As I previously mentioned, these past few months a few classmates and I  have been working with the Sweet Virginia Foundation, helping prevent the decline of honey bees. Although I’m self regeious enough to claim I do community service, the project doubled as both an ego boost and class assignment. All of which culminated in this video. Don’t worry, it’s only four minutes, and has a lot of cute kids (if you’re into that…) so watch it and hopefully learn something. But also feel free to mute my section as apparently on camera I develop a speak impediment/ lisp.


After much anticipation we ended up coming in second place in the video competition. As this is famed chef Jose Andre’s restaurant, the price was a tasting menu at his restaurant Jaleo. The meal was beyond generous, consisting of everything from cava sangria to croquettes served in a glass shoe (maybe a questionable choice). I have to admit that when I first tried the food I found the flavor profiles to be a little singular, mainly consisting of acid or oil. However, in reflection I truly believe that they were not one dementional at all, and rather completely authentic. I’ve been so brain washed by the food industry that if every plate doesn’t have every flavor note, bitter, salty, sweet, acidic, topped up with notable umami, that the dish is simple. However, there is always something to be said for tradition, and the integrity of culture and ingredients, which was tangible in each bite. So thank you, Jose, for a fabulous meal and even better class.

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  1. Shelly Smith-Acuna

    Wow, this is beautiful! Looks like fun! The menu looks really complete, he gave you a nice treat. We can’t wait to talk with you about Prague, it exceeded our very high expectations. Phone still isn’t working, so you can keep writing to us. Lots of love, Mom

    Sent from my iPad

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