Hey all. I’m sorry that I haven’t been prompt about keeping this lovely site up to date. I guess I kind of got lost in the hazy days of summer. I have to admit that my summer months kind of passed in a blur; I got to take a lot of time to myself which was strangely fabulous. Who knew I enjoyed being a semi-hermit! Haha, but truly I did end up spending lots of time reading and relaxing when I wasn’t at work, which by the way was such a great great learning experience!
Where did I work? Okay brace yourself, for those of you who have read my pie post the amazingness of this job (and my super excitement) will make sense, I worked in a PIE SHOP! YES! Can you say dream come true? I can and I did. DREAM COME TRUE. Pies: a great dessert…or breakfast….or lunch! The place is called High 5 Pies in Seattle, and it is absolutley adorable. The owner Dani and the head baker Anna are pretty much the coolest ladies I could have asked to work for, and I can’t say enough how much I really learned about working in the industry. 4am shifts and being drenched in butter were good lessons about how much hard work goes into something seemingly so simple. Even though by the end of the summer I couldn’t quite eat any more pie and I was waking up at 3am even when I wasn’t working, I found out how much I enjoy working in a bakery, which is so nice. It really makes me realize that I chose the right path. Plus, now I’m the master of pie.
Besides working like crazy, I got to enjoy one of the rare Seattle joys: a sunny Seattle! Truly, one of the most gorgeous cities when it isn’t gloomy and raining (though I must admit I have a serious soft spot for thunderstorms, I have no idea why but I just love them). Another plus of the job was that I had actual spending money…which I only used to try out all the awesome food joints strewn about town. Notice the huge amount of Ice cream above and the crazy delicious pastries below. Can you tell I gave in to my sweet-tooth?
Probably one of the best parts of my summer was the tour of the bean-to-bar chocolate factory. It was too cool for words, and even though the tour guide was miffed I kept answering the questions no one was supposed to know, I was too entranced by all the machines and high off the sent of roasting cocoa beans to notice. Theo’s Chocolates, some of which are pictured above, are some of the best I’ve ever tried. They have amazing flavor choices and the chocolate itself is really nuanced. Now I just have to visit their Brooklyn counterpart Mast Brothers Chocolates and I can die happy.
Ultimately, it was a nice way to spend the summer. Busy with work, but with enough down time to enjoy a new city and spend a bit of time just relaxing. Now, it’s time to look across the ocean because France is waiting! Can’t wait to share those adventures with you.