It is very hard to maintain a food blog when you don't have any time to cook. Sure, I've made a few meals lately. We grilled some chicken. I boiled a couple of giant artichokes (Max's new favorite vegetable!). I think some guacamole was made last weekend.
That said, I really haven't been around. I leave later this morning on a biz trip back to Orlando (my third visit in April). And, this past weekend, just one day after I returned from my latest trip to the sunshine state, I headed out to Napa Valley for a food conference.
As far as conference locales go, you really can't do any better than Napa. Specifically, you can't do any better than a FOOD conference, in Napa, held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone:
Because I was a speaker at the conference, my hotel was covered, so I asked my BFF Yaelle to fly up from Los Angeles and meet me there. Seriously? That was one of the best ideas I've had in a while. On Friday, I skipped a few of the sessions (yes, I played hooky) and we drove up to Calistoga for some explorations.
We did a couples mud bath (which is much better for friends than a couple, because mud is as unromantic as you can get - we had to help each other rinse the mud out of our armpits, etc.):
Then, we visited one of the three Old Faithful Geysers in the United States:
Finally, we toured the Petrified Forest:
The conference itself was wonderful. Terrific sessions, interesting people and phenomenal food. Once I return from Orlando tomorrow evening, I hope to get back to my normal schedule. Here's to hoping!