A spot to get away and feel as if we are in an outdoor bistro in the south of France perhaps. In my previous post I told you the how-to of creating a similar outdoor bistro in your home and today it's a little bit of tablescaping and a personal sort of romantic story.
We love to dine outside and this is the perfect time of year to do that in South Florida. Maybe it's not the season for that yet where you live, but time passes quickly and before you know it you'll be enjoying the warm weather too:-)
A table set for two the night that my husband finished the the work here.
We love to travel, especially together...and this is a little photo of my good looking husband at a very quiet outdoor cafe or French bistro in the Provence region of France that I shot a few years ago. It was such a romantic vacation and although I didn't blog about it, I still have the photos and perhaps one day I will. We knew that someday we would try and recreate this sort of a crushed rock or pea gravel patio in our garden.
Back when we first started dating there were no cell phones and it made me feel pretty good to read recently that the iPhone was only invented 10 years ago...which is just incredible! You just didn't have a way to document every moment of the day that you do now with cell phones and Instagram and Snapchat. I can honestly say that it was a good thing in some respects as we tended to be more in the moment and the times were gentler as a result.
We always enjoyed a petite cafe or tiny restaurant feel and believed in supporting local businesses when we could and still do. There was a local diner called The Mini Diner and another named Cafe Mendocino that were our favorites. As times change whether we like it or not, they were both sold and torn down for the building of the rapid transit Metro that opened here in Miami in 1984 :-(
I tried my best to recreate the vegetarian meals that we loved at Cafe Mendocino after that and we always said that we would model an area of our garden after the outdoor area there...complete with globe lights and gravel.
Then we got married, bought a home, had kids, sold that home, raised our family in what is now our home and life happened. Our cafe was put on the back burner but not forgotten about completely.
Our own piece of paradise and our version of Cafe Mendocino, and I'm hoping to either make or purchase a sign to hang somewhere back here as a fond reminder to slow down and enjoy life's moments.