We are energized to be back home in New Mexico from our recent trip to Milford in Prince Edward county where we cooked a dinner at The Wilfrid a boutique inn, built out of an old 1850's farmhouse. None of us have spent much time at all in Canada, it was reinvigorating to do so, especially as a team (sorry Kody, next time), but there also isn't anything else like coming back home.
This event had been in the works for over three years now, however unconsciously. Johnny met Francois and Nancy, the owners and only two workers at the Wilfrid, in San Francisco at the recently closed Restaurant Bar Tartine close to four years ago. At the time Johnny was eating alone during a night off from Saison and Nancy & Francois were celebrating having just sold their Cafe. They just so happened to be sitting next to each other and hit it off right away, ever since then we had been pretty much pen-pals and talked very often about going to visit, early this year we all decided to make it happen. Despite the craziness with the Houston floods, we finally made it, also after an amazing layover in San Francisco which was very refreshing seeing old friends and places we used to visit.
It was surprising seeing a place almost 2,000 miles away have so many similarities to the small town we reside in. It seems that there has been a resurgence with the reconnection with nature, something we feel Northern NM is getting stronger at also. We were lucky enough to be shown all the best spots in the area- everything for the dinner we sourced from within the county, fresh rabbit, duck, honeycomb, vinegar, chanterelles and mea to mention a few- all from friends of Frank and Nancy.
One big difference though we couldn't help but keep recognizing was the lack of contrast of in social groups, I'm sure there was, but we just didn't see as much of it. This seems like it could be taken for a good or bad thing, but it helped us reinforce our respect for the diverse culture with deep roots here in NM.
We met the nicest people who welcomed us into their homes, cooked for us, sat around fires chatting into the evening, and all out of the generosity of their heart. We are already dreaming about our next visit and while we do so we couldn't be happier to live where we do. It was great to shift our usual realm of thought for a minute.
If you are ever in the area take a minute to check out what our friends are doing, they have giant hearts and have really created a beautiful spot for people to rest, slow down, and connect.
The soundtrack to our trip: Pinegrove-Old friends