Monday, 22 January 2018

Magical Lanterns 2017 @ Chiswick House and Gardens

Oh, it's that time of the year again when the lanterns come out to play! To end 2017 I went to see this with Miss Money.

Miss Money had some complimentary tickets given to her by her boss. It was a rather late Christmas present to her and her colleagues! ๐Ÿ˜• Miss Money had no on to go with as it was also late to ask anyone... Although I've been before, thought I shouldn't waste a ticket... ๐Ÿ˜†

I won't write much in this post... the only part that was different was trying to get there via tube (which was annoying as we had to change on the Piccadily and take another train back). Then it was another 10 to 15 minute walk to the park. 








Sunday, 21 January 2018

Katzenjammers Bierkeller and Restaurant - London Southwark Street

OMG. This is the first time I've blogged about German food!! How exciting!

Mr Sensible was celebrating his birthday at a time when the office Christmas parties were going wild at London Bridge. ๐Ÿ˜… I've never seen so many joint office (probably from all over the place) Christmas parties in one sitting. LOL!

Arrived after 6 pm, it felt like a crazy house... they even have to check your bags before you enter... I guess it's because of recent events with attacks etc... ๐Ÿ˜‘

First attack of the evening was a pint of Paulaner German beer. It comes from Munich. It's quite a clear tasting beer and not too bitter. A bit like Heineken. 

Apparently we got free pretzls. Ummm, these were nice and salty. A bit like a salty bagel, and better than those mini bagged pretzls. 

After drinking the first pint. It was time for the next one! A stein! This is a 2 pinter. I had to carry this from the bar counter to the table and I thought my hands were going to break. Mr Sensible and I were practically competing with each other on who could drink this the fastest. Hahahahah... I won! I soon had to recover from drinking 3 pints in a row. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Here's the best part... food... As Mr Games and his brother's girlfriend were ordering food, I thought I would take the opportunity to order as well... Heheheh.

Mr Games ordered the currywurst on bread.

The brother's girlfriend ordered sausages, saukraut, red cabbage and fries...

And I asked for the currywurst. It doesn't taste like curry at all. I could taste more of the ketchup. Not sure what type of sausage was used here, but I have a feeling these were frankfurters. Probably one of the easiest and fastest sausages to cook... Well I could have made this! I grew up eating sausages mixed in with ketchup. Nowadays MummyGeek cooks cocktail sausages with ketchup. LOL! 
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I spent around £10 on the currywurst, and the beers were quite expensive... Need to owe the guys back with a drink on the next outing or when Mr Sensible and Mr Games move into their new apartment. I haven't mentioned that they're gay but I'm sure you clever readers would've realised that by now. ๐Ÿ˜…

Think I should try this place again but not during the holiday season. 

My geeky rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

Good points:
- Very sociable restaurant / beer garden
- Got to try out a stein without having to go to Germany ๐Ÿ˜Š
- There's entertainment, but I couldn't hear much... so noisy!

Bad points:
- A bit expensive
- Tight sitting space
- Food wasn't bad, but I thought it was very average for the amount spent on it

Address: The Hop Exchange, 24 Southwark St, London SE1 1TY
Tel: 07771 363542



Sunday, 14 January 2018

Wow! Sushi - London East Street Market

Forgot to say in my last post that I passed the HSK 3 Mandarin exam! I achieved 92%. It was quite nerve-racking trying to find out when the results would be out but so pleased to say that two months of hard work paid off!! LOL. HSK 4 must be studied for at least 6 months I think... ๐Ÿ˜Š

Rewatching the Korean drama, Let's Eat Season 1... It's made me want to blog right this instant! Heheheh.

One evening I was supposed to go to the pub to enjoy a leaving party and a colleague going on maternity leave... Unfortunately it was a week of train chaos as it snowed one weekend. When it snows in the UK, the whole transport system is in chaos. So the pub night out on this Monday evening was cancelled and I had to find some other means of food.

I chose Wow! Sushi. I hadn't been around East Street Market for a bit, and I had stumbled on this place however it was closed as this place opens around 12pm. It was a great opportunity to go! 

As you can see it's a takeaway, and so the peeps make the food when you order. I sat patiently in the available seating area... was a little hungry!!

I ordered all of this, but the miso soup came free!

The main bento I ordered was the eel bento box. It came with some hot rice, really fresh salmon sashimi, tuna sashimi, salad, wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce. It tasted amazing. The eel was nice and sweet. There were no bones and seasoned quite well. The rice was plain which took on the eel's sauce quite nicely. But the most enjoyable part of this bento was the fresh sashimi! Wow, I didn't expect it to be so good!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Next hre is the chicken karaage (fried chicken). As you may know, nearly every Japanese restaurant I go to I would order karaage! There were a few spicy pieces in there, but I really enjoyed it. ^_^

And one last item I had to order was this tamago (sweet egg) sushi. Tasted nice! Thought the rice might be hard but it was perfectly ok!!

And the miso soup... nothing too special... just soup!

Total cost came to around £25 (if I remember correctly)... Well having all of this as takeaway was nice for one person... I'll order less next time.

My geeky rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5) - because I live close and able to enjoy the food from when it was made. ^_^

Good points:
- Polite service
- Fresh food

Bad points:
- A little expensive but worth it as a takeaway

Address: 81 East Street, London, SE17 2DH
Tel: 0207 277 0606

Website: http://www.wowsushi.co.uk/

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Noodle Family Limited ไธ‡ๅฎถ้ข้ฆ† - London Surrey Quays

Christmas is now over and it's a Happy New Year! We've got some food posts to get through! It's been a somewhat quiet Christmas at home but busy at work... Couldn't even catch up with my own database work. Damn work colleagues!!

How long has it been since I've blogged about Chinese food? Donkey years! 

So, Miss Pinky decided to take Baby B to see Santa, and so I tagged along. First stop, we had to go to a baby party and see Baby B's cousins... Then it was time to eat something. Anything. I had a feeling that Miss Pinky wanted Chinese food, and seriously I couldn't be bothered to say no to our first stop. Hahahahah.

Noodle Family Limited ไธ‡ๅฎถ้ข้ฆ† (Traditional: ่ฌๅฎถ้บต้คจ - Canto: man ga min gun; Mando: wan jia mian guan. Meaning: 10,000 Family Noodles Restaurant) is right next door to Surrey Quays Overground Station. Miss Pinky used to go here when she was pregnant as she had lived nearby (now moved) but it's my first time here.

Quickly looked at the menu. I think Miss Pinky was kind of rushing before Baby B threw a tantrum. 

Squid was the first option for starters. This was nicely prepared and tasted ok.

I had the beef slices with the handmade noodles and soup... It was kind of bland unfortunately. If the soup was a bit richer in taste I would have given this a thumbs up. Had to add lots of salt into it. The bowl of soup noodles contained stripped tofu slices, egg, black fungus, veggies... all a nice combo, only the soup was the main problem.



Miss Pinky had her beef in black bean sauce and veggies... as always she rarely touched the veggies and just went for the meat and sauce. I just don't understand why she hates veggies! Why do people hate vegetables so much?

This is Baby B with her lightning hair trying to eat her chips... They were a bit too hot for her. Heheheh. Fussy eater at the moment. Her "Terrible Twos" is going to stay for a little bit. ๐Ÿ˜† (But at least she enjoyed seeing Santa in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre).

Total came to £31.57. Gave Miss Pinky a little scare of the price by saying it was over £50. LOL! 

My Geeky Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

Good points:
- OK service
- Food came out quite quickly

Bad points:
- My noodles were a bit bland

Address: 1B Rotherhithe Old Rd, London SE16 2PP
Tel: 020 7232 1323

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