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Gather at Kopapa

Hello everybody.

We learnt a new word:

Kopapa – A Maori word for ‘a gathering, to be crowded , and a building to store food in’.

Photography by Kang L

Kopapa is the neat little place that has opened up in Seven Dials, Covent Garden and the food is pretty decent. I’m not exactly sure how long it’s been open but I’m glad we found it.

I had the salmon and avocado salad..

Too little avocado in my opinion but I'm greedy about avocado.
Too little avocado in my opinion but I’m greedy about avocado.

My partner in Kopapa-crime had beef tartare. The dish I wished I had. The dish I always want to have. I want to swim in beef tartare.

 

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If you want to escape the business of London and Covent Garden , travel about 30 kilometres out of the city.

If you want a good lunch , go to Kopapa!

In other news, Londoners have had a heat-wave these last two weeks and just don’t know what to do with themselves. We’re spending our time opening windows and filling ice-trays . It’s great.

Here’s to a good week to you all.

 

 

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes : Review

Hello everybody,

For lack of anything better to watch, we went to see the sequel of the sequel of the sequel to Planet of the Apes last night.

The last of these movies ended with the apes breaking out of their cages and taking over the planet ( from what I can remember ). This latest instalment sets the scene of a very empty planet in which humans have been wiped out by a virus , and the apes have set up camp in the woods living alone for some ten years without a human in sight. It’s all very peaceful.

This first quarter of the movie is all sign-language and grunting and shuffling. Not a word is spoken.

As expected if you have seen the trailers, the humans do arrive eventually : in search of a power source which is conveniently in the form of a dam located close to the ape enclosure.
One thing leads to another and the apes ride over on horseback (yes , it escalates rather quickly) to the humans, warning them to stay away from their homes.

The humans don’t listen.

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The lead ape, Caesar, begrudgingly accepts the humans to do their work in getting a power source on the condition they leave immediately.

Obviously it all goes wrong.

What ensues is a rather depressing and predictable story of war, family, friendship and the human-ape nature to screw up perfectly good and stable situations, all for a bit of power and access to lighting and wifi .

All in all I’d give this an 8 out of 10. Very watchable and almost doubles up as a horror movie at times, curtesy of Koba the psychotic ape who is the William Wallace of his people. You’ll have to watch and see.

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Posted in Food Reviews, Humour, Life, Miscellaneous, Reviews, Travel

Archipelago (not a movie review)

Hello readers,

Glad to see you’re all still here . My Tom Hiddleston obsession some years back led me to the movie Archipelago . This is not about that.

But it is about a same-named restaurant that I stumbled upon when I googled the movie.

An archipelago is by definition a chain of islands.

Archipelago, the restaurant, is in the middle of nowhere; an island in the middle of concrete London. It offers a menu which animal rights activists would kill for (literally kill for). Actually if you don’t eat animals, just look away now.

The experience starts from the minute you walk in.

(It really starts earlier that day when you receive a call from the restaurant giving you your secret password… but that only happens if you answer your phone).

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On entering, you are seated at a table with either very comfortable , or very uncomfortable chairs . There is no in-between for a place that has no uniformity in furnishings.

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We chose a starter of crocodile wrapped in vine leaves on a ‘bed’ of samphire. All very interesting but I wouldn’t call it a bed of samphire as much as a smidgeon.  Also the crocodile tastes like chicken . Sorry.

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Our second starter was Zebra ‘jerky’ . This was very tasty I have to say. The dishes were all very South-African inspired as you can probably start to tell and you can even see a little bit of biltong soil in this photo. The real biltong was nowhere to be seen though , just soil .

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For my main, I had a couple of kangaroo skewers. It’s tough meat and they did the best they could with it.

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One of our party ordered alpaca. It tastes like beef so please stop killing the alpacas now! There’s no need.

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Bison rump steak with twice-baked blue potato was probably my favourite of them all. Cooked medium-rare it had a slightly stronger taste than beef. The potatoes were mixed with blue cheese (thus blue potato) . That on the left there is just a caesar salad.

Also served as a side was Thai coconut rice which I will definitely be trying at home. The rice is boiled in coconut milk and has shavings of coconut added to the mix. Very tasty.

All in all a really interesting experience and if you’re looking for something to do on a special occasion, this is it. An experience I probably won’t repeat soon, but the memory of it will last a while.

Also I feel bad for the alpaca.

R.I.P alpaca.

 

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Transformers : Age of Extinction

Age of Extinction is about right.

I think this will be the last ever Transformers movie .

Please let this be the last Transformers movie.

Readers , this movie  was all over the place. In the little battery-life I have left on this laptop (yes I have a charger but I’m too lazy to plug it in) , I will take a second to tell you to please avoid this movie at all costs.

The CGI was great yes but you can’t really judge movies by this anymore when just about everyone can get it right.

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I actually missed the Wimbledon final for this. I logged on to the BBC iPlayer App mid-way so I could watch Djokovic winning the final point. Those 5 seconds were more entertaining than the entirety of this s***.

Stay away. Battery dead.

 

 

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Under the Skin

Hello everybody ,

I’ve found a good one ! I watched Jonathan Glazers’ Under the Skin this weekend and loved it.

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If you have ever read the book , as is most often the case the movie is nothing like it. Briefly, the book is about an alien living in Glasgow (…) hunting for hitch-hikers, which she then drugs and takes back to her alien headquarters. The humans (known as ‘vodsels’ in the book) are then harvested for their meat and shipped off into space, where the meat is used to feed alien life on other planets.

The movie sticks to this story very loosely.

Scarlett Johansson is brilliant in her role as she is placed in the middle of Scotland where she really does become an alien in every sense of the word;  she cannot be more out of place.

The book also made references to the alien being a quadruped and having to be surgically altered to walk like a human. I didn’t know what to expect in the movie and my blockbuster-trained brain expected to see werewolves of some kind. Again , not the case. Everything in the movie is implied but very rarely shown. It is all abstract-visuals and sound effects.

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If you get a chance to see it , let me know what you think !

Enjoy the rest of your week folks 🙂