Third Time’s The Charm

At long last, my friend and I were finally able to get into the Rain Room installation at the Barbican Centre on Saturday. For those who don’t know, the Rain Room offers you an opportunity to “control the rain”.

Here’s a blurb from Timeout London:

Contemporary art group Random International creates a digital installation that gives visitors the chance to experience how it might feel to control the rain. In ‘Rain Room’, the sound of water and moisture in the air gives the impression of being in the centre of an unpredictable downpour, without getting wet.

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It was actually our third time trying to see this installation, the first time we arrived at 5pm, and thought we had plenty of time even if the queue would take about 2 hours. However, we apparently arrived too late and were turned away, despite the fact that the installation didn’t end until 8pm. A few weeks passed by, and still determined to see this installation, we trekked out all the way to Barbican again. We queued for 2 hours and finally got inside. But luck was not on our side! When we walked into the installation area, the employees informed us that the installation had broken down and that they were waiting for the technicians/engineers to come and fix it. About 20-30 minutes later, we were informed that they didn’t know how long it would take for the installation to be up and running again. The staff said it could take half an hour or longer, and one of the staff proceeded to take all our names down so to ensure that if we had to come back at another time, that we wouldn’t have to wait for 2 hours in the queue again. My friend and I decided to try our luck and wait it out, seeing as we travelled all the way to Barbican – twice! But about 40 minutes later, the installation was still not fixed, and we had no choice but to call it a day and head off for dinner.

We were finally able to experience the Rain Room on our third visit, and without the hassle of queuing – thank goodness! This has taught me that there really is a reason for the existence of the phrases “Third time lucky” and “Third time’s the charm” ! Anyway, to make the most of it, we stayed inside for as long as we can and milked it for all it’s worth by taking a ton of photos haha, but after about 45 minutes we were kinda sorta asked to make our way out lol.

Controlling the rain hehe
Controlling the rain hehe
Shielding myself from the rain
Shielding myself from the rain

Oh, and word of warning – they say you can’t get wet, but it’s totally untrue. My friend’s coat was soaking wet when we left, which had also seeped through to her clothes underneath and my hair and the back of my neck/neck area on my coat and top got wet too. The sensors are probably a little bit on the slow side. We spent the next 45 minutes trying to dry off in the nearest ladies bathroom using the hand dryers!

We also headed to the London Sculpting Festival in Canary Wharf. I really do have a thing for ice sculptures, not sure why but i’m just drawn in by them. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time as we didn’t arrive until nearly 5pm and it was freezing cold outside, so we skipped signing up for the free ice sculpting masterclass. Here are a few of my favourite ice sculptures that were there.

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For dinner we tried out Cay Tre in Soho, a vietnamese restaurant. We both ordered the seafood pho, i found the broth a little on the salty side but other than that i loved it.

The pho wasn’t quite filling enough, so we headed to Golden Gate Dessert House in Chinatown. I ordered the mango ice cream cake which was massive – either it was the last two pieces and they decided to give it all to me or someone did a bad cutting job and some poor customer was given an oddly small piece of ice cream cake! My friend ordered the uji red bean matcha drink and the pandan layer cake.DSC04399 DSC04417DSC04410DSC04420

It turned out to be a lovely day, albeit a freezing cold one – possibly exacerbated by the fact that we got wet whilst in the rain room, and then stood around ice sculptures in the evening.

♥ Veronica ~x

Little Korea & Haagen-Dazs Cafe

In keeping with my aim of blogging more, here’s a new post! Two days ago, i ventured into central London with two friends for dinner. We ended up going to Little Korea near Chinatown. I’ve been wanting to try ‘LiKo’ for a while now, as i’ve known quite a few people who have been there, and heard some good things about it. But honestly, my experience there was rather disappointing. LiKo are meant to specialise in both Korean and Japanese food, but i do not recommend getting Japanese food from here! Those who know me know that i am a massive foodie and love taking photos of my food adventures, however, i think the fact that i have no photos of the food i ate here shows how disappointed i was about it!

We ordered the Koko Maki to share between the three of us as a starter, my friends ordered the beef rib broth and soft shell crab katsu as main meals, and i ordered the chicken bento box. The Koko Maki arrived first, but as soon as my friend took a bite into a piece of maki, she warned me that my chicken bento box (which is meant to come with pieces of maki and sashimi) might not be good. Why? Because the sushi rice was wet and soggy! I’ve never had soggy sushi in a restaurant, ever! Nevertheless, i brushed it off saying that as i also had sashimi and chicken in my bento, it should be okay even if the sushi rice in the maki isn’t good.

But oh, how wrong i was! When the bento box arrived i was shocked at how it looked. It was not appetising at all, and my friend said a phrase which really sums it up – “your chicken is sliced like sashimi, and your sashimi is sliced like chicken”. It was really nothing spectacular, and at a price tag of £13.50, i was expecting some oomph! The taste of the chicken can only be described as okay, and the sashimi looked like it had been sitting out for hours. I’ve had better looking and tasting sushi for similar/cheaper prices – £12.50/£13.00 from Noodle Foodle in Wimbledon springs to mind, and also for slightly more at £15 for a variety of sushi bentos at Eat Tokyo. My friend wasn’t too fond of the soft shell crab katsu either, and the only person who was satisfied with the meal was my friend who ordered the beef rib broth. So, i guess the moral of the story is if you ever find yourself in Little Korea, stick to ordering food from the country of it’s namesake! If you want to avoid disappointment, then you’d be wise to not order from the Japanese section.

After a disappointing dinner, we went to play some pool before getting dessert at the Haagen-Dazs cafe in Leicester Square. It was the highlight of the night for me. We ordered the Fondue for two, shared between the three of us. It looked just like the photo in the menu, and tasted so heavenly! Definitely no disappointment here!

 

Haagen-Dazs’ Fondue: Belgian Milk Chocolate, Fresh Fruit, 16 scoops of ice cream, Brownies & Cookies.

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Ice cream dipped in warm belgian milk chocolate & raspberry daiquiri made with fruit sorbet ^^

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All gone!

Well that brings this post to an end. This is my first proper ‘review’ of food i guess. I’ve been thinking that since i take so many photos of food and post them on instagram, i should start a foodie blog hehe, but we shall see. It’s hard enough remembering to update this one =P.

♥ Veronica ~x