Thursday, December 30, 2010


One of my favorite things to see is people who follow there dreams. Robert and I have been up in Maryland for the past week enjoying Christmas with my family and having the best time! On Tuesday evening we had the opportunity to dine at a very fancy pants restaurant in Philadelphia called La Croix. We were treated like stars from the moment we walked in the doors, the first word from the host was "Hello, will you be dining with us this evening?" They found our reservation and then sat us at a table by the window that overlooked Rittenhouse Square.  Shortly after the waiter took our order one of the chefs came out to greet us. Billy Riddle, one of my best friends from high school was he. If you know Billy he is an enthusiastic genuine spirit filled with passion for life, I'm sure this has aided him in gaining his position in addition to his great talent. So Billy said,"basically we're going to keep sending you food, and just tell us when to stop", then he ran back to the kitchen to start our first course.

Robert and I toasted champagne and continued to sit and eat eight courses over a three hour period. I have never tasted food so delicious or even seen anything so extravagant. When we were finished Billy let us come back to the kitchen and watch him work for a while and that was so cool. It was neat to see him moving so quickly and telling others what he needed. I was mesmerized and at the same time beaming with if it mattered that I was proud of Billy.

I remember five years ago when Billy started culinary school at the Art Institute in Philadelphia. He would always share how things were going. When he started at La Croix I'm pretty sure he started as a prep cook (at the bottom), a few weeks ago he was promoted to Sous Chef, second in command after a few short years. I know Billy puts in a lot of hours but he loves it. I asked him how he felt about his job and he said, "let's put it this way, I would go down with the ship".

The  value in choosing a job or career that you love is priceless. I know so many people who do a job just to pay the bills, I wish different for everyone. I pray that we may all find our dreams and pursue them, that we may dig deep to make it happen. Passion is contagious and when you have it you can't help but to share it. 

I can't wait to some day dine at Billy's own restaurant!

Octopus with pineapple, heart of palm, and some other fancy stuff!

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