Birthday party filled weekend

The first week of September is usually busy since I know many September babies. My friend PChan turned 29 recently, Jo turned 27 and Razel just turned 20 all in one weekend. Whew!

I wasn’t able to go to all the birthdays since it was going to be on the same day but luckily Chan moved his to Sunday so I could munch on lobster! 8B

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Delicious Lobster

Jo decided to have an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet where the guys went berserk and literally over ordered on sushi…
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Sushi platter

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So much food...

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We ordered a lot...

I was so stuffed afterwards since I was clearing up on our side of the table. Was a shame since my side didn’t eat a lot so it was hard to try everything in case I couldn’t finish it all.
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Alcoholic birthday girl

For the after party, a small group of us headed to Tiko’s place to play Just Dance 4 and Singstar. It didn’t finish till 4am and we ended up dancing and giggling in the park outside to cool down from the heat. T’was a really fun evening.
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Being asian outside Leicester square station

PChan took us to Big Easy in Covent Garden where we dined on seafood and BBQ meats. The bill came to over £600!
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Our seafood starter platter

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Dee and I with our new outfits; bibs...

I couldn’t go to Razel’s party which she held in a small bar called Barrio Central. The photos looked fun ^^
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Really big plate of sashimi

After all the eating and partying I’m now broke :( Why must yummy food be expensive?!!

With love
Kekidoll xoxo

Tiko’s Birthday at Big Easy

Prawns, Crab, Squid Seafood Platter!
Our Starters

Besides going to Bodeans, Tiko had decided to hold a second party with his closer group of friends at Big Easy near Sloane Square. This is an Southern American diner type foodie place that serves lobster and different types of barbecued meats.

Ribs and Prawns
Delicious Ribs!

We had pre-ordered our meal beforehand since we were a large party of 11 people. There was a mixture of meat and seafood being served on higher platters; it was so overwhelming! We devoured all the squid, prawns, mussels and prawn crackers that came first as we were all so hungry only to find that they were the starters.

After almost filling my belly I tried to leave room for my mains which came in massive platters filled with ribs, chicken and prawns slathered in bbq sauce. The second platter came with a selection of seafood, including lobster, prawns, crabs and more mussels. We also had four huge baskets of chips, coleslaw and also a bowl of baked beans. Mmmmm yum yum!

Chicken Wings and Squid Platter
Chicken Wings and Squid Platter

Everyone had very satisfied bellies and I had to roll out the restaurant. There was just so much food!

My food bill came to £40 (approx.) I think this was reasonable considering that I did eat quite a bit. However due to the nature of the food devoured (mostly meats) I think it could have been slightly cheaper. Well since everyone ended up sharing the platters they had ordered it was harder to actually split the food and the bill. So I didn’t mind. It was a birthday celebration after all ^^

Would you have been able to devoured this amount of food with your group of friends?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Tiko’s Birthday at Bodeans

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Tiko turned just turned 29 and organised a dinner at a BBQ restaurant in London called Bodeans (a different branch to the one I went to for Dee’s).

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Here I attempted to devour a full platter meal with two others with a healthy side order of chicken wings and macaroni cheese. Their portions were huge!! We managed to finish it all in the end but I did feel bloated after and couldn’t fit in dessert.

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As a good will gesture for giving us our table held an hour late, they gave us or first round of drinks on the house. Woo!! We all had milkshakes and cocktails since it was a celebration ^^

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Tiko also got a few shots free from our waiter since it was his birthday but I don’t believe it always happens at Bodeans. I would have liked everyone to sing happy birthday while Tiko stood up in the models of the restaurant. That would have been a fun sight to see.

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The meal was so meaty and did make us have to “drop the kids” (a no.2), some even suggested becoming vegetarian for a week or two! We did manage it all though and I’m surprised how much meat gets devoured within 2hours! It was so tasty but I wouldn’t try again for while, need to work off the calories!!

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Do you enjoy meaty dishes? Is there a bbq restaurant near you?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Bake Off Competition and Barbeque with Friends

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Since summer has arrived (finally!), my TKD group decided to hold a BBQ and AGM at someone’s house over the weekend. We also agreed to a bake-off where each team (2 members) would create a winning dessert of their own and take home the prize of pride.

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My friend, Diana, and I teamed up together.  At first she wanted to make a Caramel Tart with Custard, an old school dessert we used to have back at school. We tried to bake it one evening and after 3 failed attempts we gave up… So much butter and butterscotch was wasted :( I found the caramel the hardest to make because I didn’t know if you should cook it on the heat, the heat and flour made the mixture look like crumbs and tasted like Indian sweets (just without the coconut). A few days later, my friend was told that we could actually buy pre-made caramel in a tin so we basically wasted an evening and a fridge of ingredients. D’oh!

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When the day of the competition arrived though, we totally changed tactics and baked cakes we could and love. We baked 3 in total because we were so indecisive and had bought so many ingredients! In the end, we had baked Carrot Cake (my fave), Red Velvet Cake (the judge’s fave) and Victoria Sponge Cake (Diana’s fave). We baked so much because, basically, Diana wanted to win (hahaha). Our sweat and tears in the morning proved a success when they announced that she won (after a long chat with the judges, else my cake would have won Lol!)

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We were up against forest fruits jelly and banofee pie.

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There was also a BBQ going in the garden during our meeting which made us all drool over the chicken cooking on the grill. It smelt so good and meant people weren’t really concentrating. We had to break half way, gobble down the cooked food and then sit back to the meeting while the rest cooked – the smell teasing us.

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The BBQ meat was so tasty and it was a very fun day. There was so much left over we all took some home :) We even played Tekken on the XBox which I haven’t touched in ages! I only really know to button mash though…

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What did you guys do to enjoy the sunny weather? Did you take advantage and fired up a BBQ too?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Bodeans BBQ Restaurant and Cookies & Cream

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For my friend’s 27th birthday, she invited us to go to Bodeans in Tower Hill, an American BBQ restaurant that serves a lot of beef, pork and carbs.

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This is not a restaurant for the faint hearted! The portions here are large and it really reminded me of Man vs Food and Epic Meal Time. I would suggest it to those with very big appetites.

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I shared a large Bodeans Boss platter for two with another two friends. There were burnt ends, ribs, pork, chicken, coleslaw and chips. It was a lot of meat to devour but I really enjoyed it! I probably could have finished it sharing with two people because I was eating other people’s food when I finished mine hahaha. Not enough!! (Makes me realise that I eat a lot!)

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Afterwards, we went to Cookies & Cream in Whitechapel. It was a good walk and short bus journey ^^ Here we had ice creams and caramel tarts with custard. People who were full just had a mocktail each. I ordered a mint Aero sundae. Whoop whoop! It was delicious but very chocolatey… They popped in so many Aero chocolate balls. I think I was getting slightly sick on chocolate towards the end.

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It was a good evening and we all enjoyed ourselves with our food babies.

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I would definitely recommend these places but Bodeans is a very strict chain of restaurants. They limit you to two hours to eat all your food and you must have a full party, else they’ll charge you for every missing party member. So if you have fickle friends who drop out last minute, I wouldn’t suggest inviting them; as mean as it sounds you don’t want to have to pay extra due to their laziness to attend.

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Did any of you enjoy BBQ meat/healthy salads for the summer?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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