Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea Without The Bubbles Is A Crime

Living in the West End I've noticed there's been quite a lot of bubble tea shops popping up. When I first came to live in Soho about 4 years ago there was Bubbleology and few in China Town but recently it seems that there's one popping up on every corner and it makes you wonder how they can survive its like putting a Tesco next door to Sainsburys twice on the same street. Last summer I got very excited to see one opening up across the road from my apartment named Biju and I couldn't wait to try it but I was left disappointed when they were offering bubble tea without the bubbles? Isn't that the whole point of bubble tea? Bubble tea is not bubble tea without the bubbles and if that wasn't bad enough they filled it with coconut water rather than use green tea. Personally I think "Bubble Tea" is sweet enough with the sugar syrup and the tapioca without having to add more sugar to it. Plus I have an allergy towards coconut so for me this one a big NO  and I'm not sure how this fits with other bubble tea drinkers. You may have read my review on Nam vietnamese cafe on Dean street 3 years ago and since then I've seen it disappear just over 18 months ago which I was really sad about. There's not many places you can eat a Pho soup for £4.95 freshly made in front of you within 5 minutes. I'm still trying to get over it, but when Chew took its place it kind of eased the blow a bit because Chew was again a bubble tea shop and probably my favourite to this day. Maybe if I reviewed it would still be here ( if only). Chew's bubble tea was made with less sugar and would cost you £3.75 a little less than Bubbleology at £4.25. Unfortunately Chew was also cursed and recently closed down to be replaced with a new Lobster cafe ( they still have the shop fitters in as I type). So on Saturday instead of going right from my apartment I took a left and guess what I found another bubble tea shop called Moo Boo so I thought I'd try.  Moo Boo seems to have a more concept feel to it  maybe its because it is. However they do have a big and easy menu and does a lot more than bubble tea.  It presents itself as the Starbucks of bubble tea shops and it would be interesting to know who is behind it just because I'm nosey.  Moo Boo not only offers fruit and milk bubble tea they also offer smoothies and have a lot of of tea rooms popping up in big cities. When I was there it was really busy and the smoothies seemed to go down well. I've yet to see how they're other stores are working but this one was certainly busy to the point I walked away because of the queue. As fast I walked away I stumbled across another one across the street in Covent Garden called Cuppacha. They  had little tasters outside which were delicious so they managed to pull us in and we ordered two large bubble teas which came to £10 ( my mum was mortified ) but when it came to pay the card machine wasn't working and because we had no cash we decided to leave it.  My mum was quite relieved because its probably the most expensive one out of all of them. We were disappointed that we still hadn't got our bubble tea but we had a walk around the West End and a couple of hours later managed to pop back in to Moo Boo. I had apple and my mum had passion fruit with mango bubbles and tapioca and yes it was a thumbs up from us.

Bubbleology - Rupert Street Soho W1D / Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge SW1X
Moo Boo -  13 Moor Street Soho   58 Queensway W2

Sunday, 24 May 2015

BRGR Kings Road

Decided to venture out of the West End today and pay a visit to the Kings Road on our way back from Battersea Dog and Cat Home, don't worry I didn't come back with a pet just window pet shopping. My dad would kill us if we returned home with another pet and besides we don't really have the space in Soho so we decided to go for a burger at my favourite burger bar. I had the 4oz with blue cheese and because they give you so much chips me and my mum shared. 

Pimlico Boot Sale

Today I'm at the Pimlico Boot sale and  there are so many stalls full of random bits and bobs. There was a lot of rubbish as well  as some good items. I recommend going around a few times as you often miss some interesting stuff. I just bought a Maison jar which are not easy to come across, a pencil necklace and my mum bought a 50s retro coffee table and some towels for her buy to let house in Liverpool.  If you get there before 11:30 it's free otherwise it's £5 but I would advise to get their early to avoid the crowds and get the good stuff. It was a great morning out and I'm definitely going back. The boot sale is in Pimlico Academy playground on Lupus Street SW1V bus 24 or Victoria line to Pimlico 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Breakfast Challenge

Bills Restaurant

Brewer Street

So for my next breakfast challenge we chose Bills on Berwick Street. My mum chose Bills full English breakfast and I had the poached eggs on toast. My mum really enjoyed her breakfast in fact I've never seen her eat it so fast. It wasn't too much and not too little so perfect. The eggs were done nicely and instead of bread she had beans. My mum kept saying how tasty it was so it must have been good. My eggs were also very nice and was cooked perfectly on seeded toast. For drinks my mum ordered a decaffeinated cappuccino and I ordered a lemonade float which was delicious. We both agreed we would definitely come back for breakfast. All the staff were really nice and we didn't have to wait to sit down. Bills is a great place for breakfast or brunch very reasonable. Expect to pay for a breakfast around £6-9 and come out feeling really happy. Bills have got it all going on nice staff good surroundings and delicious food. I give it 8/10.
English Breakfast

Lemonade Float

Poached Eggs on Toast

Sunday, 17 May 2015

M&S Kids Spring Summer Collection

Summer Fashion

Recently I did another shoot for M&S and I finally found a skater skirt that fits me. I loved it so much that I got my mum to buy it for me at the weekend, the only thing is that I need a new top now to match it just like the one here on my blog. I have to say that Marks and Spencer's kids range this summer is really cool the've got some really nice pieces in go and check out their website

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Theory Of Everything

Covent Garden Odeon

On Thursday my mum and I went to the Odeon in Covent Garden to watch The Theory Of Everything which is based on Steven Hawkings life. It explains how his disease affected him and his family.  The film starts off with him studying at Cambridge University where he meets his wife who is an art student. They quickly fall in love and shortly after he gets told he has Motor Neuron disease and is given just a few years to live.  The film makes you understand why Steven Hawkings is the way he is and makes you feel that you know him a little bit more. It's a really beautiful film his wife was a lovely woman who gave up her life for him. It's a really sad story, me and my mum cried all the way through so bring plenty of tissues. Eddie Redmayne plays Steven and he does it so well I'm not surprised he won an oscar he even looks like him in a way. Felicity Jones plays his wife and James Marsh directed it. I would say it was one of my best films to watch so I give it 10/10.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Photoshoot with Julia Fullerton Batten

Stow Maries Aerodrome


On Wednesday I had a photoshoot with Julia Fullerton Batten at Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex. The aerodrome was originally built during the First World War in 1916 and I was told it's one of the last remaining for the First World War. It was never used in the Second World War because it was unsuitable due to the soil. It was also bombed by the Luftwaffe. The site has a really strange feeling to it like you've stepped back in time. Some of the buildings have been badly damaged but some are still ok and in use which is where I had my photoshoot. There's also lots of wildlife living there including Hawks, Rabbits, Woodpeckers and Barn Owls. We had  mince beef, onions, carrots and potatoes for lunch in the hall.  I think that was the food people ate during the First World Ward. I would really like to take my brother Raffy there I think he will find it fascinating. The shoot was also really good I got made up as a Feral Child and had to pretend I was living with dogs because my mum couldn't take care of me properly. I can't wait to see the photos because Julia is really talented and great to work with.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Jen Cafe

Chinese New Year London Celebrations

China Town London

It's very sad to see it rain again for Chinese New Year but that didn't stop me from going to China Town. It was really busy, damp and cold just like last year. Lots of tourists come in to the West End especially for the celebrations. I got my two packs of snaps and we headed for the food stalls but then decided to try out Jen a small Chinese cafe for Linner ( lunch & dinner ) just on the corner of the square next to Tokyo diner. I was with my mum but my dad was going to join us. They seemed to be really busy and sat us down quickly. My mum ordered some Beijing and fried dumplings then was told she was only allowed to order once so maybe it was better to wait for my dad to show up. We decided to order anyway because my dad was taking too long. But as soon as we ordered they slammed the bill down on the table and asked for the money up front. My mum explained that my dad was coming to eat and pay the bill. My mum said that if Ryanair had a restaurant this would be it. Which I found  hilarious. It was very stressful just sitting there and feeling pressured to pay. When we finished eating my dad  arrived and ordered himself more dumplings, white rice for my brother and a bubble tea similar to the one he had in Thailand, Peach & Honey.  It was good food, well priced but a bit too strict.

Year of The Goat

Chinese New Year

There's still time to pop into China Town today to celebrate the year of the goat. If you haven't been already then you've probably missed the parade but thats ok because theres sill lots to see and do. Theres also some great street food available so don't worry if the restaurants are full. I'm very lucky to have China Town on my doorstep, so now that I've finished shopping with my mum to get my brother new school shoes, I'll be going down myself to buy some snaps and see whats going on and pop into the Chinese community to dry off in between. Don't let the rain put you off it only happens once a year and its really good fun.

Monday, 16 February 2015

London Street Food

Street Food

It's not just Asia that has good street food London has also.  I love walking through China Town and smelling all the food getting cooked on the street it reminds me of Bangkok. There's a couple of great stalls next to China Town car park that do dumplings, crepes and buns filled with vegetable, pork or chives that cost just £1.70 and makes a yummy lunch on the go.  On a Friday afternoon Rupert Street just by Snog off Berwick Street has over 10 stalls offering all kinds of good food from Polish, Indian, Thai and Spanish. Theres also a Japanese stall serving food just outside the Japan Centre on Shaftesbury Avenue offering delicious dumplings just a few moments away towards Piccadilly.