A Real New Yorker July 22 2016

It is hard to believe it has been over a decade since I moved to New York City. (I believe that officially makes me a New Yorker.) I don’t spend too much time counting the years, but today is the 40th birthday of my good friend @flowjer and I remember celebrating his 30th birthday together here in New York City.

When I first moved to the city I was in my mid-twenties and didn’t have a care in the world. I landed a job in the kitchen at db Bistro Moderne working for Chef Daniel Boulud.  I had moved from Denver, Colorado to ‘get serious’ about becoming a chef and learn from the best.  That was my plan and I started off running. I was working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week which was quite the opposite of my work schedule in Colorado.  During those hours I learned a lot about food, cooking and stamina. I learned to stay organized and the importance of working as a team.  The people in the kitchen at db Bistro quickly became my friends and @flowjer was one of them.  Now we’re all ‘grown up’ and even though we may be at different stages in life, I am happy to have these friends.

If you are out today, raise a glass to @flowjer. He deserves it on the celebration of his 40th birthday. He is one of the kindest, most generous and talented people I know. Cheers!

Happy Friday,