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Over and out

Okay. So, it seems that I’ve come down with the flu. Brandon has been sick since last Wednesday, sweating and shivering and coughing, and by Friday evening, it had felled me too. Unless you count scrambled eggs and a half-hearted batch of tomato sauce, we have cooked absolutely nothing in the past five days. On the upside, however, we’ve done a first-rate job of filling the sink with dirty dishes.

Let me tell you, you know it’s bad when you eat cold pizza and ice cream for lunch, and you don’t even enjoy it. Or when you spend two days sitting on the couch, watching nature documentaries, a mafia movie, the Oscars pre-red carpet show, the Oscars red carpet show, the Oscars, and one and a half episodes of Law & Order, and everything, every last whale flipper and pockmarked mobster and close-up of bejeweled cleavage, makes you want to cry. Even Diablo Cody made me sob a little, because she seems like the kind of girl I would have wanted to know in high school, and by god, she made it big. Needless to say, it was a full weekend.

So I hope you’ll take a rain check? An IOU? I’ll even pay interest. Hell, I’ll pay interest in euros. You won’t be sorry.

Because assuming that we can peel ourselves out of our flannel pajamas, Brandon and I are going out of town tomorrow. To Europe. For two weeks. We’ve been planning it since early December, when our friend Olaiya stumbled upon some cheap(!) tickets(!) online. The three of us started to plot and scheme, and before we knew it, we’d booked tickets to Brussels. Olaiya lived there for four years and has been itching to show us her old haunts, and anyway, I can’t say no to a country that’s famous for waffles.

Plus, it’s a handy excuse for me and Brandon to go to Paris, just a hop, skip, and a train ride away. We’ve never been there together, and since much of our early bonding consisted, gag-worthily enough, of gushing about macarons and Pierre Hermé, it seems that we’re long overdue. And he claims that the baguettes from his favorite boulangerie can run circles around the baguettes from my favorite boulangerie, so a showdown is clearly in order. Anyway, what’s the use of a savings account if you can’t deplete it in one fell swoop? That’s what I’m saying. That, and that I need a vacation. And a Kleenex.

I hope you’ll understand. I had wanted to leave you with something better than dirty dishes - ideally this and this, in fact, which I ate on a recent visit to Portland and is possibly the most brilliant dessert ever - but I can’t. I’m so sorry. Really.

I’ll be back soon enough, though, with waffles, buttery pastry, and wine to share. And without the flu. I hope.


Anonymous Aria said...

Awe, shucks! Take good care, feel better, and have a great trip, Molly and Brandon!

3:42 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger hannah said...

what??? brussels? paris?? you are slaying me lady. i'm gonna need your source for cheap tickets as i am on the hunt myself. i am pretty much demanding a trip to spain in august. thats just how i roll. love you two, get over those sniffles and get to europe! yay!

3:45 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger emiglia said...

You're in luck! We've been having amazing weather here in Paris for the last few days. And just out of curiosity... what are these two favorite bakeries?

4:16 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Shelby said...

feel better molly! and have a great trip! i am beyond jealous

4:19 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Katie said...

Feel better soon! I hope the illness doesn't get in the way of your enjoying Europe.

4:33 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Robin said...

Ooh, I hope you have a nice time in Brussels (my current roost), and you must stop at Mer du Nord in Place Ste Catherine--I just blogged about it today after a really amazing lunch there: http://cantdocell.blogspot.com/.

Another recommendation is my favorite gaufre stand, Papillon, just off of the Grand Place, in front of the Galeries Royales.

Also, slightly out of the way but a really great beer pub is Chez Moeder Lambic in St. Gilles, Rue du Savoie 68. (If your friend's familiar with the city, she should know how to find it.)

Enjoy your trip!

4:44 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous emily said...

feel good. travel safe. enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. eat a lot. bring back details!

4:50 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Christina said...

Feel better soon, Molly, and enjoy yourself in beautiful Brussels!

4:59 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just proves what I've always said, "You are never to sick to go to Paris." Have a great trip!

Jill :o)

5:02 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger kickpleat said...

i wish you and brandon a swift recovery! as for europe...enjoy! i love brussels so much but make sure you visit ghent and brugges as well. yes, eat lots and lots of waffles. mmmm.

5:17 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous Luisa said...

Have fun!! What a blast. We're off ourselves for a much-needed vacation in just three more days and I know how you feel. It can't come soon enough. Bon voyage, ma chere. xo

5:21 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Kate said...

you ate at Le Pigeon! Such a fun little place, with such good food. I'm kinda in love with the chef.

Have a safe and insanely fun trip!

5:55 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger detroit dog said...

About a half-hour ago, at the dinner table, I said to my husband: "I think I'm coming down with a cold." As I type, it's hitting me full force. ugh.

There is a restaurant here in Detroit, the Cadieux Cafe, that is Belgian. Mostly Belgian cuisine (mussels) and beers, and is home to the only feather bowling lanes in the country.

Enjoy the food!

6:00 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous Dana McCauley said...

Poor sickies - beware of plane germs in your weakened states.

Check out my tips for keeping well and for beating hangovers (all that wine with lunch and dinner could catch up with you in Paris!) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a9ub-5ORUE&eurl=http://danamccauley.wordpress.com/dana-on-tv/

6:06 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Lynn said...

Hope you and Brandon are much better before the flight....sucks to be sick on a plane. It's great to get cheap tickets, my cousin was able to get 6 days in London and Paris for 1200 and a direct flight to boot!
Enjoy the waffles!!

6:23 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous AngAK said...

Don't forget the chocolate!

6:31 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

I hope you have a LOVELY trip and feel better better better. xo Abbey

6:52 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger shari said...

feel better sweet molly! hope you and brandon have a fab trip to europe. take lots of photos. xox

7:36 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Ellen said...

take care of yourselves! and have a fabulous trip!

7:56 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Mandy said...

have a great trip, Molly. You deserve it! We will wait for your return with stories to tell!

7:58 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous liz said...

I hope you feel better soon, and wish you a safe and wonderful trip. Take lots of pictures for all of us when you're there!

8:07 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Talyn said...

Pretty Please use your superior taste buds to figure out how to make Gaufres de Liege that taste like the ones off the street. I'm afraid we used up our savings on our last trip to Brussels, and I've got a craving.

8:43 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

You'll love Brussels and what fun that you'll be able to share Paris with Brandon!

8:59 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous Christy Ramon said...

GIRL, have FUN! And name that boulangerie! :)

9:03 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Alice Q. said...

Sounds like a great trip - hope you get better just in time!!

9:04 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Neva said...

I hope you feel better just in time! Having never written you before you're probably wondering...'who is this person'..just another reader who loves your blog and LOVES Brussels! I've lived here now for 7 months and am thrilled people are learning how great it is here. Don't forget to check out the chocolate shops in the Grand Sablon (I can't believe no one mentioned that) and enjoy your trip!

9:34 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger design for mankind. said...

You have such a LOVELY blog!!! :)

10:16 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Pille said...

Hope you'll be both well enough to actually enjoy the trip!! K. and I had our first proper date in Paris, so we'll be heading over to check out those macaroons again soon, hopefully :)

11:22 PM, February 25, 2008  
Blogger Gina Louise said...

Come back and see us in Lyon! Besides the food, I think you'll also hit the A Vaulx Jazz festival and the Biennale Musiques en Scene (very wonderful contemporary music, including a project I worked on last year!). Randomly, the Vaulx press conference was at the Cafe des Federations, but everyone spent most of the time outside smoking and schmoozing.

11:36 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous mari said...

I can't wait to hear all about your culinary exploits in Belgium and France! Just yesterday, I was lamenting the fact that I haven't been back to Paris (my first and only trip was in 2005). If you're still feeling unwell when you arrive in Brussels, I'm sure some strong beer and mussels will do the trick. Enjoy!

1:29 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Aude said...

Oui have fun and take care.
And Molly I just wanted to say thank you thank you and again thank you, I made the pots de crème this week-end and they were heaven (I am making again tonight or tomorrow) and now I am also ready for my own granola.
You really inspired me !

1:54 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Aran Goyoaga said...

Sorry about your flu (I've had it 3 times this year!). But it's exciting you are going to Europe. Hopefully we will get a culinary report upon your return home. Please, please, please...

3:40 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger desperateblogger said...

your blog makes me hyngry... yummy!!

4:37 AM, February 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brussels is really wonderful. we just went there about a month ago. have a fun trip!


5:39 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Fil said...

Ahh, I was wondering if you might head Europe-wards soon. I was rather hoping for a London leg of the trip and maybe to tempt you here
especially as you can buy what may be the most knee trembling hot chocolate in existence! Alas!
Also to say that I too made the Pots d'or and they were heavenly. I shall make them again in my bid to win the heart of my beau's little girl. He is certainly most happy to have them again!
Have wonderful trip.

5:56 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Eagles' Wings said...

Your header is very nice. How did you create it?

7:31 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Cakespy said...

Feel better! Seems like everyone in Seattle is sick these days (including Mr. Cakespy). I hope you can rest up enough to have a wonderful trip!!

7:56 AM, February 26, 2008  
Anonymous maryn said...

Mary Chocolates. Also, Galler. Actually, maybe Galler first, it's closer to Ste. Catherine.

9:03 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Victoria said...

Oh my gosh. I hope you're well enough that flying isn't horrible. I just got back from ten days in Paris last Thursday night. I stayed in an apartment on the same street as Poilane, but I don't think that's one of your two favorite places since it's not baguettes they are known for. I hope you have a chance to get to Ile Saint Louis for Berthillon ice cream. I had four tiny scoops (not a rude amount considering it was over ten days): vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and pistachio. I must say the ice cream is INSANE. We are all awaiting your return so we can hear about your trip. Have a GREAT time, you two!

9:46 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Caffeinated said...

OH MY GOSH have a wonderful time! I hope you feel better soon - the flu sucks but your trip will be wonderful! Safe travels and come home with some great recipes for us!

2:11 PM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger s'kat said...

soon you will be better, AND in Europe! Have a great trip1

2:11 PM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger marie said...

feel better!
and have a lovely trip!!

3:08 PM, February 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just remember to stay hydrated! Enjoy Paris and Belgium and come back with at least a few recipes to share, okay? Love your blog!

3:55 PM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Beastmomma said...

I hope that you have a safe trip and feel better soon.

4:46 PM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger amisha said...

have a wonderful trip molly! i had one of the best meals ever in brussels this summer, at notos. so so good! hope you two feel better soon + have an absolutely fantastic time. xo

4:56 PM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Sara said...

There is life on the other side of the flu, and oh how lovely that life would be if it involved a trip to Europe! Enjoy! And loved your chocolate chocolate chip cookies!

8:21 PM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Hopie said...

Feel better soon and have an awesome trip. I live in Paris and would be more than happy to suggest wonderful places to eat if you need any help ;-)

11:06 AM, February 27, 2008  
Anonymous EB said...

Take heart Molly. My sink looks like yours... and I'm not sick. FEEL BETTER!

1:29 PM, February 27, 2008  
Anonymous michelle @ Us vs. Food said...

wait a minute, that's how my sink looks all the time. sigh.

i just got my tax refund (thank you, mortgage deduction!), and i need to find some cheap tickets to europe post haste.

it's painfully charming that you have competing favorite boulangeries. i'm pretty sure my husabdn has no idea what a boulangerie is.

7:15 AM, February 28, 2008  
Anonymous leslie said...

What is YOUR favorite boulangerie? If you happen to be up that way, you must, must, must try Le Coquelicot in Montmartre on rue des Abbesses. The baguettes are truly magical. I could never get one without eating the whole thing before I got home. Feel better!

9:11 AM, February 28, 2008  
Anonymous DC Girl said...

It's a testament to your photography skills that you can make a pile of dirty dishes look artistic. Feel better!

11:12 AM, February 28, 2008  
Blogger Molly said...

You just have yourself a gorgeous vacation, get well, and we can't wait to see you upon your return!

12:55 PM, February 29, 2008  
Blogger Rina Larina said...

I have been lurking around your blog for quite a long time now and felt that I just HAD to finally say Hi!

I truly hope the both of you get on the mend soon - and enjoy your trip!!! I'm quite jealous.

Take care!

11:37 PM, February 29, 2008  
Blogger TinaB said...

One interesting thing I was served seemed to be pineapple upside down cornbread. It was pretty good, too.

5:18 PM, March 01, 2008  
Anonymous noble pig said...

This flu is going around the internet like wild fire! Feel better soon!

7:17 PM, March 01, 2008  
Blogger tami said...

Love the picture of dirty dishes. Thanks for keeping it real. Bon Voyage!

7:57 PM, March 02, 2008  
Blogger The Culinary Chase said...

Enjoy your trip & look forward to you sharing all your food adventures while there! Cheers!

2:23 AM, March 04, 2008  
Anonymous Hillary said...

Shoot, I'm late to wish you a good trip! I hope you're having an amazing time in Europe - you'll love Belgium, I hope you have a day to stop by Brugge (Bruges in America) - it's such a cute little city. You'll love it! Oooh how jealous I am....

10:54 AM, March 04, 2008  
Blogger Shawn said...

This is my first time to your blog...very well done! I must try the butter tomato sauce. Feel better soon.

8:52 PM, March 04, 2008  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Feel better soon.

10:30 AM, March 05, 2008  
Blogger Maureen said...

It's been a while since I viewed your blog (foolish me) but I came back today. I do hope your tastebuds and stamina returned to do justice to this trip. But if all you did was snooze, well...the body knows. ;-p

Be well!

7:31 AM, March 06, 2008  
Anonymous Helen said...

That kitchen sink looks like mine does right now, except I don't have the flu ;-)

6:12 AM, March 07, 2008  
Blogger Little Nutbrown Hare said...

I'll keep busy with your column in Bon Appetit in the meantime. Have a good time in Europe and looking forward to the reports!

9:56 AM, March 07, 2008  
Blogger Naomi Cox said...

I hope you are having a great time in Europe and come back rested and revived! I learned about you from my good friend, Michèle who took your wedding pics. New to your blog, but looking forward to keeping up with all the tips and tantalizing photos. Michèle mentioned you might like to see some of my food drawings (pizza, sushi, cupcakes, etc.) on my blog. Look forward to hearing about your trip.

2:16 PM, March 07, 2008  
Blogger Lisa Conmara said...

i love your blog, and have linked it from mine! hope thats okay!

7:22 AM, March 09, 2008  
Blogger Christina said...

Molly, I hope you're feeling better and that Paris/Brussels are as stupendous as you want them to be!

11:17 AM, March 09, 2008  
Blogger Jeena said...

Hi Molly

I have been following your food
blog for a while now as a silent
reader but have not commented
until now..all I can say is
"WOW your recipes look great",
and I want to cook them all :-)

I would like to get to know
you more, with your talent
for cooking then your going to
be a great friend to have.

Feel free to join our cooking
forum, you are very welcome
to join us.

Jeenas food recipe forum

You have such an amazing food
blog that I am sure our other
cooking members would love to know
more about it.

Thanks from
Jeena xx

11:24 AM, March 12, 2008  

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