A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

I like the sound of breaking glass...

Two weeks ago I nearly broke this mirror trying to adjust the tiles around it!
I am a tiny bit superstitious... Like I always put on my right shoe before my left...

I had to sit down after the shock of nearly ending up with seven years of bad luck. I made myself a cuppa and then carried on...
All the mirrors are now finished...Thank God! I was starting to hate tiles...
A bit of varnishing, a lot of cleaning and we'll be ready to open next wednesday... Photos will be coming by Monday, once the place has been cleaned up.
Fingers crossed...
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Blogger juliana said...

My mom heard that, "if you put your purse on the floor, you'll be poor." Ever since then she's never done it.

I've know people so supersticious that we couldn't pass on opposite sides of a pole because it was bad luck.

I just shrug it off and laugh.

19/1/06 12:40 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

Not superstitious...honest. But I did run out in the rain at my wedding because my granny told me that if i got rain on my veil I would be rich. An guess what? I am. Maybe not in the typical cash sense, but certainly in the happiness department.

19/1/06 12:52 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

WOW! That is like nothing I imagined, and its absolutely elegant! You have such a great visual sense! Really beautiful cream - I can't wait to see the rest of the photos!

I'll be in a conference all next week - dawn-to-midnight stuff - so if I can't log on to wish you well on opening day, know that I'm thinking it and mentally sending congratulations!

19/1/06 2:43 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Please post lots of photos of the final product on opening night. Good luck!

19/1/06 3:25 AM  
Blogger Ale said...

tiles are great- love it!
ahh so exciting the opening night is comming!!!

19/1/06 5:07 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I like the way you've kept the squareness of the tiles whilst also cracking them... very ingenious!

Are you going to be encouraing any plate smashing in your restaurant for some further mosaics?

19/1/06 9:46 AM  
Blogger Kingston Girl said...

I'm not superstitious - but I would never walk under a ladder incase it fell, I'd never break a mirror incase it cut me, I'd never put my handbag on the floor incase it gets stolen... hmm, maybe i am superstitious but I just know how to make it sound more reasonable!

19/1/06 1:38 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I love that mirror - very striking...but it's more than that...I think Caroline said it...you've achieved a wonderful symmetrical assymetry...if that makes any sense.

If I manage to get to the UK and do my summer tour - as I keep promising myself for Summer '06- I'll have to come and have some tapas....the first time I heard the word 'tapas' was in London in '93....The Ex and I were starving but utterly broke (it was the end of our holiday and money had run out) and ordered them because they were only £7 - we were shocked at the tiny little things that arrived...no wonder the waiter kept asking if we were sure that was all we wanted. Well we had no more money after that and went to bed hungry!

19/1/06 2:02 PM  
Blogger iluvnyc said...

why do you have to put your right shoe before the left? i mean... what did they say about it? :)

so when's the opening nite?

19/1/06 2:22 PM  
Blogger euro-trac said...

Wow! You are clever! That's great :-)
I am not superstitious in anyway, which is just aswell because I failed to eat my 12 grapes at midnight on New Years Eve (I was in Spain) and I failed to get my Xmas Deccos down in time (because I was in Spain) so... Double bad luck for me!!

19/1/06 3:59 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

I like what you did with the tile around the mirror. I'm not superstitious at all, by the way, so if you ever need someone to break your mirrors, gimme a call!

19/1/06 5:25 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I never leave my bag on the floor. Superstitious? Who me?

Cream, right foot in first, always! Glad you didn't break that mirror.

It's looking good, it's looking good.

19/1/06 6:20 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

Superstitious? Hell no!

19/1/06 7:49 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Juliana, leaving your bag on the floor may not be a good idea because someone might pinch it!

Hobbes, it rained on your wedding day? Ahhhh...

Thanks, Hayden! Enjoy your conference...I will post finished stuff next week.

Andrea, can't wait for the opening night to come to an end! Opening nights are usually full of headaches.

Thanks, Ale. To think that people throw broken tiles away!

Caro, you need a flat metal plate, a cloth and whack!!!
Lift the cloth and then place the broken bits carefully on the wall leaving a slight gap in between. Dark tiles required light grout and light ones, dark grout. Food colouring is great!

KG, you sound reasonably unsuperstitious!

Wendy, you are welcome! Our tapas are half what you paid in London!

Iluvnyc, opening night is Wednesday, if everything goes according to plan...But we aren't advertising it so that we have a slow build-up...

Trac, I am not clever really. It takes no brains to smash tiles and stick them back together again. I have two weeks in Spain booked for 20th Feb...I hope I can manage to get away...Bad luck if I don't!

Viking, I didn't think superstitions would stop you! Have a smashing time!

Gigi, I don't even remember when it started. But, I really never ever put on my left shoe first.

DC, I was sure you wouldn't be superstitious! You're a scientist!

19/1/06 9:10 PM  
Blogger Shyha said...

I think I am not superstitious, but sometimes I wonder. I don't believe in all this long term ones (like 7 years of bad luck), but sometimes... bad things comes to my mind. I am trying to get a rid of them then and I am happy person again :)

btw. I think I always put my left shoe first... hmmm

20/1/06 6:28 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

good to hear you are surviving cream and i hope you have a wonderful opening and that everyone is patient and happy! you will need that holiday I'm sure!!!

20/1/06 6:41 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Shyha, I am lucky I am not in Poland this morning! The BBC has just announced that it is minus 28 in your country! Wrap up well!

Val, Just surviving! But it's good! The holiday is planned and flights paid for but I hope I make it! The first few weeks are the most important in a restaurant's make-or-break!

20/1/06 8:05 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I am sooo excited to see it finished. The tiles look great! Cream, you're a success at everything you do. I'm sure the restaurant is going to be a hit!!

20/1/06 2:42 PM  
Blogger Shyha said...

It was really cold this morning but, fortunately, I live far, far away from the polish cold pole (city of Suwałki) :)

20/1/06 4:31 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Last coat of varnish tomorrow.
Penny, I am a jack of all trade but thankfully master of none! Would be very boring!

You'll be glad, Shyha you're not in Russia! Minus 40! Ouch!

20/1/06 11:04 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I am very excited for you! I'm sure opening night will be very hectic, but it will also be exhilarating!Best wishes to you!

21/1/06 1:35 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Thanks, Janet!
The hardest bit at the moment is printing the menus!

21/1/06 11:39 AM  

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