When we first moved to Oakland, my dear friend Kelly approached me about a little project she wanted to collaborate with me on. With her background in architecture and design, and my background in food, she thought it would be awesome if we wrote about restaurants that not only served up heavenly fare, but were also the kinds of stops that were beautifully designed. Food, service, atmosphere... places that have it ALL. You know, like that perfect guy that everyone wants to marry, but just in restaurant form. And an awesome idea it was. And still is.
So, we went to work. Since I was a new resident to the bay area, that meant a lot of eating out and trying new places for me. It was like my dream come true. We met frequently and discussed what we truly wanted this project to entail. Our goal was to write about and share restaurants that we were passionate about and wholeheartedly believed in. Restaurants that perhaps not everyone talked about all the time, but ones that they should. We were dead set on not being reviewers. If we didn't believe a restaurant had the whole package, then in no way shape or form could it be on our list. We didn't want to tell you why not to go to places. After all, the world is full of enough Yelpers for that task. Basically, we wanted to spread the love for the two industries we care most about: food and design.
And then I got pregnant. And very, VERY sick (remember that?). Eating out, or rather, eating AT ALL, was the last thing I wanted to do. And then Kelly got extremely busy with work. All of a sudden our timing was off, and we couldn't get our schedules in line. We tried. Believe me, we TRIED. But we just needed some time to sort our lives out before we could once again devote the time that this project truly deserves. We've been talking about starting it up again, because we both really do love it. It may take time, but I am incredibly happy that we're at least in discussion again.
Until we finally do launch this great project that we started on TWO WHOLE YEARS AGO, we've decided to publish the three write-ups that we have so far on Halcyon Days. The first, Serpentine, is up today, and the following two will be up on the next two Tuesdays. So please head on over and take a look at the interview we did with Erin Rooney, owner of both Serpentine and Slow Club.