Path Of Greatness

March 18, 2011

Great bread…


[Macaroon Chocolate Coconut Challah!!]


Great owners!


Great veggies…


After Great Harvest, we met up with Megan, Sana and Christina at the “must see” restaurant in Clarksville – Great Sage.


Great recommendation – I was more than excited to eat lots of veggies after 2 days of bread!


Green juice cocktail – celery + cuc juice muddled with mint and lime


For lunch I had the RAW SEAWEED SALAD Seaweed blend, nutrient rich kelp noodles, cucumber, cabbage and sprouts, dressed in a creamy sesame-miso vinaigrette.


With tofu! It was awesome! Super cruncy.


Matt had the sweet potato lasagna – which I tasted and also loved



Great lunch!


After lunch we all crowded around the trunk of my car to taste the Macaroon Bread


Holy yum!


We said farewell, and drove on to Gram’s in Towson!


Where mom is also hanging out



Gram is an amazing artist



You might recognize the style from some of the art in our house! We hope to have some in the bakery



Handmade gift bags! That’s Shakespeare Winking smile 



We’re recharging, then it’s cocktail hour!

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1 emily March 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Wow, your gram is an AMAZING artist! Does she sell her stuff anywhere?


2 Brittany March 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

looks delicious and the artwork is beautiful..yay for cocktail hour


3 Lisa Fine March 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Love the artwork, and that delicious looking challah. Perfect for Friday night! (I may have to make my own coconut raising challah one of these days.)

Have a great night, Kath.


4 CathyK @ March 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

your gram is super-talented! i love the artwork on the wall in those pictures – the bright colours are just divine! i would purchase!!
have a great multi-generational visit!


5 Susan (Oliepants) March 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

There’s some serious creative talent right there! That would be fabulous art for your bakery – all that color. Reds, oranges, and yellow are psychologically known to stir up appetites. More color! :)


6 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Sweet potato lasagna sounds delicious!

I think you’ve mentioned that your mom writes children’s books — does Gram do the illustrations? Her work is beautiful!


7 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey March 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I want some of that Challah!! (and I don’t eat white flour anymore… but for that, I’d break my rule!).

Have a fantastic time with your Gram. I wish I could see mine more often than I do. We’re very close, but live 800 miles apart.



8 Meg March 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I had such a fun time today, Kath! It was awesome to finally meet one of my favorite bloggers :) Especially surrounded by great food.

Glad you’re enjoying your time with your Gram now and I am in LOVE with that artwork and that dog (as long as there’s no licking 😉 )

Enjoy the rest of your time in MD and hopefully we’ll all meet again very soon!


9 KathEats March 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm

So nice to meet you too :)


10 Simply Life March 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

wow, she’s so talented! beautiful artwork!


11 Jessica March 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I love your Gram’s artwork and would love to have some in my house as well! Please let us all know if she sells it anywhere! Enjoy your time with family!


12 Lesley Lifting Life March 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I LOVE your grandma’s artwork, so colorful!


13 Meg March 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm
14 KathEats March 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm



15 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Your Gram is really talented! And I think that would be a great way to add your own touch to the bakery :)
That green juice looks mouth-watering, I tell ya! We are having 80+ degree weather here in N.C. and I’ve been thirsty ALL DAY!
Have fun at cocktail hour 😉 sounds like a nice way to end a Friday!


16 Cindy March 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

That salad looks crazy fun! And oh my goodness chocolate coconut challah!


17 Laura March 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I LOVE her artwork! I’d also like to know if she sells it anywhere! I’m in driving distance of both you and her if she does! 😉

Getting soooo excited about your bakery opening! I will likely be in Warrenton in the next few weeks. Hopefully Pablo will be in this time to say hello!


18 Courtney @ the granola chronicles March 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

What beautiful art! I can definitely see that style in a Great Harvest!


19 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) March 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

‘Macaroon Chocolate Coconut Challah’- good gosh!


20 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) March 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

OH – and I love the art!!


21 Amy March 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Wow, your grandmother’s artwork is stunning. Does she sell it anywhere?


22 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I might have to drive up there just to taste the macaroon bread!! The first photo of the soup is gorge! So is the artwork :)


23 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan March 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

You’re in Clarksville, TN? I used to live in Clarksville. (Well, actually, Ft. Campbell, KY),but everything I did was in Clarksville.


24 KathEats March 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm



25 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I have been dying to try Great Sage, but being carless in Washington DC means that a Zipcar is involved, so we have not yet gotten around to it.


26 Baking 'n' Books March 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Crunchy tofu?! Yum.

Great meet-up!


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Wow I am blown away by the art work! Gram has such a talent. I would love to know the inspiration behind each painting.


28 KathEats March 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

There is a good story to each one! But she had to tell them herself. I’m trying to get her to write them down!


29 Heather (heathers dish) March 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

That’s it, we’re having Italian tonight! Lasagna looks and sounds incredible….


30 Abby March 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm

That artwork is insane! I love it! My grandma is a very talented watercolor painter. Looks like a great day!


31 Jess (Sweet Potato) March 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Sweet potato lasagna? Good choice, Matt!


32 Jaclyn March 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Yum, that veg and tofu-filled meal looks delish, right up my alley!

As does the challah: chocolate COCONUT?! holy YUMMMMM!

Yay for Friday cocktail hour and gramma artists *mine is one too!*
Have a great fun night kath!


33 erica March 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

i’m craving bread like no other after reading your posts! LOL.
your gram is very talented! and what a cute dog! :)


34 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Holy bread. Yum.


35 christina cadden March 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

mmm, all that food looks so good!


36 Natalia - a side of simple March 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm

The gift bags are adorable! They remind me of those great treasures you find on Etsy!


37 Kaci March 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I have always thought your hair looked amazing, but wowza it looks even better!! What yummy food and beautiful artwork!!


38 KathEats March 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm



39 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

The raw seaweed salad totally sounds like my kind of thing! So fresh and delicious. And that green juice looks amazing as well :)


40 Katie O. March 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

OMG your grandma is really talented. So cool. :)


41 Evan Thomas March 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

The food looks delicious. And what a fun group! I can’t wait to fly down to DC next week and have Sana be my tour guide.


42 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

That’s definitely a path of AWESOMENESS! What a fun day! That bread looks incredible, and how fun to try out a interesting restaurant with other foodies.

Wow, your Gram is a fantastic artist! Does she have her own shop, or is it an out-of-home studio?


43 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

This post rocks!

Macaroon Chocolate Coconut Challah = how come they dont serve that at Shabbat around here??! I want that challah!

What an awesome meetup with Megan and Sana. Both great girls!

I Love the looks of your raw-ish lunch. How delish looking!

And you in that greens/tshirt…tooo cute! I really should break down and just order one from your opensky :)


44 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Macaroon chocoalte coconut?! You are k k killing me. I ought to go to great harvest and get a loaf!


45 Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc March 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

There is something really comforting about the green cocktail. Lately, I have been going crazy over green drinks (not green beer though). The gift bags are absolutely lovely. I’d love to buy the one with the shakespear drawing!


46 Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I love that art, it’s so fun! Glad you had such a great day!


47 [email protected] March 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Amazing! Your grandmother’s art is beautiful! Does she sell it? Deets please! I have a new house to decorate :)


48 Krissy - Shiawase Life March 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm



49 Cara Craves... March 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Your grams seriously painted those? They are so great and unique! What a lady.


50 Christine @ Bookishly Boisterous March 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm

These posts are making realize how terribly boring my bread is.


51 Laura (Starloz) March 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

those paintings are so bright & interesting, go grams!


52 Erin March 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Tell Gram I need the animal picture (with the giraffe and elephant) for my son’s room. You should come to Okinawa….they have seaweed everywhere here! I think it’s gross…. :)


53 Carol March 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

So cool that your gram is an artist! Even cooler that her artwork might appear in your bakery! Enjoy your evening!


54 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous March 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Your gram has talent! I love the paintings!


55 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

The artwork is fabulous! I think it would go perfect in your bakery.

Lovin all the bread lately! I am such a carb girl at heart. 😀


56 Lauren March 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Your Gram is amazingly talented!!!! Wow, I never would think that she would have such style like this.


57 Peggy March 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Your gram has amazing art! Sounds like a fun day indeed!


58 Paula March 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I have tried the challah at our GH. It is to die for! But ours only offers it about 2-3 times a year. I wish it were available more often! Is it made with the whole wheat too?


59 KathEats March 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I don’t think it is.. it would be so tough


60 lew March 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

nope, it’s pure white goodness, baby. we leave the whole wheat to the fab grain breads.
PS: great to meet you Kath! See ya in C’ville, when I finally make it down


61 staceyhealthylife March 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Wow what beautiful art.


62 Deidre March 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

That challah is extraordinary!

Love the Shakespeare bag, it’s great to see something that would generally be an afterthought or be thrown away be made so personal and lovely.


63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Wow, your Grams is amazing! Some of her art in the first picture looks very Picasso-esque. I love it! 😀


64 Sara R. March 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Awww, sorry we’ll miss you! I was hoping you guys would still be there tomorrow, we’re coming down to visit my sister and brother in law who live right near the Great Harvest in Columbia and you’d better believe we’re going there for lunch!


65 KathEats March 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm



66 Melissa March 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Chocolate Macaroon Challah!? Are you kidding?! Sounds life-changing if you ask me!

Your gram is quite the artist! I love that!


67 KathEats March 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Thank you guys so much for your nice words about Gram!

She does work from home, although she does it way more out of passion for creativity than anything else. She’s been on exhibit a few times, but she doesn’t sell it through any kind of official way. I’m trying to get her to let me auction off a few!


68 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) March 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

That’d be so awesome! 😀 My grandmother was an art lover and she told me to never put bad art on my walls. I know she’d love Gram’s work!


69 rebecca lustig March 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

and here i thought my mom made the best challah… mehh, sorry mom :/


70 Katie March 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

So fun you got to meet up with those girls! Meg is such a sweetheart! love her!!!!!! Lunch looked fabulous, especially the seaweed salad!!!

Yum to that bread! Looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your gram rocks, her artwork is so awesome, and I love that its so vibrant and has beautiful colors! How cool she is a artist!

Have a great night! xo


71 Kiran @ March 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I love artistic people, and your Gram is one of them. She has an amazing talent :)


72 Jane March 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I love your Gram’s artwork. What a talent! Oh and her dog is so adorable. What a lovely family you have. Enjoy your weekend with loved ones. :)


73 Hannah March 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Oh my heavens, that challah! I’ve never even had normal challah, let alone a coconut chocolate one!!


74 Eileen March 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Your gram HAS to be the coolest grandma around. I really love her work!


75 Shannon @ My Place In The Race March 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm

That green cocktail looks soooo refreshing! Love all the pictures :)


76 Sana March 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I am so happy that we all had a lovely lunch! Thanks so much for meeting us all :) I can’t wait to see how the cleaner works out 😉

P.s Thanks for the GH treats :)


77 [email protected] March 19, 2011 at 1:50 am

how cool~such adorable handmade bags!! wowww what a talent :) I think I’m getting ideas now! I so wish I could have met all of you guys there–except I live all the way across the U.S. 😛


78 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 19, 2011 at 6:58 am

Your gram is very talented! Lovely artwork. :)

That restaurant looks like a wonderful choice! Love the unique menu items. And that challah bread… WOW!!!


79 Anne P March 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

Aww I LOVE Great Sage! We did a DC/MD blogger meet up there a couple years ago and it was awesome.


80 Kelly March 19, 2011 at 7:07 am

That coconut bread looks amazing and your grandmother is an unbelievable artist!!! Very impressive paintings!!!


81 Liz March 19, 2011 at 7:53 am

Does your Gram sell her artwork? The painting of the girl with the animals would be the prefect gift for me best friend to put in her nursery (she’s having her first baby in a month!). The colors are perfect and I just love the painting!



82 K March 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

At the risk of sounding like a total creeper – nice gams! Your hard winter cycles to the gym and town sure have paid off! I’m jealz!


83 Katie Smallwood March 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Kath- Great Sage is so excited to be mentioned in your beautiful blog! I love the layout and all the pictures you have taken are amazing, what kind of camera are you using?! We are delighted to serve healthy food that is both nutritious and innovative! Please stop by soon and enjoy a dessert on us!


84 KathEats March 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Hey Katie! So glad we could enjoy lunch with you :) I have a Canon DSLR XSI with a 35 mm lens. You’re welcome to use any of the photos so long as you credit :)


85 Katie Smallwood March 20, 2011 at 9:40 am

Thanks Kath!

I may just take you up on that photo offer, with well earned credit to of course! We are in the process of creating a Great Sage blog ourselves, if you would be interested in contributing at any point in the future please let me know! We will definitely be linking to your wonderful and informative site!


86 KathEats March 20, 2011 at 9:59 am

Cool, let me know!!


87 Katie March 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I love your grandmother’s art! Does she sell any of it? I would love something that style for my kids’ rooms. Enjoy your time with your family.


88 Katie March 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm


Your grandmother’s work is so amazing! If she doesn’t sell it, she totally should.

The macaroon challah looks delish!


89 lew March 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Hey that’s me in the backgroud! my 15 minutes continues…


90 Amy March 20, 2011 at 1:48 am

GRAM IS AWESOME. And her work is actually eerily similar to my uncles work which I NEVER see… hmmmm…


91 Allison @ Happy Tales March 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

That art looks so pretty… I’d love to get my hands on some! Oh, and your little bloggy meetup looked so fun!!! YAY!


92 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I LOVE Great Harvest!!! 😀 Since you have the insight into them ;), do you know if they are coming out with anything new? I love their food! 😀



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