We closed for the month of April to redesign the store and so that I could take a trip to Maui with my mom. As many of you know, my mother (who is and always has been a non-smoker) was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer, just days after I signed the lease for the space for this store. The diagnosis was shocking to me and my family and came from out of nowhere. It delayed the opening of the store by several months as I traveled north to help care for her during the initial chemotherapy treatments. With her condition stabilized, I returned home and opened the store in November. We had a great holiday season at the shop and I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people that stopped by to shop and talk about food and cooking. I received a lot of valuable input from the community and foodies from around the county. After many conversations about what people want in a gourmet shop, we modified the inventory to meet the needs of the locals in the neighborhood as well as the foodies who love to cook and need an excuse to come to beautiful Del Mar.
With my mother feeling strong and having the opportunity to go to Maui, April turned out to be a good time to do a reboot of the shop. Bringing in new products, rearranging things into a new layout and writing new recipes using our products was immensely satisfying. April also turned out to be month of precious family time. My sister that lives in Oahu was able to hop over to Maui and we got to visit with her and her two newly adopted children, baby Kaimana and beautiful 11 year old Noelani.
While Mom and I were in Maui, we had a free night and went to see Elvis. Yes, Elvis is in Maui! The show, Burn’n Love, is relatively new (just opened last December) and it was really well done. Who knew that there was a nice theater in Lahaina. It was the last thing I would have expected to do on our trip, but my mom was a huge Elvis fan and we both had a great time. I would highly recommend the show if you go. http://www.burnnlove.com
We tried a few of the local restaurants, but my mom prefers to eat at home. We were in a condo with a full kitchen so I had the pleasure of cooking while in Maui. The trip inspired some simple and tasty dishes that you can try at home. We have the key ingredients at Torrey Pines Gourmet and we will have recipes and samples to try at the store for the Grand Re-Opening.
Pan Seared Tofu with Spicy Shoyu
Crisp Cucumber and Watermelon Salad
Barbecued Korean Beef
Hibiscus Spritzer (non-alcoholic drink)
Hope to see you tomorrow! Feel free to call (858) 382-4016 – cell, (858) 509-3934 – store, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the store or the Grand Opening!