On Leaving The Strong Island & Heading Into The Land of Pleasant Living
I have had this blog post in my head for too long. It's time for me, however I can, to get it out to you. It will be genuine for I haven't put too much thought into it. It will ramble, as my adventures do. It will not be pretty, but it will be real. That much I can say.
When I came to Long Island several years ago, I found a place growing with life and energy. From the hipsters in Brooklyn to brewers and chefs in Greenport, it felt as though everything was coming to a beautiful point of realizing the importance of local artisan food and drink. For me, who had just moved from San Francisco, it felt comfortable and exciting.
This blog emerged from that excitement and grew in many parts due to the relationships that were created through my adventures around the island. The growers, the farmers, the winemakers, the brewers, the chefs, the gardeners, the foodies, the beer geeks, the wine geeks, the media folks, the writers, the photographers...all of them steeped in a similar passion for a place and its creations.
Of course, these people have names and lives. Some work day jobs to pursue their passion on their off time, some have been doing exactly what they love for decades. I have learned so much from all of you, and I cannot thank you enough for the love and attention you gave me, the support and encouragement, the knowledge and insight I gained from you.
And so now (belatedly), I bid all of you farewell.
(That is, until I come up there next spring or summer and start bothering you again for food, wine, and beer).
I move to pursue my own passion for food, community, and place. They call it The Land of Pleasant Living, "Bawdamore", most people call it Baltimore. My wife's family is all from the area, and we met in Annapolis, MD, along the banks of the Chesapeake. I go from one special place to another. Here things are beginning to grow as well...seeds are being planted that I am excited to see blossom.
This blog will adapt and change. It will continue to grow perhaps in a different way, but that is yet to be seen. There's lots of food adventures around the brick-lined corners of Baltimore. So you'll just have to stay tuned and I'll be back with what I've found.