Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is yummy Fresh Lokum (Turkish Delight) with fresh blackberries, nuts and cream that I was lucky to have tasted at Sahi, located behind Kilic Ali hamam in Istanbul. Im not a big fan of Turkish delight until I tried this one. It is not sickly sweet, freshly made at the shop, delicious and worth getting fat for.
Boey Chong Kee in People’s Court on Cintra Street in Georgetown, Penang has been around for as long as I can remember. It’s located on the ground floor of some low cost flats.
It’s a family run Chinese coffee shop serving home cooked food. I haven’t been here in forever but I remember the place well. My parents used to take us here all the time as a child. Happy memories.
I’m so glad it’s still here and as popular as ever. I arrived at 9pm for a late dinner with my brother and some friends but was turned away by the lady running it. She said, I’m sorry, we have run out of food. That’s how popular this place is. I guess people still eat early here.
My friend managed to get a table booking for Sushi Samba for early dinner. It’s on our eat our way through London list, so we had to to it.
The restaurant and bar is at the top of Heron Tower on Bishopsgate. The glass lift at the ground floor whisks you up to the 38th floor in less time then a sentence, I think it’s about 30 secs. The view from the lift as you ascend is pretty spectacular. When the door opens, you arrive into a little foyer and walk round the corner to enter the bar and sushi bar which opens out to the terrace on one side and there’s stairs to take you up another few floors. I went straight into the dining area because I was slightly late. I was shown to the table where I joined my friends. The space is huge with high ceilings that have kind of vaulted criss cross wood beams and pendent lights that look like stars. The restaurant is enclosed with glass on 3 sides so there is almost an unobstructed view of London whilst you dine.
“FAT CHEEKS is a cheeky little pop-up dining experience that launched in London in 2012. Commandeering a wide assortment of fun and challenging venues from old-school pie shops to rooftop gardens, the element of surprise and intrigue is ever present. Combining mouth-watering dishes, inspiring musical acts (opera-singing waitresses on occasion) and a true sense of passion for fun, FAT CHEEKS is a refreshingly genuine and irresistible time out. Back once again to the pie shop in East we are hi-jacking F.Cooke’s shop and serving up the classic East end Nosh.”
This was a different experience for me. A pop up restaurant in East London on Broadway Market. Basically Fat Cheeks took over F.Cooke’s traditional pie restaurant for the day, sprinkled it with some hipster magic and transformed the place into a cool hangout, with an updated version of the menu, interesting cocktails and live original music by Gorgeous George.
I discovered this quirky little cafe last Sat. A friend of mine brought me here. This cafe used to be an old Vespa repair workshop, hence, the scooter decor. It’s just round the corner from Waterloo station. The cafe is really cosy, with an ecelctic collection of display objects. The staff is friendly and coffee excellent. It’s a place where locals come to hang out, this is also where I met Harry the Whippet. The sketch I did today. He’s a scootercaffe regular.
The movie Bourne Identity was filmed here. It was the internet cafe where Bourne came to look for clues.
I tracked to Kew today for a lovely lunch with some friends who wanted to share with me a bit of British history. We had lunch at The Original Maids of Honour, famous for its Maids of Honour tarts, which is supposed to be a 300 year old secret recipe.
“Legend has it that ‘Maids of Honour’ were brought to notoriety by Henry VIII who so loved their ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ sensation, he took the recipe and kept it under lock and key at Richmond Palace!”