Friday, 16 February 2018

Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year 2018 - Year of the Dog

It's the Year of the Dog ๐Ÿถ this year. It's a bit late than usual, but the Lunar calendar says it's in February this year. ๐Ÿ˜œ The Lunar calendar year is 4716. Actually quite fascinated that life has existed for so long and we've still not discovered alien existence. ๐Ÿ˜… 

Is there a Chinese/Lunar New Year story we could talk about this year? (I'll say Lunar, as the new year is celebrated with other Asian countries like Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam). Well one story, which one of my Canadian friends reminded me about was the upside down Chinese character ็ฆ (Canto: fuk (pronounced like foork... so don't try and say the swear word!; Mando: fu). Here's a short story I found on YouTube...

In short summary, during the Ming Dynasty, the Emperor was angry at the people who talked badly about him. His wife Empress Ma suggested that everyone should hang their ็ฆ signs upside down to bring in happiness from the outside to the inside...

๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy the holiday! Taking a day off on Monday. A well deserved break. ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Meza Restaurant - London Tooting Broadway

Had a tough time at work last week. Still having a bad week this week too. ๐Ÿ˜– I wish I had a month off...

Happy Valentine's Day too!! ๐Ÿ˜

I don't often eat Lebanese food but it was an option for Ms LuFu and Mr Yellowcloak. We ended up at this place as Ms LuFu was decorating and couldn't come up to Central London, so I was browsing the Internet on what we could eat around the Tooting Broadway area...

And I found this place called Meza. Tooting Broadway area is known for their Indian and Asian spices (as I was so told by one of my colleagues) but Ms LuFu and Mr Yellowcloak don't like spicy foods, and I don't think Ms LuFu eats out in her area much. She likes Lebanese food though! Phew!

A few minutes away from Tooting Broadway Tube restaurant is this small restaurant. It got very busy as our food came along... Customers kept coming and going!

All three of us (although only 2 cups showing here) had a pot of mint tea. It was really tasty even without sugar. 

We ordered a few starters... this one's hummus with flatbread.


These hot pastries were AMAZING! Yum yum!! I don't usually like pastries with like a solid edging, because they taste quite dry and tough when you eat them. That's not the case with these. They were nice and warm, easy to bite into and very appetizing. We had two different kinds, soft cheese (Sambousek Jebneh) and lamb mince (Sambousek Lahmeh). I preferred the soft cheese!!





Ms LuFu had the falafels. They looked humungous!

She also had these... a lamb sort of pastry...

Mr YellowCloak decided to go with the fish of the day (sea bass)... That looked amazing! I wish I ordered the fish...

But I decided on the mixed grill... My desire to have lots of meat that night... ^_^ All of it was grilled nicely. Superb!

We even got a free piece of cake, but Ms LuFu decided not to have her piece - not a coconut lover. ^_^ So lucky!!

Total came to £52.31. Not bad for the three of us. Mr YellowCloak attempted to pay in Scottish pounds, and got away with it, no glances like what we get in the other restaurants we go to... Phew! Sometimes we get embarrassed with these attempts. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

My geeky rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5/5)

Good points:
- Polite service
- Good starters (hot and cold plates)
- Enjoyed the mint tea

Bad points:
- Nothing that I can think of...

Address: 70 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway, London SW17 9NA

Tel: 07771 333157

Website: http://www.mezarestaurant.com/

Monday, 5 February 2018

Constancia - London Tanner Street

Stepping into an Argentine steakhouse... Luckily I was craving steak that week...

Surprisingly one of my uncles, from MummyGeek's side, and his family moved into London recently. They had lived in Plymouth for more than two decades and then decided to pack it all in and come to with live us for a fun life I guess. Heheheh. Probably Plymouth was too boring for them...

On this day I just started learning to drive, and I was practically scared to death. I may have a nice instructor but I think I'm going to be awful... After the lesson I went to Miss Pinky's to drown my sorrows...

And not far from where Miss Pinky and co. live is an Argentine steakhouse. It was my aunt's birthday that week - that's how we ended up there... Apparently my cousins work around where Miss Pinky lives - for nearly a year, and we didn't know... Woah. Close to home... We haven't seen my uncle and family for around 10 years. I think we were all too busy to talk and have a get together... And now I think we'll be seeing them more often... ๐Ÿ˜…

My youngest cousin of the two (who apparently dines at this place quite often) ordered for us all... Looks like he knows more about food than I do. Heheheh. Quite the meat eater. Five of us had the Parrillada but without the black pudding. And I took pictures as usual - thankfully my cousins didn't think I was a strange person! Phew! 

Mr Stingy seemed to have gone all vegetarian. He's a diabetic now. So low calories, low fat, no sugar diet for him. I must do the same... ๐Ÿ˜ช

Here's some grilled Italian cheese.

And here's my dinner plate... ๐Ÿ˜

I had a rare steak! It was really rare... Sometimes restaurants cook rare and make it medium rare. Not in this case. I've grown accustomed to eating raw meat, but it was almost tough to cut through where the muscle and fat join together. Sausage was grilled nicely. Potatoes cooked nicely... Hmmm, this makes me want to find another steakhouse... There's actually one in East Street Market, maybe I should go and try it out. I was stuffed after this! 

Time for dessert... I had this lemon sorbet with sparkling white wine... Oooooh. I could feel the alcohol seeping through my blood. The elder-younger cousin also had one of these without the alcohol... Weren't sure if I should've just drunk the white wine out of the cup instead of spooning it. Heheh. ๐Ÿ˜…

Here's the other desserts... MummyGeek and Mr Stingy didn't have any... Nothing to offer for diabetics unfortunately...



Well, I think the total cost was over £200. My uncle and aunt paid. Hmmm, maybe we should meet once a year for this type of dining... we should pay our individual meals next time!

It's a nice place to go to, but we got quite a dark corner... I bet It'll be busy during Valentine's Day!

My geeky rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐๐ŸŒŸ(4.5/5) - I can't find a half star ๐Ÿ˜…

Good points:
- Polite service
- Steaks were cooked on point
- Desserts were great... but no diabetic choices - apart from the cheese board.

Bad points: 
- A bit expensive
- I can't understand why it has to be dark inside...

Address: Constancia Argentine Grill, 52 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PH
Tel: 020 7234 0676

Website: http://www.constancia.co.uk/

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Echigo Cheese Mochi Crackers ใƒใƒผใ‚บใ‚‚ใก

Ah, just missed this blog's 6th birthday! Happy Birthday to A Simple Geeky Life Blog!! ^_^ Haven't blogged much in the past year... This year might be the same as I'm spending more on learning to drive. I actually don't like driving but forcing myself to do it to encourage Miss Pinky to do her theory test and also getting Miss Vegan to also take lessons, and also to get Mrs Sweettooth to redo her theory and do the test... OMG. I should be called The Encouraging Geek! 

This does not mean I'm going to get a car. I'm still one of those peeps who think cars will destroy our air quality and environment. ๐Ÿ˜œ

I've not blogged about a snack for a bit, so here's one I bought from Dokodemo a while back. I bought a maxium of 5 bags, as they won't let you buy more on the website. I guess it's because of packing size and then it has to be shipped from Japan. I still think postage is too much though... I always select the cheapest option, but it still costs a lot. 

This snack is called Cheese Mochi. I've been trying to find cheese rice crackers which I used to buy in Japan Centre, but can't find them anymore... ๐Ÿ˜“ 

They're quite cheap on the website...

Uh-oh, they expire soon... and I have two packs left!!

They look quite biggish...

And they taste awesome. They're light and fluffy on the inside. It reminds of eating cheese puffs, but less salty, creamy cheese in taste... they taste like non-salty crackers within a cheese puff...

Eating my second to last packet. Tastes so creamy!

Individual pack: 0.64p! (SO cheap online) ...  just don't forget about P&P!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Aizu Seimen Curry Tsukemen (dipping noodles) ไผšๆดฅ่ฃฝ้บบ ใ‚ซใƒฌใƒผใคใ‘้บบ

Do you remember that post of curry ramen I bought from Japan Centre a while back? Well, this is the sequel.

When I went back to the new Japan Centre for the second time, I made sure I went early to get the food that I had wanted. I was actually really surprised to see the curry ramen in store on discount as they had sold on the website quite quickly... I think I was very lucky to see them. Phew! ๐Ÿ˜‡

So tsukemen ใคใ‘ใ‚ใ‚“ is basically like ramen but without the broth. The sauce becomes the broth, and it's what you dip the ramen into. The ramen is cold or cooled down to room temperature. The best time to eat this is probably in the summer.



As with the previous post, the ramen noodles don't come in a straight line, they're bent, I'm guessing for easy cooking. Very convenient!


Whilst the ramen was cooking, I started preparing the dipping sauce.

All you need to do is add a bit of hot water and then stir it. I added a bit more water in the end as I found the sauce to be a bit to salty.


And voila.


Itadakimasu!!

It tasted ok. Had a very messy time trying to dip and then slurp the ramen. The sauce kind of splattered everywhere. I enjoyed the ramen more than the sauce though. ๐Ÿ˜š

Would I get this again? Yes, yes, yes!!

Currently out of stock in Japan Centre, so hopefully after the winter season they'll be back! Hayaku shite kudasai! (Please do it quick!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Original price: £4.00

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



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