Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Random Outing in Hastings

It's been too hot to blog. And being back at work after a long break doesn't help either...

Hellllllooooo Hastings! This visit happened in mid-June, I actually needed a short break before my long break. Heheheh

I haven't been on a weekend outing for a fairly long time. Don't panic readers, there's a long holiday trip coming up just around the corner (already been and gone, hahah πŸ˜…), and I can't wait. It will be worth blogging about later.


Saturday 9th June
I think this trip was planned two months in advance my ex-manager who for some reason I keep in contact with... More about work than about our personal lives. Sometimes it's good to keep in contact with some ex-colleagues (most have avoided me - do I boast too much?). Do they read this blog? I doubt it!

Arrived in Hastings before lunchtime, there's a straight train from Waterloo East, and takes about an hour and a half to get there. I managed to get a weekend ticket which means I can go on a Friday, and return to London on a Saturday or Sunday, and that cost me less than £30. My ex-manager offered me a bed to sleep in, so I took the opportunity! πŸ˜‰

Hastings is divided between new and old parts... I think most places have that sort of feel. New town versus Old town.


The one in the black t-shirt with the hat is my ex-manager, and the other person is his partner... I'm not sure how I end up with many gay friends. It just happens!




I had a pub sandwich for lunch. It took a bit for this to be made, but I enjoyed it!

Next was a walk a around the area...

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Vineyard Greek Restaurant - London Camberwell

Sometimes do you walk down a street, or go along a route via a bus and never notice a good restaurant standing around a corner or on a side street? Yes, many a times for me!

I've never heard of Vineyard before... I bet most of my colleagues have been to most or maybe all of the restaurants in Camberwell, London. πŸ˜… I know of an ex-colleague who has been to all the Chinese restaurants around Camberwell, and probably many more in South and Central London. Hahahaha.

One colleague retired a couple of weeks ago, and I was invited to one of her leaving dinners. Having more than one leaving party is something I would like when I retire (but what I really want is quiet one... step out the door quietly... I have many moons to go πŸ˜–).

Vineyard feels like a completely hidden restaurant in Camberwell! I've never seen it or heard of it until my retiring colleague said she's going there... Amazing.

The ceiling looks incredible, it's filled with plastic vines, leaves and grapes.

My first dish was this halloumi cheese... I like cheese, but forgot that this is quite salty, so I had to take some of the free bread that came with it. I always like the Nando's halloumi cheese and don't usually taste the saltiness from them.

My colleagues had these starters... Looks very prawny from these pics. One colleague had the vine leaves stuffed with rice.



Next came the main dishes... I had the moussaka which is like a lasagna, but layered with aubergine rather than pasta sheets. I ate my food quite slowly, so I could taste every bite of the cheese, mince and aubergine. 😁 Tasted great! It actually made me think of using up some mince in my home freezer... I made some Italian lasagna the following week. πŸ˜†

My colleagues had various dishes. There were many dishes along the long table, but I could only picture a small amount as I was at the end of the table. Heheheh...

Here one colleague had the vegetarian moussaka. I think she wanted aubergine in hers but it was layered with potatoes.

Lamb chops I think...

And fish - deboned! Rarely see this in a restaurant.

After a filling meal. Some went for desserts, some had herbal teas and I had... a freddo espresso... Something cold as it was quite a warm day that day... 

Total came to an unknown price for all of us as one colleague (who is a higher earner) paid for us... But my meal cost around £21 exluding the wine I had with the others.

It's a good find in Camberwell. I bet most of the locals know about this little secret restaurant in the side streets.

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points:
- Value for money
- Very filling - portion size is ok
- Polite service

Bad points:
- Weird toilet doors... door after door

Address: 3-5 Camberwell Grove, London SE5 8JA
Tel: 0207 703 2131 / 07984 920304

Website: http://www.vineyardgreektaverna.co.uk/

Monday, 11 June 2018

Louie Louie - Japanese Okonomiyaki Edition

I haven't been to Louie Louie for about a year now, so it's about time I treat myself (even though I'm going on holiday really soon)... I shall start saving again from July, or possibly next year... πŸ˜‡

In this post, (I haven't been this excited about blogging for a very long time) I get to eat Japanese food in an English cafe/restaurant. Exciting desu! (エキァむティングです!). Who would've thought a Japanese chef would come and cook okonomiyaki in Walworth Road. πŸ˜‹ 

According to their website, Louie Louie will be changing their evening menus every few weeks with different chefs coming in and out, and it so happened that I spotted the typical Japanese restaurant decor whilst on the bus to work... I had to do some fast Internet searching...


The menu had various types of okonomiyaki, so I thought I should try it one evening, before the chef leaves town...

I wanted something differet to drink that evening, so I tried out this white beer called Hitachino Nest. Not bad. Not too bitter. Reminded me of a Heineken.



Tried out these fancy cauliflower tempura... they were amazing! Still hot every time I bit into one. Thumbs up to this!!


I had the kimchi, emmental cheese and mochi okonomiyaki. It came with noodles... Tasted very different to what I've had before. Each bite was different. One area had more cheese. Another part had more kimichi and the mochi was so thinly stretched that it was practically unnoticable. I'm generally used to eating okomiyaki with a lot of white cabbage, but the noodles replaced it quite nicely.




So as usual, I never really plan for the dessert, but thought maybe I should try out this Sake-kasu and lime panna cotta... It wasn't overly sweet, and I thought it had resemblance to a sweet tofu dessert or a solid natural yogurt with berries on top.


I practically became vegetarian that evening. I think I could be a vegetarian if I went to Louie Louie often enough...

Total came to £29.81. Expensive. But worth visiting for this dinner. πŸ˜‡ γ”γ‘γγ†γ•γΎγ§γ—γŸ!

I think it's roughly around a week or so to go before it finishes!

My geeky rating: 5/5

Website: http://louielouie.london/

Sunday, 3 June 2018

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - May 26th 2018

Another Royal event?

Not that type of Royal event. This is a flower show, which I've always wanted to go to, but always forgot to book tickets in advance for... and they're usually sold out quite quickly...

So last weekend I ended up in Chelsea, one thing I should have done was got there early as it seemed all the gardening enthusiasts were there on the last day of the event. It was quite fascinating to see a lot of the old and young generations seeking some gardening tips or new segments people wanted to do to their own gardens...

Anyway, here's what I found interesting... Loads of pictures along the way...





















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