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.
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?
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?
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. ;)
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.
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.
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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