There’s a quote from the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” (a movie I’ve seen many times because it’s one of Joe’s favorites) that goes, “get busy living, or get busy dying” which applies to our lives more than ever since 911. Ever since that tragic day, before each visit I pay to New York City to visit family, see a show, attend a concert, go to a museum, or any of the countless reasons I might visit that incredible city, I think twice for a moment whether that will be the day I run into a new tragedy, and, should I cancel my trip? I pause, and make the decision that I need to get busy living and not allow my chance for joy to die from the fear of running into another attack.
Well, it turns out that one of my decisions put me pretty close to the most recent events in New York City. I had decided on Friday to make the trip into New York to meet my parents for lunch at the Italian food emporium, Eataly, which was founded by Italian entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti and American restauranteurs and entrepreneurs Mario Batali, Lydia Bastianich, Joe Bastianich, Adam Saper and Alex Saper. My parents have been there many times, and I’ve always wanted to see this mecca of Italian food and imports for myself. We met in the Flatiron District location, a short block away from the spot where the bombs were set off in Chelsea the next night.
Fortunately, my parents and I missed this event and any potential harm, but it proved to me that my fears haven’t been groundless. I will still have to continue to choose whether to take on the risk that comes with getting busy living each time we visit New York, but at the same time it will be important to remember what I’d be missing if I let fear kill my desire.
For example, there was the delicious meat, cheese and olive antipasto (above) we had at the beginning of my lunch.
With the antipasto I enjoyed an off-the-menu treat since my Mom pulled out from her purse a fig just picked from my Dad’s garden. Shhh, don’t tell.
I ordered the meat-filled agnolotti in the beef reduction sauce for my main dish. As you can see, I’m always seizing my opportunity to eat meat when I eat out. The grated cheese was a very important finishing touch.
We strolled around for a little while to digest our lunches and I was so glad that I didn’t bring a cooler with me on this outing or I would have spent a small fortune at one of the three rows of Italian cheeses. So much cheese, so much temptation. So many more cases of cheese than you can see in this photo.
Or check out all of the fresh pasta available for sale. I only carried home a pound of dry spaghetti. Moderation is a virtue.
After we digested lunch, we went to the Caffe Lavazza for espressos and these incredible hazelnut chocolate tarts. Below are the two I brought home with me. Along with the Italian chocolates. And the crushed red pepper, the Italian board game, and the gnocchi board. As I said, I had to practice moderation, with every ounce of discipline I had available.