Little Trip to London. Discovering the hidden gems – Part I

Finally exams are over – yeahey!

I’m off-study… temporarily. And finally I have the time to edit all my London pictures and do the post about my second London trip I have promised to do long long time ago (apologies~)

The last time I visited London as I remember was prolly in autumn last year. I had the opportunity to do fundraising for Oxfam wearing animal costumes 🙂 This time my little London trip with my friend XY involved lots of food – Thai, Chinese, English breakfast, Coffee.

Thank God for the very nice weather throughout that week, 26th – 31st March, me and my friend XY wandered around in many places within London. We stayed in our friend’s house near the Clapham Common station.

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Ferrero Rocher Lover.

Okay. So I’m still working on editing my London pictures ’cause I took tons. Be patient with me okay? 🙂 Anyhow, a little update of my Easter vacation.. with food! I spent most of the time chilling in my house, munching snacks, doing some work (prolly like 10% of my time. so unproductive I know), read cooking blogs and did some late night baking. Found this recipe for a Ferrero Rocher cake, gave it a twist and the final product looks like something served as dessert in hotels.

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My Summer Shopping Spree

This summer I attended a voluntary project and it’s finally over last week! I have more spare time now for the rest of my summer vacation, so I spent an afternoon with Hilary, who has been my friend for 11 years since primary school 🙂 And we went playing with Purikura (sticker photo machine in Japanese)!

Erm sorry for the low quality of the picture ’cause it took it with my phone, under the high pressure of time limit for editing the sticker photos especially when I don’t know any Japanese (゚Д ゚;)

I’ve always love sticker photos, as I get to draw or add whatever I want and each of them are personally designed by me & my friends! One of the greatest inventions for kidults like me!

And look what I got!

The cutest thing of Purikura is that you’ll get a small present if you win a mini game on the touch screen while waiting for your sticker photos! The packing is a really cute match box, and inside there are some heart-shaped cotton pads and a plaster with pink baroque prints.

And then I allowed myself to continue my journey of gaining weight. Actually it’s not that bad. After a few hours of shopping and wandering around I’m pretty sure I lost SOME weight, right?

As I always say, shopping is definitely the best sport ∩( ̄∀ ̄ )∩

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Who says we have no appetite in summer?

A really quick update of what I’ve done during the first half of my summer vacation. I’ve been back to Hong Kong since late June and I didn’t travel to anywhere. Basically I just stay at home, have a bit of snacks while reading other blogs. Sometimes I’ll go hangout with friends, try out new restaurants & gain weight (this is definitely NOT my goal). So, here are some gourmets that I had!

Right after I was back, I tried this small Japanese family style restaurant. Love the interior design, there’s an area with sofa for sitting & chatting and the chandelier is so pretty.

The food taste so great too! All dishes are made by some Japanese okaasan (mom in Japanese) so they look really delicate & homely like what you’ll have for a homemade meal, instead of those popular franchised shops.

  1. The interior design of the restaurant is so nice! I love the floral light 🙂
  2. Salmon with rice and prawn warm salad wasabi sauce.
  3. Minced curry rice with poached egg and deep-fried prawns.
  4. Green tea cake roll with chestnutty cream

Address :  Limitless Club, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, HK

In July I went to Sevva for tea with my high school mates. We shared 2 tea set and ordered a cake as a belated surprise for my friend’s birthday.

  1. Beautiful view of the Victoria Harbour
  2. So this is the 3 layers high tea set. My favourites are the mini beef burger and the carrot cake 🙂
  3. Marie-Antoinette’s Crave Cake for my friend’s birthday.
  4. Rose petals, mango & mocha macaroons on pistachio chiffon with cream & raspberries adorned with hundreds of pretty sugar dragees & crowned with pink cotton candy.

This cake is super sweet and we shouldn’t have ordered summer, especially when we are having tea on the balcony in temperature like 35 degrees. The pink thingy on top melted in like 3 minutes after it appeared. It tasted like watermelon soaked in honey for few hours (too sweet for me even though I love most deserts) But the whole thing with teacups & saucers made me and my friends felt like we were in the Mad Hatter’s tea party!

Address : Sevva, 25/F Prince’s Building, Central, HK

I’ve been to Café Habitu the Table. It’s a casual café-restaurant where you can have coffee and chat with friends, and at the same time have some simple and fulfilling food like pasta and sandwiches.

  1. Bailey Irish Cream with espresso, topped with cold milk foam and grated chocolate.
    So I had this yummy coffee cocktail. Bailey’s is my favourite alcohol so I picked this cocktail out of the rest. I think Bailey really matches the espresso ’cause Bailey’s itself is a coffee liqueur. But I guess espresso is a bit denser so the Bailey’s and milk foam float on top (as you can see in the picture) and I couldn’t mix them. I couldn’t taste all three in one sip :S
  2. Spinach & ricotta cheese tortellini with asparagus.

Address : Café Habitu the Table, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, HK

And these are random food shots I took during this summer..

  1. Trying to do my own Chinese rice dumplings for the dragon boat festival in June, with glutinous rice, green beans, salty egg yolks, pork, dried scallops, etc.
  2. Almond Pineapple tart for my tea time.
  3. Very fluffy Mango Angel Mini Cake.
    Soft chiffon sponge cake with layers of mango flavour cream, topped with pineapple crunches.
  4. Mango fever fro-yo.
  5. Greek frozen yogurt with mango sorbet, crumbs and mango pudding. Great finishing for a day
  6. Chicken omelette curry with cream sauce
    Address : CoCo Ichibanya, Tsim Sha Tsui, HK

Apart from indulging myself with good food, I also had loads of shopping. Next time I’ll share my best buys during the summer! Yeahey!

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