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Back in the Saddle….

Back in the Saddle….

One horrifying day a few months ago, my laptop, a five-year-old Dell who had seen more than it’s fare share of drops, dings and over use, refused to turn on. Rushing the injured equipment to my car, I drove across town as if my Honda had transformed into an ambulance. The smartly dressed Geek Squadette at Best Buy informed me moments later that my poor laptop, the source of my Internet information and the vessel into which my writing out poured, was indeed dead. Full of despair I returned home, only slightly consoled by the enormous and almost ancient Mac my other half owned. At least writing was still possible, and so my blogging posts continued. But the Mac was slow, wouldn’t fit into any size bag for a field trip to the park, came with an annoying beeping sound and many delays in processing. A few days later that beeping sound revealed itself to be a dying hard drive as the Mac refused, following suit with my poor Dell, to turn on. I began to think my fingers were laced with some sort of computer poison.

Thus almost daily trips to the local libraries ensued, presenting all sorts of new problems. The closest library to my new residence in Korea town was the Pio Pico library, populated over the holiday season with a large number of elementary, middle and high schoolers whose free time soured during winter vacation. Packed in groups around computers, laughter and shouting filled what should have been a quiet zone. Everyday these library patrons viewed each other’s MySpace pages and played fantasy computer games for hours at a time, reserving the computers I dreamed of using. Often every computer was booked, and when I finally lucked into a computer to use, the noise was too much to handle. The four limited- use computers were only available for fifteen minutes at a time, and after tackling the hoards of e-mails left unchecked everyday, the time was up. Which meant back into a deep line of patrons waiting for computer use. Sundays became a headache of a trip to the Hollywood location. Parking was almost impossible because of the farmer’s market located across from the library and patron demand was even higher for a smaller number of computers. But through perseverance, I managed to continue to check my e-mails, keep up with my bank accounts and bills and somehow update my blog. And then it seemed a black cloud was truly over my computer usage, as the public library computer system crashed. Day after day I trekked to the libraries, only to find no computer usage signs posted. All hope left my typing fingers, and I sank into a great computer depression. My blog, which I had eagerly created only a few months earlier, was left untouched, with no hope for decent posts in the near future.

And then my dark cloud was lifted, as a wonderful benefactor came in the form of my Aunt. Her spare computer was speed delivered to my door moments after this sad story reached her ears, more than three months after my poor little Dell died.

And so it’s back in the technological saddle again. The last few months have been full of experiences ready to be typed into words, recipes created and tested,ideas dreamed, books read(or at least started), and of course lots of food. So look forward to many more weeks of posts, all about La Vita Cucinare, my life of food, thanks to my wonderful Aunt and my new computer.


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A Little about My Links

A little about my Links

Artisan Sweets– This is a really well done food blog. The photos really pop and the prose is well written. Here is a writer who shares her life through her love of desserts.

Blackfish– This restaurant is the creation of two very talented Drexel alumni, Charles Roman and Ashley Hess. Blackfish is spectacular, and Ashley is a dear and appreciated friend.

Becks and Posh-This food blog is so cute. I love the idea of this couple exploring food together; it reminds me a little of my own life, and I really enjoy the European insights.

Cake Monger– Here is a talented young pastry cook making some marvelous cakes in San Francisco. His blog puts me in such awe!

Chef Chris– A fountain of knowledge and a thorough and motivating instructor, Chef Chris Koch really impacted my experience at Drexel University. I try to carry the lessons and skills he taught me as I move forward with my culinary career.

Christina Cooks– Christina Pirello has been such an inspiration and source of support for me. Her website just touches on the many amazing things she does! I am so thankful to have her in my life.

Curious Cook– Harold McGee is somewhat of an expert on the science of food and cooking. His website is a plethora of information and a wonderful resource.

Dirt Cake– This is the food blogger who inspired me to start a blog myself. A wonderful source of inspiration and often a partner in crime on adventures or recipe testing, Miss Katzie is true friend and a gifted pastry cook.

Dori Greenspan– This is a wonderful blog about an American living in Paris and her cooking adventures there.

Drexel University Culinary Arts– My alumna mater, Drexel University taught me my basic culinary skills as well as a love for the city of Philadelphia, introduced me to a great cheese steak and an appreciation for Bon Jovi.


Farrah Olivia– I spent a six-month internship working with Pastry Chef Leon Baker and Chef Morou Ottawa. The work they are doing at Farrah Olivia is outstanding, and I cherish the knowledge they instilled in me.

Matt’s Bites– This is one of my favorite food blogs. Matt Armendariz is not only a magnificent photographer but also a great writer and his love for food really shines through in his dedication for this blog.

Providence-I am currently working at this wonderful one star Michelin restaurant learning a whole new ball game under pastry chef Adrian Vasquez.

Presidential Catering– Jennifer Mandracchia is the gifted pastry chef of this catering company. She is always eager to answer a pastry question, and is often a collaborator on recipe ideas.

Sherry Yard– During my time at Spago Beverly Hills, the talented Chef Sherry Yard taught me many of the basics of pastry arts.

Spago Beverly Hills– I spent fifteen months working at Spago Beverly Hills learning the ins and outs of a grand fine dining restaurant with some of the nation’s top chefs.

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