Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Photo credit M. Sunderland. He makes awesome jams.

So, it's been quite awhile.
And many of you asked when I would write again.
If I would write again.
Why I didn't write anymore...

But no one asked as kindly as A.
She came in the shop today, and said she missed me. The blog me.
Not the little girl running around and making food. Whisking lemon curd and trying to get things out of the oven at the same time.
Not the one serving you. Foaming your latte. Bringing you water.
Not the one doing dishes. All sweaty, scrubbing, polishing.
Not the one smiling behind the counter. Explaining what today's take home options are.
Because for A, that is not the real me.

The fake or the real me? The tired today me. Smiling at A, no makeup, bad ponytail. Gazpacho stain running down the back of my tshirt, accidents happen.

She asked if I felt there were different Marysols for different people.
Of course, she knew. But she wondered how people who have never read the blog perceive me.
I responded that a majority of the customers don't even think I am the owner.
And I don't mind. I like seeing the surprised look on their face when staff point at me.
I have always been an observer. I tend not to speak much and love to analyze.
I also love to listen, always shy to share.
But I guess that over the years, I have shared much on this blog. And some have gotten used to it, and it seems odd that I am so quiet.

So what is it that people want to know?
How has this blog inspired you?

I hope to have inspired whimsy. Taking yourself too seriously is rarely a good thing. Many people in the industry feel a need to prove themselves and forget to have fun.

We have a nice garden at work. I take silly pictures there too.

I hope to have inspired creativity.

Never stop marveling at the beauty of nature. Take the time to observe.

Gardens and flowerbeds are so full of color and treasure. White poppyseeds are fantastic in salads. We use them for weekend brunch.

We go through a lot of green papaya per week. We Ooooogled at this one for about 10 minutes. Usually the seeds are all white, these were painted perfection. A quiet palette, calm but still so noisy.

How about a few pictures of the past few months...

Zoé putting away the sandwiches... I do admit that we feel quite ordinary doing sandwiches every single day, and we wish we were doing fancier. Owning a restaurant and being so close to customers I now realize that I can't switch it up every single day as I hoped I could. People come back for favorites.
One day, my wish is to have a very small menu that changes daily. Elaborate and tasty evenings. Maybe that will have to be in another location...

For now, given the space we have, the neighborhood we are in, we focus on making the weekend breakfasts as tasty, beautiful and scrumptious as possible. People are ok waiting for these, no weekday lunch rush.

Poached eggs are always a hit.

But so are heart shaped eggs for kids.

People heart french toast and bread puddings.

I especially like picking the strawberries.

And I am really excited about this weekend's breakfast.
Dutch Baby Pancakes. Fluffy, crunchy, airy, sweet, not too sweet, buttery, tart, gooey...

Oh, and life outside of work? And how I am doing? How's it going so far? Because I guess that is what you want to know... Well, I am still a wee bit tired.

But I can now have a bit more of a life because I have extraordinary staff.

My girls are incredible. And so is Phil (ladies, please note that his kitchen skills are prrrretty good.)

Friends are fabulous and it is always a treat to have time to see them. Cheers to all of you.

And I swear I am taking care of myself. I eat my tofu, drink my carrot juice. I try to go swimming as most I can. (So that I can keep eating as much bacon as I want and drink as much cream as I wish thank you. I am not perfect, and I am enjoying this.)


Crystle said...

I would enjoy it too!

Carrie said...

Thank you for the post. I've missed your inspiration! I wish like crazy i could drop by the neighborhood and try out some of your food.

-Carrie from New Mexico

One of Ottawa's Real Foodies said...

No words tonight. Just :-) and you know exactly what I mean. As usual.

Kirsten said...


marie camille said...

benitz est à vendre.
je dis ça de même, là...


foodiePrints said...

Oh have so missed your blog posts, but know you are oh so busy!

Cheers to a lovely lady...lovely shop!

tofu...carrot juice...swimming...hope you are sleeping too!

Anonymous said...

je t'aime.

Holly Bruns said...

So nice to see your lovely words today! I miss your recipes too.

Moonlight said...

I am very happy that I meet, even online, people that are so passionate and unstoppable when it comes to their life dreams.
All the best.

Psychgrad said...

Nice to read your update. It sounds like you've gotten into a manageable rhythm now, which is good to hear. The Dutch Baby Pancake looks delicious!

theRachel said...

So glad to hear from you after the absence! Glad to hear you're keeping well, especially the bacon & cream part :)

Anonymous said...

hello! Hello! I've missed your posts too. And if I lived closer, I would visit for your wonderful food.

kaitlin said...

I'm glad that you are enjoying it. You deserve to, after all.

megan lane said...

fun to hear from you! i SO wish that i lived close to your restaurant, i am positive i would love it!

Michou said...

Merci pour tes mots.... un fan

becca said...

okay, I'm new to your blog...and this is amazing, what you do! it's basically my dream, and you do this for a living.
so, so neat.

keep up the good work!

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