This Friday, Copper opens its doors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We'll likely be eating all three meals there. I'm very efficient, and have access to the menu, so here's what I reckon I'll be having: I'll start with the waffles and buttermilk fried chicken with salted caramel sauce. I'm thinking about the sirloin salad for lunch - comes with air-dried tomatoes, cress, toasted pistachios and pickled cucumber. And dinner will be Cape Malay spice chicken with sweetcorn relish and mango chutney. You know what I like? Things on the menu that I've never seen on a menu here. New and fresh flavour combinations and presentation; it always gives me a tingle.

I'll be posting photos tomorrow at Copper on the @heyfatsu Instagram page. Meanwhile, here's what I managed to sneak out of the restaurant this morning. The coffee is freaking awesome and those lemon butter cookies manage to be mind-blowing and subtle at the same time. See you at Copper tomorrow! You'll find the restaurant on the road towards PDO - you'll see the flags outside as you drive past before the traffic lights. There's a map below, or go to Copper's Facebook page for more directions.

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.

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