Fairytale Fantasy

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Regents Park & London Zoo

Fountain at Regents Park
Gardens of Regent's Park

(Blossom) Tree Lined Avenue
My brother getting friendly with a tortoise
Receiving a kiss


I'm a big meerkat fan

Making more friends
Feeding a GIRAFFE!

The beautiful giraffe in question
So last week my brother and I headed to London so he could finally enjoy his Christmas present: being a zoo keeper for the day at London Zoo. Yes, I was unbelievably jealous, but if my brother was getting a day at the zoo, I was too! I almost had a nervous breakdown when the alarm woke me up at 6am, but we all managed to get down the stairs and into the car before 7. We made it to London a few minutes early so we nipped into CafĂ© Nero for hot chocolates and cakes; shortcake for Chester, my brother and chocolate torte for myself (yes, chocolate pre 9am, we needed to practice for Easter didn't we ;) ). Then my dad took my brother off to the zoo for him to start his day, leaving me in Regent's Park. I had a wander around the gardens and then headed in the direction I believed would take me to the zoo but ended up getting a little lost, hence me stumbling onto the beautiful blossom trees pictured above. Finally I got to the zoo and took a few snaps before meeting up with the boys.
I first spotted Chester in the enclosure with the Galapagos Tortoises and from that moment the pair of us beamed all day. My brother adores animals and it made me so happy to see him so excited and content with his new furry friends. The sun eventually came out and we had a wonderful day with Chester feeding, stroking & mucking out various animals. For me the highlight was at the end of the experience when Chester got to feed a GIRAFFE (!!! #jel !!!). It's not everyday a boy gets to say he's been licked by a giraffe...

Sunday, 6 April 2014

wagamama's with Ellie

Good afternoon all, hope you're enjoying your weekends and are ready for the week ahead! On Friday my best friend Ellie and I went to wagamama, which is the second time I've visited the Japanese restaurant chain. The first time I visited I had the chicken katsu curry which despite its popularity I didn't enjoy at all. I was somewhat nervous about trying their food again, but you shouldn't dismiss a restaurant based on just one dish. When Ellie and I faced the eternal dilemma of 'what are we going to eat', as both of us are stupidly polite and indecisive, we decided to give them another shot.
At first I was planning on having just a few side dishes so hopefully I would like something and it wouldn't be a waste of money. However, as I sat down I noticed a beautiful, and delicious, looking dish on my placemat, the chicken raisukaree, coined as the chefs favourite. When it arrived I nervously took a little rice with my chopsticks (which no, I cannot use properly) and dipped it in the sauce. It was delicious! The sauce was light, flavoured with lime and coconut and the stirfried chicken was tender and perfectly complemented the mangetout and peppers. The chilli, ginger and garlic all helped flavour the dish, but the flavours weren't too overpowering (you're looking at a girl whose eye's start streaming at the word 'spice'). I would definitely reorder this next time I go and the dish has reformed my opinion of the restaurant, remember not to judge something too quickly!
Also photographed above is Ellie's chicken ramen meal (forgive me, I have no idea what it is called) which is her favourite dish at wagamama's.

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