Hello again.

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve posted to this blog.

I could offer up a litany of ultimately unimportant excuses. But in short: I fell in love, with someone (let’s call him J.) with whom I enjoy eating so much that I can honestly say that I could not imagine a more thoughtful, engaging, and charming dining partner. I suspected he might be super-awesome after he showed up at my doorstep the morning after our first fight, bearing fresh macarons and rosemary-currant bread as peace offerings.

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Peace-offering macarons from Europane in Pasadena.

 

He cooked for me (meals featuring big flavors and impeccable ingredients). I cooked for him (more often than not, weird, austere dishes…often from a recipe that caught my eye simply because it involved, say, lentils layered atop carrots atop Trader Joe’s pizza dough).

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One of the first meals J. cooked for me – softly-scrambled eggs, heavy on the cream and goat cheese, with avocado, candied bacon, and toast.

 

He also found this blog and we had some interesting chats about the posts I’d written. And as often happens, I became paralyzed with perfectionism, and I no longer felt like I had anything interesting to say about food.

Meanwhile, I was saying all of the things I normally say in writing, but directly to my new favorite eating companion.

Years passed. Our relationship grew over tastings of carne asada fries and Japanese chicken skin skewers. We settled into a Tuesday night routine at what would become our favorite pizza place. We got married in a backyard wedding that featured some of our favorite food memories together, moved up to the Bay Area for J’s job, and promptly developed severe and chronic cases of homesickness, yearning for our families and old life in Los Angeles.

 

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Shave ice from our wedding, catered by Snowflakes Shave Ice. (Photo courtesy of the talented Christine Choi).

 

Anyway, this was a long way of saying that I’m back – that is, if you’ll have me.

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