Two bits of really sad news, as far as I am concerned.

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Golf Juliet Tango
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Two bits of really sad news, as far as I am concerned.

I was first introduced to both concerns when I was a student in the late 1970s (in both cases by the love of my life. She was sophisticated from cosmopolitan Hertfordshire, I was an innocent from rustic Somerset).

 

Firstly I hear that Patisserie Valerie is in huge trouble. I remember going to the, at that time only, branch in Old Compton Street for breakfast. And I encountered quite glorious croissants.

 

In contrast to the delicacy of French pastry, but very close by in the Charing Cross Road is, for the moment, Gaby's Deli, a fabulous, very down to earth cafe serving all sorts of levantine cuisine. For non-Londoners https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/gaby-s-deli-closure-will-be-hard-to-swallow-a3959501.html

These closures mean two of my most favoured places to eat will disappear.

The emotional tear is significant

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I remember the original Patisserie Valerie in Soho too. Working in Soho and Covent Garden and delivering artwork and tapes/discs meant I passed by often. These places, along with the Stockpot, Jimmy the Greek, Wong Kee Chinese....

Time passes... 

I suspect the original PV will remain. I never went to it’s clones... some things can’t be replicated.

Ps... Valerie was Belgian.

 

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Hi Mike

 

Valerie was Belgian.

So I understand.

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Unusual surname, good job she opened a cake shop Silly

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I shed a tear every time I go to any of our 3 local patisseries in our town. 3€ for a tiny Macaron and if you want even a small cake they start at 20€  

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It is genuinely sad to see these places go.

But hang on, "along with the Stockpot, Jimmy the Greek, Wong Kee Chinese...." - please don't say Wong Kee's has gone ?

John

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"Many years had elapsed during which nothing of Combray, save what was comprised in the theatre and the drama of my going to bed there, had any existence for me, when one day in winter, as I came home, my mother, seeing that I was cold, offered me some tea, a thing I did not ordinarily take. I declined at first, and then, for no particular reason, changed my mind. She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called 'petites madeleines,' which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted scallop of a pilgrim's shell. And soon, mechanically, weary after a dull day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate, a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, but individual, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory - this new sensation having had on me the effect which love has of filling me with a precious essence; or rather this essence was not in me, it was myself. I had ceased now to feel mediocre, accidental, mortal. Whence could it have come to me, this all-powerful joy? I was conscious that it was connected with the taste of tea and cake, but that it infinitely transcended those savours, could not, indeed, be of the same nature as theirs. Whence did it come? What did it signify? How could I seize upon and define it?"

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John , I think Wong Kees closed for a while but is back.... but reports say they arn’t as rude these days.

WHAAAAAAAAATTTTTT YOU WAAAAAAAAAAAANNNTTT ???????

 

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Sausage roll and a bag of crisps ( Student days )

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Regarding Madeleines (in Jonathan's post above), does anyone else recall the Monty Python sketch about a 'Summarizing Proust' competition? 

Re. Wong Kees: I heard tales of folks being moved mid-meal to different tables, on a different floor. I think they began to play up the rudeness until it became a bit of a parody.
On a similar theme, there is a Fawlty Towers 'dining experience' in London.

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