John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013 – The Bear & The Hare

Oh dear… I have been saying that a lot recently, mostly because of work related issues, but oh deary me with this advert…
I was not expecting this type of advert from John Lewis!! At first I didn’t get it, but I’ve had to watch it a few times to understand the plot plus read the description in the box…
At first I looked at it and thought – this has nothing to do with John Lewis, last years advert was so much better than this! But after listening to Lily Allen sing a beautiful version of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We know” to this 2 minute cartoon clip of a bear who misses out on Christmas every year because he has to hibernate… That’s quite sad… The hare decides to put a present outside the bear’s hibernating cave which is actually an alarm clock to wake the bear up! That’s really cute and shows a sign of true friendship…
A bit of an emotional clip, I do like it, but I find this isn’t involving much of John Lewis’s products. It doesn’t tell me to go and shop there. It just tells me to celebrate with your close friends and family on those who miss out nearly every year…
Sorry John Lewis… nice advert, but it doesn’t work for my shopping instincts…

Wagamama and PAUL Bakery – London Covent Garden

It’s been a long time since I’ve been out and about eating out, the last time was at the Czech Club. Everybody seems busy, but I have this feeling it’s going to be a busy Christmas affair this year! I’ve already had Miss Pinky, who I shall convert to calling Miss Picky if she doesn’t stop being so picky, being demanding of my time… And also Miss Posh (who I went out with to Burger and Lobster last year) is being demanding of my time too!!! Arrrgh! Anyway…
Yesterday I went out with Mr Games and Mr Sensible. Both had operations last year and they were celebrating their survival. Lol!! It was very short notice so I was the only one who ended up going out with the two. ^_^
We first went to Wagamama in Covent Garden. I always pass it, and I never go in. I think this is the fifth Wagamama I have visited in my whole entire eating life. Since I’ve already written about Wagamama before, I’ll go straight to the food.
Mr Games and Mr Sensible both had the chicken katsu curry. It seems nearly the whole restaurant was ordering the curry that night. But lots of kids were eating the noodles. Mr Games also had some extra pickle (I think it’s called fukujinzuke) but I think I lost the picture on my phone…
Wagamama’s Chicken Katsu Curry

Whilst the two boys dug at their food I had to wait for mine… It seemed like forever, and I was actually a little hungry that night! I had the NEW grilled duck ramen (I obviously checked out the menu before I came). I was quite happy that I ordered this dish although it arrived warm and not steaming hot as it was probably sitting by the kitchen for 5 minutes. 😦 You know what, they should get themselves a tiny bell like those big and some small restaurants have to indicate when food is ready!! Enough complaining!!

Wagamama’s Grilled Duck Ramen

Small bowel of kimchi fo £1

The duck was well seasoned, it was succulent and easy to bite into. It had a little fat on the skin, but I didn’t mind that. The noodles were ok… nothing much to say about that. The soup was so so. I thought it needed some extra kick in it, maybe a little more stock to coincide with the duck, but it was a little spicy as there were chillies in the soup. They added way too much coriander in the dish too… I don’t think this dish is supposed to be Vietnamese, or is it? The dish cost £12.95…

Total price came to over £37 including our drinks.

On this visit, my geeky rating: 3/5
Address: 1 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PG
Telephone: 0207 836 3330
So the night was too early to end without a dessert. We were all still hungry. Mr Sensible mentioned that we should have had some sides at Wagamama… I agree there! We passed the centre of Covent Garden where they were holding a mini concert, the lights were up and the Christmas tree looked wonky from where were standing (Mr Games pointed that out!). Hahahaha!!
The lights in Covent Garden 2013

Tree was a bit wonky

Marching band getting ready to play

We were deciding between Patesserie Valerie and other dessert stores…
Didn’t enter Patisserie Valerie… Limited desserts available

And we ended up in PAUL Bakery. This is one of my favourite French bakery stores in the entire world! Mr Travels used to treat me to cakes from there… And every time I pass any Paul Bakery, I have wanted to stop, eat and enjoy a nice cakey dessert but never did… ^_^

PAUL Boulangerie / Patisserie (bakery)

Inside the shop

Our purchases

We were all deciding, and I knew I wanted a cake… Mr Games was paying too!! 😀 This is what he had…

Mr Sensible had this giant green macaroon. I’ve never tasted macaroon, but I got a bite of this. It’s really sweet. I have no idea why I’ve never tried it before! I think I will buy some from somewhere in the future.
Massive macaroon!

Mr Games wanted an eclair, so he chose this almond eclair (Éclair Paris Brest)… I only tasted the almond as he said it tastes like Ferrero Rocher… Yep it did!

Éclair Paris Brest

And of course I was the greedy one. I asked for two desserts but the person gave me one… and then I asked for the other one which I paid for… The person gave me this fig custard tart (Figue Tartlette) first, but I ate this last. Figs were nice, the custard was set and the crust reminded of a thick apple pie crust. Very nice stuff! ^_^

Figue Tartlette

If I ever get married or have a birthday at PAUL Bakery or if anyone wants to treat me I’m going to order big slices of this cake… Le Fraisier… This is the ultimate light fluffy cake with strawberries and cream with a green marzipan icing that tasted a bit like kiwi… I was in dreamland with this cake… (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

Le Fraisier – £3.50

We were all so full. My stomach was satisfied!

Don’t know how much all the desserts were but the Le Fraisier was £3.50.

My geeky rating: 5/5… 100%… that’s how much I love this bakery!! ^_^ (So biased I know!)

Good points:

– Tasty, tasty desserts

– I just want more cake!!

Bad points:

– None from me!!

Address: 29 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED
Telephone: 020 7836 5321 / 020 7836 3304

The M&S Christmas TV advert 2013 – Believe in Magic and Sparkle

The Christmas adverts have started for 2013!!!
The first one to start off  this year is with Marks and Spencer. They’ve decided to not do a foodie one again. 😦 I long to watch an M&S advert featuring salivary-statisfying food for Christmas… but I guess they’ve stopped concentrating much on the food and more about the clothes (I think I wrote something similar last year)! I do love the clothes as well as the food, but the FOOD is more satisfying for a Christmas advert. ^_^
Well, what have M&S decided to do this year? It’s a mixture of fairy tales. And I actually like it. With or without the food, this is a really good 2 minute advert. It’s better than the one they did last year…
Here’s a long summary of the advert: The leading actress/model runs for her little West Highland white terrier (who has no name yet in the advert… but I shall call it Toto – an appropriate name for this advert)… The actress somehow falls into the big drain hole (I seriously don’t know how). The drain becomes a wardrobe with floating cosmetic objects, there also must be an invisible wardrobe assistant as the actresses clothes are taken off and she then appears as Alice in Wonderland in a blue dress… Alice is offered to take any gift from the table, and so she takes the bag (which definitely matches the dress!) but a jealous member of the table decides to throw her cards at Alice who then runs off swaps into a red coat and is now Little Red Riding Hood without the hood… She thenfinds The Gingerbread House! She immediately enters and then the carpet moves… and Gretel becomes Jasmine from Aladdin (I think) who shows off her new bra, accessories and robe. Jasmine hits her herself on a cloud, then falls back down to the ground changes into a white dress and becomes Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and walks down the yellow brick road with her companions to meet the wizard who happens to be Helen Bonham-Carter (who never changes style and the only person who has any dialogue in the advert)… Dorothy makes her wish by tapping the back of her red shoes, and then appears from a builders tent. Helen Bonham-Carter appears and is holding Toto and gives it back to the actress…

It’s a fun advert, the clothes are spectacular and hopefully people will start thinking about buying new clothes for Christmas parties and as gifts (as well as the gorgeous food they have in store)… And thankfully they decided not to do a music mash this year…! I actually smiled and giggled after watching it the first time round. 
BUT I really wish there were more food adverts – pretty please!
Can’t wait for more Christmas adverts to come out especially the international ones!! 😀 … Who will be next in the Christmas advert wars? 

Guy Fawkes Night 2013 – London Southwark Park

I feel like I have been out of action for a couple of months (no one wants to go to places… everyone is saving up for Christmas and I was busy with a lot of other things!!). Oh my, two months is a long time. Well, I think it’s about time I got off my butt and went out on a work night!

Yesterday was Guy Fawkes night where the UK  (mainly London) celebrate the arrest of Guy Fawkes who tried to bomb Parliament back in the 1600’s.

I haven’t been to a fireworks display for a very long time, and so I thought I need to go out to watch fireworks… Luckily in Miss Pinky’s area Southwark Park was doing a display! ^_^ But it was a nightmare just getting in to see the fireworks as there was security inside the park checking bags for alcohol and other stuff.

So here’s a few pictures of the fireworks from last night… Unfortunately it only lasted for about 15 minutes… 😦

I love this next picture!!! The merry go round and a big firework goes off!!

It was a nightmare getting out too! Big crowds of people going home…

Afterwards I went to eat dinner with Miss Pinky, Mr Picky and also Master H with a couple of his friends… and a couple more friends!! Forgot to take pictures of my bangers and mash plus my delcious M&S carrot cake ‘n’ custard!!

So Remember, Remember the fifth of November!!! 😀