Review: Flesh & Buns, Bonedaddies

Sue and Nam invited me to dinner one evening at Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden. The name was really interesting and made me want to come try it!

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At the entrance ^^

The restaurant is underground in Seven Dials and is kitted to look like old Japanese bars with lots of old looking bottles and sake casks.
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Bar area

We ordered from the set menu so we could try a bit of everything, and boy, was it yummy! The gimmick in this restaurant is that instead of rice, you place the meat inside small white sweet buns (Chinese man tou) and eat it all wrapped up.
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Deliciousness

I found it really tasty with all the sauces and mixing meats up, was almost like building my own mini sub. Everything tastes tasty when eaten with fingers too xD
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Sushi rolls!

The toilets in this restaurant are very peculiar. They have decorated each cubicle with pages from manga, but these panels are all pornographic scenes… Unusual right? I really want to research as to why the interior designer decided on this concept! I found it funny. Maybe it was to boost social media and word of mouth? I’m unsure.
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One of the less obscene panels xD

Anyway, I would recommend people to come try out this restaurant as it’s nice and tasty, especially their smores! OMG the dessert was delicious and so much fun to toast the marshmallows. I recorded a video on my instagram.
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Dessert!

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Melting our Smores!

Have you been here? Would you? Where does this place remind you of?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Bar Café Ciao, Leicester Square

Hidden on the main stretch of road between Leicester Square station and Trafalgar Square is this dessert house that serves ice cream in the form of famous Italian dishes.

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Me with the birthday girl

They also create huge sundaes with very tasty ice cream! The flavours are very distinct and aren’t very sweet like from Haagendas. They also serve sorbets plus frozen yogurt for those who are watching their calories.
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Dessert!

We went here on Krystal’s birthday party and the waiter was very kind enough to offer a very special sundae filled with fruit, ice creams and sorbets. It looked amazing!

She and her boyfriend managed to devour the whole sundae! I ate a normal sized one in my own! Hahaha. We were hungry children Lol.

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Ciao make delicious sundaes!

I do like this dessert house and will visit often for the summer.

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Hot Pot at Krystal’s

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For a weekend last year, my group of friends decided we would have a hot pot dinner. We all travelled down to Krystal’s flat where her boyfriend drove us to the Korean supermarket H-Mart and Wing Yip to get some fresh meats, vegetables, dumplings, noodles and hot pot supplies.

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A hot pot is a Eastern way of cooking. It’s a great way to get a group of friends together to chat and play games since it requires zero cooking skill. Everyone has their own bowl and utensils. They place the food inside the pot of boiling soup and wait till it is cooked. Then they take the cooked food out, dip it in sauce, and nom! It’s such a fun way to eat.

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I had never been to a Korean supermarket (H-Mart) before and was amazed by the amount of oriental foods widely available. It was here where I tried my first kimbap; it was soooooooo good! I haven’t found this somewhere near London before. It’s Korea’s version of sushi rolls but they use sesame oil to season their rice rather than vinegar. I tried the vegetarian and meat variety, I can say that the one with the beef filling was much tastier due to the juices it contained.

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Our group bought so many snacks to take home. Some even got ice-cream mochi!

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As there was a lot of traffic in the morning, we didn’t manage to arrive back to the flat till the afternoon to start the hot pot. Luckily, others only just started to turn up a minute after we set foot inside. We played the Wii while waiting for the soup to boil. ‘Just Dance‘ was the game of the event! We recorded so many funny videos. We’ve now gone on a mission to find the Korean ‘Just Dance’ version as it contains many popular dances and funny/sexy moves we would love the guys to try out! (I’m talking Bo Peep by T-Ara, Bubble Pop by HyunA and Gangnam Style by PSY) – We managed to find a Korean Dance Festival game which we played on the New Year.

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Do you usually organise little gatherings like these with your friends? What do you normally do?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

All of us on New Years

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year filled with joyful events, wonderful times and a prosperous year.

All of us on New Years
All of us on New Years <3

Before the New Year, my friends and I went to the Christmas trail at Kew Gardens.

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I found it disappointing since it wasn’t Christmassy at all. Yes there were pretty lights that illuminated the trees and path to help you be along your way but it wasn’t fancy at all. There were speakers that emitted robotic sounds which they (the scientists) believe are the voices of the aquatic plants.

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So along the illuminated trail, there were people who were “talking” to the plants by chucking stones into the pond or jar. However my friend believes it is just the vibrations from the stone when it hits the water; I kinda believe that more. Anyway, the transcripts should be available online early April 2014.

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For new years eve we all went round JoJo’s house for a teppanyaki night. There was a LOT of food so we all filled our stomachs, ready for the night ahead of us.

Teppanyaki Grill
Look at all the food galore!!
Eating our meat wrapped in lettuce
Eating our meat wrapped in lettuce
Teppanyaki Grill
LETS COOK!

When the clock stroke midnight, the TV on, champagne was poured and we were slowly counting down to the New Year, anticipating for the fireworks of London.

The fireworks this year were amazing. There was soooo much flare, color and variation. I think we had the best seats in the house – in front of the wide screen TV – others at the event had to stand in the pouring rain.

Bub from Bubble Bobble
I drew Bub from Bubble Bobble

After the countdown, we tried to release some sky lanterns with wishes written on. Although most of us knew it wouldn’t work due to the storm and high wind, we still tried. We managed to light both lanterns after a good 5 minutes trying to block the wind but before it could fill up with hot air, it started to burn the tissue paper and create a hole :( so even after releasing the lantern didn’t fly very far…

Korean Dance Festival
Korean Dance Festival on the wii

After our failed attempt at the sky lanterns we ended up back at the house singing karaoke to English, Chinese and Korean songs ^^

Playing Just Dance on the Wii
Posing for Just Dance on the Wii

Then at 4am we did up Just Dance on the Wii and did lots of boogie-ing. I found that the Korean dances had more challenging moves and actually make you move your whole body more then the English version. It also had Wonder Girls’ Nobody which Krystal and I plan to master lol!

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I didn’t go to bed till 7am so I was really tired and had been leaving sleep until last night.

Hope everyone enjoyed the New Year! How were the fireworks for you?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Sunset

Biking in the Peak District

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Peak district map! Bike routes were on this

For a weekend, a group of us decided to go bike riding in the Peak District. We stayed at the same Ibis hotel when we went to Alton Towers because we loved our time there. We also really missed the food at Cherry Tree Farm and couldn’t miss out on dessert this time!
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The desserts at Cherry Tree Farm made us drool

The drive was around 3 hours from South London. So I fell asleep most of the journey. We firstly drove to the hotel to have a coffee and toilet break, then headed off to Peak District. The views of the countryside reminded me of home. The air was fresh and you could see farm animals all around.
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Moo moo cows

We hired bikes for £16 for the whole day (with a £20 deposit) and started pedalling since 11am. Thing was, we got lost as we actually took the wrong turning and ended up on a different route and hadn’t realised until we asked for directions. It was funny when we asked a fellow cyclist where to go because his reply was, “you’re not on this page *flicks through our map booklet* you’re on this page!” So we had to call up the rental centre to say we were lost and the lady’s response was, “well you won’t make it back for 5pm!” Hahaha. So there goes our deposit.
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Such a pimp! :o

I thought something wasn’t right when we started riding on quiet roads, which was scary for many of us since we don’t normally ride on roads anyway. There were also many steep hills which I wasn’t very fond of, simply because I can’t safely slow down and my bike was heavy. They weren’t that great and comfortable to ride with for long hours. The boys had much lighter and comfortable bikes with better suspensions. On my first hill down a road I couldn’t slow down fast enough and was about to hit my friend so i swerved out the way and just speeded all the way down to the bottom… Luckily I lacked momentum at the bottom of the hill so it automatically slowed down to a halt for me. Now that was scarier than a rollercoaster ride! So glad no cars came or it wouldn’t have ended well… I had also hurt myself earlier go round a bend, avoiding puddles, I didn’t slow down fast enough and my friend in front stopped for some reason which caused me to panic and suddenly jolted myself out of my bike and land doing a roly-poly (Apparently they said it was a slow motion somersault).
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Ting saw a horse a took a photo with it :)

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I somehow scared him...

Upon realising we had taken the wrong route and was far away, we decided to back-track and find our initial route. However other cyclists said that it was better to go back the route we came so we heeded their suggestion. We managed to arrive back at the checkpoint before entering the quiet roads and from there our goal point was 13 and a half miles away! This is when we decided to cycle without stopping, else it will start to get dark.
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Chasing the beautiful sunset.

We stopped for a little break at the picnic area where we had lunch. Here we had some more food and checked on everyone for injuries and pains – many of us had back pains and kept having cramps >_<
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Soon it was sunset, although beautiful to look it, it meant night time is dawning and it was a race against time to get back to the car. After taking photos of the pretty landscape I blasted music on my phone and decided to go ahead myself since I didn’t want to be riding in the dark. It also meant that if one person made it back, they could call for help etc. The more darkness fell, the scarier the ride back was. I was also very far ahead of the group from my adrenaline rush from the snacks and music motivating me. The journey back was long and exhausting, plus all our buttocks were sore so standing up to pedal down a hill wasn’t an option.
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The more I pedalled, the more the sun disappeared

In the end I made it back 30 minutes before everyone else because I didn’t stop; I didn’t want to lose my momentum or waste time worrying. I was so glad when everyone pulled through, even the ones with leg injuries (arthritis, leg cramps)! Some of them had to ride in the dark and use their phone as a torch, now that I did not want to do seeing that I can’t ride one-handed…
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My steak and ale pie!

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Chicken wings!

Once everyone had replenished themselves with food and water we all headed back to the hotel for a good value meal. Omigerd it was so amazing. We really deserved it all.
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Chocolatey peanut butter brownie

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Light and fluffy vanilla roulade

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Delicious banoffee pie

We had hotpot buffet for dinner the next day to pat ourselves on the back for cycling 30 miles in a day. It was so good! If you haven’t tried it before you should!
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All you can eat hot pot buffet

Would you go cycling in the countryside? What would you have done if you were stranded in the dark?

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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