As I write my resignation letter to my office today, I would like to share the news with you as well. While I will not be resigning my post as "The Worst Vegetarian Ever," I will be leaving Philly and its fabulous and unique foodie culture behind as I embark on the next chapter of my life.
Philadelphia has very much become my home. I feel as if I have been here for longer than six years when I think about how much I have experienced here. I distinctly remember the very first day I visited, feeling like a small town girl in a big city. I marveled at the countless shops and more importantly restaurants all within walking distance. The concept of buying your next meal off the food truck down the block was entirely foreign to me. Now I exist almost soley on breakfast sandwiches, Magic Carpet, and soft preztels. Ok and the occasional hot dog.
I have witnessed Philly embrace many of the values of the new food revolution taking place around the world. We have restaurants serving local products, farmer's markets, CSA's, community gardens that would make Alice Waters proud, and grassroots organizations working hard to educate the masses. In the past few years I have changed the way that I eat, cook, and buy food in remarkable ways. I'm far less dependent on the supermarket than I used to be, and I've accepted that I can only eat certain fruits and vegetables when they are in season. It used to be that eating locally and organically meant shelling out a few extra bucks, but I've discovered that it's just not true any more. I think I manage to eat very well on my meager budget.
My journey continues on to Charlottesville, VA where my budget might not increase but where I hope to have time and kitchen space to keep up with my culinary explorations. I have already begun researching farmer's markets in the area. I have been accepted into a co-op, and my understanding is that the philosophy centers around shared food preparation and sustainability. I can't wait to have the opportunity to compost again!
I will continue to write, I promise. Writing has given me a creative outlet and a chance to document some important memories whether I have a large audience or not. There are far more talented, entertaining, and original folks out there I know. If at the end of the day if I'm the only one who reads it that's ok with me. At the very least I'll have a scrapbook/journal of some of my favorite memories and recipes.
But then again, maybe my tv career will take off soon. They air my episode of Chef's Vs. City in July.
As always, thanks for reading.