Independent Adventure!

Sep 22, 2013 by

The SmashCake Peanut Butter Frozen Cheesecake Sandwich to the left, along with the 400 others that Ash brought to AwesTRUCK 2013, is filled with The Happiness Experiment. Yes, friends, I got to make the peanut butter cheesecake filling!


The SmashCake Peanut Butter Frozen Cheesecake Sandwich to the left, along with the 400 others that Ash brought to AwesTRUCK 2013, is filled with The Happiness Experiment. Yes, friends, I got to make the peanut butter cheesecake filling!

          On Wednesday, I found out that there was going to be an AwesTRUCK 2013 preview that night. Already pumped for Saturday’s huge food truck rally, I was certainly up for attending the event’s precursor. I immediately reached for my phone to find a friend to go with. Unsurprisingly, I had forgotten it at home. No probs! I had to go home before heading downtown anyway, so I planned to get in touch with friends later. – Wait, no! I interrupted my own thought process. This could be an adventure in independence!          

          I hadn’t gone to an event alone since I went speed dating in July. While it made me feel incredibly confident to do so, that event facilitated socialization. Wednesday night would be different. I would purposely be attending an event – which did not specifically serve the purpose of connecting people, as did speed dating – by myself, fully aware that I would not know anyone there. Challenge accepted! There would be no contacting any friends. I was going to go to AwesTRUCK 2013 preview night solo, putting my social skills to the test. After grabbing a drink with four guys off the street last week, I was feeling bold. This would be further proof to myself that I can handle solo European travel. After all, if I cross the Atlantic alone (which I will, unless someone with a sense of adventure as grand as my own enters my life before I board that plane), I will need to be able to autonomously go out and befriend new people.

          To AwesTRUCK 2013 preview night I went, independent in my quest for food truck and pop-up eats, but far from alone. I’m a talker. Though pre-happiness-experiment me couldn’t have said the same, I find it easy to strike conversation with people I’ve never met. I chatted with vendors, learning the names of four new people throughout the night and talking to one that I had briefly spoken to before, Ashley, creator of SmashCake.

          “Ash,” I started, always liking to embark on nickname territory with new people quickly in order to build rapport, “you’re going to AwesTRUCK?”

          “I wasn’t this morning, but I just got invited. I don’t know if I’m going though,” she said.

          “Why?” I wondered.

          “I don’t have enough time to prepare before Saturday. I work, so the only time I’d have to bake is tomorrow overnight. I don’t think I can get it all done,” she explained.

          Not knowing much more than this girl’s name and the fact that she makes awesome frozen cheesecake sandwiches, I offered my assistance. “Girl, if you need any help, I am so down to bake tomorrow!”

          Her eyes widened in shock. “Overnight?” she clarified.

          “Yeah! I don’t have any plans. I would be more than happy to pull an all-nighter to get SmashCake to AwesTRUCK. You have to be there!” I encouraged.

          She took me up on my offer. I spent Thursday night in a commercial kitchen from 9 pm to 6 am, inhaling more peanut butter fumes than oxygen. I saw first hand what it takes to run a business in Toronto’s underground food industry, the one comprised of pop-ups, food trucks, and creative entrepreneurs that I admire for following their ambitious dreams. I got to know the hard-working, dedicated woman behind the SmashCake name. (Ash, thanks again for welcoming me into your world for a night!) Furthermore, I gained an understanding of the food community that few individuals outside of it have, simply because I went to an event alone and started talking. As a result, friends, I highly recommend going on an independent venture of your own. Aside from meeting new people and amplifying your self-confidence, it’s a fabulous experience!

Happiness Tip: Go it alone!

 
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