Monday, May 30, 2011
We saw the sun
It happened today. The sun came out in Ann Arbor. That's after a week of storms, tornado warnings and snow. Well, the snow wasn't real. The snow was part of the movie set for Five Year Engagement, starring Emily Blundt and Jason Segel, which is shooting in Ann Arbor. I saw the fake snow as I walked up Washington to get some fresh bread at Cafe Japon. I had no idea there was a movie being shot in Ann Arbor until last Thursday. That was the day Jay and I made the executive decision not to open our cart as rain and thunder storms were forecasted for the entire day. We decided to make up for it and remain open throughout the holiday weekend.
Friday, Jay debuted the outdoor paella cooker, making his life a little more hectic. He now works the line in our cramped little mobile kitchen and simultaneously has paella cooking outside, so I'm learning a bit more about the line. In essence, I'm learning how not to destroy chorizo corn dogs. I admit I had no idea what I was doing when he left me alone in the cart for the first time a couple weeks ago. It wasn't pretty. I'm a quick study, though, and I haven't destroyed anymore chorizo corn dogs since. Knock on wood. Fortunately we have some great help in the form of our friend Scott G.
We love the community that is growing around our little food cart courtyard. We've had so many interesting, food loving visitors. Last week, Davis Smith posted a video blog about our courtyard. He said some wonderful things about our home away from home.
Jay's duck sausage with a pear mustard preserve and blue cheese foam, a little homage to the traditional Spanish duck and pears, proved popular, even if our whipper was a little ouchy.
We have more friends visit our cart. Jay's friend from high school Tim Ganun visited the cart. Jay took a brief break from all his cooking to say hello.
We also had a visit from one of our Kickstarter backers, Brian Steinberg, of Inchworm Bakery and Inchworm Microgreens. He'll be part of the Westside Farmer's Market opening at the Zingerman's Roadhouse parking this Thursday at 3 p.m. We wish him well and hopefully we'll get a moment to go check him out there. We look forward to seeing more of our friends and meeting so many new friends as the months progress. We also hope the sun will stick around for a while. Well, we'll see you at the cart. Ciao for now.