Saturday, 28 June 2008

Vintage port


I was invited for a lunch by one of our supplier on Friday along with my colleagues.

Unlike most companies, their lunch invitation is always strictly to girls. They are working class men working for a small freight forwarding company, who did well and made themselves very rich. They don't pretend being a posh, they are proud of their up bringing and proud of having a good life.

Venue was an Italian restaurant in the city of London. We sat at a round table, started a conversation.  I soon noticed that they are all wearing a bling! and behaving like they own the restaurant.  (apparently they use the restaurant very often because it is so close to their office)

The lunch reminded me a scene of "the Sopranos". So, if they were the Soprano gang, are we girls from "Bada-Bing" ??  They are very nice people but it was almost like a comic.

One of my colleague from Portugal told them she only drinks Vintage Port.  Here, it was a challenge for Tony Soprano, he quickly called a restaurant manager and requested a bottle of vintage port.  When my colleague said "it's nice" ...Tony looked so happy and proud of himself.

Hot Summer Day

Ice Cream !

First thing it came to my mind when I stepped outside home this afternoon.  We were heading off to Tower Bridge, walking along the river, passing many people sitting outside seats of pubs and cafes, having lunch. June is usual the best time during the Summer in London, unlike in Japan, constant rain through out the month.

So many people were out & about there by the Mayors building. There was a tourist behind me asking if the shop takes Euros.... No lady,no, this is UK. We are refusing to take Euros, why do we have to take yours?? As she sounded like American, perhaps she did not want to waste her Euros before getting back home.

Luckily for me, since I had the pound in my purse, I managed to get my Magnum Ice cream... though it was 1.80 (ouch!), made me happy.