The British Museum & Crepes!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in London Eats | 2 comments

Now imagine waking up one day and seeing that skull just hovering over you, leering at you as it watches you sleep. Too cliche? Eh, I can’t argue with that. When it comes to museums, people either love them or hate them. Considering how history museums are literally just a bunch of fossils (aka dead stuff) on display, and art museums contain some works that look like a toddler went to work on some canvas with crayons, I can understand why some people may not be too impressed. Heck, I’m one of them (for the art – obviously I like scrutinizing dead stuff). At the British Museum, I learned a few things during my visit. First of all, crowds are hella scary and mobs can get aggressive if they don’t get what they want ASAP. For example, upon entering the exhibits section, we were faced with a giant crowd surrounding the Rosetta Stone. Holy Crap! It’s the Rosetta Stone! Gotta get a picture of that! With some skillful maneuvering that consisted of a lot of pushing and elbowing, we made it to the front. It was only then that we felt the crowd’s vengeance. Every picture we took came out blurry. Why? Because someone behind us decided to exact revenge for their stolen opportunity at the front by pushing us around. Out of the tens of photo attempts I made, only one picture came out okay. Yes, just okay. And so, I’m going to show off my accomplishment…because I can. Second of all, death may snatch us up at any moment – including the embarrassing ones. Don’t believe me? I have photographic evidence! This poor soul was probably just curled up in bed at night. Hidden in the relative safety of the darkness, he felt it to be an opportune moment to finally divest himself of the mucus that had been clogging up his nostrils the entire day. Unfortunately for him, death chose this very moment to visit him. Now, thousands of people visit him every day, wondering if he ever got that blasted booger out as they stand next to his display window. How’s that for a sob story? For those of you who actually read through all of that, you’re awesome. For those of you who skipped ahead wondering ‘Where the heck’s the food?!’… Outside the museum, we had a choice of ice cream or crepes. Considering the weather, we opted for the slightly warmer option of crepes. Last week, I mentioned how the Village Creperie’s crepes were not as I expected due to how thick the ‘skins’ were. On the contrary, the food truck outside the museum nailed it. Ordering a sweet (strawberry and custard) and savory (spinach and cheese) crepe, the crepe’s ‘skin’ was thin and crispy at the edges. The filling was pretty standard, and the ingredients used were fresh. Needless to say, I was pretty happy with these crepes. I didn’t even mind that the sweet crepe became slightly soggy since the custard had melted from the heat. If soggy yet slightly crunchy crepes aren’t your thing, then the Village Creperie’s thicker ‘skin’ would be better. Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have a happy (and most importantly, safe) Halloween! ~ AJ ~ Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie Hwang P.S. For those of you who are fans of my adorable baby, Cooper, he is officially two-years-old...

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Caffé Concerto

Posted by on Oct 15, 2011 in London Eats | 3 comments

You know, I never realized just how much I like ice cream until starting this blog and noticing just how often I’ve posted about some sort of frozen dessert now. Thinking back to our trip to London and considering how the weather was actually pretty chilly sometimes, the fact that I ordered a hazelnut gelato instead of a nice hot cup of tea or coffee clearly tells me that: I freaking love ice cream. But really now. Just look at that beautifully served ice cream. How could I regret ordering that? If anything, the rest of my family were looking on with woe as they thought to themselves ‘Damn, why’d I order that cake/tea?’  Caffé Concerto seemed to be a pretty popular cafe considering how we saw one every few blocks. What really made me notice it at first wasn’t the fact that I kept seeing the name of the store everywhere, it was the display in the storefront that caught my eye. The first thing I saw was the glint of gold, but it was the peculiar shape that caught my attention. Upon closer inspection, I realized excitedly that it was actually a pyramid of golden cream puffs. Sadly, in the rush of my discovery with the addition of general laziness from being on vacation, I completely forgot to take a photo of their display. Thankfully, this is where Google comes in handy! Do you see that? Okay, it might be a little hard to make out but the golden cone in the upper left corner of the display is what I’m talking about. Those are dozens of cream puffs that have been painstakingly layered and built up into a precarious cone of cream filled pastry and then spray painted with edible gold. Or so I believe. Obviously a cafe with such an impressive cream puff display must be the cafe to go to. So we did.  Because it’s awesome. But mostly because it was around the corner from our hotel. Yea, my family basically consists of a group of lazy bums and we’re not afraid to admit it.  While the cafe itself was stylish and elegant both inside and out, the most important thing about it — the cakes — were a complete disappointment. Contrary to the spectacular display in the window, these cakes were nothing extraordinary. In fact, the cakes were even a little on the dry side. Talk about a let down. As for the tea? We had ordered a pot of tea, assuming that it’d be similar to ordering a pot of tea in the states. Meaning that we were going with the assumption of one pot being able to easily fill at least two cups without any refills of hot water. Thus the surprise when our pot of tea came and it was cute but most importantly tiny. These teapots were made to fill exactly one cup of tea, and while the tea itself was nothing to complain about I couldn’t help thinking that it wasn’t worth the money. Then again, we didn’t stay around long enough to find out whether we’d be able to get a free refill.  All in all, my gelato won the spotlight that night. Smooth and creamy, the rich and nutty flavor of hazelnut kept our spoons dipping in for more. It was like taking fresh hazelnuts and concentrating the flavor so that it exploded on your tongue without being in the least overwhelming. The waffle cone was slightly stale and took away from the general satisfaction of enjoying the ice cream to the fullest, but I think I’ve complained...

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General Update + A bit of London!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in London Eats, Miscellaneous | 3 comments

Hey all! I do not know how time flies by so quickly! I haven’t been able to post in a while due to vacationing in London (yay! more on that later) and….I’m officially a college student!! So just to let you all know, I won’t be able to post very frequently (and there’s not much on campus to post about har har) but keep your eyes peeled because post I will! On another note, I was able to visit London my first time ever this summer and try out a ton of very “english” foods. There aren’t very many foods that can be considered completely “english” though, but my sister and I made sure we got all the bases covered! The top item on my To Eat List was definitely traditional English style FISH AND CHIPS! Oh goodness, I think I fell in love with fish and chips. To tell you guys the truth, I wasn’t even sure what fish and chips were exactly…so for all of you out there who might be confused, it’s basically fried fish with french fries, or as the English say, “chips”. By the way, they call chips crisps, which was very intriguing! Now, I made sure to try the fish and chips of pretty much every restaurant we visited, but my family and I all agreed that the above was the best. We got these babies at the London Tower area (which is beautiful by the way). If you ever visit London, make sure to try the small shop near the gift store with the blue and white Fish And Chips sign! Anyways, why was this store’s fish and chips so much better in my opinion? The fish was light and crispy on the outside and not oily at all. Even more importantly, there wasn’t a fishy smell which a lot of the other one’s had. Plus, drizzling mustard and ketchup on top made it deliciously tangy, which went well with the crispy exterior. The fish meat was fluffy and boneless for me, although that wasn’t the case for my sister. Paired with the crunchy hot fries, the meal was a dream for a hungry tourist like myself. I must say, it was very filling so there was no need for anything else! Have you guys ever been to London? Tell me about your food adventures and recommend some delicacies! Next time, I’ll introduce some of London’s AMAZING Indian food and maybe take you guys into my experience at the famous Portobello Food Market! Enjoy :) – Jas Photograph taken by Jasmine...

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