For me, I believe in just being better. Everything you did in 2012, just do it better. Be more aware of the people around you. Care more about what you eat. Do your job better. If you don’t like your job, get one you do like. Don’t get upset with people who don’t even know that they are upsetting you. It all leads to additional personal stress and no one needs that. Do what makes you happy, I do. I eat cheese, drink wine, drive great cars, am in love with my wife and work all the time and none of the time all in the same day. I just had a root canal, need a haircut and my doctor told me to go on a diet, but I can’t complain.
Happy New Year!
According to Wikipedia; “In contemporary usage, a picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors (al fresco or en plein air), ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake or with an interesting view and possibly at a public event such as before an open air theatre performance, and usually in summer.”In the world we live in, it is my belief that one pines for a daily moment of simplicity.
I know that with all of the electronic devices and connected portals that we deal with, a picnic with my wife is the best way to for me to escape.
I am reminded of a commercial where a bunch of guys on a quest for the perfect camping site look for a place with no cell service. Is that the new heaven on earth? Even when I am “not connected” I find myself taking photos in the hope of posting to Facebook and tweeting when service returns. The overwhelming force to share the moment with the world is very strong. I am looking for my inner Yoda to help me. What is wrong with me, why can’t I just enjoy the moment?
Well, thank God for my wife and that look. You know the one. Every partner has one. It’s that look that makes you come back to center and be back in the moment. Personally, I love that look. Wine and cheese always follow.
WD4F, The First Drive recap
When Monica and I set off on this journey we weren’t sure what we were thinking or what we were doing. All we knew was that we made the time had a few bucks and were going to do it.
We sat next to each other for 6 weeks, most of the time holding hands, a camera or the navigation source (map or iPhone) and talked. The radio was hardly ever on. I have to say that this kind of a trip is not for everyone. You need to be able to communicate, compromise and know how to go with the flow. I remember when I first started a post on the 356 Registry forum, the first responses were all essentially the same, “drop her off at the nearest airport and enjoy yourself”.
This could not have been further from the correct response for me. I consider myself a very lucky man to have married my best friend. We love food, wine, the drive and each other. The journey was one of personal growth, awareness and understanding.
One of the original reasons for the journey was the growth of our business, a small specialty cheese and wine store in Ridgefield Ct. Recently, a large gourmet chain store started building a new store within a 20 min. drive from our shop. So the question presented itself, how does a small shop compete with the big boys? The answer for us was hit the road and meet your cheese producers, vintners and farmers and experiences this great country, that’s how. One of the fundamental elements that lacks in the larger stores is the ability to connect with the customer.
We’ve traveled over 6000 miles, visited countless restaurants, vineyards, farms, cheese producers, B&B establishments and hotels along our way.
We love when a customer comes to our store and we can tell the story of the product because we have been there.
We then turned back to the USA and through Glacier National Park, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and home to Connecticut.
The car was in retrospect the perfect road trip vehicle. It has about a 250-mile range, smooth and comfortable on flat roads, amazing in the corners, enough storage with the back seats folded down for two and a great reliability factor for a vintage car.
Newfoundland this spring…..maybe
Check out the archives (May / June 2011) to see all of the details.
January and still driving the 356
This weekend I was invited to a barn on hill for lunch with two friends and a late 356 “A” coupe. I was to bring a bottle of wine and a little something else. I decided on some ibérico de bellota ham from Spain.
You gotta have a cappuccino after a meal, don’t you? Tusk & Cup is a new shop in Ridgefield, Ct that I have been meaning to get to for some time, so…. Great cappuccino and I did get a homemade gelato sampler, even better! (Thanks Laura). Is there another weekend of driving around the corner? One can only hope.
Our last 356 Drive of the season was a nice 4-hour drive through the country. Monica and I set out for a breakfast destination called Patty’s Restaurant in Litchfield CT.
It had received rave reviews from various magazines and most reviews from Yelp were also promising. The short of Patty’s was really big pancakes all of it just good.
As always, we were able to find a ridiculously long 60-mile back-road route to go what should have been more like 20 miles. We find that not having a plan always leads to new finds and usually an extra culinary find. Today we found fresh eggs, maple syrup, Arethusa Dairy and The Bantam Bread Company.
Make sure you get a Dirt Bomb from the bakery and chocolate milk from the dairy.