Last Sunday, my wife and I ate dinner at the Moorea Beach Cafe (www.mooreabeachcafe.com) during our honeymoon in Tahiti. The owner of the restaurant is a Frenchman by the name Bruno Jamais. He is a jovial fellow who knows how to run a restaurant. Prior to ordering our entrees, Bruno came over to our table to chat for several minutes. We were one of his many stops that night.
Bruno is a fascinating man. He walked away from a successful restaurant business in Manhattan back in 2010. Many of the rich and famous dined at his New York place over the last two decades. Bruno still has connections in the Big Apple. He makes the trip back East from time to time; however, Bruno has closed the door on New York and the corresponding lifestyle associated with the rich and famous.
Before Bruno opened the Moorea Beach Cafe on the island of Moorea, he traveled the world for about twelve months in search of a different life. New York’s fast pace and rat race lifestyle became objectionable to Bruno on all fronts. He no longer wanted to chase after the dollar, the latest hip trend, or finegle the latest celebrity. He wanted a simpler life, which he found in Tahiti on the island of Moorea.
Bruno told my wife and me to beware of chasing after material things. He encouraged us to pursue the abundant life in so many words. In no way am I suggesting that our conversation turned toward leading Bruno to Christ; however, I did sense that our Savior might be doing a work in this famous restaurant owner from France. He certainly made it clear to my wife and me that going after what is real and from the heart reigns supreme.
If any of my readers and followers make it to Tahiti, and Moorea to be exact, check out Bruno’s tantalizing beach front restaurant. It exudes a Hollywood/New York feel with a European flair wrapped in South Pacific beauty. Order the braised lamb shank, but split it. After the meal, chat with Bruno for some wisdom about life and what it means to go after it with all your heart.