As many of you know, I am a line cook at Morimoto Waikiki here in Hawaii. I have been loving my job and have been learning so much about Japanese cuisine and general cooking techniques. I recently moved up in the kitchen and have been working some grill shifts in addition to my usual garde manger shifts. It is such a great experience and I think it will play a large role in my future in the culinary world.
First off, I want to say THANK YOU to all of your comments about my graduation! I am so excited for everything to come!
I’ve recently realized how much my foodie personality has overpowered my 21-year-old party personality. For my 21st birthday I did not go to Vegas like most kids would; instead, I went to San Francisco with my parents and ate at delicious restaurants for three days straight. Then, last week after my graduation, I didn’t go out partying with my friends; instead, I went to the restaurant that was rated #1 in Colorado by 5280 magazine, Frasca… again, with my parents… Personally, I would much rather celebrate a special occasion with good food than with a night of drinking. Let’s be honest, as a 21-year-old, you don’t need a special occasion to drink.
Finally, I have a free moment to tell you about my first trip to Italy! I kind of had an idea of what to expect from seeing photos and hearing stories, but nothing compares to actually experiencing it yourself. After having my flight to D.C. cancelled (thanks so much United) and spending an extra night in D.C., I finally made it to Rome a day later than my mom and the rest of the group.
The second day of my birthday weekend in San Francisco was filled with (surprise!) more food, drinks and walking. The restaurant we went to on Sunday, The Franciscan Crab Restaurant, was right on the water in the Fisherman’s Warf. There were large windows all around the restaurant which provided beautiful views practically anywhere you sat.
I wish I could have posted this earlier, but things have been a bit chaotic since I got back to Colorado from San Francisco. For my 21st birthday weekend (the 25th-28th), my mom, dad, two brothers, best friends and brother’s girlfriend spent the weekend eating, drinking and walking our way through San Francisco. I was surprised that the weather was only a high of 70 degrees! So much colder than in Colorado, I am currently sweating and slowly dying in the Boulder summer heat (almost 100 degrees last week!).
After 30 hours of traveling to the U.S. and a weekend in NYC with my brother, I finally made it back to the mountains and back to my own bed. I was welcomed back by a nasty snow storm that still hasn’t let up. Since when is May included into the winter months?! This has made it even harder to come home, but the benefit of the snowy weather is that it gives me time to sit in my cozy apartment and reminisce of my trip.
Cape Town is one of the largest cities to really still have it all. They have amazing restaurants, delicious meat and seafood, vineyards, wildlife, nightlife, beaches and mountains all within twenty minutes of each other. What more could you ask for?!