Green Tea Cookies

Posted on September 29th, 2007 in Green Tea London by Stephanie

One word for you – revolting!  Bought these green tea cookies yesterday from a chinese supermarket having never seen these particular ones being sold before.  Was a bit doubtful about purchasing them as they have jasmine tea as part of the ingredients and I should have followed my doubts because the cookies do not taste like green tea at all and just have a bitter off-jasmine taste.  So these are going straight in the bin unless anyone would like them??  I think in the future I will be sticking with green tea foods that are manufactured by Japanese brands as they tend to be much better. 

Green Tea Cookies

Green Tea Cookies 2

Revolting Green Tea Cookies

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K-West Hotel and Spa Shepherds Bush

Posted on September 28th, 2007 in Money Saving Tips,Places To Visit by Stephanie

I have just got back from an overnight stay at the K-West Hotel and Spa which I booked as a treat for my boyfriends birthday.  The hotel is a trendy 4-star deluxe hotel (faved by a lot of bands who play in the nearby Shepherd’s Bush Empire) located near Shepherds Bush station which is not the nicest of locations in London but is fairly close to central London in zone 2 so is convenient enough if you are planning a visit to London. 

I got a package from Buyagift which included a champagne arrival, one hour treatment each, use of the hotel ‘s spa facilities and gym, overnight accommodation in an executive room (basically a room which has a lounge and work area plus a couple of other extras) and an a la carte breakfast. 

On arrival at the hotel we did have to wait a while at check-in as housekeeping had prepared the wrong room for us but the reception were very apologetic and helpful.  The room we were given had a contemporary decor, was clean and spacious and as it was an executive room it also came with a DVD/CD player, robes and slippers.  Unfortunately the TV in our room was not working properly but the problem was promptly fixed after contacting the reception.  

After checking into our room, we spent an hour in the gym and then went for our treatments.  I had a mud wrap dry floatation – first your entire body is exfoliated, it is then covered in a mud mask after which you are wrapped in hot towels and lowered into a special bed which is filled with water (sort of like a water bed) to give you a feeling of floating.  It is very relaxing and is supposed to be equivalent to 6-8 hours of sleep and it also detoxes your body and leaves your skin feeling really soft. 

After our treatment, we decided to go to the spa area and use the jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.  There were only a few other people using the spa area whilst we were there so we practically had the entire place to ourselves!  After spending a couple of hours relaxing in the spa, we ended our day with a nice room service dinner. 

We had breakfast in the hotel restaurant the following morning which consisted of juice or coffee/tea, fruit, toast and pastries as well as a choice of either a full english breakfast, vegetarian breakfast, belgian waffles or breakfast burrito.

All-in-all we had a great and very relaxing time in K-West and it is perfect as a short break from all the stresses of life! :-)  Buyagift are also now offering 25% off all purchases using the promotional code 843843 so it would make a great gift for Christmas coming up or as a treat!  They also have other good gift experiences such as ferrari driving, flying lessons, watersports, skydiving and tea for 2 at Harrods which I have just purchased :-)

Executive Room

Executive Room

Bathroom

Bathroom

Jacuzzi

Jacuzzi

Bean Burger and Chips 

Room Service Dinner – Bean Burger and Chips

Steak Sandwich and Chips

Room Service Dinner – Steak Sandwich and Chips

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Drive Traffic To Your Blog Using BlogRush

Posted on September 26th, 2007 in Drive Traffic To Your Blog by Stephanie

I have just signed up to a service called BlogRush as you can see from the newly added widget at the bottom of my right sidebar.  BlogRush is a free service that can help increase traffic and exposure to your blog by having your latest post titles displayed on other related blogs on a widget called the BlogRush widget.  You will also have to add this BlogRush widget to your blog to help drive traffic to other blogs.
 
The amount of traffic to your blog earns you “syndication credits” (the right to have your blog post titles shown on other blogs).  You can also earn syndication credits by referring other bloggers to BlogRush as well as from the traffic of those referrals.

BlogRush believe that by using their widget it will increase exposure to your blog content that you would never achieve on your own without a massive advertising campaign.  I shall therefore be tracking my traffic over the next few weeks and will update you with my progress in a later post.  If you would like to join BlogRush, you can join BlogRush here

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Freebies Of The Week

Posted on September 24th, 2007 in Freebies by Stephanie

This week I have free perfume, free manicures and free Clinique 3-Step samples.

Daisy By Marc Jacobs Perfume Sample: Just submit your details here and a sample will be sent out to you.

Manicure: Get your nails preened and pampered with a free manicure.  Just fill in the coupon from this website, send it to the address provided and you will then be contacted within 30 days to book your free manicure!

Clinique 3-Step: Receive a free 1 week supply of Clinique 3-step by visiting any Clinique counter.  For more details see here

For more Freebies from past weeks click here

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Ice Kacang

Posted on September 23rd, 2007 in Random Thoughts by Stephanie

Today I decided to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon making a popular Malaysian dessert called Ice Kacang.  Ice Kacang is basically just shaved ice with rose syrup, condensed milk, red beans, black jelly, coconut cubes and anything else that you may want to add to it such as sweet corn, tinned fruits etc.  To make it, I first put sweetened red beans, black jelly and sweet coconut cubes in a bowl (see photo below) – these can all be bought from Japanese/Chinese supermarkets.

Black jelly, coconut cubes, red bean 

Black Jelly, Coconut Cubes and Red Bean

My friend sent me an ice shaving machine that she bought in Malaysia to make the shaved ice (see photo below).  It is a manual ice shaver and very easy to use – just load it with ice blocks made from special moulds provided, turn the handle and hey presto, you have shaved ice!  If you can’t get hold of an ice shaving machine abroad, I have seen some on ebay :-)

Ice Shaver Machine 

Ice Shaver Machine

After filling the bowl with shaved ice, drizzel rose syrup (this can also be bought from oriental supermarkets) and condensed milk over the ice.  If you have a sugar called gula melaka which can be bought in Malaysia and I think you can probably find it in a Chinese supermarket, then you can use it to make a sweet brown syrup by mixing it with water.  This can then also be drizzled over the ice.  As the shaved ice is so fine, the syrups are absorbed into the ice and spread evenly rather than settling to the bottom.  Finally I added some more red bean and black jelly on top of the ice so see below for the finished product!

Ice Kacang
Ice Kacang

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