Friday, January 31, 2014

A coffee date with Finland's MasterChef

Remember how I mentioned that I do ridesharing with UberX? Well back in December, I picked up a girl that just so happens to live in my same neighborhood! We got to talking and she mentioned that she was new to San Francisco, having just moved here from Finland with her husband. So me, being the ever-so gracious person (ha, jk) said that we should get together sometime! We exchanged numbers, the holidays came and went, and so today we finally found the time to meet up.

To be honest, I was a little nervous. It was just a coffee date and well, when there's no alcohol involved, there's no buffer, which means straight up sober talk has to happen. And sometimes that makes me feel all anxious. But it all turned out to be really great, actually.


We met at this little French cafe on Chestnut Street called Le Marais Bakery, which to be honest, I never even knew existed. But I'm glad I do now, because as we sat out front with our cappuccinos and pastries, feeling the sun on my back, I just felt so relaxed and....European. The only thing better in that situation would have been to swap the cappuccino for some red wine. But ya know, what're you gonna do? Not be a complete alcoholic in front of new friends, I suppose.

Anyway. Anyway! To the actually exciting news of it all!

Turns out, Miss Kira Akerstrom is Finland's latest winner of MasterChef! As in.....she was on the MasterChef show and won the whole thing and also writes a food blog and she's only 27, oh and she's publishing her very own cookbook and she also does amazing food photography too.


(wide-eyed silence)

Want to know what I responded after almost choking on my cappuccino?

"....I have a blog, too." 

To which I immediately regretted saying. I was having coffee with a Finnish celebrity for crying out loud! Why did I have to even mention my pittance of a blog?! I tried to quickly change subjects after that. And have I mentioned that I kind of hate telling people the name of my blog?

Moving on.

Once I got home, I immediately Googled her and found this lovely YouTube video, to which I understand approximately zero words. But it sounds cool and oh, hey, I know her now!


Btw... Does anyone else always think of Confessions of a Shopaholic whenever you hear anything regarding Finland? 


Anyway. 

Kira, if you're reading this, I had a grand time meeting with you yesterday. You'll soon learn that I love when random happenings take place in my life, it's what I live for. You'll also soon learn that when said random happenings happen, I tend to immediately blog about them. So thank you for oh-so graciously being the subject of today's wonderful story. And uh, when are you going to cook me dinner? K, thanks. ;)

So yeah, that was my day: Cappuccinos with a Finnish MasterChef. Noooo big deal. ;)


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But wait! Before you click that little 'x' in the corner, I have to introduce you to another wonderful European.
Let's just call it European Friday, no? Yes.

Meet Kate. Kate is British. Complete with a British accent.

Kate blogs at Diaries of an Essex Girl.


Doesn't she just look like so much fun?
Well that's because she is.

Kate and her newly betrothed man (I told you I was feeling very European and isn't 'betrothed' a very European sounding word?) are off exploring this world and frankly, I'm jealous.

They've been gone from England for two years now and if you're wondering how the eff does she do it?! Well, good news, she wrote about how to quit your job to travel the world.
Just reading it is making me all tempted to get out there again (though, let's be honest, it really doesn't take much for me to want to pick up and travel again).

Kate is currently writing to you from Germany and I hope you take a moment to check out her blog. She's got great tips, great photos, and she's not afraid to cuss.
Basically a win-win-win in my book.



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Have a great weekend, friends!
It's Super Bowl Sunday and I plan to enjoy lots o' beer and lots o' commercials.
(Because you should know football and I aren't exactly close.)


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xoxo

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5 comments:

  1. You are SO funny! I love this post so much. I hate those moments where I say something and immediately wish I hadn't. So lucky you got to meet her though!

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  2. The most random things happen to you. I love it and I'm jealous.

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  3. I'm so glad I met you! It was fun yesterday, hope to see you soon (over a BOTTLE of wine).

    Ps. OMG, I'm blushing here, I'm NOT a big celebrity :D...

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  4. Holy crap! ^^^ She just commented on your blog! It's official!

    Don't you love how the randomness of life sometimes results in you meeting people you would've never met otherwise? Hope you get that invite to dinner :)

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  5. That is so cool. I love how easily you make friends and enjoy every minute of your life. You are such an inspiration to me. Love you!!!

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