For as long as I can remember I’ve been sending friends emails about our international travels. It started on my blackberry years ago. That tiny keyboard was a real wonder – it enabled short and sweet notes primarily about what we were eating. No more than a couple of paragraphs composed just after dinner (we’re typically in Europe) sometimes right from the dinner table to elicit “oohs and aaahs” in real time from the folks back at the office. Somehow that has morphed to detailed emails about what we did during the day, what we saw, who we met and of course what we ate. The text is now supported by photos and the blackberry, became an iPad, which finally transitioned to my laptop. It’s become a real pain in the neck trying to do it on email and with Word and OneNote -not to mention the incompatibility of the Apple and Windows operating systems. I’ve lost the early editions of my “blog” as everyone refers to it and have been encouraged by many of you to start a real blog.
This first edition is dedicated to Maria Defante, she worked with me for a few years and still, every trip emails me and says, “I love these, you need to start a blog”. My hope is that the “real blog” will make publishing easy, but so far that’s not been the case. Change is hard and I’m learning something new, but it’s a tad discouraging to have read an entire book on blogging with WordPress to find out the UI had completely changed. This is my test drive at a post. If you are reading this, it is probably because I emailed my last recipient list to take a look, provide feedback and I hope some encouragement. So here it is. I hope you enjoy it. Please, oh please be sure to comment on the entries so I know someone out there is listening.
Paris has come to San Diego
The other day I was out for a run in downtown San Diego and I was stopped dead in my tracks. What did I see, but this vision of loveliness – an authentic looking French Pâtisserie.
I made a mental note of where it was located as I was trying out a new East Village route and finished my run. This is my first official week of being between jobs and today felt like my first truly “free day”. After a visit to the dermatologist this morning (see the public service announcement below), Phil and I decided breakfast out was in order.
Minou, Creperie Patisserie comes to us from the folks at Café Chloe, a perennial favorite and it is located at 721 Eighth Avenue in San Diego, just north of G Street. The place is absolutely adorable; if you need a dose of Paris, stop on by. The menu is limited: Basic French fare, like sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches, quiche, onion soup. They also have croissants and pastries, coffee, tea, wine and beer.
I had the prosciutto and gruyere quiche. It was custardy, creamy and loaded with prosciutto. The crust was flakey. It was yummy. Phil had the ham and cheese crepe topped with a sunny side fried egg. I tasted his crepe and it was light. I think all the crepes are made with buckwheat flour so they are a bit nutty, but still very light. Both came with a little frisee salad dressed with a light lemon vinaigrette. Very French! We both cleaned our plates. The café Americano was excellent. It was a delicious breakfast.
Public Service Announcement
Go to the Dermatologist! I am lucky. I went two weeks ago after having not gone for a few years. I was irked with our insurance deductible (the days of co-pays were gone) so I was too cheap to go. I noticed some dry skin around the scar on my lip (bicycle accident in the 5th grade) and finally went to doctor. After the biopsy two weeks ago revealed pre-cancerous cells, they were scraped off and cauterized today. I fortunately caught it before it turned into anything serious. Don’t be like me, Don’t be cheap, Be sure to get your check-ups. My story has a happy ending.