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It's all there

Well. That took a little longer than I expected. Thank you for hanging in there, and even more, for being so understanding. I missed you all, and I missed being here.

I was having a pretty rough time a couple of months ago. You could probably see it more clearly, actually, than I could. I have never, ever, done something as consuming as this opening-a-restaurant business. Even writing a book doesn’t compare. People had warned us that projects like these always take twice as long and cost twice as much as you expect them to, and dude, that is Seriously. No. Joke. It’s been like Little Shop of Horrors over here, only the role of Audrey II, the man-eating plant, is being played by a small neighborhood restaurant called Delancey. This thing, it eats up more hours, and more cash, and more human flesh – last week’s tally: 1 splinter, 1 blister, 1 army green bruise, and 3 burns – than I could have ever imagined.

The truth is, for a while, this restaurant scared the crap out of me. I didn’t want to say it in those exact words, but it did. You might remember that when I first announced it, I said that Brandon was opening a restaurant? That’s how it started. It was his idea. I was wary. My love for food has always been about home cooking, not the restaurant industry. I like the intimacy, the quiet, and the scale of home cooking. A restaurant is a different beast. It’s exciting, to say the least, but it’s also unrelenting. It means that you work when everyone else is playing. It means long hours, little security, and even less money. I should also mention that I’ve seen a restaurant gleefully chew up and spit out one marriage and cheerfully maim a second. As far as I know, home cooking doesn’t mean, or do, any of that. This is the kind of stuff that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Still, I wasn’t going to stand in his way. I knew how much he wanted it, and I wanted to support him. I knew that his vision for this restaurant was a humane one, more like an overgrown dinner party than a scene out of Kitchen Confidential. I knew that this restaurant, either way, had the potential to turn our lives upside down – to take us over, really – but in the beginning, it was still pretty abstract. It was easy to brush off. It was easy to pass him power tools and Cool Ranch Doritos, and to cheer. Until it actually did take us over, and then I had a lot of thinking to do.

And what I decided, ultimately, is to stop thinking so much. Rather than fight it, or worry that the shape of our lives is changing, or what the hell are we doing, or whatever, I decided to get right in the middle of it. I decided to work in the kitchen at Delancey, full-time. I had originally thought that my involvement there would be on the periphery, that I would help plan the menu and develop desserts, and that I might be the host a couple of nights a week. But a few weeks ago, when we cooked our first practice dinner there, a thank-you for our designers and a few friends, I was in the kitchen with Brandon, making arugula salads and washing about eight million dirty dishes, and it just felt right. I was so happy to be working with my hands that way, to feed a room full of people and give them a good night. I felt like a part of the place. And it reminded me of something that Brandon said to me a few months ago, when the construction seemed like it would never end. He said that even though I couldn’t see it yet, this restaurant would embody everything that matters to us. And he was right. It’s all there.

So I’m going to be in the kitchen, manning the pantry station, when we open. That means that if you order a salad, some cured meats, some pickles, or a dessert, I’m your girl. I have no lofty dreams about how long I’ll be able to do it full-time - I want to keep writing, and doing both might be nuts - but it’s right for right now. Things are only going to get busier around here, but it feels like a good kind of busy. I’m ready for it. And I can’t wait to share it with you.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

...We can't wait for you to share it with us, Molly. Congratulations on making a brave life change. We will be cheering you on, even if we cannot visit the restaurant in person (any time soon, that is!)

7:12 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Julianna said...

inspiring attitude. it will be great. hard but great. best wishes!

7:18 PM, July 13, 2009  
OpenID owlandpussycat said...

Exciting times! One of my favourite jobs was working in a small restaurant. I still miss it.

Thanks for sharing your life with us. Can't wait to come down and try it!

7:22 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous jennifer said...

this is so delightfully exciting for you - both as individuals and as partners in so many ways.
i wish all the very best for you in this adventure - may this delancy spirit thrive and continue to inspire.
p.s. do continue to snap your lovely photos in the pantry.

7:25 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger tara said...

Lovely, lovely to have you back, like a friend returning from a trip abroad. You've been missed, m'dear, but it seems that the journey has done you some good. All the best to you and Brandon with your restaurant - it'll be magic, I'm sure.

7:26 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous emily said...

oh molly! how glorious and brave and fun and absolutely delicious, i'm sure.

7:27 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Thrifty DC Cook said...

I only started reading your blog and am glad to see you posting again. Looking forward to hearing more about the restaurant. My family had a restaurant once and it was HARD work but also LOADS of fun.

7:30 PM, July 13, 2009  
OpenID carmencooks said...

Good for you! I'm coming to Seattle for a wedding in September; if you're open by then, I'll definitely stop by for some pizza. :)

7:31 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous heather said...

Serendipitious. I just not three minutes ago finished the book and had lamented to friends earlier in the day that your blog was on hiatus. Congrats on the new venture---wishing I was closer!

7:32 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger gem said...

brilliant. i love this (and oh how it is speaking to me these days and days and days, leading into weeks, leading into months): "I decided to get right in the middle of it." thank you for these words - all of your words (i recently finished reading your book...).

7:33 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're home...I mean back. I just finished the book and couldn't wait to tell you how much I loved it. Everything makes so much sense now. You're half Canadian and a prarie girl.
Hang in there, speaking as a restaurant refugee,you'll love it, you'll hate it, but you can't live without it.

7:33 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous stephanie said...

Congratulations Molly. The restaurant sounds wonderful - I wish I was a little closer! Where did you find the three glass lights? I've been looking for something like them for ages...

7:33 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Tea said...

Horray for you, Molly. We're cheering you on!

7:35 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Snap said...

Welcome back and we can't wait to hear everything about the restaurant. Congratulations to both of you. See you in Seattle one day.

7:35 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Acorn Dandelion and Rose said...

Good for you! Intrepid wife and Restaurantress - if you don't dive in with everything you've got, you'll always wonder about 'what could have been' and what's more, diving in will be much better for your marriage in the long run! I admire your wisdom in giving in the pull of the kitchen, of the Man-Eating small neighborhood restaurant. Best, best wishes and enjoy!!

7:40 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Cheers to being brave!

Molly, those photos...little wonder you need to be a part of it all. The light fittings are spectacular.

You will write - I suspect you always will - in one form or another here, and for that, I for one, am exceedingly grateful.

Deep breaths...good luck, to you both. (Oh, and see if you can find some comfrey cream for that monster bruise!)

7:40 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous deesigner said...

Best of luck to you both. The restaurant looks BEAUTIFUL. I'm sure the food will be even better. Please keep us posted.

7:42 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger kid collective said...

congrats. what an enlightening experience. i wish you the best and can't wait to make it to seattle to try Delancey in person.

7:42 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger JennyMac said...

Phase 1-the plotting and planning
Phase 2- the construction
Phase 3- the operation....

It's like you gave birth to two babies and about ready to give birth to the third. Each phase have been so exhausting but as you've learned...'this too shall pass'....you assimilate

Just think, next year we all will be reading your blog post about how far you've come and we all will be laughing about it....

Loved your book Molly....you 'jackie of all trades' you.... LOL

7:44 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Congrats! what an exciting and life changing experience. I'm always so impressed when a person just follows their dream. good luck :)

7:44 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger slip4 said...

Whew, I am glad you are back. I read your book before I discovered your blog (actually I had heard of your blog, but not visited). So I finish the book in record time, and race to the computer (we were on vacation so computer time was limited) and put your blog on my reader, without reading it first. Then I go to read your blog and find that you are on hiatus. EEK. I love your writing, if you can't tell, and your attitude toward cooking and your family's stories, blah blah blah. I am rambling. Welcome back! Can't wait to hear about Delancey's success.

7:45 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger megan said...

YAY, molly! welcome back! so excited for you and brandon and your new adventures...glad you're taking us along for the ride.

7:45 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Amanda Nicole said...

Eeek! You are one brave woman. I'm glad you're finding your groove, and I have a hunch it will only strengthen the bond between you and your husband. Congratulations!

7:49 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger sparklerawk said...

I really can't wait to hear tales about you working in YOUR OWN restaurant! Even if they only come once a week or once a month, that'll be more than fine. :)

Congratulations on doing something that feels right, I know not a lot a people can honestly say that they're currently doing that.

7:51 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Michelle said...

Glad to see you are back. Can't wait to see some pics of the food you'll be preparing in the restaurant.

7:57 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Heather said...

Hooray!! This is so great, I love that the restaurant seduced you. I peak in every time I'm at Honore, which is often! Just this weekend we were talking about what a difference it makes when a restaurant has owners who are present and known to the customers.

Can't wait to eat with you!

8:00 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger abby try again said...

You go, Molly!
I am reading this with tears down my face and cheering-yes, yes!
Seriously, this is going to be an amazing adventure and I love that you share all of your thoughts and doubts with us. It helps us relish in the joy, too.
I am so happy for you two and wish you the best of luck!

8:02 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous joanna said...

i can't wait to see when all is done!! best wishes to you!!

8:03 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger shannon said...

it's good to see you back. thanks for the restaurant update. i am glad you are feeling better!

8:03 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Eric said...

Glad you're through the construction phase and let me just say congratulations and best of luck. Having a restaurant isn't for everyone...you already know the downsides...but there's nothing else I'd rather do.

8:04 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I finished your wonderful, wonderful book. We may need to take a trip to Seattle to eat pizza (and salads and dessert . . . )


8:07 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Whitney said...

I totally just teared up reading that. I am so excited to read about the crazy ride you and Brandon are just starting on. And to have a great excuse to make a trip out to Seattle

8:08 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Oh, Molly, wow and wow and wow. Welcome back to this corner here. Orangette is such a happy place for me and it's just delicious to have some new words from you.

We have learned quite a lot of hard, but not insurmountable, lessons in the last couple years about running a business together. If you ever want to talk about that, I'm here.

8:10 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Paul Michael Smith said...

Molly,best of luck to you and Brandon. I applaud your decision to get into the middle of it.I didn't start cooking professionally until I was forty-five (way too old for a sane person)but love it and believe that you will too. Look forward to reading more as you are able.

8:16 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous mon ami said...

welcome back and congratulations on your decision and your adventure to come.

I recently read 'A Homemade Life' and I have to say, it was one of my all time favourite books. I have always taken cookbooks to bed with me and read them cover to cover like novels but no cookbook has ever moved me to laugh or cry. Thank you for sharing your stories and your recipes.


8:16 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Megan said...

Perfect. Welcome back.

8:17 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Aria said...

Molly! I was so excited to see your blog come up in my reader. Sounds like you are doing a great job of going with the flow and embracing all that's before you! Best wishes.......hope to read more from you soon.

8:20 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger nmrosycheeks said...

So pleased to see a post from Orangette on my RSS. All the best to you and yours. Be well, be happy!

8:22 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Kristin said...

I can't wait to come home so I can share some pizza with you and Rebecca!!! You and Brandon are amazing!

8:25 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Linda said...

Oh, sounds delightful. I can't wait to try it.

8:28 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Fern said...

Looks like I am not the only one nearly in tears over this post - but in a good way!

You seem so clear-sighted about what is important to you as a person and to you as a couple - and so honest - and so brave.

I wish you every good thing, my dear.

8:31 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Alana said...

Hooray! I'm so glad you're back, and I'm so looking forward to eating at Delancey. I'll be sure to order a salad and save some room for dessert--wouldn't want the pizza to be the only thing getting raves at my table!

8:35 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Debra said...

Welcome back! You've been missed. We drove by & scoped out your location - anxious to hear when you are OPEN! Best wishes to you both!

8:38 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Alejandra said...

You're back! I'm so happy that you're back. Has it really been two months? Wow.

And you in the kitchen. Well that's just amazing. It's so good to do what feels right, isn't it?

You know, never until I started reading your words did I want to fly across the country to check out what this Seattle thing is all about. But now I do.

Good luck and wishes and prayers for your success.

8:38 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Caroline said...

It is SO good to have you back! Congratulations on making this big decisions. I can't wait to hear your stories!!

8:53 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger hans lehmann said...

WoooHooo! Having seen your 'Gone Fishing' sign up for the past couple of months, I was pleasantly surprised to see a post from just an hour ago. Congratulations and Good Luck with the new member of the family.

9:01 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Megan said...

So exciting! Decisions are tough but it looks like the hard part is over. Delancey will be my first stop anytime I make it over to Seattle!

9:02 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Jillian said...

You're back!!! :) This post was beautiful- you sound so energized and so happy!! Congratulations.

9:09 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

good luck, good luck, GOOD LUCK-- add me to the list of people cheering you on!!

9:14 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Isabelle said...

Hospitality is such hard work but the pay off is that it's so rewarding. I only ever worked for someone else when I was cooking for a living but the joy you get from pleasing people with food is incomparable. And the high you get after a busy, successful service is pretty awesome too.

9:18 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous June said...

congrats and welcome back! I had only recently starting reading your blog - and am glad you are back!

9:26 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger amy @ switz~art said...

So happy to see those words on your blog, Molly! We are all rooting for you and Brandon! Cheers!

9:33 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Min said...

How exciting. I can't wait to come there next time I'm in Seattle.

9:36 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous The Wind Attack said...

Wow. I too almost teared up while reading this post. Your writing so wonderfully embodied the excitement you feel and I'm sure it will be a wonderful place full of great times, great food and great stories. I hope that I too may someday embark on such an exciting project!

9:39 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Jeannie said...

I was so excited to see your post in my Google Reader feed! And I don't even know you! But your stories are so well told and full of heart that I love reading them. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

We're going to be in Seattle in 2 weeks. I would love to dine at your fine establishment. Will it be open by the end of July/beginning of August? Good luck with it all!

9:41 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Shauna said...

Hooray! So glad to see this place blinking back to life! Best of luck with the restaurant, I'm sure it will be a crazy success.

And, um, Delancey dessert recipes as you work on them, s'il vous plait? Thankyouverymuch.

9:49 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger deborah said...

molly, i am so so so happy for you, for brandon and for delancey. i look forward to sharing a meal at this special place... it sounds simply magnificent.

9:49 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Lickedspoon said...

So good to see you back. The restaurant looks fabulous. 'A good kind of busy' is surely the best way to spend one's days? The best of luck to both of you in this new and exciting venture. I wish I lived closer - it sounds like my favourite kind of place.

9:50 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said...

Yay and congratulations! I hope you love it!

9:51 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Julie Alvarez said...

Congratulations, Molly.
On standing by your man.
On standing by both your dreams.
And for daring.
I think that our project to go live a healthier and slower life somewhere on the seaside resembles this restaurant of yours. I just hope that I am as wise as you are when the crazy thinking time comes.
I wish I could come over for coffee and dessert... But I am on the other side of the planet. Well, one day...

9:55 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger julia said...

I missed you so much. It feels good to have you back here, and I can't wait to come and order from you. I know I will be eating food of the heart and that is a deep and wonderful comfort.

10:10 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Jayme Duke said...

How exciting! I can't wait to eat there!

10:26 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

wow! good for you. i cannot wait to walk into delancey and see what you two have come up with. it's so beautiful to see how much you've thought about and embraced this new part of your life. congratulations.

10:27 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous cindy said...

We're rooting for you and Brandon!! and can't wait to come and sample the pizza and pickles! Here's to living full-on!

10:51 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous rick @ a la mode said...

really good to see you back! i've been enjoying your book in the meantime. i'm sure you two will do fine. make sure to stop to smell the roses and enjoy the journey!

10:51 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Gastronomer said...

In the words of Bella Caroli, YOU CAN DO IT! You're a tuff cookie.

10:53 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous Cate said...

Congratulations on jumping in and loving it! I was so excited to see that you had a new post in my google reader, and I'm so happy for you that things are going so well now!
I'm really working on not over-thinking things and just getting in and enjoying them, so this really struck a chord with me.

11:00 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger M said...

so good to see you back! and best, best of luck on your newest adventure---it looks & sounds amazing.

11:01 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger shila said...

Good luck with everything! I'm always secretly a little proud of my kitchen scars. I feel that they up my street cred. So you have lots of street cred in my book.

Also, I'm selfishly glad to have you back blogging. I've just gotten into Orangette and really enjoy your charming stories and recipes. Although I must say that reading through the archives has put my baking urges in overdrive.

11:06 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Lisa :-] said...

We just passed our third anniversary as restaurant owners. And our thirthy-third wedding anniversary is coming up in October.

I won't tell you the restaurant hasn't challenged our marriage. But as of this writing the marriage and the cafe are still standing. Doesn't seem like much of an endorsement...but believe me, it is.

11:21 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger yola said...

I walked by delancey the other day and it looks fantastic! Can't wait for a bite of pizza and good company. Best of luck to you and Brandon, i'm sure it'll be hard work, but satisfying...and the neighborhood will love you for it!

11:37 PM, July 13, 2009  
Anonymous emma-kate said...

oh i am SO excited for you, and looking forward to reading all about delancey over the coming months...yay! and good luck. i only wish i lived closer so i could come visit and eat - but cape town is a bit far. one day, hopefully.

11:39 PM, July 13, 2009  
Blogger Reuben Morningchilde said...

Welcome back!

And jumping in the middle of it, even despite being scared, sounds like the most sane and most courageous thing to do at the same time.
It's so exciting, thanks so much for sharing with us.

12:07 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger nath said...

wow Molly - i have only been reading a relatively short while, but wow. i love your writing. your story.

and this new chapter sounds so exciting. you're both going to make it work, anyone can see that. i wish i could come get a job waiting tables, or at very least come and eat something delicious, because it's going to be very special. very special indeed.

1:29 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Mel said...

nice one Molly. Very inspiring. I missed you!

1:38 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous teresa said...

Huzzah! Congratulations Molly and Brandon. I look forward to reading more about your restaurateur-ing adventures.

1:45 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm so glad to see you're back blogging! I just started reading your blog when you went on a break, but I have spent ages reading through your old posts and I find you and your story absolutely enchanting and inspiring and simply wonderful. You have encouraged me to believe in love and life and happiness and dreams again, so thank you.

I have no doubt that you and Brandon will make your restaurant a phenomenal success. What a brave step into the unknown you have made, and what rewards you wil reap from daring to trust in the man you love and support him in his dream.

If only I didn't live in England, I would be there like a shot. I would love to taste your food. Best of luck with it all...not that you'll need it.

1:49 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger max said...

What can be said that lots of other people haven't already said?! Well done for following your dreams and I wish you all the best with your new adventure.

(I also wished a bit closer - it's a bit of a long way to come from the UK to have dinner...)

1:51 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Koek! said...

I only encountered Orangette just before you took a break – and it inspired me to start my own food blog! I don't have any huge aspirations (okay, maybe late at night, I have super nova aspirations), but I'm loving it for its own sake. I've so enjoyed exploring your blog and am glad you're back. I look forward to hearing about your restaurant adventures!

3:03 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Victoria said...

YAY. You're back! I think you would be surprised how much you have been missed. Tons of luck to you and Brandon and thanks for returning.

And I owe you (way more than) one. I now use the Four-minute Egg Gribiche from Zuni to dress steamed red potatoes, served chilled. The best. (But I am going to try Burg's potato salad upstate in August when I have a big luncheon.)

3:24 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Blushing hostess said...

It is brave but life takes a little fearlessness for a payoff. You are going to be great, both of you and the place!

3:40 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger sk said...

Good for you for hopping on board! How wonderful. I can't wait to see more pictures and read more about this restaurant. If I ever make it out to Seattle, I will be eating there for sure!

4:11 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger trupeach said...

oh molly! these photos are so intimate, just as the restaurant you and brandon will love and share together is bound to be.

4:13 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Julia @Mélanger said...

It's always great to sometimes push yourself outside your confort zone. Well, sometimes easier said than done. I'm sure everything will be a roaring success! :)

4:25 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Laura said...

Welcome back! It's so nice to read your posts again, and I'm really looking forward to reading all about the Delancey adventure.

4:30 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

I kept thinking about "courage" when I read this. It's so scary jumping into such a huge venture. I hope it is a huge success!

4:44 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Prue Barrett said...

Fortune favors the brave, so go for it! Good Luck.

4:59 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous http://anthimeria.com said...

My parents opened their first restaurant - a charming little 30-seater - many moons ago, dad in the kitchen, mom out front - they worked 'til 4 in the morning, and woke up at 7 the next morning to do it all over again.

Dad proposed one late night through the kitchen pass, as my mom was winding up the vacuum cord, exhausted and weary.

Twenty-six years later, they're on restaurant three. I don't think they expected their atypical life, and every now and then, you see a glimmer of "what other life could we have made?" but it's the one they chose, and it's a good one, for all its chaos.

All this to say, the dinner party hasn't ended, our family restaurant is where we grew up, where I blistered my fingers and learned to cook. I had a third grandma in our cook and four servers aunts, career waitresses who are magical people. My restaurant family. It's home.

Good luck to you both.

5:01 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Ciao Chow Linda said...

I congratulate your persistence and tenacity and hope the restaurant is a success. I hope you manage to still find the time to write, but whatever works for you will become clear.

5:08 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Janna said...

we're all in your corner! can't wait til can i make it to Seattle--there is one life-consuming, little neighborhood restaurant that i'm dying to check out. ;)

5:08 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger oneordinaryday said...

Glad you're back. Hope you share your kitchen experiences with us.
I also wish I could pop in for some pizza and salad!

5:18 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you love to cook, you probably love doing it for others as much as doing it for yourself. Now, you're loving it in a much larger scale. Enjoy! Best wishes and love from Rio de janeiro.

5:31 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

It's kinda like marriage, isn't it - can't be half-hearted about it. You go, girl - I know it will be a wonderful succss.

5:40 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

welcome back! I had just started reading your blog at the suggestion of Rose, and then you took your hiatus... I'm glad to see you back!

5:47 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Lalycairn said...

Good for you. From one "overthinker" to another - sometimes the only way to handle it, is to jump in there. I hope you both totally enjoy working together, and wish you every success with the opening of Delancy!

5:51 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Ben Smithson said...

Good for you! Me = jealous.

5:57 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Mel H said...

Hip, hip, HOORAY! So glad to see a new post Molly and to hear all is well. As always you are such an inspiration.

Its fabulous to see that you're following your dreams. I hope to make it to Seattle one day to dine at Delancey!

6:00 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger smaro said...

I have loved reading your blog over the last 6 months as I slowly got hooked on food blogging. I wanted to add my congratulations on a big and exciting step which I hope will bring you much satisfaction. I can't think of anything more inspiring or exciting than your new adventure!

6:03 AM, July 14, 2009  
OpenID pricklypearbloom said...

Oh good luck, Molly. I'm glad you've found a spot that feels right for now. I wish I could be there when you open, but you know I'll be making a trip at some point. I'm so excited for you.

6:05 AM, July 14, 2009  
OpenID truestoryofwhatwas said...

That is so exciting! Good Luck to you - you'll be great!

6:16 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger teryll said...

I'm so excited for you and B! It is exciting, scary, earth shattering and unknown, but there's great joy in doing in what you LOVE! Blessings on you both! Think the restaurant will be open and kicking by September?? I'll be in the area......

6:16 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Casey said...

Welcome back! Best of luck in the restaurant world. I run my family's restaurant in SW Florida, and although it is all-consuming, I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

6:22 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Brandon Alsup said...

This post made my day and it is only 8:30! It also inspires me to someday open a restaurant with my wife! Thank you.

6:27 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger carrieitly said...

Here's to what feels right. Congrats on listening to your gut. It's got a pretty quiet voice, but almost always speaks the truth. We'll get there one day soon. And when we do, you're my girl.

6:40 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Allison said...

Best of luck to you! I know that you'll be great in the restaurant and that you'll find your balance. It's so good to read a post from you. I've missed Orangette during your busy times!

6:43 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous L. (Bake While Baby Sleeps) said...

Molly, I must have stopped by this site at least once a day for the past two months, hoping you'd be back. Imagine my surprise when I saw your update after I booted up this morning. The restaurant looks amazing; you and Brandon have done a wonderful job. Keep loving each other, and loving what you do, and it will work.

6:59 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Ivy said...

Best of luck to you Molly. I'm sure it will all be great!!! By the way I love those lights -- the ones that look like inverted wine glasses. They are fabulous and the picture of the peonies is gorgeous.

7:07 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Meagan said...

So glad you're back Molly. I understand how scary it is - my mom owns a restaurant and I've seen it first hand - but it's also one of the most rewarding things you can do. Go. Girl.

7:20 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Veronica Maier said...

Oh we've all missed you so much. I read blogs daily, but I've never been quite as attached as I am to yours. I love how you bring us all in to your life so willingly and your writing is superb! Thanks for including us in your continuing journey. And congrats x a million on how far you both have come with Delancey!

7:26 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Beth said...

Hooray! You're back!

I'm really looking forward to reading all about your adventures with Delancey. All the best to both you and Brandon.

7:29 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger whitney said...

so happy for you! congratulations to you and brandon. there are times, many times, when you just have to stop thinking...and FEEL out what is right! good luck.

7:29 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like the beginning of a new book! Best Wishes in your new life. Someone said a picture is worth a thousand words, please show us lots of pictures of your food. That way if you are tired and can't write we still can enjoy your restaurant long distance. I just bought your book and started reading and enjoying it. I only found your blog a little before your construction break.

7:31 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger lillie said...

so excited for you, molly! it is going to be a fantastic new crazy adventure.

7:44 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger elizabeth said...

so glad you're back! thanks for all the fantastic food inspiration, and for sharing what is certainly a very crazy time. i can't wait to eat at delancey!

8:01 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger hannah said...

i love love love you molly and brandon. no matter how many bruises or splinters.

8:06 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Michele said...

Molly - so many, many people (me too) are working at a job as a way to define ourselves. You are working at Delancey as a way to express yourself, and it makes all the difference. You will experience such tremendous joy!!

8:08 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Emma said...

Hey Molly?

That was perfect - like bang-on, eyes-wide perfect. So very glad you are back here and just. can't. wait for Delancey. I won't be back in Seattle for a bit, but will be sending my mother, grandfather, and aunt to the restaurant in my stead. (They are excellent tippers, and you can count on my grandfather to flirt with your wait staff until they blush.)

Very very best of luck to you both - and really, thanks.

8:08 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Heather M. said...

Congratulations, Molly - what an exciting new adventure!

Can't wait for more photos and stories about the place.

8:22 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Monica's cafe said...

I can't stop smiling and nodding as I read your post. It IS all there! You must have been nervous to post: Is anyone still out there waiting for me? And look at all this fabulous response! You are supported and loved and you are following your heart. As tiring as it is, you will be so much happier for it!

8:23 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Jen H said...

Congrats on the restaurant and coming to terms with it in your own way. So exciting!

8:25 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger jodi said...

i can hardly wait to visit delancey next month when i am in seattle. and now, i will be sure to order a salad!

seriously, all the best to you & brandon.

8:29 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Jeff said...

My wife Sarah and I are very proud of you both, even though we have never met either of you. Your bravery and - I can't think of a better word - love, is inspiring. We hope to visit Delancey the next time we're in the area. Best wishes from us both!

8:42 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Claire Winlo said...

Good Luck, Miss Orangette!!! You can do it! :)

8:43 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Amanda Mae said...

It's going to be wonderful. What a great accomplishment. congrats. And congrats on doing what feels right.

8:43 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger JillyB said...

Molly, I am so glad to see you back, energized and excited! I must admit that my cooking was beginning to suffer without your weekly inspiration. :) I look forward to reading about (and seeing through your beautiful photography) your new adventures. Merde!

8:57 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger John said...

Molly, congratulations. If you're going to play, play to win! Stay true to your values, and your commitment, and all will come out right in the end. I am in business with my wife, and there are definitely things I would do over, but it's all 'come good' as the English say. I'd be happy to offer some hard won advice, if needed!

9:11 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Amy said...

I cannot wait to read about your adventures on the line and visit Delancy on my next visit to Seattle. I say your video on the Kitchn, thanks for the great tips.

9:11 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Heide said...

Rock on, woman! Thanks for posting and sharing the latest news... With all that delicious love and happiness in the kitchen, I'm sure your joint will be a success! :)

9:20 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous J'ai Faim said...

Thanks (as always) for sharing a bit of your world. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your restaurant project. I believe your writing and actions have encouraged the dreams in all of us to come true. I also would imagine it is a gift to be able to work side by side with your husband. I wish you and Brandon much luck and can’t wait to hear more!

9:25 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Cindy said...

glad you're back! and that things are going so well. I've read your blog for awhile now, but never left a comment. Love your writing and photography! I look forward to dining at Delancey one day soon.

9:27 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

I will be in Seattle in Oct. Can you please give me directions and info about your Restaurant. I would love to stop in and eat a bite..... Thanks, Dawn
I enjoyed your book and am glad your back to blogging.

9:54 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Antonia Eats said...

Hi there,

I adore your style of writing and you have given me a great deal of inspiration for my own new baby blog.

I worked setting up and opening restaurants for three years - many congratulations on making it through. The opening weeks will be sleep deprived and adrenaline fuelled, but they will be worth it!

You have such a huge amount of support which is streaks ahead of many new restauranteurs. Good luck and keep writing!

Antonia x

9:59 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Nisa said...

Welcome back! I have missed reading your blog but completely understood for the need to step away. I am also excited to try Delancey. In fact, I was in Ballard last week and tried to sneak a peek. I live on an island north of Seattle but was in town to visit a friend. We are excited for the restaurant to open! Best of luck!

10:05 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Mary said...

congratulations! i love that you are sharing with everyone. i hope to visit the restaurant one day. best wishes!

10:12 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Rosiecat said...

We missed you too, Molly! You can be sure that when I finally make it out to Seattle, Delancey will be at the top of the restaurant list. And I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that I can get my book signed ;-)

10:19 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger chelsea | arugula press said...

so beautiful molly. restaurants can be crazy, but once you know one well, and are personally involved in it, you would do most anything for it. i worked alongside the owners of a small cafe with my husband, and it was seriously one of the best parts of our lives. we still talk about them weekly. if only every restaurant had as much love put into it as you two have put in, the world would be a perfect place. and i would advocate eating out more!
i can't wait to take the train up to seattle, and eat in your restaurant, and know that you two poured over every detail. it really is something to behold. i can't wait. and i am happy to hear that you have found yourself in the midst of it, even for just a while. cheers!

10:30 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous radish said...

it's funny how you wrote about home cooking vs restaurants - it is precisely why i chose not too go to culinary school and become a chef. and yet, your feelings of how much you loved it and it feeling so right, also make sense. when you create something out or sheer love and desire to share - the result isn't so much a process of ingesting food, but sharing memories, experiences, binding together as people. which pretty much is the best thing out there. wishing you the best of luck in this lovely new endeavor!

10:36 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Mathias said...

Welcome back!

I have no choice but to book flights to Seattle asap just to get one of them salads.

10:44 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger girlcreateslove said...

I'm so glad you're back! Been checking the blog daily for updates and can't wait to check out Delancy for myself. You're inspiration to take a leap and follow your heart. Thank you!

10:55 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous FatBanker said...

I was so pleased to click on your blog-link today and see that your were back writing (and taking pictures!). I wish you guys all the success possible for your restaurant adventure - if you approach it with just half of the style and passion you put into your blog, it is bound to be a huge success.

(...you're so right...I've found that, in life, stopping (or at least pausing) thinking about things can often lead to the best (most natural) decisions.


11:00 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous DC Sarah said...

Oh, so many congratulations are in order for you!!!! I have this long off dream of designing (my technical profession!) and owning a petite, home-cooking-ish restaurant someday. Thank you for letting us into your world a little bit. Funny, but I just said to Francoise this morning "I miss Molly". 2 hours later, I get a message from her: "She's baaaaaaaackkkkkk!!!!" You were very much missed. Reading your stories really makes my day brighter. My boyfriend and I are def. planning a trip to Seattle in the next year to see if it's our next home, and I've already told him the 1st stop will be Delancey. YAY!

11:06 AM, July 14, 2009  
OpenID ButtonsMagee said...

Molly, I can't wait to see pictures of the finished product! It is looking awesome, and I think it's so fabulous that you are going to be a team in the kitchen :)

11:15 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger City Girl said...

So good to have you back - and you are so right - sometimes it's just better to stop thinking and start doing. And who knows - maybe Delancey will be the material for your second book. :)

Congratulations to you and Brandon. If I am ever in Seattle, I am so going to visit Delancey :)

11:32 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Mixing Bowl Mama said...

Oh wow...what a great post. I've been checking almost weekly to see if there has been an update.

I love that you're going to be working in the restaurant...it would be a shame for you to not be there with all of your talent. My huisband and I have daydreamed of opening our own restaurant so often, but for now it's just that...a dream...with two small children and other jobs (fortunately for me mine is in the food industry) it's not possible now, but you give me hope that it could be one day. I look forward to hear more restaurant stories...

11:35 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger claire said...

woohoo! it looks fantastic and all i can see is the ceiling. i don't need to tell you how i simply CANNOT WAIT to try the pizza (and salad and cold meats)
welcome back molly!

11:37 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger La Petite Aubergine said...

yeah, i am so happy you are back molly! i began following your site about 9 months ago and have been addicted. you write beautifully and i was so upset i could not go to your book reading at Idlewild in NY. i had a root canal that day and was on the verge of leaving my apartment to go despite the pain i was in. it's a testament to how much i loved your book (i have read at least three times already!).

Congratulations on Delancey. My boyfriend is a cook in New York and I know firsthand how difficult yet rewarding it is to work in a restaurant. You are achieving every chef's dream - to own and run your own place. This is an amazing adventure you and Brandon are embarking on (I feel like I know both of you even though it's just through your writing) and I wish you both the best. I am sure you will be a huge success...and if I am ever out in your neck of the woods I hope to come visit and dine at Delancey.

11:49 AM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous hannah said...

So very hopeful and brave, Molly! Delancey looks beautiful, and I'm sure the food and the experience will indeed be the embodiment of everything you and Brandon are about.

Best wishes for both of you.

12:02 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous alissa said...

your thoughts are so inspiring! thanks for sharing your gorgeous delancey journey!

12:32 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Meg said...

Super inspiring....

12:53 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Katie in Berkeley said...

Oh hooray! It sounds like a great thing to be doing with your time right now. I really believe that a person can put together a lot of happiness by doing different things at different times in their life. Congratulations and continued well wishes!

1:01 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Welcome Back! My patient checking of your blog finally paid off!

1:03 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Christine said...

Yay you're back! and more than that, wow, I so admire your attitude and that you're doing it. It is hard work, and great work, and well strangers though we are, I am proud of you. Go you! Go Brandon! Go Delancey!

1:07 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

What a leap. It is a whole new story for you.

1:21 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Tastecraft said...

I'm so thrilled to see you back...I've missed you so! And double thrilled to hear about Delancey and your new role there. How I wish I were on the west coast to see it, eat there, experience your dreams in person. Bravo, best wishes and welcome back!

1:30 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous devon said...


you go, girl.

2:00 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Cat said...

Hi Molly,
So happy to see you back. I thought of you and Delancey recently when interviewing the owner of a coffee house nearby. She opened this amazing shop with her husband, brother and sister-in-law, and said that getting it off the ground was the hardest year of all of their lives. The challenge surprised them all, but they made it and so will you, Brandon and Delancey.
Good luck as opening approaches- we're all behind you and can't wait to hear about what crazy pizza concoctions Brandon comes up with!

2:26 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Kate@ Kids and Cocktails said...

It sounds and looks wonderful. Your writing AND your cooking make me so happy, so I can't imagine how they must make you feel. Know that we'll be here to read whatever you have time to write. Good Luck! Cooking in restaurants are the only jobs I've ever been good at. Better at that then being a mom and wife! :)

Where did the fantastic glass lights come from? They are JUST what I've been looking for to put over our island.

2:31 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Delilah said...

Good to see you back here. And, congratulations on the new turn! Sounds like fun.

2:39 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous lcertalic said...

It's good to have you back. Just finished your book.....delightful!

2:50 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Claire Mauksch said...

I'm so excited for you and Brandon, and selfishly, for me (to come eat at Delancey this summer)!

I haven't commented on your blog before because I've been too nervous--weird, I know--but I found Orangette via a friend back in March, and I haven't stopped reading (or cooking) since. I picked up A Homemade Life at the Barnes and Noble in UVillage and it's now with me in DC for the summer. Thank you so much for getting me excited about cooking! I have never enjoyed myself at the end of the work day as much as I have making soba noodles, or scottish scones, or yogurt cake with lemon. I can't wait to see what comes next (from Delancey, and from you)!

3:34 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous nancy said...

Molly, I picked up your book at Barnes and Noble in Destin only because it was a staff recommendation. I LOVED it! It was so well written and inspiring. Of course when I went to the blog, you were taking a break. I am so glad to see you are back. My parents owned a restaurant and worked side by side for about 35 years. Their marriage survived it and they raised 2 kids in the middle of it. I wish you the best!

4:37 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Ivy's Kitchen said...

I discovered your blog while you were gone, and I'm so glad that you have started up again. My husband and I are building a house, doing most of the work ourselves, and it sounds not unlike starting a restaurant. Except we don't have to make it appeal to the masses, only ourselves! I live on Bainbridge Island so I will have to venture into the city to try Delancey. When do you officially open?

5:18 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Jen Ludwiczak said...

I just started reading your blog and your book! I am so glad to see you back and look forward to seeing where your new adventure takes you:-)

5:26 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Bea said...

Wonderful Molly. J'imagine aussi l'anxiété et les longues heures. But I trust you'll do it all beautifully, just like holding the pen! Bonne chance to the two of you, ou plutôt merde, as we say chez nous.

5:29 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're back! Good luck with it all at delancey. sounds like one of those times in life you'll remember forever- and the bonus is, you get to share it with your husband!

5:33 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger emily said...

Welcome back, and best of luck with Delancey! I'm glad you feel comfortable in the kitchen, and I hope it continues that way. I only wish I lived in Seattle!

6:20 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Brian G. said...

Didn't you post on this very thing once - about how you love food but the food industry is not for you? Anyway, it probably will be a pain at first, but you will make it work I am sure.

That's the thing with being married your goals and dreams all get mixed up with your spouses. It's infectious. How could you stay out of the kitchen? Heck it sounds like the place to be anyways.

Too bad as a customer I won't be able to go back and help out while picking at my pizza.

6:36 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

Congrats! I finished your book earlier this summer and loved it. Next time I take a trip to Seattle, I would love to visit the restaurant!

6:45 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Penelope said...

This was just what i needed to hear today, thank you Molly. I am beyond thrilled for you and Brandon. All of the hard work will come back to you ten fold from the ooh and ahhs that will fill the dinning room :)


7:16 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your book, and not just because I'm from Oklahoma. I've given a copy to my daughter, and a friend, and am ordering a copy for another friend.... Thank goodness your blog is back, I missed you every week.

8:02 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous stephanie said...

SO exciting!! And so glad to see you're back. :)

8:05 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Jaunty Gourmand said...

And we can't wait for you to share it with us, either. Everyone has already said what I'd say, so I'll add that really comfortable shoes and funky, homespun aprons will help get you through. All the best.

8:07 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous Jacqueline said...

oh my goodness molly!! i sure missed you! I am SO excited for Delancey to open. I will be there for sure! Thank you for sharing with us once again...

8:07 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous anie said...

So lovely to have you back. I read through your book while you were "away" and am happy to hear of your new adventures. I love the quote from your husband about the restuarant embodying (?) all that is meaningful to you. How lucky you both are!
Keep having fun~

8:09 PM, July 14, 2009  
Anonymous hungrygrrl said...

It's like a new baby (said the 7 1/2 month pregnant lady). I hear all my fears echoed in your prose.

Glad you're finding some peace.

And can't wait to try some of that pizza.

10:41 PM, July 14, 2009  
OpenID panther said...

Welcome back!!!!

It sounds like you are right where you need to be - know that your local fans are willing and waiting to be there in the flesh...and the appetite! (I suspect ALL of your fans are cheering you both on in spirit!)

Welcome back!

10:44 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Marilu said...

Hi Molly,

Congratulations! When will your restaurant be open for business?

My boyfriend and I will be visiting Seattle next weekend for a wedding, and I would like to check out the new restaurant (I have such a bad craving for NY pizza, which you can't get in China.)

1:53 AM, July 15, 2009  
Anonymous Nathalie Clerc said...

I actually cheered when I saw you had posted! I am reading your book at the moment and you are a real inspiration.

Good luck with Delancey, if I didn't live so far away (London, UK), I'd be there in a heartbeat.

3:38 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Lynn said...

Congratulations! I have always wanted to open a small place myself but fear keeps me from doing that. I hope to get to the west coast to try out y'all's place!
Will be supporting/cheering from the blog!

3:42 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Linda said...

dear molly,
your post touched an emotional chord...we missed you...the restaurant looks beautiful and the warmth that you and brandon bring is truly special. we look forward to sharing delicious delancey with you...and for those that do not live close hopefully a visit is in our future...yours is bright...welcome home!

4:06 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger green ink said...

Welcome back Molly, and wow, what a time the last few months must have been for you. You've taken a big leap of faith, and I'm sure it will pay off - it sounds like it already is. I'm so pleased for you.

I finished A Homemade Life last night and loved it. You're a truly gifted woman. I'm sure Berg would be so proud of you and Brandon :)


4:28 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Marina said...

wellcome back!!!
I have missed your posts.
and congratulations for your decisions: it seems a very brave and, from what you say, a very right one.
and lots of luck to both of you for delancey and more generally for all your projects and desires

5:06 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger bugheart said...

it IS
all there.
so happy
both of you.
to visit

5:55 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Beth said...

Welcome back! You were missed but obviously you've been a busy girl! Congrats on the opening and best wishes to both of you.

6:41 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Auglaise said...

Glad you're back, and I can't wait until the next time I'm home visiting (from London) so I can drag my parents for what will surely be truly excellent food! ^_^

6:45 AM, July 15, 2009  
OpenID katieleigh said...

Welcome back, Molly!

I'm so glad to hear that this restaurant thing feels right for you. We're all pulling for you, and for Brandon. I hope you're able to keep truly enjoying this. :)

7:15 AM, July 15, 2009  
Anonymous keri said...

first of all; welcome back. missed you. second; congratulations. yuo were able to take a look at the bigger picture and recognize your part in it. doing what is right, right now, can be so tough to do/see/find. and you did it. best of luck to you both.

7:38 AM, July 15, 2009  
Anonymous The Leftoverist said...

Yeah! Welcome back. While you were gone, I read your book, so it wasn't so bad. And I admire your thoughtful decision-making process. Lots of blessings in these last days before opening...

7:53 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

I can totally relate to your fears and first atittude towards this. I wanted to open a little coffeeshop about 2 years ago. After diving into it all by myself (my husband suppoerted me but he has a full-time job he likes), and started looking for a location (not spending too much money yet) I realized it might cost me my family, which was the scariest thought, and so I've decided to wait until my kids grow and then will see.
But it sounds like you're in this together, you and Bradnond, and you have plenty of family and friends to support you. Isn't it the most wonderful thing to discover how strong and so much togther you are...
The best of luck to you.
I would love to come with my family when you're open to the public.

9:06 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Katie said...

molly -- how exciting! so glad to see you are back posting again.

sorry if this has already been asked, but i absolutely love the light fixtures (both of them!). would you mind sharing where you got them?

best of luck!

9:07 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Slow Life said...

Welcome Home!

9:22 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Gaia said...

Glad you are back! I'm so proud of you and I really wish I was there to see you at work!

9:39 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Martha said...

I'm all weepy. Good for you! Thank you for your honesty. I'm always joking about your generations' lack of cynicism, but I guess the joke's on me. Brava!

10:03 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger PopMom said...

Missed your blog updates SO much. Still reading in Bon Appetit, but that's just not often enough. Good Luck!

10:16 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Swiss said...

Well when I stop by I will be having a salad or side without wheat, flour or sugar while some family member or more tries the pizza. The main thing I am so happy for you.

10:21 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Mommy of three said...

This post made me cry. I am glad you are back. I hope someday to take a trip up to Seattle. When we do, Delancey will be on the itinerary. Can't wait!

10:21 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Kimberley said...

I am so excited for your restaurant opening - it looks absolutely splendid. I'm deploying my two Seattle friends to visit on my behalf. All this dedication and hard work and love have created something truly remarkable.

10:31 AM, July 15, 2009  
Anonymous Paula in Colorado said...

I'm so happy that you're back. (I had to order your book from Amazon to console myself in your absence. Hopefully it will arrive by the end of the week.)

Good luck balancing the restaurant and the writing. You were sorely missed here.

12:11 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger maepress said...

my heart lept up when I read the line about Brandon saying that the restaurant would embody all that's important to you. You are both so fortunate to have each other and to have this opportunity! So glad that you're back.
Trying to write and be a cook at the same time? Looks like those menus will have some superb descriptions on them!

Here's to not thinking too much- cheers!

12:51 PM, July 15, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've really missed you! I'm so happy you're back...

2:00 PM, July 15, 2009  

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