Thursday, August 24, 2006

Keeping a Promise

A month or so after I quit my job, I noticed a new store that had opened in the neighborhood as I was walking home from the knitting shop--an artisanal bread and cheese shop. I didn't dare go in because I knew I would be tempted and had no business spending money on such luxuries as imported olive oil, gourmet cheese and freshly-made bread.

So I made myself a promise. As soon as I was working again and could afford it, I would buy something wonderful for myself there.

And I got the job and I started working about a month-and-a-half ago. And in all the stress and excitement of settling into a new office and learning the ropes, I completely forgot about my promise.

Until a couple of weeks ago when I was walking down the street and passed the shop. And remembered my promise to myself.

It's a beautiful little shop, called Pastorale. It's small and narrow and packed full of all kinds of goodies. There were several kinds of olive oil, traditional balsamic vinegar, lots of wonderful varieties of mustard, and an amazing array of wonderful cheeses, most of which I had never heard and through which I eagerly look forward to making my way.

And there was also lots of wine. I'm not much of an aficionado, but I might have to try a bottle or two of that as well.

I decided to start small. They had the same bread that I fell in love with at the Green Market, so I had to get a loaf. And to go with it I found a beautiful round of roasted garlic-infused goat cheese (that's the clove right there on the top), wrapped in grape leaves.

Isn't it beautiful? I'll be biting into it soon.

It's good to keep one's promises. I'm happy I was able to keep this one.

1 comment:

BertandFelix said...

Looks so yummy!!!!

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