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[MUSIC] You've heard the study like chefs are number nine
at being psychopaths, or something, we're a little insane, right?
We're just a little tweaked. We are very competitive, we
are so competitive. I mean, we compete with ourselves. It's
hard to let someone in when you are so engrossed
with yourself. We work weekends, we work dinner hours, all
the times when you would normally expect to have a
social life. You either have to be with someone in
the industry, which is a challenge in and of itself
because now you have two highly competitive people in one
relationship, or you have to have someone who is confident
enough in what they do to understand that just because
you're working doesn't mean you don't love them. [MUSIC] Yeah,
it's, it's tough. It's exactly how they say it happens.
I had decided that I was probably never gonna get
married, I'd bought this little one-bedroom condo. I was gonna
be this crazy lady with four cats and three Shih
Tzus. And then like four months later I meet him.
And then he's just wonderful. My husband is, he's very
sweet. And he says to me, "you know, you're never
going to be happy unless you open your own restaurant."
We started looking. I got an email from someone saying,
"Christina, orchid wants to sell their restaurant." I had never
been to Orcas Island. I don't even know how to
get there. You have to drive for 90 minutes to
Anacortes, and it's another hour ferry ride. And then, once
you get there, it's another, well if you drive like
a local it's five minutes. If you drive like a
tourist, it's 20 minutes to the restaurant, yeah. So, it's
no easy thing to get there, right? It was just
gorgeous, and we said, okay, we can do this. I
don't remember opening Allium it was so fast. I looked
one evening and everyone was eating and there was all
this noise and I went, oh **** I have a
restaurant, what have I done, kind of thing, like oh
my god really. I don't know if people realize that
when they open their own restaurant, you can't go run
to someone else and say it's broken what do I
do? You become the person people run to. If I
wasn't there the restaurant doesn't exist. I was up there
full time in the summer and part time in the
winter. And it just got to be too much. I
thought, oh my god I've been married to this guy
for five year's and I have spent three and a
half not really being there. I think the only reason
why we managed is because we realized that our relationship
is very important. Oh there's always conflict. I still think
that, I think maybe I should have kept it open.
Maybe I would have been able to keep the restaurant
there and open one here. I mean, who am I
kidding. I dream about [UNKNOWN] a lot. But ultimately, I
think without him there [MUSIC] Or it wouldn't be right.
I am planning to open a restaurant called [INAUDIBLE] bar.
The dish that people really ordered was the [INAUDIBLE]. You
know it's a teachable thing, it's not dependent on me
being in that spot all the time. [MUSIC]