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Like most blogs on LJ, this one too is mostly friends-only. So if all you can see are qype reviews and tweets, it's because it's intentional. And I do have a life outside from those. I just choose not to air it in public. Message or friend me if you'd like to get acquainted! :)

Qype: Le Cercle in London

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London - Eating & Drinking - Restaurant - French

This is probably one of the hardest reviews I've had to write. Because, ultimately, while the food was pretty good, I don't think I'd recommend the place, nor would I go back. Why not?

A bit too disjoint and French.

We are greeted by a lovely guy in a doorway. I'd already heard about going down the stairs to get to the restaurant, so the setup wasn't a surprise. He takes my name, the reservation time, and our coats. We head down the stairs.

At the bottom of the stairs, there is another young man, very young, who asks for my name and reservation time again. And I can't help myself, i compare them to Gaucho where, despite looking a bit James Bond, the waiters wear headsets which allow them to communicate so I don't have to repeat myself.

We get to our seat, and the young man asks us about drinks. We plead for a few minutes to consider the wine list. Within 10 seconds, a waitress shows up, and asks us about drinks. I think my partner was a smidgeon snappier than usual when he again pleaded for a few minutes to consider the list. Well. They got the message. We then had to catch their eye to put our main order in!

Dinner was lovely, but again I found myself comparing it to another restaurant. In this instance, Relais de Venise. They basically copied the menu nearly to the letter, and changed the salad dressing and the sauce on the steak (kidney instead of bone marrow). It was inevitable that I'd notice, being a regular of Relais.

Dessert was very very good. Chocolate pudding with ginger ice cream. Very refreshing!

But I think the odd re-checking of information and the order-taking latency we experienced, along with the inevitable - and very subjective, we know - internal comparisons we subjected the food to, have left us both wondering if we'd ever go back.

On verra bien.

Because if I forgot to mention this, the place, it was very very very French.

If I go back it would be to see what dress the hostess will be wearing that day...



Check out my review of Le Cercle - I am eurydice13 - on Qype

Qype: Yalla Yalla in London

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London - Eating & Drinking - Restaurant - Middle Eastern - Lebanese & Syrian

Meh. Just plain meh.

Chicken was good, but incredibly dry.
And the place was so insanely loud, that I could barely hear my friend from just across the thin banqueting table. Maybe it's intentional so the people next to you can't hear your conversation.... Maybe.

I don't think I'll be going back, to be honest. I mean. If I'm in the eighbourhodo and  craving lebanese food and don't mind something loud, then maybe. Otherwise I don't see myself bothering.

Staff are lovely, and the food is quite decent, but the place is so incredibly loud that I'd avoid it on those grounds only. If I go eat, I want to talk to my companions, not have to lean over and shout.

Check out my review of Yalla Yalla - I am eurydice13 - on Qype

Too many places...

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I have too many places where I post content.
LJ, where I write when I need to think.
Twitter, where momentary glimpses, fun quotes, cool links or rants appear throughout my day.
instagram where I post my daily photo for my #365 project. (can also be found on http://instagrid.me/eurydice13)
And the occasional discussion on facebook or "oh shiny" moment on pinterest.

Most of the time, things get routed to twitter.
Thing is, I also have a wordpress blog for my sewing, a tumblr which I don't use much, and of course my own website. So I've been thinking that it would be nice to have one place to collect everything. But I cannot for the life of me figure out the flow / collection point of the various items. Things end up fragmented. Attempting to collect them in one spot results in mayhem, flooding and general insanity.

Has anyone else got a similar problem? I am not quite so concerned about facebook. I like twitter and LJ, mostly. I would like to blog about what I do, but can't as it's ... well... the company's! So a design blog (or portfolio on behance) is harder to maintain. And I have yet to figure out if / how to aggregate or distribute the various things I publish. And where to keep them. And whether anyone would want to read them. Ah. The puzzles. First world problems, as people say.

On that note, I'll go dream of simpler things. As a friend used to say... 'night spoons!

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