I’m still in a warm and fuzzy half-life mood since my outing to Ichiban on Wednesday (see my previous post about our amazing pre-Thanksgiving maki miracle). Simple human kindness can really stem from any number of ways. This week I’ve been paying a little more attention….holding doors for people…actually remembering to send birthday cards (I’m really terrible at this…and usually realize until it’s way to late to even send a belated birthday card)…surprising a random someone with a coffee treat at Starbucks Coffee during the Starbucks Buy One Get One coffee event (ends tomorrow 11/21).
I wouldn’t say that I’ve had a total holiday epiphany (I won’t be serving Who-Hash to little Cindy Hoo-Hoo in Who-ville while wearing a Santa hat anytime soon…I’ve always been a little “Grinch-y” about the holidays). But I have remembered that there is kindness in the world, and I’m trying to keep that cycle going a little bit. And the holiday season seems so apropos for this sentiment.
I am still inspired to “pay it forward”. If you are inclined to do the same, I have a couple good suggestions.
Sorry, readers, the Delicious Orchards post is going to have to wait till tomorrow. Tonight, I witnessed such a touching Pay It Forward human moment that preempts an (anticipated) post about apple cider yeast donuts and the East Coast’s most amazing pumpkin pie. Clap your hands if you believe in fairies, kids.
(LONG POST, BTW)
Every year, my best friend, Heather, celebrates her birthday with her mom, a couple close friends and me. It’s a tradition that’s over 20 years strong. The cast of characters changes each year…a crazy grandmother, crazy grandmother’s drunk boyfriend , crazy aunt…you get the idea. But one thing has always remained constant. We celebrate at a hibachi restaurant.
Tonight, we celebrated at Ichiban, a sushi/hibachi restaurant that now occupies a former McDonald’s restaurant on Highway 35 South in Oakhurst, NJ. They kept the Mickey D’s sloped roof, and you can tell that the parking lot was designed for drive-thru runs. But I have to say, the owners have done a very impressive transformation. Very chic interior, sexy lighting, great bar…Ichiban strives to serve its patrons a different kind of Happy Meal. And their Happy Ending usually involves a tempura ice cream sundae.