In my “And We’re Back” post I mentioned that I hadn’t really done much whilst on my hiatus, but that is actually a lie. Looking back, I actually did quite a bit including meeting Pauline and Hamdah, seeing Tiff again and going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and eating a helluva lot of KBBQ. Here’s a quick life update for y’all including plenty of food pics, so settle in with a cuppa tea and see what I’ve been up to.

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES

Mutay always finds the best things to do around London and if it weren’t for her I’d probably just be in my bed watching Netflix and eating a ton of Ben & Jerry’s. Not that there’s anything really wrong with that.

Barber Shop Chronicles follows different barbershops across Africa and South London, and how all of them intertwine through tales of politics, football, feuds and even a joke about a fly in a drink.

I absolutely loved this play, and the set design was amazing. I especially loved all the music and dance numbers, and the whole theatre lit up and the atmosphere was amazing. Even before the play started, the audience was already starting to get into the vibe even taking selfies in the barber chairs.

Barber Shop Chronicles returns in November at the National Theatre, so be sure to book your tickets so you don’t miss out!

INTERNET FRIENDS

Internet friends are a wonderful thing. One of my oldest internet friends is Shan, and we bonded over Harry Potter – specifically roleplaying and fanfiction. I managed to meet up with Shan one time before, and that was completely random at the airport in Amsterdam!

Anyway, we finally managed to meet up properly last June and it was so much fun. We went for dinner at Strada, where I had some delicious spaghetti bolognese. We caught up on life because it had been a couple of years since we’d properly been in touch!

Like a couple of teenagers, we popped to the corner shop for wine and cups and we chilled by South Bank. We ended up in Underbelly, which was kinda underwhelming (see what I did there) but we made the most of it – we made some random friends, drank some rubbish drinks and soaked in the vibes. At one point in the night, I remember buying a £9 hot dog, but… London, amirite?

I also got to meet up with Tiff and we went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour where I also met the lovely Sarah! It was my third time doing the tour and every time it amazes me – this time around I got to visit the Forbidden Forest and there was Buckbeak and please believe my fangirl heart was very happy that day. 

KBBQ

I absolutely adore KBBQ. I went twice in one month. Should there be a limit on how much meat we consume? Yes, probably. But I have #noragrets. I’m always taking my friend, Sharmayne, out to discover new places to eat (because who best to go to for food recs than me, right?) and I used it as an excuse to visit Superstar BBQ again.

I mentioned in my review before that they have set menus and this time, we went for set menu 2 which also had KFC. Das right… Korean Fried Chicken, m’fuhers. Literally, everything we ate was so good and you get quite a lot for 2 people! Food coma straight after I finished eating, for sure.

I went again with my friend, Cally, and again it was literal food coma after we finished eating. I always surprise myself with the amount of food I can actually eat, sometimes. I have made plans to go KBBQ again this month 😜

POSTGRAD APPLICATIONS

The more I’ve been thinking I about it, the more I definitely want to go back to university and actually do a course which I know I will get a lot out of. I’ve been saying for ages I want to do a postgraduate course in Creative Writing, but it’s only been recently I’ve seriously started my applications. Watch this space!

POP BRIXTON & MILK TRAIN

Hamdah moved to London for the summer, so we obviously had to meet up. We took her to Pop Brixton, an amazing place full of street food vendors. I opted for ramen from Koi Ramen, which was delicious and I was pleased with the amount of pork they put in as well. We even FaceTimed Pauline when we were there as well!

We also all met up again when Pauline came down to London and we stopped by Milk Train, a specialist ice cream shop. Does soft serve ice cream that comes floating on a cloud of candy floss sound like your sort of thing? Yes? THEN GO HERE. I went for the ‘Unicone’ which definitely looked like something a unicorn deposited – rainbow drops, sprinkles, candy floss, deliciousness!

NEW WIG

I’ve had my old wig since November, so I thought it was definitely time to get a new one. As I’ve never had colour in my hair, real or not, I thought I’d go for something different. Honestly, I am SO pleased with the outcome and I am actually in love with my wig. Every time I look myself in the mirror I’m like, “HOT DAMN GURL FIYAH WOAH NEW WIG HU DIS?” Haha.

OTHER BITS

If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably might have seen my big ol’ thread regarding my allergic reaction I suffered last Saturday. I’m planning on writing up a post about what happened, and not to blast the company but more to raise awareness and also because the trek that I mentioned a few months ago is actually AROUND THE CORNER. If you haven’t already, please donate to my JustGiving page as I will be trekking 26.2-miles around London to raise money for Anaphylaxis Campaign! September 23rd… #amifittho?

I also mentioned that I would be doing a 30-day shred but that kinda flew out the window when I went on holiday and ate all the pasta. In all seriousness, though, I was doing quite well… just someone please give me my motivation back! I can feel the pounds piling on and it doesn’t help that I have a desk job, either.

PHOTO ROUNDUP

See you in the next life update!

 

First things first – I hate being misled. If you’re offering all you can eat KBBQ for lunch AND dinner, that is what I expect to have when I turn up for lunch. It even advertises this fact outside the restaurant, too. I should have really taken a picture of the poster outside as evidence, but whatever.

Despite this misfortunate event, I still had a somewhat enjoyable experience at Kalbi Korean BBQ & Sushi.

Kalbi Korean BBQ & Sushi restaurant is situated in Islington and was fortunately only a one bus journey from where I live. From my research, it is also one of the very few places in London that do all you can eat KBBQ. Understandably, I was disappointed when I didn’t get to experience it but I will for sure be coming back in the evening to try it out.

We were lucky to catch their special 3-course lunch which included a drink, appetiser and main. The waiter also served as kimchi and kongnamul-muchim side dishes, which were so yummy! Depending on what you order, the lunch deal can be as low as £9.90! Kalbi has quite a selection to choose from, so I’ll start with the appetisers.

kimchi can leave me on read, m8

Appetiser

You can choose between: mandu, kkanpunggi, agedashi tofu, salmon & avocado roll, California roll

I opted for the mandu. Mandu are dumplings that can be grilled, fried, steamed or boiled. They are usually filled with minced meat, tofu, green onions, garlic and ginger and served with kimchi and a dipping sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar and chilli. The ones I were served were absolutely delicious and although it did take a while for them to come out, actually arriving AFTER my main, it was worth the wait.

My friend went for the kkanpunggi. Kkanpunggi is spicy garlic fried chicken stir-fried with vegetables and a sweet, sour, spicy sauce. She let me try a piece and I absolutely fell in love. It was delicious and the flavours in my mouth were delectable. Something tells me this dish would go great with an ice cold beer 😋

kkanpunggi :: photo cr; sharmayne

Main

It was quite difficult deciding what we wanted for our main as they several things to choose from including hotpot, bibimbap, and katsu curry. We had to send the waiter away several times because we still hadn’t decided what we wanted! 

Eventually, I ended up going for the sizzling bulgogi, specially marinated top side beef, and my friend went for the chicken teriyaki, grilled chicken thigh with teriyaki sauce. Both dishes came with a side of rice, which definitely made my day.

check out the smoke on that bad boy 😍

My dish was so tasty – I especially loved that when it arrived you could hear the sizzle of the beef indicating it was freshly cooked. The beef was tender and I loved the onions and vegetables that came with it. Paired with the rice, it was the perfect lunch. 

My only gripe, of course, is the advertisement of lunch KBBQ when in fact there was none. The service was also a bit slow. Other than that, the food definitely made up for these things, and I will definitely be coming back again!

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Sometimes when I haven’t blogged in ages, I forget what it feels like to blog. Then when I actually do get round to writing a post or checking out blogs or replying to comments, I feel a rush and I’m like, “Damn, Chynna. You should really get your sh*t together and keep up with the blogosphere more because this feeling is amazing.”

Moving on.

Oh, LA. Where do I even begin with LA? Of course, the ultimate highlight of my trip to LA was meeting Nancy for the first time ever in our 5/6 year blogger friendship. I specifically remember my airbnb hostess asking us when was the last time we saw each other and her reaction when we said this was the first time we’ve actually met. Hilarious.

Nancy – you are awesome and sweet and just as amazing as you are online. I wish I could have stayed longer, but I’m so grateful that you were there to show me around some of LA. I’m also so touched that you were willing to spend your birthday with me at Disney! Love you, girl ❤️ – and as Terminator would say, “I’ll be back.”

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