This weekend a friend of mine broke up with her boyfriend. She’s in that horrible, half-way to heartbreak stage where you’re not quite sure if it’s true, or permanent, and you don’t know whether to hate them or want them back. During that time I think there’s few things you need.
You need your girlfriends. You need hot baths and early nights (trust me, if it’s half past nine and you want to text – go to sleep. It can wait till the morning when your head is clearer). You need a night out with wine and cocktails (with your iphone safely tucked away in a friend’s bag), and you need friends who will take you home at midnight when you start crying. You need to go shopping. And you need carbs.
It was the latter two things that I took my friend for last night. Whenever someone is heartbroken I always think, if the Topshop on Oxford Street can’t fix it – what can? She bought the much needed dress and I bought slightly less needed jewellery. After some retail therapy, we headed to Vapiano’s for carbs and chats.
Vapiano’s is literally round the corner from Topshop – if you come out of the Miss Selfridge exit and keep walking down that street, you’ll get there. It’s a really cool place – always a bit busy and frantic, but that adds to it’s charm.
On entering, you’ll be given a card. Simply go up to one of the little kitchen stands – pasta, pizza, or salad – make your selection, and the chefs knock up your chosen dish in front of you!
It couldn’t get more fresh than that.
I usually like the tuna salad, but as I said, carb overloads were in order, so I went for the ‘pollo piccante’ – chicken with bell peppers, pak choi and orange-chilli sauce.
I mean, just look at it.
We had a side salad and bread, too, just to add to the carb overload. They ring it all up on the card for you and you just pay on exit (and grab a gummy bear!)
It can be a bit of a squeeze finding somewhere to sit and it’s a Wagamama’s type situation where everyone piles onto benches with strangers. My advice is to head upstairs, where the bar is and it’s usually much quieter. We found seats easily and could talk and eat to our heart’s contents. It's very decently priced, which is hard to find in the area, and all the food is excellent.
My advice on heartbreak – having been there, trust me – is that the best thing you can do in these times is look after yourself. Ignore the people who say ‘get over it’ or ‘move on’ – you can’t put yourself under any kind of pressure to do that. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other – it’s all you can do. And if anyone else is heartbroken and wants me to take them out for a carb fest – just let me know!