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Brad’s Swingside Caféis a 24-year-old cozy Italian restaurant near my home in Seattle that makes it feel like you’re eating at a friend’s house. Lending to the homey feel, at closing time, owner and chef Brad Inserra lets his dogs, Lucky and Finn McGinty, saunter into the tiny restaurant adjacent to his home. The wood-paneled place’s décor—black-and-white photos of...
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Like everyone, you face numerous moments of self-doubt in life. You’re keenly aware of how much you really don’t know. You’re surprised when people consider you an expert because you don’t feel confident in your expertise. You think it is circumstance that you got your promotion or title, and you didn’t do anything to deserve it. Maybe you live in constant fear of...
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Bookstores are a dying proposition—anyone will tell you that Amazon has gobbled them all. But Ken Sanders would beg to differ.Enter his bookstore, carefully, between rows of old books stacked on the floor up to eye level, and it’s likely you'll see Ken himself, seated on a sagging sofa amid more piles of books, sporting his white ponytail and looking like a stray Santa Claus who...
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OK, so now I’ve finished week two of the 21-day meditation challenge hosted by Oprah and Deepak Chopra. Clearly I am becoming wiser as I point my consciousness in the direction of my “deepest desires” and leave my often-childish sense of humor behind (hey, I just realized that if Oprah married Deepak, she’d be Oprah Chopra!).Seriously, I’m mystified as to why the...
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Captain Frank’s Seafood Market, owned by Joey Sclafani, is where I go when I have a hankering for Key West pink, Canaveral or Mayport shrimp. Or pumpkin swordfish or littleneck clams or stone crabs.Captain Frank’s is a little place, hard off the I-95 exit into Boynton Beach, Fla. A long counter stretches across the ice bins, which have hand-written signs and maybe a fresh pink snapper...
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La Morena Taqueria sits in a run-down strip of buildings alongside Interstate 35 in Lake Dallas, Texas. The restaurant is sandwiched between a gas station where no one ever stops, a tattoo parlor with blacked out windows and two liquor stores. It is not impressive looking, inside or out.But I love it. Man, I love it. Of course the tacos are great (as are the burritos, quesadillas, tortas and on...
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Imagine yourself……messing up during a big presentation. …blowing the job interview. …watching the project you worked so hard on go up in smoke.Just picturing any one of those scenarios can make our pulses rise and our stomachs fall. This is because we, as humans, dread failure. The anticipation of it can lead to stress, anxiety, anger, shame, regret—all of which...
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