It’s always nice to wake up early. Imagine the sun beaming on your face (getting a free dose of vitamin D) and a hearty breakfast greeting you with a good morning. Precious days like these seem to be doubly special too when spent with someone. Don’t you agree?
Dates like these remind me of my bonding moments with my Mama. She likes breads, pastries, bakeshops, and cafés. Anything that has to do with dough of flour – she loves! She’s always seduced by the smell, taste, and sight of freshly baked goodies. She can eat them for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.
Growing up, we were quite the opposite. I’m not so much into breads. Anytime of the day, I would go for rice and pasta, but not bread. Until such a time that I learned to appreciate them, especially when my Mama started sharing about her history with breads.
Mama used to help a lot at my Lolo Max and Lola Gliceria’s bakery while she was studying. She would always recount how they make breads, their patrons, and bestsellers, and how my grandpa started his business. You can tell how much she was engrossed telling this story even for the nth time. You can also tell how she got heart-broken when it was time to close the business.
But I can always feel that this special bakery was always alive in her heart. Whenever we stroll around and a sign of baked goods were seen, you could see big hearts start flickering in her doe-eyes. She was like a kid again. When you leave her even for a bit, after awhile, you’ll see her with plastics of goodies that she takes home and shares to random people. She was a generous bread lover.
Now, you can just imagine how that same passion for one of the finest things in life ~ freshly baked breads, was eventually passed on to me. Now, handsome cafés, dainty shops, and good food make me giddy more than chocolates and roses.
When my breakfast date and I planned for our morning bonding, we had a few choices in mind – Paul or Lartizan. It was like choosing between two potential lifetime partners (haha). But, as always when God closes a door, He opens a much better and bigger door for you (at that particular time). So we ended up trying Lartizan and we enjoyed it.
The place was nice. Hmm…maybe a little intimidating at first if you’re planning for a simple breakfast. But don’t let the interiors fool you. You can have a simple breakfast ~ your favorite choices of pastry and coffee or tea, and still enjoy the quality of fine things you have around you.
I also think that more than the place and food, what I enjoyed most was being with someone who equally likes nice interiors, baked products, and good food. And this one doesn’t just like eating. This special person also cooks and bakes ~ a real chef, and an international one. (Oh-my-gosh “innernational”!) 😉
It’s always a pleasure dating this one. I remember when we had our first date; our conversation lasted for five hours! I think we only called it a day since we both had our other errands to follow and the restaurant’s air-con wasn’t functioning well. I really enjoy this person’s aura, stories, wisdom, humor, and wit. This person simply emanates warmth and goodness. It’s something that every one needs to have and share.
I think from my short description of my date, you can tell how much I enjoyed it. It was one of those moments when I both reminisced my good times with my Mama, enjoyed the same things that she used to love, and had a splendid morning with a good friend who’s always been encouraging in radiating God’s love around her.
In times when you lose someone you dearly love, move forward to life by celebrating her favorite things and your precious time together. Don’t miss out on the good things by dwelling in the past and what you have lost. But, think about the things that you gained through that loved one ~ the valuable lessons, worth keeping memories, and the special times you shared with each other. Physically, that person may be gone, but there are a lot of intangible things that surely were left in your heart that are worth treasuring for a lifetime.
Don’t miss out all the fun! God is not a killjoy. He actually wants us to live life to the fullest.
Chef Trisha, thank you for spending this precious moment with me. You’ll never know how much you inspired me simply by spending a great morning with me. A nice breakfast, good conversation, lovely ambience, and the smell of freshly baked breads. What more can I ask for?