Saturday, 15 April 2017

Hisar Turkish Restaurant - London East Dulwich

Must get blogging! Loads of posts to catch up with. Lots to share. ¬_¬"" 

This took place around the beginning of February. I completely forgot about this, but I was practically forced to go (basically Mrs Hen and colleagues wanted me to take pictures but wouldn't say it's because of that...) I tried to get out of going but they wouldn't let me go!! ¬_¬"" The whole event was for 2 leaving parties and one 60th Birthday party. 

It's going to be a fairly short post...

Ordered Mrs Hen a beer... I guess she needed it.

I was trying to be healthy so ordered a mock mojito. Why not?!

Starters came out first, and you often have to remind yourselves not to eat too much before the main dishes come out... So remember to eat less bread and less of everything else!!


There was around 20 of us but I couldn't take everyone's pictures, so I took plates of food that I was surrounded with...




This is what I had... Adana Iskendar which is a large lamb kofte which is wrapped in pitta bread and smothered with tomato sauce and yogurt, which came with salad and I asked for mashed potatoes instead of rice or chips. 


It was the most satisfying lamb kofte meal I've ever had!!! ^_^ It reminded of lasagne. Had that similar touch to it. Pitta bread acting as the pasta. I don't think there was any cheese in it. I just want to eat this all over again!!! Where can I find this in the Walworth Road or Elephant & Castle?

We all split the bill... I think it £25 each (I actually told Mrs Hen I had no money just to try and get out of the event, but she said she'll pay for me... In the end I coughed up my money - I think Mrs Hen was a bit surprised I lied :p sorry Mrs Hen, but I had to).

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points:
- Friendly service
- Large portions of food
- Great place for medium sized parties

Bad points:
- Tight squeeze to fit us all in ... we needed an extra table really

Address: 51 Lordship Ln, East Dulwich, London SE22 8EP
Telephone: 020 8299 2948

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Louie Louie - London Walworth Road

I think I'm about 2 months behind in my posts... sorry...

There's going to be a lot of cooommmmpetition on the Walworth Road with this new cafe/restaurant (I say in a high pitch voice).

Just before I went to Hong Kong I saw this little corner finally being taken over which has been abandoned for years. It was once a fast food restaurant, then turned into a Nigerian restaurant and now into this new café (that turns into a bar at night). I think I have to see this change over happen at some point.

I missed its opening in December because I kept seeing closed shutters, so I have no idea when it opened... Why do cafés and restaurants open towards the end of the year?!

I woke up early one Sunday morning (it was the day after the skirt-making workshop), I couldn't sleep, so went out Pokémon hunting in Burgess Park. ^_^ Spent a good time there and didn't realise part of the lake's path was closed off... ¬_¬" Irritating. 

As I was walking back, I thought this was a good chance for me to try out Louie Louie. Think I got there just in time for opening time! 

Interesting choice of table plants. ^_^ My favourite! (I have cacti in my office).


My interest of light bulbs never ends.

Ordered a flat white coffee with soya milk which unfortunately costs an extra 0.50 pence. I've read other people's reviews on that, and yes, it is expensive for a different milk. Plus I was expecting a slightly larger glass/cup for it. :(


There was a lot of choice on the Weekend Brunch menu compared to its normal brekkie menu! But I thought I'll go vegan for that morning. Just to be on the healthy side... Plus introduce different food items on this blog. I can't eat meat all the time! 

Kitchen opened at 9.30am that morning so had to wait for a bit for the food... 
I chose this very hearty looking chickpea stew with avocados and mushrooms which came with a leafy salad and toast. It's for two people, but I did a long walk, so I think I was capable of eating most of it... I even ordered the vegan banana bread with almond butter... Maybe I shouldn't have ordered that. Too much food. ¬_¬"" (I think other people were curious at my picture taking... LOL! Well, it is a lot of food, and I was on a food mission.).

This is the type of food Miss Vegan would bring into work. Maybe I should learn how to make this stuff.... It was amazing! A little spicy but the avocodo cooled my mouth from the spiciness. The toast went well with it.


Not sure about this salad presentation, but I like the taste of it.

I finally had this banana bread. Miss Vegan tried to make this one day for her son, but it ended like a vegan banana cake... it still tasted great! The almond butter was a bit sticky for my liking, but I found it sweet enough and sticky enough. I think vegans will love this place.

Finished!

Total cost came to £24.41 which includes service charge. It is expensive, but my meal was kind of for two people, so in fact I would have paid around £12 if I was with another person (trying to justify the pricing).

I was full after eating, but not bloated like after eating lots of meat and chips...
Definitely would go again! But only on a very random occasion. ^_^
At night this place changes into a bar too... Heheheh

My geeky rating: 4.9/5 (just because of the tiny coffee!)

Good points:
- Friendly service
- Good atmosphere
- Suitable for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters

Bad points:
- A little expensive (especially for the tiny coffee I had :( )
- Took a bit long for the food - but that was expected

Address: 347 Walworth Road, London SE17 2AL
Tel: 020 7450 3223

Website: http://louielouie.london/

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sewing @ The Fashion Box

Happy Birthday to me!! ^_^ I will be doing absolutely nothing i.e. not hanging out with friends... contemplating on my age. 

It's been a tragic week... condolences to the people of London and the victims. We will stay strong!

***

I can't sew. I mean I can't use a sewing machine. >_< (But my hand sewing is also very bad...).

My colleague Miss Vegan wanted to learn and we kept talking about it until I eventually decided to give it a go (without her - I gave a chance to decide to go together, but she took forever to decide... too busy at the time). MummyGeek won't teach me either - she has this belief that I would break her machine - even her precious industrial one (which hasn't been in use for many years). ¬_¬""

Checked on Groupon for any sewing deals, and one came up showing a two hour workshop for £21 on an introduction to sewing at The Fashion Box based in Seven Sisters Road in North London. For me it was a little hard to find and I had to get two buses to get there. 

You'll recognise where to get off once you see this gigantic snail painting on the wall.

We were introduced to a basic sewing machine. Singer is quite a popular brand,


At the introduction, I learnt how to set up a sewing machine, sew in straight lines, how to sew in circular patterns and how to insert an invisible zip... almost messed up with the invisible zip!!

My handy work after 2-3 hours. I actually had fun at this workshop.

I was encouraged by Miss Vegan and a few other friends to try out some harder stuff... So I looked on Groupon and other places in London. In the end I chose to go back to The Fashion Box. Next was the dressmaking class, where they provide you with the materials. This was a six hour class. But I unfortunately I made a massive mistake by adding the zip in the wrong parts, but at least the front was ok! I had to spend a bit longer in the workshop trying to fix it, and felt a bit guilty for making our tutor stay longer than he should... Grrrrr... Anyway, took the dress home and asked MummyGeek for help later! 

The dressmaking class is absolutely worth the go at £49 on Groupon (but check if it's still running!).


The dress after a lot of fixing... gone a size smaller I think...


The skirt making was a week later and was the last workshop available in their calendar in early February.... This workshop was £29 on Groupon - but please do check if it's still available! You have to buy your own materials for this workshop.

This workshop was less intense than the dressmaking one as there were two tutors - the owner and my tutor from the last two workshops. Don't worry tutor 1, I was not scared off! The owner is absolutely hilarious and will joke about. He's a real expert at some shortcuts with sewing machines.

It was a fun session, although I still made a lot of mistakes whilst making this skirt... Had to fix it at home again. 

The final skirt fits! Slightly loose, maybe because I measured over my jumper instead of over my t-shirt. ¬_¬""
For a small fix it took me over an hour ++ to complete... :( 

I had a good time learning, and I think MummyGeek trusts me a little bit to use her machine once in a while. 

Address: Unit 4. 718-722 Seven Sisters Road, Gourley Street, London. N15 5NH

Website: https://www.thefashionbox.co.uk/

Nearest Tube Station: Seven Sisters

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Paldo Rabbokki Noodles

Bought these Rabokki flavoured noodles some time last year (forgot the price as usual...lost the receipt as usual). Decided to eat them earlier this year before they expired. >_<" Rabokki is a combination of noodles and rice cakes in ddeokbokki sauce.

Also bought some frozen rice cakes from Longdan Express, which come with their own spicy sauce.


This was what was in the packet... Think I'm not going to explain how I cooked them. But I did boil the rice cakes first to try and soften them.





This is how it ended up...

Then added two slices of artificial cheese. >_<""

Taste wise it wasn't that bad, sweet and spicy at the same time. My rice cakes weren't as soft as I would liked them to have been.

Enjoyed it... ^_^

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Go Vegan World Poster Advert

Just had to throw this poster ad in for the sake of bad slogans.

I am not against veganism. My colleague who sits next to me is called Miss Vegan, and her food is always amazing! 

I guess this poster was kind of interesting and intriguing... I just can't understand how "Dairy takes Babies from their mothers"... Huh? Isn't it supposed to be "Babies takes dairy from their mothers"? According to Miss Vegan, adults shouldn't really be drinking dairy in the first instance. Babies suck from their mother's breasts, and the mother's produce milk by eating, drinking and resting, which is how baby mammals survive. ¬_¬"

In a confused state at the moment...

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Sainsbury's @ Elephant & Castle

Two months ago a new Sainsbury's appeared amongst our many supermarkets in the area. Still waiting for there to be a mini ASDA, LIDL and ALDI... Come closer to Walworth Road please. ^_^

Elephant and Castle is becoming trendy at the moment. People are already trying to forget there was a council estate there. Don't worry, people like me will not forget the once atrocious area!

Before shopping there I went out to the Czech Club with Mr YellowCloak and Ms LǜFù (pictures of food below), then followed Mr YellowCloak to get the City Link train - it's so quick using this train. Unfortunately Mr YellowCloak told me to get on the wrong train, which didn't stop at Elephant and Castle, so had to get a bus from Blackfriars... Was very fortunate that I had 20 minutes left before closing time!

It's quite a big store. Even though there's a lot of variety, I still prefer Morrisons and Tesco.


There's even a small Asian section, but I would likely be heading towards Longdan Express for some of my Asian food stock.

Here's a reminder of the times it opens and closes.

Very conveniently placed near the bus stops (like the one in Waterloo. ^_^ )

Good luck Sainsbury's Elephant and Castle!

Address: 40 New Kent Rd, London SE1 6TJ



Here's what I had that evening. Battered cauliflower with salad. Black tea. And I also had an apple struedel. Trying to prove to Miss Vegan that I can be semi healthy on a night out. LOL!


On my way out from Blackfriars, a cheeky fox just walked past me... Not scared at all! I meant the fox was not scared of us humans. >_<"


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