What am I attempting to say here? There’s so many things in life we’re told to ‘should’ do, that we ‘must’ do, and that we have to do. It’s programmed and wired into our brains pretty much the day we’re born.
It’s that which controls us, gives us wants and desires that may not always be reasonable, they may also be the path of least resistance, or in other words, following the herd.
We like our life simple, and with as few headaches as possible. Experiences, challenges, and obstacles are going to come in our way. We’ll experience heartache, joy, exhilaration, fatigue, and everything in between…
That’s the macro, or maybe the micro, or maybe I’m just being vague again.
Then there’s the ‘shoulds’ that are about the simple things. We should have gone on this vacation, we should have accepted that job opportunity, we should have accepted when someone asked us out (or we should have mustered up the courage and asked them out, what’s the worse they can say?), or we should have…
This brings us to Mellow Mushroom, with a growing list of locations in the northeast, south, expanding westward, and many in Maryland, and a charming menu to boot.
The Rockville, MD location is footsteps to many things family. A family business was once nearby, my family lives in the Rockville Town Square, where this and many businesses, commerce, and local entities reside, and where many of us have seen a transition from a historic town to well, looking like everywhere else.
No, that’s not a dig. I’m just sentimental to how many towns used to look like, and many still do. There’s another ‘should’. I’m all for change as long as it helps everyone, yet we must also help ourselves.
Mellow Mushroom is among a list of many places I would suggest to pick up food from, or dine out at with my dad, when I would come visit him. Yes a family business was footsteps away, so it was nice to come and spend time on a weekly basis. Sometime more, sometimes less. I loved every minute of it, more like every second.
But he has his favorite few places, like many of us do. And we get comfortable. I get comfortable. There’s another path of least…
Yet at some point something that is familiar and easy to us now, was once a stranger and foreign to us as well. See what I’m saying? Before I digress like I tend to do, let me talk about the pizza.
For the first time I finally walked into a Mellow Mushroom (just typing that out and saying that in my head makes me laugh, the name just sounds funny to me), without asking if he wanted any, because the ‘shoulds’ have done me in and done enough.
It felt like a different universe. I can’t explain it. But it felt like a place I’ve had recurring dreams about, and not in a bad way. It’s just well…
The pizzas themselves are reasonably priced. I got two small pies to share at $13 a piece. The House Special and The Holy Shiitake.
The former is decent. And the latter is really good, maybe even great.
The crust on both, especially the Shiitake really complemented the pie well.
The House Special has a lot going on more for my taste. The extra mozzarella added on top is a nice touch. And I know some people love it, or are going to love it. It was a bit too much for me.
But the Holy Shiitake has everything I want in a pizza, and in food in general. Olive oil, garlic, shiitake, portobello, caramelized onions, aioli, and truffle oil is up there with the best combinations in pie, or in anything ever. Yet something was missing…
What was missing was… I ended up eating this on my own. I came to visit, yet I was only able to enjoy it by myself. I left the rest for family, and hope at some point they get to enjoy some too. I wish I had done this sooner.
I had all the intentions of getting pizza here, a year ago, two years ago, maybe even longer, and that didn’t happen.
What I’m saying is, with anything, don’t wait till something happens to do something. I have to tell myself this. You should just do, just be, and not overthink things too much. I’ve done a lot of that, and continue to so.
You never know when opportunities like this are going to run out, or ultimately….
I was told by a wise man once, don’t let something monumental happen or be forced to make changes in your life.
Have a blessed one…