Friday, August 21, 2009

Week One

What an incredible week. I am not surprisingly exhausted. Otherwise, I really can't complain. I have reached a monumental goal in my life and have finally been DOING IT instead of planning it and building it and talking about it. Here are a few photos from week one.

Day One. It actually looks like a real busy functioning cafe! Yippee...

Brian surprised me with a phone call to an old friend midway during the first day. The old friend was also the most influential employer I've ever had in my life and one of the inspirations for my bakery cafe concept. Maybe Avery will visit here one day and see the offspring of his amazing creation, Zabby's Stone Soup in Burlington, Vermont.

Even Oliver is happy that the bakery is open. This week his dad finally took over as primary caregiver and took Oliver fishing, canoeing, to the playground and brought him to the bakery to enjoy a scone and a glass of milk!

Every Friday I will make the rich, tender traditional Sabbath bread called Challah. It makes the BEST french toast, looks beautiful and I even snuck in a little whole wheat flour, just for Esther. I made 20 of them today and only three were left at the end of the day. I have a feeling there might be a reservation list for these in the future. Challah is not only a tangible connection to my Jewish upbringing but also to my roots at Stone Soup where Avery was (and still is) the Challah baker.

"hamozti lechem min ha aretz..."
blessed art thou who brings forth bread from the earth....

It makes me thankful for everything. For rain and sun that grow the wheat. For modern civilization that brings the wheat to my door. For my health and my hands that shape the loaves. For my family and friends and neighbors that walk through the doors of Flying Squirrel and say, "WOW. It's beautiful. Congratulations."



  1. That brought a tear to my eye, Anita. Not just the opening of your dream, not just the pretty writing, but the fact that you put some whole wheat flour into the Challah with me in mind. :-) Love ya, sister! I'm so proud of you...

  2. Everything looks and tastes superb Anita. One of my greatest pleasures is watching someone so competent get to express it.

    May your customers appreciate the foods you create as much as you appreciate creating it for them!

    WOW. It's beautiful. Congratulations.

  3. I wish you all the happiness in the world! Now YOU are an inspiration!


    Blessed are you, our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

  5. And all the people said....

  6. We're excited for you and are sure the cafe is going to be a great success! The challahs look superb and must taste even better than they look. Best wishes and love from our family.

    Nadia & Naga

  7. Cool. I missed this because the blog feed is broken. Now I REALLY have to come and visit ^_^

  8. Beautiful writing, yummy looking food, gorgeous place. Can't wait to visit. Thinking of you as always.