Making Time

I constantly think about this blog. At night when I lay in bed waiting for The Chef to come home from the restaurants I think to myself 'man I should really start writing again.' I muse and ponder about what to write about and when I can't come to a decision the desire to write gets put on the backburner. 

So here I am. Laying in bed, watching Eddie Huang's new show Fresh Off The Boat (the soundtrack is rad) waiting for The Chef to come home. I originally thought I would write about food and getting my kids to eat healthy but then I figured that topic has been exhausted. So I figure I will just write and see how it goes.  

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I have been happily working with The Chef at the restaurants. We opened Trentina in July and by God has it been an adventure. We knew it wasn't going to be easy opening a Northern Italian fine dining restaurant in Cleveland and since the opening we have learned many lessons. The restaurant, just like The Greenhouse Tavern in year 1, is growing and evolving into what it's meant to be. I am so proud of our little gem in University Circle and I really do believe that it is quickly becoming one of the best restaurants in this city. The Chef has been in the kitchen every night and the team he has assembled is turning into something special. Avengers Unite! I am excited to follow along for the ride and for the food! Holy moly the food is divine. And I'm not just saying that. See for yourself. 

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I myself have plunged full force into the marketing and branding of Team Sawyer Restaurant Group. We've had a pretty good game so far but there is always more that could be done. In a few short years our restaurant group has grown exponentially and we are finally finding our rhythm both in team and family. We now have an immense amount of support behind us and the creative forces that drive the Chef and I are front and center. 2015 is going to be a fun and crazy year. Between balancing work and still having a full life with the minis, maybe I'll even have time for this old friend. 

 

A Year in Review

Tonight is the night that the curtain closes on 2014. We will toast our glasses and promise ourselves to do better next year. We will lament on things passed, good or bad and we will wake up in the morning to a new set of days, a better set of days or so we hope. 

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This year was a year of change for us. We changed business partners, we opened a new restaurant, and most important we changed our outlook on our life whether it be our children or our restaurants. We made a choice at the beginning of the year to focus on positivity even in our darker days. This choice has truly changed our lives. We are able to find good in the bad and as we leave 2014 we feel more supported and loved than ever. 

We start 2015 with our eyes and hearts open.  We look to the future and close the door on the past.  

O' Captain, My Captain

I've been holding back tears ever since I heard the news of Robin Williams passing. I was at soccer practice sitting in the car with the girl while the boy sloshed around the wet field when I scrolled thru my instagram and saw the news. My stomach dropped and my eyes watered. With all my might I held them back before my daughter could ask what was wrong. 

I didn't know Robin Williams but I sure felt like I did. I think we all did, didn't we? I watched Mork and Mindy as a child and when I was at the cusp of childhood and teenagedom I found a part of myself in the film Dead Poets Society.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths for you the shores a-crowding
— Walt Whitman

Robin Williams was an icon as I grew up with and his legend and comedy only seemed to expand. He was a true artist and the world will be a bit less funny now that he has departed.

But his movies and his art aren't why I am sad. He will forever live on in film and for this I am happy. My sadness comes from knowing that addiction and depression is a never ending uncurable disease that affects so many and takes so much. To understand depression and addiction I think you must either live with it or love someone who has the disease. Both diseases are cyclical and interchangeable and spontaneous. A life of sobreity can be lived and in one moment depression can jump the gun and make a decision that you have no control over. Sometimes there is no choice. Sometimes the disease just fucking wins...and's its bullshit and it's sucks but it wins. It just wins. 

I hope you find peace Mr. Williams. You gave us so much. Thank you for the lifetime of laughter. 

Butterfly Farm

The girl and I are in upstate New York filming a short film on a butterfly farm.  

It's stunning:

Butterfly Bush 

Setting Sun 

Queen Anne's Lace

Rainbow's End 

Dancing

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you
— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Seven & Seven

Seven & Seven. My drink of choice on cruise ships, and the places and time traveled this year. Cuh-razy.

We have been travelling fools.  It all began with the Chef's Food & Wine win and went downhill uphill from there.  We've been to New York City, Miami, Key Largo, Aspen, Napa, Orlando, back to New York City, & Philadelphia, all in less than a year.

All in less than a year.

Holy Shitballs.  Seven Cities in Seven Months.

During our travels we have been very fortunate to stay at some really divine places, eat some amazeballs food, and just be tourists of our land.  I have been meaning to compile a series of blog post highlighting to the best (and worst) aspects of each trip however the travelling has not really allowed me to do so.

Until now.

As of today my butt is not leaving Ohio until February (when I will hopefully be going to the freaking Academy Awards!) so travel blogging HERE I COME.

Starting next week will be a new feature I like to call Widowlogue, it will be a travelogue of our journeys together as a chef family. Some will be informative, some funny, and some foodie friendly. I am also excited to share so many parts of this country that our family has been fortunate enough to see.

Like Pennsylvania.

Not.