Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Waitering at the Gleeful & Greedy!

My apologies, dear bloggy friends, for recently keeping you waiting with blog posts and comments: while you've been waiting - I've been waitering!

On top of my already busy schedule running Giraffe World Tours, I've been helping out at the Gleeful & Greedy Restaurant at their busiest times.



As many of you know, the very popular Gleeful and Greedy is situated in Neckelchester Village, and is owned by my sister Nektareeni and her partner Girth.

Talented and good-natured Girth does everything to do with the cooking, including inventing all the delectable recipes.

Glamorous Nektareeni is the expert on wine.
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I'm hopeless at both, and a little clumsy too. However, I seem to amuse the customers... (Oh dear - I've just thought - maybe they think I am a comedy act rather than a waiter!)

The real act of the evening is when Nektareeni gets up and sings.
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Her favourite song is 'They call me Nektareeni.' Do click on the title to be transported to an evening at the Gleeful & Greedy!

50 comments:

Cloudia said...

So delightful a visit!
What wonderful illustrations. Necktareena is very glamourous.
How I'd love to have a birthday dinner at G&G!
Visiting through your magical blog is next-best though.
Your neck of the woods makes Waikiki seem prosaic, Mr. NECKman!
Aloha my friend-

willow said...

The G & G sounds like one glamorous spot!

nollyposh said...

Hee! hEE! What a blast! X:-)

Janet said...

What a wonderful brother you are and SUCH a help! LOL! Sorry you were mistaken for the comedy act, but I'm sure that you will be invited again! :)

Sepiru Chris said...

Dear Raph,

I am neckered just thinking of all that you are doing...expanding your business into the oceans, raising your lovely kids, spending time with Maureen and now helping out your sister.

Your sister reminds me a bit of a businesswoman from Earth named Vivien Westwood.

Nektareeni is quite a peach, or, rather, a necktarine.

I also hope you know that we all find you exceptionally wonderful with all the remarkableneckess that is yourself, dear Raph.

Tschuess from the other of your long-necked telescope,
Chris

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Glad you enjoyed your visit, Cloudia! You are welcome to celebrate at the G&G any time. Thank you for the lovely compliments!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Willow, it is glamorous, hilarious and a little neccentric!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Nollyposh!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Janet! I'm invited every week - even though I mistakenly used pepper instead of chocolate powder when serving up the tiramisu!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you for all the wonderful compliments, dear Sepiru Chris!

I will tell Nektareeni about Vivien Westwood - she has a boutique next to the G&G too, fashion being one of her interests!

(I must make time to look through my telescope - these warm summer nights are delightful!)

chris hale said...

Hi Raph.

I await with interest the cook book and the TV series, 'Girth's Kitchen Nightmares'. I have the feeling he'd be a far gentler mentor than Gordon Ramsay!

Derrick said...

Hi Raph,

As long as you are profitably employed, we don't mind! Unfortunately, my browser can't open your song files at the moment so I'm missing all the atmosphere but I'll keep trying!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Hi Chris!

Girth is always great fun and treats everything as a huge joke! If he did a TV series it would be 'Girth's Kitchen Comedies' (especially if I was in on it!!)

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Hi Derrick

Missing Nektareeni's song? Deprivation indeed!

I open it through Windows Media Player - don't know it that helps?

Rosemary said...

On my next garden tour I am going to bring the group to the Gleeful and Greedy,if I can just find that portal!

The Cottage Cheese said...

The Gleeful & Greedy Restaurant. Too cute!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh, I hope you do, Rosemary! Let me know in advance, and I'll book the best tables for you!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you, The Cottage Cheese! The restaurant interior design is a little 'over-the-top' - but I guess you would expect that with giraffes!

Gaston Studio said...

A post definitely worth waiting on Raph!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Gaston Studio! We promise not to keep you waiting long for your meal if you ever visit the G & G Restaurant!

RuneE said...

I hope one doesn't have to crane one's neck too much to get the high quality service or watch Nektareeni on action!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have missed your giraffanalia - if I can coin a word rather like paraphernalia, Raph. I am sure you would make an excellent waiter.

olivia said...

How delightful! LOL, I'm listening to Nektareeni singing ... love it. She sounds as glamorous as she looks. :D

Heather said...

Don't work too hard Raph with all your business and home interests. Thankyou for the kind comment you left on my blog - you can pin pictures at random on my walls any time. I am sure your natural charm will make up for any small mishaps which may occur during your waitering. At least you wont get your thumbs in the customers' soup but how do you carry plates and trays with just hooves? Amazing!!

Madame DeFarge said...

I'm not sure that I'm sophisticated enough to be seen at the G and G. I would press my nose against the window and look all forlornly at the scene inside. Maybe I could get a job as a potboy.

Love the illustrations as always.

Lyn said...

Completely taken by this luscious presentation..You are a natural comic..are you a natural waiter?
Nektareeni is totally fetching in song and dress..that throaty voice puts me in mind of the great Marlene Dietrich!!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

RuneE - You will be assured of priority service, and we will get some tall chairs so any human visitors will be able to watch Nektareeni's act without craning their necks!!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I like 'giraffanalia', Weaver, and it's nice to be missed!

Excellent waiter?! Thank you - I'll be skipping around the tables tomorrow!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Olivia! I will pass your comment to Nektareeni!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I'll try not to work too hard, Heather - I love what I do, so it is energizing!

I may well get my thumbs in the soup, as we Camelopardalian two-legged giraffes have hands, not hooves!

Natural charm? Thank you!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Madame DeFarge.

I'm sure you are highly sophisticated - and you are always welcome at the Gleeful & Greedy! I shall keep a look-out for noses pressed against windows!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Lyn - maybe I'm a naturally comical waiter?!

Nektareeni will be very pleased to be likened to Marlene Dietrich!

Jeane said...

you are definitely multi-talented! and Necktareeni is very sultry!

Barbara Martin said...

Nektareeni has her sultry jazz down pat, and certainly wonderful to listen to.

Oh, how I wish there were a portal near Toronto so I could dine at the G&G. What a treat that would be!

Arija said...

Have not seen you around for a while, I have missed your delightful family. Your blog is such good therapy, I'm signing on as a follower.

A Cuban In London said...

I loved the tune! Completely bowled over by it. That sultry, sexy voice! But aren't giraffes supposed to be mute :-)?

Many thanks for this fantastic post. And you can take as long as you like getting back to people, I will keep coming back to listen to the singing giraffe!

Greetings from London.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Jeane! And I will pass the compliment to Nektareeni!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Barbara - I will tell Nektareeni!

What a treat it would be for us too, if you were able to dine at the G & G! If you find a portal in Toronto, I'll send you through a menu so you can choose from Girth's wonderful recipes before you arrive!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Arija! I'm glad my blog is good therapy and honoured to have you following! My family all say hi!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Glad you love the song, Cuban in London! Nektareeni will be delighted with the compliments.

We're honoured that you will be coming back to listen again - maybe we'll see you at a table in the Gleeful & Greedy, sipping a glass of wine and enjoying one of Girth's delicious recipes!

Poetikat said...

Raph, I think Girth and Necktareeni should enter "The Restaurant" competition to work with world-famous chef, Raymond Blanc.

Kat

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Goodness me, Poetikat - that sounds like a great compliment! I've not seen the programme, but we'll all have to sit down and watch it! (Do you think they would let giraffes compete?)

marigirl said...

ha ha, justified in your case, when so many people are waiting for an update, of course! I mainly meant people who start every post that way, which seems silly. :) G&G seems like the perfect place to unwind with a Fuzzy Navel, or more appropriately I guess, a long neck! Can I make a reservation?

Raph G. Neckmann said...

You can certainly make a reservation, Marigirl! I hope you are able to find a portal to get through to Camelopardalis.

A Fuzzy Navel??? Lovely name - I'm guessing this is a cocktail? If you know the ingredients, I can tell Girth and he could do an appropriately named variation!

Choices said...

It is always a delight to visit your blog. Do you do the illustrations?

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Choices!

Illustrations? They are photos of me and my family, aren't they? :)

Kayla coo said...

I love your illustrations!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Thank you Kayla coo!

(I wonder if the intergalactic journey from Camelopardalis to planet Earth turns our family photos into illustrations? ... :)

acornmoon said...

What a busy time you are having. I will put your mane on my list for "Mug Monday" but will understand if you are unable to take part.I don't want to be a pain in the neck, especially bad for you I expect!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh goody! Mug Monday - I will go through our mugs over the weekend, Acornmoon! Weaver mentioned photographing in a 'Country Living' sort of style - sounds fun - with giraffe adaptations!