Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

April 14, 2019 — 56 Comments

Taking the time to re-visit my trip to Seoul over the past few blog posts have been really fun. This post is going to focus on sharing a video from my performance in the Recital Hall at the Seoul Arts Centre and the Instagramable Food Treats Inspired by K-pop culture.

One of the verses of Muttertänderlei, is about comparing her gorgeous baby daughter to sweet traditional German baked goods such as Zuckerwechen (Sweet Bun). I think this metaphor describes the deliciousness of cute babies and how you want to gobble them up. Which as a concept can definitely transferred to Korea. Cute cartoons, bold colours and celebrations of K-Pop stars decorated public areas and in turn went on to inspire food!

Rainbow Crepe Cake

The colour palette of magical unicorns, for instance, may have inspired this rainbow cake created by Billy Angel Cake Company in Seoul. This colourful cake is created from 20 individual crepes coloured with different fruit flavours and delicately divided by layers of spread mousse.

Bedazzled Ice-cream

Bistopping ice-cream cafe was a favourite find of mine. Imagination exploded here, in the form of embellished cones (with hundreds and thousands, painted icing, colourful sugar loops), chocolate phrases and crazy cookies which could be added to your ice-cream to produce your own unique design.

Ginormous Gateau

We found a little cafe called Conversation Cake from posts of Instagram. These cakes were  gorgeously decorated with macerated fruit and indulgent layers of sponge. Our most expensive cakes of the day, and sadly on our visit a little dry, but with a glass of refreshing iced coffee they became well-balanced.

Flower Pot Mystery

Bananatree cafe was unbelievably cute from its hand-drawn menus to its quirky presentational style of its delicious food. We tried Candifloss covered coffee, Eggyffogatto and a Flower Paap. The flower pot cake was an outstandingly yummy experience. From the chocolate soil and truffle stones which deceptively hid the delectable strawberry gateau beneath – found by trusty miniature shovel shaped spoons.

Fizzing Refreshments

We delved inside the wonderful world of Line Friends at their flagship store and Cafe and tried a selection of jazzy and vibrantly colourful drinks inspired by the characters. From marshmallow white hot chocolate to a mysterious blue soda float and a popping candy strawberry slushy. Our tastebuds tingled from the experience.

56 responses to Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

  1. 

    Thank you for sharing the video! You are in great voice and I was imagining that I was enjoying one of those delightful confections, whilst enjoying you. Brava!

  2. 

    Fab ice-creams!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      I look back now at the photos of cakes and ice creams in longing I’ve been eating salad since I returned home 😊.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  3. 

    Wow , very nice !!! Have a great week my dear !!

  4. 

    Ooo.. they look so great. I think I like try them but just look at them I am already happy.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      They looked too good to eat but we demolished them 😊.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  5. 

    I want to reach out and try one.

  6. 

    Now I’m hungry – it all looks good, though the icecream cones may get a bit distracting with the candy-bling extending from it. I enjoyed your performance – I like that it is a performance and you just sing 🙂 Glad you had a great time in Seoul.

  7. 

    Amazing creations. Looks like a sweet tooth paradise.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 4:58 pm

      Oh yes, we tried some amazing savouries too. It was a fabulous experience and the trip has given me ideas for programming and dinner parties too!

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  8. 

    My goodness! I have never seen anything like those cakes! I loved your video very much and think you sang beautifully!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you, Clare, I’ve got some more videos to load as soon as I can persuade my Dad to get them ready for me, it is a hard balance to know what videos to put onto YouTube when I need fresh videos for auditions, competition entries and other applications..

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  9. 

    Wonderfully illustrated post as always! Glad I could finally here you sing. Beautiful voice. Like the pastries. Looks yummy. They like bright colors in Korea. Find some frozen custard. One of my favs. Get it at Coney Island whenever I’m there. Shoot more video, sing some non opera stuff for your followers. (if you like.)

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Check out my Soundcloud link Daniel there is some more variety on there and some American Copeland songs. After six years of intensive classical training I have very little time to do none classical music although I do love all different styles of music from Musical Theatre to Jazz to Pop and Country, Rock and Rap. I’d love to do a collaboration with Eminem it would please my Mum immensely as long as there wasn’t too much swearing lol 😊.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  10. 

    You sound amazing! You just get better and better, this is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing the pics of those wonderful treats, it looks like you had a great time enjoying them with your brother and his husband.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you very much 😊. My vocal professor Rosa is taking me into areas I didn’t think I could sing, I still take regular coaching lessons, I don’t believe classical singers ever stop training and learning. I saw my younger brother and his girlfriend Anna, who now lives in Scotland over Easter too which was lovely, we had fabulous weather too.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  11. 

    Fabulous blog and photo’s Charlotte, which bring your experiences to life ..
    I loved the video and song, it’s always great to see you performing,amazing dress too.
    Wow the cakes looked brill my idea of heaven.lol.😂😘

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      The dress was a brilliant find of Mums, packs well and doesn’t crease. Glad you enjoyed the video I’ve been learning lots of new songs and arias, I’m performing a couple of new ones at Llangollen so I hope you managed to get your tickets.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  12. 

    Fantastic video Charlotte and the cakes!……… my goodness, I think I put half a stone on just looking at them. 😱 lovely to see Matt and Alex enjoying their visit with you. Love to you all.😘

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      I saw Tom and Anna over Easter too, Mum baked chocolate brownies and we had chicken roast dinner with all the works – brill. I’m going to be working in Leeds in August and Manchester touring local to you in September and I’ve organised some recitals in the North West so I hope I can tempt you both to come and watch a couple of the performances. I know you wanted to see Mansfield Park last year but it was sold out, well tickets are selling fast again this year the performances are 25th to 28th July speak to Mum if you can make a day trip to Oxford with them.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  13. 

    Fabulous voice and scrumptious food. Congratulations on your wonderful performance.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you 😊. I bet Wales is just lovely this Spring with all the good weather we’ve had although I got soaked the other day in an unexpected storm 😊.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  14. 

    So great to be given another video of yours, Charlotte, thank you. Also good to see that you tried the local cuisine; it’s all part of the traveling experience.
    Have a wonderful week!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you for watching, I’m hoping to get a few more videos for you to watch I just need Dad to put them in the right format for YouTube. I’ve got work lined up in the North of the UK from next month until October so I’m going to get to perform in lots of new areas for me. I’ll keep you posted.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  15. 

    Awesome singing and foodies dear Charlotte. I am sure that your singing will take you on more wonderful adventures in the future my friend 🙂 <3

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you Ralph, I hope you are doing well and have good weather in Austria. I’ve got performances booked in the UK now for Summer and Autumn but I’d love to do lots of travelling.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

      • 

        Thanks Charlotte. We are fine as was the weather. It’s great that you have bookings in the UK. I am sure other countries wll ask for you soon. 🙂 <3

  16. 

    Loved the video.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you very much for watching. I’m studying hard for my German examinations.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  17. 

    Dear Charlotte,
    I see Seoul really brought out the Poet in you and that rainbow cake really did look great that you ate. May the Lord bless you with justice from His eternal throne in heaven my Beloved.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you very much Rev Tim, I was beyond lucky to get such an opportunity, very blessed.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  18. 

    You have a beautiful voice! I have a sweet tooth, so I think I’d enjoy visiting Korea with all those lovely cakes and treats.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you, I try not to eat too many sweets I used to get away with it when I danced every day but it’s nice to have a blow out every now and again 😊.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  19. 
    Amritpal Singh April 17, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Beautiful

  20. 

    The little flowerpot cake looks too pretty to eat!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      They were too pretty to eat, you know when you buy something and just wish you didn’t have to demolish it.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  21. 

    Amazing!!! You sound fantastic. The dress is super gorgeous on you. The food adds weight to my thighs just looking at it! I must say those cones are Super Fun!
    Sending all the best to you, and I left another update on Char! I hope you like what I did!!! Resa

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      I’ll take a look this weekend Resa, I’ve been so busy this past fortnight and fitting in visits to the family which caused a catch-up spell, I’m meeting myself coming backwards. My Mum drops on these dresses at the designer outlet and I trust her taste for me.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

      • 

        No worries! It’s not a job. We are having fun. I want to keep it that way! If it takes weeks & weeks, no worries.
        Resa

  22. 

    Wow, Charlotte that looked like so much fun. Especially the ice cream cones. Your voice is so lovely. Glad that your brother made it with his husband. Thanks for posting these pictures, it gave me baking ideas, Darlene

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you Darlene, I hope that you are well. Thank you for watching my video, glad you liked it.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  23. 

    All of these look great. …chocolate soil? Oh my goodness, I’d be bouncing off the walls from all the sugar.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      I get a bit like that too with too much sugar 😊 as if I can get any more hyperactive.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  24. 

    Everything looks like are pages of a fairytale💗🍰🍦How cute is the egg shaped bowl😍

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 26, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      You would love the interior design spaces in Korea. I hope you are well.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

  25. 

    Wonderful singing as usual. You look stunning too, and so expressive with your arms and body language.

  26. 

    Loved the pictures, the food, the descriptions.. everything!

  27. 

    I’m in love with that flower pot cake! How cute!!

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