Posts Tagged ‘valentine’

Harvester@ Arnos Grove, London

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

On Valentine’s Day, I went to visit an ex-colleague from Yahoo! and we went for dinner at the restaurant closest to her home – Harvester. As we stepped in, the waitress was running about and said she will be with us in a minute. When we thought she was taking a menu from the counter to take us to a table, she wrote our name down and said waiting time was 45 minutes. Well must be the Valentine’s crowd, we thought, so we headed to the bar for a drink to wait for our seats. But the thing was when she had a table ready for us, there were at least three other empty tables which she was not in a hurry to fill. Maybe all the waitresses on duty called in ‘sick’…

Menu and ordering was easy enough, choose a main dish, choose the choice and an order of sides. I ordered the 10oz sirloin steak medium rare with red wine and shallot sauce with a side of fries. Whilst waiting for our food, we helped ourselves to the all you can eat salad bar which didn’t look very hygienic nor attractive. I just picked and choose a few things then was proven right with the soggy cucumber, flavourless coleslaw and canned pineapple cubes.

When my food arrived, the presentation was not bad. Usually I can’t stand people who take photos of their food before they eat, but to make this blog more interesting as I want to attach a photo with each post, especially food posts, it’s important that I overcome the emotional hurdle. The steak was overcooked, dry and chewy but dipped in the sauce it was eatable. Fries are fries. I don’t eat peas so no comment on that. We decided to skip desert and ask for the bill as I am once again reminded of the food culture in the UK – non-existent!


Beethoven’s Love Letter

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

“my eternally beloved”




Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us – I can live only wholly with you or not at all – Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits – Yes, unhappily it must be so – You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never – Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves. And yet my life in V is now a wretched life – Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men – At my age I need a steady, quiet life – can that be so in our connection? My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day – therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once – Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm – love me – today – yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all – farewell. Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

ever thine
ever mine
ever ours