Oh my. I am so excited for this weekend. I will be returning to the place where it all began for me, Chicago.

My first big taste of professional kitchens. A food scene. The who’s who in the industry. Long hours doing stages and learning the livelihood of being on your feet. All. The. Time.

It was in that very city that I first started seriously food blogging. Every day after class I’d bring home my ‘lessons’ and the natural light of my apartment made for some spectacular food photography sessions.

In the very beginning of 2009, I was enrolled as a student at The French Pastry School. I learned how to make the most tender, flaky, buttery croissants.

And whimsical pretty things.

My first wedding cake. European-style entremets and mousse cakes that make your eyes roll back, in utter bliss.

I left the city almost three years ago and now I’m returning for the first time since then. If the NATO conference allows me, I will be stopping by The French Pastry School. They’ve grown since then, and I am eager to see their new kitchens, as well as my cherished chef mentors.

Besides that I plan to dine out a lot, indulge in a little shopping, and feel the energy of a city again. My mom, her friend, and her daughter will be joining us.

Touch back with all of you next week. Colorado-bound as well. I am anxious to see how much the aspens have opened up since I left!

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