Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Those Crafty Gringos???

I know several of you may be asking that question - why "those crafty gringos"? Well, without letting too many details become public, that's the name of the cafe that we are going to open someday! The idea came during our travels in South America, not sure when exactly, but it was probably over a beer in some small town while we were contemplating what to do with the rest of our lives. I've always secretly wanted to own some kind of health food store/sandwich shop, and Steve apparently shares the same interest. We have a whole list of imperatives for the cafe written in our South America journal: comfy couches, maps on the walls, a book exchange area, local produce (preferrably from the small organic farm we'll also be operating), local art features, breakfast served all day, tie-dye employee tee-shirts, a menu that reflects the changing seasons, no styrofoam, real milkshakes and smoothies, fresh homemade bread, swings on a front patio, daily quote/saying, community events in the evening.......the list is quite long. The name for our cafe came about while taking a local ferry in southern Chile. We were the only gringos on the three day-two night excursion, and Steve occupied his time mending his Carhartts while I attempted to knit a scarf. We were crafty gringos!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love it and can't wait to see "Those Crafty Gringos" come together! Also love the site and can't wait to follow your adventures to the far corner of the planet. -JLR

Jon Kendrick said...

that's all sorts of amazing... you two and your energy and ambitions... well let me know when it happens i'm sure i can find another alaska marathon that warrants a trip up to the most beautiful and amazing place i've ever been and yes i know i only scratched the surface of it but it definitely left an impression on me and i'm trying to see how long i can make this sentence run on

Renae said...

Abby,
This will be a great way for me to keep up with you and Steve in your travels. Thank you so much for sending the newspaper clipping about us, I didn't know it was going to be in there. I think Adrien lied about our wedding date to get that in! :) The stickers are great and I am still searching for the perfect one to send you. Matt and I probably won't get to AK this summer, but that is for the best since you and Steve won't be there anyway. You and Steve are the Craftiest Gringos I know...The t-shirt that Adrien brought me from your wedding is my favorite by the way...-R. Lopez Harris

Kate said...

Great start to your blog. The pictures in the previous entry could be submitted to a Patagonia catalogue.. so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

sounds like your up to your old tricks again, and that your living the life-hope you have a great adventure...and when you want to open your cafe let me know I'd love to help in any way I can......
DC