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Tables turned

Published May 17, 2019

Tables turned

Late last year, restaurant chain Frankie & Benny’s launched an initiative to ban families from using their mobile phones whilst having dinner. As in, handing over your phone to the restaurant while you ate, and then getting it back at the end if you were a good family and ate up all your greens. I, as well as many others, was outraged at the restaurant’s audacity, controlling streak, as well as just the general tone of disapproval of people who use phones at table.

Recommissions - The Restaurant

Published March 11, 2009

Recommissions - The Restaurant

Raymond Blanc will be back for a third series of The Restaurant, although there is no word on when. The show gives nine couples the chance to compete with the ultimate prize being a business opportunity with Blanc. The winning couple open a restaurant with the chef, but only after proving that they have what it takes to create winning menus, great atmosphere, and generate a profit. Blanc issues the challenges, intent on developing the couples and their restaurants, and with times as troubled as they are, this new series is not going to be easy for the contestants.

Confession

Published August 31, 2006

Confession

Hello. My name’s Christine and I’m a chocoholic. Well, a recovering chocoholic, anyway. I’ve been on the wagon for a whole week now, and it seems like forever. I didn’t know I was a chocoholic, I didn’t know I had a problem until I tried to quit. It happened because I was hungry and ate a Twix for lunch. Then I looked at the nutritional information (or un-nutritional information for a Twix) and noted the calories.

Blogathon 2006 (45 of 48): Falling asleep after dinner

Published July 30, 2006

Blogathon 2006 (45 of 48): Falling asleep after dinner

It’s almost 12 o’clock and we’ve just had lunch. A little bit early, but given the complete mess-up of timings, it doesn’t really matter, does it? I couldn’t really eat too much during the actual marathon event and the staying up throughout the night, because when I eat, I fall asleep. I’m sure there’s a biological explanation behind it, but actually, it’s quite annoying. When I get home from work on a normal weekday, I make us dinner, and after that, I’m lucky if I don’t fall asleep.

Blogathon 2006 (7 of 48): Chocolate brownies and chocolate biscuits

Published July 29, 2006

Blogathon 2006 (7 of 48): Chocolate brownies and chocolate biscuits

I’m eating chocolate biscuits. It’s very bad and useless for the diet but delicious. There’s a guy at work who is religiously good at what he puts into his body. He has precisely two cups of coffee a day, and then up to three cups of tea. He will not have any biscuits, cake or anything anyone brings in. He has a salad lunch brought from home every single day of the week.

Cornwall 2005, day two: In which things don't live up to their hype

Published August 4, 2005

Cornwall 2005, day two: In which things don't live up to their hype

Looked out the window in the morning, grey skies. Oh well. Today we were scheduled to visit the Eden Project, something I’d been keen to see since it was created. Unfortunately, it’s not worth the entrance fee. The guidebook, however, is really good value. At £4, it was absolutely bursting with information and I have yet had time to read more than the first few pages. I really like the idea of taking an old used quarry (read that in the guidebook) and turning it into something beautiful.

Did you know...? #2

Published June 9, 2005

Did you know...? #2

A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily. (( I don’t vouch for the truth of this, but it wouldn’t surprise me! )) The first product Motorola developed was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Super Size Me

Published January 24, 2005

Super Size Me

Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant. In 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food - today we spend more than 110 billion. McDonald’s feeds more than 46 million people a day - that’s more than the entire population of Spain. French Fries are the most eaten vegetable in America. You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fries and Big Mac.

DVD Day #5

Published January 24, 2005

DVD Day #5

Today involved Super Size Me, The Whole Ten Yards and a plateful of nachos. Unfortunately, Mr C hasn’t seen The Whole Nine Yards and given the amount of time we needed to spend at our computers this weekend, watching three films was just asking a bit too much. But never mind, there’s always next time. Super Size Me was a real eye opener, and I think it’s a good job we ate before we watched it.