Random fact: Pall Mall is in Monopoly! I know that because we played it recently!
I had a great dinner session at The Balcon on Vday + 1. I loved everything about that night-
good great friends, good great food, good great service . The Balcon is located within St James Hotel, and the interior is amazing.
Friends: It is nice to have a casual catch up with old friends. I have known Wyng and Clarence since Year 1 of university and we were housemates for 2 good years. Wyng and I are similar in many ways, in terms of our values, beliefs and we love to dress up for no reason! I met Robert through Wyng, a very determined and decent guy who has had his share of experiences 😉
Food: The Balcon serves British-French food and a whole basket (or 2) of bread. Those who dine with me will know that I am a sucker for bread and butter in French restaurants. The breads are always just the right level of softness and they often have different types of butter, eg salted/unsalted/butter with herbs etc. Mmmm.
The 2 boys and I had lamb for mains while Wyng had fish. The lamb was stewed with herbs, apricots, nuts, shallots and served with couscous. I devoured all of it. And we had blackcurrent crème brûlée for dessert which was equally as good.
Service: Not too forward, but always attentive to our needs and a service with a smile can never go wrong.
So, a lot of people have asked me what I did for Valentine’s day. To burst the bubble, I did not celebrate it at all. I went out on the 13th and the 15th, but not the 14th. Without a special someone, Vday is just like any other day.
However, I did noticed something. Valentine’s day is associated with bears, chocolates and flowers. Marriage is associated with diamond rings. I have read somewhere that the diamonds-marriage combo is actually one of the best advertisement in the world, and this is so true. You can’t have a marriage without a diamond ring (you might disagree if you are a male, but you need to marry a female anyway so your opinion don’t matter in this case). In fact, the bigger the better for most people.
What’s the point of spending so much on a stone? Yes, it is the strongest element which cuts through glass, and it is shiny and glittery and reflects light the right way. But so? (If you watched Blood Diamond, you’ll realize some of the hardship and torture endured to obtain this special piece of carbon in Africa.) This is why I think it’s one of the biggest marketing success of all times.
I am a practical woman, buy me a house anytime 🙂