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On Saturday, I had a lovely girly day in London with a friend. We are both mega avocado and egg fans, so we went to have some amazing brunch. [Read more…]

First Dates are Better than Job Interviews

first dates vs job interviewsRecently I have become the queen of the job interview. I’m constantly on the phone arranging new interviews, or bugging recruitment people for follow ups on applications they made for me. Usually I like interviews – I am much better in person than I am on paper. But I am so very tired of interviews now.

It occurred to me on the train back from London the other day that I much prefer first dates to job interviews. Here are my reasons why this is so –

1. You can’t pretend to need to leave an interview.

If you don’t like your date, or you are just not into it, you can get your best friend to call you and pretend that there’s an emergency so you can leave. Or you can pretend to be ill and leave. But with an interview, this isn’t really an option. If you fail a maths test, or give a stupid answer, or the interview is over 2 hours long and you’ve had enough, you have to just sit there and take it until they’re done with you.

2. You get to eat at a date.

I like food more than I like people. The best part of a date is that if the guy is boring, I can just pretend to listen while paying attention to some glorious food. Can you imagine how much better interviews would be if you could eat during them? Any company would see my epic burger-eating skills and want to have me in their working day for the rest of their working days.

3. Your date will probably take you back to the train/tram/taxi so you won’t get lost.

A nice date will walk you back to the nearest transport to make sure you get back OK. After an interview a company couldn’t care less about you. BYE! PRESS THE BUTTON ON YOUR WAY OUT!

4. Your life will still go on if you don’t succeed at the date.

If I’m crap in the date and the guy doesn’t want to see me again, that’s cool because it’s OK to be single. If I fail in my interview then that’s not OK because I need a job, and I need money to survive.

5. If your date is rude then you can tell them to fork off.

If a date is rude, racist, sexist, or just a tool then I can tell them where to go. I cannot do that with an interviewer – though it makes me want to say no to them, should they want to offer me a job. But I don’t get that satisfaction of throwing the rest of my drink in their face and storming out.

Which do you prefer, dear reader – dates or interviews? Have you had a really terrible interview before?

If you liked this post, you may also like this post I wrote about how to survive in Primark!

Things I Ate in London (Week Two)

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As you’ll see, my food-based adventures took a less than healthy turn in my second week. I just went for comfort food all the time, probably because I was pretty tired and the hotel bed was small and not so nice and I was beginning to wish I had British things available to me all the time. Is it possible to feel homesick for the place you’re still in?

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Probably one of my favourite restaurants of the trip was Mother Mash – a restaurant that only serves mashed potato, sausages and pies. I’d found it on the TripAdvisor app but couldn’t really find it. It was only when I got lost in Soho that found it!

I had the colcannon which, I must say, wasn’t as good as the stuff my Irish ex used to make me, but the lamb sausages were really good – and the gravy. Omg. The gravy.

There are vegetarian and gluten free options so everyone is happy!

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When I read that my hotel’s breakfast might not be the best around, I did a little google for other breakfast options in the area. One of them was Koya – an udon restaurant. I miss Japanese breakfasts SO MUCH but don’t have the time to make them at home usually. The above breakfast was pretty expensive at 20 pounds, but to be fair it did fill me up for the whole day and I didn’t eat a thing else until breakfast the next day!

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I paid extra to have natto – fermented soy beans. Very much an acquired taste and they pong a bit too but they are SO yummy on rice. Natto is so stringy I always end up getting some on my chin, which stinks for the rest of the day…

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I’d heard very good things about the cafe at Foyles, a massive (and wonderful) bookshop. There was free wifi, gluten free cakes and so many different teas and quirky drinks to choose from. The seats were old church pews which were nice but made my bum hurt after a while.

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It’s no secret that Camden Market is my favourite place in the world. I stayed very much in Soho for most of the two weeks and only left once – to visit my favourite place.

I skipped most of the market as it just doesn’t appeal to me as much as it used to (it’s so full of tourists and the items on sale tend to be random things imported from Asia) so I headed straight to the food market.

Camden’s craft beer seems to be a big thing right now, and I tried the Hells beer. It was really light which meant it went really well with the food on offer…

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…especially the Christmas cake brownie I chose over real food!! AHHHH that brownie was SO GOOD and the girl selling it said that the Christmas one was the least popular!

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Very near to work was a Mexican restaurant called Tortilla. It’s a fast food restaurant which was a shame as it would have been nice to spend a little longer with my meal there, but it was really yummy anyway. Everything is fresh and this is very much clean eating. There are vegetarian options (though they say they don’t serve refried beans as they are too unhealthy) and I had the corn tortillas instead of wheat.

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TripAdvisor wouldn’t stop trying to get me to go to Bodeans – a BBQ restaurant. I was a little worried about going there since I’d not been eating very healthily but then I gave in and gave it a go.

With all the groups queuing up outside, I felt really cheeky being able to slip through since I was eating alone. Hehe.

One of the things I loved about Bodeans the most was the wide range of rare beers available. It took me ages before I was able to choose which one to have – but it was really yummy!

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A slightly annoying that there were mirrors in front of me – I don’t want to be watching myself eat messy food!

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I chose the pork sandwich, which was apparently voted the best sandwich in London! The sandwich itself was ok. I think I would have been happier with a burger (…I’m always happier with a burger…) but I chose sweet potato chips instead of regular chips and that was a very good decision. The sauce was super yummy too.

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Everyday we would take it in turns to choose where to have lunch, and when I was writing the post about what I ate in my first week in London, I noticed that Leon had a very yummy sounding Christmas wrap so I decided to have that for lunch. It was DELICIOUS. SO good. I love the chips there too – being big and crinkly, it just makes them taste even better.

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In an effort to find the nicest wifi cafe near to me (I’d need a year in London to find the best on in the city!) I went off to 5th View, which is on the 5th floor of the massive Waterstone’s at Piccadilly. Sadly, they’d switched it up a bit and turned it into a cocktail bar and it was so busy I couldn’t get a seat by the windows. I sat at the bar, gazing over the tops of people’s heads to look at the London skyline. I decided not to eat properly there and just had some snack sausages and a lovely cordial drink while I internetted.

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As I was going round the most British of shops, M&S, I decided not to eat out but to eat from their ready made foods. They had a great selection of yummy foods from which a certain amount of the money goes to charity. I had a very yummy and slobby dinner on my bed watching tv!

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On the last night the people I was working with treated me to a slightly posh dinner at Newman Street Tavern. It was a lovely modern pub, with great atmosphere. I started with a chowder (note to self: start making chowder again…)

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And ended with a shepherd’s pie. OM NOM NOM!

Well, as you can see, my second week wasn’t exactly green, but I think at Christmas it’s perfectly fine to eat a little more than normal. Comfort food ahoy!

There were so many places I missed off my list that I hope I can make it to London again soon to finish them all off…though I think London will ALWAYS have something new to try!

Liberty London

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While I was in London I happened to take a new turn and found one of the oldest department stores in Britain – Liberty. I decided to brave this shop in the busiest shopping period of the year in order to get some presents for both my Grandmas and one of my sisters.

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First stop – beauty. It’s really awesome because there are loads of signs explaining why the products are great.

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Grandmas – SORTED. Even though it was packed, the staff still had the time to advise me which was nice.

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Spent way too much time looking over all the different cards. One thing Germany can’t do is cards.

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Onward to the home department…then through to the Christmas shop…

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So many pretty sparkly things!! The head home buyer spends the whole year looking for the perfect collections – and it really shows.

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LOVED these. If I thought I could take them home without ruining them, I would have bought them in a flash.

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Look at this cheeky chappy!

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There’s a fab new show on channel 4 about this very department store – and I’m addicted. I was in the shop before I saw the show, and there really is an amazing feeling about the place. It’s like magic.

Here’s an advert for the show. If you have access to UK tv (*cough*proxy*cough*) then go for it and have a look on the channel 4 website!

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