Friday was my final day at Positive Coaching Alliance, as I officially left my desk job behind in pursuit of a more personally fulfilling career. It just so happend that on Sunday, Marla Bakery simultaneously embarked upon its new chapter with a pop-up brunch at Firehouse 8 - a more than fortuitous happenstance for both my morale as well as my stomach.
New beginnings are exciting and nerve-wracking, leaving me a bit wary. Needing a comforting meal to ease my tension, I opted for the two most soul-warming items on the menu. The chicken pot pie was packed with chunks of veggies and meat, encased in the flakiest crust that seemingly shattered beneath the mere mention of my fork. And who could pass up bread pudding from the woman who reinvented the concept at Nopa? Creamy, custardy, decadent, piping hot and topped with bright candied orange peel, I felt as though I were being hugged from the inside out. One of the most satisfying meals in a long, long while: Marla Bakery is going places.
Today will be my first day of funemployment, but the knowledge that I'm not alone in my quest for a new beginning brings with it a certain sense of calm, quiet confidence.
Somehow, Marla Bakery knew as well as I did that "thyming" really is everything: the final taste in my mouth as I left was of a candied clementine and thyme soda.
A perfect, refreshing end to a perfect, refreshing beginning.
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