And we have another Asian supermarket in the Walworth Road and, Elephant and Castle area… Despite the Asian backlash, which I personally haven’t seen or have come across since the start of the pandemic. Maybe my body language says “backoff or I’ll do something to you”, LOL! ^_^ …
Kiki and MiuMiu Market opened in late April, I’ve already been in there twice. They have a variety of frozen foods, bakeries, some things that aren’t available in Longdan or Daily Fresh Supermarket in East St Market.
Comparing some of the prices, it is slightly cheaper – depending on what you buy…
They’ve tried to utilise the space, but it does feel a little cramp… you may have to wait for people to finish what they’re doing to get pass them… In a way, it’s better than going to China Town for the moment.
Howdy peeps! Hope everyone is staying safe as usual. 🤓
Third lockdown almost over but with other variants running around at the moment we will never know what will happen in June…
Haven’t blogged for a long time, just haven’t found anything much to blog about, so here’s something I found on my way home one afternoon after a long walk in February. So many things change if you don’t go out and have a look at your surroundings. Not sure when this opened, but Golden Tea is another bubble tea shop in London. There’s a lot of Chinese students living around the Elephant and Castle – maybe it’s become a new trend over there with new flats and new shops… and hopefully a new shopping centre (or new social housing). We will see!!
Golden Tea looks very decorative and pretty inside compared to the building it’s based in. LOL. 凰茶 (Mando: huang cha; Canto: wong cha) means Phoenix Tea rather than Golden Tea.
They have a variety of teas for you to choose from, and there’s something slightly expensive desserts that you could try.
I ordered a large and a medium cup of original tea with brown sugar (one for MummyGeek to try out). I wanted the large one to have more sugar, but when I tasted it, it didn’t have enough sugar… I was a little disappointed. MummyGeek wasn’t sure about it.
Hmmm, I think if you like bubble tea, it’s worth a try…
And if you live in the area, it might be worth ordering on Deliveroo.
Happy Birthday to my Blog!! How many years has it been now? 9 years? A lack of posts in the past couple of years, but let’s wait and see. Hoping to get back into the food scenes again
Lockdown 2.0 is over, and now were into Lockdown 3.0 – we’re currently 4 weeks into this lockdown, numbers are going down, but it’s not enough for the shops to be opened or for public services to fully open. Lockdown 2.0 and 3.0 was month apart… Doesn’t this show you and us, how rubbish our government is at the moment?
At the end of Lockdown 2.0, I thought it was ok to go out and exercise with Miss Money. I think it was time that I took another hiking trip – but on the outskirts of London (forgot to mention that I’m now learning Korean on the weekends, so my time is taken up by online classes and binge watching K-dramas, and doing my homework if I’m not doing anything else. Might as well start learning it now before it’s too late!). My manager started a walking club chat group last year and it looks like we’ve been given an optional 30 minutes of our working day to go out and do some walking. Heheheheh. As I’ve not been doing much walking each day, this trip made up for the time I’ve been working at home…
Miss Money and I decided to go up to the North of London and into Epping Forest on one Saturday when I was free from studying. I’m amazed with how this forest exists on the outskirts of London and surrounding traffic… Here’s a few pictures of our day…
I stopped taking pictures as soon as it was starting to get dark, it was actually getting scary, and I started getting wild thoughts of someone going to kill us and bury us in the forest. And then at one point when it became completely dark, it felt like I was going to be in the Blair Witch Project or something like that… Always start hiking when the sun rises and way before the sun sets…
33,000 steps later, muddy shoes, and almost frightened that we would never get out of Epping Forest after sundown, we went to My Old Place in Liverpool Street. I was craving for these foods – aubergine in brown sauce and sweet & sour pork. Northern Chinese food has hit a spot in my heart. ^_^ My legs were aching by then, couldn’t move anymore. Should have bought some painkillers with me!!
Now that was the end of 2020. Fingers crossed we can all go travelling again in 2021!! I need to go out and travel. I don’t even mind going out in the world and working in another country with my remote access!!
However I’m beginning to really dislike WordPress’s Block Editor, because I can’t seem to get the pictures to look the right size or resizing seems to be difficult and trying to centre is just a nightmare! It’s an annoyance for a long-term blogger who used to be able to control how a blog post should look like rather than the blogging site making you write a blog post in a certain way… Such an annoyance! Grrr.
(A few moments later after fiddling so much…)
But now after a few trial and errors, things seem to have worked out, I hope! (This was probably why I stopped blogging for a bit, as the picture/image issue was my major problem – how to edit them!). 🤓
Mr Sensible said he was disappointed of me and Miss Money, because we didn’t introduce him to Chinese hotpot. 🤣🤣🤣 I actually thought hotpot was already a famous method of cooking/eating in the cooking. I guess not! Shame on this geek for making assumptions. So it was decided we go and try out a popular hotpot place amongst the current Eastern Asians living in London – Haidilao 海底捞 (Canto: hoi dei l海底撈火鍋海底撈火鍋
Haidilao is popular and infamous for their polite service. It was defo polite service! I guess better than some other Chinese restaurants I’ve been to. Got complimentary dishes of strips of tofu skin and spicy peanuts.
At Haidilao you get to choose more than one soup base for your food to boil in (up to four soups I think). So the ones we chose were the ones on discount – Mala (麻辣) – a very spicy soup that burns your mouth for a short of period of time compared to other spices, and the other was Tomato – a milder flavour.
Miss Money and I decided on getting ourselves a bubble tea each, whilst Mr Games and Mr Sensible went for fizzy drinks. I don’t think my Thai bubble tea was sweet enough. Oh well.
There is also an area where you can create your own sauces to dip your food in after boiling – see my two little plates next to the drinks?
Haidilao basically asks you to order your ingredients using an iPad. So all the ingredients you order are raw.
Once the soups start boiling, start putting the food in, boil it for up 5 to 10 minutes, then scoop, dip in your sauces and eat. And that’s we did all night! Well, for a couple of hours… You can keep ordering more food using the iPad if you feel you haven’t had enough.
Mr Games wasn’t impressed with having to constantly cook, wait and then eat. Mr Sensible seemed to enjoy it – I think he would go and eat this again. And Miss Money and I were just used to eating this way. LOL!
After eating and leaving the restaurant did I realise that they really did offer a free manicure! Wow!! That’s called SERVICE!!!
Did you know that you can buy the soup bases for hot pot in a Chinese supermarket? MummyGeek and I spotted the Haidilao brand in New Long Moon Supermarket in China Town!! You can easily make your own hotpot at home. ^_^
Total came to £102.46, that’s with drinks, some other extra food not pictured about (some fish and hand-pulled noodles – which are pulled right in front of your table!).
My geeky rating: 4.7 / 5 (it didn’t impress Mr Games so much, so knocked off a 0.3 points)
Address: Unit 4 Trocadero Centre, 5 Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7DH
I was really craving Korean fried chicken, but I just didn’t want to always go to Cheemc everytime I craved it, so I ordered from another place on UberEats. I ordered from OutFry Vauxhall.
I ordered a couple of items on the menu. Sweet potato fries and some boneless chicken strips. They arrived on the lukewarm side which was one disappointment… The chicken strips tasted bland and even with the spicy mayo, it just didn’t give me a good vibe. The sweet potato fries was just lukewarm, and I just didn’t enjoy eating them.
Overall, it was a disappointing takeaway. Maybe the cardboard packaging just doesn’t work for food travelling a slightly longer distance. Oh well!
Not much to blog about these days… so now I’m going back to the summer time. Finally got time to finish up a few more posts before the end of the year. Might skip the Christmas ads this year, as I don’t think Christmas will be the same this year.
We were all cooped up for a good 6 months. No travelling. Not much walking and exploring going on and Miss Money kept talking on our group chat about hiking so much during the lockdown. She misses the socialising (she still does). I’ve not missed as much as I have so many colleagues, and still trying to find my ground between working from home and when to go in to work!
So during the summer bank holiday, our last holiday of the year (I’m hoping to at least travel somewhere next year!!) we went hiking in Eastbourne.
Miss Money was supposed to plan this trip BUT she didn’t do very well!!! We started off from Victoria Station, and then headed to Eastbourne Station. Once we arrived, Miss Money said we had to walk to a car park area before we actually were going to do the hike… It was a long walk!
I thought the hike started from here… we were all wrong!
On we walked. The cliffs are quite dangerous, so I would advise not to go too close to the edge! Apparently there have been many deaths in the past. 😦
We walked on past the lighthouse and finally into the car park where we had a short break but were attacked by bees because of the food we had bought from the shop. Mr Sensible took a really cool picture of the bees attacking his food… I wish I had the chance to do that, but was scared of getting a bee sting.
After our short bee encounter, we carried on with a lot of hill walking and sheep poop. Sigh. It was painful.
And then, we went into a passage onto the right side of us where a few people were heading towards…
Hehehehehe, so Mr Sensible said we should stop off at the pub (which I think is a tourist spot) – I think it was an excuse to stop walking… Well, we saw where “Sherlock Holmes” once lived. Amazing find!! We had a bowl of cheesy chips and an alcoholic beverage. I felt like poop after all that hill walking.
Well after this walk, we headed back into town… I pulled a muscle, and I was determined not to walk anymore. (I got a bit moody… LOL! But surprisingly, the others didn’t say anything.) Thankfully we were on a bus route, so I took the bus, and the others walked to the town centre. The bus ride was fairly quick, and I know that I would have slowed everyone down if we rested (Mr Games agreed – LOL!).
Anyway, I managed to go into Wilko and buy some yarn whilst waiting for the group. It didn’t take them long…
Then it was homeward bound. Games, Sensible and Money were pooped out. HAH!
We somehow ended up eating in Bill’s Restaurant and Bar in Victoria. Games and Money ate the chicken burger… They didn’t think it was that great. Sensible ate the steak and eggs (I don’t think it was enough for him). And I had the mac n cheese – it was good stuff! Mr Sensible should have stuck to his original choice as the mac n cheese had enough cheese and bacon… Very filling!
Well, that concludes our “summer vacation”. I hope I get to go somewhere outside of the UK next year. My fingers are crossed… Let those vaccines commence!
Should apologise for being lazy at typing blog posts. Have got trapped into the world of WFH (working from home), virtual meetings, audits and NOW I have started learning Korean, AND trying to finish up projects for Christmas. PLUS partially worrying about the second wave… THEN some colleagues decided to break my desk at one site…And last but not least, just want to say, we have a bunch of hyprocrites and liars governing the UK (the England part that is)!
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write about a restaurant. This trip happened post lockdown in July. Miss Pinky needed time out from rearing my goddaughter Baby B and (now my one-quarter godson… long story put short, I was doing more than his own godparents) Master B.
We ended up in Big Town, a Nigerian restaurant. Miss Pinky wanted to go this restaurant last year, but we couldn’t find the time! I think lockdown made me really concious of eating in restaurants at the time, but thankfully I have passed through that paranoia.
The interior looks very neat… I can’t remember the original layout from the previous café owner who I previously blogged about a while back.
Miss Pinky ordered bits and pieces as we didn’t know what to expect.
We had some stewed fish which is a little spicy but went well with the rice we had. I know Miss Pinky likes fish, so I thought she would eat most of it (she did).
Jollof rice, plantain and salad went with the stewed fish. Baby B seems to like plantain a lot … just like me!!
And we had a plate of the Big Town Suya Mix… basically some marinated meat and grilled and then powdered with spices. This was extremely spicy! The beef was a bit tough but I did enjoy this dish.
Forgot what the price came to, but it wasn’t that expensive. We got free chin chin (mini biscuits) and Baby B got some more (but spilt some)… Well that was our first outing for months…
My geeky rating: 4.5/5
Skipping the good and bad points… let’s just focus on getting the economy back to normal and FIGHTING this damn PANDEMIC!
What have I done during the lockdown? That’s the question to myself.
I’ve knitted, I’ve crocheted, I ate a lot, cooked a lot, went to work (workplace and home), tried to be flexible and traveled between work sites, invested in a lot of masks (disposable and reusable), bought a new laptop – so disappointed that I had to spend a tiny fortune, a new hand blender – needed a new one anyway, a nail cutter and various circular needles. Did my tax return from when I worked as a freelancer for a short period of time last year, watched a lot of K-drama, J-drama, variety shows and also listened to a few books on Audible……. (and now listening to Finding Freedom, which is about Harry and Meghan’s fight to freedom from Royalty. It reminds me of the book/movie: Crazy Rich Asians; it also makes me think that not everyone in this world is perfect).
I attempted to knit socks on 2 needles but I hate sewing, so I attempted about 3 times to make socks for Baby B. I’ve now knitted/crocheted 4 scarves, 1 snood, 3 hats and 2 pairs of socks, all in four months. (Also just finished 1 pair of baby booties).
Computer breakdown. 😦
Out with Miss Pinky during lockdown eating ramen at Koi Ramen in the new Elephant and Castle site.
Cooked a lot… I made more than this (mostly noodles, heheheheh).
After breaking my beautiful black shot glass, I was in search of another. I didn’t the cheap ones in Poundland and most came in sets, so in the end I went to Japan Centre and bought a couple of pretty shot glasses… When I was going home, I realised that there was going to a Black Lives Matter protest in Westminster! The crowd was incredible…
Thought I would throw in this funny street art poster which I saw on Walworth Road. I guess it’s representing the lies about coronavirus… 😦
I also went to Miss Pinky’s and celebrated Master B’s first birthday! It happened just after lockdown was lifted. This was an amazing cake made by Miss Pinky’s sister-in-law. So tasty!
Well, that sums up what I did during lockdown. What did you do?
Working in the public sector is not an easy job (have experienced it, still experiencing it, you feel like you can do more but you can’t).
We’re seeing more digitized adverts across the UK. They’re even digitizing their thanks to the NHS! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Not a fan of this ad from HM Government, looks grim, too much red – maybe it’s supposed to scare people. Reminds me of the horrific cigarette packaging campaign to stop people smoking. I guess the government think using those similar colours will make people think twice. Maybe.
Let’s praise the NHS and to the people who are sticking to the social distancing rules!!!! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 Far too many people are still not listening …
Just remember to keep washing those hands, stay indoors and remember to social distance yourselves…