I realize I haven’t been around much lately. I don’t have a great excuse. Life just happened. I finished the classes for my MBA in Paris. I traveled to the USA for the first time in a year and visited family and friends. I returned to Paris. Tomorrow, I start an internship at an international design agency in Paris. I’m excited and nervous and happy to be back.
I had an incredible time when I was back in the US. I spent Christmas in Chicago with my family and then went to California. San Francisco is my other home. I lived there for eight years and I have an amazing group of friends there. I love the sun, the food and the laid back culture. Here is a glimpse into my trip:
I went to my all time favorite deep dish pizza place in Chicago. It’s called Lou Malnati’s and it’s as good as I remember.
I was so excited to cook in real kitchens again and have space to entertain! For Christmas Eve we cooked a delicious meal that was definitely not kid approved, but it sure was adult approved. We made Ottolenghi’s stuffed zucchini but used wild rice instead.
I forgot how beautiful it is out there!
One of my best friends cooked me an amazing welcome home meal. Six of my closest girlfriends came and the boyfriend of the hostess. The boyfriend didn’t last long. Way too much estrogen! We laughed until we cried and then laughed some more.
We finished the day with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants: Barn Diva in Healdsburg. They make these goat cheese croquettes with lavender honey that are out of this world.The trip was better than I ever imagined and I am so happy I went. I had such an amazing time. Thank you to all my friends who made it so special! Until next time, Cali.