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One Month!

Well, we made it! One month of being open!  It's been some trial and error, but mostly a lot of joy.  We've ended the month with slightly altered hours (up-to-date on our website, but not yet on our door), some fabulous new staff members to cover me as I enter maternity (make sure you say 'hi' to Poppy, Dani, and Ellen!), an alcohol licence (Chapel Down Sparkling Brut and English Rose as well as Curious Beers and Cider, oh my!), and a few new desserts (the scrumptious American summer classic of S'mores and a beautiful Apricot & Pistachio dish). 

We've had a few dramas, like when we walked in one morning to a waterfall from one of the light fixtures- quickly sorted thanks to some great plumbers.  And the heat played havoc on our pastries- we've had to play croissants and pain au chocolate by ear every morning as we kept our fingers crossed the dough would rise well.  Radio Norfolk even came in to talk to us over cinnamon buns and coffee about how the heat was challenging to our new business.

We made some great new friends at Mustard TV when we chatted to Darren and Helen, but it was Ella who stole the show with her duck wellies and social media charm when she watched herself back off the television.

And we only have more to come!  This month is going to bring about a few new desserts that Chef Jaime has been testing in the kitchen as well as some wine pairings to match the desserts.  We've got a few new songs on the ipod, new cakes and breakfast offerings (while we wait for the croissant dough to rise!), and a cheeky savoury snack or two at lunch time (olive focaccia and jalepeno cornbread have been my favourites).

And now I'm 37 weeks pregnant, and a bit slower on my feet, I'll hopefully to get chat to more of you as I listen to my midwife and take more rests.  It's been such a pleasure reacquainting ourselves with this fine city of lovely people, and it's been our pleasure serving you your sugar fix for the past month.  Here's to August!

 

Renovating, Decorating, and Building a Kitchen

We are a husband, (pregnant) wife, and 18-month-old daughter team renovating and decorating our family business.  Needless to say, we vastly underestimated the amount of time renovation may take.  Mostly because our mothers' weren't kidding: everything takes longer with a baby/toddler, and also because there is a lot I cannot do being pregnant (painting, for one, heavy lifting for another). 

Norwich is great.  The people and community here just upped and helped out.  We're old friends really (Jaime spent his formative teenage years and first cheffing jobs here, and I four years of post-graduate study), this city and us, but the support and friendship shown in these early weeks has been phenomenal.

Check out these pictures of the last few weeks in action!  Moving forward, our social media (@figbarnorwich twitter, Instagram, Facebook) will be chock-a-block of delicious food testing and behind-the-scenes image, but for now, here's us doing some hard graft getting things 'just so' before we open our doors to you.  To say Figbar is a labour of love is a bit of an understatement, and we hope you love the outcome a much as we do.

'I promise, I have a plan!' -me to our sceptical paint crew (aka friends and family!)

'I promise, I have a plan!' -me to our sceptical paint crew (aka friends and family!)

The kitchen has arrived!

The kitchen has arrived!

My lovely mother flew all the way from the USA to help hang these awesome tin tiles on the bar!

My lovely mother flew all the way from the USA to help hang these awesome tin tiles on the bar!

Lights!! Special thanks to www.collectiviste.com for the beautiful oyster shell globe!

Lights!! Special thanks to www.collectiviste.com for the beautiful oyster shell globe!

kitchen equipment slowly being put into place, copper bar lights installed!

kitchen equipment slowly being put into place, copper bar lights installed!

Ella helps build high chairs for new friends to use at Figbar!

Ella helps build high chairs for new friends to use at Figbar!

Excuse the construction, but look at the graffiti fig by @stepthirtynine !!!!!

Excuse the construction, but look at the graffiti fig by @stepthirtynine !!!!!

Shop front being prepped for new paint and a new sign with lovely model Chef Jaime Garbutt!

Shop front being prepped for new paint and a new sign with lovely model Chef Jaime Garbutt!