Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blogging About What I Had For Lunch

LK often says that I'm a creature of habit, to which I reply you're damn lucky I am mate otherwise I'd be flinging my ovaries at any sailor in a fine pair of trousers. And then we laugh and both wistfully look around for that sailor.

Anyway, I have my little routines and today, I threw caution to the wind and did something different. I can understand that to the casual observer someone capable of moving thousands of miles from home may not seem like a nervous Nelly when it comes to change - but it's one thing to make the decision to emigrate, another entirely to live with it. As this blog is endless testament to.

I've been feeling a little hemmed-in lately, with a creeping desire to push my boundaries and try out the unknown. The last few years of our life have been so crammed full of change that I comforted myself with the known, the routine. Buying your first property two weeks before you have your first child, then trying to remodel whilst learning how to be landlords made 2005 a bit of a corker. I'm finally recovering, and I'm not sure if it's the advent of the New Year, or just fiscal restrictions making me want to break out, but I'm wanting to move on. I thought lunch would be a safe place to start.

For once I decided to forgo the catered lunch at work (so long California Pizza Kitchen, one too many BBQ chicken salads has sent me in to the arms of another.....) and I headed for pastures new. Someone had recommended a deli that has opened in the new hospital multi-storey carpark. I know, that's what I thought! What the chuff! You don't have to be a geographer to think that someone wasn't exactly thinking location, location, location. More like how are we going to get this giant parking structure past the City Planning Board. I know! Spanish architecture and a deli selling Peet's coffee. Sold! I have to tell you though, it was gobsmackingly good, and what's more a fresh Caprese sandwich with couscous salad and a frothy Peet's mocha only set me back $7 which in this town makes you wonder whether Concepcion knew how to operate the till.

Thus in conclusion, change is good. At least for today.


Little Britainer said...

A deli in a carpark? That's some leaps on from a strip mall, even. Location doesn't seem to be a big concern here for food places... More about convenience. And perhaps you can't get more convenient than a car park--do people park their cars and order take out and then eat their lunch in the cars?

jenny cook said...

oh funny - i am the same way. it's so bad that people i dine with often will tell me what i'm ordering before i see the menu. maybe this weekend, i will try something new - you'll be my inspiration. :)

Fresh Hell said...

Did you know that Alfred Peet died in September? I think he was like 83 years old. Sad day for devotees such as yours truly. Anyhow, to get a steaming hot cuppa Peet's I have to go either to Newton Center or to Harvard Square. In-freaking-convenient, I tell you. Anyhow, I envy your easy access to the fine coffee and delicatessen delectables.

Summerland girl said...

Oh you will be back to CPK in no time : )

AliBlahBlah said...

Summerland Girl - too right, after all $7 or not, nothing beats a free lunch!!

LB - I've no idea why it's there, although I have to say one of the things I've grown to love about this country is the prevalence of drive-thrus, there's nothing nicer than not having to wrangle a toddler in and out of a car when you're both whiney & hungry.

Jenny - OMG my husband and I are exactly like that, I can always guess what he's going to order and vice versa. Sometimes I'll try and surprise him by ordering the halibut - but the joke's usually on me!

Fresh - I didn't know about Alfred Peet - obviously if I did I would've spelled his chuffing name right - I've gone back and edited - thanks for the heads up!!