First Trip to Olive & Bean

I’ve finally sat down for a coffee and a few slices of cakes. I can’t really recall the number of times I’ve walked past by this place, up and down Clayton Street. I would like to say some really nice things about this place, for example, the atmosphere was not bad at all. My friend who brought us here thought it was rather “posh” – Well I guess, that was subjective; we all have our own opinions. So I think it was just nice. Posh isn’t really my word of choice to describe this place, but I would describe Betty’s Tea Rooms at Harrogate (York) as posh.

There were four of us including me, and I would like to think that we all made a mistake of ordering  cakes. We ordered four different ones, with the thought of trying out each four. I don’t remember exactly what they were, but I do remember some bits off it; popcorn and salted caramel, honeycomb, raspberry chocolate cheesecake (if I am not mistaken), and almond slices.

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Brulee latte, which was very nice, and popcorn and salted caramel toffee slice.

We all thought they were extremely sweet. Too sweet. It wasn’t a nice experience at all. The sweetness almost killed my sense of taste, and sort-off made everything else taste mediocre. You know that feeling when you’ve had too many sweet things that your mind, body and conscious all tell you to down a bottle of water? Yeah, it felt like every tissue and organ in my body demanded me to find water, immediately. Of course we all hate waste, but we couldn’t finish our slices for all the same reason; they were just too sweet. It was excruciatingly too sweet, I fear for my health and well-being. We joked (or we thought we were joking) about who’s going to have to eat all the leftovers, I was scared my legs would start to go numb and rot. But I wasn’t joking, they tasted diabetic. I was scared. Diabetes isn’t something to joke about.

It seemed like all four cakes have the same chocolate base, with different toppings. Well, except for the raspberry cheesecake, it tasted a bit different from the rest. But I do think the three other slices tasted like they all have the same chocolate bases. Too sweet base and toppings. Hmm, not a very excellent combination. Do I think they need to re-evaluate their recipe? Yes, I do.

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Nonetheless, I do think my brulee latte was quite nice. And because it was my first experience at Olive and Bean, I wouldn’t do injustice based on their extremely sweet deserts. They do serve salads and sandwiches and other dishes and finger foods that I have not tried. As of for now, I don’t think I’ll be back for cakes. And sadly Mun and I won’t have much time left before we both move on, fly across to the other side of the world. Because I would definitely would love to take her to tea rooms and cafes that would definitely re-define her definition of posh.

Will I be back, Olive and Bean? Mmm, maybe. I don’t know. But definitely not for cakes.

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Making Money on Instagram – Scam?

OMG. Its been a while since I last posted. How is everyone doing? I am thinking of getting active with blogging again. I haven’t really had taken the time to sit and think to what really happened to me with my blogging activities. I have gradually isolated myself, and disappeared to a place far far away. Sorry. I had a hard time trying to log in earlier on, because I have forgotten my log in details! That’s how long I’ve been away. I’m embarking on a very interesting journey, I cannot promise it will be easy and all happy. But its going to be a mixture of excitement, anxiety, and everything in between up and down. I am thrilled. Alhamdulillah.

Anyways. I originally wanted to talk about a fad that has been going on on Instagram (IG) for a while (and for the past few weeks, as for me). There’s been numerous times I’ve been added by these random people on IG – and when I went to their profiles to check, there’s a number of things that they all have in common. They usually have only approximately, around 2-15 pictures on their account, and they always have something like; “..I make money with my my iPhone 5 or 4 or with my smartphone” on the description space, with a link to go to. I’m pretty sure most of us would get skeptical or maybe, automatically think it is a scam. So this morning, after waking up to another bunch of random people on IG with nearly similar profile descriptions, plus a link to go to; as I lay on my bed I have finally decided to investigate this phenomena. I went to check the link (after preparing myself with the possibilities of getting hacked or getting my gadget infected by virus) in my case it was, InstaProfitGram (IPG). The site simply gives you information about how much you can make every month, stuff like that. But nothing in details about how it works. So it wasn’t helpful (to me) at all.

And then, I stumbled upon this video, which sort of answered everything I was curious about. The guy in the video didn’t specifically speak about, or refer to IPG though, but something similar to it. If you’re actually interested in these kind of things, you can do more research on it. But I was only interested in what it is as a whole as I am being spammed with add requests to my IG account for the past many days, so on my part everything has been detailed and summed up in that one video. Either way, I still suggest you watch it if you are somewhere in between skeptical to interested, or just plain curious (:

Anyway, I am thinking of getting a compact digital camera. My DSLR is way too bulky to take around, not fun when I just want to randomly point and shoot, y’know.