SuperStar BBQ: sizzling Korean

SuperStar BBQ: sizzling Korean

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A bit of context I like setting some context for my food posts. My memory of Korean barbecue goes years ago, when I was still in China. My hometown is very close to Korea geographically, so Korean cuisine was never a stranger to me. It was quite the norm to go out with my parents for Korean barbecue. The grilled sweet potatoes were my favourites. The good old time...   My childhood was filled with things Korean. I watched Korean dramas too: the girls always looked great, hopelessly in love. They are the damsels in stress  and would somehow always end up dying from some incurable diseases, most likely cancer. Then the guys were the prince charming, perfect in every aspect, always protecting the girls. Thinking about it, it was…
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Happy Easter: Egg Staining

Happy Easter: Egg Staining

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This is the first time I made an effort for Easter, staining the eggs. Yes, it is not just an activity for children, adults enjoy it too. So, from this year onwards, decorating easter eggs will become a tradition for the Household of Cotton (wait, what? Cotton is the head of the household?) As it was the first time for me staining the eggs, I went for the safe approach. I bought some powdered food colouring, and just added hot water. Then the hard boiled eggs were placed in the water for 4 mins, until the eggs changed into the desired depth of colour. How to make the perfect hard boiled egg: cover the eggs with cold water, then turn the hob onto medium. Switch off the hob once the water…
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Ideal Home Show & Eat and Drink Festival

Ideal Home Show & Eat and Drink Festival

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This is the first time I went to the Ideal Home Show. It took place between 24th March and 9th April, in Kensington Olympia. This is the third time I attended a show in Olympia, yet this time is by far the most enjoyable one for me, because the exhibition not only included furnitures, different products and demonstrations, but also food. Ok, I plead guilty, whenever there is food, I am happy. So let's start with the food. Food As part of the Ideal Home Show, guests also gain free entrance to the Food and Drink Festival. It is one of the newest foodies' events in London. It was on the top floor of the exhibition centre, and consisted of street food, artisan drinks, live demonstrations, and music. There were…
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Pho Tour 2nd Stop: Mama Pho

Pho Tour 2nd Stop: Mama Pho

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Continuing on with our Pho Tour, this is our second stop. Mama Pho is just 5 minutes away from Cafe East. I reckon Cafe East is already very good, so surely it must be tough competition for another Vietnamese restaurant in vicinity? So we scouted out this place. Info Address: 24a Evelyn Street, London, SE8 5DG, UK Nearest station: Surrey Quays, Canada Water, Deptford Price: £15 per head (starter, Pho and tea) Pro: Good value for money, Pho comes in two different sizes, very attentive service, nice ambience Con: The inside is a bit small, so not suitable for parties. Website: http://cafemamapho.co.uk/ Mama Pho Mama Pho is a very popular Vietnamese cafe for the locals. Whenever we went, the place was packed. The  cafe has very trendy interiors decorated with wooden beams…
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Oxbo Bankside: somewhere to chill tonight?

Oxbo Bankside: somewhere to chill tonight?

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Oxbo situates near Waterloo, a modern British restaurant as a part of Hilton. We chose this place for a send off dinner for my cousin, who is now pursuing a media career in China. This place is beautifully decorated with traditional British ornaments, but with a modern twist. This was my favourite, swordfish drenched in champaign and topped with some fresh salad, full of freshness. The food was quite light, but still full of flavour. They were the heart warming kind of dishes. We had a set menu, three courses and a glass of prosecco, for £25. It was quite a bargain. They have a wide range of wine collections. Just take your pick, you are bound to find your favourite. It was peaceful night, and the place was great for…
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Brick Lane: hot curry for the cold weather

Brick Lane: hot curry for the cold weather

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A rare occasion for London to snow, although you could hardly call it so, more like a sleet. It was 10th February, the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration. That's right, when there are twelve days of Christmas in the West, there are the fifteen days of Chinese New Year. The weather was so cold and wet, calling for some hot curry at the Brick Lane. Although I have been in London for six years, I only set my foot at the Brick Lane twice; once for the London Coffee Festival, and the other time for some clothes shopping. I never dinned there. Whitechapel has always been my go-to place whenever I fancied some Indian food. According to my boyfriend, who frequented Brick Lane when he was a student,…
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Pure London Fashion Trade Show: what’s out there

Pure London Fashion Trade Show: what’s out there

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Pure London With the London Fashion Week just around the corner (23rd to 26th Feb), Pure London hosted its own fashion gathering at the Kensington Olympia, where fashion buyers, sellers and influencers come together.  This year's theme revolves around energy and vibrancy. Pure London is one of the biggest fashion trade shows, taking place bi-annually, with this one for the Autumn/Winter season of 2017/2018, also known as the AW2017. This trade show features a variety of products, ranging from women's fashion, to accessories and Men's. In addition, this year, Pure London added a section entirely devoted to athleisure. At the trade show, we came across designers from all across the world, including emerging and already established brands. Around the show rooms, several stages present seminars, discussion forums and catwalks. The…
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Aldo Valentine’s Preview & Five Guys

Aldo Valentine’s Preview & Five Guys

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Aldo Valentine's Preview It's that time of the year again, so much love in the air... We were invited to Aldo Valentine's preview. I have always been in love with Aldo's stylish shoes. In fact two of my favourite pairs were from there. This year, Aldo introduces the Love to Love collection for the upcoming Valentine's day, featuring the red lips on high heels, perfect for the special occasion. If this design is too daring for you, There are other colours to pick from, but seriously, aren't they gorgeous. As we browsed the shoes at this special VIP event, every now and then, some food and prosecco circulate around. Shoes always go with bags. These two designs, with the strong colour and the delicate emboidery, caught my eyes. That hint…
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Franco Manca: rising on the slow side

Franco Manca: rising on the slow side

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I first came across Franco Manca 3 years ago, when they opened their branch on Tottenham Court Road. It was quite a craze then. My friends and I had to try the pizzas. The pizzeria boasted slow rising sourdough, cooked over a wood fired oven. The pizzas were reasonably priced at around £6, and there was the homemade lemonade. I only remembered that I was not so overly impressed by the pizza, as the pastry was somewhat chewy. Year later, Franco Manca opened their branch at Belsize Park. I gave the sourdough pizzas another try. I don't know what has changed, the food or me, this time I loved the pizzas. I have always been impressed by its simple and minimalist menus. Franco Manca was offering a set menu: pizza,…
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Christmas, Norwich and My Love Affair with Antiquity

Christmas, Norwich and My Love Affair with Antiquity

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If I call China as my motherland, then Norwich is my second hometown. From my memories, Norwich was not particularly very exciting. There was not much emotional attachment from me to this 'fine city'. In the contrary, I fell in love with London the first time I visited there, and now I have been a resident of London for nearly seven years. I know London more than any other places on the planet, which probably makes me more or less a Londoner. As a result, I hardly ever come to visit Norwich, only once a year during the festive season, mainly for my parents. Embracing the non-city life I thought I would still feel the same way about Norwich. Yet indeed, time passes, things change. It turned out, I rather enjoyed my…
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