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free honest burger

31 Jul

london 10.22pm 19C night now. dry. tuesday 2018

i was so full after that free burger meal that i went to at 5pm today. it was a free offer by honest burger at their branch near kings cross. they also gave us chips and a mint julep.

i emailed the offer to steve, to let him know, and i am glad i did, because he was waiting in line when i turned up and so i was able to join him and his friend. jumped the queue a bit. haha. but it was early, and they had not started giving out numbered cards. it was the first 100 can get the free meal.

at first i thought it was in kings cross station, and went there at about 4.30pm. lucky i went early, because i had time to walk to the place and still be in good time before the offer starts at 5pm.

it was a huge meal, i cannot remember being so full. maybe it is me, because the other two finished off theirs without any indication they were too full. they went on to another free event, but i had enough and came home. but i think i wont need to eat a hamburger for a long time. this one satisfied any desire for eating it for a whole year. that is how full i feel about it. haha. 

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via Considering how expensive things are, I thank you for letting me live rent-free in your head — psychologistmimi

london 1.26pm sunny ed diner victoria place 24c friday 2018

i hope the writer of this blog will not mind me sharing it. this is because i find it gives me a fresh outlook on the blogs that people keep. i now can think of it as living rent free in their heads… i cant make out my mind what the writer is concluding… dont write for free, or be thankful for something free in this world, when costs are rising all the time… 

but aside from that i am thinking all those people on social media , they write about their daily life and thoughts, and share it with the world. and it is all free to access.  it makes me realise why celebrities are so popular and have so many people following them. it affords people a glimpse into their lives. for free. granted you get a very edited version of their lives, showing only what they want to show you.

that is true of every blog, or twitter, or facebook ,or any social media account really;it is a biased account of their lives but still, it is a glimpse into someone else’s life. it might appeal to the voyeur in all of us, like someone letting us look through their open curtains at their lives, and closing their curtains to hide other aspects of their lives, and not allow us to look at them. you could say it is making us all voyeurs. (maybe the word voyeur might be too strong, as obviously there is nothing sexual in these blogs) or you could say it is allowing many people to show to others how they live and what their thoughts are on things. and let others make of it what they will, or take what lessons they can from it. you can see how you might make a better life and see them making decisions that you would not make, and apply that to your own life.

you could argue that what you are seeing is rubbish and not worth paying for. that is true too. as with anything that is free, some things are worth it, others are not worth the having.

 for eg, i am having a free milk shake now, courtesy of ed diner, they gave it to me for my birthday. normally i would not buy it , as it is very sweet. they have a yoghurt version, and that might be nicer, even though it too will be very sweet. but i think i might enjoy a yoghurt better than a milkshake. still, it is free and so nice to have. whether it is good for me to eat on a regular basis, some might say not. 

on the way here, i passed through victoria station, and lucozade was giving away free samples of their drink . so that was nice, i got some, and again normally i would not buy them, as they are sweet, too sweet for my liking. it is a 150ml can , with 4.5g of suger in it. and it even says on the can not suitable for children. what is more, the sugers is from the glucose syrup 11% but , get this, it has aspartame, a sweetener, in it as well. so not only have it got 2teaspoonfuls of suger, it got extra more sweetness added on top of that in that aspartame… which they did not say how much. i think i have allready got my month’s if not more, worth of suger allowance in the milkshake i just drank, so i shall not be drinking any more suger in that lucozade. well all this just goes to show what a two edged sword it is when we are given something free. 

 

birthday offers

5 Jun

london 8.20am 12.6C cloudy tuesday 2018

oh look, i got email from ed diner, giving me a free milk shake for my birthday which is coming soon and krispie kreme giving me a free doughnut . if u put yourself onto their mailing list that is what u can get for your birthday. and they will tell you of their offers. for eg, i did not know that you can get a doughnut and a coffee from krispie kreme for £3. that seems more like it. 

and if u go before 12pm, you can get a coffee for £1.50. but only if u bring along the email that says so. haha. though if u got their app you can get it too. i dont have a smartphone so cannot get their app. that is an advantage if you got a smartphone, you can get their app, and they have special offers linked to that app. but even so, i doubt i will be tempted to get a smartphone just for that. simon bought a smartphone, but he finds that he dont know how to use it. i tried to use it, but also find it impossible to figure out how to use it. and gave it up. now even if we want to try again, we cannot find the phone anywhere in the flat. 

coffee at £1.50  seems more like it really. usually coffee costs about £2.80. not that i buy any haha. i can get coffee free anytime and also i am not such a coffee addict. this is a far cry from yogurt, i find i am getting to be a yogurt addict ever since i found out about that lancashire farm yogurt.

i hear from last night’s tv program that london has the largest number of chain restaurants than any place in europe. i can well believe it.

i have noticed there is one called simit sarayi. it is the latest chain , opening a lot of branches all over london. they seem popular too. i googled it and found this in time out, they just finished an offer of a free simit turkish bagel if u buy a hot drink. it is a franchise, which is the usual mode of operation of these chains eating places. they certainly make their restaurants look very cosy and inviting and they site them in really prominent positions. the time out feature said they are a bakery , but i had a look in their chelsea kings road branch and saw someone being served a delicious looking and smelling salad. i had a whiff of it when the waiter swept by me on the way to serving it. with ingredients that i could not recognise. but there was no mention of salad being for sale. i should imagine serving some things more than just baked goods would be a good selling point. perhaps seeing they are franchises, it might be up to the individual franchisees to introduce variations into their menu. 

fish and chips

1 Jun

london 2pm 23.5C sunny friday 2018 virgin lounge haymarket

i have been to a free fish and chips at tower hill. i first heard about it only this morning, with an email i received sent to me by steve. he is with twitter, so can hear about these things. today is national fish and chips day, it seems, and so we get this free meal. it is very nice, and they even give a free pen. i got chatting to a guy who came after me. i asked him how he heard of this. and he said a friend of his saw the queue and told him about it. 

after that i went to the virgin lounge in central london, after stopping at the charing cross library to return simon’s library book. 

its very nice to be in london. the rest of the country is having thunderstorms and flooding, but london seem to have escaped all that. and it even seemed to have no pollen in the air. at least i have no hay fever. that is great news if u suffer from hay fever. i think anyone who suffers from hay fever should just live in a big city. its just common sense really. 

 

 

new york bagel

27 May

london 2.16pm 24.1C sunny sunday 2018 paddington library

i have been to shoreditch, to get the free bagel that the new york bagel company is giving away today and yesterday.

i attempted to go to them yesterday but did not make note of their address, and so  i could not find their venue and so missed them. today i did not. this venue was a pop up venue for hire. at first i thought it was a new shop that they are opening, but steve, who  was there too told me it is not .this was a temporary pop up to publicise  their product which is bagels, done new york style, and it is all being sold in supermarkets. and that is what they hope to publicise it here, hoping we will ask for it in the supermarkets and buy it .

here in this shop they were illustrating how u can use the bagels, with pastrami , salmon and cream cheese, and even blueberries. and other variations.  but it is not a new restaurant that they are advertising, but the bagels.

the promotion is lovely, they even give away free coffee any style as well as free water, and flavoured drinks.

i myself could not see what difference between these bagels  from the usual supermarket bagels being sold by other brands. even after eating it on the premises.

i would have thought the unique selling point of the new york bagels as sold in new york is that they are all fresh made on the premises and sold throughout the day with the different fillings. the point is it is fresh. whilst if it is sold in supermarkets that is not going to be fresh really. i dont imagine they are all going to be made that day and thrown away at the end of the day, for a new batch to be made the next day… steve had eaten new york bagels in new york, and so should be able to tell me if these are like the ones in new york. but he could not say.

i could not see them making the bagels in the shop. all the bagels on view are allready there , no new ones being made.  so those bagels must be allready premade.

i think londoners or even most uk people dont really know what a new york bagel is like. i have been to new york, but cant say i can remember eating a bagel there. if i did, i have forgotten what it taste of.

and here in london we dont have the habit of new yorkers eating bagels as a breakfast thing. the only way i can see us being hooked by it is if u open a restaurant and cook the bagels fresh everyday and sell it with the new york style fillings, and let people eat it and realise it is very different from supermarket sealed bagels. but they are not doing that. but who knows, maybe the brand name is enough to make people ask for it or chose it at the supermarkets.

bagels are funny things, you boil them, instead and then cook them in a oven. but i must have very dead tastebuds, because i cannot tell any difference from bread or baked stuff.

 

 

 

 

no worries

15 May

london 1.32pm 20.2C sunny monday 2018

tuesday 20C sunny blue sky 11.38am victoria library

i am glad to say i have nothing to worry about. life is great when there are no worries at all in my life.

and the decisions i have to deal with is wondering whether to buy that £1.80/kg fresh whole chicken that tesco is promoting, or buy the frozen chicken pieces in sainsburys that are £1.60/kg. the fresh chicken would be great to roast, and there is a lot of meat in the breasts. and its nice to eat a roast chicken for a change. if i buy that chicken pieces, it means i can only stew them.

i have been eating vegetables a lot lately and dont seem to miss eating meat. i thought i shall lay off eating pork so much. i think this chicken offer came at the right time, seeing i can eat more chicken instead of pork. chicken is more healthy or so they say. and with roast chicken, i can use the leftovers in stir fried veg dishes. 

its very nice weather we are getting these few days, in the 20Cs and blue sky and all that. the irises are out. and the roses too. there is a lot of tree pollen about, but i dont seem to be allergic to them. i seem to be allergic to grass pollen, and that comes into its own in august. though in london by that time, all the grass in the parks will get cut, so they dont have the chance to throw out pollen. it is a different story in the country, where all the grasses are growing unchecked but since i dont go out to the country anymore having given up those long walks , i dont need to worry about hay fever .

i still get to go for those free offers of food that they are giving out ;  the most recent was the free icecream given out  by a devon company in the southbank london. this company i think sells sweet pies usually, and are using icecream on top to make it appear like an icecream treat. the reason i thought so was because i was given a sweet pie with an icecream scoop on top, when i went there for the free icecream. i googled them and it seems they sell clotted cream as an icecream. i think they are wise to try to get themselves more well known in london. there must be a bigger market here in london than in the west country. the trouble for them is that yogurt is healthier, as i have found out, and though i am not attracted to icecream, so am not a natural customer of theirs, i am sure there must be a lot of other icecream lovers who might shift to frozen yoghurt for their ice treat. or even give up icecream entirely and go for live yoghurt. even i have got addicted to yoghurt now. 

 

 

free food

9 May

london 7.02pm 18.7C (high 23.7C ) sunny wednesday 2018

we are still having warm weather, even though they keep telling us rain will come. but nothing like that so far. the weather website does not forecast rain either for the next 7days. ah well, nevermind.

i got two emails from steve, telling me of free food given out today. steve is the guy who goes to all the free food events.

one of the events i know about, that was the slim chicken, a new usa company opening a new branch in london. they do fried chicken breasts and the selling point is the sauces they accompany it with. so this one is a freebie with the chicken breast and all the sauces … they are very generous, let us have 2nd helpings. each time it is two long chicken breast pieces, very tender, that we can use to dip into the sauces. i did not go back for a 3rd helping… though i think they would give it to me if i did. then afterwards i wondered off to another freebie that steve told me about, one that i did not know. it was a van giving away free bacon burgers in smithfield market, that is near liverpool st station. i went around lunch time, so everyone was out of their offices, sitting around eating their takeaway lunches. so i did the same, and pretend to be a office worker on my lunch break. haha. all of them were eating bought lunches… no one was bringing home -made lunches. those lunch boxes must cost something, at least £5, and even then i saw a woman throwing away her salad box into the waste bin, with food still inside, not eaten.

salads are the easiest things to eat, i mean you can eat a lot without feeling full, but here she was could not finish it. when i was at the slim chicken place, a man came to sweep the 3 sauces that i picked and threw them into a waste bag. i could not help saying are you throwing them away? what a waste! and he said, afraid so. i had thought of recapping them and taking them with me. but they are very salty those sauces, one was sweet (has honey )  one is siracha hot, and the other is mayonnaise like. all salty though.

but anyway i had a enjoyable time eating the food, and wandering around looking at the other people. all were no older than 30s.

first time i am in the area when they are having their lunch time, and could see the kind of people who work there. no chinese people, and only one or two black people. perhaps there are plenty of them around but i did not see them, i have to admit i was not looking specially for them. hey, wait, the woman throwing away her half eaten salad was dark looking , indian or south american maybe. i cannot tell. 

there was a guy giving away free ribena drinks in a bottle at the entrance to liverpool st station, when i went there to get back after the freebie. i think the office workers there must be so used to these free drinks, because that guy was not crowded with people wanting it. i took one, and drank it, and thought it was nice because it was not as sweet as it used to be. but it was not fizzy, and is just like someone making a drink out of concentrated ribena by adding ordinary water. as a kid i love that taste of ribena but now as an adult i have stopped drinking it. maybe it was just as well we were too poor to have it in the house, so i dont get to drink it all the time when growing up. perhaps that might explain why i find it so easy to give up sweet drinks. i did not get that habit when young. 

added. 10.5.18 i had a look at the suger content of that drink, and it is 4.6mg /100mg. quite a reduction when the ordinary bottle usually contains 11.6mg/100mg. but better to just drink water really. these bottles usually cost £1.25 for 500ml, and there is all that plastic to process.