We managed to run away to wine country for a couple of nights (my son’s idea!). I was up early the first morning with the kids grabbing our traditional morning pastries from the Bouchon Bakery when I spotted a hot air balloon rising into the air. Then I saw a second behind some trees. A few moments later the three of us were on a balloon chase. We quickly found the field they were taking off from and then tagged along as they floated through the crisp, early Napa Valley morning.
We finally caught one landing in a beautiful park above the western edge of Napa and watched as they came to rest on the ground and then stowed the balloon away. The kids and I had a blast on the small, spur of the moment adventure.
While were in town I was able to meet up with some of the amazing cooks I worked with while on my cooking adventure. They continue to be inspirational for me and I have started to plot a return ;). Somehow the more you learn the more you are ready to learn. There are always ways to improve your cooking. Having had some time to digest the lessons from my last trip I have begun to realize how I might be able to use a second trip to improve even more. That trip was the inspiration that also started this blog earlier this year. A big thanks to all of you who have joined me on this journey. I continue to be amazed by the online blogging community and humbled by the number of people that stop by mine from all corners of the world. Happy New Year everybody!