Monday, September 10, 2012

black forest

so. . .

my apologies for being off the grid for awhile. i know i drop off the earth periodically, but this time i have a pretty good excuse: sam and i bought a bakery in the berkshires, and for the last month i've been working 16 hours a day or more, seven days a week. now that summer is coming to an end, and lots of the second-homers are heading out of our part of the beautiful country and back to the real world, business has calmed down a bit and today i was able to sleep in for the first time in weeks, and i'm currently sitting on a couch in a small cottage on a lake, eating homemade blueberry pie for breakfast and taking in a sex and the city marathon.

i honestly don't even know where to begin. sam and i have been talking about opening our own place forever, but everything happened so quickly once we actually got to looking that i really didn't even have time to stop and think about it. we stumbled upon the place on our way home from quebec city in june - a cute little cafe & bakery in northwest connecticut, owned by a husband and wife who wanted to retire - and by the time we got back from our trip to champaign and chicago, we had two weeks to quit my job, pack our apartment, find a place up here and file more paperwork than you can believe. and once we arrived, we really hit the ground running - the place has a full staff, and was running the day we took over, so we didn't have the luxury of a few days to get set up, find our sea legs and make even minor changes. we've been working 100+ hour weeks, making changes as we're able, and basically making it up as we go along. it's more work than i ever could have imagined.

and you know what? it's an absolute dream come true.

first of all, i can't believe how lucky i am to have a guy who will put everything he's dreamed of for himself aside to give me everything i've ever wanted. of course, there's plenty in it for him too - we're staying in a cottage right on the lake, with a dock leading out the back and mountains and trees filling the windows of our glassed-in porch. it's funny - when we first met, sam had a travel job and i worked much of the weekend, so we barely got any time together; now we spend every moment of the day with each other, and it's honestly one of the best parts of my new life. we've always gotten along so well, and effortlessly, and now we get to share everything with each other - it's pretty amazing. then there's the fact that i get to do what i love all day, every day - and make every decision about what to make, how it should look, what the special should be and what should go up on the walls. the people up here are friendly, and it is such an insanely beautiful place.

we have a long way to go to get the place where we want it - the pastries i've changed over for the most part, but the breakfast and lunch menu, the decor, and even the name will all probably change bit by bit. we've accomplished so much in the first 40 days, and people have been so encouraging and kind about the changes we're making - i think it's going to be a pretty awesome little spot.

so - forgive my lengthened silence, and the probably-abstruse nature of this post - i'm hoping things are cooling down a bit, business-wise, as the fall rolls in, and i'll have more time to update this blog and get something up and going for the bakery, too. in the meantime, i'll throw up a few photos i took a couple weeks in - entirely gratuitous food porn and nothing of the bakery, or the town, but i'll do my best to carry my camera around more frequently and throw some more substantial photos up soon.

thanks for hanging in there with me!

xo audrey

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33 comments:

  1. wow audrey! that's such incredible news!! I'm so excited for you! my husband and I really want to own a japanese confectionary someday, but we probably can't afford that till we're 40, so..

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  2. Wow! I'm new to your blog and what a great time to tune in! Congrats. What an adventure!

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  3. Goog luck in your new life! A bakery, that sounds great. I'm sure all the effort will pay off!

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  4. That's so incredible!!! Congratulations! I can't wait to see your bakery on the blog in the future. So happy for you!

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  5. WOW, that is so exciting!! Congrats.
    All the hard work will pay off in the end.
    Will look forward to seeing more & hearing all about it

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  6. that sounds amazing! congratulations!!

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  7. At the risk of sounding terribly cheesy, it's so inspiring to read about someone pursuing their dreams and making something happen for themselves. Congratulations, and I look forward to reading more about it!

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  8. congratulations! sounds like a dream.

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  9. Amazing amazing amazing! So so happy for you!

    xo
    Lenore

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  10. How great!! I'd love to visit your shop the next time I'm on your side of the country!

    http://theoccasionalindulgence.blogspot.com

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  11. this is so fantastic! congratulations! I look forward to seeing more of the business/ town/ etc

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  12. i'm absolutely ecstatic for you two! sad for me because i'm moving to brooklyn at the end of the month and was looking forward to checking you out.

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  13. Awesome! Congrats - I'm so happy you get to have your own cute place!

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  14. This post is awesome because it illustrates that you are not only a bad ass, but an inspiring one. You guys chased a dream and are making it a reality- something so few of us feel brave enough to do! I am wishing you guys the best of luck! Maybe someday I'll take a risk as awesome and spectacular. Have a glorious time with your new adventure!

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  15. amazing! what's the place called for now? I'd love to swing by when I'm in the area!

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  16. What amazing news! You're an inspiration, lady.

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  17. oh my gosh! congrats--that's so exciting! takes a lot of guts and stamina to make that kind of a plunge--kudos to you both!!

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  18. That's amazing! I've been following your blog for a long time, and I started to worry about your long absence. It's so amazing to hear about your new adventure! Best luck to you and your husband. Can't wait to see your bakery and town pictures.

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  19. im so happy for you! it so great and exicting that you have your own bakery. its really like a dream coming true! if i ever travel to the US your bakery will be on my to-visit lisit for sure :)

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  20. Oh Audrey!! I am so freakin excited for you and Sam!! Sounds so wonderful. I will miss being able to track you down in Brooklyn, however. Also, I am no longer on FB, and I somehow don't have your phone number (which I was certain I did after my last encounter with you, but I guess not), but I will continue to follow the blog and keep up with you that way. Hopefully our paths will cross again in less than 13 years. :0) Mazel Tov
    Love, Tori

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  21. I've been drooling over your food photos for a while, but never commented. This is just so exciting though!! Congratulations on following a dream! So inspiring! And you'll have to let us know more about it so we can stop by if ever in the area! Looks delicious.

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  22. Amazing! Congratulations to you both! Good luck with all of the changes, I can't even imagine how hard you guys must be working. Guess now I can stop peeking in to the Annex every time I'm in FG to see if you're there, then wondering if I'd overcome my awkwardness to introduce myself if you were. :)

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  23. Congratulations you guys! I'm so excited for you. I've been following your blog for a few years and it's awesome seeing how your life has evolved. I'm rooting for you!

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  24. Congratulations! Congratulations! Life is a dream come true.

    Sarah

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  25. Congrats! (and the food looks to die for!)
    Megan from http://highheelsinhistoryclass.blogspot.com/

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  26. Ack, I saw this post when I was at work a while back and have been meaning to leave a comment! Congratulations!!! What a dream come true! To be your own boss doing what you love, to be with your husband all the time in a beautiful setting...wow. You totally deserve it. I know you're a very talented chef, and I can tell you're the nicest person too :)

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  27. these treats look amazing! i'm salivating at each photo.. i am going to pull out a legging and oversized sweater look from my socialbliss fall collection (http://www.socialbliss.com/lometz/fall-style-GUZTOMRY) and dream about indulging in your delicious dishes.

    congrats! xx

    - xo -
    Metz

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  28. holy shamolies batman! congratulations! It's so awesome to see someone actively pursuing their dreams :) I will definitely have to make a visit someday!

    -Soy
    soychiild.blogspot.com

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  30. yummy! this post is totally sending me for a trip to the baker's.

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  31. Oh!! yummy!!After looking at those pictures I am feeling hungry !! HAha! Thanks for the delicious share!
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