Change

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“Nothing endures but change.” — Heraclitus

And boy was he right.

Over the last two years, I’ve gone from career profession to entrepreneurship and then from having a +1 to being just uno again after 17 anos. All big changes that at times felt like a real assault on me.

But the thing about change is that it heightens ones consciousness, snaps you out of what had been a dull monotony to…LIFE and living. There is no option but to hold onto life, stare at its face, shake it to its core and deal with it, everyday. And when all is said and done, you realize, you lived.

I guess, change isn’t that bad at all.

Lists Rule.

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LISTS have always worked for me. I have a list of my lists, that’s how religious I am to this little know trick.

You see, it’s like a magic trick. The “start a list and watch it happen” trick.

First you write it all down. Just write it. All of it.

No form.

No format.

No order.

And you see the first trick happen. You have a list.

Then forget you have a list…except, once in a while, read it.

In between, work hard. On whatever. WHATEVER, yes.

But whatever it is, the trick is, you gotta give it all. ALL.

YOUR all. And each day, you say, “did I give it my all?”

You don’t look at the person beside you.

You don’t ask your best friend.

You don’t ask that special someone.

You don’t seek out a therapist.

You ask yourself….”did I give it my all?”

Everyday.

Sometimes that’s hard to ask. And hard to answer. So ask it quietly. like in a whisper.

and like I said, go back to the list. Once in a while. Not every day. Not even every week.

Just once in a while, when in the quiet you ask, “did I give it my all” ….look at the list.

Because then you will know. And you will smile. 

A Message from The Huffs

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The Anti-Consumerist’s Holiday List

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I walked the seasonal section of a home improvement store and found that holiday decorations are now on display. There was a couple admiring and choosing holiday decorations. That reminded me that – of course, the holiday is coming and with it comes the frenzy of shopping and buying and the almost maniacal search for that perfect toy or gift to give. It made me sad to think that this season – one I always think of as family and friends enjoying each other’s company, can at times teeter into crazy land. I do that as well, I hate to admit.

This season, with the crepe cart going strong and having met so many small business owners from chefs, artists, craftsmen, crafters, letterpress, musicians – I have decided that I can spend with a conscience if I carefully thought how where and how my money is spent.

Small business owners don’t have agents or marketing staff. They are their staff. They are their agent. They are their marketing staff. I will buy from them because then my money goes directly to where it needs to go.

Need greeting cards or holiday wrappers? Why, Allison over at Igloo Letterpress inWorthingtonmakes beautifully crafted custom-cards, sassy ones, the ones your friends always ask, “where did you get that from?”

Need gifts for families with babies? How about an organic teether from Little Aloutte on etsy. The owner has kids they’ve tested their product on, it’s cute and it’s organic…I bet they’ve through this through and they’d appreciate the business.

Have you seen the chic purses of Poise.cc? on ETSY! Who wouldn’t want to buy from them when the store’s tagline say, “I’d rather carry a heavy purse, than a heavy conscience.“ SOLD.

And shirts…made inOHIO? They got it over at State of Devotion!

There are so many to choose from…if you carefully think it through, the many ways your dollars are stretched when you buy from small business owners.

Baked Goods from Sassafras Bakery – Visit them at http://www.sassafrasbakery.com

As for the mobile gourmet industry, YOU are the most important person when you’re hungry. Don’t you want to shake the hand of the person that feeds you? Knowing who made what you’re eating gives your food more integrity. Where does that food truck or cart get their ingredients? Ask them. It’s likely local, from a farmer within 60 miles of where you live.

Sorry if you read this and think it’s preachy. It’s just almost that time of the year and I think we can all use the reminder.

Just Call Me An Itinerant Cook

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Cars and Truck Show at New Albany.

I don’t think you’ll ever see me wearing a chef’s jacket or hat. There’s a very important reason for this…I have a very high respect for this profession that I’d never try to make it seem that I am one. The chefs go through so much training and study. I just love food and hang out too long in my kitchen.

Traveling and Eating. That’s my passion. My extreme curiousity and love of entertaining is what brought me now to my new profession…what I might call being an Itinerant Cook (aka the “food cart” lady).

In this job I get to do what I love…gab to people, cook a really good meal, and show up on so many different venues and events. THAT is what this is all about.

And I’m loving it.

Next time you see me, just say “hi!” Try a crepe. Give me feedback. Suggest a new venue or event.

I’d love to hear from you…and make you a crepe.

Hot Food should be hot.

Cold Food should be cold.

This is generally the rule that I follow.

More specifically, food trucks and carts have food safety temperatures they need to abide by if they were truly following the rules. The certifications that a small business food truck/cart owner must go through is quite rigid. It is through the county Department of Health, the local Public Safety Department and the Fire Department. These guys are quite thorough inspectors and you only need to ask a food truck/cart owner their licensing story and you’ll hear quite an epic. It’s not easy.

But that’s how it should work.

In addition to the rigid licensing, food trucks and carts are subject to random inspections during events. Crepes A La Carte had the Fire Safety Department personnel randomly inspect us during Red, White and Boom. We were ready and we passed.

So you might ask, is food from food trucks and carts clean and safe to eat?

Just use some of the common sense rules:

a.)    Does the truck or cart look clean?

b.)    Look at food preparation or observe how the cooks are working – are they working on clean surfaces and using clean equipment?

c.)    If your food is hot, is it? If it’s supposed to be cold, is it?

d.)   Peek through their licenses, it should be there and it should be up-to-date.

Food trucks and carts can’t hide behind a kitchen wall. We are right there exposed to you…our consumers. That means you see how fresh our ingredients are. You will also see how clean our working spaces are. Most of us pay attention to all that.

Who doesn’t want food prepared with absolute care? I don’t.

I truck and cart … and I know what I’m getting.

Crepe Love-R

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A few close friends know that my foray into the world of food trucks/carts was not a ‘spur of the moment’ decision. It was brought about after months of soul-searching, consulting with foodies (and food industry experts), careful planning, – pretty much all of 2011.

I love crepes. The thinner, the better. The crispier and brown-er – uhm, yum.

GBD – golden, brown, delicious.

Warm.

So after deep soul searching, I thought – why not crepes?

a.)    Not a lot of people are selling crepes inCentral Ohio.

b.)    Not a lot of people know about crepes.

c.)    Why don’t I sell something I love and share that with people?

I made the right decision.

I love working at Crepes A La Carte and introducing or sharing something I truly love.

A home run.

Yay me!

Baseball

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Less Prayer, More Good Work

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Every Good Friday, there’s a lot of news about how Filipinos commemorate this Holy Christian day. As a Filipina living abroad, I get asked about it quite often. CNN does a good job of highlighting some of the more barbaric rituals.

Yes I have seen people nailing themselves to the cross — quite literally. I have also seen men (or maybe women, who knows) self-flagellate. Part of the ritual is to cover yourself so that no one can identify you. These rituals are cultural — evolved from the religious although I no longer believe it’s religious since I don’t really hear anyone from the Vatican or today’s Catholic Church encouraging people to do this.

I am not one who will stop/judge someone for how they wish to express their religious faith but for the amount of help needed to bring our country (Philippines) in order, I think we can use a little less prayer (and outright self mutilation for some expectation of Divine grace) and a lot more good work.

For example:

Instead of Praying a Novena or Rosary Everyday = Don’t bribe the police officer who is about to give you a ticket

Instead of Going to Church Everyday, Not Just Sundays = Don’t vote for that corrupt politician just because you expect to ‘benefit’ from their political office.

How about turning the karaoke mic down after 9pm and not turning it on before 9am so that you’re being neighborly?

What about that uncle who has 8 children….from 4 mothers — and he’s onto his 5th girlfriend. He could use less self-flagellation and more just straight talk of “don’t be such an as*hole.” Man up.

There’s more…but you get my point.

Simple acts can truly sometimes be more liberating to a soul that yearns to be closer to God. I think simple but honest everyday acts cuts it.

my thoughts on Good Friday 2012.