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Top 10 favorite eats in Paris

Mr. F and I really maximized time in Paris by prioritizing our meals and getting personal recommendations that we cross referenced with Eater, Trip Advisor, and Yelp. Here are my top 10 favorite dishes from our 9 days in Paris.

10. Fresh crepes and croissants for breakfast every day at our spectacular Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris. I adored eating all the decadent pastries and having all the sweet breakfast options possible.  I’m so very thankful to have been my company’s North American representative and participate in such a dynamic discussion based conference.

9. Macarons at Pierre Hermé A good college friend recommended going to Pierre Herme over Ladurée and turns out, this is a popular French opinion too. I appreciated that Pierre Herme was slightly less expensive and I didn’t have to wait in a 10 + person line. There was also a store within a 10 minute walk from our hotel on the Champs-Élysées.  I got one of each flavor and my favorites were the Mogador (milk chocolate and passion fruit, on the top row, second from the far right), Huile d’Olive a la Mandrine (olive oil with mandarin orange, top row, furthest right), and Arabesque (apricot and crunchy pistachios, top row, second from the far left).

8. Escargot at L’Huîtrier.   I had to have snails in France and these were delicious! They were swimming in butter and a small amount of pesto. I was surprised that escargot were not on more menus so I’m glad I had, at least one chance to have them, in Paris.  However, we were super intimidated by the palm sized oysters (I guess we’re spoiled by the half dollar sized WA and BC ones?)

7. Beef bourguignon at Restaurant Joséphine Chez Dumonet.     We asked the concierge for a traditional French restaurant for beef bourguignon and they readily recommend this restaurant. The portions were huge and the service was excellent and we had the best time. Each dish was perfection and the beef bourguignon was the best we had ever had, by a significant margin! (I also tried mille feuille, just for the experience, and I was a little turned off by the pigeon served rare. However, when in Paris, one must try the local specialties!)

6. Soufflé at L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon This passion fruit soufflé was elegant and delicious especially since it was paired with passion fruit sorbet! It was sweet and refined, and was a treat to the eyes and palate. It melted on your tongue with the perfect amount of tartness.

5. Grand Marnier Soufflé at Restaurant Joséphine Chez Dumonet. This almost tied with the previous soufflé  but was slightly better because it was massive, even more fluffy, but not overwhelming. To me, this is what a soufflé should look and taste like, and it was the perfect size to split with my husband.

4. Steak frites at Les Oreilles et la Queue was the phenomenal start to our Paris week, especially since  I was starving after traveling and it was hard to find a lunch place open on sunday. The french fries were perfect and the lemon mousse was magnifique!  

3. Macon-Bussieres Les Clos (white burgundy) at L’Avant Comptoir. This tapas bar with a French flair had the best wine and eats of our whole trip. It was so fun to pick what you wanted from the hanging signs. We had other favorite dishes but this place had the most concentrated quality, by far.  (Not to mention, they served whole artichokes, which is one of my most favorite vegetables!) Mr. F loved the caramelized fennel too. 

2. Blood sausage macaron from L’Avant Comptoir. This may sound really weird but it tasted amazing. The sausage was fully cooked and not runny and the macron was a slightly sweet crispness that made the combination sing.   This was such a different and fun experience that it deserves a separate rating than the other dishes at this tapas bar.

1. The Foie gras amuse bouche at L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon. (French translation of amuse bouche, is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre.) It was perfectly foamy and well balanced. It was approximately two bites and in a shot glass. To me, this is a classic French appetizer  and one of the best things about French cuisine. This was wonderfully executed and a delight to eat. We also really enjoyed watching the kitchen during our meal and it definitely contributed our fantastic food experience.

As you can tell, it was hard to chose only 10 favorite foods from Paris, so I had to include a few extra favorites. I’m so happy that Mr. F was able to join me for my work conference and that we were able to make the best of the trip by having romantic dinners every night.

Two weeks ago, we left Lucca, Tuscany!

We got back from Italy two weeks ago and it’s hard to believe it! Our favorite meals and part of our trip was in Lucca.

On our last day of vacation, we explored more of Lucca. We had a wonderful breakfast buffet in our bed and breakfast, La Romea14463168_805680962212_8088265215643267060_n made by the host’s mother. Our host suggested another great restaurant for lunch too.

First, we went up the nearby Torre Guinigi (a tower with trees on top) to see Lucca from up above before 14479632_805681860412_1504338499767170563_n  touring the Cathedral of San Martino and walking the walls around the town.  14440935_805684574972_8415438116148072558_n Inside San Martino, there’s the “Sleeping Beauty” tomb that is so beautiful, there’s an urban legend that single ladies rub the nose for good luck, and in hopes of meeting their future husbands. 14462890_805684684752_7313612262319336910_n I liked the painted ceilings, especially over the altar. 14370101_805684704712_8797992724567790587_n 14390710_805684859402_3542697954917504580_n

For lunch, we had an amazing Tuscan feast at Trattoria da Ubaldo. In this goth, rock and roll styled restaurant, 14469682_805685792532_1404321614716240668_n we had delectable chick peas 14457289_805685897322_559927644705074898_n and peppers, as well as the traditional Lucchesi dish, tordelli, 14470436_805685852412_7526009934855775682_n which is similar to ravioli. The owner looked exactly as he does on the menu and 14484656_805685847422_6275614827224872831_n the wine bottle label! He totally looked like a gothic biker, pirate!

14469472_805837857792_6017284883593105659_n On our circuit around the town, we saw a beautiful botanical garden 14448882_805837897712_3162007815470796516_n and decided to walk in.  14462967_805838207092_4551838483463686280_n Inside, there were many local plants, greenhouses with succulents, and ponds with lily pads. 14440614_805685567982_4622342709753261333_n

In the late afternoon, we left Lucca, by bus back to Pisa, to fly home. It was a great way to see more of the countryside! 14470548_805838935632_2705827509478271328_n We arrived in London after 9pm so we decided to get a good night’s rest instead of going into the city, since we had been on our feet all day around Lucca.

14492353_805839150202_7879508549621896522_n Our flight from London to Seattle went smoothly, including having global entry and making customs a breeze. We bypassed nearly a thousand people in line, with our global entry pass and got in a super short three person line. The whole process from getting off the plane to getting my parent’s car, took only 10 minutes. Global entry was the best purchase we made on our vacation. I highly recommend it to everyone and it also includes TSA pre-check!

The most comical part on our return, is that we had to hike into our neighborhood, when my parents dropped us off! The city was resurfacing our street, so my parents had to drop us off two blocks from our house. It was a rather fun and ironic way to end our vacation!

Lucca!

It’s hard to believe that we got home from Italy a week ago!

After several days in Cinque Terre, we took the train for a short stay in Tuscany before flying home. 14462915_805550922812_4149721723144403262_n We changed trains in La Spezia and Viareggio before arriving on the outside of the walled town of Lucca.

Fun fact: the walls around Lucca are 4km, or approximately 2.5 miles, and are now used as a promenade around the town. Seattlites may compare this to the 2.8 mile path around Green Lake.

Mr F and I loved spending a day and night in Lucca. Our accommodations, at the La Romea Bed and Breakfast14469476_805593362762_5528839897463212748_n were fun and spacious, and the host, Giulio, was super helpful. We enjoyed his restaurant recommendations immensely and thanks to him, had our some of our best meals in Italy. We had the Blue Room, which had frescos on the ceiling 14359166_805551446762_399185931823395807_n and a huge bathroom overlooking a church. Giulio told us there were 99 churches in Lucca!

Our first order of business in Lucca was to try the local food. Cecina is a garbanzo bean crepe 14359197_805551661332_752449757416269427_n and a Lucchesi specialty, plus the best place to try it (Pizzeria Da Felice) was a few doors down from our room! It was the perfect snack and healthy too!

We spent the afternoon in Lucca wandering inside the city walls, through Napoleon’s sister’s (the Princess of Lucca’s) palace grounds, 14368621_805592664162_1336268666550091615_n viewing neat statues, and the town amphitheater. My favorite place was the Basilica of San Frediano, with its beautiful golden mosaic. 14440633_805592828832_7423556768817275320_n

Later as we walked to dinner, we heard a Puccini concert from a nearby church!  14469453_805592584322_384505747300321730_n   (Side note: Puccini, the Italian composer of Madame Butterfly, and other opera standards, was born and raised in Lucca!)

Our best meal in Italy was in Lucca, at Ristorante Giglio. (Giglio means lily, which reminded us of our cat!) 14390671_805593452582_6328259852912207912_n We had a lovely table in the courtyard and had a phenomenal bottle of Chianti with our first course, 14358878_805593437612_2632651674644493852_n  of Polpo croccante, melanzane e dragoncello. 14448944_805593472542_5825665313623417660_n The plating was striking and the octopus was perfectly cooked! We also found out that eggplant puree and basil pairs excellently with octopus. 14222315_805593542402_5926433826901611910_n The restaurant had the best service and when I asked if we could move inside, since I was getting bug bites, they moved our actual table inside, because all the other tables were taken! 14448882_805593517452_917601373914837587_n The frescos and chandeliers inside were amazing, in addition to the mouthwatering primi course of 14449843_805593537412_4449029045634717651_n tortelli au ragu (stuffed pasta similar to ravioli) and the spectacular secondi course of Bistecca alla fiorentina. 14358832_805593632222_6017758406892763565_n  Steak florentine is a wood-fired porterhouse steak that they only serve rare, or mid rare. We typically like cotto or well done, but this was the Italian experience and it was delectable. We also found out that our last name of Fette, means slices in Italian!

To top off a wonderful, last official dinner in Italy, we had the Panna cotta al sesamo, caramello salato, mela verde, avena e lapsang souchong. 14449028_805593657172_1507902341629036708_n The sesame flavored panna cotta with caramel, green apple, oats, and tea syrup was easily the best panna cotta I’ve ever had, but also the most complex flavored dessert that I’ve ever appreciated.

It was amazing being in a smaller city where the service and presentation are at a very high level of excellence. All of our dishes were beautiful as well as delicious, very reasonably priced, plus the sommelier was incredibly helpful and helped us find the best wine of our trip! We enjoyed the Chianti with dinner and tried a bottle of Brunello Risvera for the next day!brunello We’d love to return to Tuscany and spend more time in small towns, like Lucca. I highly recommend this town to anyone who’d like to visit Italy.

Top 10 Cinque Terre Tips

1. Visit each of the 5 towns and note the differences! My recommended order is Monterusso, Vernazza, Riomaggore, Manarola then Corneglia, going from busiest to most relaxed towns. The train and water taxi are priced similarly, so I recommend both options.

Riomaggiore from the water taxi

Riomaggiore from the water taxi

2. Move base camps, staying a few nights in each town, in addition to day tripping to Portoverne, by water taxi. We adored our Aria di Mare room with a patio in Manarola. 14390675_804617398602_7290652896719854642_n I highly recommend staying here. 14364723_804614519372_425347319447043177_n

3. All the vino bianco (house white wine) is shockingly good, but consider  14448808_805287730252_6734439248593193465_n    splurging on the single vineyard Cinque Terre white wines, to try the difference. img_7183 While in Vernazza, try the Vineria Santa Marta. They have 3 Cinque Terre wines in their tasting and the brushchetta is wonderful too!

4. Try the fresh anchovies, since it’s a regional specialty, however, it’s unlikely to win you over canned anchovies, if you’re not a fish person.

5. At most restaurants, pasta is the supreme choice and secondi (entrees) are not given as much priority or presentation. You must try the spaghetti al pesto 14370356_805020231322_3483084539749973574_n and if you’re adventurous, try the spaghetti nero (squid ink black pasta with seafood!) img_6934  We thought the best presentation was at Trattoria dal Billy in Manarola.

(Side note: it would be very difficult to be gluten free and eat well in Cinque Terre, unless you exclusively ate seafood and only had coffee for breakfast.14333730_805277545662_769157491905239618_n I rarely saw fruit and yogurt as an option for breakfast. Eggs are not an Italian thing.) 14364803_805277500752_5380460152359192664_n

6. Always try restaurants off the beaten path and with more Italians than tourists eating inside. We had a great experience at Osteria Baracco, near Cinque Terre in Portoverne, and were super happy we ordered in Italian! 14354896_805287680352_4137932634649450375_n

7. Try stuffed mussels and all the fresh seafood that you can! 14441082_805288848012_2342129749336324368_n

8. Swim in the Ligurian Sea especially in Monterusso and Manarola! Bonus points for swimming in all 5 towns! We swam in 4 of the 5 since Corneglia isn’t directly on the water but one could swim near the train station.

9. Hike between at least two towns. We hiked between Manarola, Volestra and Corneglia and it was a vigorous hike for us, with our 35-40 lb backpacks. 14292251_805018390012_6046303426147600117_n Via Della Amore between the towns was closed but I hear this is a less strenuous hike and shorter too!

10. If you’re busy and you want lunch on the go, the Ligurian region is the birth place of focaccia. It’s thinner and more varied than anything I’ve had in the US! We frequently grabbed a focaccia with different toppings, or piece of pizza mid-day, or for a snack! 14390937_804614788832_5608074694926474075_n

 

 

Portoverne Highlights!

Our day trip Portoverne may have been one of our most favorite parts of our vacation. We took the water taxi from Vernazza at 10am (because apparently that’s the earliest option….)

Excited to get on the ferry!

Excited to get on the ferry!

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Vernazza before 10am...turns out nothing opens until 8am, not even coffee shops

Vernazza before 10am…turns out nothing opens until 8am, not even coffee shops

stopping in Manarola and Riomaggore before arriving in Portoverne before 11am.

The rugged landscape, along the Cinque Terre coastline, looked windswept with the old volcanic flows of basalt dotted with cactus. However as we got closer to Portoverne there were more interesting fortifications!

The Castle in Portoverne

The Castle in Portoverne

We sat on the bow and had the best view of each harbor including the prominent castle above Portoverne.

In Portoverne, we proritized walking the castle grounds

Above Castello Doria

Above Castello Doria

before going on a quick three island ferry at noon to see more of the surrounding area of Portoverne. We loved the red lighthouse high on Palmeria,

Lighthouse on Palmeria

Lighthouse on Palmeria

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After the boat trip, we wanted to find a non-touristy place for lunch in Portoverne and we totally lucked out by ducking into a restaurant, called Osteria Baracco, off of the beaten path.

We were a little intimidated since it seemed like no one spoke English so we ordered vino bianco, insalata greca and the first pizza on the menu!

We guessed that muscoli was mussels but otherwise had no idea what we ordered!

We guessed that muscoli was mussels but otherwise had no idea what we ordered!

Mussels and eggplant make for an amazing combination on pizza!

Mussels and eggplant make for an amazing combination on pizza!

We had an amazing pizza and ingredients that we’d never thought to combine together!

After lunch, we noticed young people swimming near the castle and thought why not?

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Swimming below Castle Doria in Portoverne

It was a wonderful temperature and way to see the castle from a different perspective. There was a protected cove that we swam in so we had no issues with currents!

We took the water taxi back to Cinque Terre, stopping in Riomaggore for an hour. We saw a bride posing for pictures around town and we went swimming!

Riomaggore (pronounced rio-major-ey)

Riomaggore (pronounced rio-major-ey)

 

Swimming in Riomaggore

Swimming in Riomaggore 

Once we got back to Vernazza we were tired but tried to get a table at Ristorante Belaforte on a friend’s recommendation but there was a huge line and they weren’t taking reservations. Again, we lucked out because we walked up to the other end of town, and had a unobstructed view of the sunset for dinner.

Above Vernazza

Above Vernazza

The service was bad but we had fun anyway! The stuffed mussels and sparkling rose were perfect with the sunset!

The phenomenonal view from Bar la Torre

The phenomenal view from Bar la Torre

Mussels stuffed with ricotta and garlic!

Mussels stuffed with ricotta and garlic!

After sunset from Bar la Torre

After sunset from Bar la Torre

There were no lights on the path back to town, so we carefully picked our way down the rocky steps using the light on my camera (which was very dim) but we fortunately made it down without any twisted ankles or any other issues.

I can’t wait to tell you all about Monterusso and Lucca next!

 

 

Bruschetta & spaghetti al pesto

I highly recommend pesto bruschetta and spaghetti al pesto from Cinque Terre. Yesterday, we got hungry at 5pm and most restaurants are not open for dinner until 7pm, so we got bruschetta with a local wine in Vernazza. Pesto is apparently a regional specialty of Liguria. It’s fresh and lively and so much more flavorful than I’ve had before!

Pesto and tomato bruschetta for the win

Pesto and tomato bruschetta for the win

Tasting local vino bianco

Tasting local vino bianco

The fresh ingredients on the rustic bread went perfectly with our wine too. We tried local varietals including vermentino, bosco, and sciacchetrà. img_7183 They were crisp and refreshing on a warm day, similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

We went to Ristorante de Castello for dinner

A table with a view

A table with a view

Sunset from Ristorante di Castello

Sunset from Ristorante di Castello

Mr F's frutti de mare

Mr F’s frutti de mare

Spaghetti al pesto

Spaghetti al pesto

and enjoyed the spaghetti al pesto so much that we’ll return when they’re open again on Thursday. The simple, fresh ingredients in these pasta dishes really make them shine. I love how they’re all olive oil versus cream based and smaller than the average American Italian dish. Monica, the owner, was so happy that we made additional reservations that she gave us 10% off too!

We loved their pistachio mousse for dessert and can’t wait to try more of their confections soon. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Favorite photos from 2014

It’s hard to believe that two years ago today, Mr. F and I were driving across the country from Chicago to Seattle. This time last year, 644558_10100757430340580_280595830_n my cousin Jessie was on rotation in Seattle!995597_10100757219039030_314307336_n We had Jessie and my sister, Janie over for New Year’s Eve! We were so good last year that we went to Yoga Nidra on New Year’s day. 1520662_655977239672_1548714077_nJanuary was filled with nice walks around the neighborhood 1508206_656042967952_1696454004_n and Discovery Park. Our college buddy, Bryce Andrews wrote his first book, Badluck Way1526571_657557552712_1892758688_nso we went to one of his book signing stops in January! 1506142_10100783934376280_45603466_o More of my awesome Wisconsin cousins came to visit when Jessie finished her rotation. My good friend and co-worker, Caroline1468498_658816719332_470768728_n joined me in Fargo in January in Fargo, where it got to a low of -20F!!! We were worried our eyelashes would freeze! 1654184_659043335192_1863254923_n Meanwhile, Seattle was in the 40s in January and sunny. 61524_659473647842_825236326_n Andy Mac met me in the O’Hare Airport at the end of January as we were both flying around the country for work! February was a fun travel month with a trip to St. Louis where my wonderful mother-in-law made me a delicious birthday cake!1902806_661433385512_926044476_nI also got to visit more great co-workers in Irvine, CA! 1604780_660850204212_476932181_n Gracielli and Marie are some of my favorite people too. 1601402_661743548942_310478977_n Mr. F made an amazing scallop dish in February. We also celebrated Andrea’s bridal shower, 1653420_661961242682_592766771_n bachelorette party and wedding! 1622613_663503726532_2136506475_n Andrea and Mike got married February 21st. I also went to Boise for work and 1924530_662263621712_1039736467_n we celebrated 1625652_662669218892_2121023546_n Rusty’s and my mom’s birthdays in February too, before Mr. F and I went to Maui for our birthday trip.1898082_663588821002_530034296_n10014680_664033519822_602566810_n Our favorite restaurant quicky became Star Noodle and we ate there 3 times in less than a week. 1979893_663488302442_1675916276_n This was one of my favorite dishes and there were so many to choose from! 1965080_663559844072_1092458705_n  1975156_664033694472_134054900_n We had so much great food and loved snorkeling with the turtles around Black Rock too. 1939973_664458732692_308636671_n 1780689_664460823502_967323827_n Our favorite Seattle restaurant last year was Dot’s.1236886_666344318962_1744619135_nWe went there a lot especially for brunch/lunch after yoga before it closed. 1176107_665453793582_1398777950_nColleen, Mr. F’s cousin and basically sister, came to visit in March and we had lots of fun shopping and wandering around Fremont.  10172696_668205294552_7658501432778008988_n We went to the Gramercy Cellars Spring Release in Sodo with Mohit in April. 10310657_671694547062_7680370796816148268_n  The last day of April was so warm that we went paddleboarding. It was an excellent start to a long and unusually sunny summer! 1901218_673378237932_3336416778003814503_n In the spring, we continued going to yoga regularly, 10390513_673541026702_6057884284796395034_n I also returned to Irvine to co-monitor with Gracielli, 10334426_673943200742_8361447631747206299_n Mr. F started swimming regularly in Puget Sound, we also went to Walrus & Carpenter. 10347542_674065775102_4818325924827903267_n For Memorial day weekend, my parents, sisters, their boyfriends, 10320994_674597025472_2244985998060748925_o my aunt and uncle, Mr. F and I went to Kauai. 10321151_674646955412_1773062862532930785_o We had amazing condos in a lush jungle on the beach. 10313955_675524975852_8720844093808432643_n The snorkeling was better in Kauai than Maui,10365789_675234433102_7602809610074534186_n perhaps because there were more remote spots and more turtles! 10300497_675235386192_826565280255475667_n In May, we met Mohit’s girlfriend who lived on a houseboat. She knows how to throw a great party but doesn’t want her picture taken!10340011_675344188152_6770236748684158827_n In May, I returned again to Irvine for work and this time, Gracielli and I went to the Pelican Hill Golf Club for dinner. The view was stunning, 10382750_675754495892_14817736305815650_n especially at sunset!10410555_675856276922_178156474173730954_n 10394489_676475151692_4967273111071597756_n We paddleboarded and swam more in May. In June, I won a Tern foldable bike and Ibex giveaway! 10452440_677652187902_7611072802403039310_n We started biking more to the beach! 10390350_679041358992_6128460681243013960_n In June, we went to the Doubleback Release party in Walla Walla with Mohit! It was held at the McQueen Vineyard overlooking Walla Walla. 10364006_680147487302_330239980466649250_n I also had a work excuse to visit Colleen in Colorado and see her new house. Shortly thereafter, I saw Beav in Boise at his parents’ new house overlooking Boise.  10521728_680834884752_8141941060453754289_nHe had just gotten out of rehab at the time. 10423982_681410880452_6497078939316640491_n The beginning of July was rainy in Seattle, but I didn’t mind because I got to go to Oahu for work and Andy Mac went with me,10443498_681892350582_9071078491796745058_n even though she was 8 months pregnant! We even had an awesome room that looked at Diamondhead! 934749_682326171202_7909462492454943292_n  In August, Mr. F and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary 1910006_682513396002_6445199734051133038_n and we went to Lummi Island1510974_685431308482_759516321463778296_n for the weekend. 10527516_685448209612_3344030789358341253_nThe water was a lot colder there!10703776_699181463062_9050385202345410200_n  One of my favorite dishes, Mr. F made this summer was a tahini chicken salad. 10624891_691237413002_7066029192570209537_n I saw Beav in Boise again in August when I was there for work. 10603447_694375569112_3483899481843900469_nOur garden10671292_696569018422_8888623800032822531_n and neighborhood had tons of sunflowers blooming this summer. In September, I had a great work excuse to visit my cousins in Milwaukee, 10703962_695077467502_4881146807386218973_ndownload plus drive down to Chicago for Kiki’s bachelorette party! We had an epic time and we went to my favorite Chicago restaurant, 10353046_696396050052_1367634967281287849_n Piccolo Sogno Due. As if September wasn’t awesome enough, I returned to Oahu for work with my co-worker, Norah10403591_695695733492_5093608330006180819_n10710875_696146999152_4742436414146267656_n and we went to an amazing yoga class together too. 10253808_696760624442_2264410213192680163_n I also went to Spokane with my co-worker, Gracielli for a problem site and we ran along the Spokane River together before work. 10653538_696569223012_7456489904495297253_n Mr. F and I swam in the Sound every chance we got and in between my travels. In late September, I returned to Chicago for work and got to see my cousin, Katy and her adorable baby. We walked through the Lurie Gardens and it was perfect. 10698499_697161580922_9007534550334073739_n In October, I flew back to Milwaukee for work and for my cousin, Kiki’s wedding. 10703734_10101067168837150_4513124236877244138_n My cousins are soo awesome. 10690025_699428258482_1486412143643332541_n1978827_701528299982_2465328052929865087_nBy the end of October, I was getting slightly travel weary and started looking for new jobs, but Mr. F and I kept our spirts up by dressing as Lana and Archer for Halloween. Mohit and his girlfriend were amazing hosts for Halloween too! 10423760_703149825432_5435644545036952438_n10676221_703161551932_7774871399834529332_nI interviewed for a new company and received an offer within 2 weeks. 1972316_702335232882_2396412918345500485_n November 12th was the first day at my new company! It’s a top 3 Contract Research Organization plus I got a promotion and a raise!!! Thanksgiving was sad 10408074_10205518199740146_7261028726146892731_n because Beav’s funeral was the weekend after but we’re trying to focus on the positive. We had friends over for New Year’s Eve 10881507_713257973622_65909644625553307_n and even though, I have a cold, we had a great time! 10421963_10102474451905368_7649709993622157084_n Happy New Year! Here’s to great memories and friends!