Do I sound like a food snob? Yes. Yes I do.
This was a book translated from french, and I could feel it at times where it got a little choppy and difficult. You get to know the character and her life through her storytelling and flashbacks, all while opening a "shabby-chic" restaurant in France. She does this with no formal cooking education and very little money, and pretty much as a way to run away from her past.
The connecting of the events of her life is difficult to piece together sometimes. She will drop a bomb in one chapter about her past and then elaborate on it 200 pages down the road, or will jump back to something a few chapters back in the middle of another thought. I am not sure if that is because it was translated or the way in which this writer works. It is a sad story, and triumphant at times. My favorite parts are when she writes about the cooking. The love affair with food and cuisine comes to life in this book. It almost makes you believe that love and passion in cooking alone can make a successful restaurant. It doesn't-Myriam finds out it takes a lot more, and you find out with her. I liked it a lot...did not love it. But some parts were very worth the read and beautiful.
I do have a cell phone. I broke down 7 years ago and got one ( I really am a true artist at heart). But I turn it off in meetings with clients and new biz prospects. I feel they are taking time out of their day to talk to me, I need to respect that and dedicate that hour or so to them, undisturbed. I am dismayed when my agency and I do not get that courtesy in return. We will have slaved over a presentation with creative concepts for weeks only to have people on their blackberry while I am presenting the work. Sometimes, it is a sign that the meeting is not going well, other times it is a high-powered person who feels s/he needs to multi-task while in the room. But I just have to ask, if a group comes in to share the work they have been diligently slaving over for 2-3 weeks just for you, don't they deserve one hour of your time & attention, undisturbed?
"Crackberry" behavior doesn't seem to just stop in meetings. I recently read on this post: http://commandocivility.wordpress.com/category/blackberry/
that the blackberry is making it's way into the bedroom and the bathroom.
This was pulled by the berryreview.com:
The executive report, “Mobile Messaging Marketing Trends,” finds that worry over being available during non-work hours has led employees to e-mail addiction, causing them to take unnecessary risks with their health, their relationships, and even the welfare of others.
- 79% checked email in the bathroom
- 77% while driving
- 11% while engaged in intimate behavior
- 41% while their commercial plane was in the air
- 94% during work nights or weekends
- 96% while on vacation
-1 Box of croutons, preferably cheese-flavored
-Roll of Jimmy Dean Reduced Fat pork sausage
-1/2 to 3/4 pack of mixed shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
-1/4 of regular-sized onion, chopped
-2 cups skim milk
-salt and pepper as desired
Make the night before. In a saute pan, brown sausage and set aside. Layer in 13 x 9 baking pan: croutons, sausage, onion, cheese. In blender, mix milk and eggs with salt and pepper. Pour milk/egg mixture in pan. Cover with cling wrap and soak overnight in the fridge. In the morning, Preheat the oven to 350. Bake time varies depending on the oven, but usually cook it for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown, firm and puffy. Serve warm.