“We came together thru food and dance.” He, a financial banker for the federal government, she, a creative producer for a cutting edge New York ad agency. She thinks art and he thinks numbers. My first encounter with them was on the phone, to design their tasting menu. Without knowing any specific details, I was aware that they both loved good food. During our conversation, I discovered that he is Haitian and she is Haitian and Filipino, but the rest was not shared with me yet. Speaking for about 45 with the two of them discussing their likes and dislike, creating new ethnic specialties, I heard a gentleness and kindness of spirit with each other and toward human kind in general. I could feel their love and interconnectedness right over the phone. To say the least, I was excited to meet them and hear their full story. At the tasting, they talked about falling in love at a party sharing a dance, not a slow dance, but a choreographed, trendy dance that requires a partner with lots of hip movement and heats it up! They shared with me their love of food, and their New York “secret spot” style. You know, those little ethnic spots that aren’t advertised and where usually little English is spoken, but the food is incredible and authentic.
What they “do” for a living is not the same, almost no overlap of common experience. This couple speaks the language of love, passion, and best of all for- me, food.
For them the unspoken common thoughts are more bonding than the words of the happenings of the day. How much of this do you have in your relationships? Does your spirit want to share this excitement with the one you love? Food and dance. Does it get any hotter than that?