I moved to Columbus, Ohio during the summer of 2006 to begin graduate school. I was living with my best friend, Abby, and had a few other friends in the area, but knew that working full-time and attending graduate school was going to be an overwhelming task.
Brandlyn and I have been friends since high school. She is one of those people that you might not see for years, but as soon as you are together again, it is like no time has passed. We have a lot in common, and have both busted our butts to get to where we are today. So, I knew that while I was living in the same city as her, for whatever length of time it would be, it was going to be important to spend some time together.
So, shortly after my move to the city, we starting having dinner together fairly regularly. THEN, we decided it was going to be regularly. We had weekly Wednesday dinner dates. Brandlyn had lived in Columbus for over 10 years, so she knew all the great places to eat. So, each week, we went to a new place and enjoyed dinner together.
Brandlyn and I in the photo booth at her wedding reception. NOTE: I am about 25 pounds lighter now... CRAZY!
But, yeah, each week, Wednesday night, no matter how busy we were, we met somewhere in town, and shared a meal. And, I can't tell you how much that helped me stay sane through the craziness that was graduate school. It was something to look forward to. And, I loved it!
When I moved to Kalamazoo, and met Kristin, I told her about Brandlyn's and my weekly dinner dates, and that, my friends, was one of the inspirations for the Kalamazoo Foodies.
Brandlyn helped me develop my palate. And, helped me develop my appreciation of great food, great wine, great beer, and the importance of sharing meals with those you love.
I am sad that Brandlyn and I do not get to share more meals together now that we live 300 miles apart. But, let me tell you, when we do get together, it is EPIC!