At the end of last summer, an expired visa lead me away from Paris and back to New York. It has been wonderful, life-changing, fun, exhausting, busy, painful, humbling, incredible, heart-warming, confusing and eye-opening all at the same time. Some months have flown by while others have seemed like they would never end. I have moved back to Brooklyn (in Bed-Stuy), and have begun working as a Chef at Google, both of which I enjoy and which have lead people into my life whom I am so incredibly grateful to have crossed paths with, particularly my hilarious, wonderful new roommates and friends who I am sure will make their way into a post sooner than later. Having my friends and family back in my life has been the best thing, and I missed it so much when I was abroad. But it would seem I have made my life in two places, and leaving friends behind in Paris was incredibly painful as well. Faty, Romain, Igor, Remy and Suzanne, if you see this, I miss you so much it hurts, I think about each of you every single day. Marie-Do et Estelle, Zakia et Maj-Do, tu me manques trop, mes beaux amis chers.
I’ve still been cooking and eating everything in sight, and I’m headed to India next week. I have so many things to share with you, but I am asking now for some time and space to create a new project and a fresh start. Leaving Paris has been the hardest, most life-altering thing I’ve had to do, and so a feeling of having outgrown a brand which I started five years ago now, mixed with a bit of sadness have prevented me from writing too much lately. I don’t feel Brooklyn Munch suits who I am anymore. I still want to post recipes and restaurant reviews, and this site isn’t going anywhere, but I’ll be making some changes to the name and aesthetic of this project. I want to simplify it, and I want to make it more of an art project and less of a SEO-oriented site. I don’t want to tailor my art to a consumer market anymore. I want to include more of my photography of people in my life, something I wish I did more all along, and I want to share my experiences through photos as much as words.
I’m going to go, before tears of happiness, sadness, and relief drip into my keyboard and ruin my computer. In the meantime, I’ll be over on Instagram at @brooklynmunch as always. I hope you understand. And for anyone wondering about the infamous Toto, he is doing great. We talk almost every day, and we miss each other quite a lot. Be back soon.
Ciao for now, et merci a tous.
So much love,