Pumpkin Ravioli With Sage Brown Butter And Parmigiano, Sautéed Spinach With Garlic And Lemon

The last week was a lot harder than I imagined it would be. Jet lag suffered from a Florence to Hanoi trip grounded me for several days, so much so that I was hardly able to do much outside of putting on a WordPress 10th anniversary party. What was originally planned on being a final hurrah in Hanoi — for a long while at least — ended up being mostly sleep, sickness, and packing. The best laid plans…

For the first time since 2010 I am officially homeless until I get settled into a long-term apartment in San Francisco next month. I’m in Saigon (dinner tonight was at Park Hyatt Saigon with Chánh, naturally) for a few days to say a few goodbyes, and then it’s off to the United States with two check-ins and two carry-ons.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever call Vietnam home again but I suspect that giving a solid Yes or No to the question will end up in me being wrong, as has always been the case. I’m also not sure that San Francisco will become a permanent fixture in my life, but for right now I’m going to give it a shot and see how it goes. If it goes well, I’ll stay. If it doesn’t, there are always options.

Cappuccino, Pastries

Matías and I enjoyed a final breakfast at Pasticceria Miozzi in Verona this morning; I’m writing this post from Florence, where I’ll be for the next near-week. I will miss Verona terribly; the pace of the city was lovely, the women and men there were beautiful, the food was out of this world, the scenery was otherworldly, and the ice cream was so decadent. What more could someone possibly want from a city?