This morning I woke up to an award from Kys over at Stir-fry Awesomeness and it made me think about the topic of loyalty. I am grateful for getting this award because loyalty is a subject that is very important to me. I try to teach this value to my kids and when I see evidence of it in their behavior, it makes me feel great. Thanks Kys!
In honor of this occasion, I thought it would be fun to look back at the top 10 things that I am loyal to and ask you to share your list with me. Hopefully you will find some things on here that you would like to try (not my family and friends of course. I'm a Project Manager, not a pimp).
THE LOYALTY LIST
My family/friends/husband/kids: Not to sound too much like DeNiro in Meet the Fokkers, but I have an inner circle. Anyone that is in it has been carefully chosen through an intense vetting process that may or may not have included a lie detector test. And while some family are inherited and just come along with the main dish like a side of creamed spinach, I definitely choose the ones that I voluntarily hang out with. To me, friends are like a blender, once you get a good one, you should never have reason to replace it (my blender is at least 20 years old and it still makes crazy-good pina coladas)
Callie's Candy Kitchen in Cresco Pa. - There is a little slice of candy heaven in the Pocono Mountans of Pennsylvania called Callies Candy Kitchen. I learned about it when I was 16 and I have been going there ever since (for those of you counting, that's almost 30 years). It is run by a sweet old Santa Clause of a man named Harry Callie who gives candy making demos and talks about the importance of inspiration and creativity. His candy? HEAVENLY. He will cover absolutely anything in chocolate, so don't sit still for too long when you're in his store or you're next. He made my wedding favors and we named a dog after him. I heart him and his candy.
The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ- Those of you that are regular readers know that I love Atlantic City. But the truth of the matter is that I love the Borgata Casino in Atlantic city. The Borgata has a vibe that is a little classier and a lot less seedy than much of AC. It is filled with Chihuly chandeliers that never cease to amaze me with their agressive beauty. We always have a good time there.
Bobby Flay Steak (at the Borgata) - I'm not much on Bobby Flay as a TV personality, though I think he has improved and dropped some of the smarm in more recent years. However, his steak house in the Borgata makes a Strip Steak in a provolone cream sauce with caramelized onions that is TO DIE. And the restaurant itself is beautiful. It's our special occasion restaurant.
Starbucks - Forget the cup. Please mainline it for me.
Vodka - Over the past few years I have come to love a good vodka cocktail. And while I am certainly not a power drinker, the odd times that I have a drink or two, it's always vodka. My favorites are the French Martini and the Cosmopolitan. Your girl Diary can work a cocktail shaker like no one's business.
Regular Old Dry Pasta - When I look back at the one item that has been in my cupboard since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, it's that blue box Ronzoni pasta. As something of a foodie, I have experimented with different brands and with fresh pasta , but I always come back to Ronzoni or Barilla. Poo poo if you want, but taste my Lasagna first, then try to poo. That came out wrong, didn't it?
Macy's - Sure there are fancier department stores. But what I have come to realize about Macy's is that there are always great sales, they have a wide variety of clothing (and other goods) to choose from and they ALWAYS send me a 20% off coupon in the mail. So why wouldn't I shop there?
San Francisco -San Francisco first came into my consciousness when my uncle settled there back in the 70's. When I was 19, my mother put me on a plane from NY to spend a week with him. He and his wife were working during the days, so I took off on my own and investigated the city. It was love at first sight. You can imagine my glee when I had to travel to SF in my 20's for business. After that all trips were for pleasure. The best trip of all was taking my kids there last year. They loved it and I am hopeful that we will go back soon.
Elvis Costello - Of all the music that I listened to and obsessed over in my teen years, the only thing that I go back to on a regular basis is Elvis Costello. I marvel at his use of words and at how prolific he is as a songwriter.
I am going to share this award with my blogroll (it's not entirely up to date, so if I owe you a follow, I apologize). If you are on there, you have my loyalty, please grab the badge.
So Internet, what's on your loyalty list?