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Sweet and Savory

Sweet and Savory

Today I had the great privilege of having breakfast with someone I've only ever hung out with as a group. She's a positive, fun, and solidly grounded person whom I was excited to get to know better. And today was that day!

First of all, this girl is a saint because there was a parking fiasco (I have hatred for such situations) and I arrived much later than intended because I finally just parked at my house and walked. I am crazy, just to be up front about it. But she happily sipped her Chai Latte and waited for me, and I'm so glad she did because

There is another person on the East Coast who loves to share food!  

Nearly all of my posts for the last month have been attached to a photo of food, so it's no surprise how I feel about the matter. But this is a girl who petitioned her friends for "food diaries" --complete with pictures-- asking them detailed questions about each meal, such as, "Who were you with while you ate this?" "Was it a planned meal or impromptu?" "How did you feel while eating?" etc. It was my moment to shine!

(To be clear: this was not for her personal enjoyment, but rather a class project. However, I like the idea of petitioning people for their food diaries as pleasure reading.)

 Anyhow: in deciding what we would order, we ended up getting essentially the same thing, ricotta toast, but one that was sweet (honey and jam) and one that was savory (bacon and olive oil), so we could have half of both--for the full experience. 

The point of this blog was not about the food, though, but rather forging new friendships. Over food. Because food and fellowship are so closely linked. (Bonus: she loves tennis, and this harkens back to the days when I was obsessed with tennis. Here's just one example.) She listened to me tell my long-winded news, and her excitement for me was so... encouraging! And undeserved. And I learned that we have a lot more in common that I realized.

It was great way to end the week and start the weekend, with new restaurants and closer friendships. The sweet and the savory, together. 

Gluttony

Gluttony

Girls' Night

Girls' Night