Hi! Do come in and make yourselves comfortable… Right, I’m too excited to hold on any longer: we have a new partner in Winchester! Starting from this Friday we’ll be stocking the Art Café on Jewry Street. It’s a fantastic little venue that sits above an underground gallery and runs various events through the year (have a look at their busy timetable here!). The café focuses on locally sourced and high quality food, so we’re really excited to be working with them.
In Morgans’ Soup’s first act of CSR, we (I) had a very entertaining afternoon on Friday as we went to give blood at the Winchester Hotel and Spa; I had been before, but it was Chris’ first time. I had persuaded him to do it a few weeks ago, but since then had obviously been telling exactly how painful and dangerous the process is (lies, of course). As such, by the time we arrived Chris was in a state of extreme panic. We were handed our information booklets and I thought it would be important to point out the section on risks. I was obviously really enjoying myself, but weirdly Chris wasn’t seeing the funny side. By the time we reached the chairs where the blood is taken, Chris (pleasingly seated next to me) had a face akin to the soldiers in Saving Private Ryan, about to land on the beaches of Normandy. By the time the needle was exposed, it Chris seemed to have come to terms with his imminent and most likely very bloody death – the whole thing was pretty moving, if I’m honest! Having survived the experience, we both reflected (even despite Chris’ early misgivings) on how easy and painless giving blood is. We’ll be heading back as soon as we can and anyone reading this should do the same (even if you don’t care about the lives you’re saving, you do get a free Penguin afterwards).
Talking of red liquids… Gazpacho! This has been an ongoing discussion over the last couple of weeks, so we want your input: do people eat gazpacho? And more importantly, would you buy it? We would obviously be making a very delicious one, but is the idea of ordering a cold soup for lunch a bit rogue? Let us know and win a warm (cold) sense of satisfaction.
Anyway, I hope you’re all well and do pop in to one of our outlets for your favourite oriental chicken broth – our Tom Yum!
Check back in next Wednesday,
Matt and Chris