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

Monday, June 25, 2007

Blogfriend to Friend in Four Short Hours...

Andrea, you were right!!!

Saturday night I met Cherrypie!!!

She and a friend came up North to race a SAAB at a nearby circuit on Sunday. Cherrypie had often threatened promised to visit our Mediterranean restaurant if she ever found herself in the area. So I booked her a table.

I made sure she and her friend were well taken care of, as I was helping out at the pizzeria half a mile away. It was heaving but I managed to sneak out for ten minutes at around 8pm to meet Cherrypie in the flesh. I had a fair idea what she looked like from her blog photos. As soon as I saw her it felt as if I had known her for ages. I suggested we could meet up later for a drink, then I went back to work.

At 9.30 I found them relaxing over a glass of wine in the restaurant bar. We soon made our way to the tapas bar past the bustling marina pubs, cafés and restaurants.

Over cocktails and glasses of rosé we chatted about blogging, real life, jobs, family, food, wines and holidays.

Cherrypie is exactly how I imagined her to be. Really interesting, tremendously bubbly and totally cool.
The evening started with meeting a Blogfriend. When it ended I found I had made a great friend.

As we parted after midnight, I wished them luck on the circuit which, I am told turned out to be very wet, and promised to keep in touch.

They walked back to their hotel. I found myself sharing a few more glasses of wine and some crispy duck with my Chinese restaurant-owner friend, Tony.

Cherrypie left me a kind comment in our visitors' book. (Click to enlarge.)

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Blogger andrea said...

I had to be the first to comment: I hate you both! Because I love you both. So glad you had such a wonderul meeting.

25/6/07 3:29 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Aww..how wonderful for both of you!

For those of us watching from the sidelines I think that we would all agree, that You and Cherry would be as real, warm, and cool, as you are in the blogosphere.
Wow. Nice moment in Time.

25/6/07 4:06 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Delicious and illustrious! Wow! Lucky CherryPie to have met you!!

25/6/07 7:00 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Andrea, you say the nicest things! Now I know Cherrybabes has got some of your art, I am going to have some for myself, you know.
But, one thing though... How did you know it would be her?

HE, thank you, D...I know your firstname now!
Yes, it was absolutely great! Like two good "old" friends.

Bella, I think Cherrybabes was on about the food...;o) I am lucky to have met HER.

25/6/07 9:48 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Brilliant Cream - glad you've proved to yourself that at least one blogger is a real person! One day you're bound to have to cope with me too... :-)

25/6/07 10:44 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

That's great that you got to meet a fellow blogger, and what a lovely comment she left for you!

If ever I get up your way I'll certainly check out your restaurant after reading the glowing comments in your visitor's book. :)

25/6/07 10:57 AM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I was being deliberately ambiguous with my choice of adjectives.

It was a wonderful evening. Bubbly? I think the copious amounts of fizz helped.

I've hardly stopped smiling all weekend, despite the Saabs and their owners xxx

25/6/07 11:05 AM  
Blogger Trac said...

That's just lovely!

I have met three bloggers (that I don't know already) and two out of three were indeed real!

One day.... I hope to sign your visitors book myself!
If I am sober enough to write of course, otherwise I'll send a certificate! :O)

25/6/07 11:19 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Caro, I can't wait if you come up this way!

Akela, you are welcome to email me for directions. Yes, I have just re-read the comments and on Saturday we had people from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Humberside, Newcastle and Sunderland!! I must be at some interesting crossroad...;o)

Cherrybabes, it was a delicious evening. Yes, the Fizz, Singapore Sling, Rosé... I wonder how you managed to finish the course.
Saab owners! ;o) xxx

Trac, you would've loved it! Food, wine and REAL friends... What more can you ask for?
You not sober? I can't believe it! x

25/6/07 1:19 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I bet you're on a Ley line! :)

25/6/07 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

25/6/07 6:36 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

That sounds really like a meeting of kindred souls. Too bad, you are so far out there on that island, what's it's name? ;-)

25/6/07 9:57 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

One of these days you'll probably get a visit from us too. We've got to pay a visit to some friends in Aberdeen, so we'll probably drop by.

25/6/07 10:40 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Merisi, the tiny island where I live is called Britain... Maybe one day you'll make it.

DC, is that you trying to sell me T-Shirts?
Aberdeen is a long way from us but if you do it by car, then I shall be waiting for you on the side of the A1...

25/6/07 11:14 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Thanks, yesh, now I remember, "Great" Britain! :-))
I guess I wait til you move to France (where I haven't been to yet either), I get too melancholic when it rains so much.

26/6/07 2:25 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Glad you both had a wonderful time and thanks for sharing your visit. I'd love to visit one day too. :)

27/6/07 4:24 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Merisi, we also get very melancholic and wet when it rains. I am glad we're not a touch further South otherwise we'd be up to our waist in water... What a June!

One day, Christine, one day. You never know!

27/6/07 10:04 AM  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Hey, I hope I will get as good a service as Cherrypie should I wander in. Llamas do like food so very much.

27/6/07 5:42 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Lorenzo, don't worry, for you there'll be enough hay to last you the winter. Thanks for visiting.

27/6/07 7:02 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

AHA this is where rodrigo found me!

Poor cherrypie now she can have boats docked in her own yard.

WHo is going to dish on the Saabs and their owners?

27/6/07 7:05 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

One day my friend!!!
My father lived that way, and I havn't been there since I was a child. So it would special meeting a fellow blogger and some childhood memories retraced.
Sorry I haven't made many comments, but having a few/lots of problems with the pc. I am about in the background somewhere....

27/6/07 7:42 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

She can now have her own Marina if she chooses.
HE, I only dish out food and nothing else. ;o)

Q, I know you're busy with the arrival of Gordon Brown and the departure of... what's his name, now?
Yes, it would be great to meet and reminisce.

27/6/07 8:08 PM  
Blogger Caribbean Colors said...

That is so cool. I love meeting other bloggers, but sometimes feel tongue tied, or a little embarrassed.

28/6/07 11:33 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

How exciting, to meet a fellow blogger! (what?....no pics?)

29/6/07 11:35 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

LOL at Caro's comment. You're real. You and Cherrypie are real people :-D

I'm glad you enjoyed meeting.

Now I'm wondering if there are bloggers who've met and didn't like each other :-(

29/6/07 5:53 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Awwwww, that's a sweet comment she left in the guest book :-)

29/6/07 5:56 PM  
Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh said...

sniff, what about meeting moroccanmaryam?

29/6/07 10:28 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Lee, Cherrypie and I could've waffled the night away. The floodgates...

Janet, how are you doing? No, no pics... just great memories...

Gigi, Cherrybabe is really sweet and funny and mad!!!

Maryam, I might come to Marrakesh before you come up here. No joke!

30/6/07 12:30 AM  
Blogger kj said...

gotta love this all the way....

30/6/07 5:57 AM  

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