I love watching Albert and Caroline together, their relationship is like a well-oiled machine. Their give and take is the perfect example of a how constructive criticism is the mark of mutual respect. Couples that encourage and support one another are a force to be reckoned with.
My family and friends have always raved about the food I make. I love experimenting and combining flavors from other cuisines with traditional Italian dishes. The compliments always encourage me to be daring and try more. I really do love being in the kitchen. Some of you must wonder whether I even have any other rooms in my house. I can assure you, I do, but I'm not quite as happy in them.
With that being said, I've wanted to bring my cooking and baking skills to the next level. You see me trying to brainstorm with my dessert recipes; I would love to start a small made-to-order dessert catering company. I have something in mind similar to what you have all seen me do at Melissa and Joe's house for Thanksgiving. It's a great way to start out small while allowing me to spend time with my family. I can always count on Rich to turn my ideas upside down. When did we go from catering out of my house to opening a restaurant? It's not exactly what I had in mind. How does he do it? I'm still confused as to how was he able to convince me to open up a restaurant. Now I think I'm more excited about it than he is. I love Rich for his over the top ideas and his undying confidence and support. Rich is my biggest cheerleader.
Before I can even say restaurant, Rich has appointments set up to see prospective locations. I was exhausted, because we must have driven all over Northern New Jersey that day. The vision I have for my restaurant is one with Mediterranean influences and good flow. People should be able to mingle easily in the bar area. The space I was looking for should have a cocktail party vibe rather than a sit down dinner. Dining out for me is about the social experience with light bites in a soothing, cozy environment finished with some really beautiful and delicious desserts. Always save room! When we landed in every little Italian pizzeria/restaurant combo, I was starting to get discouraged. Hey don't get me wrong; pizza is my favorite thing to eat. It just wasn't what I had in mind for our place. I'm looking for something that you don't usually see in our area of New Jersey. Stick around to see how this all works out.