I was born in the Big Easy, and after enjoying southern living for more than half a decade, we migrated to the golden state in the mid-80s on Halloween. Unfortunately, our flight didn’t make it to Los Angeles early enough for us to go trick-or-treating with my cousins that evening. They were nice and did save us a pumpkin full of candy. My brother and I never got to eat the candy though. My mom, being extremely overprotective at the time, deemed the candy too dangerous to eat because she believed some crazies could have laced the candy with razor blades or other unknowns. Yes, unfortunately that’s how sheltered my childhood and adolescence was.
Fast forward to the late 00’s, I decided to leave San Francisco to pursue my dreams of living in Austin, TX and to become an HIV epidemiologist. I fell in love with the city once I stepped foot into the flagship Whole Foods and got a taste of real Texas BBQ. After living out that dream for several years, I left for life in the burbs of Paris (not the one in Texas). France doesn’t feel like home though and I don’t think it ever will, so I’m trying to convince the mister to relive my dream of living in Austin with me, though he doesn’t seem convinced of Austin’s greatness despite my incessant promotion of the city. I miss life there. I miss volunteering at the Texas prisons, I miss being a foster mom to basset hounds. I miss breakfast tacos and Ruby’s BBQ and Wheatsville and tex-mex. I miss the sun and Barton Springs. I miss Book People. I miss my friends and family. And, most of all, I miss speaking English! Well, that and Elroy. One of these days, I hope to find my way back there.
In the meantime, to stay connected to my American roots, I like to listen to the Eagles and the Wu-Tang Clan circa early 90s. I’m also slowly learning how to love life here in France, and I hope that you will follow me on my journey. This is my forum for sharing my concoctions in the kitchen and culinary adventures in my adopted home country and around the world as well as my random ruminations on the trials and tribulations of adapting to life abroad.