It's been more than two years I've been writing this blog now, and it's got me into all kinds of places and events and situations. Festivals, cooking classes, interviews with chefs and entrepreneurs. Food tastings! Like a sneak preview or a private showing, but with my mouth. I do like all this behind-the-scenes stuff. And here's another brilliant thing: I'm about to be more involved in the restaurant business - well, one restaurant in particular - than I could ever have hoped.
Some of you may know that I don't pay the bills with food blogging - it's extremely unfair, but I have to work at a job, as well as eat stuff and write about it. Thank you, I appreciate your sympathy. Of the projects I work on to make money, the longest-running is TOTEM, which I set up in 2007. If you don't know the shop, and you didn't bother to click that link there, I can tell you it's an independent boutique, with loads of awesome clothes and accessories for men and women, from cool little designers from all over the world. Click up there now. Or here. Scroll. You'll see.
We closed our mall location in summer (we were at Muscat Grand Mall, hence the number of FatSu posts about the kabsa you can get in the foodcourt there) and now TOTEM is re-launching in Qurm, and in collaboration with Copper, a super-hip new restaurant concept, homegrown and really exciting, with some super-talented people at the helm. Like I said, TOTEM is independent - maybe even fiercely - and we wouldn't be teaming up with just anyone. Especially as I'll be eating there daily. You're going to love it too - wait til you see the menu. No, wait til you see the interior! (In fact you can have a look at that on their Instagram.) Anyway, not much longer to wait. Watch this space for more detail - it's going to be an even better collab than cheese + burger.