Kuku and Lisbon, Plymouth 

This month, I went to Plymouth. We had dinner at Kuku, a Japanese restaurant on Princes Street. It has a lot of good reviews on TripAdvisor, which swayed our decision making.

For starters, we had the Maki Platter, which had three types of sushi. I found the decoration a little over-the-top, especially the California Roll (not one I would try again). The other types tasted good and were well-made.

Alongside the sushi, we also had the scallops, which come with a ginger and yuzu dressing. These were delicious, and pretty big in size!

For mains, my partner had the sirloin steak with vegetables.

I went for Yaki Udon. This was delicious, and the sauce was lovely. Again, a generous portion, I was very full at the end!

All in all, a great meal. The service was professional, and they explained the menu to us. The restaurant itself is nice, although it did look like there was a sauce (?) splashed on the wall next to us that hadn’t been cleaned properly. The menus are bits of paper attached to each other; a little sticky and crumpled, but hey, you don’t visit for the menus, you visit for the food.

Earlier on in the day, we also visited Lisbon, a Portuguese cafe and restaurant. I was attracted by the pictures at the front of the building as we exited the car park. There is so much to choose from! I settled for some Portuguese tarts (probably the best I have tasted so far) and a Portuguese muffin. The prices are quite cheap for takeaway too which is another bonus. Delicious, and when I come back to Plymouth, I would definitely make a return visit!


Meiji Create-a-Gummy Sushi Bar

This is a DIY candy set from Meiji in which you can create your own gummy sushi pieces.

In the packet you get the pieces laid out. It is fairly easy to assemble, you just stick the gummy pieces together. The bottom layer gummies were stuck together in my set, so I had to get a fork to cut them apart.

The sushi pieces look cute and taste nice. The top pieces taste like strawberry and lemon. It isn’t as challenging or exciting as other DIY candy sets I have tried but it is easy to put together ans the end result is nice.


Yesstyle Beauty Mini-haul

I have shopped with Yesstyle a few times over the past couple of years. The items on sale are more of a different variety and sizing to what you would in UK’s high street shops. As a Chinese girl, I find some of the clothes don’t suit me nor fit me very well, so I recommend Yesstyle if you are looking for something a bit different.

Yesstyle don’t only sell clothes but they sell lifestyle accessories and beauty products. The next two posts are about items I bought recently which fall into those two categories.

I originally bought some Hello Kitty Wet Wipes (no longer available on the website) only to be told that the item had been cancelled because it was found to be defective (I was told at the last minute after waiting nearly a month!). However, when I received my parcel I was surprised to find that they had been sent! Should I use these or not?…Yesstyle didn’t really comment on why it was defective, the Hello Kitty cover is not attached, is that why?

There is a lot of Hello Kitty make up on the site. I thought the nail polish bottle looked really cute and I selected gold as a party shade. On close inspection, the nail polish is quite small and there is slight marking on Hello Kitty’s face which cannot be cleaned off. However, the colour of the polish is nice and it applies well.

Tony Moly is a popular cosmetics brand in South Korea – as well as being high quality make up, the packaging and design are really cute and unusual! I bought the perfume bar which is shaped like a bunny. It is quite small but the scent is strong, so you wouldn’t have to apply a lot.

At the time, Yesstyle were doing the Daily Free Gifts promotion. The selection was a bit hit and miss but with this parcel I received a cat ears headband, which is useful for cleansing your face, applying make up or if you want to look like a cat. This is very snug and tight, but with increased usage over time, it should loosen a little.

As mentioned before, it took nearly a month for my parcel to arrive because I was waiting of another item. If you want to avoid the wait, only buy from the ready-to-ship items! The customer service is slightly bizarre. Having waited so long, it was only upon shipping that Yesstyle revealed that they had cancelled the Hello Kitty wet wipes. I wonder why they didn’t try to source an alternative one during that time! Another thing to note is that the price and quality varies between the different stores on the site – shop around and look at customer reviews before you buy. If you are a frequent shopper, you can get loyalty points as part of the Elite Club system – the more points you get, the higher the level you are. This can bring you bigger discounts as well as shopping vouchers to use.

Yume Twins – July Box Sanrio Special

After seeing an advert on Facebook, I thought that Yume Twins (www.yumetwins.com) seems like a really good concept. As a lover of all things kawaii, this box really appeals to me. I used a 40% discount using the EARLYBIRD offer for this but normally the price is $23.99 + $6 shipping. If you purchase a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription plan, the boxes are slightly discounted.

The boxes, which include 8 to 10 items, are shipped from Japan and they work with famous brands in order to get the best content for their subscribers. This month is a Sanrio All-Stars special. The box is really sturdy and well designed. The artwork and colour palette is really cool.


There are different options for each item, but here I got some Little Twin Stars socks, a Hello Kitty plush keyring charm, Hello Kitty memo pad and a Hello Kitty backpack charm.


In this photo, I got a beaded bracelet, Harajuku tiara clip, Shinada poodle and a My Melody drawstring bag.


You also get a mini magazine which tells you the contents of each box and some features about kawaii culture in Japan. These cafes look good!

I am quite pleased with the majority of the box. Some subscription boxes can contain cheap looking items but here, you can tell there are better quality products are included. I really like Sanrio things, and the Shinada poodle is so cute and soft! I didn’t really like the bracelet – I thought it was nothing special and not as good quality as the rest of the box. The magazine is also great, it feels like the company has put a lot of effort into compiling boxes.

Yume Twins is a little expensive when compared to other boxes and they charge shipping as well. However, the items are better than what one would find in the cheaper subscription boxes. I am interested to see what their other boxes will be like!

At the moment, new subscribers are able to claim a $5 discount off every box, which you might find useful (Code: FOREVER5).

London Part 5: The Japan Centre

I am a huge fan of Japanese food, culture and snacks. When I was researching places to see before my trip, the Japan Centre came up. Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, a few minutes from Piccadilly Centre Underground, it has everything for fans of Japan – fresh food (hot and cold), fresh desserts, bakery, cooking ingredients, sake, magazines and cds, tea, vegetables and fruits, and so on. I only wish I could come here all of the time!


Ramune Soda is a very popular drink. It is flavoured lemonade in a uniquely designed bottle. At the top, there is a marble, which you need to push down with the plastic stopper to release the drink. Be careful not to shake the drink too much before opening – it can get a little messy as I found out! Taste wise it is nice, not overly sweet – I bought orange and melon.


The Japan Centre also do a lot of different desserts and ice creams. I like green tea, so I wanted to try a green tea cheesecake. I tried a Japanese cotton cheesecake last month, so I saw a vanilla soufflé cheesecake, which is so soft and crumbly and light – so delicious!


I have tried Japanese Kit Kats before, they are so different to ones in England! They are smaller in size and come in a variety of flavours, which don’t tend to be as sweet as the chocolate ones you find here. I bought a bag of sweet potato Kit Kats. I also got some Kabaya Saku Saku Panda cookies, which I am a big fan of already. I am also a big fan of Tohato Caramel Corn, flavoured corn grits which are very moreish. I bought two flavours I haven’t tried – Condensed milk azuki and almond.


AND I LOVE THE BAKERY!!! I wanted to buy so much! In the end, I settled for these character buns – Rilakkuma *chocolate*, Hello Kitty *chocolate, and half price* and Totoro *custard*. You can also buy red bean Anpanman and Doraemon bread buns. These are so yummy and cute – they made a good late night snack/breakfast!



***ahhhh hello kitty!****

Update on kawaii gardening

It has been a few weeks since I started growing my Peropon and Chuppon plants. At first, I was hesitant as to if these plants would actually work but they are growing quite well!

After one week…

After two weeks…

After three weeks…

Just two days ago…

This plants are easy to care for and quick growing, and really cute too! Do you have one of these plants, and if so, how well are they growing? 😊

Sanrio Curry Competition

As you’d see in any election race, there are sweet characters, stern faces and some crazy candidates you’d never think would win… When you think about curry, it’s usually a plain-looking stew-like dish, filled with vegetables and perhaps a few chunks of meat, with hues generally landing somewhere along the brown colour spectrum. In Japan, though, curries can run…

via Time to vote for your favourite in Japan’s Sanrio Character Curry Election — RocketNews24

I would like to eat all of these curries!!! >.<