But I must admit: I love being able to say, “I’m on assignment.” Makes people think the Times flew me to France for a Parisian bistro-lovefest, to Japan to (finally!) explore its culinary tradition or to Washington, D.C. to dine out with my pal Tom Sietsema while D.C. politicians eat crow at the next table and we debate whether or not Tina Fey and Sarah Palin were actually separated at birth.
In my dreams, gang.
So, where was I? I was working on my annual contribution to Pacific Northwest magazine’s fall dining guide, due out in November. And just like many of you, over the past couple of weeks I was ushering in a new school year, enjoying the fall weather and cooking a lot. I was also reading from a crop of terrific new cookbooks , celebrating the fact that my husband just returned from two months in Gibraltar (yes, that Gibraltar) and doing what I do best: meeting up with friends to eat and schmooze at some of the city’s great new restaurants.
Special thanks to my work-buddies Karen Gaudette and Tan Vinh for stepping onto the blog while I stepped off. And speaking of stepping off, I’ve got to run out for a bit. I’ll chat with you later in the day and we’ll catch up with what’s happening on the food scene.