Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Eating

My dear blog-friend Shannalee (of Food Loves Writing) just got back from a vacation in Maine, and she left a wonderful quote as a comment on Happy Jack Eats (another wonderful food blog I'm now in love with).

The restaurant is Paolina's Way in Camden, and at the end of the meal, they brought her party a laminated card with their bill, with this inscription on it:

"There are things you do
because they feel right
& they may make no sense
& they may make no money
& it may be the real reason
we are here: to love each
other & to eat each other's
cooking & say it was good."

I just thought that was so very nice. There is not much more wonderful than sharing a good meal with someone you love.


  1. love love love this quote. shanna found out that brian andreas wrote it -- an artist who writes short, sweet stories like this one to accompany his artwork. i might have to include this quote on my wedding menu or place cards. it's just too touching to let go.

  2. I was thinking the same thing (not that I'm engaged). It warms my heart, and says exactly what I feel. I just looked at his website ( - just wonderful little writings.

  3. I really like that quote. It makes me happy.

  4. It's true. There is nothing better than cooking for the people you love, and/or being cooked for! It's the best!

  5. I feel so happy that you all like it, too! :) There's something so just, I don't know, right about it, so much so that I felt my eyes get a little moist the first time I read it.

    PS - If you are ever in Camden, Maine, you absolutely have to go to Paolina's Way. It is exactly what I'd want my restaurant to be like, if I had one.

  6. I found this blog post via StoryPeople's links on Twitter and I just want to say that I LOVE this print... I have it hanging just outside my kitchen and it's made so many people well up with tears! I've given it to many people as a gift, too... perfect! Consider getting the print from them!! :)

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Cameron! I am definitely thinking of it for a gift (can't say who for, since said person reads this blog) ;-)

  8. i also followed the link from storypeople on twitter! to echo the others: i gave this print to my boyfriend for christmas last year, and even HE teared up. such an honest and quirky perspective on life is rare.