I remember the pose so vividly as if I took the photo yesterday. There he was standing with his hands shoulder-high making the peace sign. I laughed when I took this picture as a young teenager, but reflecting on it now I realize there is so much more in this picture of my dad. The image echoes the words of Nikos Kazantzakis “I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”
My family and I had just spent the day visiting my father’s village in the southern part of Greece. The sun-drenched western part of Greece is home to some of the most beautiful beaches. This particular place is where he had many fond childhood memories. He and his siblings would run and splash in the water at this very beach.
Now many years later, there he was standing with his tousled grey and white speckled hair, thick Greek moustache that secretly hid his upper lip, and a twinkle in his eye that told me he was at peace with himself.
In the photo the bright engine red cafe chairs decorate the background and remind me of the wonderful smells that drifted to the beach from the taverna.
My dad loved food. And I know he would love Fooducopia. He wasn’t looking for fancy stuff on his plate. He wanted genuine. That is what he taught his children. A simple whitewashed stone restaurant made him content. More than any five stars. He would rather just look up in the sky to see them.
Hello Fooducopia Fathers! It’s your weekend! So be sure to celebrate. Finding the right meaningful Father’s Day gift is easy. Father’s Day dinner with dad featuring good honest food will surely fill his stomach, but on top of that it will fill his heart.
Time well spent
Spending time with your dad far outmeasures any store bought gift—it creates wonderful memories. And that has no price tag. So why not celebrate with a Father’s Day dinner at Wash Park restaurant Fooducopia.
Father’s Day Best
Here at Fooducopia, we are passionate about quality ingredients. Sourcing from small, local food entrepreneurs is the key to providing healthy, delicious food for your Father’s Day dinner with dad.
Please make your Father’s Day dinner reservations here. We look forward to seeing you for dinner and creating the best memories with your dad. Because those memories are truly priceless.
Cities all across America have a heavy heart. They are hurting for the senseless loss of George Floyd. Heavy for what is being shown on television sets. Heavy for all of those who have suffered. These last few months our fortitude has been tested like no other. But I believe we are each other’s pillars. COVID 19 forced us to lockdown to keep our neighbor safe. Now we must put one foot in front of the other and love our neighbor. All people—young, old, white, black—must love their neighbor as they love themselves. Why? Because it is the only weapon we have to drive out hate. Helen Keller—who never walked by sight—tells us: “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
Hello Fooducopia Fans, it has been our pleasure to serve you during these trying times filled with uncertainty. We endured. Thanks be to God, my staff and all of YOU.
The days ahead are new for us—but I am proud to say Fooducopia is excited to press on! Chef Richard, the team and I are going back to focusing on good food, which is the heart of Fooducopia.
This week Fooducopia has a new menu with some old favorites and some new creations. I hear people speak of a new normal and frankly it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. We are going back to the old normal of making really good food.
My older sister taught me a lot about music and she continues to enlighten me to some good jams. Here is one she recently sent me.
Bob Dylan wrote this song, which reminds us that it’s time to “shake the dust off of your feet, don’t look back.”