N.O. Blues

BY LASHANDRA ROBINSON, NYC: Well, I’m really missing home like crazy and I’m missing my kids even more. It’s crazy how you’ll never know how much you miss something or someone until you’re away from them. I miss going to Wagner’s every morning and getting a breakfast plate for $2.50; I miss the hot sausages and Big Shot; I miss the Blue Bell ice cream; and most of all, I miss how friendly everyone is.

On another note, school has been going great- level 2 yay! I really like my level 2 chef, Chef Dominique. He is so nice! I attended a demo with Chef Jacques Torres, also known as Mr. Chocolate, and it was awesome. He was so funny and his croissants were great! During the demo, he asked questions and I mentioned that I was from New Orleans and he said, “Oh you guys better watch out, she’s trouble,” in a joking manner. He then went on to tell everyone how much he loved New Orleans and how he has a great time every time he visits.

Besides all of the fun things that have been going on at school, I recently found out that I will be expecting a new addition to my little family. WHOA, yes, (pregnant)- this has been a big shock for me, but it has not dimmed my spirit. I have lots of family support and I am a strong willed person. New York has been treating me good so far. I’m really not ready for the change of weather, but it’s coming anyway, so I have to suit up.

Time is Flying!

By LASHANDRA ROBINSON, NYC: Time is flying. This is my last week of level 2 and everything has been going great. We have been doing some pastries on this level, it has been lots of fun. I think my favorites was souffle day and the day we made puff pastry, its cool what you can do with a couple of simple ingredients.

Today we made Ricotta and mozzarella cheese. I never knew it was that easy to make ricotta cheese, though I’ve never tried or looked into it.

I’m really looking forward to visiting home for thanksgiving holiday. I cant wait to get my hands on some red beans, corn bread, cabbage, yams, ham and all the other good food I’m adding to my family’s cook list. I think my kids are looking forward to it even more though.

I’m really enjoying my time in New York, but I must admit that it is really hard for me to be away from my kids for such a long amount of time. I knew what I was getting myself into (they didn’t) so I must make the most of my situation, which, by the way, is a great one.  I wouldn’t change anything. Everyone thinks that it was so easy for me to just leave and are expecting me to pretend or hide my true feelings, but what they don’t understand is that I really gave up everything to pursue my dream and that’s kind of tough to deal with, but  I absolutely love this opportunity that I was given and I look at it as a true blessing for me and my kids, because it was all for the better. I’m cherishing each and every moment I can and  absorbing as much as I can. Until next time!!

One Month In!

BY LASHANDRA ROBINSON, NYC: Well I don’t know where exactly  to start. My first month here has been amazing. I absolutely love school, and my classmates are awesome; of course everyone loves me. During my first couple of weeks here I got the opportunity to volunteer at the James Beard House, on 7/30 to be exact. it was such a pleasure to work with Chef Manuel Berganza. He was full of energy and a very pleasant person to be around. Following that amazing experience, I got another awesome opportunity to trail at the best restaurant in NYC: Gramercy Tavern of course! It felt so unreal for me to be there in the midst of the business. All of the food there was great, everyone was so nice and worked well together as a team. It was overall an amazing experience for me. Besides all of the fun stuff I’ve just been talking on the phone with my girls as much as possible. I miss them soo much and can’t wait to visit them.