Thursday, 28 February 2013

Fowey, Cornwall - Day 2 (Part 2/3): Afternoon Tea in Brown Sugar

Day 2 continues...

Miss Pinky has wanted to have afternoon tea for a very long time. But our busy schedules and busy lives mean no-can-do, and trying to find a place that was cheap in London is very difficult.

But finally. Finally. We found a small shop called Brown Sugar in Fowey that did afternoon tea for £4.75. But the only available items were scones with jam and clotted cream plus a pot of tea and milk.
Brown Sugar, Fowey

The menu - probably can't read it in this picture!
The jam was sweet and the clotted cream was thick. I loved it! The scones were warm and easy to cut, unlike the ones you get in supermarkets which are of course stone cold and hard as rock.
Tea, scones and jam ^_^

My tasty scone of sweet jam and clotted cream! ^_^
I enjoyed my scones, and I like the tea. The scones fell apart too easily though... but it was not a problem!

Miss Pinky doesn't seem to like sweet jam, and realised afternoon tea is just like being at home with a cuppa... I think she is now discovering herself and deciding what she likes and dislikes...

Total price was £9.50. So worth it!

My geeky rating: 4.9/5... sadly couldn't order sandwiches at the time we were there. It would have been an even better afternoon tea! :(

Good points:
- Loads of jam
- Loads of clotted cream
- Warm scones
- Good price!

Bad points:
- Was not able to order other food :(

Address: 2 South Street, Town Centre, Fowey PL23 1AR

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Fowey, Cornwall - Day 2 (Part 1/3): The Eden Project

So Day 2 blog post will be in three parts as we seem to have done a lot! ^^

We started the day quite early. There were a lot of birds singing and gulls hawking and boats sailing around already that morning! ^^

I have wanted to go to the Eden Project for a very long time, well ever since Mr Games mentioned it to me a while back when he wanted to go (that's why I invited him because he hasn't been yet!).

As we didn't know our way around that much we asked the bus driver in how to get to The Eden Project. (The bus drivers in Fowey are really nice people). The driver advised us that we could get a day pass ticket for £8.50 each, and we could use that ticket on any Western Greyhound bus service. We could even go to Exeter with it, but that would take us 4 hours to get there... No chance of that ever happening... Hahahah. The day pass lasts up until midnight. So we took the 524 to St Austell. Stopped off at the cinema bus stop, crossed over and took the 527 which then took us all the way to the Eden Project. So in total, it took us almost 2 hours to get there by bus, as it was taking us around everywhere!! Bummer. I think we could have got there sooner if we traveled by car, but it was not to be!

Well the good reason why we went by bus is because we were able to obtain a discount at The Eden Project... So if you travel by bus or train make sure you show your ticket to the ticket seller, and they will reduce the price for you...
Map of The Eden Project

Wow!! It was amazing going there! Felt like being in space...
Miss Pinky and I were so happy. Miss Pinky never ever takes pictures. But she has started to before we go on our bigger holiday in April.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Fowey, Cornwall - Day 1: The trip starts!

Arrgh! Needed to get away from London for a bit. And I finally found an opportunity to get away from the stresses of life and work and my busy social life. ^_^ A colleague at work had rented a place in Fowey (pronounced as Foy) in Cornwall and there was still time for her friends and colleagues (like me (^_^)v) to use it. I was so happy I contacted Miss Pinky first to ask if she wanted to take up the offer. Yep. She said yes we're going! Book the travelling tickets now! I even asked Mr Games and Mr Sensible to come with us... but timing and their busy lives was all wrong. :(

So in the end I booked a National Express coach from London Victoria to St Blazey. (I wanted to get the train, but Miss Pinky wanted to save money... humph). So our trip started off ok. Our coach driver was ok but a bit frustrated that people were boarding with hot food. 'Any food that is hot is classified as HOT FOOD' he said. Heheh. We had a few stops before getting to Fowey...

So our first main stop was West Buckland. It's a small area for people travelling by coach and car and truck to stop at... I think for those who work there must be able to drive!
West Buckland Pit Stop!

Costa Express machine - woooow!!!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Bibimbap Soho 비빔밥 소호 - London Greek Street

I really only wanted to blog for fun. I believe I am not a super blogger. But now I truly know why people like to blog (especially about food)! ^_^ ...

I really like Korean food. Since my experience at Arirang last year I really wanted to try out more Korean restaurants. I kept seeing them but I found myself not going into them because I had no one to go in them with me. :( I found Bibimbap Soho 비빔밥 소호 on the Internet a while ago (and way before I was emailed by a kind person from Bibimbap Soho XD). 
Outside Bibimbap Soho
I'm surprised they don't use their Korean name outside of their restaurant, but it's modern age, so thumbs up (^_^)b for keeping up with the times! At the time I was just searching for a cheapish Korean restaurant to go to. There have been mixed reviews from a lot of people in London, Koreans and non-Koreans about this place. I suggested to my friend Mr Bear a while ago to go with me... and we were supposed to go here for his birthday in September 2012, but he is such a busy social bear!!! And now it's February 2013!!! So hurry up Mr Bear, find us a time and date for us to go! And don't forget to bring along Mr Smiles!! :D

Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Lindt Big Egg Hunt continues...

It's EGGXHAUSTING trying to find  eggs! Covent Garden seems like a tiny area in the central part of London, but it isn't really.

I tried to find the missing ones I missed out on Tuesday. I found 15 of them yesterday. I was so happy, but so tired after walking around back and forth and circling around some streets twice...
15 Eggs that I didn't see on Tuesday ^_^
I also found Eggbert! I'm sure it's ok to say where he was now. The clues given out were quite simple... Jeans store... GAP or Levi?... He was in GAP (the adult store not the baby one, which is where I went into first ¬,¬). 
Eggbert in GAP
When I got back home. I realised I had some of the ones that I thought I had missing. Clumsy me! I have them, and I was just missing 5 more...

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentine's Day Comics 2013 (*^3^)

Ah, another Valentines Day. And since I had nothing much to do, I thought I would draw two chibi comics (since I haven't done one in ages... lie I did one for Chinese New Year ¬_¬""). One is in Mandarin and the other is in Cantonese (with English translation of course). 

This is for all the people out there without a loved one today... Heheh....

The Mandarin Comic (I think I mixed up my Traditional and Simplified characters in this one... Whoopsie!)...

The Cantonese Comic

Hope you all have a beautiful Valentine's Day whatever the weather may be like today!!(*^3^)

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The Lindt Big Egg Hunt UK 2013 (Fabergé egg hunt)

Fabergé eggs are back in town! My friend who I will call Miss Goldilocks alerted me about this event last week and we had decided to have a competition on who could find the most. This year there's 101 eggs plus an extra 4 1, and not only will they start off in London, but they'll be going through a big UK tour which will run up until Easter! (Dublin seems to be holding there own egg hunt too!) 

This time the eggs are in co-operation with Lindt, the Swiss chocolate maker plus Metro, and it's again in aid for Action for Children. XD Yay! There's also a Lindt chocolate prize at the end (I believe it's a whole year of Lindt chocolate!! Not sure what the conditions are though... Haven't read that part yet ¬_¬"). There's also a new mascot named Eggbert (he's the new Where's Wally!) which will be out and about and moved around a lot! 

Lucky I had the day off yesterday ^_^  but I was too lazy to go to the launch... I started my journey from 9 am, and I didn't care if it rained, snowed or if a blizzard was on its way, I was still going to find some eggs. :D

I got to Covent Garden at 9.40-ish (boo to morning traffic) and went in via Southampton Way. The first thing I saw was a big Lindt Bunny at the side and thought it was an egg. Nope it's not! Then I saw a lot of eggs!! 
Lindt Bunny - not an egg!

The first lot of eggs on show

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Golden Pagoda 金滿樓 - London China Town

Another adventure into a Chinese Restaurant? Yep... Miss Pinky and I just missed the dim sum serving time and it was a 45 minute wait at Golden Dragon on a wet Chinese New Year Day. So we started exploring for food and shops (well, we didn't go far and beyond as it only lasted for 2 minutes)...

We ended up in this place Golden Pagoda 金滿樓. Miss Pinky is becoming a very fussy person and she doesn't like to venture into different restaurants unless someone has recommended it, and says this is the place to go. She really wanted dim sum, but we just missed out... (She was not happy! Tough luck :P, she didn't mention it to me earlier, so we don't get dim sum! - Mean Geek!). 
Outside Golden Pagoda

At the door waiting outside
So as we were waiting I casually asked a couple of people at the door who were waiting outside with us (it was a 20 minute wait, but we waited for 10 minutes... so lucky!) who I believe has dined at this restaurant before. And they said they've been to this place several times, and they always got what they wanted, items could be swapped around etc., etc... So that was good to know! And I was quite pleased to have asked, and Miss Pinky was ok with that! ^_^

Monday, 11 February 2013

CNY Celebrations in London Trafalgar Square

Before I start blogging about the food I ate yesterday, here's a post on yesterday's Chinese New Year celebrations in Trafalgar Square. 

Miss Pinky and I were only there for about half an hour because it was cold, wet, windy and rainy, the weather conditions of Scotland... and my socks got wet too! :( Well as my brother said the other day, it's the Year of the Snake, and the Chinese say the snake brings water (only if you're superstitious!).
Stage in Trafalgar Square
I love it when the red lanterns go up! And the entertainment we saw was cool!  Too bad I couldn't watch all of it...

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Psssst, it's Chinese New Year ~>°)mニニニニ=~

Once again Happy Chinese New Year or Happy Chinese Lunar Year or Happy Spring Festival...Whatever you want to call it! 新年快樂!恭喜發財!

Before I start heading out later in the afternoon to enjoy myself and hopefully not get drunk etc., here's a comic by yours truly The Geek (because I haven't done one in ages)! And it's in Cantonese with English translation on the comic... :D 

Note: The comic is actually drawn onto one page, but I've split it up here for easy reading purposes! 

Enjoy the celebrations!!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Chinese New Year's Eve 2013

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year!! Yay!! This year is the year of the Snake... Psssssssssssssst. ^_^

Most people I know get their Chinese sayings wrong so here's just some quick and easy sayings you need to know before saying it in front of a Chinese / Asian person... (I wish I could get some audio recordings for you here).

Chinese New Year Sayings (Traditional Chinese characters)
Pronunciation (Cantonese in Yale/Mandarin)
Canto: san nin faai lok
Mando: xin nian kuai le
Happy New Year
Canto: cheun nin faai lok
Mando: cun nian kuai le
Happy Spring Festival (Mainland China use this to differentiate between Western and Chinese New Year)
Canto: gung hei faat choi
Mando: gong xi fa cai
Wishing you happiness and prosperity (people consider this saying as ‘Happy New Year’ … It’s not really)
Canto: nin nin yau yu
Mando: nian nian you yu
May you have more throughout the day (as in money luck and fortune)

Jumping onto other bits of info you need to know about Chinese New Year. It is usually celebrated either in January or February every year depending on the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

There are 12 animals that are celebrated, and only one of those 12 animals is celebrated once every 12 years! There are many links and stories out there on the Internet about it, so I don't think I need to explain the story of the Chinese Zodiac. But here's a clip I found on YouTube if you haven't heard the story... (It took me a long time to choose a good one to show here!! O_o)...

For kids it's a time of the year to get rich but it depends on how many family members they know and if those family members are married or not. Special red envelopes (紅包 hung baau or 利是 lei si) that are designed for Chinese New Year are given to them. In Hong Kong or China the amount of money will vary depending on how rich or poor the family is... So I wonder who will be receiving these red envelopes soon... (although I'm not married and I am giving these away to some friends' kids! I'm not that stingy!)...
Aren't these Red Envelopes cool?!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Sino Thai Restaurant 泰華酒家 - London Waterloo

This weekend I was supposed to meet a bunch of friends, but that got cancelled and deferred to another time... So in the end, who did I contact? Miss Pinky of course. She wanted to eat Thai food. Pad Thai to be specific, after she watched the Saturday Kitchen Show Live last weekend! ¬_¬" Yeah, whatever.

Not knowing any good Thai restaurants around, we walked around Waterloo going from The Cut to Lambeth Road. There were two pubs serving Thai food, and in between a Thai restaurant (plus there's a smaller Thai place in between all the places that we didn't see until we were going home). We knew all these places would serve great food, but I think Miss Pinky wanted a slightly quieter place, to enjoy the food and not be disrupted by people in the pubs... (rugby and football fans!)...

In the end, we went into Sino Thai Restaurant 泰華酒家 (Cantonese: taai wah jau ga; Mandarin: tai hua jiu jia) in Lower Marsh Street. There weren't many customers, and it looked very quiet inside. The diners who were already inside looked like they were regular customers, or they may have stumbled into there like we did. I tried looking for some reviews today, but I'm surprised there's hardly any blog reviews (actually none at all) about this place... Not many people into Thai food???
Outside the restaurant

Menu cover
There was a lot of choice in the menu, vegetarian, seafood, meat dishes, noodle dishes, Chinese style dishes, curries... and I really didn't know what I wanted. In the end this is what we had...

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Mandu 만두 (Korean Dumplings)

I have to be honest. I love dumplings. All sorts. Big, small, boiled, fried, steamed, Korean, Chinese, Japanese. You name it!

I finally found the one type of dumpling I have always wanted to try out. Mandu 만두. I am thankful to have an Asian supermarket (Longdan) to introduce these. (Sorry if these are sold elsewhere, but I have never seen these around before!).

As you can see, they are very big compared to the Chinese and Japanese dumplings. Chinese ones are meatier and and can be big or small (depends on where you go). Japanese ones tend to be small (their gyozas). For some reason, the first ones I found are vegetarian. Didn't like these very much because they had this doughy, uncooked type stuff in it that made it taste weird. These cost under £3.
Vegetarian Mandu

Back of the package


Uh, mandu again from the side

Close up ^^
And the second lot I found are vegetarian but it's beef flavoured. I think they use protein to substitute the beef. Pretty cool! As it does taste a little meaty and better than the vegetarian ones! These cost under £4.
Vegetarian dumpling (mandu) - beef flavour

They're still frozen here :P

Now they're cooked!

Another close up!!
However both smell very strongly of chives! So watch out for chive breath!

Nevertheless, mandu is a popular Korean dumpling. And I think I will try them with some Korean ramyun (noodles / ramen) next time! ^_^