For a number of years I felt a lot of uncertainty on my career path. I tried on many hats along the way: I dabbled with singing, then yoga training, styling, acting school, interior design school and culinary classes… I was mildly embarrassed by my creative ramblings and believed every step was a misstep. What I failed to realize and what is now abundantly clear is that I was on a very specific and swoony path which culminated in eyeswoon. While I desperately longed to find my own creative voice, I also yearned for a community. I needed to surround myself with people who shared my passions, people who inspired me and cracked open my world with new flavors, people who challenged me, but ultimately, lifted me up. There is a lot to be said for like-mindedness—through eyeswoon I not only found me, I found my people!
Athena, what’s your point? Well, one of those very people is Jodi Moreno. I am continually perusing instagram for swoony food images and What’s Cooking Good Looking commanded my attention with absolutely stunning photography and styling. Immediately smitten by Jodi and her mouthwatering recipes, I was further swoon-ified when I found that she was my neighbor is Amagansett.
I reached out to Jodi to say “ hello, neighbor” and introduce myself. Not long after, I asked Jodi to contribute a recipe for The Bite. The very day I published it, I ran into Jodi at the Saveur Blog awards where I was panelist and her blog was nominated! I mean, how insanely serendipitous!
Once I found myself, established eyeswoon and fell into a flow with my new community, everything seemed to unfurl beautifully. Moments just like these—ones of discovery and fate-like connectivity—began to present themselves with abundance.
I mentioned to Jodi that we should cook together in Amagansett this summer. I presented an idea I had been dreaming up for quite some time: to create an authentic Spanish paella cooked over an open fire on the bay beach in Amagansett. Jodi was instantly on-board to cook and collaborate, and the rest is history.
This story will be broken into three parts. First up here: two new found food-loving friends prepping paella in Jodi’s Amagansett house. There is no better way to develop a deeply rooted friendship than to cook together! We found that we embrace similar passions surrounding food, farmers, friends and the Amagansett community.
Up next, the actual beach grill—just wait until you see how swoony it came together! And finally, a lavender-infused Rosé sangria.
Summertime swooning, collaboration and community at its best!