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A man, a plan, a food blog

I am not a magician. I have no magic wand, no card stashed up my sleeve, no giant quarter to pull from your ear. But last June, when I offered the online equivalent of a rabbit pulled from a hata man named Brandon, seemingly pulled from the ether – you kindly accepted my sleight of hand. You cheered. You sent congratulations. And you were respectfully restrained in your questions. You, dear reader, have been very patient. For all the stories that I have spun into the fabric of Orangette, this was the spottiest and the most sparse. It was the most significant, but also the scariest to tell, because Brandon came into my life just as you have, dear reader: through the open window of this website. While I was busy telling food stories, this food blog was spinning for me a story of its own.

It all began on April 3, 2005, with an e-mail. “I’m sure you get this all the time,” its sender announced, “but your site is wonderful.” “The main problem,” he concluded, “is that you live in the wrong city. If you were in New York, I would like nothing more than to take you out to Balthazar for some French martinis and a Balthazar Salad.” Three weeks, two dozen e-mails, and one very long phone conversation later, the sender flew to Seattle. He sat with me on the Harbor Steps and ate pistachio gelato. He bantered with the boys at Frank’s Produce in Pike Place Market. When I asked to kiss him, he obliged. The next morning, we retrieved our dirty dinner plates from the kitchen table, wiped up the crumbs, and walked—more than a little wide-eyed and woozy—into an indefinite future of long-distance phone calls and cross-country plane tickets, dates at Di Fara this month and Pike Place the next. I knew that Brandon would be in my life for a long time, and that snippets of that time would slip naturally into Orangette. But I was afraid of sounding like a People magazine story—“Blog Brings Them Together,” maybe, or “Food Lovers Find Love Online!”—so I made ours the one story that I would not tell.

But it isn’t every day that a website lands a wonderfully food-obsessed New Yorker in my life, unplanned, unexpected, and with an uncanny eye for a proper Neapolitan pizza crust and a palate to match. A year ago today, it brought Brandon to me, and last Wednesday, March 29, 2006, on a bench on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, it made me his fiancée.

And to celebrate—after, of course, a bottle of Taittinger Domaine Carneros, a few Di Fara slices, and several Black Hound bittersweet truffles on the subway ride home—I vowed to sit down and tell you the whole story, from start to finish, fan mail to engagement. Awards are alright, and good press is pretty nice, but not even a magician could have pulled from this food blog a better surprise: a New Yorker with a one-way ticket to my northwesterly city, a wedding to plan, a husband-to-be, Brandon.


Blogger Miss Liza said...

Oh my goodness! Congrats! I'm a lurker and came out of the woodwork to say congrats! What a sweet story!

10:41 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Crystal said...

I think I might die of happiness for you! All the best in the world to you and Brandon.

11:00 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Anne said...

Ooh, congratulations!! That is a truly wonderful story. All the best to you and Brandon!

11:11 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger KarenK said...

Ah,that is such a cool story! Wishing you and Brandon all the best, and I think that he chose the right girl on the Left Coast!

11:16 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Starlet said...

Aw that is so sweet :). I'm a lurker too but that is such a romantic story that I just have to say congratulations! I wish you both the best!

11:20 PM, April 03, 2006  
Anonymous extramsg said...

Congrats indeed!

Just remember when you discover he has a penchant for Van De Kamps topped with ranch, that nobody's perfect. ;-)

How come I never get such email adoration? Sure, I'm married, but it'd still feel good.

You even have attractive lurkers!

11:21 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Valisa said...

*BIG HUGS* Congrats Molly!!!!!!

11:25 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Michèle said...

Congratulations Molly! You deserve the absolute best. I wish you and Brandon all the happiness in the world.

11:39 PM, April 03, 2006  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

Your site IS super fabulous and this story makes it even better.

11:41 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Robert said...

Congratulations Molly and Brandon!


12:38 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger kickpleat said...

Oh Molly, you have me all misty eyed with joy! What can I say, I'm a sucker for love. Congratulations to you both!!

12:51 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Fliss said...

Many many congrats! I have been lurking around the site for ages but just read this and had to comment. Your ring is gorgeous. I'm getting married myself this June so any engagement gets me very overexcited!!! :)

1:27 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another delurker to wish you all the best. may good food always be with you two.

1:29 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger englishwoman said...

Oh my, I just burst into tears when I read that! That is wonderful news. Mazal tov,etc.

1:56 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Nupur said...

Congratulations, Molly! Wishing you and Brandon the very best. Truly one of the sweetest stories to come out of the food blog world :)

3:00 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Eva said...

congratulations, that is wonderfull news...I wish you both all the best!

3:21 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Norfolk Dumpling said...

Such fabulous news -- best wishes to you both!

3:28 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Sarah said...

Like the others, I have to delurk to say congratulations. What a wonderful story. All the happiness to the two of you!

3:53 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger bcinfrance said...

This is the first time a food blog brought tears to my eyes!


4:12 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger pseudostoops said...

Congratulations! Blogs should all be so productive!


4:48 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous bea at La Tartine Gourmande said...

Congratulations Molly! Yeah! Lovely story. I had a similar on in the sense that P. sent me a plane ticket to come and visit him in Boston while I lived in New Zealand, and a year later, I was here with him! Those guys with a purpose!

5:29 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous shauny said...

oh swoon! i had to delurk. what a wonderful story. congratulations! can't wait to hear about the wedding menu :)

(PS your ring is stunning!)

5:43 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Kalyn said...

What a great story. Best wishes.

5:46 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Aylin said...

Molly - this is so great!Congratulations! Have fun planning your wedding. All my best wishes to you! -Aylin

6:00 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger AlwaysJoy said...

Wishing you all the best

6:21 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Molly (and Brandon)! Good luck for your new adventures together - food and otherwise!

6:23 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Sam said...

I guess I initially missed details about the start of this affair. You are the Petite Anglais of the food blog word, but thankfully far less melodramatic and far more successful in the ways of love. I wish you all the best Molly, and next time you make it down here, I hope we get to hang out with you and Brandon a while. Wow!
I had a few tears of joy and now I have the biggest smile.

Congratulations and best wishes!

6:37 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Alison said...

The internets are cool like that.


6:44 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Rina said...

Congratulations! I'm a lurker...*sheepish* but I too had to offer my congrats! :)

6:48 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger daph said...

this is a truly beautiful story. good luck with everything!!

congrats :)

6:49 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how WONDERFUL! Callooh callay! We're chortling away here for you!

6:56 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Oh Molly, I can't tell you how happy this makes me! What wonderful, wonderful news. And he's coming to Seattle, which is what I was secretly hoping for all along ;) I wish you both all the marital bliss in the world and beyond, and of course long live Orangette - matchmaker par excellence!

7:10 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Sean H said...

Congratulations!!! That's wonderful!

And I'm sure the two of you will have better food at your wedding than at any other in the state :-)

7:14 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Alanna said...

Who says blogging's a waste of time?!! Congratulations! What a story -- truly!

7:23 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous deb said...

I, too, met my husband through my weblog, almost precisely after I launched it and have written through the engagment and wedding and now newly-wedded-ness. I still can't believe my good luck and I wish you all the same.

8:05 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger iamchanelle said...

beautiful, beautiful story. thanks for sharing that with us. many congratulations!

8:06 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger hayden said...

Congratulations Molly (and you too Brandon)!

8:18 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Su-Lin said...

Congratulations! It seems too romantic to be real!

8:18 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger yoony said...

congratulations!! that is such an awesome story. ;D

8:30 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Raina said...

Hi Molly (& Brandon) -

Semi-lurker here. I just wanted to come out of the woodwork for a moment to wish you both a hearty congratulations. My husband and I celebrate our first anniversary this weekend and it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. All of the best to both of you.

8:34 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Nighthawk21 said...

Congratulations! I think this is my new favourite blog romance story. I wish you both joy, beauty and a full plate of magic!

8:36 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous sher said...

Oh, that is just wonderful. The ring is beautiful too. All the best wishes to both of you. My heart was actually racing as I was reading your post. I started thinking "Does this mean....? Yes!"

8:50 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger karin said...

congratulations! keep the wedding small, trust me!

9:29 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger pomegranate said...

wow. wow. wow. wow!!!

So exciting!!

Sometimes the universe just gets it right..

congrats. congrats!

9:36 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous ed said...

it's been a deliciously romantic ride, Molly. congratulations, and thanks for sharing!

9:44 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger amylou said...

Gorgeous, Moll (for some reason the engagement excited has me wanting to call you Moll for the first time since I've known you--go figure). Brandon, you have excellent taste in rings--and ladies. I'm so happy for you both!

Molly, how soon is too soon for me to start barraging you with talk of dresses and flowers and cakes?

9:52 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger s'kat said...

*girlish shriek*


A heartfelt congratulations is in order! You are two very lucky people.

9:53 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Kate said...

Wow! Congratulations Molly! I'm so happy for you!

9:58 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

My wife has been trying to get me to move to Seattle for the past 3 years...I just hope she doesn't see this blog ;) Congrats!!


9:58 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Erika said...


How wonderful for both of you, such a beautiful story! I have tears in my eyes, I'm just thrilled for you. Have fun with the wedding planning!

10:22 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger ACB said...

How wonderful!!

Now, to plan the wedding banquet... =]

10:25 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger indigo said...

More delurking... I'm not surprised that your sweet, wonderful blog drew such sweet wonderfulness to you. Best wishes....

10:56 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger briana said...

Oh wow. I totaly teared up. The wonderful thing about blogging is having such a connection with people, some of whom you will never meet or communicate with otherwise and some who...

Congrats my dear- I wish you a marriage with as much wonder and beauty as you (yourself) bring to the world. virtual-xo, briana

10:57 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Paul said...


(but I'm sure you've just broken the hearts of many a lurking secret admirer.)

11:09 AM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Lynn D. said...

Congratulations! I love the ring displayed against blue jeans. I assume we're all invited to the wedding...?

11:25 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger margrocks said...

congrats, congrats, molly! looking fwd to meeting you *and* the ring in june!

11:54 AM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger foodiechickie said...

Oh my gosh!!!! Congratulations!! The very best for you both!!!!!!!

12:10 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger MM said...

Oh what wonderful news! Congratulations to you both and all the best wishes and affection!

12:14 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Pille said...

Congrats, Molly! I have been following your romance (and cute pictures of Brandon), but didn't realise that you met through your blog as well. There's hope for us, singleton bloggers, after all:)
Beautiful ring, too!

12:22 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Amy D said...

Another lurker stopping to wish you much joy and happiness... and I will be excited to perhaps read the blog that you two will compose together? (something my husband and I are in the first steps to start)
All the Best!

12:26 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Tokyoastrogirl said...

So many congratulations are in order! May your life together be filled with love, laughter, culinary trips around the world and quiet nights making dinner at home.

You put a big smile on my face! The best to you both;).

12:44 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Meg said...

I've been lurking around the site for a time now, slowly reading through all your culinary adventures. So it's very nice to see an end--or shall I say, a beginning--to this lovely tale of your romance with Brandon. It's very much a (foodie's) fairy tale romance, one that wrote itself out, slowly and perfectly.


1:00 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Clare said...

So HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! And such a well-written story. Thanks for giving us all hope :)

1:01 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Indira said...

Hi Molly,

Followed the link on Food Blog School announcement to here.

Read about how you met, saw the ring, felt really sweet, the kind of feeling one experience, after watching a sweet romantic movie like 'Shop around the Corner', You've got Mail'.:)

Congratulations and best wishes!

1:07 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Oh my goodness, what a lovely surprise! I too love your blog and I'm an incurable romantic. You've made my very dull day a lot brighter! Congratulations, and what a story!

1:17 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Elise said...

Molly - that's awesome! Congratulations. What a wonderful story.

1:21 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Samantha said...

Aw, what a lovely post to read on an otherwise uneventful workday. Congratulations to you both, thank you so much for sharing this part of your life with us all.

Mazel Tov!

1:33 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger tejal said...

Congratulations to both of you! I teared up reading this post, how lovely!

2:01 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous John Mark said...

You never cease to amaze me! You and this site are awesome, and no doubt so is Brandon. I am so happy for you both! Love ya ...

2:27 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Molly - Congrats! I love your blog and have tried some of your recipes. I wish you a very happy marriage! Make sure you are on the same page re: your views on $$, kids and God and you'll be set!!!

2:40 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Savina said...

hello molly, I discovered your blog just the other day, but your story brought tears to my eyes nonetheless. Best wishes to both from Italy

2:40 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Kitchen Queen said...

Best wishes and much happiness to you both!

2:44 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Rorie said...

I must say, I've been reading your blog and others for awhile - but this is the first post that ever brought me to tears. Congrats to the both of you!

2:57 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous CamiAnnB said...

Congrats! You are such a fantastic writer and this post gave me tingles. I have fallen in love with your site and I´ve shared it with all my friends. I feel like I know you a little through your posts and I am just so happy for you. What a fun and wonderful way to meet your man. It suits you perfect!

3:02 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Dawna said...

Ah, I'm almost speechless. Congratulations, Molly & Brandon. May you have a most delicious life together!

3:17 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Barbara said...

Molly, now -that- was a beautiful blog post.


3:31 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Lex Culinaria said...

Molly! Congratulations a thousand times over. What a wonderful (and tear-jerking) way to tell your story. Cakes and the kitties and I offer our best wishes for your future together.

3:32 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Carol said...

Congratulations Molly! So exciting! And what a lovely story...thank you for sharing it!

4:36 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Dave said...

Oh that is so sweet. Honestly, you made my day.

5:11 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Lily said...

i think i might cry. :) congrats to you from one foodie to another!

5:21 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Leah said...

Congratulations, Molly & Brandon!

"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all." ~Harriet van Horne

6:07 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

How totally neato, neato, neato!
Congratulations and best wishes to Molly and Brandon.
And to all you lurkers who emerged: Why don't you speak up more often? We'd love to hear from you.

6:20 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Cate said...

Congrats, Molly! Sure sounds like a People Magazine story to me. ;)

7:14 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous arc said...

molly...i'm so glad to hear your great news. much congrats to you both! marriage is an amazing thing and i would have married my husband the day after our first date...when you know you know. you know...i could tell during our brief conversation over donuts. all the best! arc

7:36 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous hag said...

What a lovely and inspirational story...and its true! may add my congratulations to you both to the long list of well wishers! It truley is a different age we live in ... how exciting!

7:46 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous GoobernGrape said...

yours is one of only a handful of blogs i read. and to read this new news is beautiful.
good things-- great things-- can come from the internet.

(i was already planning to braise fennel tonight, but now im doing it in your honor, hooray!)

congratulations, and prosperous wishes!

7:53 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Helene said...

Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for a little over a year now and have been following your beautiful love story. Congratulations again and happy planning!

8:24 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Roo said...

Felicitations! I teared up a little there. I thought the Molly- Brandon story was headed this way. I hope you two will be very happy!

9:09 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Kymm said...

Wow, congratulations. I, like others, got a little misty-eyed when I saw that ring picture scrolling by. What a fabulous story.

9:37 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Maureen said...

Let's see...we are to congratulate the groom and offer the bride best wishes. Or is it the other way around. Regardless, your story warms the cockles of this very romantic heart. I wish you both the best.

9:54 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Pamela said...

Congratulations to you both, what a beautiful story!!

10:26 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Shauna said...

Oh my god, I miss my blog reading for one day, and I miss all the festivities! (Not the news itself, because I feel privileged to have been one of the first to know. Yay! Double yay!) 90 comments and counting -- it's not just Brandon that loves you, my dear.

I feel honored to have met the boy, himself, and I can tell everyone here the good news: he's a mensch. A dear. A darling. And hilarious to boot.

Mazel tov, my dear. All the best wishes and love and happiness to you both. And you're going to be living in Seattle! YAY!

(So, by the way, could you wave that magic wand to have some lovely boy read my site with the same intentions?)

And please, don't be in People magazine.

10:44 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Marianne said...

Oh my, what an incredibly lovely story. From one food-obsessed to the (soon-to-be) other, congratulations.

10:51 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger hinata said...

Congrats!!! A lovely story to tell the grandkids :) Here's wishing you guys loads of happiness and a lifetime of great food together!

p.s. also a delurker... is that a real word now? :)

11:25 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Tea said...

Oh my goodness, Molly! I was looking forward to some juicy stories from NY, but nothing on this level. Wow, I am wiping away the tears (yes, I am a sap, but this is worth being sappy over).

I wish all the very best for you and your Wonderfully Food Obsessed Soon-to-be Seattlite! Yippie!

Here's to a delightful and delicious happy ending. Cheers to you both!

11:35 PM, April 04, 2006  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, congratulations and all the very best for the future!!!

Your story sure does sound wonderful!...

My boy and I got together thanks to writing letter (we were penpals), so in a sense my story is quite similar to yours...

12:11 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous pumpkinpie said...

So... the way to a man's heart IS through his stomach! Congratulations, and thanks for your beautiful story.

12:13 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


As someone who was in on the plan, I must say I'm not surprised, but wholly delighted to see this post. From the first day I saw you two at the Union Square greenmarket, I knew there was something wonderful afoot. I must admit a childish pleasure in knowing I had anything to do with it. Love and congratulations to you both.


12:59 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger aja-ng said...

I guess all the lurkers came out to salute love. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, gives some hope(=.

2:19 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Nic said...

Oh my goodness - congratulations Molly (and Brandon)! I wish you both all the best. Or I would, if I could stop grinning. =)

4:43 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Karen said...

No no no! Not People Magazine! I want a movie, the literally sweeter version of "You've Got Mail!" :)

Another lurker flushed out by the love, hehehe!

Thank you for sharing your story with us. Congratulations to you and Brandon!

6:35 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger lucette said...

Cannot resist being number 102 to say congratulations and much happiness cooking together.

7:52 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Nerissa said...

No doubt my congratulations will be lost in this plethora of good wishes but all the same: CONGRATULATIONS! I wish you and Brandon the best.

7:52 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful story!

8:44 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, wow. Congratulations, and best of luck to you both. You made me tear up a little! :) What a wonderful story.

9:13 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous kayenne said...

OH WOW! Congrats! I got goosebumps reading your love story! =D

9:52 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger juliebean said...


10:38 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Christina said...

Congratulations! I have been lurking (and making some of your recipes) for several months...but I had to come out of the woodwork and comment.

I am sitting at my desk looking a photo of my husband and myself taken from the same promenade 5 years ago...and the building I am currently in is in the background. We also had a bi-coastal relationship-cum-engagement...and are now nearing our 4th anniversary. It was all so very worth it. Much happiness to you...and what a beautiful ring!

10:46 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Karen said...

Congratulations to the both of you!

11:38 AM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger dairokkan said...

All the best to my favorite food blogger and her soon-to-be husband!!

11:44 AM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous clementine said...

... and yet another de-lurker here to leave congratulations. what a sweet story! thank you for sharing it with us!

12:47 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Emmeya said...

absolutely wonderful! i have to reach for a tissue.

1:04 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger pattywack9 said...

This is absolutely outstanding! The best of happiness to you both now and in the future.

Long live the blog!

1:40 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly - What an awesome post! Congratulations to you both - I don't know who is the luckier one. And I'm glad he's moving here - we should have you both over for dinner sometime. I want to hear about all the details! And if you're interested in cakes, I know a great place....


2:34 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger farmgirl said...

Love it! Congratulations to you both!

2:50 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger megwoo said...

How wonderful and amazing... congrats to the both of you! (And I'm glad you're staying in Seattle!)

2:51 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Helen said...

Congrats to the both of you, such a happy foodie tale :)

3:06 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous amydiane said...

OH!!!!!!!!! I'm getting weepy! I am so thrilled for you, Ms. Molly! Big, big, big hugs and I want to meet this guy pronto!

(Really, I don't usually write in all caps).

*Amy D

3:45 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Clare Eats said...


4:20 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Ivonne said...

Tanti auguri, Molly!

Wishing you lots of happiness now that you've decided to share your life ... and your blog ... with a wonderful person!

4:48 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Marilyn said...

What an incredibly sweet story. Congratulations :-)

4:48 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous cheesefairy said...

Congratulations!!! Life can be so surprising! I love your story, I had to reread your entry a number of times just to read the happy ending over again. :) I hope you have a ball planning the wedding! I just got married last fall, and the best part of course was all the cake and caterer tastings. ;)

4:48 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Ellen said...

Hi Molly! I'm Amie's sister. I visited New York not long after you met Brandon last year and he talked all about you and Orangette, which I've been reading ever since. I've made a number of your recipes, but I especially love your food photography, which is gorgeous.

Best wishes. I hope you guys have many close and fulfilling years together.

4:56 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Emma said...

Congratulations! I've been reading your blog for a while and was always struck by there being something magical about the way you talk about Brandon.. you guys sound like a match made in heaven and it was great to read your news!

5:12 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger lee said...

Yeah, he would have had me at "Balthazar" too! Congratulations you two. Can't wait to read about the wedding.

7:02 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous helen said...

Wow. Congratulations! That's definitely the tastiest find you could hope for!

9:11 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Barbara said...

That brought a tear to my eye. Congratulations.

9:18 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous Culinary Fool said...

What great news! I thought it was just a matter of time after seeing the two of you together. :-)

Now we have something to celebrate next week!

~ B

9:20 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous misslynnea@juno.com said...

I've been reading your beautiful blog for a while but haven't posted before. Your engagement post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful moment with your readers. Best wishes to you and Brandon!

9:26 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Minjenah said...


What a wonderful thing to happen to Orangette!

9:30 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger darlamay said...

Holy shit! 125 comments! Just proves love conquers all-- even food! I got goosebumps reading your story-- what a story!

Now-- which city will be home?


9:34 PM, April 05, 2006  
Anonymous rob said...

Congrats, Molly.

Hearing your story made me reminisce about getting engaged to my wife, and left me feeling quite happy. Thanks for that.

9:34 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger T said...

Oh my goodness, how lovely! Molly, I am SO excited for you! Warmest congratulations and best wishes. Im looking forward to the time when you blog about your wedding :-)

9:36 PM, April 05, 2006  
Blogger Culinary Hag said...

That is a story to trump all stories. You made my heart tingle! Congratulations to you both and may you both have a happy and full-filling life with each other

12:47 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Hageltoast said...

Hi, I wanted to leave my congratulations too!! I love your blog and I am so glad it has brought you this extra happiness.

3:13 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Bikkle said...

this is the sweetest thing I've heard for a long time! Congrats!

4:20 AM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Mandy said...

That is such amazing news. I am so happy for you and Brandon. I have loved reading about your romance. I think this story sounds like a future book proposal to me.

6:25 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

How Sweet! Best wishes and congratulations!

7:49 AM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Secretary said...

Molly that is so awesome :) I love your blog and I'm so happy that you've found something so special. :) Congrats!

8:42 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Mrs. Delicious said...

Hooray, Molly! Coming out of forever lurking on your wonderful blog to wish you and Brandon the most happiness.

10:59 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger mger said...

I didn't realize how long I'd been reading your blog until this post. It's been such a treat to watch your recipes and relationship flower, thank you for extra charming treat of sharing the whole story with us all, your readers. May you and Brandon have an outrageously wonderful life together, full of many moments of shared decadence. Many, many congratulations.

11:17 AM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Liza said...

Amazing… You once mentionned "adventures" related to your blog, but I didn't suspect it was THAT kind of adventures… Félicitations, et beaucoup de bonheur à vous deux :)

11:36 AM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet sweet congratulations - what a fabulous story! I love reading your blog and can't wait to read about the upcoming wedding preparations. I'm a sap for a good love story and happy endings/beginnings. Been married and shared many a meal and a trip together with the same lovely man for 17 years - it's a fun ride!!!
Kiki Eats

12:45 PM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Jessie O. said...

I must concur with everyone else. Congrats my fellow Seattlite!

1:02 PM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger barbie2be said...

best wishes!

2:53 PM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww -- Good golly, Miss Molly! That's a glorious story and lovely news, worthy of many congratulations many times over. I just hope that I get a chance to see you again before you finish the bicoastal hopping portion of the romance!

2:59 PM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many, many good wishes and congrats! I've been a follower of your blog for a long time and have watched with interest Brandon's entree into your writings. I was so hoping such an announcement would be forthcoming but count me among those faithful readers who were reluctant to pry! :-)

I'm glad Brandon has chosen to relocate to Seattle. It is indeed a lovely area with so much to offer. My daughter and son-in-law are in Seattle and I do enjoy visiting there.

Ok, we stay waiting for fabulous details of the unfolding of wedding plans to follow! :-)


3:03 PM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, molly & brandon that is such wicked news
enjoy every moment .... ooooo will you share your plannning adventures with us? i so hope so!!

5:26 PM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Susan said...

Congratulations Molly!!! I have been a long time reader and a never blogger. I am very excited for you and Brandon!! Best Wishes!

6:07 PM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger elizabeth said...

hooray! congratulations to you both, and what a lovely story. as a seattle girl transplanted to new york (via long interludes in foreign places) i've much enjoyed your continent-crossing tales-- either making me pleasntly & hungrily homesick (or food-sick?) for seattle haunts like macrina, and introducing me to new tastes to try here in NY. may you both have many happy years & meals together on both coasts.

7:42 PM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Pam said...

Oh, Molly, this is just lovely. The very best to both of you and never stop writing to us.


10:33 PM, April 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Molly,

Congratulations! I knew there was something special about Brandon when you first mentioned him in your blog - and now, like a fairytale it is all happening.
Oh and congratulations on the award. As you can tell I am behind the times and have not read any blogs in a while...

Tisane For One

11:18 PM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Gourmetish said...

What did I tell you? Long distance relationships can have a happy ending! I'm so happy for you. That ring is beautiful too (antique?)!!!

1:09 AM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

many, many many happy things to you both. Get him over to your side of the country soon.


8:26 AM, April 07, 2006  
Blogger Dana said...

I'll add my congrats to the list of 154 comments! Thank goodness he is trekking this way and we aren't loosing one of seattles top bloggers!

9:55 AM, April 07, 2006  
Blogger sonj said...

horray!!!!! enjoy everything! =) thanks for your lovely weblog, I love coming by to read and make a mental note to try the recipes. although so far only have made your sisters scones - - which were Delicious ;).

2:44 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Michelle said...

That was a magical post. Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

4:09 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Cenk said...

Congratulations! What a sweet story and what a nice ring! Best wishes to both of you.

4:13 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous stef said...

oh, how romantic!!! congratulations to you and brandon. may you have many kids:D and more food stories to tell.... this was well worth delurking for.

7:47 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Heather said...

Yet another lurker (this one Australian) offering congratulations and best wishes. Such a lovely story! You must post a photo of the happy couple.

9:45 PM, April 07, 2006  
Anonymous Aino said...

another lurker (with a long-distance foodie relationship of her own) coming out of hiding to congratulate. :)

12:21 AM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Fiber said...

Another lurker wanting to say congratulations to you and Brandon. And that ring is amazing. I love it!
Best wishes to you too.
Oh, and send any remaining single men to my blog....

11:24 AM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little recipes in the future? Too soon to discuss melding, I'm sure. Very sugar, spice, and all things nice. Fantastico!

12:18 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Cindy said...

That's great, congratulations !

4:20 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger debbie said...

Holy cow, Molly, I've been so absorbed in my own news that I managed to miss yours! Mazel tov, mazel tov, mazel tov. Yours is a lovely story, and I'm absolutely thrilled for you.

4:37 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous keiko said...

That's fantastic, Molly, many many congratulations!

12:28 PM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Adam said...

Wow, what an inspiring story! Much congrats, Molly, it was so nice to meet you and Brandon a few months back. Hearing him wax poetic on Di Fara's pizza spoke volumes about his passion ("It's the best crust in the world, the best sauce in the world, and the best cheese in the world")--now he gets to eat it with the best orange-haired food blogger in the world forever and ever amen. So are you going to tell us the answer to the big question: which city wins? Seattle or New York? I'm hoping it's the latter, but even if it's the former I wish you both the very best. You deserve it.

10:33 PM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger anna said...

De-lurking to say- Congratulations!
What a super sweet story..... thanks for sharing!! : ) Best of luck in plans for the future together!

11:05 AM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Viv said...

What fabulous news! This is the stuff dreams and book deals are made of. Mazel tov!

12:36 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Mary said...

Sniff, I'm reading your post at work and I'm about to cry. What a lovely story! Congratulations!

5:39 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always slow on the uptake, I only just found your blog, stumbled through a path of beautiful entries, and now read that you're newly engaged! Heaps of congratulations. I'm pretty sure I was slowly but surely falling in love with you myself, so my boyfriend will be happy to know that you're taken. He and I gained about 40 pounds between us during our early foodie courtship, so it's nice to see a kindred couple.

I wish you nothing but the best. -- Stephanie

10:49 AM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger Katy said...

Wow! Congrats! Wishing you both the very best!

6:10 AM, April 13, 2006  
Anonymous S said...

I know this is a little late, but CONGRATULATIONS! I've been traveling over the past month and haven't had the chance to stop by your blog. But just as I clicked onto your URL today, I was just wondering to myself if you've gotten engaged (one can't help but think it's an eventuality judging by your lovely gastronomic tales of romance). From half the world away, I'm thrilled by your news!

6:56 AM, April 16, 2006  
Anonymous Tana said...

That is so wonderful. I'm behind in my blog reading, but better late than never.

WONDERFUL NEWS--best to you both, Molly dear.

8:41 AM, April 16, 2006  
Blogger Ayun said...

heavens, how romantic! That's one for the Times' "Vows" column for sure! Witha beautiful ring and a breathtaking view to boot.


9:23 AM, April 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. that is amazing! congratulations indeed!

11:26 AM, April 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats just beautiful.
Have a fantastic life together :)

11:05 AM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger Catherine said...

As commentor 178, it is my duty to...wish you and Brandon a wonderful life filled with nothing less than delicious LOVE!

What an amazing story!

1:08 AM, May 05, 2006  
Anonymous Alison said...

Lovely story Congratulations indeed!

10:52 AM, May 09, 2006  
Anonymous Robyn said...

I'm a first-timer here, and what a post to start with ... congratulations!

1:44 AM, June 30, 2006  
Anonymous jenny vorwaller said...

awwwwwww! :D what an incredible post. (found from your post today hehe) ;) love rules!

6:29 AM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Mimi said...

Congratulations and felicitations! You are a gifted writer who is clearly living a charmed life. Thank you for sharing so much with your readers. It is a pleasure to celebrate with you, Molly.

8:20 PM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger Josh and Tyra said...

I know this is an older post so I don't know if you'll ever even read this comment but I just had to say that my husband and I have such a similar story. Only he was in Seattle and I was in New York and we got engaged 10 days before you two did. I was working in Brooklyn when I was in New York right next to the promenade. Now we're married and living in Seattle. Congratulations to you and Brandon!

10:04 PM, February 03, 2007  
Blogger Susan said...

Hello! Congrats (-:
I'm a journalist and am thinking about writing an article about pursuing a passion online and finding love along the way.

As I'm doing my research, I'm running across a large number of sites about how to find love online. Here's a funny one:

I've found success stories:

However, I'm not finding a lot of interesting stories about fun, creative people who found love via blogs or other other online pursuits.

I've found a couple who found life in second life/myspace:

An online dating podcaster who found a fun love online:

And, I found your site. Would you be open to an interview if I do finally write my article?


10:52 AM, May 15, 2007  
Blogger Molly said...

Sure, Susan. If you would, drop me an e-mail at cheeseandchocolate (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

6:34 PM, May 15, 2007  
Blogger Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

This is wonderful.

6:55 PM, August 03, 2008  
Blogger (wife.) said...


I know Brandon from Oberlin and have been following the Delancey progress via Twitter... SO amazing! I read your blog several years ago, stopped reading blogs for awhile, and for some reason didn't come across it again when I started using Google Reader, but I'm so happy I stumbled upon it again and will now be a loyal reader! I had to search your archives for the Brandon story and am so glad I did. You sound just as wonderful as he is. :-) Best of luck with the restaurant opening, and I hope to meet you there sometime I'm on the west coast!!


8:45 PM, April 30, 2009  

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