ahhhh.. back to a normal keyboard i am used to…. so hear me out.
that crust pictured is perfect. it is sweet and the perfect ending to eating your slice. but saturday night we could not get that. i was watching these pies come out without that and i was getting angry. then i made a deep dish to show them how to do it and it had “some” of this but only 20% instead of 100%. i’ve been troubled ever since trying to figure out why. but finally freddy was able to come yesterday and re-pipe the ovens. freddy was there ALL DAY! he worked on the kitchen A/C and the ovens. And tonight we get this result. it makes me so happy. so happy. so happy.
BUT- there is more….
i see TV very seldomly. there is no TV or cable at my home. But while briefly encountering a TV yesterday i saw a pizza hut commercial where they talked about their deep dish. i was blown away when they showed this EXACT part of the crust and made some mention of the crispy crust in every slice… i looked for this commercial online and have not found it. anyone who could link it for me would be my hero…
and here’s the thing: i don’t care about pizza hut. i am somewhat shocked that i see this commercial the day after i am having problems achieving this result on my own pizzas, but i am also obvioulsy not worried about pizza hut getting it right and me getting it wrong. i know we have a far superior product…. but i am amazed all the same that not only does pizza hut know what they need to do, but they highlight this fact in a commercial. i’m impressed with that.
quickly let me talk about the new st. augustine mellow mushroom and then i’ll let you get back to your normal life…..
i ate there in atlanta when it was the new cool thing trying to kick fellini’s out of cool. mellow mushroom has a great concept and product and fellini’s was a little grass roots so the mushroom got it’s franchise…. and then i remember one of the leonardo’s owners telling me that mellow mushroom was coming a couple blocks down the street on university, and could i go and talk to them at leo’s about this….. (i was a dishwasher at 706 at the time but i had been through the leo’s thing and also had been to the original mellow mushroom in atlanta…) and i remember how weird that was, going into the slice store and telling them they had to up their game, trying to explain how to make slices with custom toppings instead of just re-heating the same old thing…. i remember the blank stares i got and how stupid i felt for trying to effect change…..
and i ate at the gville mellow mushroom. it was ok.. i went there to get pizza slices more than anywhere else in town and the place was a bit shabby and from what i understand it was badly managed which is why it failed….
this new mellow mushroom is st. augustine has had my attention for some time. i heard it was coming before it was even started. i saw the building going up and it was art deco, modern, HUGE, and “on the island.” as a guy who had been plotting my satchel’s by the sea location for years, this was an important development…. and i watched and waited and watched…
they opened yesterday. the place has 46 beers on tap. my wife had the green flash IPA and i was so impressed with it i am going to be trying to get that at satchel’s next week. they has a GIGANTIC driftwood gator which i was in awe of. they had a swordfish that was rotating 360 degrees every 15 seconds. they had a mellow mushroom soldier character that was 8′ tall and carved out of a single tree. they had a huge mosaic of a guitar superstar. they had murals, local paintings, and a collection of t-shirts. they even had good pizza.
this is good news, instead of spending my time and money to open a decent pizzeria in st. augustine, i can now spend my time becoming a better painter and stained glass artist. i will not say the MM pizza is better or equal to mine…. the crust was tasty and chewy. the sauce was sweet and delicious. the meatballs were not as good as our meatballs. the pizza was a 95 on a scale where my pizza is a 99. but it’s good enough. it’s good enough i can enjoy their glory…. it’s good enough that i can turn my attention to my own painting and stained glass hobbies.
i was always waiting for the perfect pizza place to come to gville so i could do something else…. but it just never happened. and i am glad that i was able to do my thing because i enjoy it and it makes a living for me and my family and my employees and friends.
i am planning my art show for satchel’s in december. i am trying to make twice as many paintings as i did last year. i want to hang my 2013 work in the entire restaurant, all painted this year and all never shown before. nobody much cares about this event but it is important to me. this is the event i spend my entire year working towards. all my “spare” time is allocated to making new paintings for my show. paintings that i expect to appreciate. paintings that i hope will one day make people rich who own them..
i am not sure if there are 3 people or 30 reading this blog. i do not have access to that information. i am happy to have gotten 2 comments on my last post which inspires me to write more. i am excited when people respond and tell me they like learning more about behind the scenes in the world of restaurants… i want to tell more stories about it and my wife does not want to hear these stories. my wife is the greatest thing to ever happen to me but she does not care the least about what is causing my deep dishes to crisp up or not…. she does not want to hear the essay or monologue about the theories and possibilities that might cause it to not be crispy… and she especially doesn’t want to hear about the pizza hut commercial where they mention this very feature! so i tell you, gentle reader… you are here because you care about the pizza… you want to know why there is no more swamphead or guinness and you want to know what makes us tick…..
i write because it is an outlet for me like painting is an outlet. my wife can sit there and read a long article or a book and i must sit here and type…. my personality requires me to expel my every emotion…. be it in word or paint , collage or video…. my personal responsibility seems to be to express myself regardless of the importance of the subject. i am wired to expel. i was once given cable and HBO as a free gift and while i tried desperately to watch it i could never spend more than 5 minutes following it…. i am wired to expel not consume. i envy those of you who can enjoy a movie on TV late at night…. i always think that sounds like such a cool thing to do…. and yet try as i might it does not happen for me, i do not get an enjoyable night of watching cable TV until i am so tired i go to bed…. but i do think about how fun that must be….
mellow mushroom is good. our deep dish pizzas are the best in the world, (i am very close to honestly believing that….), freddy is one of the top 10 fix-it guys in the world….. gainesville is the best place to live ever…. the gators are #1! i am eternally blessed to be making a living doing what i do.
thanks for those of you who are reading. please comment now and then to keep me going…..
thanks for helping me make my dream come true by eating at satchel’s and hanging out in LSE>>>>
i will try, starting now….. to make the blogs more interesting and to stop talking about the macbook vs. the chromebook and the silly tech issues i encounter…. i will try harder to give insights and behind the scenes descriptions about the restaurant and how it stays afloat…..