Saturday, 26 April 2014

Spice & Nice Ltd - London Camberwell

One lunch time my new colleague and I went out into the wilderness to find food. She wanted to eat jerk chicken, and I said we should go to this place called Spice & Nice. It was one of the oldest Caribbean takeaway stores in Camberwell and very popular amongst the local people.

Spice n Nice
My colleague and I both opted for the rice and peas (kidney beans), jerk chicken and some plantain. I got the large portion (not sure why, but I didn't eat dinner that night after the Eason Chan concert!!).

This cost £8.50 I think... It was good. Very filling!!

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points:
- Very local food
- Cheapish - for the big portion it's reasonable

Bad points:
- None so far!

Address: 8 Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell, London, SE5 9PR
Telephone: 020 7750 9180

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cobra Beer Poster Ad - Live Smooth

I feel tired. I don't think I like boxing. Boxers have a tough workout!...

Ok, so onto this poster ad from Cobra Beer. I think this might have been out for a long time but I giggled when I saw it. The man is the boss day and night. It might be sexist in a funny way but does Cobra beer really make you the boss?

I'm more of a Heineken sort so what does that make me?

Cobra beer just makes you the boss! XD

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Fairy Poster Ad - The Power of Soft

The poster ads are really coming out this month!

Isn't this poster ad from Fairy just clever and SUPER cute??!! Fairy really did well with this as they fitted a sleeping baby with a superhero costume who's sleeping on top of the mother. (I didn't even spot that motherly hand until I started blogging about this... ¬,¬). Awwww. Cuuuute!!
Fairy Poster Ad
Use Fairy, it uses "the power of soft". It creates a softness just like a baby's skin. ^_^ Heheh.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Marks and Spencer Poster Ads - Leading Ladies

What do you see in these poster ads from Marks and Spencer (which has been out for a few weeks)? 

That's right, actresses and models modelling the 2014 spring / summer collection from M&S. But if you look carefully, it looks like it's 'exceptional mature women' versus the 'sophisticated young ladies' of the future. 
M&S Leading Ladies
For some reason Baroness Doreen Lawrence (yes I had to look her up) looks out of place in this following poster (she looks wonderful in the top one though). This poster actually looks out of place anyway... They are having too much fun!! Well the mature leading ladies are in this one!!
Does this ad seem out of place? I think they should have mingled in this one
There's also a third poster but unfortunately I couldn't capture it as it was replaced by a Garnier ad today in Vauxhall. :( (Advertisers are so quick!!). The third one looked really sophisticated and they looked like Leading Ladies of the UK in that poster...

M&S are really trying their hardest to get us women to buy their clothes... What about the male range? Will there be a "Leading Men" poster ad? Or is marketing indicating more female shoppers will shop at M&S this spring and summer? Time will tell I guess!

Update 06-05-2014

Finally found the sophisticated Leading Ladies poster advert along Borough High Street... I found this one better than the ones above. It shows that all these ladies can be "leading ladies"...

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Lurpak Butter Poster Ads and Adventure Awaits TV ad

I think the advertisement section for the Danish butter Lurpak is trying to make Londoners smile a bit more. ;) It definitely made me smile when I saw this poster ad... There haven't been many fun-filling posters for a while!

"Wonder Awaits" if you use Lurpak to whip some great sauce it tells me. Heheh. Great stuff!
Wonder Awaits
I saw some more ads around the Waterloo Station area so I captured them all.

Let us "Venture Forth" by spraying some fish with Lurpak and grilling it to make a great dinner this one tells me.
Venture Forth
"To New Frontiers" by roasting a whole chicken with Lurpak...
To New Frontiers
And "Be Bold" by smothering this wonderful piece of steak with Lurpak. XD
Be Bold
Heheh, my imagination fulfilled these brilliant poster ads. I really liked them. Very imaginative and very bold of Lurpak to do this!

Definitely made me smile!!

Also watch their ad on YouTube which is called Adventure Awaits. It's pretty much like what the poster ads are telling you. In this ad they have used Richard Strauss's Sprach Zarathustra making this a wild, scientific cooking advert. ^_^ The brilliant voice actor Rutger Hauer really gives this advert some flavour too. Whoever came up with this funny dialogue is a real comedian!!


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Kaspa's Desserts - London Walworth Road

Ok, lazy geeky blogger is back! And it's finally Easter!! ^_^

Today I'm going to blog about Kaspa's which is an ice cream / dessert shop which has opened for a few weeks in the Walworth Road. It's practically the first of its kind in the area, although you can buy desserts and coffee and milkshakes in nearby coffee shops or restaurants and supermarkets.

They opened on Saturday 29th March and they were doing discounts on all purchase on both that Saturday and Sunday... And I went on both days with MummyGeek.
Kaspa's on Walworth Road
There are many ice cream flavours in this store!!
So much ice cream!!
The inside looks really dark but as you sit down there's a bright light shining on top of the table.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Old Justice - London Bermondsey (now at K Place, St Mary-at-Hill...)

This place has now moved and renamed: K Place, 1 St Mary-at-Hill London EC3R 8EE 

From eating expensive an Korean bbq meal to eating cheap Korean food...

Whilst watching a Korean drama (the online English subbed version XD) called Let's Eat, I started looking online to see if there were any cheap Korean restaurants that did a do-your-own grill that you often see in Korean dramas. And I found one in Bermondsey which is not far from where Miss Pinky lives!! Yeah!! 

Miss Pinky, Mr Picky and I already passed through there at the start of March, but unfortunately there were no tables and they said we needed to book a table... (I swear I never knew as it was not mentioned in a few reviews I read). Oh that was an unfortunate opportunity. So in the end I found their number on their Facebook page. I think they have changed their numbers quite often and have now stuck to a mobile number. Booked a table for 3 and voila.

Old Justice used to be a pub, and I believe it was bought by a Korean and turned it into a restaurant with people living above, so you actually have to be a bit quiet when leaving.
Old Justice - Have used this picture in a previous post
It looks quite small on the inside considering this used to be a local pub!
Not very good lighting on the inside
There is a lot of choice on the menu, so it was a little hard to decide, but I definitely wanted to try out the barbecue meat. And so I chose the £18.99 (per person) Unlimited meat special with a lot of side orders. I think the minimum number of people to order it has to be 2 people and so Miss Pinky said she will have the same with me. Yay!! The only problem is, if a person in your group of people does not order the same thing, they cannot have any of the meat grilled or they will be charged the £18.99. Clever Koreans.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Mama Thai - London Walworth Road

Continuing from my day off work (which feels like decades ago) I went to Mama Thai on the Walworth Road. I went there a few years ago with Miss Pinky to compare with Kai's in Kingston and I hadn't been back since because I was too lazy to go in. I think Miss Pinky likes Kai's, and I don't we have found a place as good as them.

I pass this place nearly every day, and every time I pass it in the evening it looks empty from the outside, but you can't really see the inside very well as it looks dark from the outside. On some evenings and lunch periods they do get quite a few customers, but I don't think a lot of people eat Thai food around this area... That's a shame. On the day I went there were only two customers. Eat Thai food people!! It's good for colds!!
Mama Thai
From the inside it looks like a very posh restaurant. [Side note: I'm not a massive fan of eating at posh, posh restaurants that have famous chefs or owned by famous people. Food is what really matters - and it has to taste GOOD!].
Lovely decorative place

Quiet restaurant
I already knew what I wanted to eat but I had a quick check on the menu to see if there was anything different from the one online... No changes on the menu.

I ordered the prawn tom yum soup. This is a traditional Thai soup, it's spicy, a little tangy and there was a lot in this bowl. I generally like the one in Kingston as the soup was a little thicker or darker in colour, but this was good.
Tom yum soup with prawns
Next I started on this green curry. I love green curry especially when there are aubergines and loads of sauce which there was in this dish. It had a spicy kick into it, and it was very filling with the rice. I felt very full after eating this, and very pleased with myself for coming as it has been so long!
Chicken green curry
 You might be overwhelmed with the number of spoons you get, but each dish will have one spoon with it to avoid mixing of foods I guess.
Boiled rice
I can't remember if I have mentioned in the past but I had learnt that drinking coconut milk is the best way to cool yourself whilst eating spicy food, and that's what I ordered - a coconut cooler. This was really nice. It was like having a coconut milkshake / pudding.
Coconut cooler
I would have ordered dessert but I was too full and needed to buy an early birthday cake at the time. ^_^

Total cost came to £19.40. It is a little pricey, but I don't blame them as customer turnout might be low.

My geeking rating: 4.5/5

Good points:
- Quiet place to eat Thai food
- Friendly service
- Good portions of food

Bad points:
- A little pricey (but worth it if you don't go often)

Address: 235 Walworth Rd, London SE17 1RL
Telephone: 020 7277 2734

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Yaki Japanese Bakery - London Goodge Street

Er I went to a zumba class today, and secretly I enjoyed it... reminded me of being back in secondary school!! ^_^ Well now I'm going to talk about food... XD

When I went to eat at Koba with Miss Posh a few weeks ago we came across this place called Yaki which is a "Japanese Bakery". I wanted to try this place out because I haven't had an okonomiyaki for a while and wanted to try out their takoyaki balls. Well, I had a day off (the day before my birthday) and I decided to go here!
Yaki Japanese Bakery
The place looks very neat. Has a Japanese feel to it... 
Inside Yaki

I think I had a hard time deciding although I had already looked at the menu online beforehand... I wanted the Yaki-Combo! This meant I could have any okonomiyaki, 6 pieces of taco-yaki, a salad and a drink for £7.29. That's not a bad deal for lunch although just a tiny bit expensive.

Here's my okonomiyaki with some brown sauce and mayo on top. I chose the ham and cheese filling. Unfortunately it wasn't that great. I miss the taste of the cabbage and the way it's prepared (like the one in Brixton).

Ham and cheese filling
Here's my drink and my udon salad... These weren't bad at all, and I really like this! The salad dressing was not bad at all.
My drink and udon salad
I actually did take a close up picture of the taco-yaki, unfortunately it didn't capture the images onto my phone :( ... The taco-yaki was cold I'm afraid and so I didn't enjoy it that much.
My meal

The one thing I did enjoy was this banana and choco tai-yaki!! It was freshly made, and it just tasted awesome!! This one's a thumbs up! 
Shape of a koi fish

Banana and chocolate filling!! Yummy!!
Total cost came to £9.28. It wasn't a very bad meal, but the food could have been hotter.

My geeky rating: 3.5/5

Good points:
- The tai-yaki was a surprise. It tasted really good!
- Clean place
- Nice service

Bad points:
- Hot food became cold food too quickly
- Just a little expensive for lunch

Address: 53 Goodge St, London W1T 1TG ‎

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Backstreet Boys - In A World Like This Tour - London O2

My 400th Post!!! 

Back at the O2 already? Yep!! This time I'm joined with Miss Pinky and Miss Money. Both of them have met each other in the past but haven't seen each other in a while I believe.

Well, yes, I am a Backstreet Boys fan. (Don't boo me for being a fan) In the past I thought they were just a copy cat of Take That, but I soon grew to like them after listening to their songs. I still have their CD's somewhere but have digitised everything. ^_^ I'm not the only fan from my secondary school days to have went to this concert, and a couple of old classmates went to!! ^_^ I managed to see one but not the other unfortunately.

So The Exchange who are an a-capella group came on first. As we sat down they started singing. Wow. Good timing!!

Sorry for bad quality pictures. I should have used my Nikon camera.

Next came All Saints.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Emeraude Lodge du Centre Hotel - Paris

Eurolines don't offer hotel deals with the coach, so I used to book a hotel room in Paris. 

There are many hotels in Paris but I chose this one due to its location and how easy it was to get to from the coach station. It cost us £169 for two nights so it was £84.50 per person (so ~£42 per night). This isn't bad. And it's a 3 star hotel.

The one thing you should not do is follow the directions on the website (which is what we did - you can easily get lost from Bourse). From Gallieni Station you should take the M3 line to République and change for the M9 line to Grands Boulevards. As you exit the station and depending which exit you come out of, turn into Rue du Faub. Montmarte then turn right into Rue Geoffroy-Marie. You can't miss it when you get into the right road. I forgot to take a picture of the front but it is easy to locate.

I asked for a room with two beds, so we got it, and we placed on the fifth floor.
Standard Twin Room with a balcony
The Nespresso was a fun machine to play with because I never played with one before. The TV was small and they have very few English channels.
I love that Nespresso machine!!! That phone is mine by the way
The view was not entirely spectacular but I got to see beautiful buildings. ^_^
Balcony view

The bathroom was completely small. Shower was hard to turn around in. You will feel very cramped inside!! But very clean and we had clean towels.
Bathroom was small and cramp
Overall it was a nice hotel to stay in but noise levels were quite high on a Saturday evening. Very high. It was very hard to sleep on day 2.

The lift in the hotel is VERY SMALL so if you're claustrophobic I suggest you take the stairs. We didn't test the breakfast or the bar. The bar is generally expensive so I suggest you go to a cheap pub or to the supermarket opposite (before 9pm) to get your alcohol fix.

The staff speak good English so you won't have any problems there.

The streets are generally clean but after a Saturday night don't expect it to be clean around the area.

Not a bad hotel and not the worse ever. I have been to terrible places before.

Address: 6 Rue Geoffroy-Marie, 75009 Paris, France
Telephone: +33 1 45 23 32 51

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Geek Goes To Paris - Day 3

Day 3 - March 23rd 2014

It was time to go home! That was a quick trip to Paris wasn't it? I think next time if I go again, I definitely think Miss Pinky and I need to explore the areas a bit more. Find more French food and eat more baguettes. Miss Pinky had a lot of baguettes by the way... Fresh French bread is the best!!

We didn't eat breakfast, well I ate a sandwich that I bought the night before. It was disgusting so I threw the crust and the remainder away. Was also getting used to the Nespresso machine... I want one to use at work!! 

We got to Gallieni Metro station before 10am using the M9 route to Republique and changing to the M3 line to Gallieni. We should have taken this route to the hotel!! So much easier!! Anyway we waited for a bit, queued to check in and then waited for the coach... It was practically late. Don't know how the driver was going to get everyone on in time... But he did. I have to say the French drivers are not very interactive, English is so-so but very good at getting us around in time! Make sure you queue quickly as people actually push in front which is not fair at all. Miss Pinky was laughing angrily I bet. But I think we got the best seat because I got to jump off before the people in front and those in the rear seats. ^_^

Our first stop was at a gas station... I was practically hungry and so I ordered in French... Je voudrais une maxi salami baguette... and pointing at the baguette. XD At least I remember the basics...
Maxi salami baguette
I ate half on the coach... It was good, a bit salty and needed more pickles...

15 minutes later we were back on the coach and we reached Calais... We were getting the ferry back to England!! Oh wow, I haven't been on one of these ferries for years... decades maybe...!! Miss Pinky doesn't like boats or water so it was unfortunate for her but we got through it all.

Just need to point out, security and passport checks are quite tight. One of the passengers on our coach was taken off because he didn't have the right documentation. So make sure your passport is in date and you have the right visas too!! And travel safe.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Geek Goes To Paris - Day 2

Day 2 - March 22nd 2014

Hoorah! It was time to wake and smell Paris. ^_^ That morning I was trying to work out the Nespresso machine in the hotel and I think I was quite successful on my second go. XD Well, I had a good sleep that night although I was tossing and turning that night, and I was eager to find the Eiffel Tower that morning.

Miss Pinky practically skipped breakfast, I think I had a chocolate chip bread bought from Morrisons, so it was hardly no spending that morning. 

We took the Metro from Grand Boulevard Station which is the nearest station to the hotel. For a single fare it costs €1.70 (~£1.50). The machines are very easy to use and you can use them in English. We took the M9 route and then got off at Trocadéro. We got out of the station, turned round the corner and voila! La Tour Eiffel. Yay!! ^_^

Metro ticket prices:
La Tour Eiffel

As we got closer I felt that the tower was getting smaller...