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#fillourtable : moon + moss jewellery

#fillourtable : moon + moss jewellery

The countdown is ON!! Only 4 sleeps to Christmas morning! Who better to lead us closer to the morning of cinnamon buns (in our house anyway) and fresh coffee (shout out to Strangers Coffee Christmas Blend!), than the fabulous Sophie Kowalyk of moon + moss jewellery? We are SO excited to have Sophie here to #fillourtable!! OK, full disclosure, Sophie is often here to #fillourtable because she's our incredible manager here at Figbar (a woman of many talents!), but for this (fictional) event, she comes to us with her creative maker hat on because we really want to highlight her side gig moon + moss jewellery because, frankly, it's SO PRETTY. 

Sophie is stellar. She is so motivated, so talented, and so creative. She has such a keen eye for detail and beauty, and she brings her artistic force to every aspect of her life. Her beautiful jewellery adorns many a person in Norfolk and beyond, and you can find your very own piece at Elm on Dove Street (This jewellery makes a great gift or stocking filler for you, Santa! Add it to your list, friends, as I'm sure we've all made the 'nice' one!). The aesthetic of moon + moss really highlights the beauty of the semi-precious stones individual to each piece. My personal favourite are the copper star earrings... or any piece with the rainbow quartz! (I think I may just have convinced myself to go shopping...)

Sophie, you are such a superb addition to our Christmas Dinner Party, and we are delighted you are here to #fillourtable!! 

Name: Sophie Kowalyk
What you do: Baker by day, Jewellery maker by night

A Bit About Sophie: I live in Norwich with my cat Chip, staffy dog Gypsy Rose and my housemate who cooks the best Chinese food! I work at Figbar during the day and make moon + moss jewellery in my spare time. 

Find Sophie @moonandmossjewellery on Instagram

#fillourtable

1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why? 

I would do anything to have my late Grandad there. I never met him as he died when my Dad was 17. He was born in Ukraine and had a very tough early life and lost all his family at a young age due to the war, but seemed to carry on in life with passion!  I would also invite the late Carl Sagan, so we could talk about star stuff! Also Tom Hardy because, why not?! 


2. What foods are you most thankful for? 

Food my Mum cooks and food my fiancés Mum, Gina, cooks. Both do it with love and will always make sure my belly is full.  I also absolutely love my partner's scrambled eggs. He makes the best scrambled eggs. (Sorry, Jaime!! - my boss who also always cooks me scrambled eggs).


3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

I can't really think of a family food tradition that my family has but I have started cooking a roast dinner for my house mate and who ever else is round on a Sunday and this now feels like a little tradition which I hope to carry on when I have my own family! 


4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

I've met the most beautiful group of women through social media and have friends who would help me out no matter what so there's been lots of times when this has made a difference. I also am super lucky to have a pair of amazing bosses in my day job who have made me think differently about food, work and life! 

5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

A couple of my friends have told me that I inspired them to start their own businesses and that I gave them the courage to do so. To hear that is very lovely because most of the time I have no idea what I'm doing, it just looks like I do! 
 

6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

I would give it to an animal charity. My dog and cat are big part of my life and I can't bear to see any animals suffering. Although a pound isn't a lot every little donation helps. 

Thank you, Sophie!! We love having you at Figbar, especially for our Christmas Dinner Party :-) 

#fillourtable : Carly Rowena

#fillourtable : Carly Rowena

One of the most awesome things about having this (fictional) Figbar Christmas Dinner Party is the variety of incredible people who are joining us. Just like those party-game dinner parties (of anyone living or dead), this one brings together individuals who may never have met or conversed normally, but who all bring something incredibly exciting to the table.

Today, I cannot wait to introduce to you the next guest to #fillourtable ! It's the beautiful, talented, and wildly popular Carly Rowena!! 

We first came across Carly Rowena on instagram when she posted on one of our images in all caps: HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS YET?! (or something along those lines, it's been awhile now). Of course, cyber-stalkers we (all) are, clicked through to her profile. She's. So. Super. Cool. Carly Rowena is a personal trainer and lifestyle instagrammer from Norwich. She's the friendliest and most down-to-earth girl you may come across on social media. Her profile is exactly how she comes across irl (that's 'in real life'- I'm learning insta-speak now, you see :-). The short of it is- you want to be her friend. She's that cool. She has an amazing personal training guide called "The Get Gorgeous Guide" which was rated by the Independent as one of the 11 Best Fitness Services (and not just because the name has some wicked alliteration). It'll help you with exercise, and, what we love about the goal to getting gorgeous is that it's about feeling incredible in your own skin, because, let's face it, we all ARE incredible. Her blog is a great read: it's full of solid advice and information from a friend (I see a theme here), which is trustworthy, accurate, and has the answers to questions that you want to know. One of my favourite posts is relatively recent: "Don't Wait to Wear It: Finding Confidence" which just sums up gorgeous attitude about life in such a personal way. It's a good read with your morning coffee (and jaffa cake perhaps? :-) to really set you up for a positive day.

OK, OK! Enough of the girl-crushing! Carly Rowena, I am SO happy to introduce you as the next guest to #fillourtable !! 

 

Name: Carly Rowena,

What You Do: I’m a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Blogger from Norwich, I create online workouts, challenges, healthy recipes and wellness posts on both my YouTube channel and Blog, I also have a 12 week transformation guide and retreats held all over the world. 

A Bit About Carly Rowena: I grew up in Norwich with my parents and although I’ve been very lucky to travel all over the world I am always so proud and grateful to return to my hometown, its such a safe, beautiful and friendly place. 

Where to Find Carly Rowena: 

instagram: @carlyrowena

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Carlyrowena

twitter: @CarlyRowena

blog: https://www.carlyrowena.com

shop: https://carlyrowenashop.com

 

1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why?

Without being cheesy i would love to just fill the table with all of my friends and family, I’m away a lot and always working so it would just be incredible to have the time to spend with the ones I love. However if you’re forcing me to choose, Bon Jovi (as i’ve loved his music since i was a child) Charlie Hunnam (because i have the biggest crush), Obama (i’d love to twist his arm into becoming our prime minister) and Michael Jackson, i feel we’d be epic on the karaoke together!

 

2. What foods are you most thankful for? 

I love ALL foods but if i had to pick and it doesn’t have to be healthy, just give me a bowl full of apple crumble and i’ll be the happiest person in the room! 

 

3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

Personally i just loved that we were all sat together without phones, Santana playing in the background, a candle in the middle and amazing conversation.

 

4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

I feel i’ve been very lucky and have always aimed to give random acts of kindness, karma is a serious thing. Whenever i buy something in a supermarket or shop i always put the change straight into the charity box and i always take homeless man or woman out / or deliver if they don’t want to go out a meal out once a month. 

 

5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

That my energy brings light to a room. Best moment ever.

 

6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

I’d give it someone who showed a sparkle, you can create something incredible from the smallest of things.

 

Thank you so much for helping to #fillourtable , Carly Rowena! We have loved getting to know you!

#fillourtable : Tofurei

#fillourtable : Tofurei

Ok, ok, so it's been almost a year (what?!) since we've posted here, and a LOT has happened, BUT I promise our lengthy absence from the blog will have been worth the wait because today I present to you our Christmas campaign to highlight and champion some brilliant lovely fabulous folks in our Norwich/Norfolk area: #fillourtable 

As you know, we here at Figbar have a big sharing table in the middle of our restaurant. It's central to our ethos- scootch up and make friends over a shared delicious experience. What you may not have known is that we stole that table directly from Chef Jaime's mum's kitchen! The table holds so many memories for our family, and we love that it now has shared memories for you and your families and friends.

With that in mind, we were thinking of our Christmas dinner and those ideal dinner parties that often become the focus of conversation- who would you invite? Why? and all those other party game questions that really get you thinking. So that's what we are doing for the whole of December in the lead up to Christmas. We're introducing you to some of our favorite people: restaurants, chefs, entrepreneurs, bloggers, managers, friends, and people of interest who we have come to know through this Figbar adventure. These lovely folks have agreed to take a seat at our table, answer a few questions, and allow us to highlight their brilliance over our social media in the lead up to a lovely hypothetical Christmas meal. 

First up, it's my great pleasure to begin with one of our neighbors on the Norwich Lanes- the incomparable Tofurei. We've been big fans of them since they opened shortly after we did, but we only truly became friends after being pitted against each other for the title of 'Best Newcomer' in the Norfolk Food & Drink Awards this year. Do you know that the EDP made all the category finalists sit at the same table for 3 hours before the awards started?! But what could have been awkward was instead one of the most fun evenings you could have with competitor... turned colleagues... turned support network.... turned friends. (3 hours is a long time, you guys!). And it's remained steadfast since!

So without further adieu... TOFUREI we are SO excited for you to be the first to arrive to #fillourtable 

Name: Tofurei - "a relaxing vegan coffee shop and grab'n'go. Showingcasing output from the UK's first shop based micro soya dairy and their unique deli-counter with soysages, burgers, as well as tofu."

About: Team tofurei are just 14 months old, and growing quickly.  We’re a diverse bunch ranging in age from 20 to 60 years old. We include natives of Norwich and Norfolk, Leeds & Mansfield but also naturalised citizens of 30 years residency. Our previous occupations range from animal sanctuary workers, barista’s, chefs & ‘kp’s’ to teaching assistants & teachers, ofsted inspector, the RAF and business analyst. We all share a passion for plant based food.

Where can we find you? 12 Pottergate, Norwich NR2 1DS @tofurei and @tofurei_norwich

#fillourtable Tofurei 

1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why?

Well, it’s very generous of you not only to invite us, but also our guests so we hope it’s a big table:-) There are quite a few of us - with a lot of different ideas for who we’d also like to share the table with! A great meal deserves to be shared, especially with those who from necessity rather than choice might otherwise be alone, or unable to organise the feast we know you’ll provide. So one guest, suitably anonymous, would represent that group. It also deserves interesting and erudite conversation, and whilst everyone could contribute that, we’d also like David Attenborough & Jeremy Corbyn along to add an extra dimension - assuming that for practical reasons only the living can attend!

 

2. What foods are you most thankful for? 

A difficult one - we love food, and have a suitably diverse range of tastes. Some of us have very sweet tooth’s, but others love their savoury treats. The one thing we have in common is that our foods are all plant based. Probably predictably we love Soya for its versatility. We can use it to make drinks, & cereal accompaniments. It can give us tofu, which we can use for a really rich cheesecake, or tasty Cumberland style soysages and savoury burger patties - and we haven’t even yet got into smoked and fermented varieties. It’s also a great crop for our local farmers. Some of us are also partial to a nice cheese and we have some really interesting ones ones made using traditional techniques and cultures but applied to nuts. Finally a big shout out for cocoa and coffee beans. Where would we be without chocolate and coffee to finish a good meal!

 

3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

We’re a bit new to have our own tradition yet, so we draw on those from our backgrounds. Through all the hectic whirl of day to day life, the very busy weeks and noise of technology in our lives, we all enjoy finding one opportunity a week to share a meal together with those we live with. For that one meal, the only technology that may be allowed would be music - phones, TV and tablets definitely off..... and at least once a year we also like to extend that to the diaspora of those whom we are emotionally close to, but geographically distant.

 

4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

Collectively we can’t say other than the kindness that has supported team tofurei to come into existence, and is giving us the opportunity to do so much more next year. It also marks a tremendous act of faith, and vote of confidence in us.

 

5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

Being thanked, ‘just for being there’.

 

6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

The value of a gift is so contextual - a £ is such a small sum to us, and in comparison to the costs of things in our society, so little. In other societies that value may be greater but even here there are people for whom the act itself would have a symbolic value far greater than its monetary value. If we correctly chose our anonymous dinner guest, then hopefully it would be them.

 

Thank you, Tofurei! We've loved getting to know you better! Now everyone go grab some of their delicious tofu!!