I have fallen so far behind on this blog! Since the New Year I have been slammed with work, but I've managed to spend a lot of quality time with my friends as well. Some highlights include: the pre-launch party for my friend Hannah's food truck (which included a SERIOUS game of Jenga), Jenn and my annual Crabfest, seeing Gaslight on the big screen at the Noir City festival in SF, a Big Lebowski party complete with White Russians and a trampoline, and seeing Sebadoh and Quasi at the Great American Music Hall. Oh yeah, and I also took a week long road trip to Florida with my friend Jane, who was moving there, and got snowed in in the Snowpocalypse in Chicago last week.
Our road trip took us through Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Austin, and New Orleans. We were in a rush to get to Miami so we didn't get to spend too much time in any one place, or stop a the many, many antique shops along the road, etc., but it was a lot of fun. In Vegas we had dinner at Batali's CarneVino in the Venetian, and the next day we made it to the Grand Canyon just after the sun set and were able to barely make out its cavernous depths by the light of the moon. Our third day we drove as far as we could, stopping in a small town in New Mexico for a few hours' sleep before heading out in the morning to get to Austin, where our friends Jacob and Karen live. We had a really nice visit with them and then the next day we stopped for some INCREDIBLE cupcakes at Galaxy Bakery before we drove to Louisiana.
Louisiana was amazing even if we were only there for 12 hours. We stopped for dinner in the town of Breaux Bridge, at the Cafe des Amis. There was a bluegrass band playing and we gorged ourselves on crawfish cornbread (with the crawfish baked in!), gumbo, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, grits, sweet tea and lemon ice box pie. Oh, the South! We made it to New Orleans around 11pm and after checking into the lovely Hotel Royal in the French Quarter, we walked over to Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop for a drink, and then to Cafe du Monde for late-night beignets before bed.
The next day we had an amazing lunch at Cafe Bon Ton, including their famous bread pudding in whiskey sauce. Then we got back on the road to Florida. That night we stopped outside of Gainsville for some rest and in the morning we drove to Miami, by way of Cassadaga, the Psychic Town. Yes, you heard that right: Cassadaga is home to a small population, of which 40% are practicing mediums and psychics. You go to the bookstore in the middle of town, choose the psychic that stands out to you, and have a reading in their home. My psychic was named Judy and she gave me an incredible reading! I'm not giving away any secrets but I can tell you that there will be some big changes for me in the next couple of years.
When we got to Miami we were exhausted but we went into South Beach for dinner at Puerto Sagua, an awesome Cuban restaurant. Also, we couldn't have been staying anyplace more glamorous! Jane's boyfriend is living on Star Island with his work team, just down the road from Rosie O'Donnell and Shaq's houses. The house they are renting is enormous and beautiful, and I am totally jealous that Jane gets to stay there for a few weeks! Sadly, I had to leave the ocean and warm weather to fly to Chicago for my next adventure... stay tuned!