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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Figs on a Sunday

This time last week, I was in Greece. It was about 35C and I was having breakfast on the balcony, a stone's throw or two away from the sea. The title is relevant, because figs were part of my amazing breakfast that day.

It was also my last day of holiday. Sadly though, instead of being sad that my holiday was over, I was instead keen to get back (to England!) because there was someone special I couldn't wait to see again.

Naturally I was looking forward to seeing my mum and my friends again too, but this someone special was new on the scene, having met him and had a connection to him that I genuinely hadn't felt  in at least 3 and a half years. Isn't it horrible how the people you put the most faith into, turn out to be the ones who weren't worth the bother in the first place? Why does life work out that way?

Now, I consider myself to be a very positive person and I like to give people the benefit of the doubt (even if I'm then disappointed), but this person took my faith to a whole new level. I've never met anyone like him. Someone who seemed so genuinely lovely, who was polite, happy, friendly, and dare I say it, even gentlemanly. It made me believe that I had found someone I was willing to break my singledom pact for (I decided after 2 long term relationships lasting a total on and off of 5 years, that I wouldn't jump back in to anything with someone new unless I was certain it could work). Not to mention, I finally found the answer to 'so what are you looking for?', the most annoying question there is in online dating, for me at least, because I never knew how to put into words what I wanted to find.

And then I found it. I found someone who I didn't feel awkward with, who I could have an actual conversation with, who seemed to be sweet, caring, loving, and best of all, he seemed to like me back too. We had two official dates, but saw each other 5 times in total, each time was more enthusiastic and lovelier than the last if that's even possible. Our first date lasted 8 hours and both of us were reluctant to let it end (even at nearly 3am!). I know what you're thinking - did I put out too soon, and he got his kicks and did a runner? The answer is no. Over the course of the 2 weeks we'd been speaking and seen each other 5 times, the most we did was kiss, and discuss going to Paris together (too soon? Maybe, but it wasn't my suggestion, it was his). We started telling people at work about each other, and were even given suggestions of what to go and see in Paris, (aside from Disneyland which was already on the list because neither of us have ever been to Disney).

Anyway, enough about how amazing and wonderful I believed and was given the impression this person was. 3 days before I left for my holiday to Greece, I had a message, apologising that he couldn't make it, because he had to run out for a family matter (I'm not going to disclose this). It was fair enough, and he said he'd talk to me later that day, and expressed a wish for us to still see each other before I went to Greece. I replied, saying, of course, I understand and not to worry, and yes definitely try to see each other before I go to Greece. He read the message, but I wasn't expecting a reply because he'd already said he was out. That was on 13th August, and I haven't heard anything from him since.

Naturally I sent a message the next day to try and arrange to meet before Greece. I also sent a message a bit later to see if everything was ok after his message the day before, and a third message to say yay, I'd manage to get the time off for Paris (which he told me he'd already booked off).

Nothing. WhatsApp wasn't even showing the messages as 'read'. I was at work so I wasn't too worried as I thought he'd reply when he could. So Sunday came and went.

Monday I was in the London office. I checked the whatsapp message status, and it still only said 'delivered'

Fast forward through a week of sending various messages through different media, and still nothing, so I was antsy to get my plane home. Yet to no avail. Being back in the same country made no difference, still my messages weren't being shown as 'read'. I was starting to lose hope.

A few days ago I saw that one of my whatsapp messages had been read - only one of them mind, the rest still only show as 'delivered'- and still no reply. Then without warning, his picture disappears. He's blocked me. I still have no idea why. A few days later, and I see we're suddenly no longer friends on Facebook (never has this seemed so significant before now), and all of a sudden enough is enough.

I'm wiping my hands clean and considering myself to be single again. Though it's still bugging me massively that I don't have an explanation as to what has happened.

More than ever, I wish I'd not bothered to worry, and just enjoyed my holiday in Greece, as now it feels like I wasted it, willing it to pass more quickly in the hope of seeing someone who I've obviously misjudged massively.

There's not really a way to finish this post, other than to say, I'm going to stop looking, and just have faith that eventually what I'm looking for will come and find me. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy every aspect of my life the way it is to its fullest.

I have my friends, my family and some of the best work colleagues I could ever wish for. Right now, I don't need anything or anyone else.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Reviews and Recommendations: GBK


I know I said in my last post that we would be going to Tortilla for dinner and that this review would be about that, but unfortunately when we got there, the guys at Tortilla were just locking up, so we ended up at GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) instead - definitely not a bad thing, but the review for Tortilla will have to wait until another time.

So GBK I have to say is without a doubt one of my favourite places to eat. Burgers, sweet potato fries, garlic mayo (!) and great people service - what's not to like? So naturally this is going to be a very good review, because as always the food as well as the service were totally on point.

One thing that makes a meal out at GBK so enjoyable (aside from the delicious menu options) is that the staff are always so friendly. I should mention, I'm writing specifically about the Watford branch - I've not been to any other GBK restaurant branches as regularly.

If you've never been to GBK before (😱) here's a bit about how it works:
1. You're seated at the table first with your menu, and then when you're ready you can order.
2. There's isn't a table service for ordering your food, you go up and order and pay, then it's brought to your table.
3. There's a loyalty scheme, where if you sign up through the app, you can get rewards for every transaction over £7, such as free sides, free burgers etc.

From what I've written so far, you can tell, I'm sure, that the entire evening was as lovely, friendly and delicious as always. So I'm going to skip straight to the menu recommendations bit

Menu Recommendations 

• The Mighty: Two 6oz patties, mature Cheddar, crispy bacon, garlic mayo, relish, dill pickle
 This burger is my first choice every time. It's delicious, and the meat simply melts in your mouth. Bonus: it tastes just as good as a 'naked burger'. I usually pair this burger with the Sweet Potato Fries.

• The Don: American cheese, gorgonzola, baconnaise, rocket, onion jam, house mayo, pickled onions
This burger was my first choice before I discovered the The Mighty. It's delicious, but personally I'm not a huge fan of the baconnaise, so I substitute it for the garlic mayo which is divine. Paired with Sweet Potato Fries 👌🏼

• Sweet Potato Fries : with baconnaise 
I'm not a fan of the baconnaise, so I usually swap this for garlic mayo.

• House Onion Rings : no further explanation required 
I've only had these twice, but they really are yummy (not to mention a very generous portion). If two of you fancy these, I'd suggest sharing one portion rather than getting one each.

The Bunless Burger:
I've only tried this with The Mighty and it was delicious (probably easier to eat it this way too, as in a bun, it's pretty huge to hold)
With a bunless burger, you pay 50p more to 'go naked' and lose the bun, but you get GBK homeslaw and either a simple green salad or chargrilled corn. If you don't like slaw in general (I don't), that's not an issue, just let them know and they'll give you salad with it and the chargrilled corn instead.

Just writing about GBK and their delicious burgers is making my mouth water, so last but not least, here is a link to their menu, so you can have a browse before you go: http://www.gbk.co.uk/menu

If you love GBK too or go after reading this, drop me a comment to let me know what you think.
As always, if you have any review requests, let me know and I'll do my best to accommodate.

Have a lovely rest of the week and an awesome weekend!

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