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hoppin’ across the pond.

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life”.

I’ve recently been given the opportunity to spend a long weekend in Paris.  Mostly pleasure mixed with a little bit of business, this is just the getaway I’ve been craving. My memories of Paris, having visited twice before, are fond and bounded with happiness and curiosity. This city is one in particular that I always leave with a longing to become further acquainted with.

I referenced back to my travel journal for a memory nudge: {I love it here, wishing I had more time. *Note to self: the lemon sugar crepes are amazing} March07. {Day ?? of binge drinking and no sleep. I cannot get enough of the beautiful Paris! Slept in a log cabin, went to a burlesque show} July08.

Au revoir!

(Images obtained via pinterest.com)

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chopped.

As a Christmas present boy toy had a chef come to the apartment to give us a private cooking lesson on a menu of our choosing.  I was mid nap when in walks Jackie Lee, winner of an episode of the Food Network’s Chopped! I was star struck.  Okay, not really but nonetheless extremely excited. A) It’s arguably the best show on the network and B) this chick is so awesome.  Jackie is completely self-taught and has toured the world working as a private chef on yachts. Wanting to keep the menu healthy and diverse while incorporating some ingredients we’ve never used before, we chose: sweet corn tamale cakes with salsa verde and pico di gallo, carrots with orange and cumin, and sautéed mushrooms.

 Jackie sautéed.  

 B/T peeled.

I poured wine.

And learned to only use the outside of the tomato when making pico di gallo. And discovered the Tomatillo: (n) used to make salsa verde // a little green sticky tomato, surrounded by a husk.

The whole cooking experience was fab and the dinner delicious.  I would love to learn from Jackie on a weekly basis but taking some beginner knife skill classes may be the more economical route…  

*In case you’re interested, B/T found this service through Groupon {idontwanttocook.com}.

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