New Cultural Revolution @ Chelsea

Letizia, Fei & I met up on Kings Road for Sunday supper at New Cultural Revolution.
Travelling on public transport is always a little unreliable therefore, I decided to cycle from Shoreditch to Chelsea.
The traffic through Central London was not bad until I approached near Trafalgar Square. Must be to do with the Olympic, the place was brimming with tourists. And the roads leading up to it were choking with buses & cars…

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After dodging and weaving the pedestrian and the traffic, I cycled relatively calm Whitehall and Parliament Square. Once hitting Millbank, Boris Johonson’s Cycle Super Highway led me to the Chelsea Bridge junction. And I was almost there. Just be on the safe side, I allowed one hour from Old Street to Chelsea Old Town Hall. However, I arrive at it in 45 minutes.
Time for a well deserved decaf skinny latte break.

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After rendezvoused with the girls, we walked to the restaurant.
Letizia was especially happy for the prospect of eating shortly since she was too busy packing for her San Francisco trip therefore missed her lunch.
Wake up Letizia, Your wine is on its way! Super chic duo, Fei & Letizia…

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Say Cheeeeeese! Letizia & me, reaching to each other…

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This restaurant is one of Fei’s favourite haunts in Chelsea. She used to eat in here twice a week at least.
So, what shall we eat? We decided to order a few starters and to share.
I picked Crispy Squid with chilli. I had been craving for this dish for quite some time. Mmmm… I can’t wait!

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And this is Crispy Aromatic Duck Pancake Rolls with hoi sin sauce.
The crust was really crispy and light without being too greasy. It was so moreish…

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Our most favourite, steamed pork dumpling!
We ordered two different dumplings which I forgot to snap one of them (sorry).
The skin of the dumpling was not too thick which we liked very much…

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I ordered Chicken in Chilli and Black Bean Sauce Lao Mein as my main dish.
This dish was the least of my favourite, I found with regret. It was just too spicy yet lacking depth.
I shall try something else next time…

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After dinner, we walked to Chelsea Farmers Market on Sydney Street for gelato at DriDri.
Mine was Amaretto & Cioccolato extra noir. The dark chocolate sorbet was especially good. Since I would be cycling home, I could enjoy the gelato without a shred of guilt…

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Because of the England vs Italy game, anywhere with a flat screen TV was a full of anxious football lovers.
Even on my way home, every time I heard a loud cheer or a deep resonating groan, I was worried if I was missing out an important moment. Desperately, I asked a few cabbies at the light if they knew the score.

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Thanks to that game, there was hardly any traffic in Central London.
It was so pleasant to cycle like you own the roads! I enjoyed it very much…

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A kind of magic

Cycled from Shoreditch to Chelsea and back.
The weather was sweet and the breeze was light.
Because of the England vs Italy game, the road was virtually empty too!

After having gelato at Chelsea Farmers Market, Fei snapped Letizia & me with her Hipstamatic.

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On the way home, I skirted around Buckingham Palace.
The light was so mellow. I was just enjoying the moment…

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Lazy supper

Starving but didn’t feel like labouring in the kitchen last night…

A saviour for such crisis was Deliverance.
We ordered Arancini di riso x 2 & Moroccan salad with salmon x 2.

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We just love this starter, Arancini de riso.
It’s a fried rice ball stuffed with lemon & cheese served with served with a spicy arabiata dip.

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We chose a grilled salmon with our salad for Omega 3 business.
Mmmmm… It was a bit bland. We should have stuck to our normal favourite sweet potato falafel…

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At Spitalfields yesterday, I encountered this jolly happy looking goat. He was a part of Spitalfields City Farm event. The goat was munching away a pile of hay, completely oblivious to the smartphones & digital cameras thrusted towards him from all around the fence.
I did know about Hackney Farm on Mare Street but this one. I must pay a visit sometimes soon. Since my Brompton is back with me, I can go anytime, can’t I? Mmmmm… So exciting (^-^)

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Reunion

I and my Brompton are reunited!
Eventually, Bikefix called me to say “Your bike is ready for collection”.
They must have been really fed up with my pestering phone calls. But I was really really itching to be back on the saddle.

After our customary brunch at the Shepherdess Cafe, I caught the bus to Red Lion Square.
While waiting for my Brompton to be brought up from the basement workshop, I snooped around the shop floor. In Bikefix, there are all sorts of original and weird-looking bikes.

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Much more interesting than Evans Cycles or Cycle Surgery…

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Let me present my post surgery Brompton!
With new front & rear calipers, new tires, new grips, new brakes, new pedals and new half toe clips…

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I am still getting used to the toe clips though.
Slipping into it smoothly at every traffic light without looking down my toe is rather tricky…

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Another addition is a horn. Sounds pretty mean & loud. Get out of my wwwwaaaayyyyyy!
Sorry about this stranger’s hairy arm, by the way.

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I cycled from Lambs Conduit Street to Spitalfield, and then to Essex Road and back home.
To be 100% honest, it was a bit unnerving though.
Until I become efficient with the toe clips, I shall stick to quiet streets…

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