**HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2012 be bigger, better and brighter than any year before it**
Following on from my previous post, I came back from Argentina to pick up the first printed copy of Comfort & Spice. Such an exciting moment but it was a Monday and I had no one to share it with as everyone was at work. Happily I bumped into a friend in Gelupo and we celebrated over an ice cream.
The pace definitely changed then, it was only 2 months before my book would come out, and people started to show an interest in covering it, starting with a shoot for Sainsbury’s magazine, which was all hugely exciting and very busy. In the background lots of other stuff was happening and I had to shelve any serious travel for a while. I did do some great small trips though starting with a wonderful week long trip to Toronto and Niagara which was fantastic and definitely a highlight of 2011.
I have yet to write about Dubai, I can’t locate the photographs and am worried they might have been stolen with my camera. I was on a very short press trip with 3 other bloggers and we had a superb meal at Nobu, also a less impressive although pleasant meal at Locatelli. The tuna collar above was a revelation. I arrived home very tired after a long flight to discover that London had erupted into riots, very near my flat.
I got the first copies of my book, and had a preview for readers with four Comfort & Spice Brunch Clubs. Everyone that came brought a copy home and had plenty of food for brunch. Lots of fun. Sadly, I don’t really have any photos of it as but my camera was stolen shortly after.
Further on, on the Comfort & Spice Express, I found myself at Electric Picnic in Ireland. One of my favourite music festivals, I had agreed to run a pop up Comfort & Spice Brunch Café there. It was *hard* work. Really hard work. Time was tight so I had to get the first flight out, collect ingredients I had ordered, get to the festival 1 hour outside Dublin, set up and start working. I didn’t stop working – virtually – for 3 days. It went down well though, so was worth it. The Ticket from The Irish Times proclaimed us the best brunch at the festival on their front page and I was awarded a much coveted Bridgestone Award for my efforts.
Back tomorrow with the last few months! :)