Abeno Too あべの – London Great Newport Street

Hmmm, okonomiyaki… After cooking at Miss Money’s place we all decided to try out Abeno Too. I’ve already tried out Abeno in Bloomsbury so now we’re trying out the one near Leicester Square.
Miss Money, Mr Games, Mr Sensible and I met up last week to eat a proper version of okonomiyaki. It took a little while for us to get a table but we waited sensibly outside looking at the menu and chatting away like we haven’t seen each other in a while. 

Finally we were seated. This place is a little smaller than the one in Bloomsbury, you also put your bags into the wooden seats, which I found fascinating as I’ve not seen a restaurant with that idea. We sat and waited for a while for a waiter to come and serve as as we already made our minds up on which okonomiyaki to try out. 
The waiter started making our okonomiyaki but dropped the first one he was making which was Mr Sensible’s. XD LOL!! Oh dear.
After a long while of cooking our super deluxe okonomiyaki – same method as we had done at Miss Money’s, it was time to eat. The waiter added the sauces and the dried bonita flakes on top, I remember in the Bloomsbury one the waitress had cut up my pancake, but in this place they don’t… Not consistent…

I had the spicy naniwa which contains pork slices and kimchi. It came with a special sauce but it tasted good with the okonomiyaki brown sauce and mayo.

I had the spicy naniwa

 Not sure how the others liked theirs but they seemed to enjoy it!

I think Mr Sensible had the London Mix

Mr Games had the London Mix as well… I think…

Miss Money’s Osaka Mix
We were all full. ^_^
Total cost came to around £80. Expensive for pancakes. Mr Games and I concluded that we liked the ones Miss Money and I made because we could taste the cabbage.
My geeky rating: 4/5
Good points:
– Love the seats
– Sauces are left for you to keep spreading over the top of your pancake
Bad points:
– Long wait for service 
– A little expensive for savoury pancakes!

Address: 17-18 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JE
Tel: 020-7379-1160

After eating here, we headed to Paul Bakery in Covent Garden and had dessert. ^_^

Amigurumi Monsters

Thought I would write a separate post on this.
After making Miss Pinky’s baby an amigurumi monster I made a few more, as soon it’s Mrs Travel’s youngest daughter’s first birthday! ^_^ Plus it’s my holiday this week…
Made this pink one first. I wanted to use up chunky knit yarn which I’ve had for years and I finally got the chance to use it up! Gave this one a big one eye with odd length limbs.
I also had some black yarn. I was going to make a hat out of it but decided to pull it apart and use the yarn for something else. I think I used the wrong size needle as you can see the stuffing. Gave it some bunny ears, long arms and short legs.
Finally I made this one. Mrs Travels said Missy A (the youngest daughter) loves minions and I had this yellow yarn (the yarn is MummyGeeks which she bought it a very long, long time ago)… so I made something that resembles a minion. 
Might make a few more Christmas… this should save me a few pennies. 😉

Baby Knitting c(・o・)ɔ Waaaah~~~~~!

Uh. I knit. Yes. I knit (a not-so hidden skill of mine). I started from a young age and my primary school friends at the time thought I was an old granny knitting stuff… stereotypical moment. ¬,¬” I only started learning because MummyGeek was teaching Mr Stingy at the time and being a want to know it all at the time I wanted to do what Mr Stingy was doing. Sibling rivalry!!
I started knitting a bright yellow scarf. It was horrible as I increased the stitches instead of making a neat grid. 😦 But as time passed I became better at it although I did become frustrated at times because all I could do was make scarves and I even threw away my first ever knitting book – I regret that. So I bought another book called Knitty Gritty by Aneeta Patel many years ago – it was colourful compared to all the knitting books I went through. Need to get her next book!!
Baby knitting 

So as Miss Pinky is expecting soon – we’re all counting down to the final weeks, which feels like forever at the moment, it is time to do some baby stuff – this I never expected to write on my blog about! Miss Pinky was expecting me to knit her some stuff in which I said no at first… but after talking to people about knitting in general conversation and seeing knitting wool in the shop I developed an itch to do something, plus I was getting bored because I’m not getting anywhere with the 3D origami.

First thing I made were these baby mittens. It had taken me five attempts to remember how to knit one purl one. How hard is that? Not hard, I just needed to remember to put the string at the front/back. ¬,¬ sigh. Geeks get things wrong too.
Baby mittens

Next I made this baby hat – think it might be a bit too big for a new born, so hopefully when Miss Pinky’s baby is a little grown up, her head will fit into it.

Baby hat

Made this headband with some of the remaining wool using this website.

Baby Headband

Whilst writing this post, I bought the second book Knitty Gritty – The Next Steps. I had a bit more wool after making everything above but needed some more to finish this project…I made an amigurumi, a soft knitted toy which is a popular type of toy in Japan for decades before the Western world developed an interest. Wow.

My first amigurumi

Then I went back into knitting the baby boots from the first book.

Baby Boots

Hoping to make a little cardigan for Miss Pinky’s baby to match with everything above soon!

This has gotten me back into my knitting unfortunately. So watch out in the near future for more baby knit stuff or amigurumi… then eventually children and eventually adult stuff (oh deary me). 
p.s. Miss Pinky knits too – I taught her ^_^

3D Origami – Batman Minion and Final Fantasy

Yay! I’m off for one week! That means sleep, sleep and more sleep! – That’s if I can get away with it since I have so many things to do, like, clean up and throw away things. >_<""
Well, before I start doing that I’m going to blog. A few weeks ago I went to see Minions with Mr Games and Mr Sensible and others. Miss Sensible couldn’t go but got me a discounted ticket and in return rather than paying her back I made her some 3D origami models (as repayment).
Batman Minion and normal minion

Batman Minion. He’s so cool!

Miss Money wanted more hair at the front. So picky! Had to change his eyes too!

一刀兩斷 = breakup (with a sword)

Mr Games saw that I was going to make Cloud and so he wanted a model of Squall (I actually made this before Cloud). ¬,¬” 

Well. I never thought I would make Final Fantasy models…
Business has snowed under, but will still make more models just for the fun of it!

Simple Okonomiyaki (made with Miss Money)

Two weekends ago, Mr Games, Mr Sensible and I went to visit Miss Money’s new room – basically a place with more space. We all decided (with a lot of explanation in between) on what to eat… and in the end it was one of my favourites: okonomiyaki! Savoury Japanese pancake. Did I have any in Tokyo? I don’t think I did. 😦
Well here’s just a very simple way we made it without seafood so no bonita flakes in this.
Ingredients (Miss Money bought these):
– 1 white cabbage – you only a quarter chopped finely, the hard part you can discard
– Okonomiyaki flour (you can get these in most Asian stores
– Half a red onion chopped (or use spring onions if you don’t like red onions)
– Bacon rashers or bacon strips
– 2 eggs
– 200 mls of water
– Vegetable oil
Optional ingredients:
– Cheese
– Kimchi
– Prawns
Sauces:
– Okonomiyaki sauce (the brown one)
– Japanese mayonnaise or normal mayonnaise 

White cabbage, okonomiyaki flour and okonomiyaki sauce

Miss Money made a mistake and bought mustard mayonnaise (because it was on sale)

Bacon rashers

I chopped up the cabbage… poor work 😛
Firstly, add the flour into a bowl, add the 2 eggs and mix. Then add the water in gradually… and mix at the same time

Add the cabbage and mix

Add the chopped red onion and keep mixing…

Next heat a frying pan, add some vegetable oil wait until it’s a bit hot… then spoon out the batter and make it into a round shape. Then add two pieces of bacon on top. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.

Next flipover – you may have to do this in a swift move. ^_^ And cover with a lid. To make it cook faster on the inside, just add a little water.

And voila, remove from fying pan and place on a plate. Miss Money and I ate this one to try out. ^_^

Here’s another one we made – the second one.

Add okonomiyaki sauce first, then mayonnaise. At this point you can add bonita flakes if you like seafood.

Miss Money left me to do the cooking on the last okonomiyaki XD…

There you go… you don’t have to use the same ingredients as we did but the most important ingredient is the white cabbage! Try adding kimchi, cheese and prawns… 

Happy geeky cooking B-)

Reem Lebanese Restaurant – London Camberwell

Been a bit lazy with the blogging… :p Busy social life… peh…
A few weeks ago I think I had some sort of craving for Lebanese food and after eating at Bayroot I thought I’ll try the newish one in Camberwell.
Reem Lebanese restaurant has replaced the Italian restaurant Gusto. Oh deary me, the food was really good in Gusto but I don’t think they were making much money… 😦 Reem opened up a few months ago and I was going to try it out at the start but my colleague Miss Vegan (new girl) tried it out and said it wasn’t as good as Falafel in Camberwell New Road with how they wrapped their wraps. Humph… But I just had to try it out!!

It didn’t actually take me long to decide because I had already looked online. Remember what I had in Bayroot, well I had something similar – a mixed grill kebab for £9 which including chips and salad! Wow!! It made me full, the meat went a little cold because I walked back to work with this. It was good! Well seasoned and the pitta bread was not dry!! Phew!!

The second time I went there I saw that they had a deal for a chicken shawarma, chips and a drink for £5. I asked for an apple and ginger juice instead of a soft drink and they charged me an 80p which I did not mind at all.
To start off with, the shawarma wasn’t well wrapped. I think the bread was too small or maybe because I destroyed it whilst taking a picture. >_<" This was what Miss Vegan was talking about! However it smelled nice and it tasted great… very filling too!! But be careful of the sauces… it almost ruined my skirt. 😦

Chips as always was very fresh… I really liked these chips for some reason!

And the apple juice… this was much tastier than Bayroot’s… you could taste the ginger and it was cold. Woohoo! I can not fault them on this. ^_^

My geeky rating: 4.5/5 – hope this place will stay a little longer than Gusto

Good points:
– Cheaper Lebanese food
– Friendly staff
– Good use of previous restaurant’s furniture ^_^

Bad points:
– Just the poor wrapping of my shawarma but everything else was really good!

Address: 55 Denmark Hill, Camberwell, London, SE5 8RS
Tel: 0207 358 5271

Menu: https://www.zomato.com/london/reem-camberwell

Hyper Japan 2015 – London O2

Ah, it’s another year for Hyper Japan! I’m still in the Japanese mode coz I’m still learning Japanese – I think why not continue learning as I’ve already started. Learning Korean will have to start in a few more years time I’m afraid.
This year I ended up going alone to Hyper Japan. I did invite Miss Pinky and co but I think with the baby coming it would be a struggle for her to walk everywhere. Master H now has a social life and we can’t interrupt that. And Mr Picky is just Mr Picky… My other friends are just busy. Hyper Japan ended up in O2 this year which was so much easier for me to get to. Yay!! ^_^ 
But boo with the long queues today! Why was I lazy to get up??!! So angry with myself for not turning up early. I started queuing at North Greenwich Station that’s how bad it was… 😦 I must’ve queued for 45 minutes and I was already drying up from the hot sun… it was an easy way to get a sun tan!

Finally I got in!! ^_^ First you go into the entrance and turn right… people were already sitting on the floor when I went in… are those peeps already exhausted? Wow. The first part of Hyper Japan I saw was the video game section. 

I took a peek inside before heading into the stalls.

Do you remember the SNES?

Then I headed out and met the girl band Honey Spice ハニースパイス.
Honey Spice

 cosplay photo session taking place…

Then further along I met Heisei Kotohime 乙女革命. 
Heisei Kotohime
Further along the way I went into the stalls section and had a look around… it was like the same the stuff from last year and didn’t buy anything at this point.

Domo-kun!! ^_^

Got free snacks!! >.<""

Listened to a non-Japanese sing in Japanese too!
A duo Die Milch was about to sing and play so I thought I’ll go and watch them… they are pretty amazing! Must buy their album! I’ve put one of their songs on my YouTube channel.

I’m sure this was the same Goku I saw last year!! 😀

It was time to move around… 
Rilakkuma 😀

And then finally eat. ^_^ 

I remembered that it was the girls time to sing, I was late but made my way to Building 6. The entrance is opposite the games section…
I heard both Honey Spice and Heisei Kotohime…

Then a lot of people were there to listen to Tokyo Girls’ Style – these girls have lots of energy and just performed song after song.

Next up was Eir Aoi!! I completely forgot about her… luckily I stayed to listen!! She almost made me deaf because of the loud music, but she’s amazing!! Eir Aoi spoke mostly in Japanese in between songs and I think I’m happy I understood some of what she said… the easy stuff… 😀

After the mini concerts I sat in the back garden for a few minutes… 

Hyper Japan then closed for about 45 minutes… the guys needed a break!! And I needed to sit and rest… When it was to go back in I queued for the toilet – which took forever!!
It was then time to look at all the stalls again and decide what to buy! 

Was tired… but took a few more pictures and entered the gaming area again…
Heisei Kotohime

I left before 5pm and made it home by 6pm! Phew!! I could see more people queuing and I’m glad I was there for a good 6-7 hours. Exhausted. Glad I bought a dual pass too. It was worth it. 
At the beginning I was happy it was the O2 but compared to last year it was better in Earl’s Court Arena 1.
Here’s my purchases.

I needed new bowls >_<"

Tips for the the next Hyper Japan:
– Bring cash (always) – between £50-£100… just depends on what you’re buying really
– Get there early
– Bring a drink
– Dress smart (like a t-shirt and shorts depending on weather) unless you’re in cosplay
Website: http://hyperjapan.co.uk/

p.s. I forgot to go to the theatre section… too tired!! Hope you all enjoy it!!

McDonald’s Poster Adverts – "Good Times"

The weekend has finally started. At last.
Here’s a couple of McDonald’s adverts for you to figure out. ^_^
McDonald’s are always so trendy and like to keep up-to-date what people are into and yes the new generation of youngsters and geeky people like me like to use emoticons in everyday emails, text messages and even on my blog. Heheheh.
Can you figure out what these say?

My friends figured these out quite quickly!! Laughed that a male friend figured out the top one and a female one with the second one.
If you’re still stuck:
Poster 1: a couple go out and go to several shops to buy shoes with I assume the man’s credit card… they finally get to McDonald’s, have a cheeseburger and the man I presume is happy.

Poster 2: Person takes a taxi and flies out to a sunny destination, it’s all good until it turns to bad weather for several. It’s time to head back and then the person stops at McDonald’s and has Big Mac. Person is all happy again. Heheheh.

Found some more… Can you guess what the posters are saying?

Old Mout Cider Poster Advert

We’re almost to the weekend. Woohoo!
Need a cheerful evening? I do. Here’s another funny poster ad from Old Mout Cider. A cider brand from New Zealand.
It’s funny to me because they used the old saying “curiosity never killed the cat” and replaced cat with “kiwi”. Heheheh. There’s also a funny injured kiwi saying “I’m fine”… it must’ve been a very curious kiwi. ^_^
“Curiosity never killed the kiwi”

Think I might have to try this cider!!

Hewitt’s Farm – London Knockholt, Bromley

Back to blogging after a long week of heat, socialising and no sleep! And now there’s a tube strike! Woohoo… Or boohoo for the majority trying to get home tonight. So I’m taking this advantage to lighten up the mood by posting about a fruit farm. ^_^
Yep. There are farms on the outskirts of London!! Believe it or not we do have cows, sheep and horses living in our forever growing city. That’s in Zone 6 for people who travel on the Tube (and for old time Londoners – hey, I’m not that old! :p).
I decided to go to a PYO farm (pick your own) with MummyGeek where you basically pick your own fruits and vegetables. Have I ever told you my mother grew up in a farm in Hong Kong? Probably not. She’s never to been to a farm in England so I thought I’ll take her, tick things off her list… besides I didn’t want to go to a dragon boat race (maybe we’ll go next year). 
The nearest PYO farm to us is Hewitt’s Farm which is located in the Bromley / Kent area. You can easily get a train from London Bridge (likely from Platform 1) and then getting off at Knockholt Station. Unfortunately we missed the straight train and changed at Orpington Station. We arrived at Knockholt Station around 10.40ish. 

From here we didn’t know our way as there are no signs or buses that head that way. We met a family heading the same way but they wanted to go via a golf field that had no signage so it would’ve been difficult to find the way. In the end I asked a person who was waiting for a lift the way and he told me the motorway route. It’s not hard and only takes 15-20 minutes.
So you turn left from the main street of the station, keep walking until you see a crossroad, then turn a left. There are no pavements so please be careful as cars go through this part.

Keep walking until you reach a fast roundabout… cars are constantly zooming past so please be utterly careful when crossing over!! 

You will see a sign for Hewitt’s Farm tell you to go left… just keep walking in that direction. 

Unfortunately you have to cross another road so be very careful again whilst crossing. Treacherous motorways!!

Finally you will reach one car entrance to enter… 

Entry is free into Hewitt’s Farm, however if you want to pick berries using their boxes / bowls you will need to pay for these… smallest one is 20p, middle one is 50p and the largest plastic bowl is £1. We got two middle ones.
So in we go and we turned left towards the strawberry fields. We kept going left until we reached the almost ripe strawberries… we started picking and even met the family at the station who took the golf field route. ^_^ Pick, pick, pick… MummyGeek didn’t pick too many and I just went on picking…

We decided to move to a different part of the farm and check what was growing. Nothing was ripe yet… 😦

Finally we headed to another part of the farm where there were cherry tomatoes growing but also not ripe… 

We then saw lots of mange tout that weren’t picked. So we picked a lot! No one likes mange tout!!

I headed for another section and I asked someone what these fruits were… gooseberries she said… you have to cook them and add lots of sugar. If you eat them raw you will be left with a horrified look as they are sour. 😛 No thanks!

Well it started to rain so it was time to go… Before you leave you have to pay for what you picked. They weigh the fruit and veg… In total it cost around £15+. That’s £7.50ish per box. It was worth it as this is the amount you would pay in the supermarket… well MummyGeek has free travel so she’s allowed to have fun in a farm.

Finally we headed back and went the way we came. We just made it in time for the straight train to London Bridge. Woohoo! What a great day for farming. 😀
Address: Court Rd, Bromley, Greater London BR6 7Q4
Tel: 07768 105669
Nearest Station: Knockholt
Opening times: 9am – 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)