Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tupelo's, granola girls and laughter

My sister forwarded the daily email from Tupelo's Bakery & Cafe in her very small town of Monticello, Florida. It is the kind of establishment I wish I had near me. Read all the way to the bottom if you have time. It's very funny today and they sound like great gals - self-proclaimed "granola girls." I told my sister she should go to Laughter Yoga - sounds like our kind of thing... Read on...

Good Morning Monticello!

We are all very important people, aren't we? But some of us are more important, more busy, more everything! ... I introduce the EAR PHONE! It's insane! It's growing in popularity. Personally I think it's letting your phone too close to your brain. Very soon I think we'll see implanted phones bringing the idea of UNPLUGGING to a whole new and scary level. A lot of our customers are converting to these devices/vices. I supposed we granola girls will have to ditch our Patchouli and Birks and hit the wide open road of technology ... or not. I love my phone, don't get me wrong. But I like my head too. Unadorned with technology except maybe the fantastic invention called a rubber band. We had a customer who would come up to the counter and facing us two very tired chicks would proceed to talk about all sorts of oddities .... the scene went something like this:

US "Good Morning, what can we get you?"
THEM "Yeah, I think she told Pastor Dan but you know he can't hear so well in his left ear."
US "Um, I didn't know that but what would you like today?"
THEM "Hi, let me see, a scone.... I know, but you've got to get in there today to be seen."
US "Um, seen where? Who? Pastor Dan? Did you want coffee with that?"
THEM "Yeah, sure, sounds good!"
US "Here's your coffee, cream and sugar are on the tables over there."
THEM "Oh, no honey, I wanted hot tea and a sticky bun."
Exasperated and Confused US "Who the hell are you talking to? Me? What exactly do you want from US, here, now? Are you on the phone?!"

We love this customer in particular and most of the others too, but it was too good not to share how odd these phones make counter conversation.


7 Layer Southwestern Salad - chopped romaine lettuce, sweet corn, black beans, red onion, shredded cheddar cheese, crispy tortilla chips, diced tomatoes all drizzled with a blasting creamy lime and cilantro dressing ... BAM! $5.50 / 3
Sweet Potato Bisque - a delight for the senses with it's pillowy sweet goodness made with piles of sweet potatoes and hints of nutmeg and plenty of buttery cream from our boys at Sparkman's Dairy $6.25 / 4.25 Served with a slice of today's bread.
Ham & Swiss Wrap - Boar's Head honey ham layered with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, sweet onion and mayo and whole grain mustard on a 100% whole wheat wrap ... HMMM! $6.50 / 4.50

The list below are our options available EVERY day so there's no reason you can't bring your sweetie down and feed him/her some "good for ya" food from the hippy chicks at Tupelo's!

Turkey & Swiss Sandwich - Boar's Head turkey and Swiss cheese layered up and then finished with lettuce, tomato and onion then a dab of mayo and whole grain mustard. $6.50 whole or $4.50 half WW - put it on a whole wheat wrap, drop the cheese and limit the mayo to 2 tsp. to make it 9 pts
The Big Green Salad - is a favorite around town with it's organic baby greens, dried cranberries, crumbled feta cheese and maple toasted nuts all tossed with our house vinaigrette. $5.50 large $3 small served with a bit of our daily bread
Quiche Combo Meal - is a slice of today's quiche slice with a side of either today's salad or the Big Green and is available while it lasts ... it runs out fast but that's cause it's so damn good! $6.75
The Sampler Meal - is a small soup, a small of either salad on the menu and a half of either sandwich on the menu with a drink for $12.25
The WW Four Point Salad - a medley of organic mixed greens and lots of veggies with 2 T. of our house vinaigrette dressing ... Weight Watchers 4 pts. $5.50

Tupelo's Bakery & Cafe
220 West Washington Street
Monticello, Florida 32344

Open Tuesday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed 2 weeks for the Christmas Season and the month of August.


The area's only totally organic/natural bakery and cafe. The ideas and views expressed in our daily emails are our own. They come from our own little twisted minds, from what we read, from what we are passionate about at the moment. We challenge you, shock you and test you in order to encourage you to T.H.I.N.K. We aren't experts. We aren't scientists. We're aren't farmers (yet). We just want to engage the mind. Make you question the norm. Get educated about food issues, systems and sources. That's all folks!

There is a real danger in continuing to believe that the modern food system is perfect, safe and sustainable. The recent peanut recall illustrates the more egregious problems this industrialized system presents. The video documentation of the meat packing plants is another illustration of where things are going wrong in ways that risk human food safety and work to make animal cruelty an acceptable behavior. Tupelo's is supportive of a system that is safe both for the humans consuming the foods produced and the animals and land used in it's production. We encourage everyone to learn more and debate more so that real change can be made. We will be hosting a series of Seminars and Lunch & Learn Programs in the summer and fall to help facilitate information sharing. Interested speakers may contact Claire at 850/510-0942 to discuss getting involved.

Southern Music Rising Festival is on it's way out to grand old Monticello .... visit the site for more information .... for all the details! Tupelo's will be hosting the Story Hour for Children during the festival.

Laughter Yoga is hosted here each and every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and Monday at 5 p.m. .... come out for the great benefits of yoga and the wonder of laughter!


Jannie Funster said...

I think I was in Monticello once. Or at least passed through.

I wonder if you could still take pictures with an inplanted phone?

Lynn said...

I like Monticello, but it is the hottest, muggiest place I've ever been in the late spring and summer. I sat on my sister's back porch once in May with my book for a few minutes and went I went back inside the pages were damp from the humidity.

Now that would be a trick!