Trying Out Another Daily Deal

There was a 50% off Brit Movie Tours on kgbdeals so I gave it a shot. I figured why not see where movies were shot and explore London even more than we already do.

We started at the Temple tube station and across the river you can see the building from Last Chance Harvey where Emma Thompson takes her classes. Sorry I didn’t get a pic.

Next stop was Somerset House where a million movies were filmed such as The Duchess and Sherlock Holmes.

This is Stand Station which isn’t a working tube station anymore.  It’s mostly used for shooting films such as Atonement.

Harry Potter was filmed inside the Australia House.  It was closed so we couldn’t go in but it’s Gringotts Bank.

Next stop is an all time favorite movie of mine and I’m sure you guys love it also….Bridge Jones!

It’s actually the Royal Courts of Justice. Then she runs into a bodega to get ciggs….

A couple other highlights from the tour:

Do you recognize this scene?  It’s from the Da Vinci Code at Temple Church in London.

Jude Law’s apartment from Closer.  If you watch the movie again you will notice the 4 bricks to the right of the apartment door.

Overall the tour was cute.  We walked for 3 hours and saw a lot of different areas of London that we hadn’t gone to before.  The tour guide was also great because she gave us some history of the buildings along the way.  They offer a lot of different tours so check out their website.

Wimbledon 2011

Catching up…..Read about The Queue here.

Tips for Wimbledon:

-Read the size requirements of bags that can be brought into the grounds and how much alcohol you can bring in.

-Go with a group

-Have a picnic while you are there

-Bring alcohol

-Bring cash

The day was so much fun and we had amazing weather.  The rest of the story can be told through photos.

Picnic

And thanks to David who gave me his Centre Court ticket for the last set of the Soderling/Hewitt match!

Bees On Regent Street

Wandering around on this ok-weathered day I stumbled upon a group of people on a street corner looking up.  I didn’t have anywhere to be so I decided to find out what as going on.

Everyone was staring at 3 bee keepers figuring out what to do with this giant bee’s nest that was formed on a traffic light!

This is why I ALWAYS carry my camera and flipcam in my bag. You just never know when you’ll need it!

I stood there for a good 10 minutes and nothing happened so I left.  The bee keepers didn’t even know what to do or maybe they were waiting for the right moment but either way I got a little bored so I left.  I’ll see if there are any newspaper articles to follow up with.  In the mean time I’ll leave you with a little video I made (because I have way too much time on my hands right now).

When Daily Deals Go Bad


Daily Deals are huge right now all around the world. Groupon, Living Social, KGB Deals, Wahanda, Keynoir, and Wowcher are a handful of the ones out there. They offer great deals on things from dinner and drinks to movie tickets.  I’ve purchased a lot from different sites and always had good experiences until last week.  I know you are always taking a risk when you do this because you wonder why the places are offering such great deals but when you see a manicure/pedicure for £19 you can’t pass it up.  It doesn’t happen often so I purchased it.

BAD IDEA. First of all, the “salon” was in zone 3 which is like going to Brooklyn from the Upper East Side.  Not a trip you want to make just for a manicure/pedicure but definitely a trip for dinner, drinks, and exploring. I didn’t realize that until after I purchased it so I manned up and ventured out to zone 3.

It was a beautiful day in London, flip flop weather actually so I was in a great mood.  I walked into the “salon” and they escorted me to the back room to be pampered.  She asked me to pick a color and this was the selection:

It might look like a lot but they were pretty much empty and the colors were pretty ugly.  They didn’t have a simple red.  Really?!?!  I got over that and started reaching for colors to look closer at and the manicure person kept taking them from me and telling me if they were for me or weren’t for me.  I have never seen her in my life so I don’t think she knows what I want or what I like. After telling her every color she picked out for me was ugly I finally decided on uglier colors (knowing I was going to change it when I got home).  Colors decided let’s move on.

I sit in a chair in the middle of the room wondering where the massage chair with the foot bath was.  Unfortunately there wasn’t a massage chair.  An assistant comes into the room and brings this for me to put my feet into.

It did give my feet a massage but a plastic bag?!  I’ve never seen that before!  It was wrapped too tight around the bin so I couldn’t get comfortable and notice my old polish is still on there.  Usually you take it off before you soak your feet.  Hmm….

Sorry if this is gross but my toe nails are TINY.  Very Small.  I can’t change it so I deal with it.  I have been getting pedicures for years and years and the pedicurist usually laughs and then paints my nails.  This lady told me she might not be able to paint them…umm lies all lies.  Maybe she was just lazy but then she finally did paint them. The polish was all over my skin but I wasn’t going to be the nasty American because I knew it couldn’t get any better.

Moving onto the manicure.  I sat in a normal manicure chair so I was feeling more confident about this part of the service.  I told her I like my nails short and square so she nodded and got to work.  She didn’t file them with a nail file.  She only used a nail buffer……and she made them round.  Blah! She painted my nails (getting paint all over my skin) and then asked me to sit in the hallway to let them dry.  No dryers with a fan or UV light.  Really?!?!

I could tell more stories but I think this post has gotten a little out of control.  I was debating whether or not to give the name of the salon and decided against it.  It was busy in there so they clearly have loyal customers but I know it wasn’t a place for me.  If you are really curious I will tell you through email.

 I have learned my lesson with daily deals.   I will not stop purchasing them but I will do some research before I buy one.  I will look up reviews, cost of normal priced services and location.

Do you have any horror stories with a daily deal?

Punjab Restaurant

Being a student with a lot of other Expats has its advantages.  Some classmates and I went to an amazing Indian lunch last week at Punjab Restaurant in Covent Garden.

Prachi took control of the ordering (since she is from India) and ordered pretty much the whole menu so we could try everything!  We were beyond full and so happy with the choices.

I can’t remember what we ordered but I know there was lots of lamb, chicken, veggies, rice, naan and dessert.  Prachi said this is the closest you will get to a homemade Indian meal here in London so I’ll take her word for it.  It was delicious and I even got a doggie bag which I’m really excited about.  Can’t wait to go back to Punjab Restaurant!!

Healthy Choices

Which do you think is healthier, mayo or butter?

Americans would say butter but Brits would say mayo.  Mayo is in EVERYTHING here.  Every sandwich, burger, salad, you name it I will make a bet that there is mayo in the ingredients.  WHY?!?!

I will never understand why they need mayo in their food but Lola’s Cupcakes just took it to a whole new level.  Introducing the healthier cupcake…..MADE WITH MAYO!

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Here is their description of the cupcake:

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 I will not be trying these cupcakes so I won’t be able to report back unfortunately but if anyone has tried one please let me know what you think!

Would you try it?

Found It!

I was never able to find a deli that made the perfect mozzarella and roasted pepper with extra vinegar sandwich outside of my hometown.  I never even found it in NY….until now.  I was walking to the tube after work and noticed a small deli.  I walked inside and knew it was going to be the most delicious sandwich ever.  This secret spot is called Camisa + Son in Soho.  The employees/owners are from Italy and speak English with an Italian accent so you know it’s going to be delicious.  For £3 I got a sandwich that lasted me two meals, lunch and dinner.  I tried to search for a website but they don’t even have one. You can read write ups about it but that’s about it.  Here are some photos as my proof:

Not only do they have delicious sandwich but they sell homemade macaroni sauce and macaroni and many other items.

Who would have thought I’d find this in London but I’m a happy camper! 

Masters Degree – Almost Conquered

I handed in my last report and here is the proof.

Just my thesis left and it’s not due until September 1st so it’s time to breath and enjoy the summer in London!

American?

What makes this American Ginger Ale and not Ginger Ale?

What To Do, What To Do

Exams are OVER! No More classes either!

What I’ve been doing with my time since my time has opened up…

Finished reading The Love Verb by Jane Green (in the US it’s titled Promises To Keep)

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Started reading One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

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Writing a paper on Marketing Communications

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And last but NOT least….. Researching wedding stuff!

Current blogs and websites I’m obsessed with:

Forget Me Knot Weddings

Bridal Snob

100 Layer Cake

The Knotty Bride

Glamour and Grace

The Wedding Chicks

One Lovely Day

Oh Lovely Day

Style Me Pretty

Any other sites I NEED to check out?

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