A busy chapter, and a friend’s new venture

Hi friends. Wondering if I fell off a cliff, contracted the hantavirus from infected mice in Yosemite, or simply forgot about you? Fortunately, none of the above. I’ve just been an insane person working about 60 hours a week and not sleeping nearly enough – so definitely not trying out any new elaborate (or basic) new recipes, and certainly not having kitchen photo shoots. I’ve been actually loving being super busy. I’m picking up a few shifts at The Market Restaurant, an amazing little restaurant on the dock, with fun, like-minded people, tasty food, and yes…good vibes. They were actually recently featured in Food & Wine, which I’m sure has been really great for business (obviously).

Their food is simple, delicious, and extremely fresh, as they partner with local farmers, fishermen, and artisans for their daily-changing menu. Looking forward to more meals there, like the feast I partook in the other night: local tilefish carpaccio with cucumbers, or the boudin blanc with shoestring potato fries (boudin blanc is a traditional French sausage made with finely ground chicken, pork, and veal, with milk-soaked bread, egg, and warm spices such as cinnamon, mace, and clover – really smooth and creamy, and housemade to boot), haricot vert with cherry tomatoes and lobster vinaigrette, and an heirloom tomato salad. Insane. Needless to say, being crazy busy to wrap up the season with them is totally worth a few weeks lacking in sleep.

This has been in addition to an event – actually the event – with Chive: Sustainable Event Design and Catering, that I also worked at over the weekend. Next post will be on that, but it was absolutely PERFECT and so. much. fun. Oh, and there’s also my full-time job, fisheries outreach for enforcement. That kind of keeps me busy. So, while there won’t be much in the way of actual recipes on here for the month of September, unless I’m feeling super ambitious, I’ll try to keep you entertained with photos, and at least talk about delicious food here and there. Deal?

My friend Natalie is opening up her own salon in a few days and I could not be more proud of her. This has been years in the making, and it’s so cool to see such a good friend really go after what she’s wanted for years. I think this quote sums it up pretty well: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”—Steve Jobs

Congrats to my beautiful friend Natalie!! I can’t wait to get my hair done AT YOUR SALON…and just come visit you with a bottle of wine when you’re worked to the bone and need some relief! Here’s to many years of happiness and success…sounds like a wedding toast, which I think it sort of is. 🙂

P.S. The photos in this post will be up at Natalie’s salon for a bit, so go get your hair did and check out my photos! Win win!

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