To me, eating out is a privilege, and here in paradise we have many options. I am a fan of the Dutch scientist, Louise Fresco who, among other things writes books. One of her books is titled, Hamburgers in Paradise. One of her quotes that I love is;
“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity”
Indeed Louise, indeed it is. When I think food, identity, honesty, sharing and Palm Beach Gardens there is a name that always rises to the top, Tim Lipman. Tim attended the Florida Culinary Institute and had worked for a couple popular, local seafood restaurants before opening Coolinary Cafe. It’s been over 5 1/2 years since this gem opened up in Donald Ross Village and I cannot even tell you how many times we have dined there, but it’s never enough. I am a Facebook junkie and my posts about Coolinary Cafe often times questions why don’t I eat there every day. In many ways I wish I could, but then it wouldn’t be so holy.
I go there because Tim and his team are culinary masters. I feel good when I eat there. It’s not about the nutrients and calories, its about the experience. It just so happens that their food is usually very nutritious. It is always memorable. Today at lunch, we all devoured a bowl of the special soup, Curried Vegetable. It was so utterly, amazingly, delicious that two bowls came home with us. It’s that sharing thing that Louise Fresco was speaking about.
One of my favorite shares, when it came to Coolinary’s menu, is their Flourless Chocolate Intensity. My dear mom, who passed away earlier this year, spent the last 2 1/2 years of her life with us. She wasn’t in great shape, didn’t get out much, but we did take her to Tim’s restaurant and one taste of Intensity was all it took. She had a sweet tooth and LOVED this stuff. It made her happy. The last year or so, she couldn’t get out, but we were sure to take a piece of Intensity to go whenever we visited and immediately delivered it to her. She lit up like a Christmas tree when she saw what gifts we brought. Yes, food is about sharing. It’s about love.
Everything at Coolinary Cafe is prepared with passion and love. Most days, they will post their daily specials on their Facebook page. When I see something that has my name on it, I am there. Lickety split. Not many times I have left even slightly disappointed. It is the tradition, the identity, the honesty, the love. Eating here is a holy experience and even though I just ate there today I will be back soon.
Thank you Tim, thank you Jenny, thanks to your entire team. You rock, and we LOVE you. Please don’t change. Keep that passion burning and don’t ever let it die!