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Searching for Authenticity in a World of Wonder Bread
Here's a tip: If you ever have trouble falling asleep, pick up a children's book and read it to a kindergartner. You'll be snoozing in no time. That's usually the case for me -- except the night I picked up "Winnie the Pooh." I thought it was the syrupy cartoon version of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and friends. Here we go, it'll be lights out in minutes.
Except the book I opened was the original rendition of Pooh stories written by A.A. Milne. I was transported from a world of slumber to a world of wonder...
"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think, but the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you ."
- Winnie the Pooh
Who writes like that? Words and phrases traversed the pages like an elegant poem; the minimalist illustrations were nearly unrecognizable in contrast to the pastel-popsicle versions adapted by Disney. I was enthralled by the clever eloquence, story-shifting, and sketches and continued reading aloud long after my audience of one had nodded off to sleep.
This little century-old book about an imaginary bear's adventures felt like an art opening, poetry slam and therapy session all rolled into one. No small wonder that Poohisms dominate Hallmark cards and Pinterest boards.
Then it struck me how genuine and authentic the original Pooh books were compared to their latter day iterations. Disney took a recipe for crusty and chewy whole grain bread and gave the world fluffy Wonder Bread. To paraphrase Mark Twain, it's the difference between lightning and lightning bug.
Authenticity versus Jumping the Shark
What is authentic and real -- and what is fake? Well, eggs and bacon are real. Bacon crumbled on a doughnut? FAKE. Dunking grilled cheese into a bowl of tomato soup: that's REAL. Serving beef broth and calling it soup: FAKE. Ice cream with swirled caramel and pecans: REAL. Ice cream with black peppercorns and lemon thyme: FAKE. Artisan bread from a local bakery: REAL. McDonald's calling its new chicken sandwich "Artisan Grilled": FAKE FAKE FAKE.
To be authentic and real in everything we do at Jay's Patio Cafe - it's a lofty goal and not easily obtained. But it's what we strive for.
"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" - Pooh
Here's the real deal: For a limited time we are offering Grilled Cheese with Salad or Soup for only 8.25.
Think Grilled Havarti with Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad -- that's REAL. Grilled Cheddar with the Big Salad - that's REAL and BIG.
Speaking of Authentic...
Jay's Patio Cafe is located at 2563 15th Street in Lohi.
We serve panini, soups, salads, wraps, cookies, egg sandwiches and espresso drinks.
Striving to be authentic and real since 2004.
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