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Pastel – pretty Ladurée

20 Jul

On my recent London stay, I hopped out of my lonely hostel at King’s Cross and meandered to near-by Covent Garden for an evening of hustle-bustle. I had heard a lot about the new Ladurée outlet that had opened there and was dying to get my hands on some authentic French macaroons.

As expected, the place was full and the poor ladies behind the counter were finding it hard to keep track of all the enthusiastic fans and to-be fans queuing up to get a box-full. It was then that I noticed the steps going upstairs, made a quick enquiry and the next thing I found myself sitting in this pastel-shaded parlour of sorts, sipping some Vanilla tea and delicately spooning off from a Passion Fruit tart with raspberries (ooh lala :P) Of course it no longer bothered me that I was by myself. In fact, it felt like my own tiny secret (think young girl disguises herself and enters an aristocratic villa only to be lavished and doted upon!)

The waiters were totally friendly, and I had to give them a pat on the back by buying a box of Les Macarons. There were all kinds of flavours, including Lemon and Thyme, Passion fruit and Chocolate, Granny Smith Apple etc and I got a Cherry Box of six that cost me a fortune as far as macaroons go, but were worth every penny.

Despite my opening the box 2 days later, they remained quite supple (usually they turn really hard and the cream goes all squishy) and were a delight to bite into at tea.

I also discovered the quaint lilttle Ladurée also makes beauty products (with fresh cream?! :P), baby products and picnic products among others. You can explore more on they’re website  (which is incredibly cute complete with pictures, illustrations and sounds), and I urge everyone to definitely drop down to the store to get some of them amazing macaroons!

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Bringing In the New Year

6 Jan

London on New Year’s eve. Imagine the chaos. Now imagine trying to get some authentic good food in this chaos. Also imagine a bunch of people who don’t really know each other that well deciding on one type of cuisine for their last dinner of the year. It needed major brainstorming.

Thankfully, we found a nice little cart at Covent Garden that was selling spiced cider and mulled wine.

After about two glasses of mulled cider and some ruthless decision making, we decided on Chinese. Proper Chinese. One of us whipped out his magic-wand- iPhone-with-free-GPS and off we went to China Town.

There we found this quaint little place that had a lot of vegetarian stuff on its menu (one of us was vegetarian). But the thing that really sold it was the fact that there was a lady standing at the window making fresh dumplings. We had to get some of those dumplings.

They had some specials for the day, but we decided to order from the regular menu. And then we discovered they had bubble tea!  And did you know that bubble tea can also be a hot drink? I found out only that night!

So my vegetarian cousin asked for Vegetable Noodle Soup with Pearl Tea.

The vegetables were crunchy and had a good bite to them. Others ordered Vegetables in Oyster sauce and Pork Dumplings…

…which were promptly heaped with chilli and black vinegar, to make it extra spicy and sour.

 

 

Once the dumplings had been polished off, what remained was this amazing oily, sour and spicy liquid, that could burn your lips and tongue. Totally worth a swig.

For myself, I ordered Roast Duck with Noodles. See the crispy glistening layer on top? This is one of those food-porn moments for me.

We were so full by the end of the meal, that we totally had to pile ourselves with dessert. Like my friend says, she and I have a separate stomach for sweet things.

We didn’t have to go very far, because right next door was Pandora Japanese Crepes. I love how they make plastic food to display in the window. So voyeuristic and so Japanese!

We just HAD TO grab some. I had my favourite Mixed Fruit with Cream and no Ice Cream.

Incidentally, they were also selling Takoyaki, a Japanese squid preparation (which I will have the next time I go there).

So that was the last meal of 2010. Hope yours was as eventful.