Picture me, at my work, checking the ole ‘gram during my lunchbreak. It’s National Pie Day, and I’m busy rolling my eyes about these made-up days while at the same time wishing I had a pie for lunch instead of my bagel, when a post caught my eye. A post featuring the picture of a pie.
A post feature the picture of a petite pie, even.
It’s in a glass jar. A very small looking glass jar (a pint-sized potted pie picture post?). But with enough whipped cream to deflate even the most exuberate Saturday morning kids’ TV host.
“Sweet news!” read the occunying post. “We will be offering a delicious selection of our famous pie jars at performances of #WaitressLondon...” yadda yadda yadda. I had already stopped reading. I was too busy scuttling across the office to show the picture to my colleague Nicki.
“We’re going, right?” I said, as if that was even a question that needed to be asked.
We were definitely going.
At first we tried to get tickets to the open dress rehearsal, but when that didn’t work out, we decided that we were willing to buy actual tickets. With money.
“Where do you want to sit?” asked Nicki, seat plan prepped and open on her computer.
“Somewhere cheap. We want to save money for pie.”
“I mean, pie is ninety percent of the reason I’m going.”
Our pie chat had managed to attract the attention of Martha. Not content with our upcoming Les Mis trip, she wanted in on the pie-action too.
Looks like we were having a group-outing then! I just hoped the Adelphi were ready for us.
Turns out though, when the day came round, we weren’t ready for us.
Martha was unwell, and the prospect of a West End musical with added sugar overdose was making her feel queasy.
Plus, we now had a spare tickets.
Double sucks .
Just to demonstrate the levels of our popularity, it took the entirety of our afternoons for me and Nicki to find someone to take that ticket. And yeah, it was Nicki who succeeded in bringing in our ringer pie-eater. But that’s neither here nor there. I mean, yes - she’s younger, cooler, and has a better knowledge of Chinatown eateries than me. But I’m still great company, and frankly I’m deeply offended by all those people who claimed to have ‘other plans’ when I asked them.
It was a Monday night.
No one has plans on a Monday night.
Well, except me and Nicki. And now… Kate.
Nicki wasted no time in telling Kate all about the marathon when we all met up at Cambridge Circus.
“You’ve been to 58 theatres? Since the beginning of January?” exclaimed Kate, doing her very best to keep the panic from her eyes.
“This will be number 59,” I admitted. It does rather sound a lot when you say it like that.
Thankfully, but the time we’d reached this conclusion we were already at our first stop of the evening: Bun House, in Chinatown.
“Right, we need the custard ones,” started Nicki as we joined the queue. “Do we want savoury? I think we need savoury if we're having custard. You like spicy don’t you? Have about three custard, two chicken, two lamb, and two beef. That’s equal, isn’t it?”
And if you are ever out with Nicki, I highly recommend letting her take charge of the ordering. That girl knows her shit. The bao buns were pillowy soft. The lamb was just the right amount of spicy. The chicken was pure pate goodness and the custard…
“Did you see the sign?” said Kate after filling up her water bottle. “They have a squirty guarantee.”Read More