Hyper Japan 2013 – London Earl’s Court

Sometimes I think my friends and colleagues encourage me to blog even though they don’t mean to! I also think I have told one too many friends and colleagues that I blog ¬,¬” … Well one of my colleagues (calling him Mr B… he keeps sending me stuff to go to! I can’t keep up mate) sent me an email weeks ago alerting me about a discount from Amazon Local to go to Hyper Japan in Earls Court. The ticket was £12 for two people, and children under 10 could go in for free!! Woah, an offer I could not turn down… So that ticket was for me, Miss Pinky and Master H.

So I got this ticket, and tweeted it to the world… and then a week before the event I had to get one more ticket from the Hyper Japan website (they were selling them at full price at this point), and this one was for Mr Picky… that was another £12 not including the extra £2 something charge. 😦

Hyper Japan is an event about Japanese culture. It unites the gamers, foodies, anime / manga fans, shoppers and anybody who likes kawaii things! An all-round event for me then! I think this event started last year or in 2011, actually it was in 2010, and not too sure how it all came about… I wanted to show Miss Pinky the Japanese culture so that when we go to Japan one day she knows what she wants! Hahahah 😀

Our Saturday started out early after 10 am. Miss Pinky, Mr Picky and Master H had breakfast but I already had something to eat! We got to Earl’s Court before 12 pm, but we didn’t see how long the queue was until we reached the end… 
Outside Earl’s Court 2
Unfortunately the queuing system was not brilliant, as at one point it was curved around for some reason – that’s before we even got there… and we think a few people jumped the queue. It was annoying as the car park entrance was also next to the massive queue! OMG!!!!! It took a long while before the volunteers and staff to sort us out, we had to lean against the wall, and some were advised to come back at 4 pm as it was a one person ticket in and one person ticket out system… That’s just silly… And also tickets were also being sold at the door… That would just make people who already have tickets more frustrated!! It just wasn’t fair… Our umbrellas were out, the sun was out, and we were all hot… I know I’m British and queuing is our thing (but the British actually hate queuing), however I’m also Chinese and when I see disorder it must be organised straight away! Argh! … 
Queuing the wrong way round
Looks like these two characters needed a break! ^_^
And this was just part of the queue… It got longer… as you can see people had their brollies out as it was hot
Character from Kingdom Hearts (my brother doesn’t know which one!)
After an hour of queuing, a volunteer said we could go to the fast track queue as we had Master H as our saviour!! 😀 I have thanked Master H so many times on the day… Yay we got in!!!! Sorry for all the people in front of us! (as they would have been queuing for a bit more longer…)…

We got fast tracked… Yay! Thank you!!
First thing was to go to the loo, 😀 next thing was to split up and walk around… So Miss Pinky and I walked around together, and Mr Picky took Master H around… That was a good deal to split up as I think we would have gone crazy with each other! And here goes the pictures…
The start
So many cute stalls ^_^
So many people!!
Nice pink van 😀
I love Nanoblock!!! I haven’t blogged about this yet, but I will do after I have finished making a few… There’s another picture towards the end of this post of some more Nanoblock toys… They are just like LEGO…
Nanoblock toys
These designs are not available for sale… They were created by the team… These are so AWESOME!! 😀
Cosplay was a main feature in this event. Lots of people turned up in anime character costumes, and I loved it so much, because some of them were really cute in them!! ^_^
Lots of people were in cosplay
Hello Kitty bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I resisted big time!!!!!!!!!
Japanese clothing stall… it was a bit expensive…
This reminded me of Mr Bear… He loves cats!!
I wonder if Master H saw this water bottle… He loves Dragon Ball!
A costume being prepared…
Some cute characters!! (^_^)v
More cosplay!! 😀
Food stand!! 😀 … There were long queues for the food!!
Sake stand… You had to pay to get in 😦
Wow… Loving these guys in their costumes!
In this section a lot of people were entering into a photo competition… The best photo is….??!!
Hahahaha… Not sure which character this guy is… 
Cute girl playing a cute school girl 😀
Aha!! Found the Japan Centre stand!! They were selling a lot of stuff on their stand including sake… I got to have a taster of the peach sake. 😀
Japan Centre Stand
There were a few guys wearing these long tubes… I think he is from the band Siro-A
Lots and lots of people arriving…
I bought a tote bag from this stand… Tofu Cute ^_^
Japanese food and drinks demonstration stand
Lots of gamers about!!
Cute bells
Lots of cute bowls!!
So many people eating…
Look who we saw in Hyper Japan… Okan!! I blogged about them a while back. They were there making lots of okonomiyaki!! ^_^
Okan was there making okonomiyaki!
Lots of cute, cute things!!
Mr Picky and Miss Pinky got me a beer… buy 3 beers get a t-shirt free… I bought Miss Pinky and myself takoyaki (octopus balls)
Loads of toys to buy which you can’t buy in London unless you know where to find them…
Artbox stand!!! So many toys!!! 😀
Hehehe… another lot in cosplay!
Earl’s Court 2 from the back
Heheheh… I have no idea why this guy was showing the human body…
So many cute neko (cats)
Cute cute dolls 😀
Here’s the other Nanoblock picture… I wanted that minion but they sold out in 2 hours on the Friday 😦 … don’t worry I bought a couple off from ebay. One’s for Mr Games’ birthday present and one is for me! I also bought Bender, the robot from Futurama. (^_^)v … I did not want Steve Jobs… He’s the Apple guy…
I want that minion nanoblock!!!
Siro-A are a Japanese entertainment group, they will be performing in London for a bit at Leicester Square Theatre from August to October… So join them… They were performing at 5.30 pm on Saturday but we left before the show…
Member of Siro-A
 I love Dragon Ball tooooooo… I want that Buu cuddly toy…..!!
Lots of cuddly toys
Godzilla figurines
Anime characters I think
These cute chibi dolls are part of a cyber band… my brother knows more!
One Piece and Dragon Ball Z figurines
Which one is this one from?
Lots of filming going on…
Heheh, couldn’t help myself… a girl in a Pikachu suit!! Had to take a pic!!
More gamers about…
And finally some girls in modern day geisha wear… getting ready for some entertainment show…
There were so many cute things, food and lots of things to see, but most stalls preferred you paid in cash so I didn’t buy much… I hadn’t realised I knew so much about manga, anime, food and cute things from Japan! Thanks to my brother who got me really into this stuff… I’m hoping to go to Japan in the nearest future… Fingers crossed!! 😀

Hyper Japan was a very good event… just the queuing system needed to be sorted out… Lots of Tweeters were thinking the same, and one said more people could have entered into the arena… but safety and entering a certain amount of people into one area is the issue in all events.

Hope those that got in had a lot of fun, and those that didn’t will go next year!

And finally we got to Embankment and walked towards South Bank… We got ice cream too… I had a bit of food at Miss Pinky’s mother’s place before heading out to eat again… But unfortunately Mr Picky is a definite picky person and Miss Pinky didn’t want to eat what he wanted… He doesn’t like to eat out 😦 … So I headed home and grabbed a Subway sandwich… 
In Southbank
My ice cream of Eton Mess and Cookies…

My Old Dutch – London Holborn

Miss Pinky mentioned this place the other day, and I realised that these guys follow me on Twitter, and I haven’t made the effort to go and try them out. Well now I am, and this time I’m going to go with Miss Pinky and her new boyfriend who I am still stuck trying to give him a nickname. He looked offended when I suggested one name! (Yes, the new boyfriend knows I blog too!)… So I think I will call him Mr Picky, as he is apparently picky with food. (He might not appreciate this but I like it). (^_^)v Good thinking Geek!

I got there early and was sitting and waiting for them, plus passed a level in Candy Crush… It does start getting easy-ish by the way. Just have to work on your gaming skills.

Before I came here I had looked on the website beforehand just to see what the pancakes, desserts and savoury foods were like. They all sound great, but I wish there were pictures I could see. On the pancake section you can hover over the item and you can see a picture… That’s not really a good design feature by the way, because it doesn’t work properly on Google Chrome…
Outside My Old Dutch
My Old Dutch in Holborn is very close to the station so you won’t get lost at all. As we stepped in we got seated straight away…
Sorry for fuzzy picture… The inside
We all needed time to decide what to eat because we haven’t had a savoury pancake for a bit, and I have never been to My Old Dutch before. In the end this is what we had…

Mr Picky had this. Compote of Berries pancake with ice cream. That looks nice and massive! 🙂 There’s so much icing on the plate too. I had a bit of the berries. They are not sweet unfortunately. I do prefer sweet berries, so thankfully I did not order this!!

Compote of Berries pancake with ice cream
I had the Banana, Nuts, Cream and Chocolate sauce Waffles. This tasted really good! However the cream melted too quickly (I wasn’t quick enough to eat it!) and it wasn’t filling… 😦 They should’ve put an extra waffle in for me!!
Banana, Nuts,Cream and Chocolate Sauce Waffle
Miss Pinky had the Lamb Stew pancake… Interesting! This one tasted really good, and I just thought why didn’t I order a savoury pancake in the first place?!
Lamb Stew Pancake
After eating my waffles, I still felt hungry. I wanted a proper pancake… A Dutch pancake! 😛 And Miss Pinky wanted something sweet…. So we had this. Mr Picky was already full from what he had, so he didn’t order anything else.

Miss Pinky decided to order a You Choose your own. It was basically the same as what Mr Picky had… ¬,¬”” Oh dear… she didn’t finish it. It was way too big!
Miss Pinky’s pancake 
And I had this… The My Old Dutch pancake. This was very filling, but I didn’t attempt to finish it. I think I would have without the presence of Miss Pinky and Mr Picky!! It was almost like looking at a thin crust pizza heheheh…
My Old Dutch pancake
Total cost came to £60 something… Expensive!!! Mine was about £16 worth not including the beer I had. If I need to come for dessert after a long day I think I would come here. It was a very peaceful restaurant for a Sunday!

My geeky rating: 4.5/5 (giving to a lot of places recently!!)

Good points:
– Massive pancakes both sweet or savoury
– Ok prices
– Good, spacious seating area

Bad points:
– Waffles didn’t fill me up… and that’s about it!

Address: 131-132 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 6PS
Telephone: 020 7242 5200

Shiro Japanese Restaurant – London Percy Street (NOW CLOSED)

As I was walking back down from Paperchase heading towards China Town I was dying to eat Japanese food. Ramen especially. On Tottenham Court Road there are a few places that serve Japanese food, but there is this one place I have passed many times and have wanted to try out their food for a long time… According to other blog posts I have read (after I’ve been there) they didn’t seem to have a good experience… It was empty. Not a single soul in this restaurant. Only the cook and a waitress. Anyway, I entered thinking I must try it out and to see why no one is in there!
Outside Shiro Japanese Restaurant

Well for one thing, I’m not even sure if the staff are Japanese. The place was very clean but no music. What a shame that there were no customers…

Inside the restaurant

Opened door

Empty restaurant 😦 … 

There was a lot of choice on the menu, but I had my heart set out for any noodle dishes on the menu. So in the end I chose the shoyru chicken ramen and ebi prawns plus a calpico drink.

First came the ebi prawns and the soy sauce that came with it. Definitely dip your prawns in the sauce as the prawns have no taste to it. These were expensive at £7.50 but worth it. I like fried food and I know I shouldn’t eat too much of it.
Ebi Prawns ^_^

My Calpico drink

Next came the ramen. Ooooh. It looked good. The soup wasn’t salty, it had the right texture and flavouring. There was hardly any fat sitting on top of the soup. The chicken was tasty and fresh, and very juicy. The ramen itself tasted very good. Not over cooked or under cooked, and it was still al-dente… it was none of that instant noodle business we make at home! I would have had the whole soup if I hadn’t added some chilli oil into it… Oh well!!  It was a very good price at £5.90.

Shoyru Chicken Ramen… if only there was an egg on top of that!

I don’t know why people are avoiding this place. I actually think it’s ok despite the bad reviews they have had recently and plus it’s a refurbished, renamed restaurant. The restroom could do with some more refurbishing though. Mr Bear saw the pictures a few days later, and said, “uh, how comes you never told me about this…?!”… Well he hasn’t been in the office for a bit, he’s doing other important stuff… so next time I will take him there… eventually!

Total cost came to £17.90. I took a picture of the bill to remind myself of the costs… It is quite pricey, but aren’t all Japanese restaurants charging too much these days. I didn’t realise there was a £2 service charge, and I gave them a £1 tip as there was no one there… ¬,¬” I felt sorry for them.. I would definitely go back for more ramen… Maybe the chasu shoyru ramen and some sushi next time! They are only taking cash at the moment as their phone line is bad, so there’s a HSBC and Natwest opposite if you need money!

Also to note, they have a karaoke room and the meat they serve is Halal…

My geeky rating: 4.5/5

Good points:
– Gave you time to look at the menu (the waiter/chef had good timing!)
– A quiet place to eat
– My ramen and prawns tasted really good!!

Bad points:
– A bit too quiet for my liking, they need more guests
– A bit expensive, mainly the prawns, but the ramen price was ok
– Although service was ok, they could smile a bit more!!

Address: 19 Percy St London W1T 1BZ
Telephone: 0871 971 7849 (this is a weird number for a London number…)

Website: http://www.shirolondon.com/ (It’s too bad there’s no menu online to show you their prices… This website needs a revamp on everything)

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Paperchase – London Tottenham Court Road

How could I forget about Paperchase?! It’s a CUTE store too!

As I couldn’t find many cute, cute stalls in Camden Town, I stopped back off at the back street of Tottenham Court Road and went towards Paperchase after stopping off at Waterstones… Tottenham Court Road is a one way street unfortunately, so if you’re going computer shopping, you have to walk all the way back down. 😦

Paperchase is one of my favourite stores in the entire of the UK! And I really mean it! There are stores everywhere, Waterloo Station, Victoria Station, Strand and various other places… But the big one is in Tottenham Court Road.
Outside Paperchase in Tottenham Court Road

Look at all that cute stuff in the window!! ^_^
It has 3 floors altogether that includes the ground floor…
2 floors upstairs…
I love this place because of the amount of stationery they sell. If I lived in a big place, I think I would have majority of my stationery coming from here…

If you don’t want to shop for stationery there’s always the cute lunch boxes and water bottles that you can have a look at. I think bento boxes are still an in thing. These are on the ground floor.
Ground floor… so many cute things! 😀

Lunch / Bento boxes, water bottles and carriers…

Kawaiiiiiiiiii!! ^_^

The cafe is on the first floor which I didn’t take a picture of… But this is part of the first floor.
1st floor
On the second floor there’s paper. Lots of it…
2nd floor
I also found a world map for Miss Pinky. She’s bad at geography even though she did this for her GCSE’s!! (I did History GCSE and I still know where some of the places in the world are… ¬,¬””).
Map cost me £3 something… 😀
Prices are generally ok in Paperchase, they are not overly expensive, but in general it’s a good price for good quality!

Address: 213 – 215 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PS
Telephone: 0207 467 6200

Camden Town… no cute stalls?

It’s very hard to find cute stores elsewhere nowadays. I remembered there were quite a few in the old days and especially around Camden Town. Unfortunately there’s not many of those anymore around this area of London. So you really have to look hard for the cute stalls.

For me, it’s really easy to be like a tourist or a person from out of London, so taking some random pictures of the Camden area is easy and fun… Because I’ve been to Camden Town so many times in the past I know which areas to look for cute things…

Here’s a few stalls you could try and find in the stable market area… There’s a lot of stalls that sell antique and vintage objects, so have a good look around.
So many different bags!!

Lots of antiques and vintage stuff

Loads of bags and purses

This is the only cute stall I found in the entire stable market area!!

Hello Kitty Stall!! Yay!!

Heheh, is that a toilet seat? Or a weird chair?

 I bought socks from here… Forgot the name of the shop, but it’s in one of those side streets…

Sock, shoes and bag shop

Cute socks!!

I just had to take a picture of this!! Loads of weird t-shirt designs 😀

Bags, bags and bags! I love bags!!

Across the road from the stable market there are other stalls you may wish to look at…

Cute key chain toys!

I think this is a Japanese stall… Can you see the unique toilet roll holder!

Cute toy stall for young kids!

And if you have time, which I didn’t, you can have a look in this section – Camden Market. There must be a cute stall in there somewhere!

Outside The Camden Market… loads of stalls in there 😀

If not, try Punky Fish for some cute t-shirts or other clothing. 


The whole area is full of unique stalls and shops. If you’re looking for anything that’s punk style, this is the area to go to!! ^_^ The Geek will not turn into a Geeky Punk by the way… (^_^)v

Lots of shops with gothic clothing and unique trainer stores

Had to get a shot of this for the men shopping around XD

Also one more thing, if you like food, try out as many food stalls as you can… I didn’t take any shots of them because I knew I would want to eat loads… 😛

Here’s some scenic shots…

In the Stable Market area

Taking a long shot

From the other side of the road…

Nearest tube station: Camden Town (Northern Line)

Buses: 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274,  C2

The Best Kebab – London Walworth Road

I didn’t forget to blog about this place. Just got too busy… ¬,¬””

The Best Kebab which is situated along the Walworth Road… It’s where all the drunks go at night, the mothers who like a cheap meal for their children, a place for family gatherings and for others to enjoy a good kebab!

I like coming here, as you get a good portion size for small and large appetites. They are reasonably priced too… I think just over a fiver for a meal… (Sorry for bad quality pictures by the way, I used the LG phone for this post).
Outside The Best Kebab
Miss Pinky and I went here after playing a board game at Mr Games’ place a few weeks ago… And apparently I had to treat her for this meal!  What?! ¬,¬ … that doesn’t make sense!

Anyway we had the following… I forgot the names of the dishes, but I think you can just admire all that meat, bread, salad and chips in this post! ^_^
Miss Pinky’s food

Pita bread – stone oven baked!

I think this was mine 😀
It was a cheap meal of a total cost around £13-£14. Not bad for two people right?! So if you pass by, and you want something to eat, try The Best Kebab. It’s also Halal… I actually wanted to take my cousin here but we ended up at that one in Leicester Square… Too bad!

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points:
– Cheap and good portions of food
– Tasty and delicious kebab
– Pita bread is baked in a stone oven

Bad points:
– Not many bad points… I can’t really think of any… Maybe toilets shouldn’t be for both males and females…

Address: 294 Walworth Rd London, SE17 2TE
Telephone: 020 7703 7383

My Old Place 老地方 – London Middlesex Street

Mandarin classes finished for the year, but that doesn’t stop me or many others still speaking in Mandarin… I’m still bad at it. Still need to listen more. And I need to stop finding and watching Korean dramas!! One classmate decided to have a gathering between her old classmates and this years classmates… Unfortunately a lot of them couldn’t make it, so it ended being only three of us! That’s a shame… couldn’t order many dishes… 😦

It was decided we would go to My Old Place 老地方 (Mando: lao di fang, lit. Old Place) which is situated in the East Central side of London. I rarely eat in the East Central side… I think I need to find more places in the East! This is a much talked about place from the Chinese as well as the English, as the food is cheapish and it’s a place to eat spicy food, northern Chinese style. I rarely eat northern Chinese food except for Peking duck and dumplings, so it was a different experience coming to this restaurant…
Outside My Old Place 老地方

Still outside

A bad picture of the lower ground floor…

My female classmate had already booked the table, we were just waiting on people… The others never turned up, and the restaurant was already packed with Chinese people, plus a bunch of English people throwing a surprise party for a guy named Archie! Heheh. (Didn’t take a picture of the guy, I don’t think he would have wanted me to blog about his birthday surprise!). 
The guests were mainly Cantonese and Mandarin speakers… The waiters and waitresses spoke in Mandarin, so my Cantonese wouldn’t have helped in this situation. We sat next to a Chinese family of three who looked like tourists.

An old bowl with my Tsing Tao beer

I got my male classmate to order in Mandarin, since he is better than me… He spent 3 years in China! Me… zero years!! I’m English born brought up in a Hong Kong disciplined household!! 😛 I think the family sitting with us were a bit surprised! Heheheh.

Ok, so what did we order…

First was this dish ordered by my female classmate. 茄子. (mando: qiezi; canto: keh ji)… I actually had loads of aubergine the night before. And it tasted like this… A lot of people eat this… This isn’t a spicy dish but enriched with a thick sauce. There’s a lot of aubergine to get through for three people!!
Aubergine 茄子 with the big bowl of rice

Next was my dish 泡椒炒鲜鱿 (mando: pao jiao chao xian you; canto: paau jiu chaau sin yauh; trad: 泡椒炒鮮魷) Fried Pickled Peppers with Cuttlefish… I thought I had ordered something that wasn’t spicy, but unfortunately it was. This was a bit too spicy for my two classmates and so they decided to skip. I liked it, and I had the dish all to myself, but I only seemed to have eaten all the cuttlefish. I like seafood! But the peppers I left out, as it got too spicy for my tongue. Would have taken it home, but what would I have had it with? More rice I guess.

Fried Pickled Peppers with Cuttlefish 泡椒炒鲜鱿

This is 锅爆肉 (mando: guo bao rou; canto: wo baau yuk; trad: 鍋爆肉)… meaning “pot-exploding-meat”, but in English it’s actually called Dried Fried Sweet and Sour Pork. In Cantonese style this would have been orange in colour. My male classmate pointed out that this dish is from Harbin due to the natural colour sauce. There are two northern styles apparently… Well it tastes like my dad’s version but it had a very strong vinegar taste to it. 

Dried Fried Sweet and Sour Pork 锅爆肉

Total cost came to £32.50 I think. Not bad for three dishes, a big bowl of rice to share, 2 beers and a juice! Wow. I think I should come here again and hopefully get more people to come!!

My geeky rating: 4.5/5

Good points:
– Seating is in old Chinese style… sharing a table if you can!
– Tasty northern Chinese dishes
– Inexpensive 😀

Bad points:
– Bowls are a bit worn… need new tableware
– Service is a bit slow, but it was very busy that night… And it was a Tuesday too! Blimey!

Address: 88-90 Middlesex St London E1 7EZ
Telephone: 020 7247 2200

Website: http://www.oldplace.co.uk/ (This website hasn’t been updated for years, so expect to pay a little more than what it says on the website. There’s also a few more dishes added onto the actual menu)…

p.s. I did an hour’s presentation at work on this day… so I really deserved this dinner (^_^)v … didn’t even tweet or moan about it! That’s how good it was 😀

Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme

A colleague of mine (who is replacing Mr Bear’s seat for a few months and has a few more weeks to go with us) went to New York for two weeks! I gave her some of my loose change from when I went to Dallas as I knew I won’t be in America for a while yet! I asked her to buy me something different and unique that the UK hasn’t seen yet, and she brought me back a Hershey’s bar! ¬,¬”” I’m sure I remembered that I told her not to buy anything Hershey’s… Oh well… From my last Heshey’s review I had a long foul aftertaste in my mouth, so I’m expecting something similar in this one…

Well this is not just any Hershey’s bar, it’s a Cookies ‘n’ Creme Hershey’s Bar! Yes, another cookies and cream flavour. Do chocolate companies go to each other and say, “Hey, I’m going to make this flavour, I bet you can’t pull off a better version than me!”. That’s just me over thinking, and I’m sure I’ve said this before in another post somewhere, but how many versions of the same flavour can you get?!
Another Cookies and Creme flavour from Hershey’s this time!!
Unfortunately it’s a bit damaged by the time I got it…
My damaged Hershey’s Cookies and Creme white chocolate bar >.<
However it tastes awesome with the unfortunate aftertaste, but not as bad as the milk chocolate one… There is a distinct creamy taste to the white chocolate, which I like and it’s sweet. But the best bit out of this chocolate bar is the cookie bits that they’ve added in. I didn’t see this in the Kit Kat versions, and I think for me Hershey’s has beaten Kit Kat in the overall Cookies and Creme (Cream) chocolate bar / snack!!

Very unique indeed! And now my colleague wants a piece!! ^_^ I hope I don’t eat it all before I give it to her 😀

By the way, does anyone know where one can buy this in the UK? Shops or online? I have a feeling my colleague will be on the hunt for it, as well as Mr Bear who wanted a piece too!! 😀

Thames Indian – London Waterloo

Going to Belgium and back to London in less than 24 hours was incredibly exhausting! And by time we got to our almost final destinations (our own homes) we had to eat dinner. Miss Pinky wanted Indian, I didn’t mind, and final decision was left to Master H. It was Indian food in the end… So we went to Miss Pinky’s favourite Indian restaurant, the Thames Indian based in London Waterloo. She always goes here when she has the chance… I’ve grown to like it too. How many times have I been there? About 4 or 5 times in the past few years… (I promise I do eat at home, but I seem to eat out a lot these days!!)… Just before we went in I think a couple of Londoners thought we were tourists as we blocked this woman and her partner going into the kebab next door, she gave me that tut tut look (the glimpse over of like “pee off”)… I assure you I am not a tourist in London. Just one Londoner that’s better than some! (My fume is now over!!).

So here we are, I didn’t take a picture of the inside or outside, I was absolutely exhausted, but I seemed to manage to take pictures of the food except for the poppadoms which are served with 4 different toppings / sauces. Heheh. 

I wanted duck, so I ordered the duck jalfrezi with special fried rice. It’s a 2 chilli dish and it’s mega hot! Thankfully I had a beer with my dinner otherwise I don’t think I would have survived even with the air con on!! Oh the special fried rice was good too! It wasn’t greasy and very tasty too. 🙂
Duck Jalfrezi – 2 chillies!!

Special Fried Rice… good for an Indian Restaurant!
Master H wanted special fried rice but with king size prawns (he got the smaller ones)… and he needed to order a curry with it. The waiter suggested a prawn or vegetarian biryani for him… (which he didn’t eat). Secretly I think Master H likes Chinese food more than Indian, but wanted to keep her sister a little happy that evening. 
Biryani… I think it’s vegetarian

Master H’s special Special Fried Rice. It’s with additional prawns
I forgot what Miss Pinky wanted… but this is her dish… was it a lamb and spinach dish? I can’t remember!! And she had plain white rice with it… I think you’ll get bored of me taking pictures of the white rice (well only because Miss Pinky started digging in before I could take it!)… ^_^””
A lamb and spinach dish I think!

Can you see Miss Pinky has almost finished her beer, and is quickly eating!! I haven’t even started mine yet!! ¬,¬”
Phew!! Dinner over!! Overall, I love curry, and I’m always happy to eat in an authentic Indian restaurant… There was an Indian family sitting behind us who weren’t pleased with one of the dishes… Too sweet they said… Well authentic or out of the ordinary dish this place is still a good restaurant… There are many Indian restaurants I have seen with no customers in it at all in South London, and this one always has a customer!! ^_^

Total cost came up to £48 something (Miss Pinky tried to confuse me with the final bill, I think she wanted to split it in half, and I think I was supposed to give her £5, but she asked for £10! Huh?!!! …. I took the change in the end:P … Or maybe I should have paid £10, and then given her £10. Is that what she wanted me to do?).

My geeky rating: 4.5/5 (Miss Pinky would give this place 5/5 for sure!).

Good points:
– Polite service
– Tasty food and I think it is authentic… probably more for the British taste??
– Very near to Waterloo Station
– Reasonable pricing for 3 people!

Bad points:
– Tables are a bit squished together leaving less room for people to get in and out of their seat, but I understand it’s to get a high turnover…
– Food was a bit slow getting to the table

Address: 79 Waterloo Rd, London, SE1 8UD ‎

Telephone: 020 7928 0909

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Bruges, Belgium – A Coach Trip!

Another trip out of London again?! Yep… I love London, but there are times when you just want to get out of here. Away from everything and everyone, and just enjoy a trip elsewhere…

Miss Pinky and I decided to go on a day trip to Belgium after seeing on my work noticeboard that a person was selling their tickets, but I couldn’t get hold of the person so I decided to have a look on the Internet to see if there was something similar we could go on. There are lots of Internet sites, but sometimes you have to really look for them! In the end I found East London Travel, where they offer day trips via coach, and also 3 day holidays. I think it is worth going on a day trip via coach if you find trains too expensive! I bought 3 seats as we were bringing along Master H. He has never been outside of the UK before, and this is his first European experience… Miss Pinky called it a tester for him! Heheh.

It was an early start to the day. I woke up at 3.15 on Saturday morning had a bit of breakfast and then left to meet Miss Pinky and Master H at Canada Water Underground Station. We had to get the first train to Stratford for the pick up at 6.10 am! It’s not hard to find the pick up, just go out of the station and turn left into Great Eastern Road, keep walking left until you see the Theatre Royal… I saw a beautiful sunrise by the way… (This is when I realised I left my SD card in my computer! 😦 )
Sunrise in Stratford

Somewhere around Kent

There are several pick ups along the way, so make sure you’re in the right seat beforehand… Someone sat at my window seat, which I had booked… I wanted that window seat to take pictures!! Nevermind!

It was an interesting journey going towards the EuroTunnel in Folkestone… A variety of different characters, and people who have traveled with East London Travel before. I read, tried to sleep and listened to a lot of music along the way! When we got to Folkestone there was a 20 minute delay with the trains so we were allowed to have an hour at the EuroTunnel stop… (I got my SD card from here, £10 well spent, not).

It takes 35 minutes to get to France via EuroTunnel from Folkestone

Awaiting our departure time…

Shopping are at EuroTunnel

Our coach

Finally got onto the EuroTunnel. It only takes 35 minutes to cross over as they go highspeed across the English Channel, and it’s actually my second time experiencing this (well 3rd time if you count the return journey from my first trip)! I went to Calais once on a school trip where I went to see the graves and No Man’s Land from World War I many, many years ago, and funnily enough I went with Miss Pinky during that trip. You can’t see the sea unfortunately as you’re actually in a tunnel. It’s hot in the coach as well as they switch off the engine, so if you get hot easily, have a walk around…

In Folkestone getting ready to board the train

Amazing piece of land art of a horse! ^_^

Inside the train

Got to Calais yay!! But now it was an hour and 20 minutes drive to get to Bruges!! 😦 Another long trip… Stick the music back on!!

Travelling along Calais

When we got to Bruges, the place where the coach usually stopped had a festival going on in there, so they parked at the coach parking are which is alongside the riverbank…

The town centre (centrum) is not far, but we had to walk a longer way due to the festival! And this is where our actual journey / adventure began. We only had 4 hours in town, so we had to shop, browse, eat, and take as many pictures as quickly as possible. XD So now it’s picture time!
Finally in Bruges!! Someone selling flowers in a boat…

We went in this public serving boat a bit later… The other boats are private…

Pretty street art!

Love this canal / river ^_^

Bruges is well known for their swans… There’s loads of them!

Yummy bakery…I want to have them all… but I will get fatter! XD

Streets of Bruges

Not sure what this building is called…

Miss Pinky wearing pink, and Master H taking pictures of the orange car!

Me, The Geek with Master H  ^_^

Miss Pinky on the right side just marching to find good deals! 

Loads of cheese!! Dutch cheese?

Antique or secondhand store

Bruges is well known for their horse and carriages!

Quite religious too

Or maybe not that religious…

Nice ornaments!

Water fountain for the horses

Tourists and horses and carriages

Lots and lots of ducks and swans… and there’s a canal ride you can go on if you have time

Beautiful canal!

Cool nun! 😀

Finally it was time to eat. Didn’t know what to eat. Master H wanted a burger. I could tell Miss Pinky wanted mussels. And I wanted anything meaty! We ended up eating at t’ Nieuw Walnutje where they serve 15 different flavours of mussels. Their menu was in Dutch and French. I can read a bit of French (I did French GCSE – need to touch up on it though) and I had spotted the beer flavoured mussels for Miss Pinky. And Miss Pinky said Master H should have the mixed grill with chips as they don’t serve burgers… I wanted the mixed grill too!!!! 😀

My diet coke and Miss Pinky’s Belgium Biere

Inside t’Nieuw Walnutje

The menu in Dutch and French

My mixed grill was excellent! I loved it, and so did Master H. The chicken was a bit dry, but everything else compensated for it… The beef steak was juicy, and I like the sausage too!

Mixed Grill

Miss Pinky’s mussels were very, very tasty. I have not seen mussels cooked in beer before! 😀 But she said it was disappointing not to have any bread with it as she normally does in other places. She had bread in Dallas, Ireland and London! Why not in Belgium? 

A big stew pot of mussels in beer…

Anyway I had a good time, it filled my stomach for a good 6-7 hours.

My quick geeky rating for t’Nieuw Walnutje: 4.5/5

Website: http://walnutje.be/?lang=en

This is outside the restaurant – Zeus, Leda, Prometheus and Pegasus

Now it was back to touristy things and shopping! I bought quite a bit of chocolate, so I will review some on another blogpost… It’s also cheaper to shop in the supermarket if you’re indecisive about where to get the best chocolates, beers, wines and other things. But still shop in the chocolate places, tea rooms and touristy places for some good bargains!

Lots of Belgian chocolate!!

More chocolate!! All we heard was chocolate!! Chocolat chocolat!!

Some street signs

Belgian waffles!! I wanted to try them, maybe next time!!

Spot the beer Miss Pinky saw… 😛

So many bikes for the festival!! It’s really safe over there… Their bikes have no locks…

It was now time to go back… Master H only had one tiny moan as he wasn’t allowed to buy a ball. Miss Pinky was being very authoritative about this, but you can buy balls in London for cheap! Nevermind Master H, you will understand when you’re all grown up, paying for bills, rent and trying to survive… And then paying for all our trips in the future. Heheheh XD

Our last stop was at May Flower, a boat cafe / restaurant for the public… Some boats are private by the way! So watch out… I had a hot lemon tea (I forgot to say iced lemon tea)… and it was served with a waffle!! Hahah. Master H ate that.
Some more ducks spotted at May Flower

Hot lemon tea with a waffle

Finally home time… It was a very long trip back. Was so tired… It was quite funny seeing people in London thinking we were tourists on the coach!! Hahahaha…

Some power cable towers in Calais

Back to the EuroTunnel – Calais side!!

From inside the train

Sunset in London

Before we all went home, we ate at Thames Indian restaurant in Waterloo, I will blog about that place another time!

Another great adventure well spent. Trip cost £39 per person. So if you do plan to take this trip, remember to book early and don’t forget your passport!

Website: http://www.eastlondontravel.co.uk/ (the only moan I have on this website is that they don’t have an approximate itinerary for the journeys…)