, and an actual cafe on the other side where you can sit outside when the weather’s nice like it was today.IMG_1008  I perused the case looking at various fruit, meringue, and chocolate inspired creations, but one caught my eye that really seemed unique.  It was called “Paradise Pie” (8,800 W).  When I got the pie, I still didn’t see why it was so expensive given the size, but the taste was somewhat worth it.IMG_1012  The crust was a typical shortening based crust that was average. but the insides were something delightful.  IMG_1013Basically, it was the equivalent of a chocolate pie and a pecan pie creating a tropical baby made of coconut with all of it covered in the signature pecan pie sugar sauce.  The whole pecans were crunchy and sweet while the small chocolate chunks were occasional nuggets of treasure I found while digging through the thick layers of brown coconut mixed with chocolate mousse.  It was very decadent, but I wouldn’t make this a regular habit.

If you want to try some competently made but overpriced desserts, Tartine is the place for you.

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About Mark T

I'm a food lover who would like to share my many adventures throughout the culinary and geographical world. A good meal or snack can unite people from all walks of life, and new stories can be created from meetings around a table or face to face in a quiet cafe. In this blog, I will share various experiences I've had over the years, and hopefully you'll adventure outside your usual gastronomic choices to try something new and unusual. Bon Appetit, Buen Provecho, and Buon Appetito!

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  1. The review of this pie was great! I’d love to try one if it was made in the USA. I’ll have to find a Paraguayan restaurant.

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  2. Love Tartines, but yeah, you need to take out a second mortgage to pay for it.
    Great article!

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    • Love TARETINE? You must not be speaking of TARTINE Itaewon, because on October 31, 2013 you wrote:

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      Noone passes by Tartine without pausing for a little while and taking a brief moment to just stand there and admire the gorgeous little pies stored on the glass shelves inside the bakery shop. It doesn’t help either that the shops themselves are so visually pleasing with the bright yellow painted exterior and the cozy look derived from the lights inside. As I am always in a constant dire need of sweet treats, needless to say the sudden encounter with Tartine left me reeling with joy. Unfortunately, the trip to Tartine had to make me lie down and think about the decisions I’d made. Tartine was nothing but a disappointment.
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      Of course, if you have a complaint, it is always best to contact the owner as a kindness so that they can provide you with the satisfaction you deserve. We can not always live up to everyone’s expectations, but we never want to profit on someone being unhappy with our service or products. While some of your comments are subjective and we respect them, some are just not true…

      If anyone has to take out a second mortgage so that they can enjoy our baked items, I would ask then to contact me directly we are always happy to support those who are experiencing financial hardships.

      Chef D. Garrett Edwards
      Director of Kitchens / Owner
      Tartine Korea
      http://www.tartine.co.kr

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      • Hi Garrett.
        You need to read a little closer chef.
        That was a reblog from another blog.
        I did not write that, but I hope you connect with the original writer, who is actually quite a great blogger and write this essay of an explanation on her wall.
        Thank you for reading!
        Derek

  3. Pingback: Chef D.Garrett Edwards – The Insecure Chef from Tartines Bakery in Itaewon. | Derek Versus Lonely Planet

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