Got back a few days ago from two weeks touring through Israel and Istanbul (Constantinople still and always, to those of the Eastern Orthodox faith). I won't be doing a journal of that pilgrimage here, as it was a very personal, spiritual journey as we travelled with 43 other pilgrims. However, I did get a shot of me outside the Hagia Sophia (the world's largest church, when it was still operating as a church--the Turkish government has turned it into a museum), standing next to a Domino's delivery motorcycle. The Hagia Sophia is to Eastern Orthodox Christians what the mosque in Mecca is to Muslims, as for nearly one thousand years it was the central church and home of the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Holy Roman Empire. So I thought it was ironic that I, about to launch PizzaQuest.com any day now, would find myself almost tripping over a Domino's delivery motorcycle just a few yards from this holy shrine. Just goes to show the reach of pizza, crossing all ethnic and denominational boundaries. Perhaps pizza really could be the universal symbol of peace on earth (or, as the tee-shirts say, Pizza on Earth).
Note: I just tried to post the photo and it didn't take--I still haven't figured out how to transfer photos to my blog-- myabe I'm the only one left who doesn't know how to this. If you know how would you please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am now working from a new MAC and have iPhoto. Is there an easy way to move photos into a blog? If so, maybe I'll finally be able to do so.
On another front, I keep stretching this out and hate to do so, but we're meeting with the PizzaQuest team later today so I hope to have some news about our launch date, which we are all hoping will be before Christmas. Stay tuned, I should be back soon with a fuller update on that as well as on the new book and the upcoming recipe testing. Thanks for your patience.