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4 Days of Vacation & The End of La Technique

Just a quick post before I leave on basically a week of vacation, though I am managing to work a day or so in there. I’m heading to Phoenix this afternoon after a meeting in mid-town to see Andrew and my parents and then I’m heading to Colorado for a few days, returning back to NYC on Sunday night. The first day in Colorado is actually business but then I have six days of driving around Colorado for a bachelor party. Five of us are going to A-Basin, Aspen, Silverton and possibly Winter Park. I see riding around because I’m technically not supposed to strain myself so soon after the appendectomy. Is it mean to say that I’m happy another friend is also injured because it means I’ll have company in the lodge?

Also, I ‘graduated’ from La Technique yesterday. We made a big shellfish feast of lobster, mussels in multiple sauces, oysters, ceviche, etc. The class is over and with it, my Tuesdays and Thursdays free up. I did learn quite a bit in the class, though I’m not sure it was justified by the cost. I also met a few people that I’ll hopefully stay in touch with. I think the main thing to do now is start making the stuff we made in class so I can practice the technique. I know I didn’t blog much about the classes at the end, but I’ll try and post something soon with a recap. In short, the pastry classes were more fun that I anticipated (despite my anorexic puff pastry) and the short ribs were a total let down.

More to come…

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