As you can see from this picture, taken about half an hour ago, I am still alive! And doing well! Despite multiple overnight trips on the tour bus, chefs that didnt’ want me to use their space, food sourcing issues and stress, etc. I am just doing it!
I’ve learned a lot about working in huge kitchen spaces, as I am usually put in the banquet kitchen at some of these hotels. To make a salad…
I get to use these enormous industrial salad spinners! I like them though, because it is the one piece of equipment that I am sure hasn’t been contaminated on some level with animal flesh. I do always use my own knives.
I can take a lot (I like to think!) as far as not getting grossed out. I’ve been using those big walk in fridges with lots of pasteurized dairy products and some smelly cheeses (big deal you might say), BUT there was one room I went into today that I seriously wanted to vomit. The head chef was already very “chefy” and sort of hardcore about his craft and stern, so I didn’t want him to see me wrinkle my nose at the smell and general energy of this one room. It reeked of dead chicken. Not cooked chicken, not fried chicken, but dead chicken. It was a cleaning room where lots of raw chickens get um, processed. The smell was nauseating. Barf central! I breathed through my mouth and got through it though!
But then I went back to the other kitchen room with all the happy sous chefs and it was all good!
I love happy kitchens!
A few days ago we were in San Antonio and I have to say I had a great time! Our hotel was right along the river, and I loved how I could open my window and see the little boats go by and have the walking path right there. Magical!
I also went to the Alamo. I liked the short film they played on its history and seeing all the old buildings.
Then we headed to the REAL desert- Phoenix! I really loved all the amazing cacti and interesting shrub plants all around. Hardy little things aren’t they! Growing in that crazily hot, dry climate.
And I woke up on the tour bus this morning… and found myself in San Diego! I took a short walk this morning before trekking to Wholefoods. Beautiful!
The end is in sight my friends! I am so excited to soon not to have to pack up the annoying old kitchen bag every day. Ha! If you scroll back a few blogs when we started in Las Vegas you might remember how excited and cool and organized I thought my kitchen bags were. Well let’s just say the novelty of the constant packing has worn off, and me and Vitamix can’t wait to be positioned for one place…for more than 48 hours!
I send my love.