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Diner à La Passagére

“And for you Maddie, the menu is in French” Jerome says as he hands me a menu, smirking, after already having handed English menus to the rest of the table. Were they running out of English menus? Was this a test for my French reading level? A joke between coworkers?! I sit on the terrace of La Passàgere—the one michelin starred restaurant where I am doing my internship—next to my brother, sister-in-law and an amazing friend, and I couldn’t have been happier. It was the eve of my 24th birthday (which is only terrifying when you think about how I still am not sure what I’m doing with my life) and the stars had aligned to bring together some of my favorite people to share an amazing meal together. Let me go back to the beginning of the story, so you can understand exactly what state of mind I was in by the time I was sitting at this lovely table bordering the Mediterranean Sea on my birthday with my brother. So Alex and Caitlin …

Japan Day 13: Shinjuku and Meiji Shrine

Its another broiling day here in Japan; somewhere around 90 degrees with 60-70% humidity… T_T Yep, its basically a day full of sweating out all the liquid in your body and my pale skin turning cooked-lobster-red…fun times! All sarcasm aside, it was another incredibly fun day. I set off for Tokyo to meet my friend Taylor from back in Minnesota who happens to be here studying at Keio University. We met at Shinjuku Station to make things easier and ended up shopping around and eating lunch there. One of my favorite destinations is the bottom of all department stores, which is where we headed first. I could probably spend all my time and money here, but it would be worth it! >.<

Neapolitan Engagement Cake

This cake is for a very special ocasion, and I can’t wait to share it with the world! My brother is engaged! 😀 I am so positively thrilled, both for my brother and his now fiancee, as well as for myself because I no longer need to keep this information a secret. Over the past four months I was ordered to secrecy, which was a challenge because nobody else in the family was privy to the information! >.< But finally, after trekking across Spain, he popped the question. Yes you read correctly, they literally walked across Spain on the Camino de Santiago–which, if you would like to read more about, you can at Caitlin’s (the fiancee’s) amazing blog here! So we needed a cake. A cake to celebrate many things; an engagement, the completion of walking 800 kilometers in a month, moving across the country to Portland in a week, returning from Spain…. You get the picture. It needed to be epic. And an epic cake I made! I ended up making a Neapolitan Cake …