I was getting ready to go to work, putting on some dockers and a polo shirt. Jo, who was living in Harrisonburg, Virginia, called me and told me to switch to the news. I was living in Charlotte, N.C. with my sister trying to get ahead so Jo and I could move to Charlotte after our church wedding in Mexico later that year. As soon as I turned the channel to CNN I felt confused. All I saw was one of the World Trade Center towers with smoke and the voice of the news anchors, also confused.
I asked Jo “what happened?”
She said "An airplane just crashed into the World Trade Center.”
As I paid attention to the news the next plane hit the second tower. I forgot what I was eating for breakfast but I do remember seeing the bottom of the screen where it said all flights have been delayed.
At that time, I was working for Chrysler through an agency that took care of a marketing campaign where I would set up brand new Chrysler cars in different public spots like airports, golf courses, malls, along with a kiosk that would tell you all about the car features. I was a brand ambassador.
I immediately called my boss and asked “What was the situation? Was I still working that day?” At the time I was set up at the Charlotte Airport. Back then you could drop off or wait for your loved ones right outside the gate. Everything changed after that day eighteen years ago. So no work until further notice.
I didn't know what to do for the 3-4 days I didn't get to go to work other than help my sister around the house, go to the gym, and walk around the mall. Back then I wasn't even thinking about owning a business so working on that plan didn't have any motion of any kind. Lots of speculation went on for days.
This day has brought lots of consequences, mainly to travel arrangements and, of course, it has affected a large population of Muslim faith-based citizens here in the US and around the world. Even though I am not Muslim, Middle Eastern or Arab, people have made jokes about me looking like a Muslim and carrying bombs. The thing is, every culture in the world has its good and its bad. God is both the light and darkness, isn't so? Reality is duality, positive and negative.
For further discussion, take a listen to this thoughtful track produced by my good friend Jamar Sharif Williams. I call it food for thought. As you see, I don't just offer food for your belly, but I do love a good conversation where we discuss in a healthy set up, so we make it a win-win situation. Whatever your spiritual path is in this life, I invite you to find the lessons that world events like 9/11 bring us because we can't undue the past and the only way to experience a better future is by living today applying the principles shared with us by the sages and wise humans who've lived before us like Mother Theresa, Maya Angelou, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesus, The Buddha, and all the many women who haven't gotten the credit for living to their lives committed to making this a better world.
Cueva Bar is Chef Oz’s approach to the concept of Tapas with an essence of Mexican cuisine, known for continuous reinvention and embracing evolution, where food is prepared in a cozy, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere without the white table cloth element, just a pure human relationship fostered by those who dine in the all are welcomed University Heights neighborhood gem.
Letting inspiration flow and keeping balance in mind, Chef Oz marries Mexico’s ingredients and flavors with elements from around U.S and the world using local-organic produce and vendors to produce both delicious and healthy dishes that have little to zero impact in our environment.
Cueva Bar in San Diego California offers a fusion tapas inspired menu with plenty of omnivore, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Our happy hour is from Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 6pm. Happy hour offerings are $2 off all food on menu and $3 off all drinks by the glass.
Oz: Co-founder/Executive Chef.
Mel: Sous Chef.
FOH: , Ghaidan
BOH: Patty, Nick
About the author:
I chef Oz write these blogs. I am a home cook gone pro when my wife Jo and I decided to open Cueva Bar, a fusion tapas bar and restaurant in San Diego California. I am passionate about offering a space where people gather for a good time, and to enjoy mindfully prepared tapas, made with love and passion by our culinary team. I'm all about inclusive peace, love, mutual respect, unity, kindness and compassion under the sun with liberty and justice for all.
Let tapas bring us together!