We don't have cable, or Netflix, or Hulu (yes, we do have Amazon Prime, but rarely watch tv), but we have a gagillion movies. We're those people that watch movies multiple times, for YEARS! We have every genre; the Bourne and Marvel (action/adventure), Bridesmaids and The Great Outdoors (comedy), How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and Valentine's Day (rom com), What Lies Beneath and Seven (Suspense/Horror), Les Miserables and Into the Woods (musicals), The Notebook and The Fault in our Stars (guaranteed to make you cry), Frozen and Moana (Animated amazingness), and The Deadliest Catch and Bugs Bunny (required TV series). I'm telling you, if you're in a mood, we've got a movie to match!
I especially love our "sub-themes". Boat/Water movies (Cast Away, Overboard, The Guardian, The Perfect Storm, etc) because well, we lived on a boat and boating is kind of what we do. We have the Dog movies (Marley & Me, Max, Hachi, etc) which need no explanation. One of my favorite "sub-theme's" are the food/cooking movies like Burnt, Julie & Julia, It's Complicated (don't think it's a cooking movie? have you seen her bakery?!?!? I still dream about one day owning a bakery like that!), and Chef. And that last one is where I have a bone to pick.
Have you seen Chef? Short version, because you should watch it yourself. It's the one Jon Favreau plays this super talented chef working in an awful restaurant only making the boring food the owner tells him he can make. No creativity, no passion, no joy, and in case you're new to this obsessive baker/chef mind...the creativity, passion and joy are why we do what we do. So, Jon, Chef Carl Caspar, loses his ever-loving mind on a food critic and then, of course, his job. He agrees to travel with his ex-wife, played by Sofia Vergara, to Miami and remembers how much he loves Cuban food. He is inspired, and he decides he's going to start a food truck. He gets an old, run down and semi-rotting truck from his ex-wife's ex-husband (you following?) and in a matter of days, he rips this thing apart, cleans and rebuilds it to be everything any for real chef would need. And then after a week, he's got a perfect food truck, all the food/supplies/equipment he needs, oh, and his sous chef from his previous job just shows up to work with him because, you know, that's how this works! And then, they're off! They're making amazing cubano sandwiches and platano's and it's amazing and he's so happy, and why didn't he do this sooner?!?!
Sorry to burst the magical movie bubble, but IT'S NOT TRUE!!!! I KNOW!??!?! What the WHAT?! How can that be?! It looks so easy and you just need a clean food truck and permits can't be that hard to get, and you can just walk into a restaurant supply store and get everything you need and hook it up and voila! Nope. Nope nope nope. To reference one of my most favorite-est of favorite movie characters..."let it go, let it go" (Frozen is a fabulous movie, don't argue with me). Truly, what I thought would be a pretty straightforward and painless process, has in turn, taken almost 9 months from starting to ACTUALLY opening for business. That's a baby, people! I grew a business BABY!
You might be thinking, "well, how organized was she? did she research?". Have you met me? Have you ever judged my weirdly obsessive need to laminate or put all paperwork in those little plastic sheets and then into a well labeled and tabbed 3 ring binder? Not enough proof? Fine. I eat M&M's by separating them into same color and two by two rows. Browns first, Red, Orange, Green, Yellow and last Blue. I mean, I just don't get why it's weird, IT JUST MAKES SENSE!
Anywhosies...I just thought you should know the truth. You know, in case you were thinking to yourself, "oh this is such a great thing and it seems so EASY!" It IS a great thing, friend. It is. This is a for real dream coming true. It however, was not an easy or quick thing to do. And although the process from choosing the trailer manufacturer and having my first meeting with the county was 9 months, this has been YEARS in the making. What's the real moral of this story?
Don't. Give. Up.
All those pretty Instagram images and inspiring Facebook posts are actually true. Any dream worth having is one worth working for. Don't stop believing in your dream. Just because one person says "no", doesn't mean you stop now. Those with success have worked day after day for what they have achieved. Oh and one of my personal favorites, You Are Worth It.
So, my friends I ask you? What is your dream? Do you have one? Maybe it's just a feeling you get when you watch that favorite movie, that whisper in your ear "I could do that". I'm here to say, Yes. Yes, you can do it. Fill your travel mug, find your sunglasses and raincoat, pack some snacks and buckle up.
Adventure is Out There! Feed it!
Hi! Rachel here, the baker, food creator, and obsessive fur mama (how can I not be obsessive when they're SOOOOO cute?!!?). This business is so much more than just great food. It's about what makes us "come alive", the memories we carry that are so uniquely connected to the food we eat in our lives and on our adventures. This is where we share the stories, our stories and your stories, and it's one more way to build our community!