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Gentleman’s guide to fine dining

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I know valentines is around the corner and most of you, gents especially, are almost on your wits end just thinking about this day. It’s just a day, and it doesn’t have to be depressing. It should be something you look forward to, and get excited just to think about. But you being the gentleman you are, you probably have to panic over the fine dining etiquette and the overpriced menus, and the elaborate performance from folks who are eating at the fancy schmancy restaurant for the first time, trying to navigate the norms of fine dining.

Don’t get intimidated by the demeanor of the ‘classy’ forks at the restaurant. Believe me they are also figuring this out as you are. Chances are they are watching what you do with the napkin, and the glaring silverware staring at them. If you decide to drink the water from the small bowl, you know the one with slices of lemon inside, we can bet that the couple you were openly ogling at in awe of their dining manners will drink it too. Well, let’s hope that one of them is cultured than the other and will knock the bowl off her/his hand before they take a sip.

I’m not trying to scare you out of taking your date to a fine dining restaurant this valentines. On the contrary, I’m trying to build your confidence when you visit. This is like rehearsing for an interview. So, here are a few guides to looking like a veteran in that high end restaurant. Easy peasy!

The Chair

Don’t seat just yet! When you arrive at the restaurant and are shown to your seating area, please pull a seat for her. Don’t just pull and leave. Once she sits down, help her push it in closer to the table, then go sit. You do that, you get a mark for chivalry.

The Napkin

Once you are seated, wait for your date to put the napkin on their lap. Once that is done on their end, please proceed and put the napkin on your laps immediately you sit down. Keep the napkin on your laps until you either need it, or are done with your meal. I know it’s too hot in the country right now and you’re probably all sweaty, but please don’t use the napkin to wipe your face or blow your nose.

Also, no matter the occasion, don’t wave your napkin like a flag or tuck it under your shirt like a bib.

The Food

On the low end places, meaning a late night chips joint like sonford., a farmers heavy meal joint like Kilimanjaro or an almost fish joint like Kosewe, you only need to look around. Is the joint filled with ‘youngins’ from campus, or middle class trying to impress their girlfriends? Do they look miserable, or are they enjoying themselves? Even if the soup is being ladled out of a well-crusted sufuria, what’s the worst that could happen? A little extra time on the toilet seat tomorrow? Surely a fair trade for a delicious and classic experience.

If you find yourself on the ‘upper East Side’ of town, your table will definitely be laid with more cutlery than you can count (okay, I’m kidding). It’s nothing too overwhelming.

If you have more than one fork on your table this means you have more than one meal course. When you start eating start from outside as you work in. Use the outside fork and leave it on your plate when done. Please don’t start asking who went diving for scallops or if the vegetables are organically grown. Do you really need to know about provenance of the sea food?

The Booze

Order what you are familiar with. Don’t go trying new drinks in excess and end up throwing up all over the place. You also want to create an impression of a man under control. Whatever you drink, don’t stagger.

The Coffee

Don’t order coffee, or she might not invite you to her place for a cuppa.

The Bill

You’re definitely paying the bill this Friday. When the bill is placed on the table, don’t let her touch it or take a peek. Pull it to your end of the table away from her prying eyes. Please carry enough money to pay for the meals. Some ladies might want to go dutch, and it’s okay. If she absolutely insists on going dutch, don’t haggle over it. Ask her to pay for the bottle of water instead…or buy you coffee, which we both know won’t be happening. Either way, the decision on the bill will leave you both happy.

The Exit

After the date get her coat and hold the door for her. On the sidewalk, walk on the outside and let her walk on the inside of the sidewalk. If you’re taking a cab, don’t let the driver open the door for her. Be a gentleman and do it. If you’re driving, please open the door for her, wait for her to get in and close it before assuming your position. Don’t forget to smile like a Colgate model as soon as you’re strapped.

Happy valentines day!

 

 

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Diamond’s hit song ‘Cheche’ pulled down from YouTube

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Diamond Platnumz’s collabo with Zuchu Cheche was recently pulled down from YouTube following a copyright strike by a person identified as Tony Anthony. Although little is known about Tony Antony, some netizens are speculating that it could be a conspiracy to take down the fast-rising Zuchu.

However, according to the Head of Digital Department at WCB Wasafi Kim Kayndo, they are in talks with the YouTube management to ensure the Cheche video is put back on the streaming platform. He added that the copyright strike issued against the video is fake, and therefore it will be easy for them to get the video back on YouTube.

Mr Kayndo further said that if indeed the claim was legit, it could have come from a reputable copyright body and therefore, reassured fans that the video will soon be back on YouTube soon. The song in question was trending at No. 1 both in Kenya and Tanzania and had garnered over 2.5 million views within five days of being released. This comes barely a week after fans turned the heat on Diamond Platnumz and Zuchu for allegedly copying Tanasha Donna’s lyrics in the said song.

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Dr Love: How do I know she loves me??

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It is entirely true that love just happens. But it is also not easy to genuinely bond with someone. Certainly to love someone deeply is a very complicated thing. And one of the biggest reasons behind it is that it is very much difficult to understand the signs of how the other feels when in love.

When it comes to loving deeply, women are highly secretive, and it takes them time to admit their feelings. But if you carefully observe their behavior, they do leave some signs, and ways behind that reveal how they feel.

Nervousness Indicates Deep Love

It is natural for anyone to fall in love to feel nervous deeply. And this change in the behavior is often readable. So if your girlfriend shows signs of nervousness, it means you are inevitably going to win her over.

She Shows Signs Of Jealousy

A woman in love will many times reveal shocking signs and display her jealous side if you are talking to other girls or unknown women. It is because she considers you more than just her friend and is scared of losing you to someone else.

She Always Tries To Keep You Happy

Does she always try to keep you happy and make you smile? When a woman is genuinely in love with a man she will try everything to keep him happy. She may even display a good sense of humor and go out of the way to ensure that you are always smiling.

Social Media Displays Her Love Interest

It is always easy to find out the deeply hidden feeling of your girlfriend by getting a glimpse of her activity on social media platforms such as Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Instagram. If she likes and comments on your post regularly, these signs indicate that she is deeply in low with you and wants to come closer.

She Is Always Ready To Hear You

One of the most visible signs of being in love is always being attentive to the words of your partner. You only listen to someone with great intent when you feel genuinely for someone. These are the signs that a man must recognize to identify true love.

You Are More Important Than Others

Have you seen her giving more importance to you over others? When a woman prefers your company more than other, these are her ways of showing how deeply she loves you. It can be anything from sharing food, discussing problems or even asking opinion-but if you are the first person she prefers to talk to, these are the signs that she is deeply in love with you.

Does She Discuss With You New Things?

Does she discuss new things with you whenever you meet her? It is also a vital sign that she is deeply in love with you. If she brings up a new topic every time and discusses with you even smaller things of her life, then it is one of her ways of showing you how deeply she is in love with you.

Presents For No Reason- Signs Of Being Deeply In Love

If she is giving you presents occasionally for no reason at all, then it is an indication that she is indeed profoundly in love with you. Because there can be no other reason why she should be showing signs of surprising you with gifts and presents.
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This Man Dennis Okari

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Dennis okari is one of the best investigative journalists we have in Kenya. Through him, a number of scandals that would have gone past the public eye have been addressed. The most recent one, the covid 19 millionaires shook the government after he uncovered the embezzlement that had happened with the covid funds.

Dennis went to the Kenya institute of mass communication where he got his bachelor’s degree in communication- journalism. He has worked in different companies and reported in different languages. That includes the kenya broadcasting corporation, metro tv, TBN Africa and the standard group media. Currently he works at the Nation group media and is a news anchor as well as an investigative journalist and reporter.

He was married to former k24 news anchor Betty kyalo but their union lasted for only six months. Betty kyalo’s brother did hint to the media that there was abuse in the relationship as well as no support from Okari’s family. It seemed like his family did not support the union. However, both of them did not come out to the public about their break up or what caused their divorce so nobody knows what their side of the story. The two have a four-year-old daughter named Ivanna.

Dennis remarried after divorcing Betty Kyalo. He married a lady named Naomi joy who works at bonfire adventures. The two go to the same church and seem to be happy and lost in love. Their wedding was an invite only affair that was done last year in February at Ridge-ways baptist church. They have since already celebrated their first anniversary together.

Okari is a good chef in his kitchen. He once posted a picture of food he was preparing for his wife after she came home late and tired from work. The food looked very appetizing hence we can tell the man does know his way around the kitchen.

He is one of the highest paid personalities in the country. Though we cant exactly tell his net-worth, we can tell the man does pocket a handsome pay quite often from the luxurious life we see he lives on his social media pages.

Dennis is a bilingual reporter and worked for the BBC where he used to take home a salary of 800,000 per month. He covered issues of governance, security and feature stories. He however came back to seek an opportunity at the nation media group.

Dennis was recently appointed as the special projects editor at nation media effective from January twenntieth of this year. He clearly is doing a good job if his bosses entrust him with such big roles. The man has a professional experience of 12 years and counting.

Dennis okari is a forex trader and a coach as well. One can tell from his social media pages that he is deeply invested in the trade.

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