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It's November! And months since I posted about our newborn- who is now practically a teenager! In all seriousness though, it's time to get back onto the blog to update you about what Figbar has been up to, and there is no better time than now. Especially because it's November- the month of Thanksgiving in the USA (my- Steph's- homeland!). To celebrate my favourite national holiday (aside from July 4th, but I figure that's not going to be so popular over here ;-), we at Figbar decided to give Thanks all month!

You can follow our hashtag #figthanks this month to see who we are thankful for. Of course, we started with you lovely lot of sweet-toothed people with a sweet deal on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays till 6pm this month: any dessert on our menu and a glass of Chapel Down Wines Sparkling Brut for £10! 

We feel so lucky to be part of the Norwich Lanes community and the community of the Fine City of Norwich, and we have a million people to be thankful for, so fitting everyone into one month is going to be impossible, but we are going to be doing our best to give thanks in the best way we know- with sugar and smiles! 

November isn't just for giving thanks; however, as we watch fireworks and bonfire light up our nights, Chef Jaime has given us a throwback to our youths with a special chocolate caramel krispy treat. I'd recommend a pairing with his delicious hot chocolate- a coveted recipe he won't even share with me!  Hot chocolate is on our menu all the time, but those squares are gone once they are sold, so I'd be in like a shot!

We also- as the media has been reminding us for awhile- have the USA election this month. So please join us on Tuesday, November 8th to stress and worry and then on Wednesday, November 9th (and all days thereafter) to commiserate/celebrate! As with giving thanks- sugar and smiles should solve any election troubles, shouldn't they?

So, just a quick hello again from me- I'm back to getting organized, so watch this blogspace for more pictures and love from us. In the meantime, we are so thankful for you!! Don't forget to follow along this month on our social accounts at #figthanks :-D 

Opening Figbar

It turns out painting takes a lot longer than you realize. 

When we first decided to open a restaurant, we did the normal thing of discussing the minute details.  We had a menu plan (which later went out the window), we had cutlery and wine glasses picked out (those changed too), and we opened the door with excited spirits and enthusiasm...

and then the burglar alarm of the little café we purchased began blaring.  We had been given the keys, but nowhere was any indication of an alarm!  It sirened louder and louder, and we didn't know who was going to come- police, firefighters, or just interested bystanders. 

Instead, a group of people outside Ali Bongo started dancing to the beat of the alarm, the lovely owners of Sin Sins and Les Garrigues came over to make sure our hearing was still intact, and we had a story indicative of how opening a restaurant would go: Enthusiasm stampeded by fear bringing about laughter, support, and a really good cup of coffee.

Our excitement hasn't once wavered, but there sure has been a lot of fear: 16 foot ceilings are very tall to paint, it turns out a pastry breaker weighs more than 3 men and requires a forklift to get into the kitchen, and opening dates must be fluid because you never know when a plumber will next be available. 

So as our opening approaches, we are (still!) painting, hammering tiles onto the bar, sanding floors and tables, and creating a pastry and dessert menu nothing short of spectacular.  Check back here or on our Instagram account @figbarnorwich for photos of our journey to getting to meet you guys, the guests we hope will frequent our establishment with the joy we put into opening it for you.