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Beatbox Market

Posted by Jen on May-24-2010

It was great to sleep in on May 21, 2010.  We had a late start today. 

We went to Borough Market.  It was a nice warm day in London.  There’s all sorts of things being sold there like cheese, salsa, burgers, bread, meat, wine and beer. 

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Ivan and I went in search of lunch.  We each got a nice chicken burger.

We walked around trying all the samples of cheese and dips.  Ivan bought a veggie burger on lettuce. 

Ivan found a French drink called Elexia.  It’s a sugar-free lemonade.  It was really tasty and refreshing,.

Ivan got an apple cider a few minutes later.  We tried some healthy granola.  Ivan bought a small bag of the Mini Magoo’s ginger granola.

We weren’t sure what to do next.  Ivan thought of something, so we jumped on a train towards South Bank.  We sat down and chatted in the shade.

South Bank is a great pedestrianized area.  We walked towards the Udderbelly.  There was lots of street performers putting on a show. 

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Some of the performers are quite good.  Ivan went to pick up tickets at the Udderbelly box office. 

We checked out the bookstore Foyles.  Then, we sat down and chilled outside the store.  They have a fake grass area that has lawn chairs on it.

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Ivan and I went to the Udderbelly.  We each got a yummy Pimm’s (Pimm’s with lemonade, apples and cucumbers).  We played a game of huge Connect Four (a big sized Connect Four game that’s almost as tall as me).  Ivan won 2 out of 3 games. 

We got seats in the front row for the Shlomo in Boxed show.  Shlomo is a great beatboxer from London.  He’s so good that he can create a whole song using just his voice.  Boxed is a story that Shlomo created. 

There’s no music or sounds playing – everything is done by the voices of the beat boxers.  The story is about a deaf guy played by Shlomo.  He’s picked on by everybody.  He meets a guy who teaches him beat boxing.  He then finds out that his beat boxing can turn back time.  Then, three girls join the two guys in beat boxing.  Another beat boxing group challenge them to a duel.  I really enjoyed when the beat boxers did songs.  They create the sounds and vocals of a song and it turns out sounding just like the real thing.  It’s amazing stuff! 

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The show was really good.  We wished there wasn’t that much story and more performances of the songs.  We still enjoyed it very much.

We had a tasty chicken burger in the Udderbelly.  Ivan and I walked across the bridge to a bus stop.  We waited for the Ghost Bus Tours to come. 

The big black Routemaster Ghost bus appeared.  We got some seats upstairs.

Ivan told me if you say Ghost Bus Tours really fast it sounds like Ghostbusters.  Try it, it really does!  Anyway, the bus takes you on a drive through London and the tour guide tells you about the scary things that has happened in places we pass by.  There was also a safety bus inspector on board who goes a bit crazy.  It was actually a lame tour.  It wasn’t really scary.  The stories were kind of interesting though.  Ivan read lots of good reviews that it was hilarious.  It was only a little funny to us.

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Indian Food and Enron

Posted by Jen on May-24-2010

Ivan and I had Pret a Manger for lunch on May 20, 2010.  I had a good chicken and avocado sandwich.  Ivan had a salad.  Lil Dave went to visit his dad’s friend in Earl’s Court.

We took the bus to North London.  I wanted to see Abbey Road.  There was a lot of people taking pictures on the crosswalk that The Beatles made famous.

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Ivan took some pictures of me walking along the crosswalk.  Abbey Road Studios is nearby.  There’s tons of graffiti of fans signing the wall in front of Abbey Road.

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Ivan says they paint it over every 3 months or so.

We took the bus back to Central London.  Ivan wanted to try a smoothie at Snog. I got a Bittersweet Chocolate yogurt smoothie with strawberries, smart foods and blueberries.  It was good but the chocolate was overwhelming, so you couldn’t really taste the other ingredients in the smoothie.  Ivan got a Natural Yogurt smoothie with smart foods, strawberries and raspberries.  Ivan’s was better since you could taste everything.

We had some time to kill.  Ivan took me to Neal’s yard.  He had a cup of English Breakfast tea.  I didn’t have anything since I was still full from the smoothie.

Then, we quickly walked through Covent Garden.  Ivan bought me a heart mirror and a monkey key chain for Lil Dave at the cool store Octopus.

Ivan and I walked to Masala Zone.  It’s a great Indian restaurant with colorful puppets hanging from the ceiling.  We both got a grand thali.

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It comes with rice, papadum, dahl, yogurt, potato and peas, mixed vegetables in a spicy sauce, an onion bhaji, chapatti and your choice of a curry.  Ivan likes to spread out the rice and put his curry all over it.  The thali was awesome.

We went to get tickets for Enron next.  Earlier in the week, we were laughing about how we wouldn’t want to watch Enron since we thought it would be boring.  Ivan read reviews online saying that it was a good play.  So, we thought we should give it a go.

I was really tired.  So, I thought the play was good but a bit weird during the first act.  Ivan really liked it.  I got some Red Bull during the interval to wake myself up for the second act.

I didn’t think there would be dancing and singing, but there was.  It’s a very light-hearted and entertaining play.  I didn’t know much about the Enron story, so it was interesting to me.  Ivan thinks it’s the best play he’s seen in the last few weeks here in London.  My favorite was the musical Hair.  It’s full of great songs and a good story.

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Snog Oliver in a bedroom

Posted by Jen on May-24-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to get the tickets for Oliver! on May 19, 2010.

We went to Pret a Manger for lunch.  Lil Dave brought along a banana and honey sandwich to eat.  I got a delicious Chili King Prawn baguette.  Ivan got a prawn and avocado sandwich.  Ivan picked up an egg and smoked mackerel sandwich as well.  Ivan liked it, but I could taste the horseradish and it was a bit fishy for me. 

There was still time to waste.  We walked around and saw the new frozen yogurt place Snog.  The yogurt is organic and sugar-free.  Lil Dave got natural yogurt with two portions of bananas.  He thought it was very banana-y and tasted great.

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Ivan and I shared a small natural and bittersweet chocolate swirl with raspberries and smart foods on top.  It was delicious!  The store has colored lights on the ceiling that blink in time to the music.  While we were eating, we heard cool spacey music playing.

We met up with Ivan’s parents at the Oliver! theater.  Ivan and I told them about the great frozen yogurt at Snog.  So, we went there.  I went to Cyber Candy next door to check out all the candy.  I ended up buying a box of Japanese strawberry gum.  

Ivan’s parents enjoyed the frozen yogurt.  One small size is enough for two people unless you’re really hungry for a cold snack.  I chewed on my new gum.  It tasted good, but the flavor only lasted for about 2 minutes.  It’s good for making bubbles though.

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Oliver! plays at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane which is the oldest theatre in Britain.  It was time for Oliver! to start.  We saw lots of young school kids in the audience. The musical was really great.  It was a little hard to hear sometimes.  The cockney accents were a little hard to understand.  I had to pay close attention.  The musical was dark and violent.  I don’t think it’s really appropriate for young kid that were in the audience. 

We all walked to Whole Foods.  Lil Dave picked up some organic bananas.  Ivan’s mum bought a few things. 

Ivan, Lil Dave, me and Ivan’s parents walked to Bistro 1 for dinner.  There was a good deal for 2 or 3 course meals.  Everybody decided to get the 2 courses.  I had the bistro meze and the chicken penne arriabatta.  Ivan got the salmon and avocado salad and vegetarian moussaka.  Lil Dave decided to get a banana salad and a banana gyro.  The food was excellent.  It was great day out with Ivan’s parents.

We hopped on a train.  Ivan really wanted to see Billy Elliott, but unfortunately it was sold out.  So, we got back on the train.

We saw the play Bedroom Farce.  It was a bit funny in the first part.  The second part of the story wasn’t as good.  It wasn’t as farcical as it could have been. 

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