“Darling you look lovely!”
“I haven’t got a proper job at the moment” he repeats “but I’m holding dinner parties. People pay to come”
“But they are special dinners” he says coyly “what do you think about men that like to wear ladies clothing?”
My date continues “I have a list of ooh, 2000 men who…like to be… comfortable. They are lorry drivers, bankers, mechanics, everything and anything.”
He elaborates…”The dinners aren’t sexual. No. It’s just a place where they can be themselves, chat, wear nice things, without judgment. Mostly their families, their wives, don’t know.”
“Would you like to come to one of my dinners my dear?” my date ask.
“Who is that?” I asked the waiter who also had a big moustache. “A king?”.
“I don’t know,” he said “my grandfather?”.
“Look, you are a lovely guy but there’s nothing romantic here”
“Can I have a kiss?”
“No. I’ve told you. I’m not interested in you romantically”
“Oh go on. Just one.”
“Oh I’m going to accompany you!” he announces with a flourish. As if I should be just as excited.
“Kiss?” he says.
“Nope” I reply tightly.
this is very amusing. really enjoyed reading the post. there used to be a great persian on edgware road, just above church street, kandoo. not sure if it's still there and if it is, if it's good. otherwise mohsen. all my persian friends recommend it. look forward to the post after you've been.
Oh, that made me laugh, and also fearful! Makes for a great story.
Persian food is perfect for veggies like yourself. I adore it. Try Le Mignon in Camden or Maroush on Edgware Rd. I've not been to either in a while but have enjoyed them in the past.
Damn, that never happens to me!
Scarlett the Heavenly Healer
MMmmmmm…. Maroush on Edgware Road. Like Niamh I've not been for a while, but it was always fabulous and with a good choice for us veggies.
I had a few 'lonely hearts' type dates several years ago, and without exception they had all lied about their appearance before we met in person, usually about their height. Did they think I wouldn't notice that 5'7" isn't the same as 'over 6 foot', as claimed??!! Hahaha! What a laugh!
According to the book 'Freakanomics', on dating sites, men lie about their height and their income. Women lie about their weight.
Men like women to have an average income, not too low, not too high. They do not like women in law enforcement or secretaries.
For women blonde hair is more important in attracting the opposite sex on dating sites than a college degree.
Was this Moshen? I've been wanting to go there for a while.
Hilarious story. What a bizarre (and slightly terrifying) man.
Sadly in my flustered state I forgot to note down the name of the restaurant. It's next to Olympia, on the corner.
The best Persian restaurant, possibly ever, is Sufi on Askew Road. Just thinking about it makes me hungry.
Noor on Cricklewood Broadway is pretty good
funny sad scary story… been on only a few internet dates, probably cause I don't lie about my height. Damn, when will I learn!!!
anyways came on to your blog looking for the food links.
To your readers, neither Le Mignon nor Maroush are Persian but Lebanese and a very different cuisine.
Okay back to Persian, near Olympia that is probably Alounak on Russell Gardens. My persian friends swear that is the best in London. Haven't been to Mohsen, so can't compare the two. Closer to Kilburn there are a few on Cricklewood Broadway. There is Noor and also the Persian, Both are good but I would recommend the later as the lady who runs the Persian understands customer service.
Thanks Sabu. I live near Cricklewood so will definitely try those restaurants!
Personally have nothing against short men but then I'm small too…
The Curious Cat
Hey I must have missed this – I was just on the Guardian and saw you and so linked back through – wonderful storytelling here I really loved the detail and the way you described it – how bizarre! This is a great piece though – you should be proud! 🙂 xxx